Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I have been wanted to make pizza on the grill for a long time now...not sure why it has taken me this long to finally get around to it. I bit the bullet earlier this week, and I loved the results! It couldn't be simpler, really, and I didn't have to heat up my kitchen by running the oven, so I think I may just be grilling pizza through the summer.
The first thing I did was make a batch of my favorite pizza dough in my bread machine. Once the cycle was complete, I removed the dough and divided it into 4 pieces. Next, I took two cookie sheets and brushed them with oil. I rolled each piece of dough into a rough oval shape, and placed two ovals on each sheet. Then, I brushed the top of each oval with oil. Next, I heated the grill to medium. When that was ready, I placed all of the dough on the grill and closed the lid. Let them grill for 3-4 minutes, until the bottoms are set and you have some nice grill lines. Remove from the grill with a spatula or tongs, and place, grilled side up, back on the cookie sheets. Take them back into the house (leave the grill on!) and add your toppings. For our pizzas, I did the standard sauce and cheese for the little guys, and used ricotta, sun dried tomatoes, asparagus, and scallions for Steve and myself (before I grilled the dough, I tossed the asparagus, scallions, and sun dried tomatoes with a tablespoon of oil, salt and pepper, and sauteed them in a pan for a few minutes). Once your toppings are in place, head back out to the grill and carefully place each pizza back on the grill, close the lid, and cook for about 5 minutes until done.
The result? Delicious little pizzas with a fresh, summer-y flavor....and a nice, cool kitchen to boot!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
You may recall that I was a little under the weather the last time I wrote - - I declare that I am officially done being sick, after feeling like complete crud for nearly three weeks. I've never had a sinus infection quite like that - - I think I was close to removing my own sinuses with a skewer. It is very hard to mother when you just want to be in the fetal position all day, so I am happy to be back to normal.
I'll fill you in on our last two weeks with some quick and easy bullet points:
- As mentioned before, Steve's folks, Bev and Dev, were here May 14-26th. They'll be heading back out this way in September with their camper, and will be here until mid-November, so we are looking forward to that.
- Rex turned 40 (the reason for Bev & Dev's visit!).
- Banzer turned 3! We had a great time celebrating at Rod & Candy's house, and the weather was perfect. I don't know that I have ever seen a little boy as excited about his birthday before.
- I planned and executed a picnic for three kindergarten classes at Camden's school, and it went off without a hitch. Luckily, I had two great moms helping me pull it all together. The kids played games and then enjoyed lunch with their families.
(that's Camden, on top of the parachute)Camden made sure to take time out of his hectic picnic schedule, to charm the ladies. I promptly told this Little Miss to get her mitts off my Sweet Baby Boy. Okay, not really. But I wanted to.
- The boys got tons of mileage out of the Lone Ranger masks they got at their cousin's birthday party.
The Super Ranger Brothers
- At long last, the Titanic arrived with Grampa. My father-in-law has been making a beautiful wooden model of the Titanic for Camden for months, and I can't begin to tell you the anticipation that built for Camden. I do believe the poor boy broke down in tears they day before they arrived, because he didn't think he could "wait one more hour" for it to get here. Thankfully, he survived the wait, and Titanic hasn't been out of his sight since.
Camden even got special permission to take his Grampa and Titanic to school for Show & Tell. Both were a big hit.
Today we eased back into our regular routine, and I've been getting caught up on some of the chores I've let slide over the past few days. Only two days left of school, and then I get my big boy for the summer! We have a special surprise planned for Camden this weekend, so stay tuned for that.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
That says, "Camden's famous apple soup" (so says Camden), followed by a scary-looking serrated knife, an apple, apple slices, a chicken drumstick, pieces of chicken, a measuring cup and some unknown liquid, and then some bread.
I supervised the slicing, but he was pretty insistent that I let him do all of this himself. When I was certain he wasn't going to cut one of his fingers off, I went to my room and got in bed, per Camden's orders.He promptly delivered to me a bowl of apple slices and chicken, floating in water, accompanied by a very stale heel of bread. He was so proud of himself, and I ate all of my lunch (with a little help from Riley, when Camden wasn't looking!). To top it all off, my sweet boy told me, "Mummy, you take care of me when I'm sick, so I can take care of you when you are sick." Gosh, I love that little boy.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Camden: "Mummy, did you go to school?"
Me: "When?" (not exactly sure what Camden was referring to)
Me: "Of course I did, Camden....why do you ask?"
Camden: "Well.....it just seems like I know about a lot more stuff than you do."
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
This suitcase lives in my cleaning closet, and the boys know that whenever it rains, they can get it out. In fact, when Griffin woke up at the crack of dawn yesterday and heard the rain coming down, the first thing out of his mouth was, "I'm getting the Rainy Day Suitcase!" The suitcase was purchased at a yard sale for $1.00. I gave it a good cleaning, and then got out my paint pens and jazzed it up a bit.
The inside is filled with mostly things that I've found at thrift stores - dominoes, lacing cards, coloring books, VHS movies (yes, that is a Mary Kate & Ashley movie that you see in there...we don't discriminate in this household!). Oddly enough, the most popular item seems to be the zip lock bag full of pipe cleaners. Who knew. From start to finish, this project probably cost all of $10.00 to pull together. I switch items out from time to time to keep things interesting. What I can tell you is, this little suitcase is worth its weight in gold -- the boys love it, and it keeps us from getting nutty when we find ourselves trapped indoors for days on end.
Friday, May 01, 2009
I don't often bake white bread, but I tried this recipe yesterday, and it produced a lovely loaf of bread with perfect texture. I'm pretty sure I'll be adding it to my regular rotation of breads. I saw the recipe on The Motherload, but it originally comes from Dine & Dish.