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    • 2018 - The Instant Pot Adventures

      2 weeks ago

      emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

      One of my 2018 goals is to create a routine of posting journals on here more regularly.
      Another one of my goals this year is to get back in the habit of meal prepping and cooking real food. (Something I used to be good at but I let the end of 2017 completely wreck me.)

      SOOO this journal post is a first attempt at working on both of those goals :)

      For Christmas, my parents gifted me a Crockpot Express Cook, which is basically a pressure cooker/slow cooker hybrid. It does all kinds of things... slow cooks, pressure cooks, sears, steams, simmers, etc. It. Is. Amazing. And I guess being this excited about receiving a small appliance for Christmas is the true sign of being an adult.

      Well, I've used the pot twice so far and am pretty happy with the results. I figured why not start sharing my adventures with it?! Now, these two recipes are admittedly not the healthiest, but they were fun and tasty... and at least they weren't fast food. ALSO, you don't necessarily need an instant pot for these two particular recipes. They can easily be make with a slow cooker or good old pots and pans on the stove; you'll just need to adjust the cooking times to whatever tools you are using.

      But anyway, here we go!

      Black-Eyed Peas

      A good chunk of my extended family is from the South (Mississippi, to be exact), where it's a New Year tradition to eat black eyed peas for good luck. Apparently the shape represents the shape of coins, and that is supposed to bring prosperity and luck. (We also make a point to eat mandarin oranges or tangerines for the same reason. idk, it's weird, but I still do it.) Pressure cookers help make awesome peas/beans, so I wanted to try them out in my new pot. Here's what I came up with, loosely following the directions on the package of dried peas I bought.

      Makes 6x 1 cup servings
      1 lb dried black eyed peas

      8 cups water (or you could sub vegetable or chicken stock for extra flavor)

      2 tbsp olive oil

      4 slices bacon

      2 cloves garlic, minced

      Salt, pepper, any other seasonings to taste

      - Pan fry your bacon as you would normally. Doesn't really matter is it gets super crispy or not - you're throwing just them in for flavor.
      - Once the bacon is done, throw that and the rest of the ingredients into your instant pot. Seriously, It's that easy. As far as seasonings, I usually just kind of wing it when I cook. A little of this, a little of that. For this recipe, I think I added chili powder, paprika, fajita seasoning (a bunch of peppers, salt and garlic), and comino. I wish I had some bay leaves or something, but I just used what I already had on hand.

      - Put the lid on, lock it, and make sure the pressure valve is in the off/sealed position.

      - Select the "Bean/Chili" setting on your pot, and cook for 20 minutes.

      - When the cooking cycle has completed, I suggest letting the cooker release its pressure naturally, which can take up to 20 minutes. (Alternatively, you can also manually release the pressure by opening the pressure valve.)

      Instant Pot Orange Chicken

      This one was a little more involved than I realized, but still pretty easy. I basically followed this recipe from Sweet and Savory Meals with some tweaks here and there.

      Makes 6 servings

      2 lbs chicken breast, cubed

      2 tbsp cornstarch

      2 tbsp olive oil

      1 cup orange juice (I used a lower sugar, lower calorie OJ since this recipe requires actual sugar)

      4 cloves garlic

      1 cup tomato sauce

      1/4 granulated sugar

      1/4 cup brown sugar

      Zest from one orange

      Sriracha to taste

      Green onion for garnish

      Optional: broccoli, red peppers, any other vegetables you want

      - Pre-heat your pot with the Saute function. When it is heated, pour in your oil and add your chicken to saute for 2-3 minutes (or until it is just golden).

      - Add in the tomato sauce, garlic, sugar and brown sugar, Sriracha, some of the orange zest, and 1/4 cup of the orange juice (save the other 1/4 cup for later). Stir and coat all ingredients with the sauce.

      - Put the lid on the pot, lock it, and make sure the pressure valve is closed/sealed. Select the Poultry option on your pot and let cook for 7 minutes.

      - When the 7 minutes are up, turn your pot off and let it naturally release pressure for about 10 minutes. 

      - Remove the pot lid and turn the Saute function back on.

      - In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with the remaining 1/4 cup of orange juice until there are no lumps. Slowly pour it into the instant pot and combine with the sauce. 

      - If you're going to add any veggies to the mix, now would be a great time to, so that they can be coated by the sauce. I added broccoli and red bell pepper to mine. Just gently stir them into the pot so that you don't shred your chicken too much.

      - Let the sauce cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

      - If you'd like your sauce thicker, whisk together another batch of cornstarch and orange juice and slowly stir it in again. You can do this until you've reached your desired consistency. (I personally ended up adding 2 more tbsp of cornstarch to thicken.)

      - Serve over rice (I used quinoa because that's all I had on-hand), and garnish with green onion and extra orange zest.

      So there you have it; foodies! These were both great for dividing up into individual servings for meal prep (and no I did not eat these recipes in the same meal. that doesn't sound very appetizing). Both recipes also did well in the freezer, so if you made way too much, just freeze the extra for later.

      Do any of y'all have a instant pot? Any cool recipes you want to share? (Bonus points if they are low carb. I could stand a few less carbs in my life.)


    • 2017: A Recap

      2 weeks ago

      emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

      It's already December 31st. I cannot believe how quickly this entire year has flown past! I can remember last New Year's Eve like it was just yesterday...

      Well, I've been on a break from work this week and I've had some time to reflect, as lots of people tend to do at the end of the year. I'm going to take a look back at some of my favorite stuff that happened/I experienced this year. Before I start - don't judge me, lol. Also, the things in each category aren't ranked, they're listed in the chronological order that I experienced them in.

      Favorite Movies I Watched



      Gaga: Five Foot Two

      Star Wars: The Last Jedi

      Favorite Shows I Watched (I am aware that not all of these shows originally aired in 2017, but I watched them for the first time this year...)

      Bill Nye Saves the World

      The Fosters

      One Punch Man

      Steven Universe

      Favorite Games I Played (Again.. most of these didn't come out this year.)

      Overwatch - I actually started playing in 2016, but I put like 100 hrs in this year, so I have to mention this one

      Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep - Yes it was super short, so it felt more like a demo of what KHIII can/will be one day, but still. I had fun with it. 

      Life is Strange


      Destiny 2 - I should note here that I stopped playing this mid-campaign because I kept getting distracted by competitive OW seasons. But what I have played I really enjoyed, and I plan on continuing in 2018.


      Of course these aren't all the things I watched/played, just some of my favorites I thought I'd list. I had some miscellaneous other firsts/cool moments this year too that deserve a mention:

      - Participated in the A Day Without A Woman strike to bring awareness to women's equality issues in the workplace. The first actual organized strike I've ever participated in.

      - Ran my first official timed 5K race (and then after that, my running efforts stopped halfway through the year because depression sucks)

      - Before we secured a full-time RT staff photographer this year, I actually did some product photography for the store team and some promo photography for the social media team. I have to be honest- these were some of my favorite work moments this year

      - Went to one of my oldest friends' weddings - we've known each other for 20 years. One of the only people I still talk to from that long ago that I'm not blood-related to

      - Grew my own bell peppers and basil from seeds into an actual edible form. I ate them and didn't die!

      - Witnessed a solar eclipse in real time (through the proper eye protection, ofc)

      - Participated in something for Blood Fest that I don't think I can really say anything about at this time... but it was definitely cool. lol

      - Became a foster parent for the Austin Humane Society

      - Re-branded The Space Cadets with my pals Afiya and Sadie

      - Joined my first two D&D campaigns

      - Walked in an RT fashion show in front of all staff and didn't bust my ass

      - Witnessed the first real snow in Austin since 2011

      Before I sat down to write this journal post I was afraid that this had just been another boring "character development" year... But you know what? There were no majorly terrible plot twists. I mean yeah, there was definitely some shit... but I actually got to do and experience a few pretty cool things this year. And for that, I'm super thankful. It really just took the action of sitting down and writing about it all to remember that it wasn't all bad. 

      What a year.

      Man, I can't wait to see the things I get myself into in 2018... 

      See you next year!  wink


    • Baby's First Ren Fest

      2 months ago

      emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

      This weekend, some of my best friends and I went to the Texas Renaissance Festival and it was a BLAST. This was my first Ren Fest, so I wasn't 100% sure of what to expect. Honestly, I imagined it would just be a bunch of booths and tents set up in the middle of a field, but I was very wrong. It was like an actual town, with real buildings to walk in and out of. There were also gardens to wander through, and like a mini-stadium for events. Super neat.

      As someone who doesn't really cosplay, I didn't nearly go all out with my outfit. But I borrowed a few pieces and then raided my closet for anything else that could remotely pass for an elf. Let me tell you, wearing elf ears all day was like the most awesome thing, ever. I don't know why... but they were super fun! If I could have kept them on this whole week, honestly, I probably would have. 

      I already have a small handful of cosplays that I have set a goal to work on over the next year or two, and now I'm adding a wood elf OC to that list. lol

      There was so much to do at the fest, it was hard to figure out what to do with our day. Not too long after we showed up, however, the power to the entire festival went out. (Just our luck...) Not a big deal during the day, we just had to do cash-only transactions at all vendors. However, once the sun started setting around 5:00pm, the event made the call to start closing early. So our day ended up getting cut short before we got to explore everything, which sucked. But while the sun was still out, we made sure to work in plenty of shopping, jousting (spectating, not competing), mead, and FOOD. Oh boy. I had a chocolate-dipped cheesecake on a stick and I swear it was like biting into a piece of heaven. This is the only place I'll ever allow myself to eat something like that...
      Though I will say I was a little disappointed in the shopping. I was really hoping to find some unique crystal and glass jewelry pieces, but I didn't find anything before we had to leave.
      But regardless, it was still a great trip!

      Have any of y'all been to a Renaissance festival before? I want to hear some of your experiences. 

      I wish I had remembered to pack my camera... but here's a quick phone pic of our group. An elf, a viking, a witch, a ranger, a musketeer, a pirate, and Red Riding Hood.
      One of the fest staff told us we looked like an obscure D&D group, which... we really are. I'm currently in two D&D campaigns and everyone here is actually in either one of those groups satisfied


    • Headset Recs?

      7 months ago

      emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

      So I've been gaming with a Tritton Kama headset for a few months and it's time to invest in something new. This was my first headset, so I chose to go with something affordable, and not flashy. I have no functionality complaints with audio, but this headset hurts my ears! Especially after extended amounts of time. The ear cups are pretty small to begin with, and I have several piercings in both ears that get super squished and uncomfortable...

      So here's what they look like, for reference. 


      Anybody have any headset recommendations?

      I mainly play on PS4, but occasionally PC.

      I'm not looking to invest into anything crazy or expensive right now, but I really want something that won't hurt my poor ears anymore :( 

    • Two Year Anniversary

      8 months ago

      emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

      All day I've been wondering why the date 5/11 was so familiar... it wasn't until I got home this evening that I remembered today is my two year anniversary here at Rooster Teeth!

      Oh my god... the time has absolutely flown past me. It's like, on my first day here I must have stepped into a time machine. I don't even know how it happened. 
      I won't get super sappy like I did with my anniversary post on here last year... but I will say that I am even more thankful than ever for all the RT fam I've made and the experiences I've had. I've met so many amazing community members, and I can't wait to meet even more.  

      In my time here, I've experienced the company grow from 99 people to over 250, and I've learned tons of things. I am so excited to continue my growth with this family. 

      Soo... for y'alls sake, I'm just going to hush and post some images now.

      Here's a few (but not nearly all) of my favorite moments from Year Two.
















      So, yeah. Thanks for humoring my short and sweet nonsense. I can't wait to see what else is in store, and I look forward to spending much more time with y'all. <3

    • MDB Community Game Night No. 1

      1 year ago

      emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

      Last night, we had the first ever community game night.

      So much fun! I was impressed by how many were able to make it out to Pinballz arcade here in Austin. It was so awesome getting to meet new friends (and see some familiar faces) while playing Million Dollars, But... and coming up with some truly awful scenarios. I kept getting the cards about being chased by giant hornets and writing letters to my relatives about sexual encounters persevere 

      Just a few photos I wanted to share with y'all. 


      Beginning of the game night... we filled this room! Even more community members showed up as the night progressed. blush 


      Starting up a new game! (also @Chelsea looks pretty happy about that beverage)


      Chatting with Blaine and Sammie - cutest cuties ever (still love the spoopy Halloween vest)

      (also omg my hair is so short now)


      I took a panoramic that was way too big and just wonky, so here's the most decent section. (Did you know @Skilltacular had such broad shoulders? lmao)

      I'd say that was a pretty successful game night. So much fun. Can't wait until the next one!

      Silly me didn't ask for anyone's user names... so if you recognize anyone here feel free to tag them in the comments so that we can connect!


    • But what does it MEAN?

      1 year ago

      emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

      After a very delicious takeout dinner, this was in my fortune cookie. I've definitely experienced this fortune in the literal sense, but figuratively, I'm drawing blanks. 

      Can anyone come up with a philosophical meaning for this? 


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      1 year ago

      emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator


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    • 1 year ago

      emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator
    • One Year Anniversary

      1 year ago

      emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

      One year ago today, I started working at Rooster Teeth Productions.

      The past year has absolutely flown by. My intent for this post was to not get too sappy... but eh, what the hell...

      Monday, May 11th, was my first day of employment here. I was a ball of anxiety, nervousness, and excitement as I got ready that morning. So much so that I dropped my breakfast (a glass jar of oatmeal) all over the sidewalk as I was walking to my car to leave for work. Yes, it shattered and made a huge mess. Yes, It looked like barf (peanut butter and banana flavored barf). And yes, I just kept walking and left it there. (Sorry apartment maintenance people...)

      The new hire paperwork was seemingly endless. The coffee machine was so fancy. Walking around the office, I chuckled at all the dick jokes plastered everywhere.

      I remember being embarrassed as I got introduced to the entire company during the weekly staff meeting. I was employee #99. The meeting was immediately followed by a blur as people came up to introduce themselves to me. The one introduction that still stands out in my memory is when @burnie walked up to me. He mentioned something about voicing Church in RvB, and I just remember shaking his hand and thinking, "Holy shit, this really IS Church! This really IS Burnie Burns!"

      Two weeks later, as many of you may recall, Texas was devastated by torrential rain and flooding, which was eventually nicknamed the Memorial Day Floods. During that time, I was still living in San Marcos, TX and commuting to Austin for work every day. San Marcos was one of the places that got hit the hardest with the flooding. Luckily, where I was living at the time was one of the higher points in town, so I didn't have to deal with any actual damage; I was just stuck in my apartment for a while with no power. The reason I bring all of this up now is because I was so overwhelmed (in a good way) by the care and concern of my new coworkers, regarding my well-being. Specifically calling out two of them - @Chelsea and @Emily - I had been working with these wonderful ladies for only two weeks at this point, and they were so concerned for me that they were both texting and emailing to make sure I was safe and okay. I will never forget how amazing it felt to know that my new family was already looking out for me.

      Of course I've had great friends at my previous jobs, but there is something particularly special about this group of cockbites. I am beyond thankful and proud to be able to work with such talented and amazing people. I mean, look at what happened today alone with the record-breaking Million Dollars, But... Game campaign launch!

      Let's see, since last year... I took part in my first RTX, attended the world premier of Lazer Team... I've met so many amazing people that I never thought I would, like Dante Basco, Shota Nakama, Travis Willingham, Laura Bailey, Dan Campbell, just to name a few... There was a time that I was the only guest in the audience on On The Spot. I've been an extra, lurking around in shots a few times. One time was interviewed about a hot-topic race horse that I didn't even know was tied to a current event (I'll be honest, I don't watch the news a lot...). I got to sub in a few intramural dodgeball games, plan a few parties... Man, what a year. And this doesn't even cover half of it.

      I still can't believe I get to play a part in this amazing company, and I can't wait to see what is in store for my future here at Rooster Teeth...

      Okay... I'm sure you're all tired of reading at this point, so I'm going to stop rambling now and just spam you guys with a few of my favorite random photos from the past year. Thanks for sticking around with me, friends <3













  • About Me

    I'm Texas State University alumni (eat 'em up, cats!) and I've been an Austinite for two and a half years now. Started working at RT in 2015 and I have been loving it ever since. I dig photography, graphic design, and basically all fine arts. Music is/was my first love. I game (very casually), go to shows and concerts, and I like doing stuff outside. Also, dogs are amazing.
    Always down to make new friends. Don't be afraid to say hi!
    twitter: @emilyweeeks

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