Monthly Archives: January 2012

Guest Post

I was contacted the other week (much to my surprise) by Kristin, a recent college graduate who majored in journalism. She wanted to know if she would be able to write a guest post for my blog. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have someone else contribute, especially since my posts seem to be few and far between these days. Since I’ve been posting a lot of food-related posts lately, Kristin decided to write an article about her aunt’s pizza recipe. I hope you all enjoy!

My Aunt’s Pizza

We’ve all heard about recipes for the perfect healthy pizza. So often, these recipes leave us with a cardboard box taste in our mouths. Sure it is healthy, but if it doesn’t taste good what is the point?

I assure you, once you try this recipe on for size, you will never look a delivery pizza in the face again. This divine recipe for a pizza that won’t leave you guilt ridden and feeling overly stuffed has lived in my family for decades. The recipe was handed down to me by my health nut aunt and has been a party favorite at all our major holidays. Not only is it healthy, it is mouth watering to boot!

The other difference is the dough used. Instead of pizza dough, this pizza is made on a lightly fried flour tortilla. You can buy the very large tortillas and cut up the pizza into slices or buy small tortillas and make individual pizzas.

Goat cheese is used in this recipe as opposed to traditional mozzarella or cheddar cheese because it is both tastier and lower in fat. A great option in case you’re on a particular diet. There is also twice as much protein in goat cheese as in other cheeses. However, it is truly the savory and scrumptious flavor in goat cheese that makes it a popular choice.

Aunt Adelina’s Famous Pizza
Ingredients
Flour tortilla
½ cup olive oil
1 cup goat cheese
2 oz artichoke hearts
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
½ cup black olives, sliced
1 cup fresh spinach

Step 1.
Heat olive oil in frying pan until sizzling. Gently lay flour tortilla in hot frying pan and leave for two minutes. Flip the tortilla after two minutes and allow it to sit in oil for another two minutes.

Step 2.
Remove the hot tortilla from pan and set it in a plate with a paper towel underneath to soak up excess oil.

Step 3.
While the tortilla is warm and fresh from the pan, spread a thin or thick layer of goat cheese. Then you simply spread the other ingredients to your liking. Of course, you aren’t limited to these ingredients. Feel free to experiment with flavors and toppings.

Options:
There is no need to further bake the pizza unless you wish to. Baking the pizza will cause the goat cheese to spread so keep this in mind when you spread the cheese. Also, adding some cooked Italian sausage could turn it into a spicy option. By not baking the pizza, you are keeping your veggies much fresher and crunchier.

This is a great idea to get you eating healthy and keep us on track with our New Year Resolutions. I eat it all the time because it’s quick and I don’t have to feel guilty for eating it afterwards. Similar recipes have been found on cancer websites because often times patients cannot eat heavy difficult to digest foods.

Kristin Wells is a recent college graduate from The University of Georgia and an aspiring writer. She wants to make a difference in people’s lives through her writing. Kristin also likes competitive cycling, running, and traveling as much as possible.

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HSG Results

I decided to give Dr. P’s office a call yesterday afternoon because it had been 3 days since the HSG from hell. I was anxious to find out if anything suspicious popped on the x-rays. Of course when I called, it went straight to voicemail. In the last 13 months, I don’t think anyone has actually picked up the phone because they’re just so busy. Not a problem though. I just figured I would receive a call back on Monday.

Much to my surprise, the phone rang a few hours later and they had my test results. It turns out that everything was all clear. I told the nurse that I would probably be calling them back in about 2 weeks so we could talk about the med combo we’ll be using for IUI #5. I believe we’ll be sticking with the G.onal-F, but also adding M.enopur into the mix. I refuse to stim again for over 3 weeks. I had hoped that E would be home in time for the injections to begin since I heard that M.enopur stings and burns, but unfortunately his return date has been pushed back. Again. That’s a whole different story to be addressed at a different time. Maybe.
More good news is that my side effects from the allergic reaction to the iodine have finally gone away. I had to take B.enadryl several times a day for the past few days because of overall itchiness. I think I’m back to normal now.
So I’ve heard that some women are able to get pregnant the cycle of or the cycle after an HSG. Has anyone else heard/read about this? Maybe the same will be true for us? This is our last chance at having a 2012 baby and more importantly, having a baby before I turn the big 3-0 in December. If this IUI fails, then if we are lucky enough to get pregnant on IVF #1, the baby wouldn’t be due until the beginning of 2013. I want this last IUI to work for so many reasons. Please let it work.

Pinterest Challenge – Week 3

For this week’s Pinterest Challenge, I made Giada’s Lemon Ricotta Cookies. BFF introduced me to these wonderful little cookies when I visited her over Christmas, so I decided to make them for Brittany’s baby shower last weekend. I think they turned out fabulous! I’ll definitely make these again.


Ingredients




Cookies


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 stick softened, unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs (I used egg substitute)
1 (15 oz) container ricotta cheese (I used part skim)
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 lemon, zested
Lemon Glaze


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 lemon, zested
Preparation


1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and
salt.
3. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
4. Mix in 1 egg at a time to the butter and sugar mixture.
5. Mix in ricotta, lemon juice, and lemon zest (I also
added 1 tsp of vanilla).
6. Add dry ingredients to the wet and stir to combine.
7. Spoon 2 tbsp of cookie dough onto parchment lined
cookie sheets.
8. Bake for 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown
(My oven took 17 minutes).
9. Cool for 20 minutes.
10. While cooling, assemble glaze.
11. Combine powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon
zest in a small bowl.
12. Spoon 1/2 tsp over cooled cookies.
13. Let the glaze set up and harden on the cookies for
about 2 hours.
14. Enjoy the lemony goodness!

The HSG From Hell

This week has gotten off to a shitty start. I was told that I had to go in for a blood draw on Monday morning to make sure I wasn’t pregnant before having the HSG done today. However, since it was MLK day yesterday, the lab and RE clinic were closed. I was told that I had to go to the family medicine clinic for the draw instead. I got there at 7:45 thinking that the clinic opened at 8. Wrong. It didn’t open until 9. Not a big deal. Problem occurs when I get up to the receptionist and she tells me that she only sees an order for a pregnancy blood draw from the 16th of December.

I proceeded to tell her that my RE nurse put the order in the system last week and that I needed the blood draw done or they would cancel my test the following morning. I also asked if they could just use the order from December. She told me it was against protocol to use an order that was over a month old. I asked her if they could just put in another order. She told me, “No, that’s against protocol”. Eff protocol. I wasn’t leaving without someone taking my damn blood. That set me off and I started to cry in front of the 2 receptionists and about 20 people in the waiting room. I think this caused the receptionist to panic because she asked for my ID back and told me that she would have the charge nurse check the system again.
About 20 minutes later, the receptionist came back and told me that the charge nurse had found the order. I don’t know where the confusion came in. Shouldn’t have the receptionist been able to see the order on her computer? I’ve never had an issue before. I went back for the blood draw and hopped off the exam table in about 2 minutes. Of course (surprise, surprise), the test came back negative.
I went in for the HSG this morning. The doctor who was going to perform the procedure had to tell me about all of the possible side effects/reactions that could come about because of the iodine. He asked me several times if I was allergic to shellfish. I told him I don’t eat seafood, so I wasn’t 100% sure that I was or wasn’t. I have allergies to a majority of antibiotics but the doctor looked over the list and said that I should be just fine.
The procedure kind of sucked. I felt extreme cramping when he inflated the balloon and then injected the dye. The cramping did go away almost immediately after removing the balloon though. He said he couldn’t see any blockages but wouldn’t read the x-rays until later in the day. I was told to follow up with Dr. P. in a few days.
After getting dressed, I hopped into my car and started driving towards the commissary. After driving for about 5 minutes, I started having a reaction. I thought it might be all in my head because of everything the doctor had said (he basically scared the shit out of me), so I called my friend. She told me that I should go back to the hospital just in case it was a real reaction. My throat felt tight and I was itchy. I walked back into radiology and a very nice soldier who was acting as the receptionist excused herself from the desk and walked me down to the ER. I was able to go directly to a triage nurse and she gave me a high dosage of B.enadryl. I was definitely having a reaction. My skin was blotchy and itchy and the tightness in my throat was still there.
After sitting around for awhile in the waiting room, the tightness subsided. By the time I got back to see the doctor, my throat felt better and the itchiness had improved. I was sent on my way with a bottle of B.enadryl just in case I needed some later on. I feel a lot better now, but damn what a scare. I guess we’ll add iodine to the list of things Lauren is allergic too.
I’m thankful for my friend Brittany and BFF for calming me down and staying in contact with me during the day. My friends are amazing. T.witter friends were also a great support. Thanks ladies!
I hope the HSG results come back all clear after all I had to go through today. Looks like I’m on track to start injects again around February 6th or so. We’ll see what happens. Hopefully there’s no more drama this week. It’s been a long week and it’s only Tuesday.

Pinterest Challenge – Week 2

For this week’s Pinterest challenge, which is hosted over at my friend Brittany’s blog, I decided to whip up some delicious blueberry muffins. The recipe comes from a fabulous recipe site, Skinnytaste! If you’ve completed something from Pinterest this week and would like to share it with others, link up and join in on the fun!

Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins
Ingredients
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 cups flour (I used whole wheat, but feel free to use a combination
of white and wheat)
1/2 cup sugar (can definitely be made with a little less – I finished
off my bag of sugar and only ended up with about 1/3 cup
and the muffins still tasted sweet enough)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (thawed, frozen berries would also be fine)
1 egg, beaten (I used egg substitute)
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp melted butter
Preparation
1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
2. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
3. In a medium bowl, combine applesauce, egg, vanilla, and melted (cooled) butter.
4. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients (I found that I had
to add in an extra 1/4 cup of applesauce because the batter was very dry).
5. Fold in the blueberries.
6. Scoop batter into your muffin pan, which has been lined with 12 liners (A cookie
dough scoop that I received for Christmas came in handy).
7. Bake for 25 minutes.
8. Cool for about 10 minutes.
9. Enjoy!