Fall Corn Salad

Peyton has always loved corn. I think he could eat corn every day and not get sick of it. I look for different ways to make it, that way it isn’t the same all the time.

A few months ago we went to MOD Pizza and they had a corn salad… That Peyton put on top of this pizza. He absolutely loved it. So we decided to experiment at home, and come up with our own corn salad recipe.

We call it Fall corn salad but it can be eaten year round! 😄  This recipe can be a topping on Naan -bread… Or as a stand-alone side dish.

As with all recipes… Make sure you check for any food allergies and make sure your food is fresh!

This is a pretty simple recipe to make… Hope you all enjoy! We love feedback on our recipes too!

Please don’t forget to check out Peyton‘s small business at https://teamawesomism.com/where we will be having some online cooking classes soon, as well as more awesome recipes, that he has made!

Fall Corn Salad:

2 cups corn.. We use frozen corn… That we have cooked

1/2 cup tomatoes chopped

1/2 cup diced green peppers

1/2 cup chopped red onion

1/4 cup diced celery

2 tablespoons of Italian dressing

1/4 teaspoon cilantro

1/2 Teaspoon sugar

Mix it all together in a bowl… And ground black pepper to taste. This recipe serves four to six people.

Enjoy! As always thanks for reading our Friday food blog! Please share and we always love feedback

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why my GAD is my Monday Motivation

I still remember the day that I was diagnosed with GAD… (General Anxiety Disorder) I was going through a really rough time in my life… An ugly divorce, a very contentious custody battle, and so much more.

I was slipping into a really deep depression…  I knew I needed to get out of it,not only for myself, but most of all for my children. My children lived with me,and I was the primary caregiver, as well as provider.

I went to see my physician, and the first words out of her mouth were you have GAD. I really wasn’t very familiar with it at the time… But she knew it as soon as I described how I was feeling, and what I was going through.

The funny thing about it was…. as soon as she told me my diagnosis… I immediately  started to feel better. Part of the reason for that was… Someone actually listened and believed me!

I hadn’t shared with too many people how depressed I was. But a couple of them that I had shared it with told me “you’ll be fine… You’re just going through a rough patch, don’t dwell on it.”

I kept thinking to myself… I’m not dwelling on it by choice, I can’t seem to get past it. I would pace at night from Anxiety, and then be tired all day, which would cause even more anxiety.

I was in a vicious cycle and I didn’t know how to get out of it! My depression and my anxiety got worse and worse.

My doctor prescribed Lexapro… I felt better right away… Not because it really did that big of a difference… But because I knew I was on the road to getting better.

I also knew, that I wasn’t going to stay on the Lexapro. I wanted to be able to deal with my GAD through lifestyle changes.

I found a counselor… Who specialized in GAD, I told her I don’t want to stay on meds, I want to do this by lifestyle change. She was absolutely wonderful… And she helped me through this horrible time, and taught me so much.

When Peyton talk to me about and a few ideas he had for https://teamawesomism.com/…I absolutely loved the idea. For several reasons, but most of all because we were going to be creating a virtual community that actually listens and cares!

This really personally hit home for me a couple months ago… I was speaking with someone who was “mentoring me“… When I brought it up with him that I had GAD… he proceeded to inform me that it was “all in my head”.

While I don’t disagree with him on the surface …that it really is in my head… 😂😂… I found it to be very disrespectful. He told me people look for excuses for not doing things. At first I thought about going through my entire history, and thr fact that I was actually diagnosed with it, but then realized he didn’t care.

At first, I felt like I did years ago… And then I decided I actually feel sorry for him… And I hope no one close to him is dealing with serious stress and anxiety… I also became more motivated to be a voice for GAD .

Dismissing people‘s fears and anxieties, stresses and hurts is easy… Helping people with them is fulfilling. I’ve chosen to be there for others.

I decided to use his negative energy and turn it around…..My GAD is my Monday motivation!

Peyton’s Scrambled Eggs and Fruit Spread

Peyton put this blog out on today….but I wanted to make sure I showed support and added it as my Friday Food Blog as well! please check out his website at https://teamawesomism.com/
I am so Proud of Peyton! he’s even making his own recipes and sharing them! He really is Turning Autism into Awesomism!

I love scrambled eggs in fact they were one of the first things I learned how to make by myself. When I first made them, my Mom taught me how to make scrambled eggs. I make them every once or twice a week.

Scrambled eggs are not the only breakfast food I learned how to cook, I learned how to cook fried eggs, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles and other kinds of breakfast. Scrambled eggs are one of my favorite breakfast food to cook along with pancakes.

Here are 5 steps I take for scrambled eggs:

Crack 2 large eggs in a small bowl, whisk them up until they are fully blended
Add a just a little bit of milk, whisk that into the eggs
Add a tablespoon full of sour cream, blend it all together
Add a 1/4 teaspoon of fresh garlic
Whisk everything together so that its fluffy
Cook them on the pan on the stove on medium heat for 10-12 minutes

The reason why I add sour cream to the eggs is because it makes them taste so good and creamy. Sometimes I add ham, cheese, pepper salt and other vegetables to the eggs as well. Though usually when I add cheese to the scrambled, I make them into an omelette instead.

What makes scrambled and omelette eggs different? At a later date I will share my favorite omelette recipe. I used to be scared of cooking eggs, because I was afraid that I was going to not cook them properly, but now I’m very comfortable with making them. Please make sure you cook eggs all the way through. Always check for food allergies as well.

I love having a piece of toast with my scrambled eggs. I created my own fruit spread” recipe to go on the toast:

Add 1/2 block of cream cheese
Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of manuka honey
Add 4 tablespoons of fresh fruit preserves
Add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
Mix them all together

You can use any kind of fresh fruit preserve that you like, I prefer to use black currant or strawberry. Be sure to mix it all together really well. Put it in a small bowl with a lid, and store in the refrigerator. It should last about a week. It also goes well on bagels, English muffins or even biscuits.

The Glitches are Fixed!

On 19 September Peyton and I launched Team Awesomism  … Even though it was our “major launch” we knew that we were going to hit glitches. Rather than delay it any longer, and try to get everything fixed, we decided to go ahead and launch!

We can’t thank everyone enough for being so patient! And those who were able to sign up for a free email list and/or a membership thank you for trying several times!

A huge thank you and shout out to everyone who reached out to us saying that they were having trouble signing up! Even though we tried to troubleshoot it ahead of time, apparently things still happened.

I wanted  to put this blog out to make sure that everyone knows that we have fix the glitches and to go ahead and re-try and sign up! Should you have any more issues, please let us know

Also, I want to make very clear that there is a difference between the free email list… We will send occasional emails, just to kind of give you an idea of what we’re doing… We promise we won’t overload your inbox.

The membership which is a cost… Equivalent to that of a cup of coffee from Starbucks a month… Includes exclusive videos, a newsletter that will have interviews with not only team members, but awesome guests,as well as people who can really help!

Our focus for is to build a community. A community where you can share your passions, your dreams and come for strength when you’re going through a rough patch be at from stress, anxiety, bullies or just every day stresses.

It will be put to the community for help and support. We have lots of awesome  ways that we’re going to be doing this.

We have a private Twitter account set up that’s on private, only team members will be allowed on there ….where you can connect!

If you have a YouTube channel share it on there, we  will each follow each other, and support each other and share it on our other accounts!

We have an awesome Flipboard  magazine where we will share blogs,pictures, write ups, videos… all kinds of things from team members. Flipboard has 140 million readers… how awesome is it to get your stuff out?

Back to our videos for a minute, we are going to have exclusive videos from people who are professional fisherman, from golfers, from so many other walks of life that will help you find that comfort zone… Your happy place… That when you’re stressed you can go to and relax !

I think the most awesome thing about Team Awesomism is the Community! And we are so excited to have those who already joined us be a part of this awesome community!

Help us spread the word… Tell your friends, your family because together we can do awesome things… We can be there for each other and most of all help each other when we’re down!

Here is our website https://teamawesomism.com/

Mark’s Cheese Enchilada Recipe

One of Peyton‘s favorite meals is our cheese enchiladas. This recipe Mark modified from other recipes, to make it easier and faster to prepare.

We really love making these in the fall during football and hockey season.They are easy to make,  and are great in front of the TV, food. 😀

Next Friday we will have a really super awesome guest blogger…. it is going to be… Peyton! He’s going to share with us one of his favorite breakfast recipes. It also happens to be one of the first things he learned to make, when he learn to cook so make sure you follow us on https://teamawesomism.com/

3 tablespoons oil

1 tablespoon of taco seasoning. The amount can vary depending on your seasoning brand and your preferred taste. We think less is more for a smoother sauce,but you might go for something spicier.

3 tablespoons flour

2 cups chicken broth

6 to 8 corn tortillas

Two cups (or so) shredded cheese. We like the Colby Jack blend,but other cheeses work well also it depends on individual taste.

1/2 cup finally chopped onions

Heat the oil until it shimmers and add the spices. Stir together and let cook for one minute. Add the flour and stir into mixture. Add the chicken broth and whisk to get the clumps out. Let this simmer  and thicken for eight minutes or so.

After sauce has thickened slightly, pour into container… I use a large 4 cup measuring cup. Spray the bottom of your 9X9 inch pan with cooking spray and add a small layer of the sauce to the bottom of the pan.

Heat your tortillas in between two damp paper towels in microwave for 15 to 30 seconds to make them easier to roll. Build your enchiladas by inserting about 2 tablespoons of the grated cheese into the corn tortillas roll and placed seam side down into the pan, repeat until pan is filled.

Poor remaining sauce mixture over enchiladas and sprinkle remaining cheese and onions over top. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and gooey.

Serve with refried beans, salsa, sour cream, guacamole and Spanish rice.

If you have some sauce left over use it for other quick meals. I recommend rolling some refried beans into a flower tortilla and covering with the sauce and cheese. Makes a great quick meal on the go!

As always thanks for reading her blog! And don’t forget our book is available on TeamAwesomism website in the store! … It has even more recipes, as well as other awesome tips of how to take care of yourself.…… Please check out Peyton’s website… We are so proud of him being an autistic Teenpreneur small business owner!