Feed Zone Pizza Dough

booksTonight’s menu was a BBQ Chicken Pizza I whipped up with homemade pizza dough. I got the recipe from The Feed Zone Cookbook and I would say its pretty darn good.

You should give it a shot!

Prep time 15 mins 1 hour to rise

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup warm tap water
  • 1 package (1 scant tablespoon) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting surface divided
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil divided
  • 1 teaspoon course salt

Directions: I used a mixer for this, you can do it by hand too.

  1. In a large bowl combine water, yeast, and sugar. Gently mix and set aside for 5 minutes or until the mixture is foamy. I did this in my big standing mixer bowl but used a wooden spoon to mix it up
  2. After foamy, mix in 2 1/2 cups of flour, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and salt. the dough will be sticky once mixed. I used the kneading tool to mix it all up.
  3. transfer the sticky dough to a floured surface and knead. While kneading add the remainder 1/2 cup of flour in little amounts to the dough. Once you have a consistent, non-sticky, elastic ball your good to move on.
  4. Coat another large bowl with the remaining olive oil (1 tablespoon). Place the dough in the bowl and roll it around to coat it with the olive oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise for 1 hour in a warm place. If you don’t have time to let it rise because the little is tugging at your side wanting dinner, you can roll out the dough and follow the next steps. It will be more of a cracker consistency but is still good.
  5. Divide the dough into 2 balls. Use one now if you think 8 slices will be enough and place the second one in a airtight container or freezer bag and freeze it for another day. When your ready to use the frozen one just let it thaw at room temperature and proceed with the following directions.
  6. Place the dough on a floured surface and use a rolling pin or a wine bottle to roll out the dough. Add flour as needed, flip it once or twice, and continue stretching from the center outward.
  7. transfer dough to pizza stone or pan dusted with cornmeal (optional), top with your fav toppings and bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until the crust is a light golden brown underneath.

Makes 2 thin 10 inch crusts.

Dig in!!!

10 reasons Mini Vans don’t get the credit they deserve

image(8)While on my work extravaganza we went ahead and rented a Mini Van.

I mean… Why not?!?!

Now I see why you may want to rock a mini van.

1. Hands free…They have 2 sliding doors and a back door that open with a push of a button on your key ring.

2. Half way to a convertible… The GIANT windows in back roll down.

3. Short bus capacity… they hold a large amount of people

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4. Easy going… they drive like a car and have the size of an SUV.

5. Personal temperature… the air condition/heater works through out the car.

6. Dine in… Every seat has its own drink Holder.

7. Party bus status… Holds 50 balloons.

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8. no horse and buggy needed… seats come out and you can fit the horse and buggy right in.

9. Tailgating perfection… back door adds as a awning.

10. It gets you where you need to go.

Drive on all you mini van drivers…Drive on!

~S~

Smoothies to get your grove back

This one goes out to friend of mine who just had a baby and wants to get her groove back.

BEGINNER’S LUCK WITH TOPS
1 1/2 cups spinach
2 carrots, include leaf tops
2 cups water
1 banana
1 cup mango
1 cup pineapple, frozen

PEACH COCONUT DREAM
2 cups spinach, fresh
1 cup coconut water
2 cups Grapes, freeze overnight
1 peach
POMEGRANATE CITRUS PUNCH
2 cups spinach, fresh
1 cup orange juice, squeezed
1 cup water
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1 banana
2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
serve over ice
STRAWBERRY-BASIL ‘N CREAM
— serves 2 —
1 ½ cups romaine, fresh
½ cup basil, fresh
2 cups coconut milk, unsweetened
1 cup strawberries
3 bananas
Note~ I add extra banana or 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt if it needs sweetened.
Thank you Simple green smoothies for the recipes!

Rock Jar Wonders

First off I want to thank my boss and his wife Shannon for this great idea.

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We have a 3 year old and are teaching him the concept of going the extra mile of doing something nice. I’m sure you mamas know what a struggle this can be. We recognize him for things like helping me bring in the groceries, doing little chores, cleaning his room, being patient when we are running errands, etc. Check out the steps below for this great idea.Gather your supplies:

Gather your supplies:

  • chalkboard paint
  • 2 jars, a bag of rocks/gems/marbles/army guys/whatev
  • paint brush or and paint sponge
  • really fine sand paper
  • painting tape (optional)
  • chalk
  1. Take your jars and tape off your design or free hand it if your that good. (BTW the paint might leak under the tape so pay attention to that, I have a solution to get it off at the bottom)
  2. Rub your sand paper on the area you want to paint so the paint gets a better grip.
  3. Go ahead and paint the area. I used a brush and a spong to make it as smooth as possible. I recommend you do 3-5 coats.
  4. Once paint drys peel off the tape and… walla! If your paint leaked under the tape use a Q-tip dipped in fingernail polish to get the paint off.
  5. Fill your jar with the “Rocks” of choice and write whatever you want on the painted area.

How it works:

Every time your little does something nice or whatever it is you are rewarding them for they get to put a rock” into the “empty” jar. I write on the empty jar a tally of how many we put in so that sneaky little fingers don’t add extras. Once they reach 10, 15, or event the full jar they get to do something fun or get something they want. At any time they are naughty or acting up I take a rock out and adjust the Talley. We have taught Holden the rules and let him put rocks in and out that way he takes ownership of his actions.

Good luck, I hope it works for you.

Chow

~S~