Point 12 from goal run and Grilling Pizza

by Joanne on August 14, 2010

It was such an easy, relaxed run on Friday, it left me really looking forward to another run Saturday morning.  My legs were restless all day, longing to hit the road again.  What happens to that excitement during the 6 1/2 hours of sleeping? 

It was 5:30 and my eyes were open.  I looked across the room towards the window.  It was just beginning to show the morning light.  “Grrr…I should get up and run.  Ted’s in the bathroom. Wish he’d hurry up and get outta there”.   Shane knows I’m awake and starts to whine and fuss. The bathroom is mine,  “Okay, Shane. We’ll go”.  We were on the road by 6.

I ran 3 1/2 miles with Shane. He went for 8+ yesterday so he deserved a short run today.  The morning was beautiful and I couldn’t think of any other place I’d rather run than through the switchbacks.  On a day like today – GORGEOUS!  After dropping Shane off, I headed towards the golf course.  Through the switchbacks and up to the eagle. 

Even though it was a little tough to get out of bed and get going, it was a good run.  12.15 Saturday miles.  

Weekly total: 59.88  An all time max. miles for 5 days of running.  Unfortunately, it was .12 from my goal.  I should have known how many miles I needed before heading out but I winged it and consequently, came up short.  Oh well. Not off my much.

CAKE: Chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and fresh raspberries for filling.

Butter cream frosting.

Topped with a purse cake made of a vanilla washed pound cake and filled with … whoops! I forgot what I filled it with. Chocolate?

Anyway… coated in chocolate fondant. 





I took the basic recipe off Spanos Bakery.  It wasn’t the prettiest pizza we ever made but it sure tasted like one of the best.


  • 1 lb whole wheat pizza dough
  • olive oil:  enough to brush on both sides of formed dough
  • 1 TBS garlic powder
  • 7.5 oz can Garbanzo beans
  • 4.5 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup chopped asparagus
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 1/3 cup Mezzetta Deli-Sliced Roasted Sweet Bell Pepper Strips, chopped
  • 1 1/2 TBS basil * Fresh basil would be best!
  • 4 TBS Crumbled Feta cheese
  • 8 oz Fresh Mozzarella, sliced

Preheat the grill on medium-high heat.

Work with the dough, forming into the shape you want then brush both sides of the shaped dough with olive oil.  Sprinkle the top side with garlic.

Carefully put the formed and oiled dough onto the grill *being careful not to let the ends drop through the grates.

Let it cook for about 4 minutes, until the bottom is browned.  Remove the dough and flip over so the grilled side (browned side) is facing up – where you will put all your toppings.

Add the garbanzo beans, mushrooms, asparagus, Mezzetta peppers, tomatoes, basil, feta, and finally, the mozzarella cheese.


Put the pizza back onto the grill and let cook about 5 –6 minutes with the grill lid closed.  The cheese should melt and the bottom should brown.


Loved the grilled flavors of this pizza. This is a first but definitely not a last for us.


I worked the dough so the crust was lovely and thin…


A close up of all the toppings…


*By the way, Mezzetta is doing another $25,000 sandwich contest.  Check it out at Make that Sandwich.  Look at the care package I received to help my creative sammy juices flow:


Come on guys, give a little help.  What’s your FAVORITE all time sandwich?

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  • At 2010.08.14 14:31, Efi@greekyogurt said:

    THis must be the cutest cake ever!

    And the pizza, yum yum

    • At 2010.08.14 16:35, sue ruhmel said:

      I love my cake. It is absolutely fabulous! Thank you for making my day so special. You are so wonderful.

      • At 2010.08.14 16:45, Liz said:

        I’m just getting caught up on my favorite blogs after being out of town for the past couple weeks, and I wanted to stop by and say Hi! Your trip to Maine looks like it was a great time and so beautiful. The purse cake is just lovely! I miss having a grill because grilled pizza is one of my favorites – can’t wait to get out of an apartment so we can enjoy outdoor cooking again!

        • At 2010.08.14 18:41, Sophie said:

          That handbag cake looks splendid but I don’t love icing but I love the inside of the cake,..way too much!

          The pizza looks stunning & most appetizing too!


          • At 2010.08.14 21:28, Heather said:

            OMG, what a great cake!! So fantastic – good job!

            My favorite sandwich has to be hummus, cucumbers, grilled zucchini, tomato, and sprouts. Good luck in the contest!

            • At 2010.08.14 21:57, Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox said:

              What a great cake! And yum, pizza. Always a great way to satisfy all the food groups.

              I think you’re still a total winner even if you ended up just barely a teensy-weensy miniscule bit short of such a wonderfully huge goal. You probably jogged that far on cool downs anyway. Such a rocking accomplishment!

              • At 2010.08.14 23:06, Monet said:

                What a STUNNING cake. I would have been so tickled to receive something like that. And your pizza looks yummy too (I’m all about piling on the toppings!)

                • At 2010.08.15 00:24, Angela said:

                  I just gained .12 lbs looking at all of that. It looks soooo yummy!!

                  • At 2010.08.15 10:23, Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

                    Wow! the cake is so cool 🙂

                    • At 2010.08.15 13:59, claudia lamascolo said:

                      What a great pizza wow! and that cake is adorable what talent!

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