I was wondering.......wondering how you came up with your Blog name? I have changed mine twice. And I am contemplating changing it back to the previous name. You see, when I began to blog at the urging of my daughter Gennifer, I decided it might be fun, and I was, at the time, trying to launch a small cake business from home. I put all of my cakes and cookies and petit fours on the blog. It was a good way to document my creations, and to also see my improvement as time went on. But....because of various reasons, I was no longer able to enjoy it, and began to put more of my every day life on my blog, and less and less of my cakes. I renamed it "It's A Sweet Life" because....well, it was. And then at a point of sheer frustration, I changed the name again to Simplify. I was questioning a lot of things in my life, I hit the big 50, and I was looking for a simpler, less hectic life, and felt the new name reflected that. But I miss the old name. I notice that some who followed me way back when, still have me listed as that. I am seriously considering going back to that name soon. So if you see the name change, you will know.
So, how did you come up with your blog name?
Moving on now, are any of you watching the new food show with Ree, The Pioneer Woman? I love it. The first one was sort of sketchy, but she has loosened up and it is more and more entertaining each week. Last week, she did fig and arugula pizza. She did hers a little different than I do mine. I make mine with goat cheese and a thin coat of homemade pesto on the crust. I top with heaps of fresh arugula and shavings of parmesan, then a light drizzle of olive oil and sea salt. I also use fresh figs that my neighbor so graciously shares with me. It is heavenly! Well, I decided to try it the way Pioneer Woman did hers. It was made with a fig spread as the sauce, and she used mozarella instead of goat cheese, and fresh prosciutto. She baked hers in a large sheet pan. I made it just the way she described making it on her show. It was beautiful. We were starving and couldn't wait to dig in. Just look at how pretty this pizza is!
Last night I made quickie tostados that were so yummy! We were all so hungry and busy building our tostados that I didn't get a single photo. They were so fast and delicious. I used premade crisp shells that I bought at fresh & easy. So with that done, it was just a matter of heating up some refried beans, browning and seasoning the meat, and cutting up some toppings. I had cotija cheese, which is by far and away the cheese of choice in Mexican food cooking for us. Green onions, cilantro, fresh tomatoes, black olives, fresh peppers, and shredded lettuce. The only thing it was missing was fresh avocado. A very quick and easy, and delicious dinner! If I make one for lunch today, I will snap a photo. ( I am inserting this photo, after taking it of my lunch. YUM!!)
I spent yesterday getting all of my Fall bins down from the rafters and going through them all, then staging it to be put out in the house and yards. It was a day that I really needed to keep myself busy, and busy I was. When I am done decorating, I will do photos. This weekend we have our grand girls for an overnighter so that Mommy and Daddy can have a little getaway. So if I am absent, I am busy playing hopscotch and hoola hoop, and will be back in a day or two.
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