Friday, August 12, 2016

Homemade Pizza

Pizza Dough 
from Carmen Hostetler
In a mixing bowl, place the following in order:
1 1/3 C hot tap water
Sprinkle 2 1/4 tsp yeast
Sprinkle 1 Tbs sugar over the yeast
Let sit until the yeast starts floating to the top
3 1/2 C Flour
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Salt

Mix with dough hook in mixer til the sides of the gowl are clean
Put the bowl in a slightly warm over to rise for 40 minutes

After it rises, put olive oil on a jelly roll pan and dump the dough in it
Put a little olive oil on your fingers and spread the dough until flat
Sprinkle on garlic salt and basil, cover with mozzarella and feta cheese and diced tomatoes.
Cook at 450 for 12 minutes.

A GREAT Soy-free pizza option.
Thank you for sharing!

Chicken With Green Sauce

My daughter in law, Carmen, shared this yummy recipe with me!
It was a huge hit at this trying-to-be-soy-free house! Thankfully, I made a large recipe
Chicken With Green Sauce
Saute slowly over medium-low heat in olive oil until they start to turn clear:
1 large onion-diced ( I used 2 medium onions)
3-4 cloves crushed garlic
In blender, mix:
4-5 Tomatillos
2 Green peppers
2 Jalepenos (no seeds)
Cilantro to taste
2 (more or less) Cups Chicken broth ( I think I ended up using about 3 cups)

Add the onion and garlic to the blender mix.
Then add:
2 Tsp Cumin ( I did not add the cumin because I forgot and it was delicious without)
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large skillet,
Cook diced chicken ( I used about 6 chicken breasts)

Add the sauce from the blender to the cooked chicken and simmer until the sauce goes from bright green to a darker green

Serve with tortillas and shredded cheese.
( I may try to serve these burrito bowl style with rice-either plain or lime cilantro rice)

Cook the tortillas on a griddle
Melt shredded cheese on the tortilla
Add the green chicken sauce.

I asked my family to share recipes that do not contain soy.
Ron was diagnosed with a peanut and soy allergy so I am looking for new recipes and ideas for changing some of our family favorites. Soy is seriously in the most unsuspected places.
Basically, any foods that are commercially prepared have soy.
We are focusing on what he CAN eat rather than all of the CANNOTS.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Happy Thirty Six Years

Thirty-six years of marriage is celebration enough to bring me out of blogosphere hiding.
We got married on my 20th birthday (half seriously and half in jest so that Ron would not be marrying a teenager)
Ron is truly the best person to ever enter my life.
He saved me from the worst part of myself and helped me want to be the best I can be.
I fall short in many areas but we keep on ticking and balancing out each other.

Thirty Six years have brought:
Five children
Two daughters in law who are amazing
Five grandchildren
Mostly ups, but some downs
Some humbling, gut-punching experiences (especially over the past  2 years)
Mostly wonderful and truly blessed beyond comprehension in every area of our lives
Opportunities to lead and serve others at home, Church, schools, and in the community
Excellent education and extracurricular activities for our children
Dear friends that are like family
Family we love
Seven places of residence (starting in a condo on the inter coastal water in Boynton Beach, then to Lake Worth, Greenacres, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington-2 houses, and back to the coast in West Palm Beach)
Opportunities to travel
The blessing of me being a full time mother and available for our children during every day events as well as the life-changing crossroads of their lives.
Generally good health

Life has been good to us.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Happy Birthday, Jenni

Happy Birthday to my baby sister, a fashion plate and trendsetter all the way...
Lots of fun photos and memories HERE

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Happy Birthday, Joel

This is a busy Birthday week for our family, starting with my nephew, Joel
Twenty Four Years!
Happy Happy Birthday, Joel

December 1996-Wellington Florida
 November 1992
Right before Aunt Jenni left for her mission to Poland
Summer 2003
Salt Lake City
(Yes, they walked around downtown Salt Lake like this)
  Summer 1998
Palmyra, NY prior to the Hill Cumorah Pageant
The summer of the yellow shirts

Monday, August 3, 2015

Happy Birthday Dad

In no specific order, I present some fun Happy Birthday pics. I am blessed to have a dad who knows how to work hard and play hard. He is a fun dad and a fun grandpa.

Do the "bump" with Curt and Jeff
 Many years and many pounds ago, we ran the Peachtree Race with my dad.
Of course, he was thousands of people ahead of us but it was a fun experience.
 He makes the stuffing for our Thanksgiving turkey every year
 He loves my mother dearly
 He loves my children and my children love him!
 Not very many grandpas would take their grandchildren out on a snipe hunt
 I love my parents.
 After one of his hundreds and hundreds of Saturday races.
This was after the Peachtree Race in Atlanta
 He taught me about the finer things in life, aka The Varsity!
What'll ya have?
 Birthday cake made by grandchildren
 On the good ship Disney!
 Living his dream on his Honda Dream Machine
We were embarrassed to have him drive by our bus stops on this motorcycle
 Dad moonlighted as a 'limo driver" in Newark airport and Brent just walked right by him when he got off the plane (wonder why) what you don't see is that his pants are rolled up and I believe some of his "teeth" are missing.
 Work Hard-Play Hard
Jeffrey and Curt helping in the yard in New Jersey
I Love you, dad!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Pioneer Trek

Megan departed for Pioneer Trek this morning... during the middle of JULY in FLORIDA.
Most of her clothing came from Goodwill. Her apron was made from an old pillowcase and a contrasting piece of fabric for the deep and wide pocket that will be ever so functional as she treks for the next few days.
About 100 youth are going to Deseret Ranch in Central Florida to participate in a reenactment of the Mormon Pioneers' epic trek west in the 1840's.
They will pull handcarts, prepare their own food, sleep out under the stars (with a tarp under them and over them), and have a small glimpse in to the  sacrifices made and conditions experienced by the early Mormon Pioneer Saints.
 Megan is very concerned about being physically up to this activity. She struggled with breathing while she was on the Bike Hike at Young Women camp and we suspect she has asthma. Ron gave her a blessing last night and this morning, I encouraged her to call on the power of that blessing to get her through the next few days.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Season For Bats

Last year, Curt and Carmen gave us an education about bats.
Until then I did not realize there is a season for bats and just how protected they are during that season. Because of their experience with bats in their own attic, we were able to deduce that last week, the chirps in our attic are not RATS, as we thought last season, they are BATS. The chirping has returned in FULL FORCE.

It is BAT MATERNITY SEASON in Florida (April 15-August 15) and it is going to be a noisy summer at our house. Lots of chirping coming from our attic area right over our kitchen.

We realize they have been there for at least 1, but maybe 2 seasons.
We were vigilantly treating our house and attic for RATS when we heard these sounds.
There was a little evidence of rats, but not enough to match the noises we were hearing.
We killed a few RATS last year and thought the RAT problem was gone.
Now we know... we do not have a RAT problem, we have a BAT problem.

We will call the Bat Man who helped us in our Wellington house when it is time to clean up and close off their entrance and exit area.

Happy Spring and Summer!