Thursday, September 8, 2011

Pizza Night

As promised I am posting our family pizza recipe!  We make pizza once a week at our house, generally on our family movie nights.  Tonight was not movie night, but I wanted to post the recipe so we had pizza! We pretty much always have pepperoni as that  is what makes everyone happy.

We start with the crust, we fell in love with this Valentino's Pizza Crust Recipe that we found on allrecipes.com. The beauty of this crust is that even though it is a yeast dough you don't have to wait forever to let it rise, only a 10 minute rest!

Valentino's Pizza Crust

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. Stir water, sugar and yeast together until dissolved. Add the olive oil and the salt. Stir in the flour until well blended. Let dough rest for 10 minutes.
  2. Pat dough into pan or on to a pizza stone using fingers dipped in olive oil. If desired sprinkle basil, thyme or other seasonings on crust. Top with your favorite pizza toppings and bake for 15 to 20 minutes in a preheated 425 degree oven.

We always use a pizza stone and I cover it in parchment paper - it keeps the pizza from sticking without the use of cornmeal. As an added bonus, clean up involves me throwing away the parchment paper and putting the stone away. It is important to use your hands to spread the dough and not a rolling pin, it will affect the texture of your dough.


While the dough is resting, gather your ingredients for the sauce. Although I recommend remembering the sugar - I completely spaced it for the picture!


Bill's Pizza Sauce


Ingredients

   *15 oz can Hunt's tomato sauce (you can use other brands but we don't promise it will be as awesome)
   *1 Tablespoon dried Oregano
   *2 cloves Garlic minced (we use our garlic press - super easy!)
   *2 teaspoons dried Basil
   *1 Tablespoon minced dried Onion
   *1 teaspoon sugar

Directions

Mix all ingredients in glass microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 90 seconds, stir well. Microwave for another 90 seconds, stir.


After the dough has rested and you have pressed it out onto the pizza stone,  spread the sauce on as light or heavy as you desire. We top ours with 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella and 4 ounces of pepperoni. Looks like this before heading into the oven:

I trim the parchment close to the stone so that in my clumsiness I don't pull on it and make a mess. In our oven 15 minutes is the perfect baking time, you will have to keep a watch on it and find out what works for you. Now for the most important part, using the leftover pepperoni and sauce make what we call "special snack". Take one or two of the pepperoni and dip them in the sauce,  we can't make pizza without having special snack, the boys just love it!


Mmmm good! Once your pizza is done, carefully remove it from the oven (says the one who is accident prone) and let it rest for a few minutes before cutting into it. You should be rewarded with a beautiful pizza that tastes fantastic!


I would love to know if anyone tries these recipes and how you like them! Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Get a job! Wait, another one??

For a couple weeks I have had this post on my mind.  I have been looking forward to this time in my life for a while, BOTH of my boys are in school all day! I love my boys and I am SO thankful that I get to stay home with them, however the 2 of them don't always get along so well and it is so lovely to have peace & quiet during the day now!

When people would discover that both boys would be in school all day I would get one of two responses:
1: What are you going to do with ALL that time?  (Generally these were not people who had seen the inside of my house)
2: Oh, so now it's time to get a job!

First of all, as my grandma would say "A woman's work is never done"! She was so right, there is ALWAYS something that needs done or someone that needs something!  With all this time I now have my plan is keep my house tidied up, laundry kept up, get some organization done, canning, working at the farm, reading, crafting, spending time with my mom and making our home an inviting place to be!

As for the second response, I still have a job! I will always have this job and it will always be an important one! I will be home for my boys after school to help with homework or offer comfort after a bad day or a listening ear on a good day and some days I will even offer cookies & milk.  It also allows me to help out my friends & family by watching a kiddo or going to a Dr appt with someone or one of so many other things I can do with my time.

At first it really frustrated me when folks would suggest I needed a job, but after mulling it over for a while I realize that I am doing just exactly what I'm supposed to be doing right now! I am thankful to be where I am and I love my job!

In the next week I hope to share some of my farm girl adventures because it has sure been a week full of them! Still planning on getting our pizza recipe up soon also.