August 1, 2014

pizza pera

^^ While in Utah we ate a place called Pizzeria Limone and we fell in love. I watched and asked questions as they made my pizza and quickly came home to start experimenting. I don't have quantifiable measurements because I just kind of wing it, but here's the general idea (below): ^^

Pizza Pera

Dough (I use a thin crust recipe)
Olive oil
Aged mozzarella, cut into 1/4" cubes
Fresh mozzarella, big slice torn into chunks
3 cheese Italian blend
3 slices prosciutto
1/4 red onion, sliced very thin
1/4 pear, sliced very thin
1/4 cup sugar, divided
Fresh basil

Preheat oven to 500F with the rack 5 inches from the top.
Mix onions with a TB of sugar in a bowl, set aside.
Roll the dough out really thin--like almost see-through. I use cornmeal on a baking sheet because I don't have a pizza stone.
Spread a couple tablespoons of olive oil to cover the dough. Add aged mozzarella, fresh mozzarella, and fill in any holes with the Italian cheese blend. Add prosciutto and onions.
Dip both sides of the pear slices in sugar, coating really well (this helps it caramelize in the oven).
Bake for 10 minutes.
Add basil.

July 31, 2014

white coat

^^ We are so, so proud of Johnny for earning his white coat at dental school. This took literally thousands of hours, almost every day and night spent at school, not seeing his kids for sometimes three days in a row, and I can't even imagine how many hours of lost sleep--basically, he earned this and I couldn't be prouder!

And if I may toot my own horn, I feel like this was doubly earned by the mother of his children. It's no fun only seeing your husband for an hour a day, and raising los bebes kind of by yourself. We can't tell you how happy we are that the worst part is OVER! ^^

July 28, 2014

spiral jetty, we finally meet!

^^ We went on many-a-Utah adventure while there for the summer break, and one of my dreams has been to go to the Spiral Jetty. For 10 years, ever since AP Art History, I have been dying to go, but it is literally in the middle of nowhere and we never made the time...until now! ^^

^^ The Golden Spike is on the way so of course we stopped. And don't mind the baby in a diaper. It was so freaking hot. ^^

^^ There she is! The Spiral Jetty and I finally met face-to-face instead of via textbook. And she is wonderful. You can't see or hear anything manmade for as far as the eye and ear go and it's a really quiet, very spiritual atmosphere. I would have loved to stay for hours but, kids, sometimes they ruin everything even though they make everything great. I mean it took us 30 minutes just to get to the salt because the sand and rocks were calling to these little city girls. ^^

July 24, 2014

the red carpet

 ^^ We went to a faaaabulous "red carpet" event at BYU's Museum of Art. It was fun to dress up for the museum's new exhibit Costume and the Cinema. There were beautiful costumes from movies like Phantom of the Opera, Sherlock Holmes, and Pirates of the Caribbean. If you're in Utah, you should totally go, especially because it's FREE. And it was fun to go with my smokin' hot sister and her date! ^^

July 23, 2014

what are men to rocks and mountains?

^^ Tibble Fork Lake is the greatest mountain lake in Utah. Okay, ignore the fact that it's only 50 degrees, and that we just found out there are leeches, it is the most picture-perfect, quintessential lake. ^^

^^ We also hiked up to Bell Canyon Lake, another goodie. Although, Johnny decided to take us off the path through the mud and woods and I kind of freaked out. There's a shameful video of me losing it. ^^

July 21, 2014

what motherhood is REALLY like

Oh, what motherhood is REALLY like. My girls do seem to be improving on their naughtiness, but not really haha. And if you want to make motherhood a little bit easier for yourself, CLICK HERE for a FREE giveaway of an awesome mom product (or scroll down to the next post after this in my blog)!

^^ The diapers are clearly too close to the crib, but it's either the diapers or the diaper pail. I choose the diapers. ^^

^^ It's always fun to find piles of art around the house. ^^

^^ No. Just no. ^^

^^ Sing it with me: HALLELUJAH! Driving home from Utah was a little easier as soon as this happened. ^^

^^ See this selfie... ^^

^^ I found 96 of them on my phone today... ^^

^^ 96! ^^

July 18, 2014

Giveaway: ReSqueeze (4-pack)

Thank you to all who entered this give away; congratulations Amber F. on winning!!!

See this awesome ad to the right over here? >>>>>>>
One of my good friends created a magic product for moms called the ReSqueeze, and I think you all should get the chance to win one.

My girls are LOVING their new ReSqueeze pouches and I am too, especially after that crazy thing about worms found in pre-packaged pouches went around the internet. No, gracias. Anyway, they're super easy to fill up with applesauce (if you're lazy like me), or you can be more ambitious and fill them with your own puree. And the best part? You can throw them in the dishwasher and use them again! Thank you, ReSqueeze, for stopping many-a-meltdown in the store. You sure do make what motherhood is REALLY like a little bit easier.

July 16, 2014

I had one cool dad

^^ We went to the air show in Utah and I had no idea it would be so emotional for me. My dad flew jets in the Air Force and seeing all the pilots in their flight suits made me choke up a little. But I really did enjoy being there to see what a rockstar he was. I love this picture above because I found out my dad flew this very T-38 with my Uncle Don!!! My uncle looked up the tail number in his flight book and they really did fly this exact same jet. It was neat to be so close to something from my dad's past. I also loved seeing the F-16 below because he flew that one, too. The movie Top Gun came out while he was in the Air Force and I have a feeling he and all the pilots thought they were pretty hot stuff. ^^

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