“This is What We Call Entertainment?!”

“This is What We Call Entertainment?!”

In my beautiful town in North Western Oklahoma, there are two festivals going on. The First Annual Twister Alley Film Festival and a heath fair called The Pulse. Sadly, I am at work this weekend, so that means no fun festivals for me.

Working at the library today, a regular patron came in to get copies made. She’s a middle-aged lady who has a lot of spunk. As I made her copies, she told me that one of her students (she subs) had given her a ticket to the festival. She told me that she walked out of two of the films. I inquired why.

“They showed a film of a woman shaving her legs. She cut herself with the razor… then she continued to cut herself again and again.”

The other film was of a man being raped by another man.

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This is entertainment?

This is gross.

Being as this was a family event, why would you show something like that?

Our morals not only in America, but across the world, have declined so rapidly. Why? Look around you.

My husband’s grandmother, Ma, as we called her, remembers when she first saw a commercial for tampons on television. It was highly embarrassing for everyone in the room. You just didn’t put things like that on television.

Some may call this progress, but I call it disgusting and immoral. We’re letting innocent minds be corrupted with trash. “Shock factor” has become the best thing producers, writers, actors, and artists can do to keep a following on their projects. Whatever happened to talent and plot?

It’s a slow fade until you have porn on everyday television.

Surprise News

Surprise News

Exciting new news will be coming up soon! What could it be?

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What’s that? You want me to tell you already?

Well, I’m sorry, but you’re going to have to wait.

All I can say about it is that God is good and all things are perfect in his timing.

Check back to find out my news!

Rainy Day

Rainy Day

Our part of the state is known for its wind and extreme temperatures. After all, it’s been in the 80’s and 90’s the past two or so weeks and it’s only April. And boy has the wind blown.

But the nice thing is the rain. Today God blessed us with a sprinkling of rain and the beautiful clouds.

April showers bring may flowers after all don’t they?

We’ll have to wait and see. 🙂

Rolling Pin Tortillas!

Rolling Pin Tortillas!

There’s a first time for everything… And a few nights ago I made tortillas for the first time!

Tortillas were scary to me. What if I couldn’t get them rolled out thin enough? What if they cooked too fast? What if they burned?

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Well, I’m glad to say that none of that happened. Tortillas are incredibly easy to make. Why pay $2+ at the grocery store when you can make your own for cheaper? Plus they are healthier for you than their store bought companions.

They are so very easy to make. You’ll need the following:

Rolling Pin Tortillas

3 cups flour

1/3 cup oil (olive or coconut are what I recommend!)

1 cup warm water

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

First, place the flour in a mixing bowl, then add the baking powder and salt. Mix well.

Next, make a hollow in the middle and add the oil and hot water. The dough should come together soft and pliable. If it doesn’t seem to be, add up to a 1/4 of a cup more water.

Flattened balls of dough
Flattened balls of dough

Divide dough in half, and half again. And again, and again, and again. Divide until you have between 14 and 16 balls that fit in your hand. Flour your working surface and press them out as much as you can with your palm and let rest for 15 minutes, but do not stack them on top of each other. Or else they’ll stick. That’s why I hung mine on bowls.

After the 15 minutes have passed, keep a little extra flour around your working surface to flour your rolling pin. As you see, I used my wooden rolling pin and a cookie sheet to roll them out on. For ease of cleaning up.

Rolled Tortilla
Rolled Tortilla

Start a skillet heating on your stove on medium-high heat with just a little oil or butter. Roll out your flattened balls, in whatever shape you prefer. Mine came out rectangle-ish, no matter how circular I tried to make them. And again, I let them rest on the bowl so they would retain their shape while the others cooked. Aim for about 6-7 inches, if not more.

Frying tortilla
Frying Tortilla

Next, fry them up! It only takes a minute or two per side. If they start cooking too fast, turn down the heat. To slow, turn up the heat. Place them in an air-tight container or a plastic bag once done so they won’t lose their elasticity and become tortilla chips.

And enjoy! Or, once cooled completely, store in the fridge for around a week or the freezer indefinitely. Just place a damp paper towel or rag in the microwave to heat them up so they retain their elasticity.

They aren’t all that hard. Go ahead and try them! And if you have any questions, as below.