With only two weeks left until the start of school how does a teacher spend her day?  By visiting with fellow teachers of course! With David away visiting his family, I have been feeling lonely.  A good friend once said that some people are "empaths" and as such they crave the presence of others.  These empaths in life enjoy being near, listening to, and embodying the spirit of those around them. When an empath is isolated, he or she is restless.  But, when surrounded by friends, family, or a lively setting the empath is at ease in his or her own skin.  Perhaps, I am one of these empaths.  Even sitting now on my couch typing this little bit up, all alone, has me feeling listless.  There is a part of me that is craving to call a friend on the phone and immediately run to her side for the evening.  Yet, I know that being alone and sitting with the quiet discomfort is probably good for me....and my wallet.  So while I will sit still tonight, this afternoon was spent in lively conversation over some delicious pizza from Otto. This particular day had each of us feeling the urge for fall.  Butternut squash, cranberries, and ricotta cheese combined to bring utter comfort to the table and our bellies. It was truly delightful to relish in the flavors of fall while still being able to savor the ending of summer. And, the recipe for this pizza does not seem too hard.  To replicate it at home I would:

Get dough, craisins, mozzarella cheese, mashed butternut squash (in a ziploc bag with the tip cut, creating a "pastry bag") and ricotta cheese (also in another ziploc bag).  Then you would just bake the the pizza at 350 for approx 20 minutes or until the crust looks cooked through and the cheese is bubbling.