When I married John, I knew motorcycles were a part of his life that would always be around. He grew up riding and racing and continues to have a passion for them today – all you have to do is take a look in my garage and you will understand. What I didn’t think about at the time is that one day we would have children and they too would share his love of motorcycles. Fast forward 16 years after we said “I do” and my 6 year old son is saying “I want to”. Josh and Brittany have been casually riding their own gas powered motorcycles for a couple of years now but yesterday Josh had his first race. It wasn’t really planned, more of a last minute add on when they were at the track. John had a race that he was riding in (he won first place, way to go, honey!) and they were having a kid race. The kid races were divided into categories based on the engine of the bike the kid was riding – so that put Josh in the 50cc category. There was only 1 other boy riding in the race and he didn’t stand a chance against Josh. Josh goes into everything with the attitude of play hard or go home. If he was going to be in the race, it would be in it to win it. He opened it up wide and rode the race as if he was being chased by the Devil himself! We are proud parents to have a son who isn’t afraid to go after what he wants to do even if it seems a little intimidating. Good job, Joshie, I am sure this is the first race of many to come (if your dad has anything to say about it!).
We love pizza and especially pizza we make at home. Tonight was pizza night at our house. For the kids, we do simple and easy – just cheese and tomato sauce. For the grownups, we go a little crazier! Tonight we did a pizza with sundried tomatoes, fresh spinach, prosciutto ham and fresh mozzarella cheese. Just the thought causes me to drool on my keyboard. Now that I am thinking about it, I had fresh pineapple in the fridge, I should have thrown that on there too. There are no riles when it comes to pizza which is why I think I like it so much. I can just go through the pantry and fridge and put anything on it that strikes my fancy. Got mushrooms that are about to turn mushy? Throw them on. What about BBQ chicken leftover from another dinner? Sure, it can go on top. Pesto frozen from last summers basil crop? Sounds good to me! More of everything! Put down the phone and don’t think about calling the local pizza place. Make yourself a crust, throw on some toppings and have a pizza for dinner. Delish!
Pioneer Woman’s Pizza Crust (makes two crusts)
1 teaspoon Active Dry Or Instant Yeast
4 cups All-purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
⅓ cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sprinkle yeast over 1 1/2 cups warm (not lukewarm) water.
In a mixer, combine flour and salt. With the mixer running on low speed (with paddle attachment), drizzle in olive oil until combined with flour. Next, pour in yeast/water mixture and mix until just combined.
Coat a separate mixing bowl with a light drizzle of olive oil, and form the dough into a ball. Toss to coat dough in olive oil, then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until you need it. ***It’s best to make the dough at least 24 hours in advance, and 3 or 4 days is even better.
Tiffany’s notes: Instead of storing in the fridge, I throw it in a slightly warm oven that has been turned off and cover with a towel instead of plastic wrap. Let it rise 2 hours and then use.
My 9 year old learned about disappointment last night. Not that she hasn’t had disappointment before but this time it was out of our control. She has been fighting a nasty cold for 2 weeks now and had complained earlier this week about a sore throat. I had assumed it was from drainage and just gave her cold medicine and rocked on. It takes a lot for us to take the kids to the doctor, they have to be knocking on death’s door for us to go. So, last night was the father/daughter dance. Brittany had been looking forward to it for weeks. We had gone out and bought a new dress and new shoes. She and John had practiced dancing in our living room so they would be ready. She came home from Girl Scouts yesterday and seemed to feel worse than she had. We decided to push through and get her ready for the dance. I started curling her hair and she seemed more tired and cranky than normal. When my fingers accidentally brushed against her lymph nodes on the side of her neck she cried out in pain. Yes, this was more than a cold. I took her temp and saw that is was 102 degrees. There would be no dancing for her tonight. I called Children’s Healthcare Urgent Care facility and they advised that I bring her in to check for strep. Fast forward 2 hours later and we had a positive strep test and negative disappointment for my sweet daughter. She cried for a while and then realized that there was nothing that could be done about the situation. We stopped and got her a milkshake and took her home to bed. We promised her a special night out with just daddy in the coming weeks. It is hard to see your children become disappointed in the situations you can’t control. You want to be able to fix it and make it better for them. I guess we all learned a lesson last night. Sometimes the situation is out of our control and we just have to roll with it, that is a hard lesson for us all to learn.
John’s beloved grandmother went home to Jesus on Friday. She turned 89 on February 2nd and she seemed ready to live in peace with God and be reunited with her dear husband and best friend, Jimmy . She lived a life to be proud of – always there to lend a helping hand with a kind word for everyone. She probably had the largest influence on John growing up and helped to shape the man he is today. She taught him to be kind to others, follow through on commitments and work hard. She was a genteel Southern lady unlike anyone I have ever met. She spent her life dedicated to her family – raising her two daughters and taking care of her dear husband in the same home for 60 years. Kathryn had a way about her that was regal and yet approachable. She was a shining example of the greatest generation and there are not many women like her left in this world.
We had not been to see her as much as we should have in the past few years. Life catches you off guard and you get busy. Somehow God gave us the insight to go and visit her 3 times this past month. I like to think that he was preparing us for losing her. You never know when the end will come.
Our family is saddened by the loss but joyful that her life is restored and renewed in Heaven. I am eternally grateful that she was a believer in the redemption of Jesus Christ and know in my heart that we will see her again one day.
God bless you, Grandmother. Your legacy will live on in our hearts and our lives. We love you!
This past Friday, I hosted a coffee for the ladies in my neighborhood who also go to my church. This was a chance to get to know each other better and enjoy some good coffee, tasty pastries and camaraderie. Fortunately, I was blessed to have the opportunity to also host the Coffeemate Free Flavor Friday on the same day. Coffeemate provided free creamer and lots of other goodies including a heart shaped muffin pan, a new apron and a handy dandy cookbook. Here are the ladies having a grand time!
And since we love Coffeemate in this house (especially Italian Sweet Cream) and they seem to love us right back, I am going to have my first giveaway on this blog! Yeah! I am giving away a coupon for a free bottle of Coffeemate to 4 of my readers. Just comment on this post what your favorite flavor of Coffeemate is and I will pick 4 winners at random. And just so you know, Coffeemate didn’t ask me or pay me to do to any of this, it was all my idea and all my own opinions. So, let me know what you like !