Take Back the Kitchen

Do you have a kid whose favorite foods are hot dogs and pizza? Well Alma Schneider shares how to combine them to make this fun and unique recipe!
Easy and Delicious No-Nitrate Hot Dog Pizza:
P1060398.jpgPizza Crust: (can also just buy prepared dough at supermarketrs or your local pizzeria)
1 and 1/4 cup white flour (add 2 TBS more flour later) Can use whole wheat flour for half of dough
3/4 tsp yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 tsp salt
Mix above ingredients until fully combined. Then knead for 5 minutes and add more of the 2 TBS of flour so that it is not so sticky.
Make it into a ball and place in a bowl that is greased with olive oil. Cover and leave for 1 1/2 hours.
When it has risen (should be about twice the size), roll out to about 12″X 6″ and lay on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet-OR separate into individual pizzas.
Place in a preheated 500 degree oven and bake for 8 minutes.
Shredded Mozzarella cheese
Spaghetti sauce
No nitrate beef hot dogs or any kind , chopped
optional: other types of cheeses, no sauce, chopped basil, crushed garlic, chopped dried figs, etc.-whatever you like!
Once pizza dough is cooked, take it out of the oven and spread the cheese on top while it is hot so it melts. Top the cheese with the sauce and then top with the chopped hot dogs. Place in oven until cheese melts. Cut and eat immediately. Enjoy!
alma072V4WEB-1 (1)-thumb-188x220-2703.jpgAlma Schneider, LCSW, is founder of Take Back the Kitchen. Like TBK, this blog is dedicated to helping people recognize and overcome the common and unique obstacles to being everything they hope to be in the kitchen. She writes for Womens Day on line magazine, she is a featured Kitchen Coach Expert on realsavvymoms.com and healthy food sponsor for BabyLovesdisco.com.

Six Tips for Forgiving Yourself

Role Mommy guest contributor and motivational coach Libby Gill reveals that sometimes, the hardest person to forgive is ourselves.
iStock_000006568309XSmall.jpgHave you ever noticed that while you’re perfectly willing to forgive other people for their shortcomings, giving yourself the same consideration is nearly impossible? But research has shown that forgiveness, including self-forgiveness, is a benefit to psychological, relationship and physical health. By reducing hurt and helplessness and letting go of anger, you experience greater self-confidence, hope and optimism. So why not cut yourself some slack?
Here are six ways you can do just that:
1. Acknowledge the mistake. If you’ve unintentionally hurt another person, apologize for your mistake, let the other person know that you didn’t mean to hurt them and that you’d like their forgiveness. Then, stop beating yourself up. After all, if they can forgive you, why can’t you forgive you? And if they can’t, what does that tell you about your relationship?
2. Absorb the lesson. Give yourself a debriefing period after every major project or effort you undertake. If you didn’t make any mistakes, you may not be setting the bar high enough. And if you did make mistakes, learn to appreciate them as fabulous teaching tools.
3. Stop the constant judging. If you’re continually looking for approval at the office, or stepping on the bathroom scale, you’re trying too hard. Set your goal, stick to your plan and stop being so judgmental.
4. Be specific about what you’re forgiving. If you have a generalized sense of your flaws, faults and shortcomings, it’s nearly impossible to put that to rest. Drill down, figure out specifically what requires your self-forgiveness, then do that.
5. Change your internal tape. Let go of the mind chatter about how you screwed things up, resist the urge to repeat the story endlessly to your friends or co-workers, and change the tape in your head from negative screw-up to positive opportunity for change.
6. Establish a self-forgiveness ritual. When I had a big project and a broken relationship come crashing down on me simultaneously, I decided to hold a personal forgiveness ritual. I found a letter and a photo that were symbolic of those dashed dreams, put on some somber music, lit a candle, said a prayer and burned the symbols. My life didn’t change overnight, but I was able to regroup, regain my self-compassion and start over.
libby_gill.jpgLibby Gill is a business coach, brand strategist and bestselling author. Her new book, You Unstuck: Mastering the New Rules of Risk-Taking at Work and in Life, is now available on Amazon.com.