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5 Reasons to Attend the State Fair of Texas

Over the years, my family and I have made it a yearly tradition to visit The State Fair of Texas; also known as the home of Big Tex. As a family, we love the ambiance that the State Fair of Texas provides. The smell of fried corny dogs (not ‘corn dogs’ but ‘corny dogs’, there is a difference), the ‘carnies’ that show up every year, the tourists from all over the world, the livestock that has been raised by hard working kids, and the live music playing on the Chevy Main Stage are just a few reasons why we love coming back each and every year. Here are a few reasons why you should take your family to The State Fair of Texas.

The State Fair of Texas

1. This is one day out of the year that you will not be judged for how much you eat or what you eat in a public setting. The State Fair of Texas is all about turkey legs, corny dogs, funnel cakes and the latest creation in fried foods. This year the latest and greatest fried selections consist of Fried Sweet Texas, Deep Fried Texas Bluebonnet, Chicken Fried Loaded Baked Potato and so much more. So grab your stretchy pants, bring your antacid, and eat like no one is looking.
2. The State Fair of Texas provides quite a bit of opportunities for exhibitors of all ages to show their livestock which consists of rabbits, breeding sheep, breeding dairy cattle and more. This is a great way to support our youth and to have an opportunity to see some really awesome animals.
3. Are you shopping for a car? Do you like looking at the latest models from the world’s largest manufacturers? The State Fair of Texas has more than 400,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space that features automotive companies that unveil new makes and models to the public. So if you are shopping around for a car or just like looking at new cars, this is a great reason to attend The State Fair of Texas.
4. The State Fair of Texas is located in Fair Park and inside Fair Park is the Cotton Bowl Stadium. This stadium is the historic home of the iconic Red River Rivalry, State Fair Classic and other matches. Every Saturday, The State Fair of Texas has thousands of fans come to the Cotton Bowl for college football. When there are two rival teams playing, expect the spirit at the fair to be big, the fan’s colors to swarm the crowd and the fair goers to yell friendly and fun chants at each other. Even if you are not a football fan, the site and scene makes for a fun day at the fair.
5. The Midway at The State Fair of Texas has over 70 rides from thrill rides, kiddy rides, midway games and the iconic 212 ft Texas Star Ferris Wheel! Even if you are not someone that enjoys the rides, the Midway is a great place to sit back and people watch.
These are just a handful of reasons why you should visit The State Fair of Texas. This fair offers so much to its fair goers that you can spend all day at the fair and still not experience everything that it offers, but before you go make sure to check their website to find out what activities are happening on the day you want to visit. Every day at the State Fair of Texas is full of adventures, fun and good eating.

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Dear Me: A Letter to My Beginning Blogging Self

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Dear Me,

I had almost forgotten what I looked like at 23. I was young! And skinny! And hot! It’s great to see you! We aren’t so skinny anymore and our hair has thinned a bit.  But don’t worry the weight and the hair loss is for a good cause.  You have twins.  Plus another one. Three little boys in 17.5 months who are worth every pound.  And you keep blogging.  Sort of. But, I’m getting ahead of myself…

First, welcome to the world of blogging! This is going to turn out to be one of the best things you ever do for yourself. Right now, you aren’t completely sure what a blog is and view it as a personal diary of sorts. A blog is so much more than a diary! Once you get into it and start commenting on other blogs and interacting on social media, that’s when it gets fun. The friendships and connections from blogging and social media are beyond compare. This community of people you have never actually met will be by your side through a lot of things.  They will support you through infertility, encourage you when you are working on your PhD (you almost have it!), and laugh with you through the journey.  If you let them. You need to be real.  You need to be honest.  If you put on a front and pretend you have a perfect life? You won’t connect.  If you try and write what other bloggers are writing, you won’t find yourself.

You have a few blogs you read and “know” the women behind them.  Sadly, you will lose most of those connections when those women turn blogging into a living.  Since it remains a hobby for you, your blog won’t “take off.” Don’t compare.  You aren’t writing to gain followers.  You are writing because you love it. You are writing because it is your outlet.  You are writing to connect with other bloggers.  And most of all, you are writing to find yourself.

Through blogging you will find your voice.  You will vocalize your fears about graduate school.  You will advocate for other women battling infertility. You will share the ups and downs of a difficult pregnancy and raising infant twins.  You will rejoice in a surprise pregnancy just a few short months after the twins are born.  You will learn from other moms who have a lot of kids in a short period of time. You will grow. You will change. You will love it.

You will stop and start your blog a few times during different seasons of life, but it will always be waiting for you to come back. It’s okay to take a writing break, but know that you will regret those breaks. Having the blog to look back on is so fulfilling and it would be nice to have a record of those missing seasons. So take a break if you need it younger me, but me (older wiser me) really wishes you wouldn’t.

Eventually (in say 6 years – as in I’m doing it now) you will decide it is time for your blog to become an adult. You will agonize over names and branding and domains. And really wish you had done all of this in the beginning when names were still available! So younger me, while it is still 2008 would you mind going ahead and buying a few good domain names? Maybe learning web design? Migrating the blog from blogger to wordpress before you have too many posts? That would be really helpful to me now.

My advice to you, younger me? Comment more. Worry less. Be real. And go ahead and buy a good domain name!

 

Love you lots,

Lexy @ Crazy Cass Life (soon to be its own domain and not just a blog name!)

Blogger of the Month: Quinoa Fried Rice

Quinoa fried rice

We love Chinese food. For some reason we rarely order it, or go out to get it. Chinese food has been like that for me my whole life. My parents liked it, but we almost never had it. I can remember them sometimes picking some up on New Year’s Eve or Fat Tuesday when we did a big fast food feast.

When I met my husband, he’d never really had Chinese food before. The first time I went to visit him over a college break we went to Boston for the day and stopped to get Chinese for dinner. I think I ordered everything we had, though I hadn’t had a whole lot more experience than he. We both love it though!

While we don’t order in often, I do try to make Chinese from time to time. Authentic? No. Tasty? Yes! I love to make stir fry and fried rice. Fried rice is probably my absolute favorite, especially when we have leftover pork. Delicious!

Like a lot of people, we’ve jumped on the quinoa train. I sub it for rice now in a lot of dishes. It seems most everyone is doing that, too. When you use it for fried rice, you really can’t taste the difference at all. It holds the seasonings well and is great with crisp stir fried veggies.

Here’s our veggie version. Serve it up with some fruit and you’ve got a very healthy dinner. Or breakfast even… it makes for an amazing breakfast of leftovers the next day!

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Quinoa Fried Rice

Ingredients
• 4 cups quinoa, cooked
• 2 carrots, diced
• 2 celery stalks, diced
• 1 bell pepper, diced (any color)
• 1 handful snow peas or snap peas, cut in half
• ½ onion, chopped
• 1 small can bamboo shoots
• 1 small can diced water chestnuts
• 1 packet fried rice seasoning
• 2 eggs

Directions
1. Saute the veggies in a bit of olive oil until heated through and starting to soften.
2. Add the quinoa and stir fry for another 5 minutes.
3. Add the seasoning according to the package directions.
4. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl.
5. Push the quinoa/veggie mixture to the side of the pan and scramble the eggs in the same pan.
6. Once the eggs are scrambled, mix them into the quinoa/veggie mix.
7. (At this point, you could add some diced cooked chicken, pork, beef, tofu, or shrimp to the pan and continue to mix until heated through.)
8. Dish up and enjoy!

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“I’m Helen, a full-time working, often freelancing, always on-the-go mom of one. I love to cook and bake, craft, read, play with my daughter, and spend time entertaining family and friends. With so much going on, I do my best to make the most of what we already have around the house. Who has time for another trip to the store anyway? You’ll find us making our own holiday decorations, trying out some tasty family-friendly recipes, attempting DIY projects and crafts, and generally having a lot of fun whether our best laid plans work out or not.”

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