So I turned 31 today. My hubby has been in England for 2 weeks. My kids drove me nuts today. We went on a 1 1/2 hr walk/lunch deal and took 4 hrs…
I made myself an almond cake with rum and almond flavored icing.
Last week, I had a gathering for done friends and had shrimp…(which I can have when hubby is around)….

Today, was not my best birthday ever… But I do realize how fortunate I am to have my wonderful husband, heathen children and a really blessed life.
Life is good….



Pizza crust

I love the above recipe!!!
Note however that the dough comes out very sticky. I usually handle with olive oiled hands….
Oh and I sub 1 cup of all purpose flour with whole wheat flour.

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water, and let sit for 10 minutes.
Stir the salt and oil into the yeast solution. Mix in 2 1/2 cups of the flour.
Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and knead in more flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Place the dough into a well oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise until double; this should take about 1 hour. Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out. Use for your favorite pizza recipe.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). If you are baking the dough on a pizza stone, you may place your toppings on the dough, and bake immediately. If you are baking your pizza in a pan, lightly oil the pan, and let the dough rise for 15 or 20 minutes before topping and baking it.
Bake pizza in preheated oven, until the cheese and crust are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Peer pressure quote

When people get immersed in a culture with strong new memes, it tends to be a sink-or-swim proposition. Either you change your mind, succumbing to peer pressure and adopting the new memes as your own, or you struggle with the extremely uncomfortable feeling of being surrounded by people who think you’re crazy or inadequate. The fact that you probably think the same about them is little consolation.

RICHARD BRODIE, Virus of the Mind


Are you mom enough?

I admit I have not nor will I read the article but I’ve read the controversy surrounding it.,16641,20120521,00.html

While the Time cover is certainly provocative, it’s also somewhat misleading, as the article focuses largely on the life of attachment parenting guru William Sears and the impetus for his 1992 “The Baby Book” book, which has sold 1.5 million copies and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The Orange County, Calif., pediatrician believes children are more likely to thrive both physically and emotionally when reared in a child-centered environment that includes breast-feeding long past the first year and sharing a family bed.






Bread machine experiment

today, I used this recipe again:

“ recipe:
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 (.25 ounce) package bread machine yeast (I usually do 2 tsp of reg bread yeast)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt”

BUT: I altered it…. I did not preprep the yeast. I used 2 3/4 cups of all purpose flour, 1tsp of cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 packages of Quaker apple cinnamon instant oatmeal, 1 3/4 tsp of yeast and 1 1/4 tsp of salt, 1/3 cup of coconut oil, the rest of the recipe is the same as the link above….

I ran the mix through the bread machine twice (the first tine through it had an hr and 43 mins left but i reset it and allowed it to rise and cook on rapid bake the second time)

It was divine. Light and still fluffy, tasting and smelling slightly of apple.

(my measurement are approximate not exact)

Update: today 5/16/12:
I used the original recipe without prepping the yeast….
Added 1 1/2 tsp dried diced onions, 2 tsp garlic powder, 3 small sprigs of rosemary (bruised the leaves)…
Needed more garlic and rosemary but it was delicious…

$4 bread machine

I’ve been busy baking! I found a $4 used bread machine at a thrift shop…. It’s wonderful! Now I just need to find the best recipe for my taste buds…. I’ve baked 4 different loaves…. I need to find a less dense recipe…..

So far this is the best recipe… I don’t prep the yeast though first as I’m too afraid of over flow….
I’ve cooked it in the oven (yeast ore-prepped” and in the bread machine using the standard operating procedure of yeast in the. Read machine.
Both ways came out yummy…
Both ways I put slices of salted butter on top pre- bake after rise….