Friday, June 21, 2013

I love where I live.

Happy Mother's Day


She is a princess trapped in an american little girls body. She is going to be fun growing up. guess who choose today's outfit, not her parents that is for sure.


He can tie his own shoes and he just turned five. Kindergarten is just months away. What is this mommy supposed to do?

Your growing up baby, please be a good boy.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Pizza Balls

Now my new favorite way to eat Pizza, I give you the Pizza Ball recipe.  My disclaimer is that you can make them any which way you want. How do you like your pizza? That is how you can make it. They are ultimately calzons, just so there is no confusions, but in the end, still pizza and very tasty.

Here is the dough that I used to keep it healthy. This is a whole wheat recipe. Makes about 9 depending on how thick each ball is rolled flat.

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
 Directions for dough
  1. In a small bowl, combine yeast, water and 1 tsp sugar. Let sit for five minutes.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 2 cups flour, salt and remaining sugar. Make a well in the center and add yeast mixture and olive oil.
  3. Stir using the paddle attachment or a spoon until the dough just comes together, then knead, either by hand or in a stand mixer fixed with the dough hook, for about 5 minutes (3-4 minutes if using stand mixer). Add remaining flour in 1 tbsp increments just until dough pulls away from sides of the bowl or is no longer sticky.
  4. Shape dough into a ball, place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with lightly greased plastic wrap to rise until doubled, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. Punch down risen dough, shape into a ball and place on a lightly floured pizza stone. Roll out into a circle of desired crust thickness and let rest about 10 minutes (at this time you can put on your desired toppings).
  6. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
I get enough dough to be rolled in about a 6 to 8 in circle. Because this is whole wheat, I like to roll the dough pretty thin, as it seems to rise when cooked.
After you have your circle, you can add the toppings of choice, then take the edges and bring them to the center and pinch them together.
After they are all closed up, place them on a cooking try so pinched edges are down, spinkle some Italian Seasoning on the top.
Place pizza in oven and bake about 10-15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Once out of the oven, put butter on to keep the crust soft.
Once cooled, enjoy.

Friday, June 07, 2013

Piano recital

Kman had his first piano recital. We had a little trouble getting him to practice. I think he was super nervous about performing. He was the youngest performer and he did good. I cannot believe how big he is getting. He is stubborn as his father, but hopefully he will use that for good one day.

Moonlight 5

It has been my goal to run a 5K for a long time. I am not a runner but I've always wanted to, it seems like such an easy way to stay in shape. I have been training really hard this yer and have completed several 5k's. My good friend Amber asked if I would run a 5 mile run which is more than I have ever ran. I finally agreed at the last minute and we ran the whole thing. I'm very proud of this accomplishment. It's amazing what you can do when you put a little will power behind it.


The garden is blooming this year. So much that we can't keep up on the peas. Can't wait for tomatoes. Yummy.

This cat. ..

Is Jared's third baby
Gets more manicures that me
Cuddles with daddy more than any other member of he family
Sleeps on top of Jared
Wants to be an outdoor cat, desperately
Is super soft
Waits til the kids are asleep to come out of hiding
Drinks out of the toilet
Is totally spoiled

Needless to say, we don't se eye to eye.

Goose egg

Kman fell off of his skateboard in the kitchen and immediately this goose egg showed up. I was a little worried that he had a concussion, but it did not take him Long to go back to his normal self. Poor buddy.

A little sunshine and a dash of joy.

It's days like this one that make all the rest of the days worth it.