Tortilla Pizzas and a Backyard Monarch

While it might not be accurate to state that Clif and I eat lunch at the little house in the big woods 365 days a year, it’s not far from the truth.  Clif and I live on a tiny budget, and eating at home is far more economical than eating out. The upside of this is that when we do eat out, we really enjoy it. The downside is that sometimes it’s a challenge to come up with different lunches that don’t require a  lot of time to fix and can be made from ingredients we have on hand.

Yesterday I said to Clif, “I’m in the mood for a tortilla pizza.”

As we have never made tortilla pizzas, this was a strange thing to say, but we had all the necessary ingredients—pizza sauce, cheese, and tortilla shells.

However, “All the sauce is frozen,” I said.

As I have mentioned previously, one of the things I love about Clif is that he is always ready for a cooking lark. “No problem,” he replied. “We can microwave the sauce until it’s thawed.”

This we did, and then came the next phase. “How about we grill them?” I asked. “Everything tastes better grilled.”

Clif was agreeable, and we were off. He spread sauce on the tortilla shells, sprinkled a blend of cheese—mozzarella, cheddar, and Parmesan—and out to the patio he went. I followed with plates, drinks, and napkins. We were not going to miss a chance to eat outside.

Ready to go
Ready to go


On the grill
On the grill


On the plate


To borrow from Clif, those grilled tortilla pizzas were pretty darned good—brown and crunchy on the bottom with a pleasing blend of sauce and cheese on top.

As if that weren’t enough, while the pizzas were cooking, the sun went behind a cloud, and I could tell that the lighting was perfect for taking pictures of buds and blooms.

Bee balm with a touch of color
Bee balm with a touch of color


Up close with an evening primrose
Up close with an evening primrose


A sole survivor of skunks and lily beetles
A sole survivor of skunks and lily beetles


But the cherry on the sundae, so to speak, was when a small monarch winged into the garden. No, not a butterfly. Instead, a dragonfly burnished with gold.


Quite a day at the little house in the big woods.



10 thoughts on “Tortilla Pizzas and a Backyard Monarch”

    1. Thanks so much, Eliza! And there’s quite an assortment of dragonflies at the little house in the big woods.

  1. You managed to get a lily! I’m not sure I’ll have any. Despite all the lily beetles I picked and squished for weeks, the little buggers had a late surge and the lilies look like target practice.

    1. Those lily beetles are a scourge. In the past, I have sprinkled rotenone on the lilies right after the eggs were laid. (This was once approved by Organic certification programs. Don’t know if it is anymore.) That worked pretty well. However, it didn’t help the bulbs when the skunks dug them up 😉

  2. Love the flower close-ups. Also love pizza tortillas. Also pizza english muffins. There’s an Assyrian bakery here that sells a flat bread called lavash that also makes a good pizza.

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