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Homemade Pizza

We just finished eating some homemade pizza and since it was quite tasty and super easy to make, I thought I’d share it. I have often made “pizza” from home just using French bread, tomato paste, cheese and whatever I feel like topping it with. But this is like real pizza, made with actual dough.
As I’ve mentioned in my recent review of Barbara Kingsolvers’ The Lacuna, I like love her. Due to this infatuation, I am currently reading Animal Vegetable Miracle also by Kingsolver and actually published in 2007. I bought it and had to put it aside while I went back to school. Well after my last read by her I was definitely ready to pull it back out. It is different than her fiction because instead the book documents her family as they attempt to live off the land for a whole year. It is a good read that I intend to tell you more about later when I finish. But I will say it is making me want a garden of my own, bad.
Back to the pizza. You can find the exact recipe on Kingsolvers’ website li…

Coconino National Forest Camping and Hikes

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The weather has cooled enough to allow us to venture outside for days at a time ☺. So, we decided to head up North a bit to the Sedona and Flagstaff areas of Arizona.

We set up camp at Cave Springs campground. It is the northern most campground in what is considered Oak Creek Canyon. This is probably not a spot that we will return to. We had not reserved and were fighting full camps due to area schools being on “fall break”. We did however manage to find a pretty nice site with a mountainy backdrop and have a great time in an otherwise blah campground.

The grounds were completely open making it impossible to avoid inviting other campers to see every aspect of your camping experience. This is not an exaggeration, and has nothing to do with the local vegetation as we later found on our hikes. Radios were also not allowed, but generators were okay to loudly hum away. A radio is an essential element to camping, especially when you already spent close to thirty dollars on eight C batteri…

New Job = New Shoes

Today I received all of my new employee paperwork. I have accepted a teaching position at a local, highly accredited, charter (gasp!) school, a school that has just been nominated (again) for “school of the year”. Let me start by saying I knew nothing of the school’s reputation prior to applying. I simply found an opening on the Department of Education website and applied.

It sounds so easy, but it wasn’t at all. I was looking for jobs and not finding anything that fit my new mindset. I was frustrated at not hearing back from positions outside of education, positions that I was easily overqualified for to begin with, but for whatever reason was not even a candidate worthy of an interview. I was also being completely stubborn, and refused to even look at positions in education while my boyfriend applied and found a job rather quickly at a local junior high. Most of my friends know that I resigned from a position last year, and most know why. I left thinking I wouldn’t teach anymore.

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver...a review

I have to just come out and say that I loved every aspect of this book so completely that I was very sad when it was clear that the amount of pages left was diminishing quickly. The Lacuna has moved into the # 1 position on my Top Ten, dethroning the reigning champion for the last two years, The Glass Castle.

I was already a fan of Barbara Kingsolver when I started The Lacuna. The Poisonwood Bible is not only on my Top Ten, but it is the first book that I remember being blown away by as an adult, full of characters you want to know, and help, and in some cases seriously hurt. Kingsolver has a way of creating fiction, of telling a story, that not only is completely unforgettable, but forces the reader to want to read about situations that they probably never would have envisioned themselves immersed in. Plus, Kingsolver is so adept at creating such rich surroundings and lifelike situations for her characters that it is difficult not to let yourself fall into the magic of a well-told st…