Day Eight: Deprivation and hallucination: Chocolate Pizza

As promised, here is a great recipe for Chocolate Pizza.  I modified the recipe from “giada’s family dinners” cookbook. Ingredients:1 pound of store bought or homemade pizza dough. (I prefer Perrecas in Schenectady)3 teaspoons of melted butter (real butter, no substitutions)Nutella Spread (chocolate hazelnut) to be used as desired White chocolate chipsSemisweet chocolate chipsChopped nuts of your choicePreheat the oven to 450 degrees F.I roll out the dough and place into a regular pizza pan (9 inches). You can also line…

Day Five: Chocolate and Zumba, really?

Day Five and I am now dreaming about chocolate. I had a little come-to-Jesus talk with myself this week and decided to concentrate on my health and activity levels.  I have said in the past that I love Zumba and take classes at least 6 times a week.  This morning's class was wonderful. I was cruising along and working as hard as I could. When I checked my BodyBugg half way through I had burned 326 calories...sweet.So I am getting…

Day Two: Are Swedish Fish Brain Food?

OK, we are into the second full day of Lent and I am already yearning for chocolate.  I received some bad news today and my old friend Mallo Cup was not there to appease and console me.  Just my pug Izzy who loves me no matter what. So what would any self respecting chocoholic do? Look for a substitution and I found Swedish fish. Now the 4 pound bag of these babies tells me that the nutritional value is slim…

Fat Tuesday

Today is Fat Tuesday. I have been a Catholic all my life. Sometimes practicing, sometimes not. I survived Catholic school until the 8th grade, 4 years of CCD and 4 more years of Catholic college. (Go Saints!) In my ever so humble opinion, I think today is the only today and the only topic that all Catholics can agree on: party now, for the next 40+ days you will go without something that you love more than life itself.My kids…

Lunch With The Girls Through The Ages

In 1991 or 1992, I cannot remember now, I worked among a group of wonderfully hard working and driven women.  We worked for a large Fortune 100 in different cities: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Dayton OH. We decided to spend a long weekend together in the fall, somewhere in the middle of the USA.  We decided on Aspen, CO. So off we flew leaving boyfriends, husbands, children and the pressures of work life to lay back and…