A New Semester

Today is the last weekday before school begins today. I’ve been working on campus for most of the summer, so I’m ready for a change. I’m ready to get started. This semester I’m taking a course on Women’s Rights and The International Legal Order as well as a Research Methods class (plus an audited Spanish class).

It looks to be a fascinating semester. Just a couple more days! As a button though to this summer, here’s a picture from Guatemala!

Lorenzo - our hiking guide - and San Pedro La Laguna below

SHAME LIST

Here is a list of senators that oppose the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC):

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski(R-AK)
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Sen. James Risch (R-ID)
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS)
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY)
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Sen. Christopher Bond (R-MI)
Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE)
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
Sen. John Cornyn(R-TX)
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)
Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY)
Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY)

Apparently, the biggest issue regarding ratification is that parents will no longer be able to spank their children. Yes, we should not ratify a treaty because people are afraid that if they spank their children UN forces will knock down their front door and wisk them away to… Geneva? New York?

Ratifying the Convention means that the US is committed to protecting and supporting children. It means we are committed to keep children safe and help them grow up happy and healthy. All children deserve this, including American children. Here is a video by my friend Emma about the convention:

If only 2 more senators decide to oppose ratification, it will not pass if brought to the senate floor. Call or email your senators and let them know that you believe in protecting and supporting America’s children.

Cornbread!!!

I am a Texas Girl (yep, caps on both those). There are typical Southern/Texas things that I hate (sweet and iced tea – why would you do that to tea?!), things that I used to love but don’t eat anymore since I gave up meat (brisket, BBQ, fried chicken, etc.), things that I have learned to make vegetarian (COLLARDS!), and lastly, things that I LOVE that I have not and will not give up. Cornbread is one of those things. It’s so versatile. It can be sweet, savory, the part of a casserole, a great side, or whatever you can dream up! I had four ears of sweet corn and blueberries from my CSA, a recipe for blueberry corn muffins and a hankerin’ for some spicy cornbread. That is what I made. I got some cornmeal from Farmer Ground Flour, grabbed a can of chipotles and got to work.

No recipe for this one except: find a good cornbread recipe, buy some good ingredients, and start experimenting.

Egg Pancake

Now I'm hungry again.

So that looks like a frittata, but it is not. I don’t have time for the oven in the morning. Also, lately the weather has been cooler, but the summer heat keeps the oven in the off and locked position. I needed a quick recipe for mornings that satisfied the following criteria (in the order that I think of them):
1. Uses some of the eggs in the fridge (I have a ridiculous amount sometimes thanx to my CSA!)
2. Is delicious
3. Takes relatively little time
4. Has some sort of breadish carb so that I’m not hungry 30 minutes later (I know that the eggs should take care of that with their protein and all, but for me it doesn’t seem to work that way)

What I came up with was the Egg Pancake! Continue reading

Insomnia

I’ve been dealing with some slight insomnia lately. Mostly this means that I go to bed around 11PM but I’m lying awake until after 1AM. It wouldn’t be a problem, except that I get up at 7AM. Okay, my alarm goes off at 7AM. I get up by 8AM (Side note: I have a great alarm clock that lets me choose my snooze time – between 10 minutes and 1.5 hours. It’s definitely dangerous some days, but I love it). Continue reading

Basil Chips

No pictures for this food item because, frankly, it didn’t look that great. It tasted amazing though. Here’s the story:

I had the basil from my CSA that had gone slightly off in the refrigerator. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t look great and I didn’t have any recipe that I could use it in right then. So I thought: people make kale chips, I wonder if that would work for basil… Pulled off the leaves, washed them up, tossed them in olive oil and sea salt. Then I laid them out on a cookie sheet and baked at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.

Oh man they were good. The house smelled of basil, and the chips were crisp and basil-y and amazing.

We have some left over mint in the fridge. I might do the same thing but with maple syrup instead of olive oil.

What other chips have people made?