Simply Inspired with the little things in life.
I am on a journey to find balance in my life. I am a bit of a foodie, and I love to share the things that work for us. So if you want come and share my journey...
I was sitting around something to tame this craving for pizza, I really didn't want to order out and spend all that money, since I am the only one home. So I created this quickie and I wanted to share...
1 pillbury pizza dough crust.. (but you could use any crust) 10 cheese sticks ( but you know also, you could save the cost, and buy a block of motzerella and then cut into fingersticks, that way you save some money)
Parchment Paper ( my fav lately, it is so easy to work with) Pre heat at 400
I layed a piece of parchment paper the size of my pan on my counter. Sprayed with Pam spray and then rolled out my pizza crust (square) I started at one end and placed a cheese stick a space and then another, rolled up in the dough once and then cut and pinch the ends, making sure no cheese was peaking out. I continued to do this till I got 10 of them. I just respaced them with about 1" around them on the parchment paper and put on cookie sheet. Sprayed pam on top, I used a bit of garlic salt on top and then sprinkled lightly with Parm cheese. I put them in the preheated oven and by the time they were brown they were done. Watch them cause it happens fast. I opened a can of marinara or even spagetti sauce and dipped them in there. I could only eat two. They were big, and watch also the cheese is hot and melty. They were really great.
You could make these on the small size for parties and use those pre-squared cheese bites and cut like baby ravioli. Or even better yet do it around the crust of the pizza pie. Just like the big boy pizza places. They were just really easy and you will enjoy them.
Well hey to everyone... My family is officially on the road to the big apple...NYC.... they should be there at the way they are going.. I would say about 8. They are really enjoying the ride, thank goodness for cell phones, it is just like being there with them.. I of course could not go.. it was planned at the last moment and seeing as I watch other peoples children, I can't just pick up and go..plus we have our own animal children. We have 2 dogs, 2 cats, (ouch.....the baby cat slid down my leg, just now) 1 rabbit and two birds. It seems that since all the family has left that the animals are very needy.. I haven't been anywhere in the house alone. Even when I went out side to get in the pool they were all up on the new ladder deck, that my husband made me.. just watching me.. gosh I wish they could talk.
I thought today that I would relax and get over the most yuckies stomach virus I have ever had.. I had the throwing up for two nights and the dreaded (other end ) for about 4 days.. talk about uncomfortable.. I also have to continue to eat and drink so that I don't dehydrate and mess up my diabetes.. so I am much better. I prayed everynight that no one else would catch it..imagine driving to NYC and getting it..uuuuggggghhhh " still hoping no one gets it.. would be nasty at someone else's house..
This morning, I have done alot of cleaning. Goodness never imagined how much you can get down with anyone around. I do have to climb over the animals, but I am really cleaning hard. I have to pace myself or it will all be done...hahahahahha..never!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cooking this week
Well guessing from what I wrote above, there wasn't too much cooking.. Alot of running...lahahahahaha!! Feed my family alot of grilled cheese, sandwiches, and soup. I myself consider this a few lbs weight loss, a purging of all yuck in my colon.. now I am clean and ready to go....yuck....ahahah
Well I am going to go... the kitten won't let me write any more.. Hang in there and always keep in touch.. My love to all...
Hey, I guess I am getting slow and behind on my blog... this summer has been a busy one. I lose a few kids I watch and I gain back more than what I lost. It is a never ending circle.
I am posting a cool picture of my son, he is going to be the next animal guy. He is good looking..mmm... looks much like his mother...naw, actually alot more like my husband. This Dragon he is wrestling is however just a statue, thank goodness, cause I am sure he would try to bring it home to live with us. He spent 4 hours at the zoo, and he must have looked at everything. Tried his hand at making a video at the Panda's. I will have to see how I can post that one. He is a natural. This week I went and bought a small video camera, just the little one. For him to practice. I am trying to nurture this side of him. The educational side, (schooling) is not one of his strong suites.
As for the last couple of weeks, just been doing the same things. Did inventory on all my cabinets and freezer. Making that food dollar stretch. I am a real creative little thing.
I am in the process of getting my husband and two kids ready to journey to NYC again on Friday. I am not going, one cause it was too soon a notice, and two we have a zoo here that can't be left alone. The husband feels the need to visit Yankee Stadium just one more time before the tear it down. His father used to take him and his brothers all the time, since they lived close by. It was their pass time.. Yes, it is die hard Yankees all the time around here.
I will miss them, but I still have kids to watch. The hard part will be the evenings, but atleast I won't be cooking and fighting.. I will still miss that.. I am sure the dogs will keep me company.
It is only for a week and then back into the fold. For the next few years they won't be able to go anywhere, we are getting ready to do an addition on the deck and renovate the kitchen. I will post as we go along..
Just me talking to you...
Cooking this week
I shredded these and put in crock pot, no water then the onions and peppers.
Let them cook till done and they turned out great. No mess
Pickled Beets and Eggs
Got a craving for these purple eggs from my childhood. I just had to make them
hard boiled eggs, peeled and put in a jar.
1 can of beets, juice and all
vinegar to cover and I used splenda instead of sugar
then you wait a few days, the longer you wait the more purple saturates them...
mmmm.... they were soooooooo good..
This week I am working on my chicken and dumplings.. I just love those too.
And for my family, these will ring a bell..
egg salad w/bacon in it.
pickled eggs / beets
chicken liver pate
I just love these.....
On a healthy note. I have done the walking DVD in the pool, it is so much easier. I although only go the one mile for fear that the cat is going to push the DVD player in the pool. I will have plenty to write about then.
So guys gotta get running time for the nap time to be over. I will post more next week when I get a minute.. which I am sure I will have since I will be familyless for a few nights.
Keep in touch..
Thomas Richard Bird
"Time passes so quickly. You may be gone from this world, but you are forever in our hearts. One day we will all meet again. "
I am soooo sorry, I didn't make it by on last Sunday.. weeeeee.... my weeks are long and hard.. Watching my kids and the various others, wears me out. I am not the normal bonbon and soap woman. I get all my house chores done from 6am to 7am. Then I leave breakfast for my own children in the oven and pack my little basket. My phone, my cell phone, my medicine, my electric razor (just in case I have a moment alone before anyone comes..) bug bite stuff, bandaid, small dixie cups, ( for the dry cereal and the water for the little ones ) my sugar checker, and any other odd stuff for the morning. We have been spending the morning until 10am on the carport. My husband made me two tables 4' by 2' and you can sit 2 of those plastic white lawn chairs on both sides. I also have two small size picnic table.. I keep a few playsets, chalk, games, and an art box. I hung up two matching ( I try to make it nice) sheets to block the sun. It actually stays very cool out on the carport until 10 sometimes we go a bit longer and have lunch outside. After that I have plans for them all day long. We do crafts once a week, the pool once a week. I arrange various games.. In a simple word we are like busy, busy, and more busy. By the time the evening comes, it is dinner, clean up and poor mommy is asleep. So I decided I would drop by tonight to wish all a safe and Happy Fourth of July.. Everyone please be careful and have a good time.
This week I have devised a new plan for my groceries. I call it the "New Save"
Just me talking to you....
What's cooking last week...(missed it last week)
"New Save" I had a container of cornbread sitting in the fridge. I didn't eat but one piece of it and now we had hit day 4, no one was eating it. So I decided to revamp it. I took the cornbread and crumbled it up. Put in minced onion, minced celery, poultry seasoning, chicken boulion, a can of chicken I had laying around. Mixed together and moistened with warm water. I could have baked this and served like that. Instead I pattied it and fried it in olive oil. I really turned out good.
This week also did a italian sausage and peppers. I put the italian sausage (6 pack) dry in the crock pot. Left on low a bit till cooked. Removed and diced up. Put on low and cut up onions and peppers and a small can of tomatoe sauce. ( I also add garlic) Left it a few more hours. I served it on french bread. I actually ate mine with the juice also like a soup. You could put it on pasta too.
Not much to report. I am down to 240 now so that is 8 lbs since school was out. I stopped beating myself up over not getting to do my regular exercise routine. There are 4 more weeks left of summer vacation and I can start a new one. Life it to short to stress over it. I just try to swim more, move more and find exercise in anything I do.
I have decided to inventory all my cabinets, and use up what I have laying around. I have been pulling out of the freezer all week. So this week is a "no store" week. All I bought was milk, a bag of ice, and two fresh loaves of french bread... stressed out bread butter and a diet coke...yea...
Well I have to be signing off.. Gonna take a swim to destress. And then a big ole ice tea and my bed. Happy Fourth to all. Keep in touch....