when is it not the perfect time for pizza?

 Perfect weekend for making pizza

Time needed 15 min preparation + 10 min cooking
Serving Size / Yield 2 pizzas

1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
8 sliced tomatoes
2 12 inch pre-baked pizza crusts
8 oz shredded Mozzarella cheese
4 oz shredded Fontina cheese
10 basil leaves (washed and dried)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine garlic, olive oil, and salt. Toss mixture with tomatoes, and let stand for 15 minutes. Brush each pizza with tomato mixture, sprinkle with mozzarella and fontina cheeses. Top with tomatoes, then sprinkle with shredded basil, parmesan, and feta cheeses. Bake about 10 minutes, until cheese is golden and bubbling.

trust slowly

Dear Ask Mom, I have trouble trusting new people that I meet and making new friends. What can I do to be more trusting?
It’s ok to take it slowly with new people. Don’t totally trust new people or tell them every detail of your life, but give them a chance and trust someone more as you get to know them. or maybe less as you get to know them! Pay attention and decide if someone earns your trust.

that’s what friends are for…

Ask mom- I feel like people are taking advantage of me because I never say ‘no’ when people ask me to help them. What can I do?
Are these people friends? Are you saying ‘yes’ when you really want to say ‘no’? If you’re saying yes to friends and they are helping you out, too then you’re not being taken advantage of, that’s what friends do. If you are saying yes and it’s creating problems for you, then explain why you have to say ‘no’ sometimes and your friends will understand.

start small

Mom, I’m so disorganized. I want to change but I don’t know if I can. Can an old dog learn new tricks?
Absolutely. You need a reason to change. It’s easier to change when you have a reason that motivates you to change. If you are organized you won’t lose things and panic looking for them, you won’t be late because you forgot what time you had to be somewhere, you’ll get more things done and you won’t have to spend time trying to remember what you forgot…start by organizing a day at a time, or a morning at a time or an hour at a time! and go from there…

don’t multi-task me

Dear Mom, I have a friend who calls me and I know that she is always doing something else while we are having a conversation. It’s annoying and I don’t know why she calls if she has something else to do. I like her but I want her to stop doing this. What should I do?
As soon as you suspect that she is not paying attention and doing something else while she should be talking to you say. “gotta go, bye”. If you do this every time, she should get the message or you can tell her that you know that she is doing other things when she calls you and ask her not to call until she can give you her undivided attention…multi-tasking is annoying if it includes you.

soup’s on

Delicious cold soups that aren’t gazpacho…

Puréed Carrot

Sauté 1 1/2 pounds trimmed and chopped carrots and 1 peeled and chopped onion in 2 tablespoons butter to soften, about 5 minutes. Add 5 cups stock or water; boil, cover, lower the heat and simmer until carrots are tender, about 15 minutes. Cool slightly, purée and refrigerate. Garnish: Chopped parsley.

Avocado Vichyssoise

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large pot. Add 3 peeled and cubed potatoes and 3 trimmed and chopped leeks. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring, until softened. Add 4 cups stock. Boil, cover, lower the heat and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Purée, then let cool. Stir in coarsely chopped flesh of 1 or 2 avocados before serving. Garnish: Chopped cilantro.

Strawberry-Orange Soup

In a bowl, whisk together 2 cups yogurt, 1/4 cup orange juice, 1 cup chopped mint leaves and 1 tablespoon sugar until mint is fragrant; strain and discard solids. In another bowl, combine 2 cups sliced strawberries , 2 tablespoons lime juice, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon chili powder; refrigerate bowls for 2 hours, stirring once. To serve, spoon yogurt onto strawberries and stir. Garnish: Whipped cream and mint.

don’t diet

Dear ask mom- I have tried to diet so many times and I fail. I feel terrible, what should I do?
Don’t diet, just lose weight. There’s a difference. When you diet you usually think about everything that you can’t eat, if you want to lose weight make lists of everything you can eat and stick to it. You’ll be more successful…good luck!

make good choices

Dear Mom, I have to get dressed up every day for work so on the weekends I dress very casually, mostly jeans, no matter where I am going. My friends say that I should dress more appropriately if we are going somewhere. Do I have to listen to them?
No. We all spend enough time doing what other people think we should do, when we have no choice. When you do have a choice do whatever you want to do…but remember they have a choice not to include you, also.

change of plans

Dear Mom, My best friend and I made plans to go on a trip. We made hotel reservations, plane reservations and trip plans. My friend inherited money and upgraded all of her reservations so we are really not going to be together. Now I don’t even want to go. What should I do?
Have you tried to talk about it? Maybe your friend doesn’t know that you’re upset about her change of plans. It’s not so terrible if you don’t fly next to each other, but you should be able to work out a way to be together on the rest of the trip.

don’t get too close

Dear Ask Mom, I am surprised at how many men and women try to give me a little hug or kiss on the cheek when I meet them socially instead of shaking my hand. I would rather just smile and say hello or shake hands. What should I do without looking like I’m being rude?
I also want to choose who I hug or kiss and it’s usually not someone that I just met. If someone tries to give you a small hug or kiss on the cheek take a little step back so that you’re not within reach and at the same time stick out your hand. If that’s not enough to give them the message, smile and walk away.