Peyton, Autism and My Yellow Laundry Room

I absolutely love shutters, on the outside of houses as well as decorating on the inside of a house. I actually have three pair of shutters in my home! 😁

When I decided that I was going to paint my laundry room… I figured out the color and the Decor based around a pair of gray shutters. I  have a nice size laundry room, but I don’t have a window in it.

I love the old tradition of hanging your clothes on the line. I know it isn’t  a very practical and it Could be  could be a real pain to do. I actually used to do it when my kids were young, sometimes. I love the smell of the fresh air on the clothes, as well as sheets.

Since I couldn’t bring the sunshine in to the laundry room, I decided to paint it like the sunshine. I picked a bright yellow. I remember the look on Mark’s face when he saw the color of the paint. And to be honest, after I got the paint home, I wasn’t so sure myself!

Peyton and I painted the laundry room together, we actually had a lot of fun doing it! We even made a really cool Craft out of wood and door handles, to be able to hang clothes that I didn’t want to put on the dryer.

It didn’t take us real long to paint the room, but it was also a good life lesson for Peyton. He learned how to paint. I love teaching him how to do things by actually doing them.

Although at first I had a little hesitation with the color, Peyton really loved it. The more we painted the room the more I loved it. It was bright, beautiful and bold. It reminded me of a bright sunny day.

After we were done with the painting, we put the room back together and decorated it. I hung the two gray shutters on the wall left a space between them and hung a pretty yellow wreath.

I love the calmness of gray shutters against the brightness of the yellow walls. They really balanced each other well! It had a farmhouse feel to it. I have some black wrought iron and antique items that I also put in there.

Once we have everything back in place, I step back to take a look. I absolutely love the way it looked. Peyton was a big help, not only the painting, but even with some of the decorating! 

In a unique way this room with its bright yellow sunshine walls… Reminds me of Peyton. He brightens my days in ways that maybe others don’t understand… He teaches me so much about loyalty, perseverance, trust and unconditional love. I love the sweetness of his character, and how it shines through .

I think about Peyton  a lot when I walk in my laundry room… Not only because he help me with painting it… but because he is in many ways is the sunshine of my life. 🌞

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flipboard and Turning Autism into Awesomism

Before I say anything I want to post a disclaimer:

I am not, nor have I been a therapist. I’m a mom of an autistic teen, Peyton, who is 18 1/2 years old. Okay, now that we have that out-of-the-way, we can discuss the Awesomness of Flipboard and how’s it Helping us Turn Autism into Awesomism! 💙

Anyone who knows me or follows me on twitter, knows I am obsessed with Flipboard… allow me to explain why! 

When Peyton was younger we did “Magazine Therapy” ….. it wasn’t really THERAPY, but it is the EASIEST way to describe what we did! Now you understand why I had my disclaimer… I don’t want any misunderstandings.

Okay so what is Magazine therapy? It’s easier to show than explain, but I’m going to do my best, because it was awesome for Peyton. Peyton was a very late talker.. he was also a late reader. His vocabulary and comprehension of so many things, was delayed and or nonexistent.

As his Mom this tore my heart out. I saw the pain in his eyes. I wanted to help, but wasn’t sure how. The traditional ideas weren’t working.

I had a friend suggest to me to have him look at magazines. She had an autistic son and she said it calmed him and seem to help him. I became obsessed with trying this. So off to Barnes and Nobles I went.

I came home with a pile of magazines… Peyton and I sat on the couch and started through the magazines. To my delight he was interested! He sat there with me thumbing through pages. I described and named objects on each page…

Peyton sat silent… but he was intensely looking at each page. After an hour or so… I said “okay did you like that!” He smiled and said YES! I knew we had a winner!

I started doing this everyday with him. He seemed to really like “Town and Country” Magazines, so I focused on those. He learned so much from magazines and to this day, I’m a huge fan! I know I’ve written about this before… November of 2016 to be exact… but there is a reason why I’m bringing this up again.

Here is that blog .. I know some of it’s repetitive, but trust me… it’s so important that 2,3 ….. times…. is okay!! http://www.awesomismmom.com/flipping-autism-into-awesomism/ 

I’m sure you’re asking yourself right now… why is this so important? That it needs repeated blogs… because Flipboard is an awesome tool for autistic teens and adults, for so many reasons!

Okay so now you’re saying TELL US why and how!  Remember when I said earlier in this blog it’s easier to show than tell? Well,that’s exactly what Peyton and I are planning on doing!

We are going to be introducing our new project “Team Awesomism Turning Autism into Awesomism” a teen and adult version of “Magazine Therapy” Here are just a few of the topics we will covering… Life Skills.. Social Skills… Anxiety….It will be learning in a fun, unique and awesome way! We are super excited and will be releasing this soon! Please watch for our kickoff of TEAM Awesomism!

If you’re not sure what Flipboard is or how to use it,here is a blog by my husband that will help. 😊

http://www.awesomismmom.com/what-is-flipboard-and-why-you-should-care/ 

Thanks for reading this blog… but even more… thanks for your interest and support of Autism acceptance! 💙 Together we can do awesome things! If you’re interested in being involved in our Team Awesomism….. Please reach out!