Is it just me or did 2012 fly by at an alarming rate?! Not that I am complaining - in fact, I'm happy to see it end - but hot damn, this year went by fast!
Tis the season for reflecting upon the past and setting New Year's Resolutions for the year ahead.
New Year's Resolution
A commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit. A key element to a New Year's resolution that sets it apart from other resolutions is that it is made in anticipation of the New Year and new beginnings.
Cyberspace is buzzing with sugar coated pep talks encouraging readers to set their annual New Years resolutions, which more often than not, pertain to lifestyle a change, but I know you aren't expecting to find that fuckery here. Not that I frown upon committing to the achievement to ones personal's goal, cause I don't. And its' not that I don't believe in you, cause I do. And I have total faith that you can achieve whatever it is you set your mind too, cause you can, but I am realist and thus calling it like it see it (and by it, I mean New Year's Resolution Success Rate Statistics) ....
Disheartening statistics and anti-resolution speeches aside, it should be noted that I whole heatedly agree with the reflecting on the past aspect of the new year, as it serves as a means of re-evaluating ones needs and assessing whether or not the direction your headed in is complimentary to getting said needs met. Along with this, I'm all for setting personal goals, thus if the new year is when you would like to do your reflecting and setting then by all means ...
As for myself, I did my fair share of reflecting on the ups and downs of the past year, and while I wouldn't say 2012 was a bad year, it wasn't much to write home about either.
I won't bore you with a rehash of the gruesome details but it's worth noting that life slapped me around with several valuable - and much needed - life lessons along the way, one of which I seem to have had a diversion to initially learning. That particular gain is worth writing home about., or at least worth blogging about, as I can honestly say I feel good about it.
and on that note, I'm off like a prom dress!
What to eat:
What to eat:
December * January * February
Year - Round
It's Gluten Free
KNOCK - YOUR - SOCKS - OFF
O M F G - this dip is amazing, and by amazing I mean make this IMMEDIATELY!
I stumbled upon this recipe for White Pizza Dip on La Phemme Phoodie and it was love at first sight. I used to adore white pizza and even made a few vegan pies post-break up with dairy. However, white pizza in dip form was a new deliciousness that I had yet to explore and to the top of the kitchen adventures bucket list it went. I hit Trader Joe's later that day for vegan cream cheese (Note: Joe's brand is, in my opinion, better than most of the other vegan cream cheese brands. However I would describe it as good not great) and was indulging in what's now my new favorite dip before sun down.
I halved the original recipe (which can be view here on Veggie Converter) and made it slightly more complicated via incorporating a homemade vegan cheese sauce AND I made a small pizza dough, which I used to make a batch of fresh bread sticks. Well worth the extra effort in my opinion. However, you can skip the cheese sauce and instead increase the mozzarella and cream cheese as well as dip with store bought crackers/bread of choice. Along with this, I added more kale than the original called for as I really needed to use up what I had. If you hate kale - or don't have any on hand - instead of omitting it out entirely, substitute it with a different green vegetable.
1 (small batch) recipe Pizza Dough
1/3 pint grape tomatoes, tomatoes cut in half
salt & pepper, to taste
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
5 ounces mozzarella cheese shreds
3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
Italian seasoning, to taste
4 ounces steamed and shredded kale
1 recipe Nutritional Yeast Cheese Sauce *recipe below
Begin by prepping the pizza dough and set aside.
While dough rises, preheat oven to 400F. Place tomatoes on baking sheet. Spritz with olive oil pepper, and salt, then roast until bursting (approx 20 min).
While tomatoes roast, mix cream cheese with roughly 3 oz of the cheese shreds. Prepare nutritional yeast cheese sauce and immediately add it to the cream cheese/shreds mixture, along with the seasoning, garlic, cooked kale & the roasted tomatoes. Stir to combine. Transfer mixture to an oven-safe baking dish, sprinkle with remaining mozzarella shreds, and set aside.
By now the pizza dough should be ready to roll out onto a baking sheet (depending on the side of the pan it will only take up half, thus allowing you to place the dip onto the empty side of the pan). Once the dough is rolled out, scour into sticks, place oven safe dish on the baking sheet. Bake dip for 25 minutes, or until top is golden and bubbly. and bake sticks until golden.
I'm grateful for
the herd ...
the genuine people & positive energy in my life ...
recent business opportunities ...
steady work ...
the roof over my head ...
snuggle parties ...
my blog readers ...
my list goes on, but I have to dash off as I'm working today at the Country Club.
Until next time, I'm off like a prom dress
Positive vibes & feelings of gratitude to all