Sunday, December 13, 2009

Going with the Flow

Saturday was a day of going with the flow and trying to enjoy every part of the day. So, for dinner I decided to make pizza. I hadn't had my weekly pizza fix yet. I have a bread machine whole wheat dough recipe that I like to use. I add a teaspoon of ground flax seed to it as well. I like a Greek style pizza, so my half was topped with artichokes, sundried tomatoes, spinach, banana pepper rings, roasted red bell pepper, Morningstar Farms Chik'n Strips Meal Starters, and feta cheese (2nd picture). My husband likes to do a buffalo wing style pizza. His half was the meal starters, sauteed green and red bell peppers and onions, hot sauce, barbecue sauce, and blue cheese (3rd picture). I top the whole thing with mozzarella (1st picture).






I was inspired by Newlywed, Newly Veg's post "Pizza Date Night." Typically my husband and I eat on TV trays while catching up on DVR'd shows or watching a movie. With so much going on, I thought it would be a really good change for us to sit at the dinner table with no TV distraction. We turned on music, poured some wine, and ate together at the table. Even pizza can be a romantic dinner! I think this is something we need to do more often. After dinner we played a few rounds of cards then watched an episode of True Blood with some popcorn for a snack (tossed in peanut butter chips and cranberries, yummy).

Today ended up being another day of going with the flow. I had meant to make and jar more spaghetti sauce. It really is an all-day event. Things didn't work out quite as planned so no sauce. I did manage to run a few errands and finish more Christmas shopping. I also got in my workout: Step Blast, Pyramid Upper/Pyramid Lower full body, plus abs. I'm working my way through laundry and also made some cookie dough.

My sister and I always get together and have a cookie baking day just before Christmas. We each take on 3 or 4 cookie recipes and pre-make the dough. So, today I made the dough for:
  1. Paula Dean's White Chocolate Cherry Chunkies - I substitute dried cranberries for the cherries.
  2. Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies - This is a new one. Found some mint and dark chocolate chips. Just followed the Nestle Toll House recipe for chocolate chips cookies. Hope they're good!
  3. Peanut Butter Cookies - I add chocolate/peanut butter swirled chips.