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Our Favorite Pizza Crust & Easy Pizza Sauce

After 4 years of posting recipes from our table there are still a few "regulars" that I've neglected to type up.  We make pizza a few times a month and it's very much a team effort.  I prep the dough and toppings, hubby tosses the crust, I decorate, he perfectly slides the completed pies off the peel into the eyebrow-toasting oven.  I do all right with the peel, but I am terrified of throwing the dough in the air...it takes a deftness of hand I'm uncertain I possess.  And it's dinner at stake, after all.


We're a little picky about our pizza.  In our nearly 8 years of marriage, we've ordered out only once and regretted it fairly quickly (I was pregnant, I had a craving, it was better in my head).  Nothing holds a candle to homemade, and one of the beautiful things about making your own pizza is the ability to customize so everyone can enjoy their favorite toppings.  We typically top with mozzarella and Parmesan, caramelized onions, ground beef, and bro…

My Unexpected Love for Cloth Diapers

I like to write about things I am very interested in and excited about.  Presently, I'm pretty excited about cloth diapers. 


We've been full time cloth diapering for several weeks now and I like it a lot more than I ever expected to.  In fact, I feel pretty stupid for not switching sooner.  I know it will change some when we introduce solid foods, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.  Right now, I'm just thrilled at how easy it is, how cute and colorful everything is, how much less garbage I have to walk out of the house every day, and that I got to cancel all my Amazon diaper subscriptions.

Shortly before making the switch to cloth I saw this image in a Facebook community.  It's from a display at The Giggling Green Bean, via DirtyDiaperLaundry.



I wouldn't call myself a tree-hugger, though I do believe it's our responsibility to steward God's creation well.  But this image made me feel a little sick, and it's just an illustration of one …

Soft Pretzels

I had completely forgotten about this recipe until my sister-in-law requested the directions for these tasty treats.  So, from the archives of our old family blog, I bring you a super fun and delicious project to tackle with your kids, if you have them, or to make yourself for the sheer satisfaction of being able to recreate this mall and boardwalk staple at home.  I don't remember where I found this recipe originally, but it's a good one.  These images are from our old kitchen that I pictured a few posts back.  Notice I'm hanging off the workspace with my bread board. :-)







Soft Pretzels

Ingredients:

1 1/8 tsp. yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water (115 degrees)
2 T. brown sugar
1 1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup bread flour*
3 cups AP flour*

2 T. baking soda dissolved in 2 cups warm water

melted butter
coarse salt
cinnamon sugar mixture

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Into the 1 1/2 cups warm water add the yeast, brown sugar, and salt. Stir to dissolve and proof, covered with a towel, for a few min…

How Our Garden Grows (Early August 2013 ed.)

It's a beautiful, cool, peaceful morning.  Fall is in the air, and I'm almost ready for it.  I've had a productive past week.  Switched to full time cloth diapering of one kiddo, full time potty training of another.  Homeschool paperwork is done and all my curriculum has arrived.  Next up is making copies and lesson planning.  I should really do some meal planning too.  I've been feeling a little brain dead by dinner time and have been unmotivated and late with our meals...anyone else find that dinner time becomes a lot later in the summer?  It's kind of nice to be at a more relaxed pace, but it pushes back bedtimes and that ain't gonna fly when school starts.