Thursday, February 25, 2010
For Friday, February 26th, 2010
a pictorial journal
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
It's FINALLY FRIDAY!
Big news at work yesterday. The boss has finally decided to place an ad for someone to take my place when I retire. He says he is making my job into a part time one and he will take over some of the duties I now do. That means I will need to train him too.
The month of March is going to be a very busy one for me. I hope we find someone quickly and have plenty of time to train them.
The weather advisory that we have has been extended to late Friday night and they say the snow will continue on into Saturday. Wind chills are brutal. There is a lot of blowing and drifting snow across the roadways. I saw a lot of that coming home from work last night.
By Late Friday Evening Snowfall Totals Will Range From 4 To 8
Inches With Some Locally Higher Amounts.
I’m hoping we stay on the low side of those numbers.
TAKE GOOD CARE ALL!
Often less is more. Don't just give up sweets this Lent. Take less food. Chew it slowly. Savor its flavor deliberately. Enjoy it more.
As Lent continues, let's pray for each other. Let's remember those who have no one to pray for them.
NEW IN THE KITCHEN
Fridays are Pizza Night
FRIDAY NIGHT PIZZA
(Makes two 12-inch pizzas)
3 tsp. yeast
1½ cups WARM water
3 tbs. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
2½ cups white flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup sliced onions
2 peppers, cut up
16 oz. mozzarella, thinly sliced
2 cups fresh tomatoes in season (or sauce in winter)
1 tbs. oregano
1 tsp. rosemary
To make crust, dissolve the yeast into the warm water and add oil and salt to that mixture. Mix the flours and knead them into the liquid mixture. Let dough rise for 30 to 40 minutes.
While the dough is rising, prepare the sliced onions: a slow sauté to caramelize their sugars makes fresh onions into an amazing vegetable. First sizzle them on medium heat in a little olive oil, until transparent but not browned. Then turn down the burner, add a bit of water if necessary to keep them from browning, and let them cook ten to fifteen minutes more, until they are glossy and sweet. Peppers can benefit from a similar treatment.
Once the dough has risen, divide it in half and roll out two round 12 inch pizza crusts on a clean, floured countertop, using your fingers to roll the perimeter into on outer crust as thick as you like. Using spatulas, slide the crusts onto well floured pans or baking stones and spread toppings.
Layer the cheese evenly over the crust, then scatter the toppings of the week on your pizza, finishing with the spices. If you use tomato sauce (rather than fresh tomatoes), spread that over crust first, then the cheese, then other toppings. Bake pizzas at 425° for about 15-20 minutes, until crust is brown and crisp.
Some of our favorite combinations for summer are:
Mozzarella, fresh tomato slices and fresh basil, drizzled with olive oil
Mozzarella, chopped tomatoes, caramelized onions, mushrooms
Chopped tomatoes, crumbled feta, finely chopped spinach or chard, black olives
Good winter combinations include:
Farmer cheese, chicken, olives and mushrooms
Tomato sauce, mozzarella, dried peppers, mushrooms, and anchovies
Father, God, bless all my family and friends in whatever it is that you know they may need this day! And may their lives be full of your peace, prosperity and power as they seek to have a closer relationship with you.
Please pray for God's protection of
our troops and HIS wisdom for their
Lord, hold our troops in
your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the
selfless acts they perform for us
in our time of need. I ask this in the
name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
GOD BLESS YOU!
May your troubles be less,
Your blessings more,
And may nothing but happiness
Come through your door
Soon it will be March and so I thought I’d share a little Irish blessing with you all today! It was part of an e-mail I got yesterday
It is Friday, make it a wonderful day!!!
The old believe everything; the middle aged suspect everything: the young know everything
COUNTING THE DAYS
When I first open my eyes upon the morning meadows and look out upon the beautiful world, I thank God I am alive
Ralph Waldo Emerson
22 DAYS UNTIL SPRING !
49 DAYS UNTIL CAMPING SEASON BEGINS
33 DAYS UNTIL MA RETIRES
Keep looking ON THE BRIGHT SIDE of things.
A little smile, a word of cheer,
A bit of love from someone near…
Pictures today are from March 2008