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Friday Night Pizza

Friday night pizza has been a tradition for as long as I can remember.  Ever since I was little, my family had pizza on Friday nights, and it was the only day we were allowed to eat in the living room at the coffee table in front of the tv.  We would watch TGIF on channel 7 (who remembers that! gotta love Full House and Family Matters, right?)

As a little kid (under age 4) I actually didn’t like pizza.  I was a VERY picky kid.  I remember my mom making me a grilled cheese or (when I had my dairy allergy) a peanut butter sandwich instead.  These were the days when my mom would make homemade (from scratch!) pizza dough every Friday.  Back then she wasn’t working, which I assume is why she was willing to do it.  Looking back I wonder what the heck was wrong with me to be picky like that and not partake of amazing homemade dough.

Eventually I learned that pizza was the best thing ever and ate it on Fridays.  My parents would sometimes get pizza from Gondola’s, a place near our house, and later on my mom started using Boboli dough.  Those were the days when I always had some ice cream for dessert.  I remember begin at ballet and/or rehearsal on those Friday nights and being so excited for the weekend and for pizza and ice cream.

In college, I often had pizza on Friday nights on my own.  I was a bit of a homebody despite being in a sorority, and so I often kept to myself on Friday nights.  It was finally a night for me – no homework, no class early the next morning, just me and my tv.  🙂  I would get a little personal pizza from Trader Joe’s and make a big salad and watched Gilmore Girls or something else on DVD.

When Mat and I started dating, we discovered that both of our families had the Friday night pizza tradition, and by that point both of our parents’ would get pizza from the same little family-owned place up the street.  Our dads had probably been there at the same time and never realized it!  So, the pizza tradition continued.  Sometimes we were at my house, but more often we were at his house.  I’m not sure why it worked out that way, but it did.

And now here we are, married and in our own place.  And you know what?  We often have pizza on Friday nights and eat in front of the tv.  🙂

Tonight it’s leftover Costco pizza from last week that we froze.  We made a salad, opened a bottle of wine, and got Yogurtland earlier this afternoon with a buy one get one free coupon.  Mat has to work at 3 am, but since I’ll be at Kelly’s bachelorette all day tomorrow and Sunday, he has plenty of time for a nap and opportunities to sleep in.  It’s an excellent Friday night!




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Paninis Again!

Tonight we made paninis, but we left out the heirloom tomatoes because we didn’t have any.  We’ve both come to LOVE paninis on the tuscan bread from Trader Joes.  We also love paninis with avocado in them.  DELISH!

We paired them with a salad, of course.


Mat had two

Usually we don’t eat in front of the tv but instead play music, sit at the table, and just enjoy dinner.  Tonight though, because we ate later than usual, we decided to just pretend it was Friday (that’s the day reserved for more casual eating) and eat in front of the tube.  We have a free Netflix trial right now so we’re using it to finish watching Battlestar Galactica.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking.  Battlestar Galactica???

I was reluctant at first because it’s a sci-fi show and I’m generally not into that very much.  But, once I gave in to Mat and we started watching it, I got really into it.  It’s a really well-done show and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

And their use of the word “frack” in place of another word that starts with “f” is hilarious.  I’ve caught myself using it a few times.  🙂

Time for bed – long day tomorrow.  Good night!

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Boca Burger Enchiladas

Tonight Mat invented Boca burger enchiladas.  They were supposed to be for a recipe link up with DailyBuzz Food, but apparently we missed the deadline.  We made them anyway though so I can post them up here!

This post is picture happy, followed by the recipe.  Enjoy!








Boca Burger Enchiladas

Sauce Ingredients:

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp cumin, ground

2-3 tsp chili powder

1/2 -1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp smoked paprika

¼ cup flour

¼ cup tomato paste

14.5 oz. vegetable broth

Salt and pepper

Enchilada Ingredients:

3 cups (12 oz.) pepper-jack cheese, grated

15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 carton (10 oz.) frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed

15 oz. can corn kernels, drained

2 boca burgers cooked and cut into cubes

1 tsp cumin, ground

1 tsp chili powder

16 tortillas (6” size)


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil and add spices, flour, and tomato paste.  Cook 1 minute, whisking.

3. Whisk in broth and ¾ cup water.  Bring to boil and then simmer until slightly thickened (5-8 min.).  Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

4. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups grated cheese, beans, thawed spinach, boca burgers, corn, cumin, chili powder, plus salt and pepper.

5. One-by-one, fill tortillas with about 1/3 cup filling, roll tightly, and arrange in baking dish, seam down.

6. Cover enchiladas with the sauce and bake 15 minutes or until sauce is bubbly.

7. Add remaining cheese and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

8. Remove from oven, let cool for 5 minutes and serve.

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Kelly’s Shower

Hi Kelly, I know you’re reading this.  🙂

I sadly do not have a lot of pictures from the shower.  And half of what I have are her gifts.  My excuse for failing at taking pictures?  Not forgetting my camera (which I did do, but that’s not an excuse because iPhones are just as good), but having such a fantastic time that I forgot I had my phone with me.

It’s sad, really.

But it was a lovely time.  Yummy food (scones with clotted cream OMG) and a thoroughly entertaining game.  We played the toilet paper dress game and it had been decided ahead of time that Kelly’s littles would be the mannequins for the two teams.  That meant that Anne and I were the mannequins.  It really was just fine with me since that meant I got to stand there and didn’t have to make any decisions.  🙂

I’m sure I looked quite ridiculous, but it was fun just the same.  If I get ahold of the pictures of it I’ll definitely post them.

Here are the whole FOUR photos I took at my big sis’s shower.  I fail.

That last one was pretty funny because she was sawing away at the tape with half of a pair of kitchen shears LOL.

I stayed for a while after the shower was over just chatting and catching up with the girls.  I love that everyone is getting married because it gives us all easy reasons to get together.  😀

When I got home, I was suddenly starving.  It must have been a combination of not eating a whole lot at the shower and having really sore muscles/working out more lately.  We had some random Mexican leftovers from making Mexican pizza last weekend, so I threw together a taco salad:

I’m also craving ice cream.  Oy.  Maybe I’ll have a little just to satisfy the craving.  We’re working on burning copies of our wedding photos for our parents and then we’re going to watch a Boy Meets World before hitting the hay.  Based on this morning, I clearly need my rest!

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Boca Burgers

When I was at Costco last Friday, I bought several things that I’d been meaning to buy but was waiting for more money in the bank to do it.  Since I got the double paycheck the same day as Mat got paid, Friday was a perfect day to stock up.

One of the things I bought was Boca Burgers.  I’ve only had one once and Mat has had them twice, but we both discovered that we really liked them.  Tonight, Mat made them while I was at ballet since he had to get to bed early and I reheated mine when I got home.


I toasted a sandwich thin (I don’t generally use actual hamburger buns) and when I put it on the plate this is what happened.  Mickey!  I totally texted this picture to Steph.

My plate:


I went plain today: 2 slices of American cheese and plenty of ketchup.  I probably could have gotten more creative with the toppings/condiments, but since it was getting late I went with easy stuff.

Ballet tonight definitely kicked my butt.  There were only 2 of us in class, and we were lucky they didn’t cancel it.  Having essentially a private lesson was pretty awesome, I must say.

I’m typing this as I eat and watch Four Weddings.  Mat is already asleep and I would love to be sleeping soon too.  Gotta get on that!

Psst…if you haven’t checked out my post on Inside the Fridge, you totally should click here right now!

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Usually I Don’t Bring Work Home

If you’re a teacher, it probably sounds disgusting that I don’t usually bring work home.  But it’s true.  With the exception of Friday quizzes that don’t get graded somehow in between things during the day, I really try not to bring work home.  I get my planning done during my prep period or in the morning, and I’d rather stay after school an extra half hour than bring stuff home.  Bring work home, while sometimes unavoidable for a teacher, is never healthy.  I discovered this the hard way.

However, today I had to do work at home.  I just haven’t had a chance to finalize my syllabus and all of those first day/week of school type things.  So, for a good 2 hours I was sitting with my laptop working on stuff.

It’s interesting because the concept of working from home has intrigued me in the past, yet somehow that doesn’t feel the same as taking work home.  Who knows.

After I finished my work, we sat in the jacuzzi for a little while.  It wasn’t as enjoyable as usual because it was still pretty warm outside, which was a bummer.


Dinner was leftover bean and rice stir fr from the other night paired with salad and cantaloupe.



Because I’m a bit anxious about work, I’m craving chocolate BADLY.  But I’m trying really hard to resist.

On another note, I love this cartoon:


I can’t tell you how true that is.

Time for Bunheads and then bed.  Good night!

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Dinner With the Ramirez’s

Last night we had a lovely time hosting Mindy and Joel for dinner.  They brought a yummy spinach and artichoke dip with chips as an appetizer, but I was too busy chatting and eating it to snap a photo.  Oops.

With it, I made a caesar salad with Mat’s homemade croutons.  This time he used a pain pascale bread from work.  They definitely helped make the salad a little special

the croutons

I never got a picture of the salad, but we all know what caesar salad looks like right?

And now for the pizza.  Mat’s pizza amazing.  There aren’t any super special ingredients, but it always turns out yummy.  I asked him to take some pics as he made it, but he forgot.  😦  We do have a picture of the finished product though.

Mat’s Pizza

makes 1 chicken pesto pizza and 1 roasted pepper pizza


2 packages Trader Joe’s pizza dough

Trader Joe’s pizza sauce

Trader Joe’s pesto sauce

Shredded mozzarella cheese

Sliced, cooked chicken breast (check back later for Mat’s chicken recipe!)

1/4 red onion, sliced thin

1 jar Trader Joe’s roasted bell peppers

1 package Trader Joe’s sun-dried tomatoes

dried basil, oregano


  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Follow instructions on pizza dough package to shape the dough into balls.   Let it sit on a floured surface for 20 minutes.
  3. Stretch and flatten the dough into a 12-14 inch round crust.  Do not use a rolling pin.
  4. Spread pizza sauce on one crust and pesto sauce on the other.
  5. On the pizza sauce crust, spread slices of roasted peppers and sun-dried tomatoes.  Top generously with mozzarella cheese.  Sprinkle with basil and oregano.
  6. On the pesto sauce crust, spread sliced chicken and red onion.  Top generously with mozzarella cheese.
  7. Bake both pizzas on a pizza stone or pizza pan for 10-12 minutes or until crust begins to brown on the edges.  Let cool before slicing.


We rounded out the meal with some Tuscan cantaloupe.

Dessert is coming up!