Friday, March 30, 2012

Pizza

I've been looking for some new recipes lately and am trying to find some healthier solutions. In the past, we've always ordered out for our pizza, because it's just easy. I decided that I wanted to try making my own pizza this time around, so after a little research, I found an easy recipe on pinterest. Yes, I needed a recipe for pizza. It was more for the dough, as I wanted to make that homemade too. I didn't know this but I found out that you can buy something called a stone oven, which is supposed to make the pizza cook more evenly. I found one for a great price on Amazon. Love that store!

I bought all my ingredients from the store, which turned out cheaper than ordering out for a pizza and got to work. I have a KitchenAid stand mixer which I haven't used  in forever, so I had to brush the dust off of it. I printed out my dough recipe and got to work. You know what, I LOVE that mixer!! All I had to do was pour the ingredients into the bowl and the mixer did the rest! I am lazy, so have been user the hand mixer but from now on, am using this thing. 

After my dough was mixed and I let it rise for 2 hours, the fun part began. I felt as though I worked in a pizza joint, punching the dough down, pushing and pulling at it. I even tried to do the trick of throwing it in the air. Ummm, yeah, not so much. I definitely need some work in the dough department. Those pizza guys make it look so easy. Finally though, my dough was stretched. It wasn't a perfect circle but it was my circle, lol. Gracie wanted to help, so I let her put on the sauce, cheese and toppings. She had a blast and was a real pro. We finally put the pizza in the oven and after about 10 minutes, it was ready. I have to say, it was really yummy and even more so, because we made it ourselves and with love. We'll definitely be making pizza again for dinner real soon.




Check out those pizza making skills!







It's a little crooked because I couldn't get it to slide off the paper, into the oven but it sure tasted yummy!

















Saturday, March 17, 2012

Wow, I can't believe it's been almost two months since my last post! Things have been pretty busy and then when they've slowed down, I've just been too tired to blog. I finally have some free time, so figured that I better try to catch up.

I got talked into becoming a Daisy troop leader and that has taken up a lot of my time. That in itself is a big taking on but we also got the brilliant idea of selling cookies. Since we are a new troop, most of the responsibility fell upon me. Let's just say that I am happy that cookie season is over and if I don't see another Girl Scout cookie for a year, that would be just fine. Okay, maybe to eat the one or two that I have stuffed in my freezer.

I am going to start my first post back with a bit of a brag. I try not to brag too much about my children as some parents do. You know, the obnoxious parent that everyone knows, who thinks their child is great in everything but in reality, that parent's child is doing everything that other kids are their age. Anyway, I definitely don't want to be "that" parent but I think that every once in a while, it's okay to toot one of my children's horn(s).

Gracie's teacher pulled me aside a few weeks ago and told me that Gracie was getting the Student of the Month award for the character trait of citzenship. Ms. B. told me that she could have given Gracie the award for integrity or citzenship but chose citizenship. I am so proud of my girl and the fact that someone other than myself recognized what a great kid she is, feels great! Gracie has always been a really nice kid. She is highly aware of other people's feelings and doesn't want to hurt them, almost to a fault. One time when her friend was bossing her around, I told her to tell them to stop. She replied that she didn't want to hurt their feelings. Believe it or not, this is something we are working on, as I don't want Gracie to feel like she has to please everyone. That type of thinking will allow people to walk all over her. Believe me, I know and have grown stronger in this department. =) The best and funny part was, Jerry was talking to a parent beside him and come to find out, it was the dad of the little boy that Gracie has a crush on! So glad to know, that she is liking boys who are getting citizenship awards too.



G. and her teacher


 

Love this photo!