It’s Launch Day!

I’m sorry I’ve been so absent lately! I haven’t been putting out very many blogs… But I promise I have a very good reason.

Today Peyton and I are launching Team  Awesomism! We are super excited about this new project that we have started. It’s been months in the works… And a few delays in launching but we finally are ready! Yay!

I think one of the things I am proudest of is, when I started this blog a few years ago… My goal was not only to raise autism acceptance….. but to actually work to help turn autism into Awesomism….  I feel that Team Awesomism  is going to help further that goal.

One of the things that I love best about this project, is that is a joint project of mine and Peyton’s. I’m so proud of Peyton. He not only has helped me develop the project… But he did the website himself!

Peyton and I tossed around several ideas before we came up with the idea of Team Awesomism. We wanted to start a community to build each other up,and help each other. Our community is for those with anxiety, stress, autism, ADHD etc. etc. it’s a community designed to help others find their strengths, happy places, comfort zones etc. We are community where you are supported and accepted.

Team Awesomism is a bully Freezone… I say it all the time on social media… I’ve written blogs about it…but I wanted to  make even a stronger statement….,I’m on my last nerve with bullies!!!! Physical bullies, as well as verbal and mental bullies. We’ve become a society where if you don’t agree with someone, and /or you are “different” it’s acceptable to bully and name calling. 🤦‍♀️

This is unacceptable in every facet, but especially to those with special needs and those who suffer with stress and anxiety issues. Rather than just talk about it,because too often bullies refuse to see themselves as bullies… We decided to create a community to help others.

Team Awesomism isn’t just about being anti-bullying in fact it’s more about finding that happy place, comfort zone etc. so that you can deal with the negative things that are thrown at you!

This community is about actions, not just words. It’s about building together, helping each other, supporting each other and most of all being there for each other. We will be sharing each other’s strengths, and helping each other find their strengths and make them even stronger!

We’re all in this journey of life… At the same time, maybe not the same places… That’s the beauty of the Internet. We don’t have to be physically by each other, to be emotionally and mentally together.

I will be continuing my Awesomismmom blog, it will have some changes.. which will be coming at the end of September. Awesomismmom will be more about our journey as a family… Then just mine and Peyton’s journey!  Watch for the relaunch of AwesomismMom at the end of September!! 🎉

In the meantime please check out our new project Team Awesomism!! Take some time look around our website read our blog… And most of all please help us spread the word! Thank you so much for reading my blog and for all your support! https://teamawesomism.com/

 

Easy English Muffin Pizza

Peyton absolutely loves pizza… He likes just about any kind of pizza. His favorite pizzas are the ones his dad makes. So when he is out on the oil rig, it’s a little difficult for me to make pizza anywhere near as good as his.

His dad will make some pizzas and freezes them so he can have them when he’s  gone. Needless to say he always wants to eat the pizza right away! 🙂

So I tried to come up with an idea so that he’ll like and still get some sort of pizza… I used to make these all the time for his older siblings when they were young. I decided to teach Peyton how to make them.

I know a lot of people make these, But I know with me… Sometimes I’m so busy I forget simple solutions to big things. By having Peyton be able to make these himself, it helps both of us out and allows him to create his own pizza.

It’s teaching him a life skill, as well as allowing me some extra time, because he’s making them himself. This way he can also decide what he wants to put on it.

His favorite one is with an English muffin, two slices of tomato, six pieces of pepperoni, skim mozzarella cheese…garlic and Italian seasoning… Sometimes he adds onions. *

We toast the English muffin lately. Then put a slice of tomato on each side. Top that with some skim mozzarella cheese and Italian seasoning with garlic. We then put that under the broiler for two minutes on high. Take it out… And three pieces of pepperoni to each side… Put a little bit more cheese on top of that, and back under the broiler for a minute and a half. **

This is great for lunch with a bowl of soup or you can make a couple of them.

Ingredients needed:

English muffin

Two slices of fresh tomato

Half a cup of skim mozzarella cheese shredded

Six pieces of pepperoni

Season to taste

*As with all Recipes… check for food allergies and use caution when using broiler.

**Cheese May be really hot use caution

Enjoy and as always thanks for reading our blogs and watch for Team Awesomism launch on September 15!

Why run when you can walk?

Everyone who knows me knows I am a huge classic TV fan. In fact we got rid of DIRECTV and got Comcast. I love my husband for agreeing to do it!I know many people think that’s crazy. I love the channels that I can get on Comcast.

My favorite show ever is a show called Hazel, Not many people remember the show,but I certainly do. It’s on seven days a week on antenna TV. Which makes me extremely happy.

I Don’t only watch Hazel, I record the show and I also have season one and two on DVD. My awesome hubby bought them for me a few Christmases ago! To say I can’t get enough of Hazel, is probably true! In fact, I actually named one of our dogs after the show.

I’ve been asked many times why I love that show so much…  it’s kind of hard to explain why I do. Part of it is Hazel reminded me a lot of my grandma, who I really loved. I also really liked Don DeFore… I also loved the premise of the show. If you really paid attention to it there were a lot of life lessons in it.

The other day I was watching the show, as I always do, the show was about how we need to slow down. How we are always so busy trying to get somewhere, do something, get ahead… That we don’t really take the time to enjoy what’s right in front of us.

When I was watching the show I thought, wow this is from the early 60s and it still so relevant today. In fact I think we are more that way now than we were then. It’s sad that we decide that we have to get ahead… at the expense of living in the present.

Of course on the show Hazel found a way to get those around her to slow down. I’m not so sure we can get ourselves to slow down, let alone those around us.

I know life is a lot more complicated than a classic TV show, but there are definitely lessons that we can learn from them. The show got me thinking what am I missing in my day-to-day life that I should be paying more attention to. Sad to say, there were more things than I care to admit.

One of the many things that was on my list, was spending time just having Smalltalk. I’m a chatterbox,I admit it. So it seems a bit strange for me to say I don’t spend enough time having Smalltalk.

What I mean by not taking enough time for small talk is this… I don’t sit down with those close to me and just have conversations about what we have planned for the day, what did we do today what are we happy about, what are we sad about etc…

Upon reflection, I made a vow to myself that I was going to take more time each day to have that small talk, especially with Peyton. So Peyton  and I have started a routine of sitting in our office and just chatting. I honestly think it’s good for both of us.

I know taking this time to just chat, laugh and relax has help me feel less anxious. I can also see that it relaxes Peyton , and that makes me happy!

Even though classic TV shows may not always be exactly the way real life is… We can still learn a lot from them. So here’s to you Hazel for helping me learn to walk instead of run. Peyton and I thank  you… For teaching us a wonderful life’s lesson and helping us with our anxiety and stress, by doing such a simple thing as chatting! 💕💕

 

Mine & Peyton’s recipe for burritos

I decided to start a new series… Every Friday  I’m going to come out with a different type of recipe, in my blog! They will be mine and Peyton’s recipes, as well as family and friends. I truly hope that you like them.

Peyton and I just think that this is another way for us to share with others how we are working to turn Autism into Awesomism. Cooking and baking are life skills. All of these recipes we’ve either made ourselves or  have gotten directly from someone else, and made the recipes to test them out first.

Mark has really gotten Peyton to love Tex-Mex food. I really never had Tex-Mex food until I moved  to Texas. Our neighbors in Florida were from Cuba, they made the best Cuban sandwiches and fried plantains, I’ve ever had in my life. I was spoiled eating their food.

When I moved  to Texas, I found out I really did like  Tex-Mex food. However; I wasn’t the best  at making it. Mark on the other hand is an excellent cook, and his Tex-Mex cooking is better than any restaurant I’ve ever had! So needless to say we’ve all become addicted to his cooking, especially his Tex-Mex.

Peyton loves enchiladas, as well as nachos and burritos. Mark’s enchiladas are beyond words they are so good! If you want the recipe… You can buy my book it’s in there!!

Peyton and I decided to embark on making our own recipe for burritos. It may not be everyone’s definition of burritos… But we think they are amazing. We make a batch of them and freeze some. That way he has them anytime he wants to eat a burritos .

They’re actually pretty easy to make… So we decided to share them with others… We hope you love them as much as we do. We’d love your feedback on our recipe.

We start out with a fresh green pepper, two tomatoes and a red or white onion. Finely chop them all up and put them in a bowl. Add some salt and pepper to taste.  We add a tablespoon of jalapeño pepper juice to the mixture as well. Some people don’t like this as it can make it a little bit too hot.

Mix it all together, We make it in a bowl that has a lid, we put the lid on and shake it. When it’s all chopped up it should be a pretty even mixture of the onion, green pepper… With a little bit more tomato. 

 

 

Once it’s all mixed, add a Cup of shredded cheese. We use 3/4 of a cup of pepper jack cheese and 3/4 of  a cup of Colby Jack. You can add whatever shredded cheese you prefer.  We’ve also use shredded Mexican blend cheese. That’s really good as well. 

Next  add a 15 ounce can of ranch style beans. We really like the Canabra brands beans, that we get from Costco. But you can use any  kind of ranch beans. We heat ours  up before we add them to the rest of the vegetable mix. But you can mix it all together and then heat the whole mix up.  It depends on how soft you want your green peppers, onions and tomatoes. As well as if you want your cheese really melted or not.

After you’ve mixed all your ingredients, Spoon out mixture into a large flour tortilla … you can add more cheese if you desire. 

We’ve also added diced chicken,corn, rice and red beans. It’s fun to mix it up!

Ingredients:

• 2 Globe Tomatoes

• 1 Large Green Pepper

• 1 Small White or Red Onion

• 1 15 oz Can of Ranch style beans

• 1 1/2 cup of Shredded Cheese … can be Pepper jack cheese, Mexican blend cheese, Colby Jack cheese or any other cheeses that you love

• 6 Large flour tortilla

•After washing off your vegetables, chop up your onion, green pepper and tomatoes into small chunks.

•Mix all your vegetables  together and add your seasoning such as salt, pepper or jalapeño juice.

•Next add in your ranch style beans and heat everything together. You can cook it on high heat on the stove for 4 minutes , or in the microwave for two minutes on high.

•Add your cheese ,mix everything together. Put mixture on a preheated flour tortillas. Wrap the tortilla. Heat for an additional 1 minute.

•The Recipe makes 6 Servings. They can be frozen and reheated.

• Corn, Rice , Chicken and Red Beans can also be added.

Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!