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39 Questions…Ready, go!

About a week ago, the lovely and hilarious Ashley over at Miles on Oats posted this survey and I IMMEDIATELY copped it. With work being busy, I knew I would need some easy peasy blog posts and this definitely delivered! Read on to find out 39 random facts about me!

1. Were you named after anyone? I am named after my mom’s grandma Catherine and my dad’s grandma Rose. Grandma Kitty (Catherine) was known for her cooking (she was born in Italy and has passed down some awesome recipes!) and everyone in my dad’s family has nothing but amazing things to say about my great grandma Rose. I am never called Katherine, but everyone in my dad’s family calls me Katie Rose 🙂

2. When was the last time you cried? I actually don’t remember! I did almost cry laughing the other day when I read a hilarious message I got on Tinder out loud… Bahahaha. 

3. Do you like your handwriting? Actually, I do! However, I’m left handed and it’s usually pretty sloppy.

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see what i mean? also this is basically a notepad i scribble on at work to keep track of my time…

4. What is your favorite lunch meat? I’m not really big on lunch meat, but if I had to choose I’d go with turkey. Typical “healthy” option right? Though I don’t mind the occasional salami/saucisson/prosciutto! With some cheez, please!

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or, you know, you can just give me cheese. hold the meat!

5. Do you have kids? I have 12 10 9 goldfish. The struggle to keep them alive is real. Some days, I’m not even sure how I keep myself alive. What I’m saying is…I’m not quite ready for that stage in my life yet 😉

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6. If you were another person, would you be friends with you? Absolutely. I actually think it’s an acceptable goal in life to be the kind of person you’d want to be friends with. Self love is important.

7. Do you use sarcasm a lot? Actually not a ton! Of course the only time I do is inevitably via text message, where it’s super hard to convey!

8. Do you still have your tonsils? Yep.

9. Would you bungee jump? Probably. I definitely want to go sky diving…But for some reason, bungee jumping feels scarier to me. Apparently, I have more trust in a parachute than an elastic band!

10. What is your favorite cereal? I actually can’t remember the last time I had cereal! If I had to go to the grocery store and pick out a box, it would probably be either Honey Nut Cheerios or some kind of granola clusters. I am so boring and adult now!

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? I try to! Mostly because I always regret it later when I go to put them on and I’m like “awww damnit I don’t have time to untie and retie these suckers!!” I wear a lot of boots/heels though, which conveniently either don’t have laces, or have zippers instead 😉

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i always tie and untie these babies! the most expensive shoes i own!

12. Do you think you are strong? Whoa, loaded question. I used to be literally strong, but I have swapped my weight training for half marathon training. Different kind of strength, I guess? Figuratively speaking…the last 1-2 years of my life have been extremely trying. Starting with summer 2012: 2 broken bones, the passing of my grandpa, health/digestive/anxiety issues, ending a long term relationship, losing my job… Getting through all of that has definitely made me stronger.

13. What is your favorite ice cream? Basically anything with fudge swirls or chocolate covered anything inside of it. PB cups? Even better!

14. What is the first thing you notice about other people? Usually their smile! And whether or not they have Bitchy Resting Face.

15. Red or pink? Purple <– I’m sticking with Ashley’s answer here! I am a purple lover all the way. I wouldn’t let my mom buy me pink clothes as a kid.

16. What is your least favorite thing about yourself? Is this like in job interviews where you’re supposed to say that your biggest weakness is that you work too hard? Haha. I’m really not sure.. I try not to think about what I don’t like about myself. I guess one thing I’ve been trying to work on is not overindulging too much, and thinking through the consequences of things before just doing something for kicks & giggles.

17. Any tattoos? No but I’ve always wanted to get a quote from Le Petit Prince in French… It would look somethin like this:

18. Do you have any hobbies? Um, I’m pretty sure this blog counts! Otherwise, I spend my free time watching TV, practicing the piano/keyboard, reading Women’s Health & Cooking Light (lol), and of course running and playing dodgeball!

19. What color shoes are you wearing? Black socks!

20. What was the last thing you ate? A bunch of Valentines chocolate after dinner… Oops 🙂

21. What are you listening to right now? My ‘recently added’ playlist, which consists mostly of Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, and Bruno Mars…I have no shame.

22. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Blue or green! Those are my colooooors.

23. Favorite smells? The smell of onions and garlic sauteing. Coffee. After-the-rain smell. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh (too bad I’m too cheap to buy real perfume!). Men’s cologne.

24. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? My friend Roger and I had a few late night phone convos this weekend — he’s the only person I know who still prefers talking on the phone to texting!

25. Mountain hideaway or beach house? I love both, but I’ve gotta go with beach house! 4 years of college in Santa Barbara made me a lifelong beach junkie!

seriously, this picture was taken 1 block away from my apartment senior year…

26. Favorite sport to watch? I love watching basketball. I also love the Olympics and World Cup!

27. Hair color? Blonde through and through! I’ve always been terrified to dye my hair and lose my natural color.

cute, right? a little blonde baaabyyyy

28. Eye colors? Colors? More than one? Haha…They are [both] blue, sometimes they look grey.

29. Do you wear contacts? Nope. I always joke that I have super human eyesight…20/20 and I can read signs from dozens of yards away. Watching people touch their eyes and put on their contacts actually seriously irks me!

30. Scary movies or happy endings? Depends on my mood, but usually happy endings.

31. Last movie you watched? Le fabuleux destin d’Amelie Poulain…. AKA Amelie 🙂

32. What color shirt are you wearing? White tank top, and a new grey zip up that I splurged on when I went crazy at Target this weekend ;P 

33. Summer or winter? Summer, summer, SUMMER! I am a sun baby all the way.

34. Hugs or kisses? Both are great, but I am a serious sucker for a good smackeroo.

35. Computer or television? Being that I spend most of my time on the computer and don’t own a TV…Take a guess!

36. What book are you reading right now?  I started “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed at least 6 months ago…I only get time to read one chapter at a time maybe once a week, so I’m only halfway through…but it’s quite good!

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37. What’s on your mouse pad? Nada

38. What color is your house?
 Good question! I think it’s like tan with orange-ish trim…You’d think I’d know this since I see it every day. Haha

39. What color is your car? I don’t have one, but I do have a rad electric blue beach cruiser! It does the job just fine!

Tell me a fun fact about you! Pick a question and answer it in the comments 🙂

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Sausage & Pepper Pizza

I think most peoples’ moms had a few signature recipes that they made when they were growing up. In the case of my family, we definitely had our share of Pizza/Fast Food Fridays, or Stouffer’s lasagna or packaged pasta nights (OK, lest you all think my mom is a bad Italian, I must mention that she actually always makes her own pasta sauce. Always.). But 2-3 nights per week, the meal that my mom would have us sit around the table for was all homemade.

Some meals she had in her rotation included awesome Italian stuff (usually stuffed shells), our favorite chicken and rice casserole (chicken cooked with cream of mushroom soup over rice ERMAHGERD), and something she still makes to this day: sausage and peppers.

Sausage and peppers is actually a pretty classic combo. It’s great on its own: saute up a couple of sausage links with some onions and pepper strips, and serve with some rice pilaf! Boom, done. You could also put ’em on a sandwich roll with some provolone or swiss, and boom. Sandwich.

When I won a giveaway at Lauren’s Latest for a free Al Fresco sausage voucher, my mind raced with all the fancy recipes I could make. Jambalaya! Gumbo! But with all the flavors that Al Fresco offers, I wanted the sausage to shine. When I finally found some Al Fresco at my parent’s nearby Nugget Market, I realized that they only had the pre-cooked kind, which limited my options a bit. I picked up a pack of their Sweet Italian sausage with red & green peppers, and when I got a half day on Friday I decided to use my extra time… to make a pizza!

For anyone who thinks it’s hard to make pizza (dough and all) from scratch, I’m here to tell you that I literally did it one-handed. Even with a broken hand, making pizza is really not too difficult if you have the time!

Feed the yeast, let it foam.

Roll it into a ball, then let it rise as the gluten expands.

Voila. Easy peasy, and takes about 1.5 hours total!

I added fennel seed (to enhance the sausage flavor) and a bit of basil and oregano to fancy up some store-bought tomato sauce.

Into the oven it goes, with some leftover giant zucchini, and…

Did I mention I made two pizzas with a broken hand? Seriously! Not that hard! And soo worth it:

Try it yourself:

Sausage & Pepper Pizza
makes 1 Pizza

1 pizza dough (this recipe is my favorite)
1/2-1 cup tomato sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese
2 chicken sausage links (I used al Fresco Sweet Italian)
1 medium bell pepper
1/2 large onion
cornmeal

Prepare pizza dough. I usually reverse the amount of all purpose and whole wheat flour, and have had the best results when I follow the recipe directions exactly and add dry ingredients to the yeast water (and not the opposite).

While dough is rising, prepare your ingredients. Cut sausage links into medallion-sized pieces and saute to render out some of the fat (there isn’t all that much in these pretty low fat sausages!). I also caramelized half of my onions before adding them to the pizza.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll (or stretch) the dough into a large circle. Sprinkle cornmeal on pizza pan or baking stone before you transfer the dough. Once it’s on, spread a thin layer of sauce and coat with half of the grated cheese. Next, add sausage, followed by peppers and onions. Top with the rest of your cheese and bake for about 15 minutes, or until the crust is slightly browned and the cheese is melted but not yet burnt.

Once you remove it from the oven, let sit to cool (and take pictures). Then slice it up and dig in!