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- I used a pre-packaged pizza dough.
- I spread a generous amount of the sauce on the dough then followed up with a generous helping of the buffalo chicken (I used this recipe earlier in the week)
- I used a mixture of shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheeses.
- I baked according to the instructions that came with the dough.
Holy. Freaking. Cow. I'm not gonna lie, that pizza was the bomb.com. Yes--it hurt my sad little gall bladder--but it was worth it!
Later that night, J and I were in the living room when Bailey rounds the corner smacking her lips. My ears immediately perk up because she didn't have any food in her bowl at the time.
She'd snatched a piece of the buffalo chicken pizza off of the counter!!!!! She's never done anything like that before! J claims its because we were ranting and raving about it as we were eating it--
"I just wanted to try it for myself, guys."
(Bailey's voice is the voice of Mr. Narwhal from Elf. I don't know why. Just go with it).
I later discovered as I was putting our leftovers away that she also ate all of the toppings off of our other pizza. I would punish her--but with her sad sensitive little tummy--the pizza punished her enough as it is.
Okay! We're off to enjoy this week! I'll probably be pretty MIA. Gotta soak up the husband time while I can before he jets off for recruiting!
Posted by Joey at 9:00 AM
Last week Sally's had Finger paints polishes on sale, so I snagged one from their new holiday line: Winter Chill. It is a GORGEOUS deep brownish/black color with a HUGE range of sparkles in it. Absolutely gorgeous in the bottle. But somehow I missed that this was a textured line. And the polish completely changed on my nails. It dried to the typical matte/sandy texture and the glitter seemed less vibrant and the overall color seemed lighter even after two coats. So I applied Seche Vite. That helped draw out the sparkle, but the texture was still something I couldn't handle. The next morning I put on another layer of topcoat, and while that helped with the texture a good bit, it was still pretty gritty. That polish was also completely impossible to photograph.
2) The husband walked through the door on Tuesday. Okay, no. He hobbled through the door on Tuesday. With a knee brace on. Since when do the coaches get injured in practice? He was in good amount of pain all week. Luckily, it's just muscular so no surgery for that guy! Could you imagine? Us both out of commission before the end of the year? It'd be an interesting Christmas in this house!
3) Speaking of Christmas--I found the perfect Holiday Red Lip! Okay, okay. I didn't find it. Leighannsays did. But she never steers me wrong! The shade is absolutely gorgeous and it actually makes my teeth look whiter not yellow. This is the FIRST red lipstick to ever do that for me! Try to pay attention to the actual lipstick and not my face. I only had a tinted moisturizer and mascara on but I couldn't wait to try it on--this lipstick definitely needs and deserves a face of make up!
In unrelated news: I really need a haircut. Sheesh.
Oh--and that's the polish I mentioned above!
4) I got to virtually speak to two separate middle school classes on Wednesday about being a writer and how I use communication in my job! It was so fun and pretty exciting! My bff from the cradle is their teacher and asked if I'd be willing to speak with them. She called me after school and said that the kids were totally inspired and wanted to know all about blogging and writing! It was a pretty necessary experience for me, too, honestly. It was the first time I openly admitted and actually legitimately claimed writing. Even just for the fact that my friend validated what I do by even asking me to speak to the class in the first place was pretty huge for me. I mean, maybe there really is something to that whole well if walks like a duck and talks like a duck thing. On a related note, President Bush was on Jay Leno this week and revealed his new hobby: painting. A direct quote from him:
I'm a painter. You might not think I'm a painter, but I think I'm a painter.
Well said, Mr. President. Well said.
5) Well, we have a date for my surgery...sort of. Scheduling has been kind of a nightmare because everyone is desperate to have their operations before the end of the year because of insurance deductibles. They were worried they might not be able to do it for me before then. But because it's my gall bladder, it takes precedence over other procedures because there's the chance it could rupture. Awesome. They have me scheduled for December 18 (my sweet husband's birthday). There is a slight conflict for the surgeon on that day--so it could end up being the 19th. But the wonderful admin at the office wanted to call and let me know that 1) IT WILL be done before the end of the year and to let me know that those were the two dates it might be. We're fine with either. I'll just be pretty tender for Christmas. In all honesty--that's the best Christmas gift ever.
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Oof. Monday. I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a hard time pulling myself out of bed this morning. But can I get a WOOHOO that this is the last week of the husband's intense schedule? Well, briefly. Then starts recruiting. doesiteverend!? I'm going to have to re-work my grocery shopping schedule. As of next week I'm going to have to feed this man who emerges in the night three meals a day.
Speaking of feeding the man, last night was our last football family potluck of the season. Unbelievable.
I made these.
CAKE BATTER RICE KRISPIE TREATS
- Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray (I used an 13 x 9 pyrex dish)
- Melt the butter over low heat in a large saucepan. Stir in the marshmallows and stir constantly. This is the part that always gives me major anxiety. It's just a giant goopy sticky mess and I always question whyyyyyyyyy I decided to do this! Once the marshmallows are completely melted, stir in the cake mix and remove from heat.
- Stir in cereal until completely coated. At this point you would also stir in half the sprinkles--but I knew that I'd end up melting them and creating an (even grosser) mess, so I left that step out.
- Pour mixture into baking dish and lightly press down. Use remaining sprinkles on top!
- Chill at least 30 minutes. Cut & enjoy!
I liked 'em! They were super easy (and quick) to make which I'm always a fan of (especially because these potluck dinners inevitably turn into a last minute text from the husband hey we're bringing xyz).
They definitely don't scream CAKE BATTER though even with my generous measurement. They taste much sweater than normal rice krispie treats though and there is a hint of the cake batter flavor. I saw some people in the comments of the original recipe say that they used strawberry cake mix instead. I'm definitely giving that a try next time!
I broke the if it comes it stays rule and brought the leftovers (there weren't many) home. If this writing week is anything like lasts, I'm going to need all the bribing I can get.
Posted by Joey at 9:37 AM