Monday, June 18, 2012

Lessons

Every year on the last day of school I take my girls by the bookstore on the way home.  No, we aren't buying their summer reading books or the latest "gotta have it" pre-teen novel......we go get summer workbooks!  It makes me so happy to get the brand new book with empty answer blanks.  I can't wait for them to get started.  I can't understand why they do not find this outing as exciting as I do.  There is an incentive to finish it in its entirety by a certain date, so don't consider me cruel.  My oldest even commented at the beginning of this school year how everyone seemed to be struggling in the review math and she was breezing right through it.  (Of course I reminded her that she has a wonderful mother who bought her a workbook that had math in it and made her do it.  It is important for children to be grateful.)

This summer I am assigning one night a week for each daughter to be in charge of supper.  Tonight was Janey's night.  We decided to make homemade pizza on thin crust with a salad.  I wanted a veggie pizza for myself (pepperoni and cheese for the girls) and had a beautiful orange pepper in the frig.  I have never roasted a pepper on the gas stove top before and decided to give it a try.


It was a lot of fun and very easy.  It didn't take very long at all.  The skin peeled right off after it cooled and it was delicious on the pizza.  Next we sauteed the sweet vidalia onions (or "vidella", as my grandmother used to say).

Janey added delicious pizza sauce.  If you have never tried this brand, I highly recommend it.  The flavor is more authentic than Ragu or plain tomato sauce.  

To the veggie pizza she added fresh cut baby spinach, roasted orange peppers, onions, and fresh Roma tomatoes...and cheese, of course.  The second pizza was traditional cheese and pepperoni, complete with a smiley face.  



Meredith will have her turn next.   They love learning about cooking and being in the kitchen.  Workbooks, not so much.