Today is a bit of a sad day for me. It was hard saying goodbye to my job in Maryland, but it was also the normal “end of school year” stuff, so I could kind of dismiss it. It’s hitting me a bit this school year that my final study sessions with my students are my last hours of work. It looks like I might be working just Monday of next week, and then that’s it. Done. Getting into full-time mom mode, which is what I want, but I will also miss my students. Some of them I’ve gotten to know over 2+ years, and I’ve even worked with siblings which is fun. I wish them the best and hope they know how much I liked working with them!
There was a rough patch for me with stress a little while ago. Basically, I didn’t pass the first glucose test (pregnancy thing), and I needed to take the long one. It caught me off guard that I would need to do this and I was really worried about having gestational diabetes. During the next few days, I did a lot of research into it and found out it wasn’t as bad as I initially thought, but it still had some not pleasant effects (like increasing your risk for Type II diabetes later in life). Initially I had planned on making this cake because we were celebrating one year in our house. When I found out I might not be able to eat the cake, I held off. The same day as our house anniversary, I found out the good news that I passed every section of the test with no problem. Yay! Such a relief. After my happy tears were shed, I immediately got up and made this cake.
I’d seen pictures and links to this one pot dish for a while. I changed it up a bit to use ingredients we had. The fresh tomato is because it is the time of year when we can get some nice fresh tomatoes. I even added a bit more at the end, just to barely soften. You can omit the fresh and it will still be good.
I have lots of pizza recipes on here already. Most of them are pancrust style, because that is K’s favorite. Especially from Pizza Hut. So, we are always after a crust that mimics that style. This one is my new favorite. It is less involved than some recipes, but it produced a crust that had a crunch to it, while still being almost bread-like. K commented that it was less greasy than other recipes. I wasn’t sure if this was a bad thing, but apparently he liked it. You could always add more fat to the pan if you prefer a greasier crust, but we liked this.
After getting over initial sadness of losing a friend to the other coast, Lisa and I decided to bake something together. When I visited Boston, I picked her up one of these lemon-ginger scones from Flour Bakery. I had no idea how it would taste, but I know she loves lemon and ginger, so hoped for the best. She loved it, so we decided to try to make the recipe on opposite coasts.
We recently had a visit from K’s family. His parents and brother came to visit. Since they’d never visited us while we’ve been married I was very nervous! I wasn’t sure what to expect from the visit, especially because they had been here before and already done most of the sight-seeing. It’s always a little weird having house guests, especially with ones you are close. You want to keep them happy, but they also want to be easy guests. This means that you might ask what food they want while here, but they say “whatever you want”. Eek! I need strict guidelines. Tell me you want squid, and I will give you squid. If you want chocolate, well, you know I have a lot of that. 😉
If you’ve been following along since last week, you will know what to expect for today! The conclusion to a dinner we had. It was tasty and fun to eat, with lots of this and that on the plate.