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Chicken Fajitas and Stir Fry

With just about all of Podcast Lost in Space going on ice after this month while we try to see how to continue, I wanted to leave you with one of the easiest, simplest and most versatile recipes I have.

This recipe is really good for dealing with leftover steak or chicken, cleaning out veggies from a fridge or things like that. I’m going to list the common ingredients that I like in my mix so it’s Chicken Fajitas.

tsp = teaspoon

Tbsp = Tablespoon

lbs = Pounds

Mince = chop into very small pieces

Diced = You chop the thing into roughly square like shapes

Cubed = Actually what it says, cut the ingredients into rough cubes, much bigger than diced

Sliced = Cut into thin broad strips (usually circles)

Chopped = to cut into small pieces with repeated blows

Al Dente = Pasta and/or Vegetables, Rice or Beans that are cooked to be firm to the bite. – Another way to put it is that it’s cooked but not fully cooked

Simmer = stay just below the boiling point while being heated. (small occasional bubble)

Saute = cook with oil

Fold = Mix the ingredients by scooping the bottom of the mix onto the top of the mix.

Reserve = Hold on/Don’t discard. Usually a liquid that is normally considered waste.

Tools needed:

  • 1-2 Large Fry Pan(s) w/ Lid
  • Cutting board
  • Chopping knife
  • Pair of Plates or tortilla steamer
  • Olive Oil
  • Oven (if you want)
  • Medium bowl (Microwave safe)

Ingredients

Stir Fry Mix

  • 1 Bell Peppers (Cut into Thin Strips)
  • 1 Large Onion (Chopped)
  • 3 Carrots (Sliced)
  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 3+Tbsp Teryaki Sauce (To Taste)
  • Salt (To Taste)
  • Garlic Powder (To Taste)
  • Oregano (To Taste)

Fajita

  • Flour (or Corn) Tortillas
  • 1 can of Re-fried Black Beans – I recommend getting black beans from the local Mexican store if you can.
  • Shredded Cheese of your preference (I use cheddar)
  • Shredded Lettuce (1 Bag of “salad” lettuce if you’re lazy)

Directions:

  1. Season the Chicken Breasts with Oregano, Salt and Garlic Powder
  2. You can either saute the chicken in the large fry pan, and cover it with the lid to help steam it or bake it if you so desire.
    1. The chicken doesn’t have to be full cooked but if you want it to be, it should be white all the way through and at 165 Degrees Fahrenheit, but it will be cooked more.
  3. Saute the onions until lightly golden brown and then add the rest of the vegetables.
  4. Season the vegetable mix with salt, oregano and garlic salt to taste. Saute for 1 minute.
  5. Add meat to the mix and add the Teriyaki sauce. Saute until vegetables are soft or the meat is fully cooked.
  6. While the stir fry is cooking, move the beans to the microwave safe bowl and microwave for three minutes.
  7. Heat up the Tortillas for 30 seconds in the microwave just before serving to help with folding. Use the plates as a base and lid or use the Tortilla steamer if you have it.
  8. Serve and Enjoy while warm!

Also for all of you, enjoy this how to on how to wrap a burrito. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiIq4OmUzMc

Podcast Lost In Space 27!

It’s Podcast Lost In Space 27! Seneca, Alyssa and Alexander gather for the first bi-monthly episode. This time around we talk about our experiences moving.

Follow Us: @PLISOfficial on Twitter or on Facebook at Podcast Lost In Space and on Youtube atTPLIS Official

Many thanks to Peter Scott for his awesome Intro/Outro Music! Everyone go check him out! https://soundcloud.com/peterscott-3

And many more thanks to Matthew Jager for his amazing graphics and banners! Check him out at mjagerdesign.com and on Twitter at @TheSeattleOne

Podcast Lost in Space Episode 26!

We’re finally back for Podcast Lost in Space Episode 26! We check in with the entire crew and then let Alyssa talk for about half of it about what she’d been doing (more than Alexander and Seneca). We talk about school, Networking and I get to talk briefly about my writing. Oh and our friend Madelyn sits in for occasional colour commentary.

Follow Us: @PLISOfficial on Twitter or on Facebook at Podcast Lost In Space and on Youtube atTPLIS Official

Many thanks to Peter Scott for his awesome Intro/Outro Music! Everyone go check him out! https://soundcloud.com/peterscott-3

And many more thanks to Matthew Jager for his amazing graphics and banners! Check him out at mjagerdesign.com and on Twitter at @TheSeattleOne

Podcast Lost in Space Episode 25!

It’s a short podcast today! Join Alexander and Seneca as we talk about daylight savings time and his embarrassing inability to be smooth. It’s Podcast Lost in Space Episode 25!

Follow Us: @PLISOfficial on Twitter or on Facebook at Podcast Lost In Space and on Youtube atTPLIS Official

Many thanks to Peter Scott for his awesome Intro/Outro Music! Everyone go check him out! https://soundcloud.com/peterscott-3

And many more thanks to Matthew Jager for his amazing graphics and banners! Check him out at mjagerdesign.com and on Twitter at @TheSeattleOne

Podcast Lost in Space Episode 24!

We got a full house today for Podcast Lost in Space Episode 24! We pull in “special” guest Joey again as we talk about Alcohol and what we think about it and how its affected us.

Check out Joey on Twitter and at his Twitch

Follow Us: @PLISOfficial on Twitter or on Facebook at Podcast Lost In Space and on Youtube atTPLIS Official

Many thanks to Peter Scott for his awesome Intro/Outro Music! Everyone go check him out! https://soundcloud.com/peterscott-3

And many more thanks to Matthew Jager for his amazing graphics and banners! Check him out at mjagerdesign.com and on Twitter at @TheSeattleOne

Peak Into A Writer’s World Bible – Founding Myth

Hey Everyone, Alexander here.

I’m swinging in for a last minute clutch post because the first post of the month is always the hardest for us to organize. Since our writing section is more than a little anemic, despite me being a writer — and because, I’ve forgotten the post I wanted to do about four separate times in the last two days — I thought it’d be fun to take advantage of this chaos to give you all a little glimpse into my writing notes and pull something out that might not normally see the light of day.

I do so much writing that simply can not make its way into the shorts or novels in anything more than hints but that help me give the world a sense of depth that my readers can sense. Or, more honestly, let me stop obsessing about a particular idea. You might never see the detailed anatomy of a historic country’s geopolitical make up , hell you may only see the country mentioned once or twice ever. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t spell out its entire history from founding to “present” because it has its own natural effects on history.

Where does one start? Why in Myth and Legend, of course! This is how the Universe was Born.

The worlds have always been, The Firstbornes gave them life. For they were great travelers who first crossed worlds. Yet they grew lonely for the worlds they crossed were uniformly barren and lost, separated from each other and lightless. Some among the Firstborne saw the truth of creation, that the worlds they saw were seeds of hope and potential needing light. Those Who Saw convened a great council of the Firstborne to convince them a great sacrifice was necessary. The Firstborne knew it was their duty to creation to give these seeds a chance to blossom so Those Who Became sacrificed themselves by the thousands to give every world its own set of stars to guide creation’s potential. Yet, the Ones Who Set the Stars were of the same people. Thus the life of many worlds can interact with each other and indeed many creatures can thrive on worlds not their own.

But not every Firstborne joined their brethren amongst the heavens. Some were given a harder duty, for the young new species emerging would need the guiding hand of their elder to. Even the Firstborne knew creation could be cruel. Those Who Remained were given the task of protecting the new saplings from predations of that borne in the darkness. For some things only birthed themselves in shadow and lightlessness and they hungered for spark of life they lacked. Those Who Remained split all of creation into two kingdomsL the Praeskensha (Kingdom of the Guardians) and the Etominru (The Kingdom of the Starless). The Praeskensha watched over the worlds of Stars while the Etominru held vigillant in the worlds of darkness, the vanguard of all their brethren had sacrificed. So peace reigned and life blossomed.

That Seemed really clean and ready for publishing didn’t it?

Wanna see the OneNote Page?

OneNote Screen Shot - Glimpse in a Notebook Cropped

It’s Not quite as clean is it?

Oh and Don’t Worry. We’ll get to the Textile and Dye Materials Page. That’ll be Fun.

Well this was fun. Thanks for letting me indulge in parading my world-building around for a few minutes.

Podcast Lost In Space Episode 23!

We got Seneca back! It’s a party of three as Alexander, Seneca and Alyssa gather together to talk about our old mentors (we let Alyssa talk alot) and some stupid cereal thing that got us really talking. It’s Podcast Lost in Space Episode 23!

Check out the silly cereal article!

Follow Us: @PLISOfficial on Twitter or on Facebook at Podcast Lost In Space and on Youtube atTPLIS Official

Many thanks to Peter Scott for his awesome Intro/Outro Music! Everyone go check him out! https://soundcloud.com/peterscott-3

And many more thanks to Matthew Jager for his amazing graphics and banners! Check him out at mjagerdesign.com and on Twitter at @TheSeattleOne

Podcast Lost in Space Episode 22!

We’re joined by the rare Ryan Newman again and special Guest Emmett Scout for this Episode of Podcast Lost in Space! We touch on the ideal of personal security and national security, talk about work and interviews, and then get down in the mud talking about Fanart and its legal/moral right.

Check Emmett out on Twitter at @EmmettScout and his work with the Digital Futures Lab

Follow Us: @PLISOfficial on Twitter or on Facebook at Podcast Lost In Space and on Youtube atTPLIS Official

Many thanks to Peter Scott for his awesome Intro/Outro Music! Everyone go check him out! https://soundcloud.com/peterscott-3

And many more thanks to Matthew Jager for his amazing graphics and banners! Check him out at mjagerdesign.com and on Twitter at @TheSeattleOne

How Boy Meets World Depressed Me

 

By Alexander Pereira

Television, books, video games and Taylor Swift’s first album lied about Romance and dating to all of us. We were promised and taught to expect a certain type of future that was so incredibly unrealistic that it’s amazing any of us would’ve been stupid enough to fall for it. Except I did. This is what it did to me.

I’m an unfortunate mix of the bitter cynic, chronically shy person and a hopeless romantic all jumbled into a great bundle of angst and social awkwardness. I grew up with my head wedged deeply between the pages of Tolkien and Tamora Pierce, of Fantasy and Science Fiction with its might heroes and star-struck romances. I took to the idea of being a fantasy knight seriously. True love and fate became a part of my expectations for life in a way that still affect how I approach romance to this day. That stuff? Not really that bad. It makes things like casual dating or the idea of casual sex really hard to stomach for me personally but I don’t feel like it’s hurt me, just put me in hard mode.

The stuff I really want to talk about is the nonsense television shows like Kim Possible, Lizzie McGuire, and Boy Meets World ingrained in younger me. Those shows all promised you that no matter how awkward and social weird you were; you could find your soulmate in high school. Even more importantly, that soulmate was your attractive best girl/boy friend who you’ve known forever. The lessons were that you both know you like each other but neither of you wants to admit it. So I came to expect that the path to true happiness was to realize my soulmate was that best friend I’d grown up, fall in love with her, date through college with a series of sickeningly adorable adventures, get married after graduation and have 2.5 kids by the time we were 28. Simple. Easy. It’s exactly what everything society was saying happened after all. Now, I don’t know if I’m just an idiot or if this happened to a bunch of us but I got really invested in this model for life. I knew in my bones that I was destine for a story of true love and early life bliss. Everything would be perfect and we’d choose our colleges together, figure out our careers and build our life together. I became so married to this idea I could hardly conceive of a world where this wasn’t my life.

It goes without saying that this plan for a perfect life didn’t happen. It didn’t even come close. The first real love of mine broke up with me after three months (summer time fling), and we spent our entire senior year of High school sniping and claw at each other. It took us years to figure out what it meant to be friends and not ex’s and work through the anger and hurt but eventually we figured out how to be friends. We’re best of friends now. – Yes if you’re wondering, I wrote really bad angst blog posts and some fiction about it too here go check it out: redbreardsmusings.wordpress.com)  — This shocking state of affairs left me genuinely feeling like something was broken with me. It was as if I wasn’t a proper person because I didn’t have the same romantic arc of Lizzie and Gordon; Ron and Kim; or Cory and Topanga. I just knew that since I didn’t find that perfect happiness in high school, I’d lost that entire future forever. No family, no adorable daughter or beautiful woman to come home too (or hell, to have come home to me). Not even the white picket fence. I was heartbroken and I started panicking as I rolled into my freshman year of University because I didn’t know what my life was supposed to look like anymore. I thought my life couldn’t have meaning any more. There is another post to be told about me dealing with the depression I faced, and may still face, through my freshman year of university but I know for a fact that this helped contribute to it.

The older me, looking back at that time is really glad things worked out the way they have. I’ve seen a few classmates marry the high school sweethearts and it feels myopic. Like the people of Plato’s Cave ignore the existence of an outside world. Not that I don’t harbor a quiet mourning for that childhood dream but I know I’m a better me for having had to grow past it. I thought for years that I was the kind of person who’d be happy staying in the same town for ever. I thought about how wonderful it would be to raise my future kids in the same place. I’ve been slowly learning that this isn’t true. That I’m not actually someone who enjoys stagnation like that. I have a tendency to let myself become stagnated but I don’t enjoy it.

I’m also thankful that I didn’t end up falling in love with my childhood best friend because guess what? We’d have been (still would be) an awful couple. The things I’ve learned I need from a partner and the things I know she needs don’t remotely match. This post-knowledge didn’t keep me from confusing genuine, almost familial, affection toward her for romantic feelings several times over the years though. Every time I realized I was trying to force a square peg into the round hole of my expectations before I genuinely damaged our relationship but it was a near thing at times.

I’ve moved beyond the expectations for a high school soulmate, for obvious reasons of course, but I’ve also managed to uncouple my sense of self-worth and identity from the ideal.  I’ve become self-aware enough to figure out where other unrealistic expectations are come from. Things that Romantic Comedies have hammered in with their stalking ideation or even the idea that College is a sexual banquet for everyone. That last one did its own number on my ideas of self-worth but I’m running out of space. I’ve very careful to be mindful the media I consume, especially as we move in on Valentine’s Day because I know it can still knock me into a depressive cycle. I don’t like being single and the upcoming deluge of happy couples and “only couples are complete people” is always dangerous. For all of you, I hope this made you feel a little less alone.

Operation Respec Weeks 1 to 3

Hey ya’ll,

That’s right I’m finally updating everyone on Operation Respec and in video form! Why Video Form? It kind of just felt like the best way to do this so drop me some comments about your thoughts!