Pizza Margherita

Tonight, Jan and I made Pizza Margherita. The book I got it from is Betty Crocker’s Entertaining Basics.

Here’s the finished product:


The best part about this recipe is how satisfying the dish was, yet it was so simple to make. This is a dish I will definitely make again, as it requires very little prep time (it took us about 10 minutes). Cook time was about 20 minutes, though we took it out a minute or so before the timer went off. The crust I purchased was supposed to be thin crust, but since I don’t’ have a rolling pin, we made do with a cooking spray can and evened the crust out as much as we could. As a result, we ended up with 5 pieces instead of the 6 the recipe claims to make.

Here’s the recipe if you want to make it yourself. It was too fun and simple not to share!

Pizza Margherita

Shortening to to grease cookie sheet (however, I just used parchment paper and was okay. It may have helped me flatten the dough, though)
1 can (10 oz) refrigerated crust dough (The only one I saw was thin crust)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
2 roma (plum) tomatoes
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil.

1. Heat oven 425 Fahrenheit. Lightly grease cookie sheet.
2. Unroll pizza crust dough. Press into 12-inch cirlce on the greased sheet, pressing from center to edge, edge should be slightly thicker than center.
3. Sprinkle 1 cup of the cheese over the dough. Leave 1/2 inch border of dough showing.
4. Slice tomatoes, arrange on cheese. Sprinkle salt, pepper, 2 tbs of the basil over the tomatoes and cheese. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese, then drizzle with the oil.
5. Bake 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tbs basil upon taking the pizza out of the oven. Cut pizza in wedges.

Yum! If you happen to make this, feel free to comment below and say how it went! As a totally novice cook, I can say this recipe is virtually fail-proof. 🙂


“Recognize tha…

“Recognize that these things we call answers are temporary and totally contingent.”

I don’t know where that quote originally comes from. I was reading an article about this woman who separated from her husband two years ago (how is 2012 two years ago?!). You can find the article here:

I have read several self help books in my day. Maybe more than  several, and I can tell you that I have begun to learn how much of life is subjective and how it honestly depends on the choices I make to acknowledge my feelings (or not), to do the right thing for me (or not), to listen to others (or not), and so on. I do believe that there is a right and a wrong and that my opinions different from others’. In fact, my opinions have changed over time. Some things may never change, and that is okay. Not everything is supposed to change. Change is constant, though. The exciting part is that I can make little changes and they’ll later take shape in big ways if I stick with them.(Career, Relationships, Friendships).  The other great thing is that it isn’t all about me. I’m a cog in a great piece of machinery. Life neither depends on me to go on nor should it go on without me as long as I’m breathing. God is here and he has everything to do with me but at the same time if I don’t count myself accountable to take action then I can say “God is good,” and pray to him and be no better than I was before.

I was trying to have a point to this post, a thesis. I found inspiration from reading the interview I posted above, but especially from the quote I pasted above this post. Some answers are not temporary, (like being saved)  but others, like how to deal with a situation or a feeling, change.

January 7

Happy Birthday Jan!

Today was Jan’s birthday. I wanted him to have a surprise get-together. When Jan told me he hadn’t made any plans a few days ago, I knew that my plan would work out. I asked one of  his sisters if she thought she could drive up to come, and she said she thought she could. I then asked his other sister, too, They then told their parents. Unfortunately I couldn’t complete it with his brother being there too, because he was in California. But it was fun still. I had Jan close his eyes as we came into the restaurant, so it was a surprise up until he got to the table! I call my plan a success, thanks to Jan’s family.


On the way home from his house, I got a freeze from Taco bell, with all three flavors mixed in. A yummy end to a good evening.



Coldest day of the year

Cold Run!
Cold Run!

Jan and I ran on the coldest day of the year (so far). It was also the coldest day in a long time!! We don’t regularly have days that are in the single digits here. It was between 5-7 degrees fahrenheit when we ran. We had plenty of layers, so we didn’t freeze. However, I did borrow Jan’s gloves  mid-run in exchange for mine. Otherwise, it was ok! Shout out to Jan for asking if I wanted to go run.


Reflection on 2013

25 Questions to Ask Yourself Before the End of 2013

1. What am I most proud of this year?     Marathon, cliff jumping, hmm.
2. How can I become a better _____________? (friend, girlfriend, employee)
3. Where am I feeling stuck?  career
4. Where do I need to allow myself grace?  When I make mistakes, learning new skills
5. Am I passionate about my career?  Working on that
6. What lessons have I learned?      Criticism is sometimes necessary, It’s important to speak up, Listen to others (and try not to repeat the same mistakes), Family of origin isn’t how everything works
7. What did I my finances look like?  – Not where I want them to be. I want to earn more and keep track of my spending. When I start earning more I want to start a retirement savings account.
8. How did I spend my free time? Reading, running
9. How well did I take care of my body, mind, and soul? Body- I ran. I didn’t eat well a lot of the time, a good idea would be to learn about nutrition. Mind- I  started a course that has helped some. Tried listening to more positive people in my life and accepting the less than positive for what they are.  Soul- Lacking there this year. I went to church but I haven’t spent much time with God
10. How have I been open-minded? I thought I would never drink, I started to drink occasionally this year.
11. When did I feel most creatively inspired? Making cards for others
12. What projects have I completed? Marathon!
13. How have I procrastinated? I didn’t speak up in a timely fashion, didn’t pursue job training, networking, or more job postings.
14. In what ways can I re-structure my time?  Set time limits on certain activities so I don’t lose track of time as much. Pursue one thing at a time (in  the course of a day, work on one thing at a time)
15. How have I allowed fear of failure hold me back?  I haven’t spoken up
16. Where has self-doubt taken over? When I have looked at postings for jobs
17. When have I felt the most alive? Marathon, cliff jumping
18. How have I taught others to respect me? Saying what I don’t like
19. How can I improve my relationships? Speaking up, listening to where I can improve and trying not to repeat mistakes, sharing feelings, complaining less
20. Have I been unfair to anyone?  I have to think about this one.
21. Who do I need to forgive?   I have to think about this one, too.
22. Where is it time to let go? Negative self talk
23. What old habits would I like to release? Rumination
24. What new habits would I like to cultivate? Positive self talk, recognizing failures and not repeating them, learning professional skills, practice saying no
25. How can I be kind to myself? Allowing mistakes (they will happen) but aiming for doing better– remembering that success is not final, failure is not fatal.

Go ahead and reflect! Let me know if you fill this out as well.

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