Grab a Slice

Hello, everyone! I’m Kasi, but many in the fan-fic world know me as TeamAllTwilight, or half of WeeKittyAndTAT, JessAndTAT, or WeeJessAndTAT. All in all, I have written or been a part of writing sixty-one stories—two of which are still considered incomplete. I also have helped several other authors write lemons for their stories. I contribute my start into fanfiction writing to two of the wonderfully talented writers of which I was fangirling back in 2009/2010: Butterfly Betty, and Jess2002. I continue to write now, but mainly with my great friend Nicola (Nikky) Pitt, who makes up the other half of WeeKittyAndTAT. My biggest goal and dream besides publishing, is to someday get to meet her in person because she is my writing soulmate. Nikky lives in Scotland, and I live in the middle of a cornfield in Iowa—the town I live in was started in what was once a cornfield, and incorporated into Oelwein, the hub of Fayette County.

Nikky and I are currently working on our 50th fanfiction story together, Parallel Parenting. Here is the summary: Parenting can be a hard job to tackle, but it can be harder when you are parallel parenting between twins. Whatever will these two do with the girls they love corrupting their lives? We have a posting schedule of Mondays, until it is fully written, and then we will go post crazy from there. There should be no lags as we have a four-chapter cushion to start, and the fifth chapter is about half completed right now. When I am writing stories, be it alone or with someone else, I tend to write about things I know personally, or a personal event from my own life. Each and every story I’ve been a part of has something in it, of which I can personally relate to in some way shape or form. One story I wrote alone, was actually a huge piece of my life. The only parts of Things That Make You Click that are not my life is the meeting and dating a man online, and I am not Bella Swan, nor do I have Twilight Saga characters for neighbors.

I am a disabled mother of adult and teenaged children. I have a 19-year-old, 17-year-old, and a 16-year-old in my home. To say things can be crazy in my house is putting it mildly. I have four older children ages: 27, 26, 24, and 21 as well. Yes, seven children total: six girls and a boy. I now also have three grandchildren, but only one of them I see often. My three-year-old granddaughter is here a lot, and loves to sit with her grandma and read her books. She also loves to help cook, and one thing she loves to help make and eat is Grandma’s pizzas. One thing besides writing that I enjoy is cooking. In the story about my life that I mentioned above, I wrote about making our own homemade pizzas. So I figured I would share with you all a couple of the signature pizzas we always make. Keeping in mind I have a son who just turned 16 and is a bottomless pit, we always make four to five pizzas, but these two are family favorites. I do cheat and buy the pre-made uncooked crusts. Not only do I have to not worry about kneading dough, but they come in their own disposable cooking/serving tray – bonus in my house. I don’t tend to measure much, so if you try these pizzas, please eyeball the amount of toppings you want and go from there.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza— is a house favorite. For that I take boneless, skinless chicken breasts and grill them until they are done. Once the chicken is done, I slice it against the grain in thin strips. I then dice the strips into smaller pieces. Using ranch salad dressing of your choice (everyone has their own favorite ranch maker – you can use fat free or regular, but plain ranch not flavored), pour about 3/4 cup into a bowl. Then mix in Frank’s RedHot to your own preference of heat (we like it spicy.) Mix ½ of the sauce into the diced up chicken. Put the remaining sauce on the pizza crust, it’s your pizza sauce for this pizza. Generously cover the sauce with your diced chicken. For cheese on this, you can go two different routes. You can use the standard mozzarella, or you can do the mozzarella and some blue cheese crumbles. If you want some crunch, you can always finely dice some celery to add to the top after it is cooked as a topping, for the actual Buffalo Chicken experience. Bake until it is melted and browned to your own personal preference. Let it stand for a few minutes, cut and serve.

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza— is another favorite in our house, and it requires two of the pizza crusts. For this, I take one of the crusts and cover it with slices of swiss. I use the baby, multi-colored sweet peppers and slice them. Toss the peppers into a saute pan with a little olive oil and minced garlic. I slice red onions and fresh mushrooms, and saute them all together with the peppers, until the onions are no longer crisp. The most important step is to make sure you drain the sauted veggies very well, or your crust will be soggy. Then I take some fresh, deli-thin, sliced corned beef, and rare roast beef. I shred the meat, and mix it in with the drained veggies. I then mix in shredded swiss, ricotta, and mozzarella cheese. Once the mixture is together, I spoon the mixture on top of the crust covered in sliced swiss. After the mixture is fully added, I cover the mixture with a layer of swiss slices, and put another crust on top. From there you will twist and pinch the crusts together, like a big pie. Next, you will brush garlic butter over the top crust, and cut a few small air holes in the top. Put it in the oven, and when the top is golden brown, the pizza is done. Let this one sit for at least five minutes before you cut it and serve. This pizza is HUGE and likely no one will be able to eat more than two slices.

Before cutting:

After cutting:

I am now reading a fanfiction story called Finders Keepers by twifanatic01. I think my all-time favorite, go back and reread Twilight fanfiction book has got to be The Story Of Us by SexylexiCullen. I have read the Harry Potter series a few times, the Hunger Games a few times, but the Twilight series I have read more times than I am really comfortable admitting. I used to read Harlequin romance books all the time starting around age 13, and had read more than a couple hundred a year for many years. On the average, I read at least five completed fanfiction stories a week, and I am also following about 12 WIPS. There are currently over 1500 fanfiction, and the above listed series’ on my Kindle reader. I do love actual books, but have found my ability to read more has increased with using my Kindle. I can carry around a huge variety of books, and it weighs less than two pounds. When Karin asked me to do this, I picked the latest date she offered, because I doubted I would have enough to say or share. Now, I have to thank her for this opportunity; it made me feel a little better about myself. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy one or more of my stories, and some pizza, too.

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About naelany

writer, knitter, avid TV-show watcher, friend.
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One Response to Grab a Slice

  1. naelany says:

    those pizzas look yummy.

    Thanks so much for being my guest, Kasi, and I’m glad it was a good experience for you.

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