Monday, January 23, 2012

Looking for Pizza Heaven

I love making pizza with homemade sauce and fresh mozzarella. My kids love it, too. Its a fun meal that we can all make together. I've found the sauce recipe that I think is the best. It's simple and really good, and of course, its from Cooking Light ®. However, I haven't found the perfect crust to put it on yet. I've tried so many crust recipes, but none of them seem heavenly, which is what I aiming for. So, if you have a pizza crust recipe to die for, please share it!

Here is the simple, but delicious, pizza sauce recipe from Cooking Light®.

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28-ounce) can San Marzano tomatoes (they DO make a difference)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  1. Cook garlic in oil for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  2. Remove tomatoes from can using slotted spoon, reserving juices.
  3. Crush tomatoes. (It doesn't state how to crush the tomatoes. I do something I learned on a cooking show once. I just hold one tomato in my hand at a time and squeeze it in the pot. It's messy, but kind of fun, and it gets the job done!)
  4. Stir tomatoes, juices, salt, and oregano into garlic mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Impostor?

In my college psychology class I remember learning about the different types of intelligence. One of those was athletic intelligence and I knew for sure I did not have that type of intelligence. I had never been good at sports (except for tennis - the one sport I enjoyed). In 7th grade I signed up for "Athletics" class because everybody else did (or at least I thought everyone did). The year began with volleyball, next came basketball, and in the spring there was track. I had shown no aptitude for volleyball or basketball, and by the time track season came around, I, my coach, and my classmates had low expectations for my performance - and we were right. I couldn't run fast in the short distances and I couldn't endure the long distances. It was determined I was not a runner and I was given the job of team "manager," which was the glorified name for water and towel girl. Since then, I've tried to run some off and on, but I never liked it. It hurt my knees and it just wasn't fun.

But last year when Ramiro ran the Aramco Half-Marathon in Houston, I became inspired. I thought even if I had to walk it, I wanted to do the 5K in 2012. I wanted to share the fun Ramiro was having and support him at the same time. So this year I began to run a little. Even though its been hard, it hasn't been that bad. Maybe after having 3 babies, things don't just seem as hard as they used to. And maybe my tendons are more flexible now so my knees don't hurt anymore. Whatever it is, I can't believe I'm actually able to do it.

Last week I ran the El Paso Energy 5K while Ramiro ran the half-marathon again. I loved meeting my goal. That's what I like about running. I haven't actually reached the point where I actually enjoy running. What I do love is the challenge. I've also found that running time is also a good time for praying. It seems that God speaks to my heart clearly when I'm running.

I've now completed two 5Ks and am training to run a 10k in February. Tonight I ran 4.5 miles. I can't believe I did that! I never in my wildest dreams thought I would run that far! Am I becoming a runner? I sort of feel like an impostor! I guess what happened in junior high doesn't count. What counts is now...and I'm running!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Why We Didn't Send a Christmas Card this Year

Well, this week the last Christmas decoration was put away and the whirlwind that began a little over a month ago is passed. We had a wonderful Christmas and it was so fun to have Hannah home for 2 weeks! We crammed so much fun in those 2 weeks, the Christmas card we made was never sent out. At one point I thought I could just send it out the week after Christmas and write on the back, "Hope Your Christmas Lasts All Year," but then more time passed and it seemed even too late for that. Below is what kept us so busy!

Hannah read us "Green Eggs & Ham," by Dr. Seuss, while we ate green eggs and ham!

We delivered Christmas gifts

We visited the children's museum

We hosted our first annual Christmas Eve Open House

We made Santa's cookies

We danced with the Wii

We had fun at the zoo

We went Ice Skating

We strolled through the Dickinson Festival of Lights

We saw "The Adventures of Tin Tin." Great movie!

And of course we topped it all off with Ice cream!