Finally Friday post 122..

Yes, Finally Friday here in New Jersey. When I got up this morning the temperature outside was 36 degrees. Yikes!  Maybe I should have brought some of the plants in for the night. We have five plants that go outside in May and come back inside in November. Palm trees and other sub tropical plants that look nice indoor and outdoors depending on the season. Today was a work from home Friday, so I got to sleep in.  My DW woke me up at nearly 8 am on her way to work at the hospital. I was having some crazy dreams. It was a good point in the dream to wake me up.  Breakfast was the usual Friday fare, eggs, toast, coffee, juice and pork roll.  Yum and yum.

Work was not too busy. I have some customers that I do work for each Monday and Friday.  Problems that are unsolvable (at this time) and need to be addressed on a twice weekly basis. Boring, but predictable. The power at the office went out around 12:30 today.  After trying to get connected for fifteen minutes I went to lunch. Friday’s lunch is usually a chicken cheese steak at the local bagel store. The sandwich is piled high with chicken and only 7.25. A pretty good deal if you ask me.  After lunch I went food shopping for the making for home-made pizza.

I have not made pizza since May because it has been too hot to have the oven on at 500 degrees for an hour and a half. This time of year and all winter, having the oven on like that is actually welcomed.  The fixings that I got were, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, pizza dough and one large Portobello mushroom. My DW like Portobello mushrooms, I like pepperoni. As you will see in the picture below, one side is for her, one side is for me. About a year ago we bought two pizza stones, two round aluminium pizza trays and a peel to make the pizza on and to take the pizza in and out of the oven. One of the pizza stones broke over the summer. Since there are only two of us eating, one stone is fine.

The pizza stone goes in the oven for at least 45 minutes at 500 degrees. Then you stretch the dough, add some corn meal to the peel and lay the stretched dough on the peel. Add your sauce, cheese, topping and spices and into the oven it goes. The pizza takes about 5 to 7 minutes to cook. Easy as a pizza pie!.  Is it cheaper to make your own than to buy already made? Not really cheaper unless you make your own dough(get it?, a pun as it were). But the satisfaction of having made something good to eat with your hands is priceless. And when you DW goes back for the third slice of mushroom pizza (she never eats more than two slices) lets you know that at least tonight, you did a good job.

Children, Oldest sent a picture of the school mascot’s head. It appears that the mascot costume may be going to a Halloween party this weekend.  DS2 formally dropped Aural Skills today. DS3 needs more Shout to get the stains out of his ROTC clothes. He posted a picture on Facebook of his army clothes with a mud stain down the front. The caption was something about mud and hand grenades. Not real hand grenades I’m sure. They are not yet in the army. I plan to visit the Scranton boys Sunday. However, Saturday’s weather forecast is for snow. 6 -10 in the city and more in the Poconos. I will have to wait and see.

Tonight’s pictures go with the blog. Duh, but really, read the captions, they will make sense.  Enjoy!


Home made pizza, mushrooms on left, pepperoni on right










WJU school mascot ready for Halloween


Playing in the mud, and hand grenades. Love the army

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