Easy (like really easy) Pizza Pockets

I don’t like cooking. I always mess something up.  I’m not really sure if I mess up because I don’t like cooking or if I don’t like cooking because I mess up…it’s a chicken or egg sort of thing. I hate how it takes soooo long to make things and not nearly as long to eat them. And then there’s the dishes! It’s always the annoying sort of dishes too that don’t go in the dishwasher and are really awkward to fit in the sink.

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But you get the point, I don’t like cooking. Unfortunately, I really like eating, so sometimes cooking is unavoidable.

I have a few requirements when looking for recipes that I will make myself:

  1. They need to be easy/quick
  2. They need to make A LOT (or be easily doubled)
  3. They need to taste good

I am willing to do a harder recipe or one that doesn’t make a ton if something is especially good. I’m also willing to make something that is good, but not great, if it fulfills requirement 1 and 2.

Preparing for baby number two, Mr. Husband and I decided to make as many freezer meals as possible. He did the vast majority of cooking (doesn’t bother him), but I was responsible for a few things – pizza pockets being one of them!

I thought it would be nice to have some tasty handheld food for lunches, and pizza pockets couldn’t be THAT hard, could they?

I googled some recipes (mainly to figure out cooking times), and then bought refrigerated dough…making the dough isn’t too hard, but is time consuming. Unfortunately the dough I bought, while delicious, was just too annoying and time consuming to work with. So on my 3rd attempt I tried Pillsbury refrigerated dough (you know the one that comes in the can), and my friends…that is EASY. Not as delicious maybe, but worth the trade off in my book.


Easy Pizza Pockets – double recipe (makes 12)

  • 2 Cans pillsbury pizza dough
  • 1 jar of sauce (but you really only need a little of the sauce)
  • 1 bag of shredded mozzerella cheese (or 2 bags if you really like cheese)
  • Optional – additional fillings (I like mushrooms and black olives, but this takes longer)
  • Optional – pizza seasoning
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This is all you need to make these.

  1. Preheat oven to 425F
  2. Spray a baking sheet or two with Pam
  3. Open a can of dough and spread on the baking sheet, cut into 6 equal(ish) sized rectangles
  4. If using, sprinkle with seasoning
  5. Spread some sauce around on each pocket
  6. If using, toss on your additional toppings
  7. Add desired amount of cheese
  8. Fold each pocket closed (I did this super awkwardly) and press edges with a fork
  9. Bake for 15 min
  10. Repeat with second can of dough.
  11. If freezing, reheat by putting in the microwave for about a minute
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Four larger pockets is also an option.

There you have it…super easy, customizable, freezer pizza pockets. Enjoy!

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The Turkey Trot that Wasn’t

I assumed that my glorious return to running after having Miss Newborn would involve a Turkey Trot. I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of time to get in shape, and it would be a stretch if we were travelling to Buffalo, because that Turkey Trot is 8k (5 miles), but I figured I could get to the finish with walk breaks if I needed. What would have had to happen, though is for me to start running right when I got the green light, but I did not do that.

Meanwhile, we decided not to go to Buffalo for Thanksgiving even though it was a Buffalo year, and around the same time I started seeing signs pop up for a local Gobble Wobble that had a Family walk and a kids race. So that became the new plan: Walk 2 miles as a family and have Mr. Toddler run the kids race.

However, as I went to sign up days before the race, the forecast was calling for a high of 13 F. Brrrr  Although I would have run in this weather in years past, it was not the weather for walking with a newborn and a toddler who will strip off his gloves and hat no matter the weather. So for the first time since I started running, I didn’t do a turkey trot. An 11 year streak broken. What a BUMMER!

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Turkey Trot 2014

On the bright side, I wouldn’t have really wanted to run a 5k in a feels like temp of 2F, so I’m glad I had the excuse of the kiddos. 🙂

I’m not sure when I’m going to race again, but I’m already planning on running the 2019 Buffalo Turkey Trot.

Back to Running and Treadmill Bingo

I recently mentioned that I need to procrastinate more effectively, and I’ve been doing better at that! I read a book, Wonder, and started two others. And, I’m almost completely done with Holiday shopping (!!!). I’ve also been attempting to post more often.

And, last but not least, I started running again! I thought my first post baby run was going to feel momentous (it did after Mr. Toddler) and also terrible. But turns out it was pretty uneventful. I walked to warm up, then ran until I felt uncomfortable, then walked, then repeated until I hit 30 minutes. I read while running, which was the best part I think. Overall I feel pretty ‘meh’ about the whole running thing right now.

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Where are my sneakers??

That is, until I came up with the idea for TREADMILL BINGO!!

As part of my procrastinate better resolution, I created this totally awesome Bingo board with 24 different runs and a free space.  When I get Bingo, I get a reward! (Yes, I am a child.)

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Rewards:

  • First Horizontal Line – Starbucks drink
  • First Vertical Line – Starbucks drink
  • First Diagonal Line – Starbucks drink
  • Four Corners – Starbucks drink and Breakfast Sandwich
  • X – Starbucks drink and Breakfast Sandwich
  • Full Card – New Running Apparel!

Rules:

  1. I have two months: December and January
  2. Only one space can be marked off per run
  3. To complete any “wear X, Y, Z” space, normal running shoes are allowed
  4. I cannot purchase Starbucks for any other reason (However, I can use rewards to get free drinks)

Pretty, simple, right? Feel free to join me! (Please join me, it will be so fun!!) And if you do, feel free to make modifications to the Bingo card.


Flashback Friday:

Check out this post from November 30th, 2013 (5 years ago!)  2013 Holiday Running Streak – Day 3

A Day In the Life (2): the maternity leave edition

I LOVE love love reading day in the life posts. If you’re reading this, please make one for me to read. 🙂

My last (and only) day in the life post is here (and here…I was long winded). I’m pretty jazzed that I’ve managed to get this post done because I really wanted a day in the life post from while I’ve been on maternity leave.

3:52 AM: Miss Newborn is fussing/making noises. She’s currently sleeping in our room, so even though this isn’t a full out cry it wakes me up. I get up 4 times to deescalate, then at 5:20 AM I wash up, get a bottle feed Miss Newborn.

By 6:17 AM, Miss NB is done eating, and I go change her and get her dressed. Mr. Husband has gotten Mr. Toddler up and washed up, and I help him get dressed. Then we all go downstairs for Mr. Toddler to eat. We read a few books before he and Mr. Husband head out the door to daycare and work. I boil some water to sterilize a bunch of teethers that belonged to Mr. Toddler. I also go through a box of baby toys and pick out some to keep and some to give away. While doing all this I take breaks to play with Miss NB.

By 7:18 Miss NB is ready for a nap, we pop upstairs and I quickly change her crib sheet, swaddle her, and put her down. She falls asleep by herself almost instantly (it’s magical when this happens). While she sleeps, I give our bookshelves a once over and pull out some to donate, I start collecting laundry, and straighten up.

Miss NB starts stirring at 8 AM, I try to settle her while doing upstairs chores. She never gets solidly back to sleep though, so I change her diaper and set her up on a blanket next to me while I attempt to fold some diaper laundry. She wants to be held though, so not much gets folded.

8:51 AM: Miss NB has a bottle while I watch Season 1 of America’s Next Top Model on Amazon Prime (can you believe this was 15 years ago??). Her bottle is interrupted by a diaper change. I take advantage of the trip upstairs to start a load of laundry, before heading back down and finishing her bottle. After eating, Miss NB falls asleep on me.

I love when Miss NB falls asleep on me, and I let her sleep there for a while before I put her down so I can grab something to eat. By 11:15 I’m eating and Miss NB starts to wake up. She’s not fussing, which is key, because I’ve knocked over my drink and need to clean it up. (This is the second time I’ve done this in a very short period, and it needs to stop.) I straighten up around the house after cleaning the floor and things are looking pretty good by 12:30 when I take Miss NB up for a diaper change and something to eat.

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By 1 PM, she’s done eating and in a good mood, so I put her in her chair and empty the dishwasher, load it up, do the dishes, and make formula. I take breaks to play with her a bit here and there and have her do some tummy time.

By 2:30 the dish chores are done. I promised myself a snack of banana bread once I finish, but Miss NB is fussing, so I take her upstairs instead to change her diaper and attempt a nap in her crib. She is not having it, but while up there I put clothes away, get dressed, make our bed, and fold diapers. I normally do these things in the morning, but that didn’t happen today for some reason.

I give up the nap attempt at 3:20, and finally eat my slice of banana bread while holding Miss NB, and then I feed her (formula, not banana bread).

Once she’s done eating, I put her down in the swing and open some boxes that were delivered earlier in the day. Mr. Husband arrives home shortly after 4 and we chat a bit about our days before I leave at 4:40 to pick up Mr. Toddler from daycare.

We get home at 5:10 and do our normal routine of hand washing, having a snack, and playing before dinner. Tonight we read books and draw. Then we eat mac and cheese and sausages for dinner, do the dishes, and have a little dance party. Mr. Toddler LOVES doing the dishes with me these days. It’s a tad stressful (water everywhere, 2.5 year old handling breakables), but he has a blast and then the dishes are done, so I can’t complain too much.

At 6:20 it’s time to start Mr. Toddler’s bedtime routine, so we go upstairs for his bath. Mr. Husband is on bath duty and Miss NB has fallen asleep so I fold some laundry during bath time. Then we do PJs, read books, sing some songs, and say goodnight to Mr. Toddler right around 7 PM.

I take a shower and Mr. Husband feeds Miss NB when she wakes up. She’s not super interested in eating apparently so once I’m out of the shower, we give her a bath, get her PJs on and then I give her some more to eat.

By 8:30, she’s asleep in the swing and I eat as many snacks as possible before going up to bed at 9:10 PM.

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And, that’s the end because tonight, Miss NB sleeps until 2-something!  I get a good solid chunk of sleep! 🙂 Ready to do it all over again.

I Need to Procrastinate Better

After my last post, I honestly thought I was going to be able to get back into the blogging habit…wrong again! I’m not sure why, but I’m eternally hopeful that I’ll start posting regularly again. I really enjoyed having the blog back when I was posting often, so that has motivated me to keep it and to keep trying to get back to it.

The same goes for running. It’s been quite a while since I’ve run consistently, (or at all) but I enjoyed it so much when I did that I am confident I’ll get back into it again. A lot of my hobbies are like this right now, actually: reading, knitting, playing board games. Honestly, a lot of this stuff took a backseat when Mr. Toddler was born. I’ll pick something up again from time to time and then drop it again. Right now, I’m in the habit of mindlessly scrolling my phone and binge watching TV when I have a free minute. I’m either exhausted or literally have only a couple minutes free. It’s hard to get into a book if you can’t even read an entire paragraph in a sitting. It’s hard not to screw up a knitting project when you have to stop in the middle of a row.  And, it’s tough to get anywhere with running if you barely have time to lace up your shoes (or find them…it’s been THAT long)….you get the idea.

BUT I’d say that my main problem is that the times that I feel like doing any of these things rarely line up with when I have the time to do them. And there really is nothing I can do about that. What I NEED to do is make more of an effort to do something when I don’t feel like it, and just trust that I’ll enjoy it.

I also have the issue that I have so many things that I SHOULD be doing that I feel like I can’t pick up a book or project. However it’s easy to procrastinate doing something I should with an episode of something on Netflix. Then I end up not doing an activity I enjoy but also not getting X, Y, or Z done. It makes NO SENSE! I really should procrastinate more efficiently. 🙂

Miss Newborn is stirring now, and I’m working on borrowed time, so I guess I better wrap this up. I know that if I try to save it and come back, I’ll hate everything I’ve written and delete it.

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Catching up again…again

It’s been 5 months since I last posted. (Yikes!) It has also been that long since I have run. (Double yikes!)

So, let’s get caught up, shall we?

In March I was starting a couch to 5k program to get back in the groove of things, but that got bumped fairly quickly as I started devoting more time to studying for the exam I took in April. Progress on the couch to 5k plan was already fairly sluggish, so it wasn’t hard to drop it all together.

At the time I was also feeling pretty exhausted ALL THE TIME, because (surprise!) I’m pregnant with baby #2 and that was the first trimester. So, I traded running for an 8:30pm bedtime or relaxing on the couch.

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By the time I started regaining energy, I was in super study mode and it was also quarter end; making for a very hectic time at work. April passed in a blur. I never started up running again since it just wasn’t at all appealing to me. Currently, I can’t wait to get back to it; but it’ll be a couple months before that’s a possibility.

We travelled in May for my niece’s birthday, which was a blast, and then also took some time off to get potty training started (this was very decidedly NOT a blast). We’ve celebrated several birthdays over the summer— still actually have some decorations up in our house that went up in June and were last applicable about a month ago. They are part of our décor now. 🙂

On the exam front, I found out that I failed (sigh) the April exam – for the 3rd time. And made the depressing decision to start studying for the October sitting. I’m not enthusiastic about studying/sitting for an exam with a newborn, but I think this was the right choice. Time will tell.

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At the beginning of August, I rotated to a new position at work (!!!). I’m still settling in, but so far I’m enjoying it. It is not the best timing with maternity leave right around the corner, but as far as deadlines go, I think things should work out just fine. And no more quarter end work…huzzah!!!

So, that’s been the last 5 months around here – work, study, play, grow a baby 🙂

 

March Training Update

Since we last spoke I have completed the first two workouts of my Zombies, Run! couch to 5k training program. My goal is to run every other day, which should give me a little wiggle room to complete 3 workouts per week.

In reality, I completed my first workout on March 10 and the second on March 21. At this rate I won’t be prepared for the zombie apocalypse for years!

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Multitasking

The workouts so far are a little different than any couch to 5k I’ve done before. It starts with a 10 min walk (normal enough) then alternating 15 sec running with 1 min walking. The 15 sec is a tad shorter than I’ve done before, but not super crazy.  The weird thing was the last 10 minutes, which is a “free run”, so basically you just run as much as you can or alternate run/walking as you please. I kind of like this, I think. Jury’s still out.

I’m aiming for Saturday for my next run, and it seems doable.

Tomorrow there’s a possibility of a snow day, but it was supposed to start snowing hours ago, so who knows. I’m hoping that if there is snow, it’s not enough to close daycare. There have been too many snow days lately, this would be the 3rd in 3 weeks. I’d rather just get my work done and save my time off for something more exciting. Like studying for exams! HAHA!