So, I have been the sucktastic queen of the kitchen, as in we have had take out and pizza more times than I care to mention in the last couple weeks. I lost my mojo, couponing, meal planning and cooking just weren’t working for me 😦 Totally a bummer, I think a big part that I became SOO OBSESSED with frugal that I was sad with the lack of really yummy, quality ingredients! Well, Mama got her Mojo back 🙂 Yay buddy!
This week Jay had a play date with a girl who is not big on the eating side of things, so I thought who doesn’t love PIZZA?! So…off I went on a search for a quick and easy dough, I wanted to veer from what is the norm for me and this is what I found on food.com
I added the ingredients from the bottom up and this made 3- 2 people pizzas! So fun, the kids made their own, and soo yummy I topped mine with sweet onions, mex cheese blend (cus that is all I have on hand) and banana peppers
1SOME PIZZA TOPPING IDEAS.
2Caramelised onions and roasted garlic.
3Mozzarella cheese, Camembert, Romano and Feta (for a really, really cheezy pizza!).
4Equal parts of basil pesto and olive oil mixed together with Parmesan or Romano cheese.
5Plus some roughly chopped sundried or SEMI-dried tomatoes, sliced black olives and LOTS of grated Mozzarella cheese, salt and lost of freshly ground black pepper!
6Cranberry jelly, shredded chicken, sliced Brie!
7Mozzarella cheese, shredded chicken and sliced avocado!
8Place all the above ingredients in the order I have listed into the bread machine.
9Select the dough cycle and press start!
10When the dough cycle is complete, take the dough out of the machine and place in well greased bowl, and roll the dough around (in the bowl) thus’coating’ it in oil.
11Cover and leave to rise in a warm place for about 1/2 an hour.
12Knead the risen dough lightly.
13To shape and bake: roll the dough into a circle.
14Place on well greased baking tray or pizza pan.
15Then add a topping of your choice and bake at 225’C. *I baked at 450
16NOTE: for a nice crisp and very thin pizza, bake BEFORE adding the topping AND after!
Last night I opted to continue on my drive out of my comfort zone (IE yummy gourmet-esque foods) and made a Tator Tot Casserole! I am personally opposed to all casseroles because of a horrible Tuna experience over two decades ago, I couldn’t eat lays chips for a long time afterward either :shudder:
But I hopped on Pinterest and let my fingers take me away
2 cups cream of anything soup with chicken bullion
2 oz velveeta
1 1/2 Cups milk
8-10 Cups broccoli florets
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 bag tater tots, frozen
1/2 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cubes sweet potato/carrot puree
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place soup and milk into a large pot over medium heat. Whisk until smooth and heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in broccoli and puree and cook for 5 additional minutes to soften slightly. Stir in salt, pepper and garlic seasoning. Pour mixture into 11×7 inch baking dish that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. Top evenly with tater tots and cheese; bake for 20 minutes then cover with foil. Bake for an additional 15 minutes with dish covered with foil. Remove from oven and serve.
recipe modified from http://www.meetthedubiens.com
I haven’t been cooking a ton lately but these two were def successes and with the Alton Brown recipes I have lined up for this upcoming month I am sure that I will have a few super long Wednesday posts 🙂
I feel like a total sell out with toning Tuesday because I have not worked out in 4 days due to me having a head cold! That being said I have lost some inches!!
Last weeks measurements
Total loss- 2 inches
Last week I ran
Monday 1.59 miles up hill
Wednesday 3.2 miles
Friday 2 miles
I did PoP pilates
Tuesday and Thursday
Well I am gonna throw out some goals for this year
*We Eat Wednesdays (recipes)
*Through the Bible Thursdays
* Fun Day Friday
I think it will be a great way for me to organize my shiz 🙂
So heres my list with my price break down! What was your list like, how much did you spend? Did you score?
I am following through! Some what- we came down with a stomach bug so there was quite a bit of tv the last few days but today we are going to bake cookies, ornaments, and paint jars! I am so excited! I have been doing my 3 days in the gym with out guilt, bible studying daily (gotta love the soap theory) and we are starting a small group at our house with people we already have great community with!! I still pray for patience a gentle heart but little things like running and showering and blow drying my hair first thing in the am help! OoO and pop pilates 🙂
I ran 7 miles last week and did pilates twice
I have always wanted to be successful, worth while, important and mostly the best. Any one who has ever met and spent more than 10 minutes with me will tell you that I strive to be perfect and the best to every one all the time, and anyone who has known me for longer than a week will tell you that I almost always fall short, and my husband whom has known me more intimately than anyone will tell you that I never follow through.
What Does Being a Perfect Mom Mean to Me?
Isn’t this the question of the year? What does a perfect mom do? Does she stay home? Does she work? Does she work from home? Is she in the PTA? Are her kids on honor roll? Does she drive a mini van?
I am an incredibly obsessive person. I obsessed so much about being perfect when my oldest was a baby that I missed much of what he was doing (not that I don’t now for the exact opposite reason). I wanted to be the prefect mom, my kids would never eat fast food, they would nurse, I would be healthy and thin, my house would be clean, we would go for long walks every day, my child would not watch more than an hour of television a week…and I did this, I was insane; until I didn’t do it anymore. Now I am the polar opposite, I am discouraged in my parenting and I let myself go. My house is a mess, my kids watch sooo much TV, my oldest HATES group sports AND I drive a truck! WTF!! Some where along the way I stretched myself too thin, trying to be what others wanted me to be, staying up late talking to my neighbor, getting up earlier and drinking 54687438694354 cups of coffee a day, always on edge, never being me. I have always wanted to be what someone else wants me to be…because I never knew what I wanted to be.
I have decided that there is a middle ground to all this. I don’t want my kids to eat McDonalds, I have no problem with Jack in the Box though, but only like 3 times a year 🙂 My kids will watch TV mostly because Emmy likes to get up at 5:45 am and I can’t cope, but from now on when she wakes up I will pop on the TV and take a shower then instead of letting her watch TV twice a day. I love to cook, so I will continue to make as much from scratch as I can, but sometimes I will buy frozen pizza *oh, well, you can’t win them all*. I stopped drinking coffee, but I do run three or four days a week and while I feel guilty that my kids will be in daycare while I do it, I will still take an extra 1/2 hour to surf the net and do my makeup *blush*
What does being a Perfect Wife mean to Me?
Mothering is significantly less difficult than this question to me. Being a wife is incredibly scary to me and I play the victim in my marriage very, very well. I am not a victim but I play dumb and act like I don’t *get it* it’s pathetic, but it’s a defense mechanism. The only marriages I have ever seen have ended poorly. I want to have the gull to clean my house, but what if I don’t do it right? I want to be a supportive and uplifting Christian wife who brings her husband closer to Christ. I am not. I am incredibly selfish in my faith and relationship with Christ, unless of course I am NOT married to you and then I am overwhelmingly happy to share with you. I want to be a wife who shares her heart with her husband, who intimately loves and shares sorrow and delight, I’m not this either- I have spent 7 years talking and not being heard that now I talk to just about everyone but my husband.
This all makes me sound like the shittiest (or most normal wife) ever. That is not what I want, I want to be extra-ordinary wife. I am committing myself to sharing my love for Christ with my husband. I am going to share my heart and soul with my husband, even if he doesn’t hear my words. I will even try to clean my house 😉
It’s amazing to get all these things off my chest to only realize that while these are all pieces of who I am, they are not what define me. They have defined me, it’s comfortable to be defined by something you can control, but what defines me is…my actions in situations that I cannot control (not generally good). Who I let myself be. I frequently forget who I am. I am someone who was once passionate, an activist, loved to read 18th century lit., wanted to further her education and self, wanted to be a missionary. I let someone(s) cut all that down, take away all that I was. In the next 365 days I will become *me*. I will listen to punk rock when I run, I will run even though I am not fast. I will pick up a book of sonnets from the library- and read it. I will get rid of the coach bags in my closet, because I don’t need a purse to tell me what my status in life is. I will buy clothes, and shoes, and make up- because I love those things. I will grow up, a little. I will stop trying to be what you want me to be and I will start being who I want to be.