I am thankful for the six beautiful children that God placed in my hands and entrusted me with. There is no greater honor in this world and if you are one of the chosen ones (no matter how He chose to give them to you), you understand this concept. My children all have their issues (as do I), but they all have something to offer this world and I’m just proud and honored to be a part of it!
I am thankful for my husband, my best friend, my soul mate. We certainly have our ups and downs (the ups are really great, and the downs are really, really bad sometimes), but when push comes to shove, we always come out and back up together. I feel blessed to have someone who I can connect with on so many levels, yet so different in so many ways that we can still learn from one another.
I am thankful for my mother. She has been my hero, my mentor, and my biggest fan since I can remember. A little over a year ago, she suffered a major stroke, and I am truly blessed to still have her in my life. Without her, literally and figuratively, I would be nothing!
I am thankful for my true and close friends. They are few (some are even family members), but they are kick-ass and I consider myself extremely lucky that they chose me to be a part of their lives.
Finally, I am thankful for my health. I used to take this for granted but as I’ve gotten a little older, I’ve learned that this is something to be cherished. I have watched friends suffer (some lost the battle, some are still struggling) with cancer, family members and friends fall ill with other various ailments, and people who I love battling with life threatening conditions such as depression.
Start with the SAUCE of course (the longer you let this simmer, the better it is):
- 2 Tbsp Canola Oil
- 1 Clove (chopped) Garlic (or 1 tsp from the jar but NOT powdered)
- 1/4 Pepper (your favorite kind works best, I use Anaheim)
- 2-8 oz Cans “No Salt Added” Tomato Sauce
- 1 Tbsp Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Mrs. Dash Tomato & Basil Garlic (I use more to taste)
- 1 Tbsp Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb
- 1 Dried Bay Leaf
- 1 Dash Onion Powder (NOT ONION SALT)
Chop garlic and pepper and heat in the oil in a pot until tender. Pour the tomato sauce in the pot, add the rest of the ingredients, stir and let simmer on a low setting (at least an hour is best, but I have been known to shorten that time in a pinch).
- 1 1/2 Cups Bread Flour (or any other all purpose flour with NO sodium, read the labels)
- 1 Tbsp Sugar
- 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Canola Oil, separated
- 3/4 Cup Warm Water
- 1 Tbsp Mrs. Dash Tomato & Basic Garlic
TOPPINGS (This will be the only sodium in the recipe so choose wisely – like NEVER pepperoni.)
- Cheese (Swiss has the least sodium content, I mix that with Mozzarella and Colby usually)
- Fresh Veggies (mushrooms, peppers, onions, olives, tomatoes, etc.)
- Ground Beef (obviously cook it first, but ground beef has a low sodium content)
- Low Sodium Ham & Pineapple Chunks
- Whatever you like….you get the idea!