Best Mascot Ever!

Okay, the title might be reaching a little – or, it might not be!

Most of you have been with me long enough to know that Mr. T is his school’s mascot – the very first mascot they’ve ever had (the school is only three years old).  He is a pioneer!

Actually, he is a Ranger!

Meet the new mascot!

Meet the new mascot!

He's strong!

He’s strong!

He's handsome, too!

He’s handsome, too!

Firing up the crowd while the cheerleaders perform.

Firing up the crowd while the cheerleaders perform.

Doing a running high 5!  Which was really good considering the limited visibility!

Doing a running high 5! Which was really good considering the limited visibility!

Getting into the spirit!

Getting into the spirit!

Now, I don’t upload to YouTube, but I was going to do it for you guys – and I did, but I can’t figure out how to make the sound show up, so here is some action, but with no sounds!


I’m one Proud Mommy right now! 🙂

In The Kitchen with Kate: Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

Can I just say that I love my name in the title? It’s a special kind of tingle to see that.  Makes me feel important.

But enough about me!

Today let’s discuss cauliflower.


I hate Cauliflower.  It’s a weird, white tree that doesn’t have much flavor and really does have a weird texture.  I just can’t eat it plain. Now, I can turn it into mashed potatoes!  Steam and mash and then dump in almost an entire bar of cream cheese and it becomes edible!

Not the most healthy for us, though.

Then Pinterest saved me.  As usual.

Alfredo Sauce.  Low Fat Alfredo Sauce.

I had to try it!

I’ve made it a couple of times, and here is what I do:

  1. Boil a head of cauliflower in half water half veggie (or chicken) broth. Or just water.  That works, too.
  2. While that is boiling, saute about an entire head of garlic with a tablespoon or two of butter. Seriously, you need like 5-10 cloves depending on the size of your cauliflower.  I just do an entire head.
  3. Then, after the cauliflower is nice and mushy, using a slotted spoon or strainer, take it out of the water and put it in a food processor or blender, add about 1/2 cup of milk, just enough to help it process, and blend.  And pulverize.  And then pulse, pulse, pulse.
  4. Okay, not really, I just like the pulse button!
  5. I don’t own a food processor.  That may be why I like to Pulse, because I can’t do it at home!
  6. Once you have created a creamy mixture, pour the cauliflower into the skillet with the sauteed garlic and blend well, add salt and lots of pepper and heat through.
  7. Add to your favorite pasta and enjoy!

Last week, this was the result:

cauliflower alfredo sauceCauliflower alfredo sauce with bow-tie pasta and sauteed shrimp, and a side of grilled squash.  Here is what makes it all worth it.  There are about 220 calories in 1/2 cup of store bought alfredo sauce.  Mine has approximately 50 calories.


But, it gets better!

The night I made the alfredo sauce, I reserved half of cup of the sauce for future use.

spinach alfredo pizza 2

More homemade pizza!!!  Using my homemade pizza dough recipe, I rolled out the crust and then used the reserved portion of alfredo sauce and spread it over my crust.  Which you can barely see in the picture, but it’s there – trust me!

spinach alfredo pizza 1

Hello mozzarella cheese! Again, you can’t see it clearly, because making a “white” pizza doesn’t photograph very well! And no, there isn’t a lot of cheese, this was just a base, something for the spinach to adhere to.

And either I lost photos from my phone or I got distracted at this point.

I’m betting on the fact that I got distracted because oh look, something shiny!

But, next steps are to top with a ton of fresh spinach and then load up the mozzarella and parmesan cheese and then bake, 450 for about 15 minutes.

01868d98a580a1806cf017688b62392acfaa130d06And then feast!

And if you look closely, you can see a 2nd piece of pizza hiding in the bottom left corner.  I think I was trying to take a picture so that I didn’t look like a pig with two pieces of pizza on my plate!  Who am I kidding though, right? You have to have at least 2 – this stuff was awesome!

There you have it – another addition of Kate in the Kitchen!  I love the cauliflower alfredo sauce, and loved even more being able to reserve some of the sauce for a 2nd meal!

What about you guys? Any 2nd meals you like to make?  Anyone with me about how weird cauliflower is? 🙂

What Does “Being Brave” Mean?

Hi guys, getting ready for the first week of school has kept me busy! Enjoy a blast from the past!

Did That Just Happen Blog

My good friend Karaboo writes a blog called Who or What Was That? and we tend to email almost every day and share parts of our life or quotes, pictures, etc. that we’ve found interesting/funny/inspirational.  Last week she sent me a copy of Are you being brave? by Simple Mom.  This is not a blog that I follow, but I’m always up to read something new.

The blogger posed the query “Stop and think about the bravest moment in your life.” Now, most of you know what I do when told to stop and think about something, I usually don’t.  I gave it a slight pause and nothing immediately popped up, so I continued reading.  She goes on to detail her brave moment that happened while she was working on her pilot’s license.  Both of my parents have gotten their pilot’s licenses, so I know how hair-raising and gut-wrenching that can be…

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16 Ways to Know you Have a Teenage Boy

In honor of my son, Mr. T, who turned 16 on Monday, I thought I would bring you

16 Ways to Know you have a Teenage Boy

  1. Your water bill has gone up.  This is due to extended showers.  I fully believe that this is due to a sudden interest in cleanliness.  This is the story.  This is the truth.  I refuse to believe anything else.
  2. The fact that there must be a force-field around all of your laundry hampers is a genuine concern.
  3. You understand what Snapchat is, how it works and yes, you are worried.
  4. Food disappears.  Like overnight.  Like if you wash a bunch of grapes and lovingly pluck them from the stems and put them in a bowl in the fridge, make sure you eat all you want right then.  They won’t be there in the morning.
  5. Serving sizes become meaningless. The note that says “Serves Four” becomes “Serves a mom, a teenage son and 3 tablespoons will be left over.  Too little to save for tomorrows lunch but too much apparently for the human garbage disposal to eat.”
  6. You’ve heard the perks of living at home, and they don’t include love, they include Food, Shelter and Wi-fi.
  7. You start to wonder if eyes really can roll back into a head, and if so – is it worth a trip to the emergency room? Didn’t you warn them when they were younger that “If you keep making that face it will stick that way?”
  8. You’ve had a conversation and then had to sneak onto the internet to translate what was actually said.
  9. You know what Kk, Bae, Molly and Poppin’ Tags all stand for.
  10. You’ve had a complete conversation where all of the answers you received were in the form of sighs and grunts.
  11. There have been days when you communicate via Twitter and Text more than you talk in person.
  12. “Can I drive?” Is the most common phrase in your house.  You even start hearing it in your sleep.
  13. You have to troll Twitter to find out what is going on in your kids life. #StalkerMom
  14. Mysterious phone calls start coming in.  Sometimes these phone calls require hanging out in the back yard.
  15. Clouds of aftershave/deodorant/cologne is becoming a permanent feature in the bathroom.
  16. You have heard the “Mom, I need my space” talk.

If any of the above has happened to you, you might be raising a teenage boy!

And you know what?

I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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Wordless Wednesday 8/20/14

until further notice, celebrate everything

Batman lunch

Okay, seriously, who has time to make these lunches? They cut out honeydew melon with bat shaped cookie cutters! I don’t even have a clue what those black bats are made of – but they cut grapes in half! Who does that?!? Sure, cut the grapes if you have a kid that can’t chew.  But if they are taking a lunch to school, they can have a full grape!  And is that sandwich even enough food for a kid? It looks like they cut half of it off to shape the face! Kudos to you moms that take the time.  

As for me:

aint nobody got time for that

Kate in the Kitchen: Bake Sale Crispie Treats

You all know (or most of you do) that I am a cheer mom.  The one thing in this world I never expected to be, I am.

Mr. T cheer

Do you see Mr. T? Hint – he’s the only one without a bow in his hair.

On top of that, I not only signed up for the Booster Club, but I became a member of the Executive Council.

Honestly, I had no idea what a Booster Club really did – which is probably a good thing – because I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have done all I did had I known in advance!

I’m sure the rest of the world knows this, but a Booster Club supports the “club” (Cheerleaders, baseball players, dancers, football team, etc.).  Primarily, they support with fund raising efforts.  So far this year we’ve had a pancake breakfast and that raised the money to buy our cheerleaders a vinyl banner for the football team to run through.  We also had a car wash and that paid for a new mat for the cheerleaders to use and for a full page in the football program advertising/promoting our cheerleaders.

That’s the background.  We are doing good things for the girls and Mr. T, that’s what it boils down to.

This Monday was the Community Pep Rally, an annual event that the school hosts where they invite the community to come down and meet the teams and coaches.  Apparently this is an ideal time for the Booster Clubs to do some fundraising.  We were all lined up at the front of the stadium hocking our wares.  T-shirts, little plastic bull horns, hats, and in our case – baked goods!

Naturally, upon finding out about this, I got busy searching Pinterest for wonderful ideas. What was I going to make? It had to be easy and it had to be awesome! I was going to blow those other parents away!

Not that I’m competitive or anything!

I decided on chocolate dipped rice cereal treats.  I won’t call them Rice Krispie treats, cause, well, I bought generic!

Oh – and I learned that you can now make these things in the microwave!! Holy cow it was awesome! No more standing over the stove and stirring constantly so that the butter doesn’t burn while you are trying to melt the marshmallows!! It was like the clouds parted and sunbeams were shining down on me!

I got the treats made with minimal fuss and mom helped me out by cutting them nice and neatly:

rice krispie treats


Then we went and added popcicle sticks, because in my mind, these were going to be on display – the highlight of the bake sale table!

rice krispie treats on a stickThen I took some chocolate bark and almond bark and got it melted (in the microwave again!) and then gathered the other supplies – plenty of sprinkles!  The school colors are purple and gold and mom just happened to have some purple and gold sugar crystals, so I used that and the rainbow sprinkles I bought and had fun!



rice krispie treats dipped in chocolate

Then the unthinkable happened (and I just realized how blurry the picture above is – sorry about that!)

I’m not sure what I did wrong, or if a million Pinterest pictures are wrong – but my treats fell off of the sticks!

rice krispie treats

I just went ahead and took them all off the sticks.  My dreams were dashed – but all hope was not lost, I still knew that I was going to rock that bake sale!

chocolate covered rice krispie treats

Beautiful, chocolate and sprinkled covered rice cereal treats.  All wrapped up nice and neat in their own individual bag, ready to captivate the people that walked by our booth.

I showed up, I helped set up the booth, and then I pulled out my treats and ooohhh’d and aaahhh’d over how pretty they were.

And about 5 minutes later I remember that I lived in Texas.

And it’s 100 dg. in the shade.

And chocolate melts in 100 dg. temperatures.

There’s always next year!

Lee Was Here

For those of you who have followed my blog for any amount of time, you know that a year and a half ago I lost my (28 year old) baby brother.  

Fast forward to a few weeks ago, mom and dad were on vacation and I was house and dog sitting.  Well, I thought they had an under slab leak, as all of the sudden there was a puddle in the living room! I totally freaked out, and spent hours trying to figure out where the water was coming from.  I finally traced it back to an ice maker that is supposed to be turned off.  

However, I got the water cleaned up, the ice maker turned off and we thought all was fine.

Until the wood floors in the kitchen / breakfast room started warping.  Apparently the water had been leaking under the kitchen / breakfast nook floor for several weeks before it even made it to the living room. 

Needless to say, this Saturday morning we ended up spending time pulling up the wood panels in the worst areas.  We got a big section pulled up and hauled out to the truck and as Mr. T was rolling up the thermal barrier, he goes “Look, there is Lee”

And we all stopped – and not going to lie – I was looking for a ghost! 

Not a ghost:

Lee Was Here

Lee Was Here

Lee would have been about 17 when he wrote this on the concrete under the new floor.  It was a wonderful surprise to find in the middle of less than pleasant circumstances.  

He is still with us.