Wednesday, May 6, 2015

What's for Dinner Wednesday: Veritable Vegetable Delight Salad and Home Run Inn Pizza


Some nights  WE just don't really have the time or the energy to make a meal.  We try and avoid "fast food" and many restaurant meals are filled with excess salt, fat and calories.  What to do?  Well, how about a large vegetable salad and a frozen pizza hot from your oven?  I know. I know.  For shame right?   A FROZEN pizza?!  I am not really a fan of frozen pizza but I recently tried Home Run Inn pizza and I really like it!  They strive to use natural, pronounceable ingredients and they make their frozen pizzas the same way they make their restaurant pizzas and par bake them.  The crust is my favorite, crisp and the edges are flaky like pastry.  So, once a month or so I slack off take a break from cooking and we have Home Run Inn pizza and salad for dinner.  We get ours at Sprouts because our regular grocer, Raley's, doesn't carry Home run Inn pizzas.

If you are looking for a great Take and Bake skip the long Costco Lines and the off-flavored Papa Murphy's Pizza and head straight for Bob's Take and Bake and pick up  their classic Vegetarian pie, even our meat eater loves it!

{Veritable Vegetable Delight Salad}


1 Bag of mixed greens
1 Bag of tri-colored cabbage slaw
1 red bell pepper, cut in thin strips
1 crown of broccoli, chopped into bit sized pieces

Dressing:  Try this amazing Jalapeno Cilantro Ranch Dressing!!


Um...combine all in salad bowl, eat with your favorite salad dressing.

The BEST thing about this salad is that it will stay fresh and crunchy in the fridge for a whole week!

I don't know about you but I am so tired of making a salad then saving the left overs for the next day and lettuce is wilted and has lost all it's crunch.  For some reason the combo of peppers and cabbage keep everything crunchy (be sure and store with OUT dressing).  We eat salad twice a day every day so we are always looking for salads that we can make ahead.

It is a fantastic base for a Chef's Salad (boiled eggs, ham, chicken, avocado, cheese) or an Asian Chicken Salad (shredded chicken, toasted almond slices, won tons, sesame asian dressing) too.

{Quotes to Cook By}

“It's been a pretty tough day," he said. "No sense making it worse with a salad.” 
― Susan JubyHome to Woefield

“Pierre mixed the salad. The romaine and cress he doused with walnut oil chilled to an emulsion, turning it with wooden forks so that the bruises showed on the green in dark lines. He poured on the souring of wine vinegar and the juice of young grapes, seasoned with shallots, pepper and salt, a squeeze of anchovy, and a pinch of mustard. At the Faison d’Or the salad was in wedlock with the roast.” (p.24)” 
― Idwal JonesHigh Bonnet: A Novel of Epicurean Adventures

"My love is pizza shaped. Won’t you have a slice? It’s circular, so there’s enough to go around.
— Dora J. Arod (Love quotes for the ages. And the ageless sages.)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday's Matter FHE: Together We Are Unbreakable

At our home, and millions of others around the globe, Monday nights are reserved for family.  A Family Home Evening (FHE)!

Last week marked the 100th Anniversary of the institution of Family Home Evening, introduced April 27th 1915 by President Joseph F. Smith!!

President Joseph F. Smith

You can read more about it in this article written by an Episcopal Priest who took the time to observe two different Family Home Evenings in preparation for her piece.

Can I just say that I am exhausted today?  I don't know about you but my brain seems like it has taken a vacation and I just don't have a good thought in my head about what to do for FHE tonight.

So, this is what I've come up with for you because I'm going for frozen Yogurt and a movie. ;)

I hope it is fun!

I would like to welcome everyone out to Family Home Evening!!

{Opening Song} I Will Follow Him (In keeping with the theme...Catholic/"Sister Act" Style)

There are lyrics in the original Youtube video, posted by the person who shared the video if you need them but why would you?  I'm sure you have this whole soundtrack memorized right?  Right! ;)

{Opening Prayer} It's always nice to have a volunteer...anyone?  Bueller?

{Lesson ~ Watch and Discuss}


Gather together all of the canned food you have in your house (ideally the smaller cans like corn and beans.  That kind of stuff). The idea is to have enough cans to make it really difficult to carry them all in a bag because they are too heavy. Put it all in one place near where you will be doing FHE.

Cut strips of paper that will work as new labels for your cans.  Enough for all of your cans.

Tape (for attaching labels to cans)

A Pencil or pen.

Paper grocery bags or other bags - enough for each family member to have one.


One person can serve as the scribe.  

Ask everyone to shout out (one at a time and in your nicest voice) chores we see Mom doing during the week (or dad, or everyone in the family).  I choose mom because it is Mother's Day week and who doesn't want to take every opportunity to recognize Moms just a little bit more?

Ideally you can list things like making dinner, unloading the dishwasher, folding laundry, fixing boo-boos.  You get the idea, right?

List as many things as you have labels for.

Watch the following Mormon Message (Meanwhile someone attach the labels to the cans with tape).

{Unselfish Service}

~Notable Quotes from the video~

"How Many People Did You Help?" - Dallin H. Oaks

"You Can Never Love the Lord Until You Serve Him By Serving His People"
 - President Thomas S. Monson


Are there reasons we don't always help with the chores we listed?

Like??? (make your own verbal list)
  • I don't know how to do it
  • I don't want to do it
  • I was watching TV
  • I wanted to play computer games instead
  • I helped last time

Put all the cans you can in one bag - hopefully all of them will fit and it will be heavy.

Ask family members to carry the bag, without breaking it, from one side of the room to the other.

Hopefully they struggle or can't because it is too much to bear all at once.

When we help with one another's burdens we are doing the Lord's work.  We need to look for daily opportunities to step up and do more.  To help not only those in our family but those around us.

**Divide the cans into everyone's bags**

Now have everyone try and carry their bags.  Notice the difference?

There are times when we all struggle to get things done.  How nice it is to look up and see a friendly, smiling face offering to lend us a hand.  May we try harder this week to look for ways to share the load with those around us.

This can even be applied to helping those around us of other faiths as we work in the community together.

Alone we can be broken but TOGETHER we are UNBREAKABLE!  

{Closing Hymn} Have I Done Any Good?



{FHE Doesn't Have to be Perfect, It Just has to BE!}