Thursday, August 28, 2008

Grilled Pizza

We got a new BBQ last week, and we have been grillin up some good stuff. Last night I tried out grilled pizza. It turned out really good. I made some cheese and some pepperoni ones for my first try, but next time I am going to try out some new toppings. Maybe grilled vegetables, mmmmmm! Here is the recipe I used. I got this from Sunset magazine a few years back, and it is by far my favorite pizza dough recipe. I use my food processor to make it, but if you don't have one (or you don't have a very good one), you can double the recipe and make it in your Kitchen Aid mixer, or by hand. The sauce recipe is from America's Test Kitchen. I really like it because it's flavors are so simple.
Tony’s Pizza Dough
½ pkg. (1 1/8 tsp.) active dry yeast
½ c. warm (90’ -100’) water
½ c. ice-cold water
½ T. sugar
½ T. salt
1 T. olive oil
2 ¾ c. flour (I used 3/4 cup of fresh ground whole wheat)

1. In small bowl, with fork, stir yeast into warm water. Let stand until yeast is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
2. In another bowl, mix cold water, sugar, and salt until dissolved; stir in oil.
3. Place flour, yeast mixture, and cold-water mixture in the food processor bowl and whirl until dough is smooth and elastic, about 2 minutes. (If machine stops, wait a few minutes, then resume.) If dough is still sticky, add 2 to 3 more teaspoons flour and whirl until dough is smooth. Transfer to a floured board.
4. Scrape dough onto a lightly floured board. With floured hands, pick up dough; pull opposite edges together toward center and pinch to seal. Repeat all around circumference to form a smooth, tight ball. Place in a 1-gallon plastic bag. Squeeze out air and seal bag, allowing enough room for ball to double. Chill at least 10 hours or up to 2 days. Yield: 4 mini pizza's for use on grill, or 2 thin crust pizza's to make in oven, or 1 thick crust to make in oven
To make:
1. Let pizza dough stand at room temperature until almost doubled and no longer cold, 30 minutes to 1 hour.
2. Remove dough from bag; coat with flour. On lightly floured board
3. Roll or stretch out into thin round
4.Place dough on a grill grates (grill needs to be on high heat, with grates oiled before heating). Cook till bottom of dough is done, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
5. Top pizza on cooked side of dough. Don't add too much sauce.
6. Slide back onto grill grates and shut lid. Cook till bottom of pizza is cooked and cheese has melted on top, about another 3 minutes.
7. ENJOY!!!
Basic Pizza Sauce
1 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 can (28oz) crushed tomatoes
Table salt and ground pepper

Cook oil and garlic in medium saucepan over low heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, increase heat to medium, and cook until slightly thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Everyday life

So, I have been a really bad blogger lately. I guess I got caught up in everyday life. Here are some things I have been doing.
Spending time with hubby. He finally isn't working 70 hours a week.
Dealing with a crazy almost 2 year old (not to mention all his siblings).

And lots of baking. I have to keep my girlish figure don't I. Just kidding about the last part. Maybe if I stop baking such yummy things, I could get this extra 30lbs off of me. Maybe it would help if I exercised also.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Brooke And A Greasy Mess

Brooke was my step daughter in my past life. She is such a cute girl, and she has a great personality too. I haven't really seen her since her dad and I got a divorce 4 years ago. It was great to see her today. Her mom brought her over with her other siblings. We got to hang out all day. It was so much fun. I really enjoyed visiting with everyone. Garryn really took a liking to Brooke. He is such a flirt. Too bad they live in Utah or we could do it more often. Thank you Linda for bringing everyone over.

After everyone left Warren decided to break out the Bag Balm and have a party. I didn't even notice till he started blowing raspberries trying to get the Bag Balm off his tongue. He was covered from head to toe. He also got it all over my carpet. Good thing the carpet is already totally gross. We gave him a bath, but he is still really greasy and I keep hearing him spitting in his sleep. I guess he will be tasting Bag Balm for a while.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Goose Egg

Jayson and I were making our bed, and Jayson tried to get a sheet away from Warren, who slipped and hit his head on the column on our bed. When Warren started crying, my sweet husband told him " stop faking it, I know you didn't hit your head that hard". Anyway about 20 minutes later while I was sitting on the bed I noticed Warren had developed a huge goose egg on his forehead. I think Jayson felt pretty bad for dismissing his pain the way he did. The funny thing is Warren stopped crying after Jayson told him to stop faking it. I guess he isn't too young, to feel he has to be tough.

Warren hates to go to sleep, so he usually just crashes in the middle of what he is doing. He usually will fall asleep while eating since he has to sit in a chair and can't run around to distract himself. If he doesn't fall asleep while in his highchair then he will run around being supper naughty to keep his mind off the fact that he is exhausted. What a TURD!

One of Garryn and Devon, just because I think they look SO cute!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Goth Girls

Amber has been drawing these cute little girls forever. This is her newest instalment. She said this time she is drawing goth girls.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Do I Offend?

Warren wants to make sure the intense Arizona heat doesn't keep him from smelling fresh.

Monday, August 4, 2008

I love books

I just got these books in the mail last week. I can't put them down. I especially love the SEW U book. I daydream about making myself a cool new wardrobe with stuff that looks like I bought if from Anthropologie. I don't know if it will ever happen. Maybe I need to get my craft room under control first.

What are moms for?

Mean mommy is making me sweep the floor!

Aah, a pile of crumbs. Yummy!!!

Friday, August 1, 2008

This is what happens when you leave Devon in Charge

Warren went for a treasure hunt in his diaper and required a bath. It is always fun in my tub because the jets turn it into bubbles galore. Luckily the kids cleaned up before I got home. I didn't even know it happened till I saw Devon looking at the photo's.