This Girl is on FIRE!

This Girl is on FIRE!

I have been tremendously busy lately. And all fired up. There have been many changes in the last couple of weeks. The first being I have discontinued my association with a certain purple-themed women’s shooting organization. Long story short, my time with them showed me that the organization’s founder was not someone I was comfortable being affiliated with for numerous reasons. That being the case, I also could not, in good conscience, encourage anyone else to be a part of her organization. I had determined I would be leaving back in December and such decision was consistently reinforced from that time until I left on April 17th.

I spent the last few months biding my time, trying to figure out a solution or find an alternative. Disbanding my chapter was not an option for me, as I had made a commitment to my ladies. This was a group which I built all on my own and I’d worked hard to develop it. I spent a lot of time and my personal money and throwing it away wasn’t a consideration for me.

God provides. I finally discovered a wonderful alternative. I had to sniff it out and hunt it down like a dog but I found it. I’ll share more about that later when the time is right. It’s a brand new organization and we’re working hard to get everything rolling. What I love about it is that it’s being built with integrity and a greater purpose. I’m so happy to be a part of it and I’ll be sharing more soon. But suffice to say, I have been working my tail off, happily.

Another wonderful thing that has happened is that HB 60, the Safe Carry Protection Act, was signed last week! I was invited to the signing but prior commitments kept me from going. It would have been fun to be there but the important thing is that come July 1, Georgia will be a much safer place to live.

And, speaking of a safer Georgia, I’ve been sitting on some other information for months that can finally be shared. Another bill, HB 826, was signed into law yesterday. While on the surface this bill makes great strides to remove the silly “zero-tolerance” policies in schools which have ended up in expulsion for kids with items such as seat belt cutters in their car on school campus, it does far more than most understand. This bill also decriminalizes campus carry.

Yes, you read correctly. Come July 1, campus carry will now be decriminalized for those with a valid Georgia Weapons License. Understand that it’s been kept quiet for obvious reasons but also please know that nothing was hidden. The bill has always been available for anyone’s survey and study as all bills are. Nothing was hidden or snuck in at the 11th hour. It passed the House unanimously and the Senate with all but two votes in the affirmative. I and others who were familiar with this bill have been encouraged to remain quiet about it though, as any extra attention to it could have derailed the bill in its entirety.

While the language is a bit confusing, I encourage you to read it. I would also encourage common sense and good judgment come July 1. Just because you can doesn’t mean that you should and we should all strive to be responsible citizens and balance rights with responsibility. Walking onto a college campus open carrying on July 1 isn’t something I would advise and would outright discourage. The two laws, HB 60 and HB 826 will need to be merged when writing the new code sections and there will inevitably be test cases to establish case law, so be smart here, I plead of you.

Here is the link to the full text of the bill.  

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Apple Buttered, Panko Crusted Pork Chops

Maybe it’s time for a food post after all the politics and gun slinging? I think so.

Last night, I took a break from my new Insta-Pot electric pressure cooker, I have been WEARING IT OUT! I love it. It was my birthday gift from my mom and it’s been a welcome addition to my kitchen! It pressure cooks, slow cooks, sautes, steams, makes yogurt. I’m not sure there’s anything it won’t do. The only thing I haven’t mastered in it yet is pressure cooking pork. I don’t think I have my timing quite right on it yet. That’s okay, it’ll come.

In the meantime, I had a couple of pork chops that I wanted to make for dinner last night. I had it in my head that I wanted to flavor them with apples and goat cheese. I wanted to stuff them with goat cheese but they were a bit too thin for stuffing. So, I decided to slather them with apple butter which I made myself from the delicious apples from Freedom Farms and canned last fall. Then, I rolled them in panko crumbs and browned them on both sides in a cast iron skillet. Lastly, I baked them at 325 for 30 minutes. They turned out delicious. I served the goat cheese on the side, which actually worked out really well because it was also excellent with the roasted truffle-salted baby potatoes.

The potatoes are super easy as well. Slice baby potatoes in half, spread out on cookie sheet and thoroughly cover with olive oil and sprinkle with truffle sea salt. Roast for 20-22 minutes at 450.

Super easy and super delicious dinner! C’mon, doesn’t this look yummy?

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