I had heard people talk about "pregnancy brain" and before I was pregnant I shrugged it off as something in their imagination. I was even in denial about it at the beginning of my own pregnancy. I would tell myself it wasn't real and that my forgetfulness was due to tiredness. Or that I really wasn't being forgetful. Or . . . what were we talking about?
It's really hard, though, to deny when you can't remember anyone's name for the life of you and you find yourself going back to the grocery store for something you had on your list. Or when you are watching a baseball game with your husband and commenting on how a certain player is having a better year this year, and then just an hour later ask your husband if same player is having a better year this year. Luckily husband knows better than to call you on something like this.
When your mind is in a fog, or when you're just plain busy, recipes with just a few ingredients are your best friend. This one is so simple I am almost embarrassed to post on it, but it has been a favorite combination of mine through the years and thought I'd share it. I often have all the ingredients for it on hand so it's a recipe I can turn to when time is short and I don't feel like pasta or a sandwich. Usually I make the crust from scratch because I have a no-rise recipe that works well for me, but this is even faster if you buy a pre-made pizza crust. Besides being fast, I like that it is a lower-fat recipe that doesn't even taste like it is healthy. I love artichoke hearts, especially paired with tomatoes, and the little salty chunks of green olives are perfect on it. Whether you're short on time or short on memory skills, it's a great meal for a weeknight.