Friday, March 28, 2014

15 Minutes to Domestic

     I Instagrammed a picture of my dinner the other night (I know; I’m one of those people.) and then posted a picture in my last post, and some sweet friend was kind enough to ask for the recipe.  Not to insult your intelligence or anything, but I made this recipe up, and if you can’t do it then you may not know how to work an oven.  Ready?
Pizza Puffs

Get ready for the easiest recipe you’ve ever seen.

Stuff you need:
Crescent rolls
Mozzarella cheese
Garlic powder
Italian seasoning

What to do:
1.  Preheat your oven to whatever is on the can of crescent rolls.

2.  Pop open the can and take every roll apart.

3.  On the fat part of each roll arrange 3-4 pepperonis (or whatever looks good to you…How fun would the mini ones be?!).

4.  On top of that arrange a little mountain of mozzarella cheese.

5.  Starting on the wide end, roll these up as you normally would.  You may have to fold in the ends (burrito-style) to keep the cheese from falling out everywhere.

6.  Lightly sprinkle with garlic powder and Italian seasoning and bake according to package instructions.

     Didn’t I tell you the truth?  So easy.  Dip in marinara sauce and enjoy!  From beginning to end this took maybe 15 minutes.  You could probably even brown some sausage, drain, and put that inside, but that would have ruined my fifteen minutes to domestic hashtag (and I didn’t have sausage…I had pepperoni and cheese).

     Aaaaaand now that I’ve stared at these, I’m starving.  I have no idea what I’m having tonight, but if I end up  making up another recipe, I’ll definitely share it with you!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Finish This…

     I’ve been seeing this fun little linky floating around for a few weeks now, so as per usual, I’m jumping on the bandwagon a little late.  Oh well…


I know this is weird, but…when I watch TV, I like to keep the volume set to an even or benchmark number.  It’s almost a little frustrating when it’s on 7 or 13 or something else terrible like that.  I should probably work on what I let frustrate me.

When I stop at a stoplight I…usually look around to see if I know anybody around me.  Nosy much?  I don’t wave or anything; I’m just curious as to who’s out and about.

My guilty pleasure is…anything on Lifetime…and Gypsy Sisters…and mindless television in general.

My favorite way to unwind…see the aforementioned mindless television.  Also, a hot, hot shower with hopefully unlimited hot water.

     Reviewing that list makes me sound kind of lazy (hey, it’s spring break, so I have an excuse)…if you need me for the rest of the day, I’ll be cleaning house and pretending to be active. 

     In unrelated news, I made these fun little pizza puffs for dinner the other night, and could have eaten about 20.  So good and so, so easy.  Sometimes it’s nice to be domestic (especially if it only takes 15 minutes).

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Thoughts

     I love weekends.  Is there anybody who doesn’t? (Don’t answer if you’re one of those people.)  The few little days we get at the end of a week let my brain rest and breathe.  Which of course lends itself to lots of errant thoughts.  Let’s get started with a little confessional, shall we?  Nothing too heavy of course.

1.  I made it all the way to spring break.  My first year of teaching is 3/4 over, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!  I am going to savor every last little minute of this week I’ve got because when it’s over, there is only one more break…one.  I can do this (I think.).

2.  On that note, where are the spring temperatures.  I think we’ve made it out of the 20s, but it’s still pretty cold.  I don’t need 80s or anything, but I would like to wear a t-shirt more than once every two weeks. 

3.  A couple of weeks ago as I’m driving home from church, I see a perfect pallet on the side of the road.  Sooo, I pull over, hop out of the car, and start trekking down the street.  To set the scene, it’s a busy road, and I’m in church clothes.  Also…pallets are really heavy.  In spite of all that, I managed to get it into the back of my Jeep, and now I’m just itching to find a fun pallet project.  I’m taking suggestions.

4.   Lifetime movies have been so good lately!  They go in weird cycles – months of great movies, months of terrible movies, months without movies…and so on – but lately, they’ve been pretty good.  It makes for pleasant Sunday afternoons. 

     How about you?  Watching any good movies lately?  Perhaps getting a great workout by dragging pallets across town? 

Sunday, March 16, 2014


     Clearly blogging is my weekend thing now (…sometimes).  Today, Keith is working, and I’m cleaning out the DVR (while I should be cleaning the house).  Also, I think I’ve figured out why I’m in a blog rut.  Answer: I don’t ever take pictures…or leave the house.  Am I complaining?  Not at all.  Keith and I so enjoy hanging out at home and watching our shows (Vikings and The Walking Dead if you’re curious).  Maybe I’ll commit to taking pictures of my dinner and my pajamas, so you can get the full experience.
     Do you know what I want to get the full experience of?  Warm weather.  Not hot…not summer…just springtime.  We keep getting these beautiful weekend days and then swinging right back to frigid and rainy.  Boo.  Plus Keith just bought a fishing boat, and even though I have no desire to fish or touch slimy things, I could go and sit in the sun.

I’ve named it “Allyson on the Beach,” but Keith says I can’t paint that onto the boat. 

     I know it’s cold and drizzly now (here at least), but here’s hoping we’ll get some seasonable temperatures.  I’ve got one week of work then SPRING BREAK, so I need for it to be nice outside.  I’ve only got like two plans, but dreary weather is not one of them.  I’ll let you know how it turns out…maybe.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Cupcakes and Balance

     And just like that, it’s March…where is the time going?  I was going to lie right to your face and tell you how busy I’ve been…buuuuut I’ve really just been sitting on the couch for the last four days enjoying my snow days.  As much as I didn’t expect this latest round of winter weather to affect us here, I was proved wrong.  Sunday night, we were slammed with snow and ice that has somehow clung on for almost a week!
     We were all prepared for Read Across America week at school, but now it’s turned into Read Across America day.  I’m still so excited for all sorts of Seussy fun with my kiddos!

I am not an artist, so the fact that I turned out this 4 foot giant (complete with and additional 2 feet of stump) is sort of a miracle, and my kids are going to love “green egg” cupcakes!

     Keeping with the school theme, I have finished the next month of lesson plans.  I’m hoping staying ahead will let me keep my head above water and breathe a little in this wild ride to the end of the year.  For this being my first year, I think I’ve done an oooooookay job of not being a total wreck (Keith may have a different opinion…).  I think balancing work (no matter what job you have) and some sort of a life is just one of those things you learn as you go.  Maybe by the time I’m ready to retire I’ll have figured it out…

Aaaaaaand…maybe by then I’ll have figured out how to fit a little blogging into the mix.