Project Snapshot Week 78

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The goal of this post is to capture a memory from the past week, either with a camera, words, or both.  Time passes in the blink of an eye and this will create a collection of treasured memories from throughout the year.

My Snapshot(s)


What's better than a bunch of bubbles on a warm summer day?  Gv and that wand performed quite the two-step - and this song formed the soundtrack playing in my mind as I observed the engaging choreography she devised...

What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear about it!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

Answer Me This, 3rd Edition

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Ever since Answer Me This ended last year, I've had many readers request that I just start it up again on my own.  I'd thought about it, but recently came up with my own twist on the concept that I was planning to begin in the summer.  However, now that Kendra is starting her party up again for a limited time, I'll put my plans on hold until summer's end.  Look for updates on my new project as the summer draws to a close - and maybe some of my Answer Me This friends will even come join me when I get it going!

1. How long have you lived in your current home?


8 years, and still soooo many projects on the list...

2. How do you find out about news and current events?

Dare I say it, but Facebook?  We don't have television, so usually I just see a flurry of Facebook posts about some current event and then I just go Google it if I want to find out more.

3. Would you be able to make change for a twenty right now? For a dollar?

I normally don't ever have cash on me, but I actually could, right at the moment.  I even have a smattering of coins, so I could break a dollar for you, too!

4. What's the craziest food you've ever eaten?

I've eaten some foods that would probably be strange to residents of other parts of the country (unless armadillo and alligator are found on menus everywhere & I just don't know it), but the craziest food I've eaten was a meal in Paris.  I'm still not exactly sure what I ingested (I'd thought it was going to be something like andouille sausage), but I can tell you that it tasted exactly like the 4H tent at the state fair smells.  You know, the exhibit with all the farm animals?  And more specifically, all the farm animal excrement?

Oh, it was fresh, whatever it was.  I'm pretty sure that the collection of entrails and innards it included was retrieved from the creature's gut earlier that very day...

G was very impressed with the fact that I ate the whole thing.

 And I was 20 weeks pregnant, to boot!

Crazy meal?  We'll always have Paris...

5. Which of the commonly removed parts have you had removed? (tonsils, wisdom teeth, appendix, etc.)


Wisdom teeth.  Oh, the memory of those days of begging my mom to just throw whatever she and my dad were eating into the blender - all at once - and slurping it all through a bendy straw, no matter how much the mixture resembled something more akin to a baby's explosive diaper...

6. What's your favorite sport to watch on TV? 

I used to really enjoy watching NFL football, but I haven't watched it in so long, I don't know any of the players.  So, not that.

When I met G, I joined him in cheering on the Miami Heat and really became a fan (woo-hoo for Chris Bosh!), but this last year just hasn't been the same (and not just because Lebron's moved on!)  It probably doesn't help that we no longer have TV...


So I don't really have a favorite at the moment.  People assume it's figure skating, but I always say that's like watching my work, so no.

Unless it's an Olympic year, because then I watch it all. (See this post and this post for my thoughts on the last Olympics)

What are your answers?  I'd love to hear - leave a comment or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com - and leave your answers here, if you aren't adding a link to Kendra's site!

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Beguiling Blueberry Risotto

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Way back, over a year ago, we went blueberry picking.  I started to share some of the things I was making with all those berries, but then disaster struck (literally) and that project got sidetracked.  (You'll find out what happened in an upcoming post.)

I finished all the recipes, but the posts have been just sitting in my draft folder gathering dust.  Today, I'm wiping off the dust and sharing one of them with you.

Today's selection was inspired by this creation.  I figured if it worked for strawberries, it would probably work for blueberries, too.


Mmmmm, did it ever!

What You Need


2 Tablespoons butter

1 finely diced onion

1 cup arborio rice

5 ounces dry wine (white produces a prettier result, but we prefer red)

4 cups hot broth (chicken, vegetable, miso - whatever you like best)

2 cups blueberries

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 Tablespoons butter (or cream like this), cut into small pieces


What You Do


1.  Sweat the onion in the 2 Tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat until water has evaporated (don't let onions or butter brown - the goal is for the onions to be soft).

2.   Add the rice and stir for 1-2 minutes, until every grain is covered in butter.

3.  Add the wine.  Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat, stirring frequently to prevent any sticking.

4.  Now add the hot broth, a cup at a time.  What you'll want to do is add one cup, stir frequently to prevent sticking, then add another cup and repeat the process, but only after the first cup has been pretty much thoroughly absorbed by the rice.  You want to make sure the rice is almost dry each time before you add another cupful of broth.


5.  When you add your last cupful of broth, add the blueberries.

6.  When the rice is again almost dry and still a little firm (al dente), remove your pot from the heat and let it sit for 1 minute.

7.  Add your 2 Tablespoons butter pieces and mix until integrated.

8.  Mix in the Parmesan cheese.


Although this recipe seems involved, it's really easy to make.  Have you ever made risotto at home?  I'd love to hear if you try it yourself!  Comment here or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.  

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Colorful Campout Birthday Party

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As the time drew near to celebrate another year of our little Gv, I began to contemplate the party situation.  We enjoyed last year's event and spending time with family and friends so much, but didn't necessarily think a full‐out party was something we wanted to establish as an annual tradition.

I mean, does a 2‐Year‐Old really need all that?

The answer, of course, is no, but as I said in last year's post, a birthday is really just an excuse to have a fun get‐together and so G and I decided to go for it.

Summer Family Fun Party, Week #2

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Welcome back to another week of the Summer Family Fun Party!  I'm joining a great group of moms this summer for a fun link party and I can't wait to see what amazing things you will be sharing next!

The party goes live every Tuesday at 8 p.m. and when you link up your awesome summer fun post, it will be shared on 30 different blogs, which means thousands of readers will have the chance to see all your amazing ideas!

In case you missed it, here's what I've been up to lately:

 It would be great if you showed a little love to all of the other party co hosts: 


Your 30 Summer Family Fun Cohosts

Barb of A Life in Balance Mitzi of Written Reality Jen of Making Our Life Matter Candi of A Day in Candiland Steph of A Grande Life Laina of The Art of Living Fabulously Reesa of Momma Lew Bethany of The Southern Couture Paris of My Big Fat Happy Life Brenda of Schooling a Monkey Stephanie of Making of a Mom Katie of A Mother Thing Heather of Divas Run for Bling Stephanie of Stuck in Your Rut Laci of Sequins in the South Kristia of Family Balance Sheet Wendy of The Art Of "Why Not?" Nichole of Sweet October Angie of Joyful Journey Lux of About Life And Love Nikki of Tikkido Shirley of Intelligent Domestications Rhonda of MultiTaskingMaven Holly of While I'm Waiting... Lisa of Syncopated Mama Tina of Mom Is Forever Vicki of Five Spot Green Living Kim of Life in a House of Testosterone Liz of Motherhood Muse Sofia of FUN WITH A MESSAGE

Project Snapshot Week 77

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The goal of this post is to capture a memory from the past week, either with a camera, words, or both.  Time passes in the blink of an eye and this will create a collection of treasured memories from throughout the year.

My Snapshot(s)

We took a little hike last week and Gv made sure to bring along her new "camera."  Hardly a tree, leaf, or rock along the way escaped her photographer's eye:

Sometimes you just have to sit right down on the ground to get the perfect shot!

What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear about it!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

Answer Me This, Dad Edition

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As I said last week, ever since Answer Me This ended last year, I've had many readers request that I just start it up again on my own.  I'd thought about it, but recently came up with my own twist on the concept that I was planning to begin in the summer.  However, now that Kendra is starting her party up again for a limited time, I'll put my plans on hold until summer's end.  Look for updates on my new project as the summer draws to a close - and maybe some of my Answer Me This friends will even come join me when I get it going!

1. What's the best thing about your dad?

There are many, many things I could list here, but one great thing about my dad is all the silliness and fun we share.  Whether it's talking about his two hairs or geezer status, stories about when he was younger (wearing high tops, driving a convertible, and working for the mob - a big joke, of course), or conspiring together to locate and drive over every big bridge within a 50-mile radius on a summer road trip (much to my mom's dismay), we always have a great time together.

Bonus points if the bridge you've found is of the swinging or suspension variety!

2. If you've got kids, what's the best thing about THEIR dad? (If you don't, feel free to substitute your grandfather or another father figure.)

Skipping rocks: a skill imparted by dads around the world!
Another question with lots of possible answers, but it would probably have to be how much he enjoys spending time with her and cares about making sure she feels heard and loved. 

When G walks in the door at night, Gv will immediately grab his hand and drag him off to a corner of the house to tell him all about her day and share all sorts of secrets.  Despite the fact that he's tuckered out from spending the day with almost 200 teenagers, he will drop everything and allow himself to be led off for what is most likely just his bazillionth reading of whatever book is her current obsession. 

3. What's the best advice your dad ever gave you?

Hmmm, my mind is drawing a blank.  Not because my dad's never given me great advice, but because he's constantly giving me helpful advice whenever I ask for help with something I have no clue about (like car questions, or real estate stuff, or investment suggestions, or how to fix basically anything around the house.)

Classic dad tip:  take advantage of geezer benches while hiking!

4. What's something you have in common with your dad? 

Floridians hiking in North Georgia at Thanksgiving.  Cold?  Just a little.
One thought immediately springs to mind, but since we both love our spouses, I'll go with the love of hiking and camping.  Many a mile have we logged together out in the woods - usually with several "geezer bench" stops along the way (which I've appreciated just as much as he has, especially when climbing mountains!)

5. What's the manliest thing you know how to do?

Forget the 4 Seasons or the Ritz, this is my idea of a relaxing vacation!
Gee, since question #4's answer is so fresh in my mind, I'd probably have to say camping.  It takes a certain amount of manly skill to be able to pack the car, set up camp, cook, clean, and hike for miles out in the woods somewhere...not to mention going without indoor plumbing for weeks at a time... 

6. Who is your favorite fictional dad?

Cliff Huxstable, because who wouldn't have fun with a dad like this:



Are you as lucky as I am to have such a wonderful dad and baby-daddy?  I'd love to hear - leave a comment or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com - and leave your answers here, if you aren't adding a link to Kendra's site!

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15 Delicious Pizzas You Wouldn't Think to Make

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I've been sharing some of our favorite homemade pizza recipes ever since readers asked me to disclose what types of pies we usually eat (following my post about making homemade pizza for dinner every Friday night), but today I'm going to give you a list of some of the more unusual pizzas we tend to make on a regular basis.

These unique and unconventional ideas really break up the monotony of the typical pizza options, which we certainly also enjoy, but when you're eating this dish for dinner every Friday night, it's nice to mix things up a bit and consume something a little healthier, too.

I'll probably continue to share the recipes for most of these as I make them again, but for now, here is my list of 15 delicious pizzas you wouldn't think to make:


  1. Sweet Potato Pizza 
  2. Broccoli & Carrot Pizza (this uses regular red sauce and mozzarella)
  3. Pumpkin Seed Pesto Pizza
  4. Spinach, Garlic, & Caper Pizza (with red sauce and mozzarella)
  5. Thai Curry Pizza
  6. Creamy Garlic Spinach Pizza (white sauce and mozzarella)
  7. Golden Beet Pizza
  8. Indian Curry Pizza (similar to the Thai pizza, but with cauliflower, onion, and a creamy Indian curry base)
  9. Spinach Artichoke Dip Pizza (pretty much this pasta recipe, minus the pasta, on a pizza)
  10. Spinach & Sun Dried Tomato Pizza (I grind some tomatoes up for a "sauce," then cover it with spinach, cheese, and more tomatoes)
  11. Ricotta & Red Onion Pizza (uses a red sauce, this delicious & simple homemade cheese, and often some spinach, too)
  12. Tarragon Potato Pizza (often also includes onions, I make this with both a red and white sauce an all sorts of cheeses)
  13. Feta Asparagus Pizza (no sauce, olive oil & roasted asparagus spears, feta & mozzarella)
  14. Savory Squash Pizza (made with pumpkin or any other squash and typical stuffing spices, like you'd use at Thanksgiving)
  15. Mediterranean Pizza (sometimes made without sauce, this is topped with tomato, feta, Kalamata olives, and spinach)
 

What's your favorite type of pizza?  Do you prefer standard versions, or enjoy trying pies of a more unique and unconventional nature?  I'd love to hear - leave a comment or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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Colorful Campout, Games & Crafts Edition

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Like I said last week, I'm going to tease you a bit with these party details, mainly to avoid creating a bazillion‐page birthday party post and share everything in a more manageable way.

Today's focus is on the games, crafts, and other activities.  Last year, I wasn't really concerned with having any activities.  I knew Gv would be fully occupied with sitting on the lap of guests and soaking up all the extra love, along with wandering around the party site and exploring the everyday things she found there.  I did make sure to include some paper and markers last year, because I knew that her older cousins would appreciate having something crafty to do for the party's duration. 

Summer Family Fun Party, Week #1

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EEK!  I'm so excited!  I'm joining a great group of moms this summer for a fun link party and I can't wait to see what amazing things you will be sharing!

The party will go live every Tuesday at 8 p.m. and when you link up your awesome summer fun post, it will be shared on 30 different blogs, which means thousands of readers will have the chance to see all your amazing ideas!

In case you missed it, here's what I've been up to lately:

A simple & healthy birthday cake, an unusual tasty pizza, answers to this week's questions, and my project snapshot memory from the past week
      
 It would be great if you showed a little love to all of the other party co hosts: 


Your 30 Summer Family Fun Co hosts

Barb of A Life in Balance Mitzi of Written Reality Jen of Making Our Life Matter Candi of A Day in Candiland Steph of A Grande Life Laina of The Art of Living Fabulously Reesa of Momma Lew Bethany of The Southern Couture Paris of My Big Fat Happy Life Brenda of Schooling a Monkey Stephanie of Making of a Mom Katie of A Mother Thing Heather of Divas Run for Bling Stephanie of Stuck in Your Rut Laci of Sequins in the South Kristia of Family Balance Sheet Wendy of The Art Of "Why Not?" Nichole of Sweet October Angie of Joyful Journey Lux of About Life And Love Nikki of Tikkido Shirley of Intelligent Domestications Rhonda of MultiTaskingMaven Holly of While I'm Waiting... Lisa of Syncopated Mama Tina of Mom Is Forever Vicki of Five Spot Green Living Kim of Life in a House of Testosterone Liz of Motherhood Muse Sofia of FUN WITH A MESSAGE