Living the Sports Chick Dream!

My friend, Latoscia Mason is wild about football! As you can see from this picture, she really gets into her role as a sports chick. To say she loves football, is an under-statement!

She’s an Alabama fan, a University of Louisville (UofL) fan, and a football mom. I could go on and on, but I think I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Because this sports chick is having a stellar year.

By the way – her son plays football at Fern Creek High School – in my neighborhood. I graduated from FCHS a few years back (snicker). The Tigers made a name for themselves in 2016, and are doing well this year, too. Keep your eye on #85!

And she’s passing the football-loving gene on to the third generation!

I think that’s pretty amazing. What a grandma (actually, I think she’s called “Glamma”).

So, here’s to a winning season, Sports Chick! May your teams score big this year.

Click to Tweet: Living the Sports Chick Dream in Louisville, Kentucky! #football #sports


Latoscia is not just about football, she’s a minister, too. You’ll find her at Within You Ministries on Facebook. Most weekends, she and her team are ministering at KCIW — Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women.

From Latoscia’s Facebook post~

Over the years, the overwhelming love of God has glowed through me when I didn’t see anything but darkness! But God…in His infinite wisdom, with total surrender/obedience, His love has illuminated and transformed me from the inside out! If you are in a dark place, surrender, give it to Him. He shall light and direct your path. I’m a witness of his constant ❤️ grace, mercy and faithfulness. I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, but He has kept me! When I 👀back over my life, and I think things over…I can truly say that I AM BLESSED! TGBTG! #TBTPic

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Are You Ready for Some Football!

By Betty Boyd

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There is a nip of coolness in the air. The tailgaters are once again gathered at their favorite college campus. The anticipation is enormous, and discussions abound on how each team will do in the upcoming season.

Some say baseball is America’s sport, but from what I can see, football really is. While growing up, I can remember sitting around the television every Saturday afternoon, and watching with wonder on how my favorite college team -Notre Dame-would do against its current rival.

There is a unique competitive spirit running through a college football team that is unlike anything any other sport can offer. I marvel at the athleticism, skill and tenacity of every individual on that team. College football is a breath of fresh air, in that, you have a distinctive bond that cannot be matched by any other sport.

Don’t get me wrong, I follow baseball and pro football, but I have never found quite the excitement and thrill I get watching college football. The tradition and nostalgia it exudes is what makes it so awesome a past time.

So, are you ready for some football? I sure am, and I will still be watching every Saturday afternoon to cheer Notre Dame on to victory.

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Writing prompt: What is your family’s football tradition?

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Get Ready for Some Football!

by Betty Thomason Owens

Hello, September! Another month nearly caught me by surprise, especially when I saw the topic for our articles. Football–College or NFL? I can hear my friends’ laughter right now, because those in the know, know I don’t like sports.

But, maybe I should clarify that remark. I can’t watch sports. Games stress me out. And heaven forbid I know someone on the team. I want to hide in a closet till it’s all over. Who won? Wait–just give me the bottom line here–I don’t want a play-by-play.

My husband is a fan, but not a fanatic. He won’t usually watch college games. His decor of choice regarding football, is yellow and black. Go Steelers! If I was a fan, we’d be at odds, because I was born in one of the most beautiful cities in the continental U.S.–Seattle! Oh, yes–we’d be mortal enemies when the season rolls around. So I keep to myself and only take part when it’s time to go to our favorite annual Superbowl party.

This month, we’ll be hearing from our usual crew members, as they share their favorites and hopefully a recipe or two. And we’ll host a couple of guests, one of whom is an absolute football fan-a-tic. Big time.

So get out your pom-poms, cheese-hats, or whatever else you like to wear or take to a ball game and get ready for some football!

Click-to-Tweet: Get ready for some #football! College, or #NFL? #recipes

Writing Prompt: April loved football, but she didn’t like the battle that ensued when…


Here’s my favorite tailgate/Superbowl recipe (Yum!):

This 7-Layer Mexican Dip is nothing but goodness! Layer after layer of deliciousness, piled high. It’s everyone’s favorite thing to dip their chips into, and so easy to make this winner of a dip!
Recipe type: appetizer
Serves: about 40
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 2 packets (1 oz each) taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (16 oz) can refried beans
  • 1 (12 oz) container sour cream
  • 4 medium to large avocados
  • Juice of half a lime
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 vine ripened tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 bunch fresh green onions, sliced
  • 1 (2.25 oz) can sliced black olives, drained
Directions
  1. In a heavy skillet, combine ground beef with 1 packet of taco seasoning. Stir well and cook on medium until cooked through. Drain. Combine cooked beef with refried beans and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the sour cream and 1 packet of taco seasoning mix. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, place peeled and seeded avocados and mash well. Add lime juice, chopped cilantro, chopped red onion, kosher salt, garlic powder, and fresh black pepper. Set aside
  4. In a 9×13 or similar size serving dish, evenly spread the beef/bean mixture on bottom. Continue layering in the following order: sour cream mixture, guacamole, diced tomatoes, and shredded cheese. Top evenly with a layer of green onions and sliced olives. Wrap tightly, keep chilled, and serve with hearty corn chips.

Source:  Chew Out Loud 

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