Best. Combo. Ever.
When we moved to our awesome town in southwestern Colorado, I was very excited about many things including the close proximity to incredible nature, amazing ruins and green chiles. In fact when I became a resident here, I made a vow to eat green chiles every day and thus far, I have come pretty darn close. There are always roasted chiles dotting our breakfast creations and they have graced many a burrito. Now, my new favorite thing is to add them to pizza!
Pizza night is an event in our house. My sweetheart makes a mean crust (even at this altitude). Pizza night is not exclusively a weekend event, nor does it always happen at night as pizza afternoons are super too. Pizza is a great way to use up leftover veggies that are on hand — upcycling, if you will. However, our most recent flavor discovery, the Holy Trinity of toppings is green chiles, pineapple and bacon. The smoke, sweet and spice are absolute perfection and my new obsession for pizza. If we happen to have some smoked mozzarella on hand, we’re talking about elevating an already amazing pie to an epic level.
Homemade pizza is somehow intimidating, but it is really a simple creation. There is so much that you can do with pizza from having a party where everyone brings a topping or two, to letting kids help make their own pie. And. let’s dispute this notion that pizza is an unhealthy food; if homemade, it is a very satisfyingly healthy meal. Pizza is so much more than greasy overpriced delivery pies and frozen cardboard-tasting facsimiles, it is a fun creation with myriad versions. A personal pizza is something that you can make on your own for yourself. Pizza is the ultimate canvas for your tastes and personalization. Go forth and bake your own pie today!
Trusty Bernina and English Cider
When you spend your working days not working with your hands (sorry but typing doesn’t really count although it does lead to repetitive stress syndrome and carpel tunnel troubles), you crave your time off to use your body and to craft. At least I do. This leads to a lot of what other people may classify as work in my spare time, although I consider this relaxing and sanity saving.
Today was a rainy day, by southwest Colorado standards, which was perfect for getting sh*t done around the house. I’m not talking laundry or cleaning or organizing, all of which definitely need to happen but never will during my precious weekend hours. I am talking about tackling projects that need to get finished and out of the house into the hands of recipients.
At 5 p.m. this afternoon, after countless hours of crafting (side note: I suggest that you never keep track of the actual hours expended during time intensive crafts otherwise you will start calculating your time and start convincing yourself that the manufactured item you saw at ___________ big box store is actually a good investment) I finished up my very first free motion quilt top. Hooray for me, the first learning experiment is done! There are still (many) threads to hide, binding to make, binding to sew, oh and a second matching quilt to quilt, bind, etc. but the relief in the accomplishment is still there. There is such sincere satisfaction in a job completed when you actually get to see your work materialize (pun intended) in front of you.
It is the weekend, a time when we are supposed to relax and unwind from the rest of the week. If I’m not camping then I’m working away on projects that I want to do, that relaxes me and instills me with a sense of purpose. As I enjoy the remaining drops of my cider, I am thankful for the slight ache of my neck and my tired eyes from hours of fulfilling hard work. And knowing that my effort will be passed along to loved ones makes the satisfaction even more precious.