Saturday, May 30, 2015

Foodie Alert: Pizza! Pizza! & More

My Friends, did I ever tell you about the time I went to Peel Wood Fired Pizza? Oh my! Hmm how can I describe it? Each bite was a gentle explosion of flavors.  

There are so many unexpected “marriages” on their menu; you’ll never get bored eating there. You’ll at least go back just to order the meal you had before to confirm it truly was THAT good! And speaking of their menu which has some heft to it...

A review of Peel Wood Fired Pizza by Trinka Polite
source: my sister's iPhone
it’s a work of art in itself! 

The staff at the Edwardsville location [there’s a second location in O’Fallon, IL.] was friendly and patient in answering the questions of a first-time visitor. I mean how can you choose just one flavor of wings when your options are Maple Bourbon Black Pepper A reduction of Vermont maple syrup, bourbon, and butter tossed in cracked black pepper and house smoked bacon. Sweet Balsamic Aged balsamic vinegar reduction Alfredo Parmesan cream!

Or pizza cooked in this oven...

A review of Peel Wood Fired Pizza by Trinka Polite
Source: Peel Wood Fired Pizza
with these toppings Chicken Gorgonzola Wood fired chicken, gorgonzola, baby spinach, red onion, sun-dried tomato pesto, parmesan cream Hot Brown Smoked turkey, prosciutto, roma tomatoes, broccoli, mozzarella, parmesan cream, parmesan cheese. Just check out the full menu.

I encouraged our server to take care of her other customers because I was going to need some time.  Have you clicked on the menu link yet?  Anyway, after about 10 minutes (btw, our server did look over periodically to check on us), here’s what my sister and I had that day (descriptions courtesy of Peel Menu):

Spinach Artichoke Involtini

Bread filled with baby spinach, artichokes and fontina cheese, served with roasted red pepper hummus, parmesan cream and roasted garlic olive oil

Garlic Wings
Garlic chive butter

Caesar Salad

Romaine, parmesan, croutons, lemon caesar dressing

Maple Bourbon Pork pizza
Slow roasted pork, house smoked bacon, mozzarella, cheddar cheese, roma tomatoes, maple bourbon glaze

My apologies the medium disappeared before I could take pictures. It happens. However, you can enjoy Peel’s menu pics on Facebook. I promise to share pics from my next visit to this foodie delight.  

Being a Georgia girl raised in the country surrounded by farms and small gardens, I love fresh tasting food from people who love food. And it seems like the owners and chefs  at Peel LOVE food! (Patrick and Brandon) Seriously, each bite happily introduces each ingredient to your taste buds and seconds later they melt into one and on the inside, you're all...

But if you are ever in the area, remember they have two locations: Edwardsville & O’Fallon, IL.  Even if you're visiting St Louis, Peel Wood Fired Pizza is approximately 20 minutes away. Again, I'm from Georgia, so plus or minus 10 minutes maybe--either way it's worth the drive.

Now it's your turn. Any Peel fans?  If you're not in the area, what is your favorite pizza place? I'd love to hear from you.

Important note: If Peel management is reading this post, may I please vote that you do not add delivery service? I read on your website that's a common question. Forgive them for they do not know what they're asking. LOL 

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Monday, May 18, 2015

The New Modern Family?

I recently heard someone say they were ready to give up on family. It had me feeling some kind of way.  When those words were spoken, my gratitude for Isaiah 55:8-9 was increased, because these words tell us God does not think or act as we do. He will never give up on us.

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I have a crazy kind of love for my family—a reason I breathe kind of love—my life is connected to your life kind of love- and I can’t fathom “giving up” on them. Flaws, hurts, pain and all. God was purposeful and exact in designating our earthly family. No matter what is happening in our lives or will happen,  do we have a right to give up on them? In these modern times, we so easily discard and replace. Yes, I know there are some extraordinary circumstances when the family of origin is not the best place for a person but even in those situations God has a purpose for choosing that particular family. (but that's another post for another day)

The message today is if you’re experiencing disappointment or feeling disconnected from those you love, know you’re not alone. Your heavenly family (God your Father, Jesus your joint heir, and Holy Spirit your Comforter) is ALWAYS ALWAYS available to listen, comfort and guide you into forgiveness and reconcile damaged relationships. You’ll realize (as I did) that forgiveness starts with self and God has healing available to you! Seek Him. Ask Him for His help. Let your healing be the beginning of your family's healing! 

If you have a testimony about healing family relationships, I welcome you to share in the comments. Your story may be the inspiration someone needs.  Thanking you in advance! Oh and if you need support, please email me. I'll be happy to share some ministry resources which have blessed and healed me. 

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I’m Trinka Polite! Georgia native! Aunt Extraordinaire (at least I think so)! Lover of divinely delicious food! Servant of God and I gratefully accept my calling as counselor, poet, and speaker. My mission? 

As a counselor, it is to empower you to access your full potential and live more authentically!

As a poet, it is to share words to inspire love, deliverance from hurtful situations and encourage a renewed relationship with God.

As a speaker, it is to provide a dynamic experience which will actively engage you and your group in learning and growing.

My professional background includes over 14 years as a Career Counselor providing education planning and career guidance.  I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and National Board Certified Counselor with a Master’s degree in Psychology.  My publications include After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey and Pain is Fertile Ground—poetry collections focused on spiritual awakening and growth.

On a more personal note, the southern lady that I am loves to cook (have you seen my Pinterest board?) and have fun with my family!  Are there any two things that bring more joy to a G.R.I.T.S. (Girl raised in the south)? Lol 

I hope we stay connected because new ventures are on the way to enlighten your mind and to partner with you to chart a course for your success!  

Peace & Blessings!


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