Friday, March 30, 2012

Family Fun Pizza

My family has pizza night on Friday nights. It is actually called "Movie and Pizza Night" because we watch a movie as a family and have a different routine for dinner. We are very informal and set the table in our family room and watch our movie. Today we watched National Treasure. The kids look forward to Fridays all week long.
Out favorite pizza dough is actually made in the bread machine. I tried different recipes, but this one never fails us, and I love it because I just toss everything in the machine and do not have to do all the work!
I have a Sunbeam bread machine, and I follow the order of the manufacturer for the dry and wet ingredients.
This recipes makes 2 very large pizzas. I make one large for me and my husband, and two individual ones for the kids.
You will need:

  • All purpose unbleached flour, 4 and 1/2 cups
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 2 T of sugar
  • 5 tsp of bread machine yeast
  • 4T of olive oil
  • 1 1/3 cups of warm water
1. Mix the water, oil and sugar in the machine bowl
2. Then add the flour and the salt and mix slowly
3. Make a hole in the center and add the yeast. Make sure it does not touch the liquid.

4. Put bowl in machine, close lid and set your machine to dough cycle. Mine is number 8. Press Start
5. After it beeps (about an hour and 30 minutes) you will find this:
6. Take it out, deflate and let rest in a floured surface for about 10 minutes
After that, the dough should be elastic like this:
7. Cut dough in half. I also cut one of the halves into quarters, because I make two small pizzas for the kiddos. You can start rolling your dough. I use my hands, I really want them to look homemade
8. Put in pizza pans, shape like a circle. Red Ranger wanted his to look like a bear:
9. Preheat oven to 450. You do not need to let rise, but I do. Mine were rising for about 35 minutes, and they looked like this:
10. Put your sauce and toppings and bake @ 450 for 18-20 minutes. Make sure the last minutes you take the pizza off the pan and put it in the middle rack. Mr. Lewis likes cheese, Red Ranger likes pepperoni, and me and my husband here had a pepper, pepperoni and olive.
The kids approve!

March in a Snap

In the month of March we:

 Celebrated Dr. Seuss day
 We ate green eggs and ham, Sam I am...
Mr. Lewis and I always make Saturday morning breakfast together, he makes delicious pancakes, I'll give you my recipe soon!
 Dad and Mr. Lewis worked hard in his Pinewood Derby car!
 We enjoyed great weather and ate hot dogs and smores on the fire!

 We went on walks, bike rides and scooter rides
 Princess LB became obsessed with shoes! She even learned the word! A friend of ours gave us this play shoes and she can't have enough of them!
 Red Ranger enjoyed mowing the lawn
 The boys and Dad went to a Hockey game...
 Mr Lewis had his Pinewood Derby
 He won the "Coolest Car" award!
 oh man! We are super busy! I feel soooooooooooooooooo tired!

Love her!

"Moms don't work"

For all of you, my friends that are mothers:
Have you ever  been asked this question: What do you do all day? Well I can show you in pictures, actually.
On Monday I was sick, and of course nothing was done, including food. So my kids ate crackers and cereal. The only ting I did was change diapers.
And, my house looked like this:

No food, nothing clean, no clean clothes to wear, no groceries were shopped for, no books were read, no playtime, no mail sent, and a lot of TV watched that day.
So if you think stay at homes moms "do not work," think twice!

Meet Mitt!

This is the first time that I shook hands with a Presidential candidate! He was going to be in town so we decided to go meet him! He was very nice, and my family and I got to shake his hand!

 Mother-in-law and Sister-in-law

That black haired head there is me!!! Go Mitt!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

For the Soul Sundays

"Don't save something for a special occasion. Every day of 

your life is a special occasion."

Thomas S. Monson

February in a snap...

 Mr. Lewis (my son) was King of the day for getting really good grades at school!! In this day, he gets to pick what food to eat, a place to go and he is excused from chores! He picked to eat French Toast for breakfast, and Red Robin for dinner!
 Red Ranger (aka my 2nd son) made his first wooden car!
 Princess L.B helped around the house...

And she also made a mess!!

Red Ranger baked cookies for a play date at our house!

 Here is his friend B. (she says she will marry him)

Mr. Lewis earned his Bobcat in Cub Scouts! 

 Mr. Family fun turned 33!

Princess LB has a new friend, Dolly and they are inseparable
We enjoyed the last snow days of the season

and the boys, well, they are just being boys!!

Rainy days at our house= gigantic mess!!
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