Healthy body, healthy spirit, healthy mothering. This is the journey I have set out on with my two amazing children.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Homemade pizza pockets

I cannot believe I have never made pizza dough before.  It was so simple.

  • 1 C AP flour
  • 1/3 C milk (I filled 1/2 the measuring cup with kefir and 1/2 with some soy milk)
  • 2 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt (I used a pink sea salt I had on hand)
Put into mixer and beat until dough pulls away from sides.  On a lightly floured surface I kneaded dough about 10x.  Then placed a plastic bowl over it and let it sit for 15ish minutes.

Fresh, super quick pizza dough.

While the dough was resting, rising, whatever it was doing I chopped about 1/4 C onion super finely and sliced about 3/4 C sliced pepperoni. 


At this point I realized that I didn't have any pizza sauce so I whipped up my very own version.

  • 1 can organic tomato sauce
  • 2 dashes onion powder
  • 1-2 TBSP minced onion
  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • salt, pepper, oregano, dried parsley  (I didn't measure, just tossed 'em in the bowl)
Stir this together and taste.  :)


Roll the dough out to about 12 inches and placed on greased baking sheet.  On 1/2 of the dough layer your ingredients.  I did the onion, pepperoni, fresh (locally made) mozzarella (torn into chunks) and then just dolloped the sauce over it.  Not fancy at all.  Fold the other half over your ingredients and seal the edges, make sure to poke a few holes in the top so the steam can escape.  Bake at 425 for 20 minutes or so.

 Fresh from the oven

 Ooey, gooey goodness

 I like to top it with extra sauce.

We really liked it so I actually threw together a second one this time using a pre-made pie crust I had thawed in the fridge and some sliced mushrooms.  Just make sure you drain those babies really really well.  I actually patted mine dry on a hand towel.

Call this what you want.  A pizza pocket or a calzone.  We are definitely adding this to our favorites recipes. 

This is so simple. It tastes WAY better than delivery, I control the ingredients and my kids now think I am super-mom.  :)

Try it, I promise you will love it!

Picture organizing...kind of

Well, Toni gave us this challenge sometime in January.  I managed to do it (kind of) at the end of February.  Not sure why but I got the urge to get my pictures put up.  I think it had to do with finding this baby at the thrift store for only a buck.

Pretty little picture box

I must be honest.  My pictures have been organized by date and/or event for about 6 months.  It's true.  They have been sitting on my bedroom floor, stacked end to end underneath my vanity for at least that long.  I just never did anything with them.  I know.  I know.  That is super pathetic.

What can I say?

That's me.  :)

 Completely filled.

The remainder.

Then while I was at it I started going through my home videos.

I had to watch them too.  :)

In order by date.

I really want to get these all put onto DVD but that is just so darn expensive.  So I took the first two to Walgreens to get done.  I am also paying to have the first tape repaired for an extra $5.  My plan now is to start pricing this job and hopefully I can find a good deal.

Now, I just need to get motivated to actually go through the pictures and start scrapbooking with them.  


Maybe in another 6 months.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Eating to heal

I am fighting off a monster head cold.  The kind that turns me into a nasty, red-nosed, mouth-breathing fiend.  Let me tell you, it ain't pretty.

Yesterday, I crawled back into bed as soon as the kids left for school and didn't wake up until 2 in the afternoon.  Which was when my anatomy lecture was starting so clearly I was ditching that one.

Today: I got up, showered, and headed to school because I had an 8:45am anatomy muscle exam.  Four cadavers waiting to have their muscles named and classified (by origins, insertions and/or actions).  Woohoo.

So onto what I am eating.  The plan was healthy, healthy, healthy to try & help my immune system do its job.

Breakfast was an iced soy chai and an orange.  I already tossed the orange peel into the compost so no pictures of that one.  :)

Morning Snack: Filtered water out of my favorite SIGG bottle and some organic, raw almonds.  YUM YUM YUM!

Lunch: Delicious organic strawberries and a hummus and red pepper wrap which I bought at The Laughing Goat here on campus.  I ate that bad boy in the library while studying for physics.

Dinner:  This is what I will be having for dinner.  A friend and I are heading to C4C (Center for Community) here on campus for our weekly Wednesday night dinner.  We ALWAYS go to the persian place as it is fish night. Clockwise from top left:
-Grilled fish
-basmati rice with herbs
-yogurt mint sauce
-tomato-onion-cucumber salad
-grilled vegetables
-cabbage salad with carrots
-stewed tomatoes

The only way my Wednesday night dinner changes is if I don't stay on campus for the weekly Physics review session.  Then its leftovers with the kids.  This dinner out makes my 14 hours on campus worthwhile.  My last class ends at 3:50, we get to relax for an hour then head over to C4C and have a leisurely dinner before the review session starts at 8pm.  I also keep an apple in the car so that I can munch on that on the way home (around 10pm).

Monday, February 14, 2011

Rock on Sisters!

I flew to Pittsburgh, PA to see Bon Jovi with two of my sisters and my niece.  Wait, I mean, I flew to PA to visit my sister and we went to a Bon Jovi concert.  Yeah, that's it.

We had a BLAST!!!

Took Monke and I right back to junior high/high school days.

Check out some video proof.

Bad Medicine

Her husband got us some amazing club level seats as her Christmas gift.  Good job Hoss!

 Ready to go

My niece and I

Really great seats

Hello Richie

We asked for bags for the stuff we DIDN'T buy.  Free souvenirs  :)
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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday

I actually remembered to take some pictures this week.  :)  *patting myself on back*


Breakfast: this week was either just a glass of water or some yummy strawberry Greek yogurt after my first class.  


Lunch: was the remains of Superbowl Sunday's roast beef sandwich.  I smooshed 1/2 an avocado and spread that on there instead of using mayo.  So good!

Afternoon snack

Afternoon Snack: was the remaining 1/2 of the avocado with some added cumin, salt, pepper, finely chopped onion and garlic and a bit of s-s-s-salsa.  I happily dipped some baked tortillas strips into that yummy mess while studying for an anatomy lecture.  Yes, I can eat while staring at pictures of dissections.  No, it isn't that gross.

Dinner:  I forgot to take pictures.  I made a big ol' crockpot full of Navy Bean Chowder.  Navy beans cooked in the crock pot overnight in chicken stock.  In the early afternoon I added a couple chopped carrots, celery ribs and 1/2 an onion.  A few spices (oregano, thyme, salt, pepper and garlic) and let that baby simmer until dinnertime.  Just before serving I took out about 1 1/2 cups of the beans and mashed them up then put back in to thicken.  This was so good with some homemade garlic bread (I use olive oil not butter).  The recipe called for turkey bacon but I just left that out because we don't have any.  :)  

As always I probably grabbed a hot chai on campus (Average temp has been b/w 0-25 degrees) and drank filtered water throughout the day.

What have you been eating this week?

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Launch Pad

This week's challenge from Toni over at A Bowl Full of Lemons is the Launch Pad.  Now, I had never even heard this term before I saw this post.  Apparently the launch pad is the area near your door where you drop all your crap stuff to have it ready as you leave in the morning.

The kids and I don't really have one of these.  Once I got to checking out some posts I realized that my house is set up a bit ass backwards.  The hall closet is up by the front door but the parking spaces are by the back gate.  We almost never use the front door.  Pretty much only if the pizza guy doesn't follow instructions to use the back gate.  :)

So, I have taken some photos of what it looked like before and after.  This is nowhere near as fancy as most of the ladies but it will work for my little family of three.

Space by back door Before

This is what was there before.

Kids shoe bench by the front door.

I have no idea why I didn't think to move this before.  It was in a bad spot sitting in the hallway by the front door.  The front door that we barely use.  We would come in the back, take off our shoes and drop them on the ugly rug.  Once they dried off we would trek across the living room/dining room and put them in this bench.  

Ugly, dirty rug by back door.

The carpet in this place is Awful.  That is awful with a capital A.  It's ugly, fraying, stained and has been that way since I bought this place.  Let's just ignore it and dream of the beautiful hardwood or tile (I can't decide) floor that I will be able to afford to put in someday.  


Back to reality.  


Great hiding spot

I moved the shoe bench to the space where the plant was and found it a new home.  We don't actually use the bench to sit on (as the lid is kind of breaking) but we do store shoes in it and out of the walkway.  We can also keep our backpacks on the top and grab them as we race out the door.  

Please pardon the wood pieces, those are waiting for a warm day so that we can paint them and put them up in my son's bedroom.  I'm afraid if I put them away I will just forget about them and Kel really wants some shelving in his bedroom.  After all, it was about 18 months ago that we tore the previous ones out.  Read about that escapade here.  

The vacuum is waiting for trash day.  It blew up today.  Literally.  Sparks, smoke & yuck blowing out at me.   

Despite that little set back all I could think as I looked as this picture was "Damn that ugly rug". 

So I decided to swap it out for a pretty purple one.  Well, I moved the dog off of it and gave her the ugly gray one.  She doesn't care; aren't dogs color blind anyway?  ;)

Much better.

Now, if this would just melt away.