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Ricotta and Pesto Pizza

Ricotta and Pesto Pizza

Doesn’t this just look delicious?

What's for Dinner Moms?

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At least once a week I try to make pizza for dinner. It is a fairly simple meal that everyone can agree on. The combinations are endless too. It doesn’t need to be the same old red sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni pizza each time. Get creative! If you can put it on bread it can go on a pizza. I opened the refrigerator and looked to see what we had to put on a pizza. Genoa salami? Ricotta? Spinach? Ooo, fresh mozzarella!

So, I decided to go simple with Ricotta, Pesto, fresh mozzarella and Parmesan.

Verdict:

Even my ricotta hating son liked this pizza. It had enough flavor with the pesto and cheeses that he added a bit more pesto and was thrilled with it. Still didn’t care for the texture of the ricotta but he ate it. It was a good dish because it was so simple to make…

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Spring Fling Challenge

http://hearthsteader.net/2013/03/04/spring-fling-challenge/

Spring Fling Challenge Hearthsteader

http://hearthsteader.net/2013/03/04/spring-fling-challenge/

Hearthsteader was nice enough to let me guest post for them today!  Awesome page by the way.  I promised I’d share the Spring Fling Challenge with all of you and don’t forget to head over and check out their page.

 

My Shopping Trip

This past weekend I went shopping for some dress clothes at the mall and it was the most frustrating experience ever. I generally am not a “shopper”, I like to get in, get what I want and get out.  This has kept me from over spending on more than one occasion and not wasted my time.  I like nice things just as much as anyone else but I think I would buy things I do not NEED to satisfy some strange craving inside me.  I think they call this retail therapy and I try very hard not to do this.  I’d so much rather spend the afternoon with some friends and family and laugh the time away. 

Anyway, I was struck by how many retailers offered credit cards when I was checking out.  Unfortunately I am a plus sized woman and apparently in NH we don’t tend to dress professionally often because finding a suit was next to impossible!  I had to go in quite a few  stores and spend more than I had hoped in order to come out with just a decent looking outfit.  That in itself was extremely frustrating but the credit card offers were insane.  When checking out each retailer offered me significant savings if I would sign up for their card.  It was so very tempting, I really wanted to do it because it would have saved me about $25 on my $90 purchases and that is nothing to shake a stick at.  I did not though and here is why: Number ONE if I did take out a credit card in each of the three stores that I visited my credit score would have likely decreased. That is right; when you take out credit whether or not you actually charge anything on the card ever it appears that you have a certain amount of credit available to you that you COULD charge.  So when going to purchase a home for instance a mortgage company might look at your credit and see that you have 20,000.00 worth of credit available to you, assume that you would use it all and charge you a much higher interest rate OR if there are other issues turn you down all together!  Number TWO the interest rates on store cards are astronomically high.  Sometimes you will have periods where you can buy things at no interest and if you pay it off in a certain amount of time you are alright.  I’ve never been able to do that (and know this about myself). In the end though I know I would buy several hundred dollars worth of clothes that I could not really afford and then pay twice as much for them to boot.  When you write it out like that it sounds ludicrous to do but we do it all of the time and seem to have no problem with it. Number THREE I would incur a monthly payment that I had not budgeted for in the first place.  And you think to yourself “what’s another $30?”.  Well in six months you could save that money to take that couple hundred dollar shopping spree or you could pay that $30 for years on end and still not have the card paid off. When you pay the bare minimum you barely touch the principle of the debt and just pay interest on what you originally charged.  It’s like throwing your money away. I for one do NOT intend to throw my money away.  I’ve done it enough in my life and forget the pain after some years and do it again. I don’t know what I was thinking and kick myself every time the bill comes.  I aim to pay that stupid thing off soon and swear off credit cards  all together.    I work much too hard and do not intend to just hand it over to someone else because of it. Doesn’t that just sound crazy?  

 

New Hampshire Weather

New Hampshire Weather
I’ll start with a quote; “What New England is, is a state of mind, a place where dry humor and perpetual disappointment blend to produce an ironic pessimism that folks from away find most perplexing” ― Willem Lange

Where is away you ask, anywhere else of course. As the quote suggests we are used to perpetual disappointment and our yearly travels into Spring time are no different than the rest. The sayings about weather in these here parts could go on and on until the cows come home. “Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it.” ― Mark Twain “Don’t knock the weather. If it didn’t change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn’t start a conversation.” ― Kim Hubbard “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” ― Mark Twain ”We have two seasons: winter and the Fourth of July.” 
“In New England we have nine months of winter and three months of darned 
poor sledding.” ”Take off your flannels before the first of May, and you’ll have a doctor’s bill to 
pay.” I think you get the idea. If you could only hear it said in the accent of the old farmer you’d be laying on the floor laughing now. 

My point is that about this time we get pretty sick of winter and we are searching for signs anywhere that Spring is on it’s way. There hasn’t been a hint of green since sometime around the end of October in these here parts, the wood pile is down to a nub and all the stores we put up last summer are dwindling to nothing. We are simply worn to a raveling. The problem is that a whole lot of winter is still left despite what any calendar says about Spring. Hell, we won’t get leaves on the trees until the first week of May, that’s 11 weeks away! Alright maybe that doesn’t seem awfully long to you but when we just had two feet of snow less than two weeks ago and the weather man comes on and says a Nor’Easter is brewing, two storms will collide leaving a low to the east of the Cape and we will get plowable snow (yes plowable is a word HERE) and then he says well I think it’ll only be a foot which is much better than the last one (the aforementioned two foot blizzard) AND he delivers it as though that is GOOD news. 

New Hampshire Weather

I’ll start with a quote; “What New England is, is a state of mind, a place where dry humor and perpetual disappointment blend to produce an ironic pessimism that folks from away find most perplexing” ― Willem Lange

Where is away you ask, anywhere else of course. As the quote suggests we are used to perpetual disappointment and our yearly travels into Spring time are no different than the rest. The sayings about weather in these here parts could go on and on until the cows come home. “Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it.” ― Mark Twain “Don’t knock the weather. If it didn’t change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn’t start a conversation.” ― Kim Hubbard “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” ― Mark Twain ”We have two seasons: winter and the Fourth of July.” 
“In New England we have nine months of winter and three months of darned 
poor sledding.” ”Take off your flannels before the first of May, and you’ll have a doctor’s bill to 
pay.” I think you get the idea. If you could only hear it said in the accent of the old farmer you’d be laying on the floor laughing now. 

My point is that about this time we get pretty sick of winter and we are searching for signs anywhere that Spring is on it’s way. There hasn’t been a hint of green since sometime around the end of October in these here parts, the wood pile is down to a nub and all the stores we put up last summer are dwindling to nothing. We are simply worn to a raveling. The problem is that a whole lot of winter is still left despite what any calendar says about Spring. Hell, we won’t get leaves on the trees until the first week of May, that’s 11 weeks away! Alright maybe that doesn’t seem awfully long to you but when we just had two feet of snow less than two weeks ago and the weather man comes on and says a Nor’Easter is brewing, two storms will collide leaving a low to the east of the Cape and we will get plowable snow (yes plowable is a word HERE) and then he says well I think it’ll only be a foot which is much better than the last one (the aforementioned two foot blizzard) AND he delivers it as though that is GOOD news.