Thursday, May 11, 2017

All-Star Chicken

I'm not sure if y'all know this but I got my start as a blogger with a recipe site called South Your Mouth. Well, I know at least one of you knows that because you left a lovely comment on my post about different types of baseball moms telling me maybe I should just stick to recipes. HA! Nah, I'm good but thanks!

Anyway! A few years ago Brutus made his coaches pitch all-star team. The team went all the way through to the State tournament so all of our free time was spent at the ballpark that summer. All that baseball was made it hard to eat good home-cooked meals and make new stuff for the recipe blog. Since we were practically living at the ballpark, I decided to take the blog to practice 😏

We had a really nice ballpark with a huge grill for members. Side note: you know you're in the South when the baseball park has a barbeque grill big enough to cook a hog on. I suggested we have a cookout and everyone pitched in to bring stuff.

I’d concocted this marinade for chicken a month or so before and we just fell in love with it so I figured it would be great if we marinated chicken thighs in it, grilled them up and made super simple chicken sandwiches. And that’s exactly what we did!

All-Star Chicken is perfect for cooking at the ballpark or away at weekend tournaments. Served on a bun, it's a great alternative to burgers and doesn't require all the condiments and veggies!

Well, I didn’t do the grilling. I made the marinade and got everything ready and my (then) new buddy, Harry, did the grilling. That’s the thing with good baseball. You’re practicing like every day and spending a ton of time with these parents and families and it is SUCH a relief when you all actually end up liking each other and having fun together. We're still close friends with Harry and his family all these years later 😍

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

5 Ways to Keep Cool at the Ballpark

These five tips will keep you cool at the ballpark all summer long. Post also includes a great tip for keeping cooling towels clean and disinfected for the team.

Our first year of all-stars landed us playing ball through the middle of July in what has GOT to be the hottest summer in South Carolina history.

I remember sitting through sub-district thinking we were all going to die. Surely one of these boys is going to fall out and have to be rushed to the hospital. No human can withstand this. Then we won and went through to district and I thought the same thing: We’re all going to die.

Then, blessed virgin of mercurial mercy, the state tournament was played in the upstate where the temps were a skosh cooler and I just thought some of us would be brain damaged – not actually die.

From that summer forward I made it my mission to beat the heat. And, if I’m being honest, I must have had my head in a cloud that summer because all I had to do was look around and see what the seasoned pros were doing to stay cool. My friends and I still laugh (embarrassedly so) at how we just sat there. We literally just sat there in that heat and did nothing to help ourselves. Oye. Ya live and learn, right?

So, here’s a list of stuff that now goes with us EVERY TIME we play ball and the temperature is over 90 degrees. This all seems obvious to me now but I certainly didn't think of it the first summer we needed it so if this helps anyone out there, it was worth throwing together!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

13 Types of Baseball Moms

This is copied from a post I published years ago on my recipe blog South Your Mouth. I thought y’all might enjoy it too so I’m sharing it here…

You know some of these moms. While the majority of baseball moms are completely normal, these moms do exist. I've seen them. In action.

And I have to go on the record and say that 99.999999% of the moms I've met and played with are absolutely delightful. As a matter of fact, the majority of our social circle is made from families we've met playing ball. But I am a people watcher. I probably should have been a sociologist. Or FBI profiler (ok, maybe not but I have read every Patricia Cornwell book). When everyone else is checking their email and chitchatting, I'm usually kicked back surveying the crowd. And after all these years at the field, I've seen some things that'll curl your toes!

From Politician Mom to CIA Mom, this funny list has every type of Baseball Mom covered. Which one are you?

1) Politician Mom
This is the career baseball mom who flits around coaches and board members like it’s her job. She will ditch you mid-sentence as soon as she sees Mitzy Boardmember come around the corner so she can get 30 seconds of face-time with her. She name-drops like a lobbyist and will do anything to get little Billy on the all-star team. Anything. Wink-wink.

2) Name Brand Mom
Name Brand Mom’s kid kinda sucks but it’s not from lack of high-dollar equipment and gear. She “discretely” confides to you that Hampton’s bat cost $600. Every piece of clothing her kid owns has giant it-brand logos emblazoned across the front in neon colors. His helmet and shoes cost more than your car payment and the only reason you know that is she “slipped up” and told you the prices.

3) Prowler Mom
Prowler mom is looking for a man. For reals. But until she lands one, she’ll settle for knowing all the dads and teenage boys are looking at her. This is the mom that shows up for a double-header wearing 4-inch wedges, a halter top and microshorts. She spends two hours straitening her hair before every game and doesn't let the 104-degree forecast deter her from slathering on six layers of makeup.