"Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Friday

A sleeping baby (see babycam below!), Pizzahut, a fort made out of sheets and a movie (that takes two hours to find on your computer, but whatev)... these are the makings of a wonderful Friday night.


 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Full-time lunch

Taking care of a house (cooking, cleaning, organizing, "nesting", entertaining) could be a full-time job. Motherhood (feeding, caring, educating, walk-taking) could be a full-time job. Having a marriage, a social life, a volunteer activity or two could be a full-time job.
 
And then you're supposed to put a paid, "actual" job on top of that? Or before that? Or after that?
 
It all comes down to what's really important. The reason I love mormon mommy blogs is that they are so unapologetic about how motherhood is the ultimate and only job, the others come after. (see Natalie Jean's about page question, "do you have a job?"...)The reason I don't like certain homeschooling/work-from-home blogs is that they are very "oh no, I get a paycheck and I work from home on this blog or whatnot... plus I also take care of my kids and am their full-time teacher!" I have a hard time understanding the priorities here.
 
These are REALLY tough decisions.
 
My full-time lunch...
 


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Easy Pizza-Making

Wheen the SUN HITS YOUR EYE like a big PIZZA PIE...
 
I don't know why people think homemade pizza is time-consuming. I like it because there is very little clean-up. Just the bowl you make the dough in and the cutting board. No pots and pans because you put in directly on wax paper in the oven.
 
Here are my easy peasy steps to homemade pizza:
 
 
 
Step one: the dough
Mix 4 cups flour (half and half whole wheat and white, or whatever you'd like), 2 cups baking powder and 2 tbsp salt in a large bowl. Add 8 tbsp of chilled butter and blend it in with your hands. Add 1 cup milk, blend it into the dough, and GRADUALLY add in another cup (you may not need to use the whole cup), kneading all the while, until the dough is soft but not sticky.
Divide it in half. Roll out two circles and pinch over the ends to form a crust.
 
 
 
Step two: the sauce
Use a 200 ml carton of tomato paste and add in a little salt and pepper, 2-3 tblsp honey and pinches of dried herbs (oregano, basil and parsley).
 
 
Step three: toppings
Spread the tomato sauce on the pizza base and add 200g of shredded cheese. I use the cheapest mozzarella.
Now, go creative on your toppings. The grocery store I shop at, Lidl (or heaven as I like to call it), sells these adorable packages of three bell peppers, red, green and yellow. So my new favorite pizza topping includes these, mini fresh mozzarella balls and little mounds of canned pesto (also sold at my heavenly grocery stores). I also love adding arugula on top when they come out of the oven (not pictured).
Then, top the toppings ;) with another 100-200g of shredded cheese to make sure they stay put.
 
 
 
Step four: bake
Bake them at a high temperature, like 200ÂșC. I have a pizza stone that I like to slide the pizzas onto with wax paper. They usually take about 15 min each. You know when the cheese is melted and starting to get golden on top and when the crust is golden underneath. Enjoy!!!



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Monday, October 13, 2014

Youth ministry

We just finished a three-year diocesan training course for youth ministers (see fancy diplomas below... we're in the top left corner... except for our baby of course..she's the center of attention as always). I didn't learn much, except for that being in youth ministry is hard, working with others as part of the Church is hard, but both are incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. So maybe that was learning something.

So as not to put all this magnificent training to waste... :/ ... we've accepted our parish priest's request to lead the youth group again. It started up this week and up until the last minute I was having a mental breakdown and trying to quit, thinking what did we get ourselves into. But then that rewarding/fulfilling thing happened again and it all came together (REALLY last minute) and the meeting turned out alright. I have a feeling this will be an INTENSE year.




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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The best, easiest and healthiest salad dressing ever

I have come to terms about not having ranch dressing in Portugal. I have since become addicted to another really easy dressing that makes any salad better and makes you really sad when there is no more salad. THAT is the sign of a good dressing. Plus, it's really easy because there is no chopping involved!

*Based on IGE's Black and Blue Salad
 
 
 
Step one:
Put 1-2 cups of blackberries or blueberries in the blender. Add 4 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon honey, salt and pepper.
 
Step two:
Blend and ENJOY!
 
 

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