Tuesday, August 23, 2016

And Now Back To Reality

I just want to THANK everyone who read and followed along with us on Katie's move in to college. I only wish every post I did could be so chocked full of fun pictures and a great story to go with it, but alas it doesn't. For those of you who continue to return and follow along my daily journey, today we're talking PIZZA!

I think most people love pizza and we are no exception. 
Our go to is Papa John's. It's a favorite with all the members of our family.
I'm a thin crust girl and prefer just a good old pepperoni pizza, but Kent likes a little of everything on his.

I decided I'd try to make my own pizza and here's what I came up with. 

Pesto Pizza With Fresh Mozzarella, Roasted Plum Tomatoes and Prosciutto

The last time we were at Pizza My Heart I got a slice of their pesto pizza and it was yummy so I recreated it with my own twist.

I started with a store bought ball of pizza dough. Super easy. You could absolutely make your own, but when you can pick up a ball of pizza dough at the grocery for $1.50 it seems like a no brainer to me.

We love pesto. We love it on pasta, on salmon, on bread and on pizza so that was my base. I purchase my pesto at Costco. It's delicious! Again, you could certainly make your own, but this is so yummy and easy and just as cheap to buy as it is to make so I always have a jar in my refrigerator.

I sprinkled some corn meal on my pizza stone and then stretched out the dough to fit and then put an even layer of pesto on it.

Before I put the tomatoes on the pizza I roasted them in a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes. Spray them with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Be sure to grease the foil to avoid sticking...voice of experience here. ;) 

I then added fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, and ribbons of fresh basil.
(Pine nuts would be a great, crunchy addition)

Place in the oven and bake for 15-25 minutes until the crust is browned and done on the bottom. I had a hard time getting the bottom done and might try a cookie sheet next time instead of the pizza stone.

Delicious!!!! This pizza combination has a lot of flavor and that's what I love...a lot of flavor.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Our girl's moved in

We're back from Nashville and our girl is officially a college student and all settled in the dorm. I can't begin to tell you how strange it is to know she won't be coming home later. I think it will take a little while to get used to our new normal.

I'll just warn you now that this is going to be a long one, so find a comfy place to sit, grab a snack and come along for the weekend in photos.

So when you move a child to college by plane this is what the baggage situation looks like.

And this is how you make the most of every inch of suitcase space. I used a lot of these vacuum bags to compact bulky items. There's a pillow and a bunch of jackets and sweatshirts in this one.

We had three tickets for the outbound flight and two for the return. 

The first two nights we were in a hotel and here we are in the elevator Saturday morning, fresh and ready to start the dorm shopping.

I think our credit card almost melted from over use Saturday.

This was only one of our stops that day.

The domino's may seem odd in the cart...they were for our friends we were staying with the rest of the trip. We love us some games!!!

Sunday we went to early church, grabbed some lunch and headed to the dorm to begin the move in.

Welcome to your new home Katie.

 Here's our blank canvas. The first item on the agenda was to get carpet. There's a pretty cool deal where some carpet store has left over rolls of carpet that builders order and end up not using all of it. They bring the rolls over and then cut off sections to fit your room. We got a 12 X 14 piece of carpet for $60...pretty good deal if you ask me.

Here's Kent and our friend Paul carrying it up to the dorm. I should have taken a picture of Kent working on it. He did an AWESOME job of trimming it to fit the room and work around the sink, etc...

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time you probably already know that Elam Hall is the same dorm I lived in when I was in college and if that's not enough, Katie's room is 2 doors down from my old room.

It's really fun for me to know where she is and what she's experiencing (somewhat). The bathrooms have been remodeled but are basically the same and the laundry rooms are still in the exact same places just with newer equipment. I told her it would be a hoot if one day she's putting a daughter in the same dorm.

Katie's roommate is a really sweet girl and they are getting along great!

We got the room all set up and decided they needed some more wall decor and curtains to add some more color so we'd go hunting for that Monday.

Isabel, Hayley, and Katie. Isabel is our friends daughter and she attends a different college and is going to leave to study abroad in Greece soon. How cool is that?

We took the girls to lunch Monday and then started shopping.

If you are lucky enough to have friends that have been with you for lots of years then you'll be able to understand the relationship we have with this precious couple. They are some of our dearest friends and the people who are kind enough to allow us to stay with them whenever we are in town. We've known them for about 19 years and enjoy every single minute we get to spend with them.  When we are looking through old pictures they make lots of appearances and Kent and I can't help but laugh at how his and Paul's hair color have changed so much over the years and amazingly mine and Elizabeth's hasn't. (wink, wink) They are a lot more salt than pepper these days, but with the salt has come wisdom and experience and those are good things. Here's a little walk down memory lane.

Nashville 2004

Gatlinburg 2008

Asheville 2008


Chicago 2011

We don't discriminate when it comes to the ages of people we like to hang out with. This is another sweet couple from our Richmond days and now they also live in Nashville and we got to catch up with them over dinner Monday night. Leslie and Jason are like a younger brother and sister to us and we just love them to death.
#theyplayspades #jasonthinkshesgreat;)

Now if someone can tell me how we got from these little guys...

First day of 3rd grade and kindergarten.

To these two college kids so fast, I'd really appreciate it.

OKAY, back to the move in...

We found curtains and I cut them off and hemmed them and added lights above Katie's bed. What did girls used to do in the dorms before twinkle lights? You see them in so many rooms and I have to say they really are cute and add a certain warmth to the room. They still need some wall decorations, but we'll just keep an eye out for those.

Had to get a picture of the girl and her daddy.

And then came the goodbye's along with some tears. I was too slow and didn't get the sweet hug between them.

Katie and her roommate all dolled up. They had a nice dinner for all the incoming freshman and they had to dress up for it. 

This is Katie and who I think you'd consider her new BFF. These girls are not only what Lipscomb considers "legacies", but their friendship could easily fall into that same category. Here's what Cassie said to accompany this precious picture on Instagram...

If you had told Kim or myself 25 years ago when we graduated college that we'd be putting our girls in the same dorm, the same year and that they'd become besties like we were I don't think we could have imagined it. Life's funny and this is going to be so fun to watch.

I guess you can tell that the weekend went great, we had a ball and the future is wide open for Miss Katie. We couldn't be more proud or happier for her and the experiences she will have in the next four years. My memories of my time at Lipscomb are among some of my favorite and now both of my kids are there making new memories of their own.

Happy Monday friends!


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