Dance Your Heart Out and Greek Pizza

Happy Sunday! It's actually 10 minutes to midnight,  Saturday night.

Because I am only coming to this journal once a week now-Sundays-my posts are going to be a little lengthy. I figure most people will move on to the recipes, but for me it's really important to write what is in my heart and what is happening around here.

So what's been going on this month.

The townhome finally sold!  No more paying two mortgages, Yeah!!
We initially had the notion we were going to continue renting it, but after some negatives, we decided to put on market. We are happy with our choice. We are debating whether to invest in another local property with equity. Ahh, decisions!
We have read and heard too much of Trump's advice. He's great on financial advice and property investing but as for President,  don't get me started.

I have been going to an adult dance class. Is it silly for a mom to dance her heart out? I LOVE it! It makes me look like a teenager.
I haven't danced since my college years where I was an actual dance major for a year (long story why I changed majors) .

Now to digress a bit, let's move onto a Sunny update.

Sunny loves to paint, sing and color and dance. A real right brained gal.

She's not a good eater. Refusing most all vegetables and meat.

She's also picking out her own clothes, dressing herself, and expressing her opinion. She's sassy and will tell me off regularly. A real teenodler she's become.

At home she twirls not just her finger through her hair whenever she is tired.

I debated whether 2.5 was too young for dance class.

I have a feeling Sunny is going to be a dancer, just like her mama.

So as much as dancing is my passion, I realized that Sunny needed that too.
I signed her up and she is now taking dance lessons from the same gal who taught me when I a kid.

                           First day of class.
                          She is so friendly

                           Class attendance
                           After class fun
Sunny, my sweet, I hope this is the beginning of a rewarding dance journey for you.

As I watched Sunny dance from the window, I couldn't help but smile. The way she carried herself with such grace and poise. She's a natural.

So here are a few things on my mind today-

I am taking a lot of notice to Sunny's personality.  She is different then a lot of kids her age and older- but in a very positive way.  Sunny is very excitable. There is not a day that goes by that she doesn't show this to the world.

Whenever we are out and about, she usually takes notice to kids. She loves kids. She will wave and shout "Hello Friends"  every time.  I taught her that.

She's very affectionate to say the least.

Her excitement is contagious. Sunny tries to get others excited to play with her, even kids she doesn't know.

A lot of kids take time to warm up to her. I was one of those shy kids too.

Sunny is learning of the many personalities out there. Not everyone is alike, and that is okay.

What I do want Sunny to remember is to always remain true to herself. I don't want her to change who she is based on how others respond to her.

Some of other fun things we've been doing:

Feeding the Gibson's horse. I purchased a huge bag of carrots at Costco and we take a few up to him. She loves feeding and interacting with horse. This is how I spent much of my childhood doing.

Playdates. Sunny loves hanging out with her very best friend. Everyday, she has been asking to play with "Sawa" as she calls her. These two littles have a few years age difference,  but they play so well together. It's a refreshing break for me too. I actually was able to fold laundry really well.

Netflix- while it's rare for us to enjoy a good show, uninterrupted,  we have seen a few I need to recommend.  I am a huge suspense junkie, and i highly recommend these two series after kids are in bed.
The Fall. This is a series and so exciting and suspenseful. A new series will be out this year.

Broadchurch- oh my, this was as exciting as the fall. If you love mysterious,  this is it.

X-files- the return of the show premieres tonight. On tv, not netflix.  Rodney has been on the countdown. He actually came to me this morning jumping up and Down. That's true excitement!!

How Mama is doing:

I can easily sum it up here:

Motherhood,  you demanding, under- paying, exhausting, sleepless, stinky, messy, wonderfully fantastic thing, you.

Most days I am spent, but I wouldn't want it any other way.

To other mama's out there: if your toddler naps, and willingly goes to bed before 10 pm, consider yourself lucky.

Rodney and I would love a date to see Star Wars. He got me hooked
Getting someone to babysit is a challenge though. Nobody wants to do it. I do pay and have treats and pizza.

Anyway, that is mainly the brunt of what's happening.

I mentioned lengthy post,  right?

A few weeks ago, we went to a place called Rigatti's for some pizza.  So good. My favorite is the greek pizza.  I love greek anything. We love making pizza at home on weekends and decided to make it. Remember,  for Greek inspired meals, keep the staples of cucumber,  tomatoes,  olives, plain greek yogurt, and feta cheese. I have a recipe for greek tacos on flatbread/pita that I will share soon.

You can be creative. Make your crust thin or use flatbread to make individual pizza. It is all great. Artichokes and green olives as well as spinach is fantastic too.

As for tzatziki sauce, you will want that on top of your pizza.  It makes all the difference.

Greek pizza

Homemade pizza dough, choose your favorite recipe. Thin crust preferred.

Ingredients for basic pizza
Feta cheese
Meat of choice or vegetarian

Fresh ingredients for after pizza is baked
Tzatziki sauce for on top

On rolled pizza dough, spoon tomato sauce evenly around pizza. Top with above ingredients. Bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes

Top with cucumber,  feta, and t- sauce.

For t sauce, in a bowl, combine 1 cup plain greek yogurt,  1 T. Feta, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.  Stir


One Pot Curried Cauliflower Rice

So, how is the limited technology going, you ask?  First off, I realized that it is much harder then I ever thought. My brain is so wired to go to certain recipe sites online that I often went straight to the computer (our second source of technology besides my phone). I found myself searching through recipe cookbook indexes instead, which is okay if you are patient.  The other struggle with no internet at fingertips, ie:phone, was not being able to take quick pictures of Sunny.  I have not used a regular camera in who knows how long.

Today, which is Sunday, is the day I gave myself permission long ago, to do my journaling. My journal is this blog. I have not written anything in a old fashioned journal in about a year.

Sticking with the no internet except Sunday rule is what I favor. Just like the no sugar until weekend rule. It's wonderful!

I find that sticking to a consistant pattern is what my brain chemistry prefers. I also find that my brain enjoys the de-cluttering and energized effect it gets by limiting how passive I become  when I am glued to a screen (TV or internet). So not good for your brain or mind.

So, consistant it will be.  Here is to a new year goal.

I love sharing my favorite recipes and I have several curries I love. This one is no exception. The tender chick peas and cauliflower make it so nutritious, and that balance of curry, rich satisfying heavy cream, and tumeric flavor make this meal pure comfort.

You may mix half quinoa and half jasmine rice together,which I cooked in chicken stock for more enhanced flavor.

Adding a touch of parm on top just makes this meal all more lovely. I think even children will enjoy this meal. Seved with naan and a bit of chopped cilantro, it's amazing.

 It's full of veggies and it's a one pot meal.

One Pot Curried Cauliflower Rice:

**note** you can either combine rice with curry, or not. If you choose to keep rice seperately, just reduce simmer time.

  •  4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large head cauliflower, cored and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp. tumeric powder
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 1/2 cups balsmati, jasmine, or other long-grain white rice, precooked in chicken stock.
  • 4 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream or coconut cream
Aged parmesan cheese and cilantro for sprinkling over meal, optional.

In a Dutch oven or other heavy pot, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high. Add cauliflower and cook, stirring frequently, until browned in spots. Transfer to a plate and season with salt and pepper.
You may also steam the cauliflower (that is what I did). All that matters is that it is tender cauliflower.
 Add 2 teaspoons oil and onion to pot; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, 5 minutes. Add cooked rice, curry powder, and chickpeas and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring constantly, until rice is coated, about 2 minutes. Add stock and cream and bring to a boil. Add cooked cauliflower and mix in.  Allow to simmer until liquid is absorbed.
Serve in bowls and add parmesan cheese on top.

Source: Recipe adapted from Stephanie Nielson.


Mango Salsa (see January archive on right for recipe)