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Monday, March 23, 2015

lazy homemade pizza

Hi, my name is Bekka and I have a serious thing for Little Ceasar's Pizza.  I think it is equal parts it's cheap, fast, and from Detroit that gets me.  It's not that it is good.  Heavens, no!  But oh, the cheap, greasy pizza!  One of the few downsides of living in the city is that the big LC is really, really inaccessible.  I'm sure my husband sings, "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!" every time I realize that, but so it is.  No cheap pizza for me.  This has lead to a serious need for pizza alternatives for the budgetally inclined.

Insert homemade pizza!  Homemade, as in we use store bought dough and sauce.  But stick with me people!  This has become our Sunday afternoon go-to meal.  Mainly because it's really easy to throw together, we can each personalize it, and we're so hungry after church that there isn't time to think of anything else before World Ward III commences in our household.  Food, it's a virtue.  A serious, freaking virtue.

So here's how you do it.



ball of fresh pizza dough
jar of favorite tomato sauce
grated mozzarella
cherry tomatoes


Preheat oven to 350* F.

Throw a bit of flour on a dry, clean surface and place dough onto it.  Cut dough into four equal parts.  Roll out each quarter individually.  This should give you four good sized personal pizzas.  Roll to desired thickness.  I err on the side of a thinner crust, or at least as thin as the really yeasty dough from Publix will allow me to go.

Place dough on a cookie sheet.  Dollop at least 2 heaping tablespoons of sauce on each pizza.  It may require more.  Cover sauce with mozarella cheese.  

Cut 5 or 6 cherry tomatoes in half and sprinkle, cut side up, on to the pizza.  This allows some caramelization of the tomato that is just awesome.  For extra goodness, julienne some basil and sprinkle on or add a few pieces of fresh spinach.

Place cookie sheet with pizzas in oven and bake until cheese is melted and crust is lightly browned, about 15-20 minutes.  Best served straight out of the oven.  (:

Saturday, March 14, 2015

easter baskets (and a sale!)

Easter baskets, my friends, are not just for kids.  At least I keep telling myself that as we keep trying for children.  But really, adults can have really fun gifts, too! I put together a collection of basket ideas, each paired with a set of note cards from the etsy shop.  

Alrighty, you ready for this?  First up!

Luscious Lemons

Zest up someone's holiday with the lemon note set, Mrs. Meyer's dish soap (love this stuff!), some fancy hand soap or lotion from Williams Sonoma, some fresh lemons, and a lovely, wooden juicer.  Other ideas would be lemon curd, a zester, yellow flowers (like daffodils!!), or fun smelling yellow candle.  And maybe some homemade lemon bars...and a pitcher of lemonade...and.... ok... I need to cut myself off and get my lemon on.  I'll be right back!

Okay, sorry about that.  (:  I really love lemons!

Next up...

Red Riding Goods

Pair up the red floral note set with a simple potted plant, a bundle of your favorite candles, maybe some pens, a gift card to Target, and badaboom badabing!  It's a winner!

(A red Coke can would pair nicely with this set also....I'm just sayin...)


Heavenly Hyacinth Dreams

I love the smell of hyacinth.  A lot.  Like I'm on the verge of planting it in every room in my house.  That said, these hyacinth cards are perfect for garden lovers!  Match them with fun pens from the dollar bin, packages of seeds, a sweet smelling candle, maybe some fun coasters from Rifle, and a cute bunny to top it off.  Would also be cute with a potted hyacinth or bunch of irises.  Flowers.  Flowers are always the answer, my friends!  Always.

And just because the kids need a basket too, check out this Ballerina Basket!

The ballerina cards look sweet nestled with eggs filled with candy, Lindt sheep chocolates, stickers, a bundle of crayons, and some seriously sweet books.  (The Goose Girl, Linnea in Monet's Garden, and Beauty and the Beast)

To help inspire your basket creations, for Easter, housewarming, hostess, thank yous, and more, there is 20% off everything in the shop right now!  Get your gifts ready for Easter (and even Mother's Day)!  Use the code HIPPITYHOP at checkout!

Happy shopping friends!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

dear fifteen year-old me

Dear Fifteen Year-old Me,


It's Me, Nearly Thirty Year-old Me, or You.  Us?  Anyway, it's Me.  I was thinking about you the other night.  I was driving home from vacation with our husband (yes, you get married you goob!) and we were listening to music you love right now.  We were singing for hours on this late night drive, sharing memories and stories with one another.  And you know what?  All I could think of was You.  Writing this letter and telling you one little thing.

It gets so much better.

What does?  Everything.  Things look bleak right now, I understand.  You feel lonely, scared about Mom's cancer, and worried about grades.  You have feelings you don't know what to do with.  In a couple of years you'll get much needed help and realize you have Depression.  Once you work through that, things get awesome.  You develop amazing friendships, learn a second language...kind of..., read a lot, draw a lot, paint even more.  You live overseas multiple times, live in parts of the U.S. you never thought you would.  The best part?

You marry your best friend.  People are going to tell you to do this and it sticks and you do it.  And it's awesome.  Marriage is hard, complicated, and messy, but it's also the most fun you will ever have.  He's awesome and don't lose sight of that.  Don't lose sight of who you are, because you're awesome.

So, Me, things get better.  So.  Much.  Better!



P.S. You haven't happened to hear from 45 Year-old Us have you?  I'm so curious what she has to say about the next 15 years!