Things That Annoy Me

-Those inserts in magazines that try and get you to buy a years’ subscription

-That sticky residue fabric Band-aids leave when you take them off

-Itchy tags

-When coffee is too hot to drink right away

-But you do it anyway and have a burn on the roof of your mouth for two days

-When it’s freezing outside and the heat in your car blows cold air for the first couple of minutes after you turn it on

-When you think a donut is going to be cream filled but you’re halfway through and realize it’s not

-How loud a vacuum cleaner is

-Mosquito bites

-When all the marshmallows melt in your hot chocolate before you can eat them

-When the plastic part of your shoelace comes off and the end gets all frayed

-When the rain is too heavy for interval windshield wipers but not heavy enough for continuous

-When the handles on brown paper bags brake off

-Split ends

-When people give away cheap candy like Smarties at Halloween

-In public bathrooms when the soap dispenser is on the other side of the sink bar

-That dusty film you get on the front hubcaps of your car

-When you can’t find the beginning of the tape on a roll of tape

-When two spoons have been stuck together in the dishwasher and they’re both still dirty


-When someone parks RIGHT on the white line

-When all the ice gets stuck at the bottom of your glass

-When someone finishes the last of the maple and brown sugar oatmeal and you’re stuck with cinnamon apple

-Cheap paper towels

-When you’re mid-sneeze and it goes away

-The crumbs at the bottom of a potato chip bag (that you KNOW used to be together and formed a whole, delicious potato chip but are now worthless)

-When you’re trying to make a s’more and your marshmallow catches on fire

-When the TV takes like ten seconds to turn all the way on

-When your strand of floss breaks before you’re finished

-When you swallow a piece of ice that’s a little too big and for the next few seconds it feels like you have glass in your throat

-Yellow lights

-When you have your alarm song stuck in your head for the entire day

-When you miss a spot shaving

-When you touch your freshly painted nail and have a fingerprint on it for days

-Ketchup juice

-When the GPS doesn’t recognize the address you need to go to

-Dirty snow

-Those dents you get in your clothes when they’ve been on a wire hanger too long

-When the electricity goes out for a second and you have to reset the time on your microwave

-When the visors in your car can’t reach quite far enough to cover the sun

-When you got the cereal to milk ratio wrong.

Now my day is ruined.


Roasted Red Pepper and Basil Tuscan Flatbread

1 cup lukewarm water
2 tsp yeast
2 cups flour
2 TBS olive oil
4 large tomatoes
1 onion
1 red pepper
1/2 cup black olives
2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tsp oregano
2 tsp basil
1 tsp parsley
1/2 lb mozzarella
Wood-fired grill

Pour 1 cup lukewarm water into small bowl; sprinkle with yeast. Let stand until yeast dissolves, about 10 minutes.
Place 2 cups flour in large bowl. Pour yeast mixture into well. Using fork, stir until dough comes together.

Knead dough about 10 minutes.



Toss in the air periodically.



Brush dough with remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Sprinkle with salt.

Pizza sauce: boil tomatoes for 20 minutes. Drain, then crush until smooth.

Add diced onion, red pepper flakes, oregano, basil, and parsley. Spread evenly over dough.

Shred mozzarella over tomato sauce.

Slice red peppers, green peppers, and onions.



Place atop mozzarella.



Bake over a wood-fired grill for 25 minutes.



When crust is golden brown, remove. Let cool, then slice.



It’s cheaper than a plane ticket to Italy…yet JUST as good.