my new fav pizza

matt and dad chilling on top of gt's clough commons post sunrise donuts. my rents came and visited two weekends ago. it was a lovely visit.

matt and dad chilling on top of gt’s clough commons–post sunrise donuts. my rents came and visited two weekends ago. it was a lovely visit.

last night i made the best pizza i have ever had the honor of making. i have been trying to do a little bit more meal planning (for hmmm…heathy and cheap cooking) and list making for less grocery runs/efficiency.

i shall call my new masterpiece: the leek and soppressata deep dish pizza.

first i made this “no knead pan pizza dough.” however, i threw my ingredients into a bread maker (dough cycle) since i had not thought to make the dough that morning or the night before. but oh, it is a nice and easily spreadable dough.

while the bread maker was whirring away, i sautéd:

1 leek (sliced)

1 c. fresh spinach (or a good handful)

1/2 pound baby bella mushrooms (sliced)

hardy spoonful of minced garlic

salt to taste

the dekalb farmer’s market did not have pepperoni, so i bought 4 oz. of hot soppressata and thinly sliced it. once the dough was done, i spread it into an oiled 11 inch cast iron skillet and up onto the sides of the pan. then i covered the bottom with first:

  1. 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella (needs to amply cover bottom)

2. the sauted veggies

3.  the thinly sliced hot soppressata

4. marinara sauce

–don’t over heap the sauce so it becomes too close to the edges of the dough/sides of the pan. the filling expands in the oven 🙂

bake for 20 or so minutes at 450 degrees till the crust is golden brown. let sit for 5 minutes and enjoy! it also makes for excellent leftovers (it might have tasted better the next day).

–the only thing that needs work was that the veggies’ wetness caused the pizza to be little leaky–but it didn’t affect the taste!


grandmammies and grambears

despite the 30 year pause in flying and notorious motion sickness, my grandmammie flew into atlanta last friday for a 5 day weekend. it had been quite a while since we had spent so much time together, even though we have lived together for a total of 2 1/2 years of my life (while in college and when I was a baby). i used to spend almost every other saturday night with her: shopping at talbots, watching an old movie, eating dinner, chatting with her elderly neighbor, etc. they are all very happy memories.

a few months ago, we were excited to know that gram had found tickets and was willing to come for fall break. we had incredible pizza at slice and pint (the carlos was unbelievably delicious), spectacular ice-cream at butter and cream (the cashew creme brulee and bourbon toffee were divine), perfect latkes and bagels at the nearby bagel palace, etc. thanks for making your way over to the humid southern jungle, grandma 🙂


grammy at southern sweets bakery (best cake in town)


determining our cake for the day. went with coconut.


grammie waiting for her omelet and bagel (whole wheat with strawberry cream cheese)


grammie and matt walking into piedmont park with midtown in the distance.


my ginger boy exploring


matt trying out the camera


baseball fields


first lamp post of atlanta, but not first red head…

gram-bear at the bagel palace

gram-bear at the bagel palace




last sunday, our church plant went north to indianapolis for church. since we are still small, we do not yet have our own worship service. therefore, we have been visiting other churches in the bloomington area (mainly one), but every 4th sunday we go up to redeemer, a presbyterian church for worship.

it was so great to go up to redeemer. i miss the routine of a pca (presbyterian church of america) worship service: the hymns, confession, doxology, benediction, communion, etc. in bloomington, we do not get the rich traditions of the presbyterian service. i really miss the worship team that we had back at our old church in lincoln (especially the banjo and paul’s choice of music!!!!!–the link for his new worship album:

there is something also very moving in confessing your sins silently with a whole congregation on their knees. it used to be a time when i was small, where you would sneak peaks at everyone else and try not to catch your tights on the rough wooden floors. but now it is a time of spiritual reflection. taking weekly communion is too something i very much miss. i cannot wait for our church to reach enough congregants (around 50 or so) so that these things my heart longs for can become part of my routine again.

redeemer church in indi is beautiful. it’s attached to another building that is for local artists to show their work. it was built around 1904. since then, it did fall into disrepair. so much so that the city removed one of the main stained glass panels to the history museum: a tiffany made stained glass window of an angel. i cannot imagine how glorious it must have been then. the other stain glass in the church is exceptionally lovely.

after church, we went out for pizza. our group split for home and for meandering around the city.

our group meandered.

i would not mind moving to indianapolis. one afternoon, on its streets were not enough. i have let matt know i could easily spend a weekend there. it is beautiful in every way–not chicago by any means, but it still holds some grandeur and delightful downtown eating and shopping venues.