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    Right leaning libertarian. Navy wife. Russian linguist. Dog lover. Insatiable reader. Catholic. Country music fan. Baker. Southern girl at heart (but not by birth).

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Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Pizza

We love pizza around here. And when Amber Herself posted about pizza last week, it made me really want to make pizza. We debated between BBQ chicken pizza, red skin potato pizza (inspired by Mellow Mushroom!), or buffalo chicken pizza. Buffalo chicken pizza won (read: it was the only one that didn’t require me to go to the grocery store). We’ve made buffalo chicken pizza a few times, but I think we hit on the winning version today.

For the crust, we use the pizza dough recipe from Simply Recipes. I use AP flour and add gluten. Oh, and some garlic powder, because I love garlic. I also prebake the crust at 450 for a few minutes before I add the toppings.

For the toppings:

1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 T buffalo wing sauce (it doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s enough!)
Olive oil to brush on the crust (I used a little over a tablespoon)
4 oz cooked chicken breast, diced or shredded
1 cup shredded mozzarella

In the past, we’ve used either blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing as a base. Today, I chose to brush the crust with olive oil and sprinkle crumbled blue cheese over it – and then I wondered why I haven’t always made it that way!

Then I tossed on the chicken, drizzled buffalo wing sauce, and put on the mozzarella cheese (yes, I put the cheese on top of all the toppings – keeps the chicken from drying out too much while the pizza cooks). Put it in the oven at 450 for about 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and then wait impatiently for it to cool so you can eat it without burning the roof of your mouth.

Or just go ahead and burn your mouth. It’s probably worth it.

Oh, and for those counting calories? If you cut it into 8 pieces, each piece only has about 170 calories (according to My Fitness Pal). Not bad.

No More Lake Fun for My Dogs

For the past two and a half years, we’ve taken our dogs to the lake on post pretty frequently. I go in the middle of the day on weekdays and there’s never anyone else around. In the very rare event that I see someone else in our spot, we go somewhere else.

The dogs love it because they can swim and run crazy. I love it because it’s a good place to work on off leash recall since it’s a clearing with nowhere for them to run off to and it’s far from the road.

Yesterday — for the first time in 2.5 years — one of the official lake people pulled up in his truck into our area. Shecky instantly ran to my side and sat, Bones ran up to the side of the truck and barked twice. I walked over as I called her to come, she ran back to me, and I picked up her leash.

The guy looked at me and said, “Has anyone told you your dogs have to be leashed out here?”

I said, “Oh no, I didn’t know that actually. We just bring them out here to run.”

He said, “Well, unless you have them under voice control.” Then he looked at Bones and said, “Can you sit? Sit.”

Bones just looked at him, so I gave her the hand signal and said, “Sit.” She sat.

Then the guy looked at Shecky and told her to sit. She didn’t sit. She looked at me and backed up instead. I gave her the hand signal and she sat.

Then the guy said, “Well, I guess your cover’s blown.”

What? Because she responded to a hand signal from her owner instead of a voice command from a stranger?

But we’d already been there for a while anyway and I didn’t feel like arguing with a moron, so I said, “Ok puppies, time to go home.”

I was still holding Bones’ leash, but she turned and started walking toward the car. Shecky – still unleashed – immediately went and sat by the passenger side of the car, waiting for me to open it so she could get in.

Yeah, too bad I don’t have my dogs under voice control. Idiot.

Post Card Swap!

A while ago, Jessica Lynn announced the You’ve Got Snail Mail Post Card Swap 2012 and it sounded like fun (because really, who doesn’t like getting things in the mail? I sign up for free samples of stuff just so I can get fun stuff in the mail sometimes!) so I signed up.

I got matched up with Tessa who blogs at Ciao, Blogga. Tessa is awesome and if you’ve never checked out her blog, you should head over there and say hello!

So here are the postcards I got from Tessa:

That’s Tessa and her husband in their new house in Italy! They sent out that postcard when they moved to Italy

And that’s Tuscany, which looks gorgeous! I want to go to Italy right now.

Thanks for brightening up my day (twice!) Tessa :)

Oh, and to answer your question – yes, I have to been Europe (we went to Dublin last year), but I’ve never been to Italy! And if ever I make it over there, we will definitely have to meet up :)

A Virtual Career Fair

{This was cross-posted at SpouseBUZZ.}

I’m not a huge fan of career fairs. Interviews make me nervous, and a career fair is essentially a bunch of mini interviews in a row. Plus the last time I went, I handed a lady my resume and she scanned it and told me I had nothing to offer. To be fair, there were other people at the fair who were plenty interested, but she was one of the first people I talked to, so it was slightly traumatizing. (Tact, lady! Even if you’re not interested, I have SOMETHING to offer.)

After I saw an ad for a milspouse oriented virtual fair and a couple of my friends sent me an email for another virtual career fair, however, I decided to reconsider my aversion to career fairs. I’m pretty personable online. (At least I think so.) I asked around to see if anyone had any experience with a virtual career fair and no one really did, so I registered and figured that even if nothing there caught my interest, it would be worth it just to see how a virtual career fair works.

After I registered, I received an attendee guide in my email with a brief overview of the event and explanations of the different features on the site. The day before the fair, they emailed out a link offering a sneak peek to get familiar with the set up. You could set up your profile, upload your resume, see a list of participating companies, and even save their handouts to your briefcase. (Yes, the virtual career fair came with a virtual briefcase.)

With the handouts saved, you can use the night before do your research to help prepare for the actual fair: What positions are available? What skills are they looking for? What are the companies all about? You know, normal prep stuff to help you figure out where you want to spend your time and what questions you might have for recruiters.

Virtual Lobby

The day of the career fair, I entered the website and found myself in a virtual lobby directing me to various places. There was an auditorium with presentations, which were recorded videos from current employees discussing their work and companies, and an exhibit hall with booths, where you could visit different companies and download handouts, see their lists of current vacancies, talk to recruiters in a group format with other interested applicants, or talk one on one with a recruiter. There was even a lounge where you could go when you needed a break and wanted to talk to other people browsing around the fair!

The group chats made me a little dizzy at times because so many people were talking to so many other people about so many different things at once, but there was a lot of good information in there once you sorted out the conversation threads. Recruiters explained what they were hiring for, what made people competitive, and how to apply if you were interested. But my favorite feature was the one on one chat – I introduced myself to a recruiter for one of the positions I was interested in and after talking to me, she asked me to apply online for one of their vacancies and email her my resume so she could keep it handy.

I’m going to call that a successful career fair. It was a positive enough experience to erase the trauma of the previous experience and definitely something I’d be willing to try again!

(P.S. Keep your fingers crossed and send some good hiring juju my way please! I need a job.)

Milspouse (First) Friday Fill-In #69

You know how it goes… thanks to Wife of a Sailor for hosting! Head on over to her blog if you want to link up!

1. What is your favorite/most unique anniversary/birthday gift from your spouse? suggested by Bel at Being a Better Me

Hmmm. Well Bones was a birthday present of sorts and I adore her, so probably that. But this year for my birthday, we went to the Zac Brown New Year’s Eve concert in Atlanta and that was pretty amazing too!

2. What’s your first thought when you see it’s snowing (or what would you say if you don’t live somewhere with snow? suggested by Poekitten from Many Waters

“Why is this rain weird?” Heh… no joke, that’s what I said last time it snowed here. I’ve only seen snow falling a few times and it always confuses me. But then I get really excited!

3. What’s one thing in the past month you would have changed? suggested by Erika from Chambanachik

I wish my recruiter would have responded to my emails sooner so I could have put in for the March Reserve board… but I guess waiting for September won’t kill me!

4.What was your favorite thing that happened in February?

February was pretty uneventful for me, but… oh! Two of Chris’s friends that he deployed with on the Abe Lincoln were randomly in Atlanta. They called us and we made the drive out there to meet up with them for dinner. We saw the wife and their two (adorable) children when we were out in San Diego for my sister’s wedding, but we hadn’t seen the husband in a few years. We met up at the Mellow Mushroom (where both our pizzas were comped for reasons I’m still not quite clear on) and had a great time just talking and catching up :)

5. What are you looking forward to in March?

Hearing back about a couple of job applications! Well at least I think I’m looking forward to it. We’ll find out soon enough I guess ;)

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