Each person should judge his own actions and not compare himself with others. Then he can be proud for what he himself has done. Galatians 6:4

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

I know this picture isn't that big.. but this is where I ate lunch today with my boss from PA!! A nice Italian restaurant called Lui Lui's.. The pizza's are made in brick ovens.. and we sat right next them.. OH the warmth was wonderful for our chilly cold air!! The have these homemade dinner rolls with the BEST dipping oil... I could eat that in a meal all itself with a diet pepsi... mmmmmm....

Today I'm terribly tired.. on a normal working day I wake up at 5:30 am and get home from work around 2ish.. today not so.. 5:30pm was my time home... I get home in time to kiss my husband walking out the door for work.. and greeting my overly active 11 year old son and my Spanish daughter... within 15 minutes my daughter is home from softball practice.. ahhhhh a moment of relaxation... or so I thought... "KNOCK KNOCK'... UGH Someone is at my door.. well.. it's three young boys who ACT like they are my sons friends, when in truth, they use him as a convenience to them... the littlest one says to me "Can I use your bathroom"? ME.. I say "um why? use your own.. ".. Ok.. so I know he doesn't live in this neighborhood.. but is buddy standing right next to him DOES and he has 2 bathrooms vs my 1.... The kids then pipe up and ask can my son come out to play.. Ummm.. me.. "NOPE"!!! You're not going to use my son to pee in my toilet!!! I told them since they were all playing together they could go pee in the other child's toilet...GOOD GRAVY!! I shut the door.. do I need to hang a sign on my door that says "PEE AT YOUR OWN HOME OR THE CHILD'S HOME YOU ARE VISITING"....?? Is there a bible verse for this???????? WAIT.. Maybe there is a small bit of scripture.. John 16:20 in the later part of the scripture says.. "You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy"... Can some one please explain to this tired mom tonight.. how I would have gotten joy by letting that child pee in my toilet????????? Honestly I did feel guilty for closing the door on him.. but..... this is the same child that borrowed a video game from my son and ruined it and then denied he ever had it.. maybe I'm holding more than grief...... ??????

Brick Oven Pizza ( Brooklyn Style)

1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup cold water
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups bread flour

6 ounces low moisture mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
1/2 cup no salt added canned crushed tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 leaves fresh basil, torn
Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a large bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes to proof. Stir in salt and cold water, then stir in the flour about 1 cup at a time. When the dough is together enough to remove from the bowl, knead on a floured surface until smooth, about 10 minutes. Divide into two pieces, and form each one into a tight ball. Coat the dough balls with olive oil, and refrigerate in a sealed container for at least 16 hours. Be sure to use a big enough container to allow the dough to rise. Remove the dough from the refrigerator one hour prior to using.
Preheat the oven, with a pizza stone on the lowest rack, to 550 degrees F. Lightly dust a pizza peel with flour.
Using one ball of dough at a time, lightly dust the dough with flour, and stretch gradually until it is about 14 inches in diameter, or about as big around as the pizza stone. Place on the floured peel. Place thin slices of mozzarella over the crust, then grind a liberal amount of black pepper over it. Sprinkle with dried oregano. Randomly arrange crushed tomatoes, leaving some empty areas. Drizzle olive oil over the top.
With a quick back and forth jerk, make sure the dough will release from the peel easily. Place the tip of the peel at the back of the preheated pizza stone, and remove peel so that the pizza is left on the stone.
Bake for 4 to 6 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the crust begins to brown. Remove from the oven by sliding the peel beneath the pizza. Sprinkle a few basil leaves randomly over the pizza. Cut into wedges and serve.


Angelia said...

Thank you! :D

Kitkat said...

I know kids can be mean. It is harder on you than your son. I learned to keep a distance from child disputes and teasing. In the past we adults would try to settle the courtyard arguments. Than reLIZED the adults were displaying animosity and the girls were a;; amicable.It does give the children resources to grow. He will learn to handle conflicts and resolve. You do not have to be hospitable to everyone. At 10 they have enough stamina to walk home for the toilet.

Kitkat said...

BY the way I just finished my last bottle of Lui Lui's dipping oil.

Mere said...

I think that bible verse was appropriate!! I'm thinking about that bible verse and I think God is trying to tell us that first we must endure the hard times, then we can be happy again! I think you having to work until 5:30 was the tough part. BE HAPPY!!! and go get some rest!!


the real ~Roxann~ said...

Isn't that frustrating? We have a child next door, who has been so rude and act like "he's better" than my son.....until last weekend when we built the huge playset.... NOW he acts like my sons friend. Even came to our house and played on it (our yard is fenced) when my kids weren't even out there. (And I had to get onto him, because there were 4 bolts that hold the slide on, but 2 were missing from the box. My kids knew not to go on the slide, but this kid didn't because he's not friends w/ my boys. So I had to tell him to get off of it before he ripped the slide off. SO FRUSTRATING!!!

Oh, and on the pee thing. Nothing grosses me out more than people peeing in my toilet. I'm sorry, but a young teen boy is careless...YUK~! I think you were right on to send them to the other kids home or his own home.

I hate it when repairmen ask to use your bathroom....ICK!!!

Man, am I complaining or what this morning?????


Kerry said...

I think you should put a sign on your front door, lol.

cajunquilter said...

What a great picture! You take such great pictures. Did you have your camera with you?

My goodness, what it is with kids? I wonder what was up with him not wanting to use the other boys bathroom? hmmm