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I wonder what

they thought

before the doctors

began to diagnose

autism? Were there

just a bunch of

anti-social,

rainman-type,

idiot savants who no

one knew were

really just simply

autistic, blocked

from so-called

“normal” forms of

communication?

How many child

prodigies were over-

looked, genius

unfulfilled?

Then South

Park resumes, and I

let the idiots

entertain my numbed-by-society

brain.

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Today I Saw Chickens Penned-In On The Side Of The Road

 

It’s foggy tonight.

 

sometimes i think

it’s the coming rain,

or sorrow,

or pain,

or simply my brain,

the years of smoking too much

or drowning my fear

in gallons of beer,

tumblers of whisky

on the rocks.

 

other times i think

it’s just my life,

the listless minds surrounding

me, my craving need

for something

anything

more than this

inconsequential existence.

 

or perhaps it’s only

the full moon rising,

the pink-blue sunset,

the bitter wind, as i walk down

the street, away from

you and you and you.

 

And I give the world the proverbial finger.

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Crustless Quiche a.k.a. Breakfast Casserole

NOM!

 “Real men don’t eat Quiche”, says the BF. I call bullshit.

This recipe was originally from my Mom, and is titled “Crustless Spinach Quiche”.

I’ve since adapted it, and it’s a great way to use up produce or those couple of sausages in your fridge.

Honestly, you can simply use WTF ever you’ve got on hand?!

This time, I used the two leftover brats from my stew a few days ago, and a red pepper that was about to go.

You can make it small or larger, if you want leftovers. For the busy mornings, it’s great on an English muffin, wrapped up and taken to work. Your co-workers will think you stopped at McDonald’s, but this beats their breakfast sandwiches hands-down. Plus, it’s much healthier, as you control the ingredients and amount of sodium.

Here’s you basic ingredients:

5 eggs

1/4 c. milk

2 c. shredded cheese

and WHATEVER YOU WANT?!

Whip up the eggs and milk like you’re making scrambled eggs.

Add the cheese.

For example, this morning, I sautéed up the brats (sliced up), a bit of onion, the remaining red pepper, and sliced mushrooms until soft and brown.

I also chopped up some green onions and cilantro and added that to the egg mixture.

After the sautéed stuff cooled, I threw it in with the egg stuff.

Then dump it all in a greased pan. I used an 8×8 pan, but you could use whatever.

Bake it on 335 degrees for about 25 minutes. Poke it in the center with a toothpick to check done-ness.

And viola! Breakfast Quiche!

I’m pairing it with 2 slices of bacon, and a mini bagel topped with cream cheese.

Yum!

 

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tonight

life sets

like sunsets

chasing dreams

light

my love

my nights

where life

can be

more ordinary

complacently

wired

wandering

lost

dreaming

lies like grass

crunching

under my feet

delete

all the lies

contradicting

what I’m feeling

tonight

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summer sets

As I sit quietly in the corner,

 reading  words so full of hope,

love, loss, and new beginnings,

 a soft pinkish-orange twinge of light

 radiates through the window.

The sun sets yet again in the West,

and I grasp at promises of light,

impending dark,

but no matter now the insignificance of

fate, time, darkness and dreams.

This, only this

is the moment I have waited for.

Just this glimpse of beauty,

fading quickly into the horizon.

As the night looms closer

and still closer,

creeping into twilight.

Then finally, the sweet bliss of night.

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glimpse

caught between

screen and glass

truth and lies

denial of self

banging on my window pane

remorse breathes steam

in dreams

as I draw designs

making marks

slicing into soul

condensing

into

droplets

of

pain

that drip

   drip

      drip

blinking down

and in that brief moment

before they disperse into air

disappear

I see

perfectly

visions of the future

I have not yet attained

 

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

You can't see the chicken and bacon, but it's there. Promise.

Do you remember those Mexican Pizzas from Taco Bell?

Yeah…I know. Ew on the Taco Bell. But for some reason, I loved them. Of course, I always topped them with sour cream, and left off the ground meat-like-stuff because….uh yeah.

I don’t think that’s really meat. Just sayin’.

So here at Casa Christel, I’ve been experimenting with making my own version.

I was going for a combination between the Taco Bell, and those yummy Papa Murphy’s Garlic Chicken DeLite Pizzas.

And I hate thick crusts. Bare with me. This will all make sense when you take your first bite.

What you need:

2 large tortillas

1 chicken breast

3 strips of bacon

1/2 c. red pepper, diced (optional…I’m leaving this out next time)

1 medium tomato, diced

1/2 c. green onion, diced

1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped

2 Tbl. ranch dressing

2 c. pepper jack cheese, shredded

Okay then. Got all your food stuff prepped? Ready, set, GO!

Throw the bacon & chicken in a pan over medium heat, until the chicken is cooked. Set aside to cool. You can chop your veggies while you’re cooking the meat!

Take your pizza pan, which hopefully looks better than mine. (Note to self: Buy new pizza pan)

Grab your cooking spray & apply to both sides of the first tortilla. Trust me. This is important, as it will provide a crunchy crust later.

Then smear half the ranch dressing on top of the tort. You can do all the building directly on the pizza pan! 🙂

Now dice up your chicken and bacon, placing it on the ranch-smeared tortilla.

Sprinkle the cilantro over that. Or leave it out if you don’t like cilantro. (Dad)

Now liberally spread a cup of cheese around on top. You can use whatever cheese you have.

Remember Rule #1 in Casa Christel? Recipes: they’re more like guidelines.

Now spray the second tortilla with the funky-smelling spray stuff. I do this near the backdoor, because I’m pretty sure the cooking spray is poisonous. At the minimum, it gets you kind of high if you breathe it in. Just sayin’. 😉

Seriously? You’re all still reading? I mean, I just tried to poison you, and get you high?!

Y’all rock, by the way. 😉

Anywhoosit….

Where was I? (Must be the after-effects of the cooking spray.)

Oh yeah…now put your second tort on top of the whole mess.

MORE RANCH! Yum. Spread it around with a knife. Or your finger. Whatever.

Sprinkle the peppers, tomato,  and green onions all over the top.

MORE CHEESE! 🙂

Now bake it at 380 degrees for about 10 minutes.

What you get it a big crunchy, gooey, yummy kinda pizza thing!

Now chop it up in four even slices. Or as close to even as you can get with the whole hazy shade of cooking spray.

You can top it with avocados for even more yummy goodness?!

Hands-down: best late-night munchies or even a lunch.

Serves two.

I don’t even want to know how many calories are in this, but you’ve got to admit, it probably has less than the Taco Bell version?!

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