Review:  Smart Flour Foods Pizza

It was a long week.  We had our annual Lions Club carnival and then four days later I was on a bus to Denver for a quick two day legislative trip.  On the way home the last thing I wanted to think about was cooking dinner and settled on picking up a frozen pizza and settled on Smart Flour Foods pizza.

I needed something with a little protein, so I chose the uncured pepperoni variety. They do have two other kinds, and I know one of them is cheese, but I don’t really remember what the other kind that the supermarket had in stock was.  


I like the fact that it had a short term baking time. Just 11 to 13 minutes. When I took it out of the wrapper, it reminded me of the old school Totino’s pizzas. Very flat and not much to it.  It baked very quickly which I was very happy for.  

When I came out, the outer edges of the crust seemed very done but the underneath part still wasn’t very crispy, and I really like my pizza crispy! So I don’t know if I should have baked it longer, but I was afraid that it might burn the edges.


The taste was fine, nothing spectacular, and really did remind me of that old school Totino’s pizza! The problem is that for $7.99, the price is way more than it should be for a pizza of that type. 

Next time I will spend a little more money and go for the Conte’s pizza or the Udi’s pizza. Or just go all out and find a gluten-free place that delivers.

Social Distortion

I love the band Social Distortion.  There is always a song for each happening in life and, although this may seem like it will be a band tribute, it isn’t. I’ve had some experiences in the past few weeks that … Continue reading

Review: Mission Tortilla

There are things that I really have missed being gluten free.  Egg rolls, although Feel Good Foods make them and I can’t get them in Western Colorado.  Good bread but there is decent bread out there, just not the same as regular bread.  Burritos and the like…because there was no good tortilla.  Until Mission Tortilla.

My parents had found Mission Tortilla’s when they visited Washington, I believe.  They brought a package home for me.  They were delicious.  Then they went to Arizona and found more and brought me a package…and then a drought.  Nothing in Grand Junction and I checked every time I went to any grocery store.  Then, behold, one day they were at my local City Market.  Goodness, I was happy.  Fajitas were on the menu that night!

The thing about these tortillas is that they are like the real deal.  Soft, foldable…so tasty too.  Of course, like any gluten free item, they price point is up there but it’s worth it even though there are only six in a pack.

If you miss tortillas I would highly recommend that you try these!

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Into the New Year

I’ve been mulling over what to write as we head into the new year.  2017.  How did we get here already?  Life tends to go so quickly and more so as I get older.

2016 was a year of highs and lows.  From changes at work to my grandma’s passing to the passing of some of my friend’s parents, there were lows.  There were also highs like a promotion at work and a new car as well as moving into my house.

Who knows what 2017 will bring.  I find myself a little trepidatious about the new year.  I have a little anxiety and I’m not sure why.  Maybe because I set some high goals for myself at work or maybe because there are things I want to accomplish that I’m not sure I can.

I would love to take a trip to Europe or, at the very least, book a trip.  I’d like to get most of my bills paid down except those day to day bills.  I’d like to have a deck built onto my house.  I’d like to spend more time with family and friends, as time is a precious commodity.  And I’d like to become a better salesperson to my clients and I’d like to learn, push myself to learn more.

So that’s my 2017 goal list, where I’d like to go.  I hope that your year is off to a great start!

I’ll be Home for Christmas

A couple of weeks ago our pastor told the story behind the song “I’ll be Home for Christmas”.  It was written during wartime and the writer couldn’t get a record label to record the song.  One day while golfing with … Continue reading

A Little Break

As you can tell, I’ve taken a little break from writing.  Some of it because I’ve, honestly, not felt like writing because I felt like everything I would write would be not overly positive.  Not because everything is horrible but because that’s when I feel like writing the most.  The other part is that I’ve been busy and putting my brain to writing seems to exhaust me.

That brings me to this.  I’ve been tired.  Like sleep 10 hours a night tired.  And thankfully I’ve had this weekend off so I’ve been going to bed at 9 after struggling to stay awake.  I mean, six o’ clock and I could go to bed tired.  Then I sleep until 7 or 8.  I’ve  been tired for a while but the last couple of months it has started to really bother me.  I went to the doctor and they did a complete blood panel and everything came back normal.  My T3 (thanks to my hypothyroidism) is a little off but nothing to be overly concerned about.  Nothing to explain this feeling of exhaustion.  Unless it’s mono, then all I can do is sleep it off.  I go back to the doc in a couple of week to see if the new meds for the T3 are working and will have them do the mono test at that time.

Also, I know this is the time for people to go out to eat with their families and it can be a struggle.  No matter how many times you ask if a meal is gluten free, ask the server to mark it on their order, mistakes can happen as can cross contamination.  This happened last week, I went to a restaurant with a friend.  I made sure the server knew it had to be gluten free (asked about each item on the list and requested it three times) and then when it was served I asked several times again.  It wasn’t gluten free, my tummy told me that, and I spent most of the night with a tummy that tried to get rid of the food as quickly as possible.

Now, I know I take a chance when eating out.  This is the first time in over four years that this has happened, people around here tend to get it right, to understand how important it is.  But this was one time when care wasn’t taken no matter how careful I was.

I’m sure some of this contributed to my lack of energy this weekend.  I did have an amazing Thanksgiving and had the energy to prepare the meal with the help of my mom and dad.  I did have the energy to finish decorating the exterior of the house and it took all day on Friday to do the interior of the house.

So I’m taking little steps with the little energy I have.  Thank you for your patience as I took some time off the radar.  I will be better in the future.

Overwhelmed

It’s been a while since I’ve written.  The last couple of months have been crazy.  I went into sales in June and I’ve been concentrating on building my book of business and have been running on all cylinders.  I’ve spent quite a few days out of town as well.  Things are going well but it’s a crazy, crazy time.

I also moved to 2nd Vice President in Lions last month which means new responsibilities and learning more there.

It’s a lot of change at one time and while I embrace change, this week things have caught up to me.

You see, there have been a lot of changes in my personal life and my friend’s lives.  I have done a little “housekeeping” when it came to friends and have decided to weed out those that have wronged me or that use me.  It’s felt good to surround myself with positive people.

While I’ve been overwhelmed with what’s going on in my life, the worst thing is when I can’t help my friends.  I know that when things are crazy in my life I have a good cry and the weight is lifted.  But when I see my friends hurting, it overwhelms me in a different way.  There aren’t enough words or hugs or cards that can make things better.  Only time.  But all I want to do is fix things, make them right again and make sure everyone is happy.

The reality is that not all times are happy.  In fact, Ecclesiastes 3 says:

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

We take the good with the bad, we laugh and cry…and in these times of being overwhelmed I pray.

Review:  Udi’s Pizza

I will admit:  since going to Chicago last year, pizza just isn’t the same.  I find myself more picky and not eating pizza a lot.  Maybe that’s not a bad thing.

This past week I sat down with my parents to go over their website, which needs an overhaul.  They brought Udi’s pizza along.  

They were cute little things, as most gluten free pizzas are.  Normal baking time, pretty easy for a quick meal.  They came out looking pretty good but…remember the Totino’s pizzas from college?  So much like that!  Part of me was excited by my throwback but I also remember buying those at 10 for $10. 


I know this pizza was not that cheap.  So here is my opinion on this item:  if you are craving a Totino’s kind of dinner, grab one of these.  If you want a higher quality then this isn’t your pizza!

Travel: Billings, MT

With my work, I travel from time to time and get to try new places which I love!

This time my trip was different.  The first day of my trip was my first day in my sales position and I was excited to get hopping on the all the things that mean sales.  But training would come first and I was really excited to meet other sales reps in our region and learn.

But learning would wait as I landed the day before training.  I got to the hotel, unpacked and

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Wrap from Mary’s Sunny Day Cafe

started looking for a place to eat lunch.  Mary’s Sunny Day Cafe seemed to be one of  the only places that was open for lunch.  Located inside of Mary’s Health Foods, it was a cute little sandwich place.  I chose the turkey wrap and grabbed a slice of banana chocolate chip bread as well.  It was amazing.  A great spot for a quick, healthy lunch.

By dinnertime I’d had some bad news about my cat, Wrigley.  His test results for his kidneys showed that there is damage plus his white blood count was up.  No idea why there is an infection but being so far away from my fur baby when he is sick was hard.

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Burger and Fries from The Fieldhouse

Thank goodness for my parents taking care of him!  Because I was feeling sad, I wanted somewhere that had comfort food.  I choose The Fieldhouse.  After getting a taxi and the debacle that went along with that (my taxi driver was amazing, it was other stuff that went wrong!), I finally got to the Fieldhouse.  I had an amazing hamburger and fries along with a great Moscato.  The staff was friendly and helpful and I loved the restaurant because everything was made from scratch and was organic, or as much as possible.  Even the ketchup was homemade!

After training the next evening, we had a group dinner at the Rib and Chop Shop which was next to the hotel we stayed at.  The food was amazing and the staff was knowledgeable.  I had a steak and a baked potato as well as their special drink, Blackberry Smash:  blackberries muddled into moonshine.  It was great!  


Now the hotel, the Big Horn Resort, was a different story.  The first day they didn’t have a gluten free meal even though it was requested.  The next day it was stressed how important it was and I got a salad that was brown and wilty.  I did contact the hotel, they have since apologized.

All in all my experiences in Billings were good and it was a fun place to visit!  

Taking Time

There are times in life when we are forced to slow down.  This was one of those weeks.

Monday I woke up, didn’t feel great and took my temp:  102.  I called in sick to work, a friend recommended that I go to the doc and by the time I got to the doctor, my temp was over 103.  The flu.  Whee!

So I was down and out for three full days.  My temp would go down during the day and then I’d wake up with a temp, Wednesday was the worst with 104.  Thursday my temp was gone when I woke up, I was on the mend.

I went to work on Friday and lasted half a day.  My body is spent from fighting this thing.  It was such a nice afternoon on Friday that I got a chair outside in my backyard and sat in the sun, breathing in fresh air.  I just sat.  I listened.  I closed my eyes and soaked the sun in.  I was forced to take time. My body was forcing me to slow down, take a breather and remember that I’m not invincible and that taking it slow isn’t a bad thing.

You see, we are always in such a hurry, always scurrying from one place to another, one thing to another, filling every minute of our day.  Because if we aren’t filling it, what are we missing?  Did I forget something?  That’s always my fear.  And it shouldn’t be something feared, it should be something that makes us happy, to have time.

Time to stop, wash some windows, trim a shrub and then sit and watch the world go by.