The husband and I celebrated Valentines Day a day early last night; less crowds and more intimacy at our favorite little romantic restaurant. I’d forgotten just how romantic and evening below the live oak trees can be in downtown Savannah. It was wonderful.
Everyone loves pizza night! It’s so easy and delicious. But, my husband and I took a vow not to eat out until Spring Break (with the exception of Valentines Day), so no delivery pizza for us! Luckily, I’ve discovered that pizza is super easy to make and is even tastier without the cardboard box. I use my food processor with the special dough blade and a few ingredients to make the perfect pizza crust. My favorite toppings besides the cheese (obviously) are roma tomato slices, spinach, thin sliced onions, pepperoni (the uncured kind), and olives (although I didn’t have any when I made the pizza pictured). I’ve made the dough with all white flour and I’ve also subbed 1/3 of the flour with whole wheat flour with good results, so play around with it. Also, my favorite seasonings to sprinkle over my pizza are: garlic powder, basil and fresh ground black pepper.
Perfect Food Processor Pizza Dough
1 packet active dry yeast (found in the baking aisle)
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup hot water (not boiling)
2 cups all-purpose unbleached white flour
2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
Sprinkle of cornmeal (optional)
Combine salt and flour and 1 tbs olive oil in the bowl of the food processor with your dough blade. In a cup combine hot water and yeast. Dissolve the sugar into the water and let it foam for around 5 minutes to activate the yeast. With the food processor on high, slowly add the liquid to the flour mixture through the feed tube. The flour will start to form a dough ball. Let the food processor run for about 30 more seconds after ball forms. The dough should be very sticky and pliable. Coat the ball with the remaining 1/2 tbs of olive oil and throw into a large ziploc bag to rise. Seal bag and leave in a warm place for 45 minutes while the dough doubles in size (I turn my oven on 400 and set the bag on top of the warmed oven and it works great). After 45 minutes cover a large surface with parchment paper and sprinkle lightly with flour. Cut the dough in half and roll each ball separately into a 10-12 inch pizza on the parchment paper (adding a sprinkle of flour when needed to prevent sticking). Sprinkle a round pizza pan lightly with cornmeal (optional) and flip your crust onto the pan. Your pizza is now ready to top! Add sauce, fresh mozzarella, meat and veggies and cook for 10 minutes at 450 on the middle rack of the oven.
Work has been busy. I’m putting in more hours than expected, but I don’t mind; I feel like I’m actually good at it. Plus, I got my first paycheck!
The steady schedule is helping me eat healthier. I pack healthy lunches in the morning without even having to think about it and don’t have time to have many snacks. The hard part is dinner, but as long as I have something easy around then it’s no problem.
Super boring post, but student life isn’t that exciting!
- I started my internship last Monday (hence the lack of blogging, or much of anything else lately). It has me soooo busy, but I’m learning a lot. I even have my own office, with dual screens, squishy chair, 2 desks and all! I’ve got a lot of autonomy and get to work on my own files and projects. The people I work with are really great too, and always willing to teach me. One of the partners wants me to work on an audit with her next week and I’m excited!
- When I’m not at work, I’m in class, and these classes are challenging. I’d rather be at work! I dropped my online class because I know I can’t keep up with the group work. Almost half the grade is a group project so I’m taking it over the summer.
- I’ve still kept up with the not eating out challenge! We went out for the hubby’s birthday last weekend for sushi, but we had preplanned a dinner before the challenge started. I actually feel better from not eating all the greasy fast food. I pack my lunch and snacks for the day in the morning.
- I’m slowly adding exercise back into my routine. I can almost walk normally now and my doctor said I could start using the elliptical. I’ve been doing 10 minutes on the elliptical and 10 minutes on the bike. It’s a start!
- The Mr. has been in California all week and I’ve been enjoying my evenings cuddled up with the dogs and watching whatever I want on TV. It’s nice to be selfish sometimes, but I can’t wait to see him!
- I can’t wait until Spring Break!! Plans have changed again, but I can’t wait!
Life has been nothing to report home about recently. School, club meetings, homework, physical therapy, etc. It’s hard sometimes to find my life blog-worthy, but I continue in the hopes that I can look back and remember these days fondly.
We got our floors done today and it looks so good! It only took the guys about 6 hours and they looked amazing. Talk about infant gratification. Now I’m trying to keep my credit card from being swiped in a whirlwind of decoration excitement!
Also, I’ve discovered a goldmine of sexy/professional curvy petite clothing at the Loft and Ann Taylor and started my corporate wardrobe. Everything fits so well and I don’t know why I’ve never tried this before. Fit is everything.
Plus we’ve also stayed committed to our no eating out goal and I feel so much better without all the greasy junk food.
I’m slowly pulling myself out of the injury/recovery hole, and I can see the light! I’m starting to fill my schedule with more appointments and activities and am enjoying being more active and productive. I can even drive now and should be completely cleared to take my leg brace off next week.
And, ohh god; I chopped my hair off. 8 inches to be exact. My stylist went a little scissor happy, but I’m not the type of girl that gets all worked up over my hair (it grows back you know). Anyway, it looks fabulous, but it’s taking some getting used to. I also got some blonde-ish highlights to brighten up my face.
In school news, I’ve been so busy. I’m joining Beta Alpha Psi to get more involved and boost my resume. It’s going to require a lot of community service hours and that I attend lots of meetings over the semester. Those commitments, along with school and my internship that starts in a couple of weeks will keep my schedule really full.
Also, I’ve decided to take the plunge and get my masters degree. I’ve been applying for scholarships to offset the cost and network my way into a graduate assistantship in the School of Accountancy. I think grad school will prepare me more to take the CPA exam next year and give me the most career opportunities in the future. I know I’m smart and work hard, so I want to make sure I make the most of my time in school.
It’s absolutely out of my comfort zone to put myself out there this much, but I know I’ll regret it one day if I don’t.
Days like today make me sad that I can’t go on a long walk outside. The air is fresh and crisp, the sun is shining and there is a slight cool breeze. It’s perfect. Hopefully I’ll be off crutches and back on my own two feet soon. For now, I’m making do with opening the windows and feeling the breeze.
On today’s episode of Eat This NOW:
Monkey Salad: unsweetened toasted coconut chips, unsalted roasted baby cashews, and a banana. The recipe doesn’t specify amounts of each ingredient, but I used 1/8 cup of cashews and 1/4 cup of coconut. It was so easy and so satisfying.
Also, last night I made green bean fries with dinner using this recipe, and they were amazing. Nothing like real fries, obviously, but crispy and satisfying. Be warned, it was super messy and time-consuming to coat the green beans.
The first week of classes is always exhausting (especially on crutches), but I made it; The last first week of classes ever. I’m so ready to graduate in May that it’s not even funny.
Also, in lieu of school starting, I’m trying to get my life back on track after being lazy and recovering from surgery over Christmas break. I’m trying to get my eating back on track without overdoing it and giving up after the first week. I’ve started making smoothies for breakfast with a banana, almond butter, almond milk, spinach, and protein powder. They’re easy to make and I drink them on the way to class. I’ve also made sure to make my dinners at least half veggies and my husband and I made a pact to stop eating out until Spring Break (with small exceptions for a birthday and Valentine’s day).
AND, I crossed two items off my cooking bucket list last night with the same meal: zoodles and pesto! I bought this inexpensive appliance from Amazon and dusted off my food processor waiting on standby since my birthday (thanks mom!) and put together a delicious meal. I topped my “zoodles” with fresh spinach pesto (pureed in the food processor) and mixed in chicken apple sausage and artichoke hearts. It was delicious; I highly recommend zucchini as a pasta substitute.
Ever since I downloaded the Timehop app on my phone a few weeks ago (I know I’m really late to the party), I’ve been eye rolling and cringing at my former self’s statuses. Boyfriend statuses and bad grammar aside, it’s a useful way to remember old posts and goals. It reminded me that one year ago today I posted my 30 Before 30 list. Your 30 Before 30 is pretty simple: 30 things you want to accomplish or do before you turn the dreaded 3-0. I had almost forgotten about that list I made on a good friends request 365 days ago, but here it is:
- Get my passport stamped✔️
- Gamble in Vegas
- Sign up for a yoga class
- Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
- Pay off those student loans
- Brew my own beer✔️
- Ace an interview✔️
- Plant a herb garden
- Visit an island country
- Go camping
- Get over my fear of scuba diving
- Run my first race
- Go to a wine tasting in Napa
- Land my first real job
- Learn to drive a stick shift
- Try golf
- Rock out at a huge music festival
- Hike part of the Appalachian trail
- Drive the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway
- Eat a cronut
- Boat on the lake in central park
- Give skiing a shot
- Read 25 of Time Magazines 100 best books of all time
- Learn about photography✔️
- Visit the city where I was born
- Take a class to learn a new hobby
- Cook every recipe in a cookbook
- Lose 30 pounds
- Take a hot air balloon ride
- Become a mother
I placed a check mark by the ones that I completed in year 25 of my life. I still have 26-29 left to complete the rest, which I think is doable. I feel like a few fun vacations will cover most of them! Upon second glance, I’m not really sure what I was thinking when I wrote #30: Become a mother; I’m not ready to be a mother and I’m not sure if that’s something we will do by the time I’m 30. Maybe when I’m 29 or 30; we’re definitely not in a hurry to take on parenthood.
This year I’ve got plans to tackle #8: Plant a herb garden, #10: Go Camping, #13: Wine taste in Napa (maybe), #14: Land my first real job, #27: Cook every recipe in a cookbook (at least get started), and #28: Lose 30 Pounds.
I selected the cookbook I’ll be baking, broiling, roasting, and frying my way through: Thug Kitchen. I’ve heard so much about it in the blog world and think it will combine my love of flavor and my desire to be healthy. It’s a vegan cookbook with an attitude; the wording is hilarious!
To a great 26th year!