Vegetarian Pizza

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You know it’s just as good as sausage pizza.

I know I’ve made a similar pizza before, but I have some updated tips. I really like the way this pizza comes out. First off, you’re going to have to buy some ready-made dough, get some cornmeal, and preheat that oven to 400. Sprinkle some cornmeal on the cookie sheet, and then placed your rolled out dough on top of that. I found this helps keep my pizza from sticking to the pan and burning. Bake that for 10 to 12 minutes so it’s very barely cooked.

Pull that out dough and place some thinly sliced Roma tomatoes on top of it. Put back in the oven. I think it lets the tomatoes cook though a bit so that it’s not so runny and “saucy” like. Bake that for another 8 minutes or so.

In a saucepan, you’ll be cooking up some diced onions, green peppers, a few jalapenos, and button mushrooms. Cook that in a tablespoon of olive oil, some ground pepper, garlic powder, cayenne, and saute down until the onions are translucent. When the pan has a bit of brown “burned bits” on the bottom of the pan (I honestly don’t know what to call them), add a quarter cup of white wine and deglaze the pan.

Put on top of pizza with a quarter cup to a half cup of mixed shredded cheddar cheese and pop back into the oven until the cheese is melted. I’d say about another 10 minutes.

Now this pizza is a bit labor intensive, but it’s worth it. Delicious!

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nom nom

Run It II

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New shoes!!

My shoes were starting to fall apart. (Okay, not really, but good enough of a fake excuse to warrant a shoe shopping adventure.) Seeing as I used them heavily last year and am using them every day in 2013 so far, falling apart wouldn’t be a bad thing. So as a birthday/Christmas/New Year present to myself, I found another pair. I can’t wait to break them in! Hoping to do so on the next round of running. Until then, I’m cruising along in my other pair, which are still in pretty good condition. Mixing my shoe obsession with my running project . . . I’d say that’s a good thing.

In other news, I’m well on my way to 365 miles in 2013. I’m so excited that I haven’t given up yet. Not running a 5K per day anymore, but still at least a mile a day.

Jan. 11 – 1.36 miles
Jan. 12 – 4.75 miles (walking around Boston)
Jan. 13 – 1.30 miles
Jan. 14 – 3.45 miles
Jan. 15 – 2.20 miles
Jan. 16 – 1 miles
Jan. 17 – 0 miles
Jan. 18 – 0 miles
Jan. 19 – 2.27 miles
Jan. 20 – 1 mile
Jan. 21 – 3.5 miles

This subtotal is 20.83, plus the previous 25.43 miles.. .brings me up to 46.26 miles in 2013 so far! That’s about 2.20 miles a day!

Birthday Love

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Paired my favorite boots with my favorite scarf. Gotta dress nice on a weekend like this!

I have the best friends ever! Okay, let me back up a bit. This weekend is my birthday weekend. I love celebrating everyone else’s birthday, but when it comes to me, I some times I don’t make a big deal about my birth or getting older. This year, my closest friends went way above and beyond what I was expecting.

It started with a surprise luncheon on Saturday, which kills me, because I’ve never had a surprise like this before. I was told we were going out to lunch, my friend, L, and I. She told me that it was just going to be the two of us, but when we got to the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth, she told the waitress she had a reservation… for six people! What?!? And to surprise me more, she had gotten together a group of girls that normally don’t hang out together. What a great Facebook snoop she is! So proud and the lunch was delicious! I had this amazing Fire and Ice margarita with jalapeno (yes, you read that right) tequila, a bowl of coconut curry sweet potato soup, and a spicy chicken wrap that I believe had pineapple salsa in it. Yum!

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Surprise lunches are the best!!

And to make it even more special, I got spoiled with gifts. I got this awesome sparkly wallet/clutch that I can take when going out and it holds my phone perfectly as well as these amazing cookie cutters. The cookie cutters are all in these fashion shapes. Don’t worry, I’ll make cookies soon so you can better understand. And then I got this tea set from a friend. You have no idea how excited I was. We were talking about loose leaf tea the night before and SURPRISE! she got me a mug, loose leaf tea, and a tea ball so I can steep the tea right in the mug. Can’t wait to get more loose leaf tea.

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New tea mug!

All said, including the awesome night out with another group of friends to play pool, I’d say this was probably the best birthday I could have asked for. Hands down.

Tutus For All

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Materials: tulle and ribbon

So I’ll admit this post is a bit delayed. It kinda got shoved under the bed and lost for a while. I found the pictures the other day and realized I didn’t post anything on my witch costume from Halloween. Lucky for you, you can use this blog post all year round. Change colors to make a ballerina tutu for your little girl or just if you want a tutu for romping around the house on a Saturday (I don’t judge).

Anyway, you’ll need a ribbon that is long enough to go around your waist and then have extra ribbon to tie it into a bow. Make a knot on each end of the ribbon where it meets when you put it around your waist. That way you’ll know where to put the tulle.

Once that’s done, roll your tulle up (the way they do it when you get it from the fabric store). so that it’s rolled up. Cut 2-inch strips and then unroll them. This will save you a ton of time.

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Doesn’t have to be cut perfect.. unless you’re particular like that.

Decide how long you want your tutu to be by measuring from your waist to where you want it to fall. Cut a strip of fabric a little more than double that length. Do the same with all other strips. You’ll then begin tying the strips to the ribbon, making the knot fall in the middle of your strip (so now when it’s tied on, it’s the length you wanted. The more strips you add, the fluffier it will get. I used a total of about 5 to 6 yards of tulle.

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Just tie it on and you’re all set.

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Almost complete.

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So fluffy!

Crockpot Mac N Cheese

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S0o easy, so cheesy

I made this recipe for the company Christmas party. It was such a big hit that there weren’t any seconds for anyone. Maybe I should have made double the amount…..

Gather:
2 cups of cooked shell pasta
4 tablespoons of butter
2 1/2 cups of grated Pepper Jack cheese
3 eggs
1 cup of sour cream
1 can of condensed cheddar cheese soup
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of milk
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

In a medium sauce pan, mix butter and cheese. Stir until melted.

In the slow cooker, mix the cheese mixture, eggs, soup, sour cream, salt, milk, pepper, and garlic powder. Add the pasta and stir again.

Cook on low for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

Run It

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Jan. 1, 2013 – Starting the year off right

I’m usually against New Year’s Resolutions. Mostly because I never go through with them. Something happens and I just give up or start with a new project a month into the year. A few years ago I started the year seeing how long I could go without meat. I didn’t last that long, bacon got me. Oh, bacon.

This year I just want to get in shape. I have a few goals in my head, but we’ll see if they happen. What I really want to do is see how many miles I can rack up running. I’m going to try for a mile a day, or really 365 miles this year. The idea is if I run three miles one day, and I don’t run two days, it evens out. So let’s see how far I get, I certainly am starting out strong at least…

Jan. 1 – 3.25 miles
Jan. 2 – 3.12 miles
Jan. 3 – 3.25 miles
Jan. 4 – 2.27 miles
Jan. 5 – 3.9 miles
Jan. 6 – 3.55 miles
Jan. 7 – 2.66 miles
Jan. 8 – 1 mile
Jan. 9 – 1.18 miles
Jan. 10 – 1.25 miles

Total so far for 2013: 25.43 miles

Also, contemplating doing the Color Run this summer in Boston. So excited!

Chipless Cookies

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I swear I’m not crazy, they taste good

When it comes to food, I’m not always on the same page as everyone else. Take the basic chocolate chip cookie. I am the person who looks through the pile of cookies and tries to find the one with the least amount of chocolate. Yes, you can gasp at my sinful decision each time I reach for a sweet goodie. But I have to tell you that the best part of the cookie, for me anyway, is the carbs in those glorious treats. So why not make them without all the messy chocolate chips and save those morsels for something else, right?

So while I was relaxing the other night I thought I’d try it out. This is what I came up with…

Troops to gather:
1/2 cup shortening (Yes, I’m thinking I have an aversion to butter. Sorry Paula.)
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a bowl, blend together the two sugars and shortening. Then add the eggs and continue to mix for one minute or until combined.

Gradually add in flour, salt, and baking soda. Stir until all combined.

With a spoon, scoop out one inch balls of dough, place onto baking sheet and press lightly down on each dough ball. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool on a cooling rack and enjoy. Let me know what you guys think!