pizza rollups.

Way back when, I used to blog "recipes." That's in quotes because they were so easy they could barely be called a recipe---mostly a method. That's just how I cook! This is one of those things, but I took pictures so I might as well share. These were inspired by @laurenbhealth on Instagram, but I couldn't find her recipe so I made up my own. You'll need the above ingredients, plus pizza dough and cheese. (Full recipe at the bottom of the post).

This is storebought dough from Trader Joes (bless that establishment). It's whole wheat and easy. You could make your own, but....why?

The "sauce" looked kinda like Italian salsa, but it turned out tasty!

We are definitely a cheese-loving family. He learned to sneak cheese from both of us.

All done! He was sooo excited to eat them!

Jake actually took this picture himself! He's become very interested in using my camera and it makes me exceedingly anxious every time. My new lens is kinda heavy, but I don't want to squash his interest. We compromise by me having one hand under the lens. Our whole family gobbled these up!

Here are the details!

Pizza Rollups (or Pinwheels)

1 pkg Trader Joe's Refrigerated Whole Wheat Pizza Dough (found near the produce)
1 C shredded mozarella cheese
1 medium carrot, peeled and shredded on a box grater
1 can Hunt's fire roasted diced tomatoes with garlic
1 handful baby spinach

1. In a food processor, combine the canned tomatoes, handful of spinach, and shredded carrot with a couple tablespoons of water. Add salt and pepper to taste. Blend until smooth.

2. Roll out the dough into a rectangle on a floured surface. Spread with sauce (you'll only use about half) and shredded cheese. Roll into a log, lengthwise.

3. Cut the log into 1" slices using a piece of floss or thread. Slide it under the log, cross, and pull.

4. Place rolls onto a baking sheet and bake according to instructions on dough package. I think it was about 12 minutes at 375*F.

5. Allow to cool a couple minutes, and enjoy!



Easter.

Easter! We try really hard to keep the commercial side on the DL. Jake has no clue who the Easter Bunny is, the candy is pretty much non-existent, and we try to focus on Christ. I think next year I want to start some "Holy Week" traditions for the week leading up to the holiday. This year, Jake got his first CTR ring, and they both got a framed picture and that illustrated scripture stories book. New water bottles, tiny garden shovels, and new bow ties filled their buckets.


I wanted to go to the temple to get some nice pictures of them. Basically....shouldn't have wasted my time and just done them at the church. Oh well! This is pretty much how it went (below).




^^I stayed up until 2:30 am on Sunday finishing the rolls for our Easter dinner and sewing these bow ties. Worth it. Look how handsome they are! And like I told TJ, it's not like I have a girl I can make 527 bows for.....

^^TJ's family came into town for a baby blessing, so we had Easter dinner with them, my family, and my grandparents in our backyard. My grandparents are getting older, and their age is starting to "show," so it was really special to have them with us this year.



^^This is a recent little habit. He does it as if to say "Oh my!" and it's hilarious.
^^That face! That is his stink face that he gives whenever he gets in trouble or doesn't get his way. Completely adorable, I know.

I hid about a dozen empty plastic eggs in plain sight around our backyard. I had originally wanted to put some little pictures depicting the Easter story inside, but I didn't get around to it. They had no clue either way :) That's the nice thing about having little kids....




^^Jake insisted on eeeeeeveryone moving out to the front yard to watch him ride his bike. It worked out because then we could put away the tables, but it was pretty funny.
^^Our rose bushes are completely full of blooms right now. I basically had not touched them once since we moved in, and they were way overgrown and didn't have many blooms. Then in January, I took my dad's shears to them and went to town, cutting them waaaay back. My hard work and two days of sore arms paid off ten fold. They make me so happy every time I see them. I really ought to start a vegetable garden.

All in all, it was a lovely day. I gave the lesson in Relief Society (the women's meeting at church) based on this talk, about discovering your self worth and true identity. It was a very spiritual meeting and I shared some very personal things, but I think I achieved my goal of helping my fellow sisters feel Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ's love for them. I know that Jesus Christ's Atonement covers all--even our feelings of doubt, our feelings of despair, and our lack of faith in ourselves. He knows who we truly are and who we can become, and He loves us without restraint and everlastingly. What beautiful truths! I know He lives, and I owe everything to Him. I hope I can carry these messages in the forefront of my mind. Hallelujah!

countdown to dinnertime.



From dinner prep this week. Major wanted to be held (the clock strikes 5, amiright?), and Jake wanted to help. I admit I wasn't very patient, but I grabbed the camera and paused for a moment, so there's a little redemption, right? I love the way Jake talks with his hands when he's excited. He was probably saying something like "Oh, yeah!" which I need to get recorded because the way he says it is so him..like Oh, of course I knew that, even though I said the complete opposite. (<--that sentence makes no sense, I'm aware.) Also, this is what we were making. It's a regular around our house, tho we sub white rice for brown, brown sugar for honey, soy sauce for aminos, and this time I added shredded carrot and shredded zucchini to the meat.

shake shack.

There's something inherently romantic about New York. It's probably idealized. It's probably a lot of hype. Right? Why is it that so many bloggers have an obsession with the place?

Either way, it's definitely on my travel bucket list. Although, I can't decide if I would rather visit in the fall, when it's turning crisp and cold and Christmas, or in the late spring, when it's turning warm and coming alive.

My sister is completely obsessed with the place. I think she would live there if she could. When she lived briefly in Boston, she got a taste for the East Coast and also visited her beloved city. In both cities, she had the blessed chance to go to Shake Shack. And she raved.

So, when a Shake Shack opened up in our very own Scottsdale, Arizona, we had to make a visit. I tried to pretend I was in New York, which wasn't too hard, since Scottsdale is like another world. (Ha. Ha.)

When you go to Scottsdale, you wear your cutest outfit and you do your hair and makeup. It's just what you do, especially if you don't want to stick out like a sore thumb. Ironically enough, I wore red, so is that cliche invalid? Either way, I also dressed the boys in....clothes without stains (mostly) and made Jake wear shoes that didn't clash with his shorts. I don't even care how shallow this paragraph sounds, because it's just the honest truth. Besides, dressing up for going out never hurt anyone.


^^Major will often pick up random objects like remotes, and hold them to his ear like a phone. The buzzer worked well for this. He was a bit confused when it went off though!
^^See? We even had a piece of NY there with us!
^^That boy's smile can light up a room. 


^^The verdict? Well....I've heard Shake Shack referred to as the In-N-Out of the East Coast. Accurate for describing the menu to a point. But...it's like elevated. The meat was so tasty on its own. The bun was perfectly toasted. Just really great flavor. I could write a love letter to this burger. Simple, but delicious. Didn't ask for attention....a natural beauty. I'll stop now.

 
^^Fries are my jam. If we are comparing them to In-N-Out fries, these blow those out of the water. I don't like skimpy little fries, and they aren't little. However, they are a bit pricey. I would say the prices are a little less than double In-N-Out prices.
^^This is his latest favorite stink face/cheesy grin. Grab a mop, because it melts me into a puddle every time.

^^My sister got this choc/PB shake. It was really good! Next time, I think I will just get a concrete though. If you're going to have custard, you might as well have it straight because that creamy texture is what its allll about! (I worked at a custard place in HS, so I'm a bit of a snob about these things.)



^^We ran around the Scottsdale Fashion Square after our meal. And by ran I mean walked. That place is huge! I logged like 4,000 steps there alone.


^^They have the cutest play area, but unfortunately its tucked away in a corner on the far end (right next to Nordstrom though!).

^^ "Mom, watch me jump!"

^^This guy conked out not even 5 minutes into the drive home. He was worn. out.
^^I wish he had conked out, too.

All in all, it was a fun little trip! I will have to do my due diligence as a wife and return for date night with TJ, soon, since burgers are his latest favorite food. And he will have to do his due diligence someday and take me to NY for real.