Since I'm rambling today, I thought I'd ramble a post title too. That has nothing to do with anything.
I didn't know that this day was going to get away from me before I got back to blogging, but it has. Two lunches with two different friends later, I'm home and ready to tackle the rest of the day. (I didn't eat at both,I promise.) Speaking of eating, I wanted to share my dear friend, Amy's recipe for Pizza rolls. Doesn't this look heavenly!? We'll be having them for dinner this weekend! Here's Amy's recipe, I hope she doesn't mind my sharing.
2 cups warm water
2 T yeast
3 T sugar
1/3 cup olive oil
1 ½ tsp salt
6 ish cups flour
marinara sauce for dipping
Dissolve the yeast in the water and sugar; let rise for about ten minutes under a warm cloth. Add the salt and olive oil, then the flour. You want the dough to be pretty stiff and not sticky at all. Knead until smooth. Let rise for two hours.
Divide the dough into two or three balls—depending on how much topping variety you want. Sprinkle finely grated mozzarella cheese on the cutting board and then on top of the dough ball. Roll into the largest rectangle you can make, flipping the dough as needed. Sprinkle half the dough with grated mozzarella and then whatever toppings you want. I do one with pepperoni and one with Canadian bacon and olives. Fold the empty half of the dough rectangle across the toppings, then seal the edges—I use the rolling pin to get them as tight as possible! Cut into strips with a pizza cutter. Twist each strip and put onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes—until browned and the cheese is bubbly.
Aside from Amy's recipe, I have only a few other short ramblings. Perhaps I should have posted it here instead, but, I posted on FB yesterday this:
I know that it will sound harsh and cold. I was literally sick yesterday when I heard the news of PSH's death yesterday. He was a gifted actor that we truly LOVED to watch. BUT. The bottom line is that he threw it - his talent, as well as his life, away as he succumbed to his heroin addiction. Today, the world grieves over the loss of this talented actor and the media makes it sound as though he were a god, just as they did Whitney Houston and many others mega-talented performers, who also threw away their lives with drugs and alcohol. It makes me cranky, especially when you think of the many amazing and wonderful people who die every day, particularly the soldiers and policemen, who fight for our freedom and security, and get very little recognition in comparison. I don't know...the whole thing reminds me that society needs a serious attitude adjustment. Just sayin'.
and then this:
I don't judge him at all. It breaks my heart. I've literally been sick at the loss, particularly for his children and parents. My judgment is toward the media. Addictions have destroyed far too many lives... and families and homes... as we well know. Bottom line... Satan won again.
and then this:
It IS an illness. Every moment of my entire life has been affected by an alcoholism and drug use. My father threw his life away as alcoholic and cocaine addict, my brother, too, who was a heroin addict and is also an alcoholic, not to mention two of my six children. Kelly's choices have changed my whoIe eternity. I live with it's effects every minute of every day of my life, up close and personal, seeing exactly what drugs and alcohol can do to a family and to an individual. I guess this is one of the reasons that the whole thing is so personal to me. I HATE the loss of so many gifted and talented people to drugs and alcohol. Hearing more details today made this death even more tragic. One of my first thoughts when I heard the initial news of his death was that they will immortalize him, then trash him with the details of his death. Why can't they just let him Rest In Peace. A tragic loss for us all, indeed. It IS the media that makes me crazy. As I said, Satan won again.
Such a tragedy. In so many ways. So sad. Just saying.
- We got over three inches of snow in less than two hours last night. It was beautiful! More is heading our way. We've been praying, as a valley, for moisture. Our prayers are being answered.
- Just as winter is finally settling in, the robins are returning. I'm one of the few who is holding out for lots more snow before spring's arrival!
- ZJ had a great day back to school. She's all better! HAPPINESS!
- Liza will be here two weeks from tomorrow and I can hardly breathe when I think about it! I can't wait to hug both of my baby girls! Liza has begun a Paparrazzi business and I'm going to be hosting a party for her while she's here. I'm also going to host a little Corbridge Open House evening where Doug's family can drop in and visit to say hello. The down side of coming home for a week, for Liza anyway, is that she doesn't have time to say hello to everyone. This will hopefully alleviate that problem a bit! Of course, Aylabelle is totally excited to see her Gram too! She said so! It wasn't quite in english yet, but this Gram is very good at understanding baby language. ;)
- Here's the conversation in Sacrament Meeting this past Sunday. Me, as Miki's 18 year old brother stood to bear his testimony: "I just love that boy." Quayd, being sarcastic, responds, "Nooooooo? Really?" Five minutes later, when Wendy, Miki's mom, stands to bear her testimony, Quayd leans over, "Let me guess, you love her too?" Har, Har. He's so 16, but at least he knows what matters! That became the theme of our meeting all the way to the end when Connie stood. At least he knows that I love our ward family?
- Life is good. Very, very good.
It is a fool who takes offense when none is intended. It is a greater fool who takes it when it was not. Brigham Young