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I Can Still Appreciate Love

Happy Valentine’s Day Friends!

(I recently started watching LOST again from the beginning and the Penny/Desmond story line remains my favorite.) So yeah, I woke up this morning expecting to feel at least a little bitter and sad, but surprisingly I’m pretty OK. Just because I’m not in a relationship currently, doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of people in my life that I can celebrate loving on this day. Sure if I take the time to think about the fact that I spent the V-Day holiday/President’s Day weekend out in WI last year looking at houses and putting offers on houses with my ex, it fucking sucks but that’s life. Life sometimes sucks.

Instead of dwelling on what I don’t have today, I’m choosing to focus on what I do have. I have awesome friends and family, which has really been made clear to me over the last 7 months, fun trips and vacations to look forward to, and the awesome possibility of falling in love again. Despite all the malfunctioning relationships in my life, the one’s I’ve been in and the one’s I’ve seen fail, I still believe in love, and can hope that it’s out there for me again.

Despite having no significant other, I do have a lovely date planned with my roommate. We’re going for manis/pedis tonight, and maybe stopping for an adult beverage or two. I’m also currently sitting in running clothes, so I may even take advantage of the warm temps today and hit the pavement for a bit.

So single or not, I hope you all take the time today to appreciate who you have in your life to love and who loves you!

(I’ve been debating what to do about this blog lately, my URL is up for renewal soon and I can’t decide whether to keep it or not. We’ll see what happens.)

And it’s Over

Well just as I suspected, my Valentine’s Day was anti-climatic and uneventful.  My lover claims he sent flowers, but said flowers never showed up.  I bet it has NOTHING to do with the fact that he waited until late Monday night to order them.  Nope, nothing at all :).  Anyway, flowerless and dateless or not I still treated myself to a delicious dinner and wine.  First though, there was a workout to get out of the way.

Day 30 of the Live Fit program had me dreading it since the moment I looked at it; chest, abs, and cardio.  So. Many.  Push-ups.  Side to side push-ups?  They can go die.  So yeah, after my 1.5 hours in the gym I was more than ready for the dinner I’d been thinking about all day.  On my way home I made a little detour to the Italian Store and picked up two giant sandwiches and two bottles of wine for Adrienne and myself.  We both ordered large Napoli’s on soft bread with all the toppings.

Pepperoni makes this our spiciest creation, with lean capacola ham, and buttery soft mozzarella cheese.

It was fantastic, and I ate the entire thing (I think a large is a 10 inch roll) and relaxed on the couch watching TV with some wine for the remainder of the evening.  Oh, and I spent an exorbitant amount of money on a plane ticket to Vegas.  Happy Valentine’s Day to me!  Also, now I want another sandwich.

So I’m working a half day tomorrow, and then I’m on the 6 pm flight out of here to Milwaukee for a nice long weekend.  Plans include looking at houses, dinner and a movie, perhaps some sightseeing, and hanging out with friends.  Obviously since I’m flying tomorrow, there is rain in the forecast for here and snow in WI, typical.  Here’s to hoping everything gets out on time and goes smoothly!

Lastly, yesterday I stumbled across a new song from Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars.  It’s on the Hunger Games soundtrack and so good.  Even if you hate T Swift, give it a listen because it’s a completely different sound for her and sounds kind of haunting.  I’m a fan.  Here’s a link to the video.  Happy Wednesday!

From Me to You with Love

Happy Valentine’s Day my loves!  If you’re celebrating with a significant other tonight, enjoy! If not, I hope you plan on doing what I am and treating yourself to a delicious dinner of some sort and a glass of wine.  Said delicious dinner has not yet been decided on, but fear not it will be fantastic.  I finally got my shit together, so here’s the recipe I said I was going to post yesterday.  Whining about Live Fit shall resume tomorrow.

When I was younger, one of my favorite after school snacks was pizza rolls; or pizza bagels, or really anything that resembled pizza. Also, if we’re being completely honest with one another there were a few years there in college when I lived off the super sized bags of Totino’s Pizza Rolls.  Anyway, now, I couldn’t tell you the last time I picked up a box of those delicious goodies as they’re not really helpful to my ever permanent fight with my jeans to fit.

However, after my sister’s visit I was left with a plethora of ingredients that included turkey pepperoni, mozzarella, pizza sauce, and wonton wrappers, and I thought to myself, “I bet I can make my own damn pizza rolls.”  So make my own damn pizza rolls I did, and it was easy, delicious, and I’m guessing a lot more kind to my hips, thighs, and ass.

The process was relatively simple, and the only real tips I would offer up are to make sure the sides of your rolls are sealed really well so the sauce doesn’t explode out, and maybe chop the pepperoni a little smaller and DON’T OVERFILL.  This recipe made 24 pizza rolls, and I’m not going to tell you how many I ate between Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening.

Better than Your Favorite Frozen Pizza Rolls
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese
20ish Turkey Pepperoni
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp Basil
1/4 tsp Oregano
Pinch of Pepper
1/8 cup Parmesan Cheese
24 Wonton Wrappers
Small cup of water

Preheat oven to 450 degrees, and line a baking sheet with foil/parchment paper and spray with non stick spray.  In a large bowl add the sauce, mozzarella cheese, and spices.  Cut the pepperoni into quarters (or even smaller bite size pieces) and add to the bowl.  Stir to mix all the ingredients together.  Place a small spoonful of the mixture into the middle of the wonton wrapper, wet a finger and trace a line on three corners.  Fold the wonton wrapper in half connecting the dry corners to the corners you just wet.  The water acts like a glue and seals the wonton together.  Place the rolls onto your prepared cookie sheet, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and mist with cooking spray.  These will cook for 20-25 minutes depending on your oven.

I’d tell you to wait and let them cool so you don’t scald your mouth, but I think such a warning would be pointless.  So just enjoy the shit out of them and deal with the burnt mouth later.  Smooches!