Pizza Pizza Pizza

So this past Monday was my husband's birthday, Thursday was Valentine's Day and the two of us were super sick - me with a Sinus infection and currently an ear infection while he had a cold, strep throat and a horrible seal-like cough.

I'm not a big fan of anti-biotics simply because I think that people are over medicated, but my opinion came to a huge halt on Wednesday when you could actually see my glands in my throat.

Needless to say, I haven't been cooking much! I have been making a lot of "homemade" pizza though - better than take-out and almost as good as Papa Murphy's!

What you'll need:
Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough
1 - 2 cups mozzarella cheese
1/2 -3/4 cup marinara sauce
1/2 cup chopped olives
Thinly sliced green pepper
And whatever else you want on it!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Spread out the pizza dough, top with the marinara sauce (only a little bit, otherwise it seems like the dough gets kinda soggy...)

Top with the cheese (only use mozzarella, otherwise it doesn't taste as good!), then with the pepperoni, then the olives, then a little more cheese.

This only taste 10 - 12 minutes. You'll be able to smell when it's done! (oh crap, that sounds too much like Rachael Ray...).



Celebritory Black Bean Soup & Grilled Cheese

So I'm not one for grilled cheese and tomato soup - I will eat it, but I like my grilled cheese with black bean soup. Today we had two great reasons to celebrate - my husband's birthday and my new job!

I make a lot of black bean soups - sometimes they're more southwestern, sometimes they're so Minnesotan that I'm not really sure if it counts as black bean soup! Here's the one I made tonight...

Black Bean Soup

3 cans of black beans
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 green or red bell pepper, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cans stock (chicken, beef or veggie works, if you want thick soup, just use one can)
1 tbsp chili powder
1 1/2 tbsp cumin
2 tsp coriander
Salt & pepper to taste
Cilantro to mix in at end & for garnish
1 8 oz bag frozen corn

In a stock pot over medium heat, put olive oil in to cover the bottom then add the green pepper & onions. Sweat until clear & soft for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, cook 2 minutes more. Add in all other ingredients except for corn and cilantro.

Bring to a boil and simmer 15 minutes. Then add corn, simmer 5 minutes longer. Mix in some cilantro (but not if you're going to freeze it) or just garnish with cilantro.

Serve hot with grilled cheese sandwiches.


Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Bread for however many sandwiches
2 slices cheese for however many sandwiches
Kraft American cheese has the best melting, but I really like cheddar or provolone
Chili powder

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Spread margarine over one side of each piece of bread. Top bread with 2 slices of cheese, sprinkle with a little chili powder. Cover the cheese with another slice of margarine coated bread and put into the oven.

Flip after 6 minutes, then let toast for another 3 - 4 minutes.

Slice diagonally and serve with the black bean soup!



Fun Things About Me

You Are a Bad Girl

You are 20% Good and 80% Bad
You're a total bad girl, from your wild hair to tattooed toes.
But you're too badass to even care if you're labeled "bad"!

Your French Name is:

Babette Chevrier

Your Five Factor Personality Profile


You have medium extroversion.
You're not the life of the party, but you do show up for the party.
Sometimes you are full of energy and open to new social experiences.
But you also need to hibernate and enjoy your "down time."


You have high conscientiousness.
Intelligent and reliable, you tend to succeed in life.
Most things in your life are organized and planned well.
But you borderline on being a total perfectionist.


You have medium agreeableness.
You're generally a friendly and trusting person.
But you also have a healthy dose of cynicism.
You get along well with others, as long as they play fair.


You have low neuroticism.
You are very emotionally stable and mentally together.
Only the greatest setbacks upset you, and you bounce back quickly.
Overall, you are typically calm and relaxed - making others feel secure.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is high.
In life, you tend to be an early adopter of all new things and ideas.
You'll try almost anything interesting, and you're constantly pushing your own limits.
A great connoisseir of art and beauty, you can find the positive side of almost anything.

People Envy Your Confidence

You have the attitude and self esteem to take on anything. Failure is beyond not an option for you - it doesn't even cross your mind.
People envy your ability to take on any challenge ... and they're secretly afraid you think you're better than them. You don't. You're just sure of yourself.

You Are Fairly Normal

You scored 45% normal on this quiz

Like most people you are normal in some ways...
But you aren't a completely normal person. You're a little weird too!

Why You Are Normal:

When you're in a car, you prefer to be the driver

If given the choice, you would choose to have more money over more time

You prefer ruffled potato chips

You find the Macarena to be the more embarrassing dance

You eat the frosting first

Why You Aren't Normal:

You would rather be tan than pale

You would rather be a movie star than an astronaut

You prefer non fiction to fiction

You think fishnet stockings are sexy

You prefer your family to your friends


I Actually Did Work Today

I absolutely love photography - I get inspired every once in awhile to go out on the streets and just shoot what I find. Here's a collage of what I did today.

Don't worry - I'll be posting more food and recipes this week!

On the menu that I know already:

Stuffed bell peppers
Homemade pizza

And others, hopefully not Ramen!



Bowl For Kid's Sake


I'm bowling for the BBBS of South Central Indiana. We do have to raise pledges and let me tell you - I absolutely positively HATE asking for money. But if there's one thing that I do support, it's this.

Your contribution is tax deductible - you will receive a receipt for your 2008 tax forms.

Please contribute - every dollar is very important!

Thank you so much for your support, the children appreciate this more than you know...

Patty Harayda