Thank you all for your lovely comments on my last post. We are terribly excited about bringing a new life into this world. All this means is that we have to make room in our snug duplex for a baby! We are so ahppy to already have our crib, we just need to make space in Ryan’s office to make it half a nursery.
I love challenges and I know I will be faced with many in the next 4 months. We are already booking our calendars for multiple visits from friends and family members. Is it not wonderful when an addition to the family brings everyone together?
I have been going through the predicted nesting period since we returned from Germany. Nothing seems to be clean enough or organized enough, but then some things DO need more organizing. I am making more lists than usual and trying to spread out evenly over my work days so that I do not feel so exhausted by the end of the day.
A little side note: For those who are new to the site, I have been singing and since the summer started I have not been singing as much. We have been traveling and working on other things, but the plan is to continue voice lessons throughout the summer so as to prepare for upcoming solos in the fall. Meanwhile, I forgot to share with you several recordings from this past spring.
I sang a new Verdi aria from La Forza del Destino called “Pace, pace mio dio.” It was an amazing aria for me to work on especially being pregnant. How would it affect my singing early in the 1st trimester? I think I had more saliva production and had recently gotten a cold so it was hard not to let those things get in the way. Please feel free to listen:
While in Germany, we got to the Bavarian region and got to visit the magnificent Nieuwenstein Castle. While there we learned that most of Wagner’s operas inspired King Ludwig to depict his characters in many of his rooms.
The concert hall was fabulous and as we were told it was amazing to think that Wagner was in the same room we were touring. One of the gentleman in our tour group found out I sang opera and dared me to sing a few notes in the hall. I sang a few notes of Mozart’s “Ach, ich fühl’s.” It was pretty amazing to hear the voice carry in the room and I think I also surprised the tour group behind me too!
Well, enough of my German adventures and on to a new adventure in the kitchen. Last night I was inspired to make a white pizza for the first time. As I looked up other recipes for white pizza I noticed a lot of them called for ricotta and mozzarella cheeses but the one that really caught my eye was one that required no cheese but still sounded delicious.
Midwest Vegan has been cooking up a delicious storm in her kitchen this week and somehow I have been inspired to make everything she is making. I do not know if it is more the fact that anything I plan makes me nauseous, but I guess imagining someone else’s dishes makes me less sick. Either way, my eye caught her post about the white pizza she made 2 nights ago inspired by another blogger at SB and GB Both of them look so scrumptious folks and it was so EASY to prepare and make.
Neither recipe states how big of a pizza the dough makes but I know that I made mine fit in a 14 inch pan and it was the right thickness. What was not accurate was the amount of white sauce for the pizza. It only makes 1/2 cup sauce, but I would increase it to 2/3 cup and little more salt. Either way, it was a very tasty pizza with the crust being more of a foccacia consistency.
I added mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and chopped broccoli and an additional shake of parmesan. Add a big green salad and you have a perfect meal. My favorite part was grilling the garlic heads and making the white sauce because it is thick and delicious without the dairy, and get this, it uses coconut milk! YUM! Make it tonight or over the weekend folks!