Pizza Night In West Virginia

I love the great outdoors. Well, I can’t say I enjoy “roughing it” but I do love being out in the woods. Back in 2006 I moved to Vermont and worked at Dartmouth College. Being up in Vermont was amazing and I loved being surrounded by wilderness.

Being in West Virginia last weekend brought me back to that. I loved sitting in the living room and looking out into the woods. You just don’t get that living in DC… but we do have the national monuments here!

Saturday night, after an afternoon in Berkeley Springs, we snacked on cheese and wine before making dinner.  On the menu were greens and a roasted veggie and turkey pepperoni pizza.

The pizza started out with dough from Trader Joe’s and then was topped with sauce, sauteed mushrooms, onions, and spinach, turkey pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese.

While the pizza was cooking, Becky made her famous greens!  I must admit that I was a little apprehensive, but I LOVED them!

The pizza baked at 400 degrees for 20 minutes until toasty.

The pizza was awesome and the perfect meal for a Saturday night with my girls.

After dinner it was back into the hot tub for a bit and then TV time.  I will admit that I hogged the TV to watch some NCAA basketball but my bridesmaids quickly stole the remote when I dozed off.  I think they all learned Saturday night not to wake the bear or to change NCAA basketball when it’s on :)  Saturday was a blast but there’s still one more bridesmaid’s weekend day to share with y’all…. stay tuned!


One tip my bridesmaid Melissa gave me while she was in town is to leave the peel on your banana when making a smoothie.

According to, “Banana peels are also rich sources of potassium and contain much more soluble and insoluble fiber than their flesh. Dietary fiber promotes digestion and bowel movements and can reduce blood cholesterol levels. Banana peels also contain tryptophan, which increases serotonin levels in the body and affects mood, much like the drug Prozac does. According to “Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” researchers in Taiwan discovered banana peel extract can ease depression because of its effect on serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter in the brain responsible for balancing mood and emotions. Others found that eating two banana skins a day for three days increased blood serotonin levels by 16 percent. Further, banana skin contains lutein, a powerful antioxidant that protects the eye from free radicals and harmful frequencies of UV radiation from the sun. Lutein has been proven to reduce the risks of cataracts and macular degeneration, as cited in “Biochemical, Physiological and Molecular Aspects of Human Nutrition.””

My tip is to let your bananas ripen, cut them into pieces with the peel on, place them in ziploc bags, and then freeze until you need them.  As you can see, you can’t even tell that you used the peel and I can tell you, you can’t taste it either!

Breakfast- homemade banana and cherry smoothie (400 calories)

Lunch- bagel with goat cheese and chicken breast (480 calories)

Snack- Greek yogurt (140 calories)

Dinner- mini wheats and almond milk (340 calories)

Total calories- 1360 calories

Calories burned- 0 … I didn’t workout yesterday

Nike Fuel- 1952/2500

Today looks to be an amazing day!  With a high of 79 projected, you just can’t beat this March weather.  The flowers are in bloom and luckily my allergies hasn’t taken off yet.  I can’t wait to get outside today!!  After work Neal and I are going to happy hour with Becky and some new friends.

Have a wonderful Friday!


  1. says

    Thanks for the banana tip! I love making green smoothies on sunday mornings, so I’ll try that for sure this week! Have a great weekend and enjoy this beautiful weather while it lasts!

  2. says

    Are you going to tell us what’s in Becky’s famous greens?? :)
    And I have never heard that banana peel tip, but God knows I go through frozen bananas for smoothies like no one’s business. It sounds odd, but I’ll give it a try!
    See you tomorrow!! xoxo

    • says

      Becky sent this to me…”dark greens… wash thoroughly and chop, remove thick stems. Use plenty; they shrink a lot. Saute in olive oil a few cloves of garlic, then add greens. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add a 2-3 Tbsp. half and half or cream. Cooks in just a few minutes.” — They were awesome!

  3. says

    That pizza looks yummy! And the flowers are gorgeous! If it doesn’t rain tomorrow I am hoping to go take some pictures. Out wisteria is blooming.


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