After getting all excited about my gardening, the budding of trees and the blooming of crocuses, then the foretasted "few flurries" turned into THIS!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I personally love my bread machine. It makes life so much easier and fresher. I rarely ever finish the bread in the machine, but it really cuts down on the elbow grease needed for making your own breads. But you can also do this dough in your stand mixer or even by hand. You may never want to go back to your local pizzaria once you have done this for yourself!
To make a 12" pizza or two 6" pizzas:
5/8 cup of water
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 cups unbleached white bread flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp rapid-rise yeast
To make 2 12" pizzas or 4 6" pizzas:
1 1/4 cups water
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 cups unbleached white bread flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp granulated sugar
1tsp rapid-rise yeast
Place the water and olive oil first into the bread machine. Sprinkle the flour on top to cover water and oil. Then make three wells in the flour. In one corner place the salt, in the opposite corner place the sugar, and in the middle place the yeast. (I prefer putting the yeast in this way rather than the yeast dispenser on my machine). Program your machine to the dough setting. Check to make sure that everything is mixing and make sure that you may need some more water if the dough looks dry or four if it looks too wet. As Alton Brown says in Good Eats, it's really best to weigh ingredients especially flour. But I never tend to do so myself.
To make life easy, feel free to buy pizza sauce. I still haven't decided on which recipe that I like best for this. But I will probably have one by tomato season. To avoid a soggy crust in the middle spread a little olive oil onto the dough before the sauce.
For toppings you can do anything your heart desires! We had pepperoni, mushrooms, red, green and yellow peppers, spinach, and cheese on hand. I also love taking seasonings like an herb and garlic seasoning mix to sprinkle on top as well as some parmesan cheese onto the crust.
Then you can enjoy!!!
Posted by Brigitte Klotzek-Obringer at 2:49 PM
Monday, March 21, 2011
|This weekend's prep work|
You two can have a beautiful and productive garden! If you live in apartment or condo with no backyard start a windowsill herb garden. They can be so simple and so great to add to your everyday food. If you just have a small yard there are still some great ways to have beautiful landscaping and making it work for you. There are a number of veggies and fruits that can add great color and texture. Asparagus pops up in the spring to pick and then has some beautiful ferns that are great for cutting with flowers or a great backdrop for some beautiful flowers like black-eyed susans and daisies! You can use strawberries as edging since they stay low and have some beautiful white flowers. Nasturtium have gorgeous flowers and leaves that are great in salads. Chives can grow just about anywhere, you can use both the sprouts and the beautiful purple flowers in cooking. Swiss chard with the colorful stems, colorful salad leaves, cabbage, and kales can all be used as landscaping and later harvested to cook with. As with everything, be CREATIVE! I will be adding pictures throughout the season of the garden and how to build your own raised beds. Plus we will add recipes on what to do with everything. I thought that I would need to plant more than one zucchini plant the first year! Talking about waaay too much zucchini!!
|A variety of salad goodies|
|and it keeps coming and coming|
I will also be creating some great printables devoted to gardening. So look out for those as well!
In the meantime get those peas, green beans, and spinach in the ground!! Spring is finally here!!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Once again, where I grew up St. Patrick's Day was quite the big deal. Don't be caught without at least a little bit of green on you or you would be surely pinched!! I have added the Pot-O-Gold basket to my Etsy Shop. This was a fun little project that I think will be fun for all of the parties over the next few days! Also, I have added a new FREE printable to my Fun Projects section of my website! Four Leaf Clover Glasses!! Haha! We have had so much fun with them. We were at the store and my daughter pointed a pair out. "Can I get one pleeaase?", "No sweetie." "Can we make some pleeaasee?" LOL, what can I say, she really knows me! Granted she also called the greeter at the front door a pirate due to having an eye patch...oy!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Posted by Brigitte Klotzek-Obringer at 12:28 AM
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Happy Mardi Gras! With my mother being from Trinidad and Tobago, Carnival has been a really fun part of my life! (I would love to post some of the amazing costumes that my mother used to wear back in the day, but I think she may kill me if I did.) Plus, I grew up in Michigan where we had a some of the best celebrations for Fat Tuesday of which we all ate the thousand calorie super fattening doughnut-like globs of deliciousness Packzis!! (pronounced Punch-keys)
|ANDRE J. JACKSON/DFP|
Click here for the Fun Free Printable Project!
Treasuries for Mardi Gras!
I was so excited to be part of Etsy Finds Newsletter today for Fat Tuesday!
Pondhopper's March 8
JulieMeyer Mardi Gras Party Down
Trendlightly Mardi Gras Let's Party
VintageNewWorld Laisses les bons temps rouler
ChoochMagooz Viva La Fiesta...Carnivale!
Monday, March 7, 2011
What a crazy week! We are all still smiling and having a great time. So far so good with this week! I am in a super productive mood (this time without the destroying urge) so I think that we shall be good! I hope that you are all having a great day and that this week will be great for you!