Eat Drink & Be Mary: October 2013

10.31.2013

My Ghosts of Halloweens Past


In honor of Halloween being today I thought I would share some of costumes of Halloween's past.  Thanks to Instagram's new fad #throwbackThursday, I have seen so many bumble bees, cowgirls, indians and farm animals I have lost count.  Not that I have much any room to talk, I have definitely chose the typical college girl route when picking out some of my costumes.  So I thought it only fair if I brought the screens near you; "My Ghosts of Halloweens Past".  Make you a bowl of popcorn, pull up a seat, and enjoy!

Don't say I didn't warn you--#typical #collegegirl #Indian
aka: Sophomore year 2010

Despite this awful spray tan gone wrong, I was a race car driver my junior year.  Oh you couldn't tell?  Shoulda stuck with being a orange crayola crayon, oompa loompa, or Doritos. 2011.


2011 also happened to be the year I thought one
costume wasn't enough and thought I could pull of being a firefighter 
without a badge or helmet.  #fail 2011

My freshman year--kudos to all of my teammates that put more into their costume than me. Double Mint Twins.  Mrs. Teapot from Beauty and the Beast. Chick Magnet.  Can you spot G.I. Jane?  


Last but not least, my very first Halloween costume.  Congrats Mom and Dad, you successfully dressed me in the least creative, most typical #babysfirstHalloween costume.  I wonder if their pun was intended?  Mary had a little...Lamb



Unfortunately, I do not have more picture of my more adorable costumes worn as a little tot here at college.  I do, however, have plenty of pictures in outfits that only deserve to be worn/seen in public in on Halloween.  Thank you clogging world; I'm sure you have scared the minds of many tots.


We are trees...ya, I don't see it either.


Inspired by Disturbia--possibly dolls?


Considering I've yet to graduate from college, I'm sure this years Halloween costume will present itself as typical and very college-girl-esque.  Stay tuned for a picture of my boo thang and I in our Halloween best.

Happy Halloween my spook-tacular readers!

10.29.2013

Craving Mexican?

Craving Mexican?  Don't feel like going out to eat.  I've gotchu babe. ;)  Today I have brought  you a beyond delicious Mexican recipe--Taco Bake.  And you know me only making the recipes that don't require much brain power.  And it's a good day when I can muster up any thinking at all after being at school with the kiddos all day--man, those little humans can wear you out!


Craving Mexican? Check out this Taco Bake recipe and many more on the blog.  www.lipstick-andlattes.blogspot.comTaco Bake: 
Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 packet of Taco Seasoning
  • 3 Large Flour Tortillas (8 in.)
  • 1/2 Salsa con Queso
  • 1.5-2 cups of shredded Mexican cheese blend
Instructions:
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Brown meat in a medium pan.  Drain excess grease.  Add water according to the back of the taco seasoning packet.  Once the meat is done; turn off heat.  Add in 1/2 cup of salsa con queso.  Stir until combined.  In an 8in round pan (or cookie sheet if you don't have a round pan) you will begin to layer the taco bake.  First lay down a tortilla (you may want to use non-stick spray, but I have not found this to be a problem).  Then put about 1/3 of the ground beef on top of the tortilla.  Add 1/3 of the cheese on top of the meat.  Continue layering until you are done with all the layers: tortilla, meat, cheese; repeat.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.  Or until the cheese is melted and the edges have turned a golden brown.  Cool, slice and enjoy!
*I prefer to eat mine with sour cream--how can you go wrong with sour cream!
**Disclaimer: Not my picture--I should really start remembering to take my own pictures of food.

Enjoy your fiesta; pair it with a festive beverage and take a wonderful siesta after.  
Go ahead, you deserve it.

When I think of Mexican food and fiestas it reminds me of the wonderful dancers from Mexico I met this past in England at the Billingham International Folklore Festival.


I hope you enjoy cooking these delicious recipes.  Let me know how they go! Do you have a favorite Mexican you want to share?  


For other scrumptious Mexican dinners check out the links below:

10.28.2013

My Weekend in Pictures.

The Internet in my apartment is currently not working.  Remind me why I pay an arm and a leg to go to this school again. Ugh.  Anyways, I'm going to attempt to do this post from my phone.  So bare with me; I'm horrible when it comes to typing on this dern thing. Typos.  Random words in the middle of sentences.  the whole sha-bang.  Here goes nothing...



One. Friday we left for our national competition.  The team stayed in a house that was on Lake Junaluska.  It was a little older than I expected..but it had tons of bathrooms.  And what more could you ask for with 20+ girls that have to do their hair and makeup for competition.

Two. All day Saturday was spent clogging.  For some reason it's always super cold at Maggie Valley and the air is extra hard to breathe.  Which is quite unfortunate when you come off stage outta breath after each dance.  Pictured: our country hoedown costumes--reminds me of an ice cream shoppe worker.  (More about my last Maggie Valley with BMC at a later date.)

Three.  I am beyond blessed I have a man that is willing to spend his weekend watching hours and hours of non-stop clogging.  He supports me and hardly complained the whole weekend.  Any man that can stand a clogging competition for two straight days is a keeper, that's for sure.  

Four.  I was nominated and accepted onto the 2013 All-American Team. Lucky.  Blessed.  Speechless.  You name it, I feel it.

Five. One of my beautiful mentees and teammates on BMC.  I have been fortunate to dance with her since we were seven.  It is crazy to think that our time on stage together is coming to an end.  Even though she is younger than me, she pushes me to become a better dancer and I am very thankful for her presence in my dance career.

Six.  Today was a teacher work day; aka: a much needed day of recovering.  Today has felt like a Sunday, therefore, I'm considering it part of my weekend.  The day was spent with my booty on the couch, Hocus Pocus on the tv and my man by my side.  Perfection.



Have a wonderful week my loves!  
❤, M

10.24.2013

Date Night & Pumpkin Carving





All too quickly it's beginning to feel more like winter and less like fall here the mountains.  And this chick is not prepared.  So in attempt to hold onto the spirit of all things fall and Halloween we carved pumpkins!



Given our night off from practicing, our wonderful boyfriends took my roommate and myself out to eat.  We went to La Caretas, the most scrumptious Mexican place, in Weaverville.  After stuffing my face full of Mexican yumminess, past the point of no turn, my body was not happy with me--I really need to learn to eat slower.  On the bright side, I have lunch for tomorrow :) I love me some leftovers.

Before.

                                 

I absolutely love carving pumpkins and get a kick out of carving them every year.  This year when Thomas, Heather, Mike and I decided to carve our pumpkins tonight on a whim I was thrilled.  After thirty, okay, okay more like 10 minutes, of Thomas picking out his pumpkin, and analyzing every pumpkin in Ingles, we headed back to our apartment to begin the festivities.  I personally think our pumpkins turned out spook-tastic!


After: Thomas's Pumpkin

After: My Pumpkin




And best of all, Thomas is making us pumpkin seeds--yum!! 




Congrats on almost making it to Friday!! Have a great weekend my loves!


10.23.2013

Passion, Commitment, and a Lifetime of Memories

Clogging--and no I don't mean girls in wooden shoes dancing.

There are contemporary and traditional styles of clogging.

Contemporary clogging is often danced to songs you may hear on the radio.  Hanson-MmmBop.  N'SYNC-Dirty Pop.  Nikki Minaj.  The list goes on. This style is choreographed to have all the dancers in-sync with one another and includes jazz/hip hop.  Check it out!

Traditional clogging is performed to bluegrass music.  It is the whole nine years- crinoline wearing, bow bearing, yee-haw-ing cloggin'.  "Paddle faster I hear banjos"...and when you get there, there will most likely be a group of cloggers movin' their feet as fast as they can move. Check it out!

A crinoline-- aka: the white poofy thing under my skirt.
Growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains my mom took my brothers and I to Tweetsie Railroad often.  It was a summer afternoon regular for the Bolster household and we thoroughly enjoyed it.  My favorite part by far was the cloggers.  They were driven by a type of dance I had never heard of before.  But I wanted in.  Their passion for clogging could be seen from a mile away.  You could see it in their smiles.  In their eyes.  Throughout every move they made on that stage.  I was drawn to it.   I wanted in on the action.  I wanted to begin before any more time went by.  I begged my mom for months to sign me up for clogging lessons, but every where she tried was booked.  So she continued to take me to tweetsie to see the cloggers, and join them on stage to dance.  "Heel, Heel, Toe, Toe..."

After months of trying with no success my mom finally found the High Country Cloggers.  I began clogging lessons at the age of 7 from Vanessa Waters and her daughter, Amber.  Once I began to learn, I never stopped moving my feet.  You could find me clogging in the grocery aisles, in the kitchen, and constantly while sitting at my desk at school.  I was obsessed.  I had found "my thing." And by golly, I wasn't gonna stop moving my feet no matter what.  I was determined to show everyone  and anyone that I finally knew how to clog.

Praying before going on stage -- Appalachian Rhythm

As a got older, I moved up in groups and began taking lessons from Elise Sigmon.  Elise is one of the most talented dancer and choreographer I have ever met.  She cared for her dancers and you could see her love and passion for clogging through her dancers.  I feel blessed to have been taught by a wonderful leader and friend.  In high school, Elise and Ashley created the Appalachian Rhythm Clogging & Dance Studio.  There I continued to take classes until I graduated high school.  Some of my most fond memories were made at that studio and I will never forget the people that were as close to me as family on that team.

BMC goes British -- England Trip 2013
Bailey Mountain Cloggers 2013
My compassion and love for clogging grew as I grew older.  When deciding where to go to college, I chose to attend 1 out of 2 colleges in the country that had a clogging team.  Mars Hill University.  Home of the Bailey Mountain Cloggers.  I never could've imagined the impact the team would have on me.  Through this team I have been presented with so many opportunities I never would've dreamed happening.  International trips (England!-more to come in a later post), dancing on the news, and seeing little kids light up at the sight of clogging--just to name a few.  Being a part of this team for the past four years has been a dream.  Magical.  This team is my home away from home.  The family that I could not have picked better myself.  And we are just that.  A family.  We fight, we laugh, we love, and we're there for one another when we need someone to lean on.  This team is like none other; truly one-of-a-kind.  I could not be more blessed than to spend this extra semester with these wonderful, diverse group of people I call my teammates.

The Girls of Bailey Moutain

Super Seniors
We are now preparing for what will be my final national competition.  The weekend will be full of dancing, sweating, laughter, cheering and tears.  So pray for me.  In a cabin with 20+ cloggers for a weekend.  Pray for our health and safety.   All of our souls filled with commitment and passion.  And pray for our eager hearts. All striving for the same goal.



      **I'm the brunette, that's super cheesin'

Hopefully I have changed your outlook on clogging--no longer picture the wooden clogs and only bluegrass music.  So what are you passionate about, what drives you?  What do you think of clogging?  Let me here it peeps!



To see Appalachian Rhythm six years ago, click here.
     **Second from the right; I'm rockin' the perm-a-grin but our faces are whited out.

To see the Tweetsie Railroad Cloggers, click here.

10.21.2013

Easy Pumpkin Muffins


If you saw yesterday's post; I mentioned that I spent my Saturday night baking.  I absolutely love baking (also mentioned here) and it is a great stress reliever for me.  Although, my hips and pants tend to have a love-hate realationship with my stress-relieving habit.

When I was on one of my pinning marathons this weekend I got some pin-spiration from the oh-so-popular Pinterest, and decided to make these SUPER easy pumpkin muffins.  And it only requires 5 ingredients--sounds right up my alley.  For those of you that would love to make a fall treat but can't find the time this is your go to recipe.

Super Easy Pumpkin Muffins




Pumpkin Muffins:
Ingredients:

  • 1 (18.25 oz) pkg spice cake mix--(can substitute yellow cake mix)
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin spice




Instructions:
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix together all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Grease cupcake tin with non-stick spray or put cupcake liners in the tins.
  • Fill cups 2/3 of the way.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.
   and Enjoy your faltreat!


*This recipe was found on Pinterest.



On a side note; my little kiddos made my day today; actually they make my day everyday.  They are hilarious.  It's true, "kids say the darndest things."  Here's a sample of there latest masterpieces: 

Their little jack-o-laterns are so cute.  And hearing them describe them was even cuter.  



If you have never checked out the site www.teacherspayteachers.com and you work with children, you my dear friend are missing out!  It is all great quality materials and often you can find free downloads--free 99 makes my broke, college account very very happy!


*Parts of this lesson were found on Teachers Pay Teachers.  My students have completed a lot of different activities involving pumpkins.  Including, a story on how a pumpkin grows.  The book we read in class, before the writing activity, was From Seed to Pumpkin by Jan Kottke.  The activity incorporates writing, specifically "transition words" and the sequence of a story.  The transition words activity/book can be found here.   Other pumpkin activities that we have done in class can be found herehere and here.



Have a great rest of the week my loves!

10.20.2013

My Weekend in Pictures


And just like that tomorrow's Monday.  I don't know why it always seems like the weekend passes in a blur and before you know it, it's time for another week of school.  This weekend was no exception.


Pumpkin fluff + Ginger Snaps = The best thing you've ever tasted --> try it!

 In the south, there are few things that we southerners love more than eating.  And any chance we find to eat, we do.  Celebrating something?  We should eat!  Mourning a loss?  Let me bring you some food to help you cope.  You name it, and we'll find a reason to add food into the equation.
So at the school I'm student teaching at we have a "pod" lunch once a month to celebrate birthdays or any other event worth celebrating.  Very similar to a potluck, and it is by far my favorite day of the month.  Friday we had "pod lunch" to celebrate my birthday, and the student teachers.  And boy was it to die for!  Unfortunately, my pictures do not do it justice.  I really need a legit camera.  Hint Hint Mom and Dad if you're reading this. ;)

Buffet of scrumptious foods--be jealous!


Just to list a few: Chili, Pumpkin Soup, Croissants, Black Bean Salad, Banana Pudding and Pumpkin Fluff with Ginger Snaps were all consumed during our celebration.  Needless to say, this girl was stuffed like a Turkey on Thanksgiving.  


Friday night Thomas and I stayed in and watched baseball and Grownups 2.  It was relaxing to stay in for a weekend and just chill.  The night was filled with Pinterest, laughter, and getting to spend time with my sweet boyfriend.  Often during the week it seems like we are always on the go and never have time to spend quality time together. Friday night was a breath of fresh air..and I loved it.  Does this mean I'm officially growing up?  I think a little part of me just died, please mourn the loss of my youth.  


Saturday morning began with yet another 8:30am class.  I have never, ever been a morning person.  Seriously, ask my roommate--talk to me in the morning and you will get a death stare or worse.  However, on Saturday morning I woke up feeling refreshed at 8:15am.  Say what??  I know it's crazy, I don't know what has gotten into me; I'm seriously starting to scare myself.  Could this possibly be another sign of growing up?  Just call me Granny and give me a pair of knitting needles...what is my life coming to!  My Saturday class was made better by my wonderful roommate who brought me Chic-Fil-A.  Yum! I'm blessed, believe me I know it.  


Saturday's OOTD--and the cutest scarf Thomas' mom got me
Fail...haha
Don't worry we were parked.

After practice, Saturday night was another low key night.  Thomas took me to Weaverville's finest (aka: Bojangles) and then we took an adventure to the local Walmart.  And yes it was an adventure--anywhere with him turns into an outing full of laughter and pure happiness. The boy just gets me and knows how to make a girl laugh.  Returning back to campus, I spent my night baking and painting my nails.  I have to say that I baked the yummiest pumpkin muffins and they were SUPER easy (more to come on that later).  


Sunday was spent clogging; our national competition is THIS Saturday!!  Enough said.  No? Well more to come on this later.  But we'll pretty much be practicing our bootys off the rest of the week preparing.  So pray for our bodies and sanities.  



And that's it loves.  
I hope you had a great weekend, 
and have a fantastic Monday (if that's possible).
Stay tuned for more of this week's shenanigans and
the pumpkin muffin recipe.    

10.18.2013

No Bake Cookies

My mom loves to serve the Lord.  One way she does this is by serving others.  Often when serving others she would visit the elderly, or people who are simply in need of some company, and bring them baked goods.  I'm 100% that I got my love of baking from my mother.  At four years old she had me sitting up on the counter pouring in the sugar to the batter, and stirring up the mixture to bake whatever goody she had in mind.  Even now, when I go home we often will bake something delicious together while chatting away.

One thing we have baked many, many times is no bake cookies.  Also known as, "oaties" "no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies" "amazeballs"--nope just me?   Oh well, I will continue you to use that word; it makes me giggle.  Anyways, they are beyond amazing, and you won't regret trying this recipe--your spouse/roommate will thank you.

But seriously a cookie you don't even have to bake--say no more!  This is right up my alley.  I'm not a huge chocolate fan, but even though these cookies may look like chocolate overload they aren't.  These cookies are the perfect mesh of chocolate, peanut butter, and you don't even have to use the oven to enjoy these little balls of yummy-ness!





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