Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Good Stuff...and Veggie Pizza

"Every man dies.  Not every man really lives."  

Moms are experts at rushing. 
Waffles, check. Dog bowl filled, check. Snacks packed, check. Extra diapers, check. 
Keys ready, coffee in hand, out the door, check check check. 
Some days I feel like I'm in my own fictitious race to the end of the day.
Frantically trying to tackle "the list." 
My adversary is in my head 
and talks smack to me all day long.

"Speed it up," I hear her say. 
"You're dropping the ball girlfriend."
What, you've run along side her too? pish.

Allow me to let you in on a little secret.
When we're flying through our days at warp speed,
we miss all the flavor,
all the juicy details.
I mean, the really good stuff.

The sound of your daughter's voice 
as she tells a story to her brother
while hiding under the kitchen table, 
changing her inflection with each character.

The smell of homemade pasta sauce filling the air, 
just like grandma's house.

The symphony of wind chimes mingled 
with birdsong outside the back door.

That look in his eye, when he's watching you 
the same way he did when you were dating.

Wasn't it just yesterday when we were playing "M.A.S.H."
on lined spiral notebook paper,
in our bubbly teenage handwriting, 
dotting every "i" with a heart,
daydreaming about our future.
Now you're living it,
take time to drink it in...sip slowly.

Make a gratitude journal.
Forget about the checklist and
each night, before bed, write down 5 things 
you are thankful for that day.

Take a break from the "to-do list" and surrender to fun.
Complete reckless abandonment.
Have a water balloon fight toss in the backyard.
Make pizza.
Dance in your living room.
(nothing like some bubbles 
& the hokey pokey to get the day started)
Lay on the grass and find pictures in the clouds.
I promise, if you sit down to your 4 year old's tea party,
or you build a rad fort with your 2 year old,
you won't regret a single moment.
I've shared this quote before,
but I never tire of hearing it.
"It's not that life is so short,
it's that we wait so long to begin LIVING."
(Author Unknown)

Veggie Pizza 
I didn't create any special recipe here.
I used already made wheat dough from Trader Joe's,
mozzarella cheese that was already shredded,
 and sliced & diced fresh veggies & basil from the fridge.
The kids rolled out the dough,
tossed flour to and fro,
and giggled often.
We scattered cornmeal on a baking pan,
positioned the dough, spooned on the sauce,
placed a pinch-ful of cheese in our mouths in between
each sprinkle over our masterpiece,
carefully placed the toppings, and
cooked it for 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees.
No frills. Pure simple fun.


  1. Awwwwwww sooooooooooooo adorable....I am sure pizza was great!!!

    Food Fun Freak

  2. Your children are adorable Bella! And what a fun thing to do with your kids and a great way to get them to eat their veggies too! Smart Mama you are!!!

  3. Love this posting. You have a beautiful family. Making pizza at your house looks like so much fun. Love you!

  4.'re living it now!
    Yes, and we forget!
    These are the dreams we had as children...we're living some of those dreams now...and a gratitude journal is a priceless way to hang onto these moments as we grow forward and make even more precious memories!
    Your "mini me" Sophia is so comfortable with that dough. I'm expecting to see a tutorial from her soon ;) lol...and Joshua...well, he's just havin' too much fun! I want to laugh like him and yes, I already dance in my living room and lay back and look a the shapes in the clouds...I don't want to grow up!
    Keep living abundantly, Bella! xoxo

  5. So Ryan and I don't have children yet (we're hoping to sort out some fertility issues I'm having soon), but everytime I read your blog I'm encouraged by your words and your wisdom. You are going to be a mommy-mentor to doubt! Thank you for sharing such a lovely recipe. It's only 7:30 AM, and I'm already wishing I could forgo work and spend the day in the kitchen. I hope you have a wonderful end to your week!

  6. Oh, bella, my heart just 'leaped with joy' when I saw these precious photos of Joshua and Sophia!
    I can just see that gleam Josh's smile, that he is so confident with what he's doing, and little Sophia, so cute, all the way up to do elbows in flour! Priceless photos, bella!

    They grow up so fast before your eyes; just treasure every precious moment, and let them have all the fun in the kitchen, that's how they grow to love to 'cook'!
    Thanks for sharing...big hugs to you and the little ones!

  7. I love it! I run through life at warp speed and it's crazy. Your blog post for the moment put it back in perspective.

  8. This is such a great learning activity for kids and moms! Beautiful pizza!

  9. Really lovely post! many truths! and your kids are SO sweet - super pizza
    Mary x

  10. That pizza looks absolutely delicious. And I love that your kiddos were helping you out! So great!

  11. Aw, I love your budding bakers...they are so cute with their flour dusted shirts and mouths :) I'm so glad you're taking time to enjoy every moment...the time will fly!!! xo



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