Friday, September 28, 2012

Simple Pizza Crust

For some reason, I spent a lot of time being more than a little intimidated by the idea of making my own pizza crust. Until I finally tried it! It was so much easier than I ever anticipated, and tastes SO much better than the pre-made store bought stuff!

Simple Pizza Crust
(makes 2 pizza crusts)

2 cups warm water
2 (.25oz) packets active dry yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
5 cups flour
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons salt


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water.  Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.


Stir in flour, salt, and oil.  Beat until smooth. 




Let rest 5 minutes.



Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface.  Divide into two equal balls of dough.



Pat into a round.



Place dough round on lightly greased pizza pan or stone dusted with cornmeal.



Spread with toppings of your choice and bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.  Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Left side: veggie with roma tomato slices, mushrooms, fresh basil, and black olives.
Right side: pepperoni, black olives, mushrooms.
Pepperoni and cheese

Monday, September 24, 2012

Bzzing About COVERGIRL & Olay

Disclaimer:  I received this product and coupons free as part of the Covergirl & Olay as part of a BzzAgent Campaign.  The opinions expressed are my own.

My first days using the new COVERGIRL & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation and COVERGIRL & Olay Pressed Powder were encouraging.   


I liked the coverage.  It wasn't heavy or mask-like.  And the powder didn't feel cakey on my face.  My skin could breath.  I liked the way it made my skin look and feel.  I thought this product could finally be the answer to the dullness and blotchiness I had been experiencing over the past few years.  I was excited about the product and started spreading the word to some family and friends.

The honeymoon continued until around day 20.  That's when I began breaking out.  A lot!  My chin had so many blemishes it looked like I was going through puberty.  My forehead was also breaking out.  And I even had a few blemishes in areas I never get them. 

I was devastated.  I tried to find other explanations.  But my skin care routine had not changed and I knew it wasn't likely to be hormones due to where I was in my monthly cycle.  The only thing that had changed was the makeup. 

I stopped using the COVERGIRL & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation and COVERGIRL & Olay Pressed Powder and a week later, my skin is finally starting to clear up. 

All in all, I think it was a good product.  The coverage is good without being heavy.  And it did make my skin feel nice.  It seems my skin just isn't ready for the amount of moisturizing available in this product.




Sunday, September 23, 2012

Weekly Meal Plan: Sept. 22 - 28

The last week of the month.  The week we eat as much as possible out of the freezer meals I have created.  And the grocery bill was pretty darn impressive!! 

Saturday: Hot dogs (cookout)
Sunday: Freezer Chili
Monday: Freezer Veggie Soup
Tuesday: Freezer Gumbo
Wednesday: Pasta (freezer sauce), salad
Thursday: Homemade pizzas (freezer sauce)
Friday: TBD (grocery day)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pink Football Baby Hat

Crocheted Girlie Football Baby Hat - Pink - Size 6 months
 
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You're ready for some football. But what about the smallest fan in your home?

This adorable pink beanie will keep her warm during those cool football Friday night games, or while tailgating on game day!

Baby size - 6 months

Please note that each item is hand crafted. There will be slight variances in the appearance and exact measurements of each piece.
 

Twisted Cowl Scarf

Twisted Cowl Scarf
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Crocheted cowl scarf - with a twist!

Made of a chunky, soft yarn in lovely various shades of brown and rust. Perfect for cool autumn days, or nights.

Scarf is lightly stitched together in back to prevent shape from untwisting.
 
 
 

Crocheted Baby Candy Corn Hat

Top off your little Halloween sweetie with this hand crocheted candy corn hat!

Crocheted Candy Corn Baby Hat: Size 6 Months
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The perfect accessory for the Halloween season. This hat could be combined with orange and yellow sweat suit or other clothing for a simple costume to wear to a fall/harvest festival or trick or treating with the big kids!

Available in baby size - 6 months, 9 to 12 months

Please note that each item is hand crafted. There will be slight variances in the appearance and exact measurements of each piece.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Weekly Meal Plan

Meal Plan for the Week of September 15 - September 21

  • Saturday: Pizza
  • Sunday: Hamburgers
  • Monday: Breakfast
  • Tuesday: Loaded Stuffed Baked Potatoes
  • Wednesday: Homemade veggie soup (enough to freeze for another meal)
  • Thursday: Pasta (make enough sauce to freeze for another meal)
  • Friday: TBD (grocery day)

Monday, September 10, 2012

I'm Freezing In Here!

I'm finally doing it.  I'm going to attempt making some of the dinners I prepare in larger batches and freezing enough for future meals.  I might even try freezer some smaller quanities for the Man of the House to take as lunches.

The first trial run was yesterday with gumbo.  I made up a huge batch of yummy gumbo. 

3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, browned
3 lbs smoked sausage
3 lbs cut okra
6 cans diced tomatoes
3 teaspoons thyme
3 teaspoons basil
2 -3 teaspoons garlic powder
Crole seasoning to taste

Combine all ingredients in large stock pot.  Bring to a slow boil.  Reduce heat to low.  Simmer for 2 to 3 hours. 

I had enough for dinner, and leftovers to fill 2 gallon size freezer bags for the future.  Plus enough leftovers for lunch today!

Next up... chili!  Stay tuned!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Getting A Handle

What's wrong with this picture?

Look closely...

Yes, you are looking at two - TWO! - 1 cup measuring cups without handles.

Why?  Why do the handles keep breaking off?  Why is it always the 1 cup size?  Not the 1/4 cup.  Not the 1/3 cup.  Always the 1 cup! 

I could blame it on quality with the black cup.  It's part of one of those cheapo sets where you get the cups and the spoons for about a dollar.  But the white one is part of my nice KitchenAid set!  What is THAT about? 

And now since (for whatever reason) my family can not seem to keep a 1 cup measuring cup with a handle on it, I have a new dilemma to ponder:  Do I just keep buying inexpensive sets - knowing full good and well that the handle is going to snap off?  Or do I risk purchasing another more expensive set and worry that the handle will break off this one also?

For now... I think I will just be handle-less.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Homemade Dishwasher Powder

The move to homemade, non-commercial cleaning products continues.  This is another one I was putting off, but when I finally ran out of the gargantuan box of the brand name stuff I had been using I knew the time was right. 

Homemade Dish Washer Powder
  • 1 box Borax (76oz or 4lb 12oz)
  • 1 box Arm & Hammer laundry soda (55oz) note: this is NOT baking soda!
  • 24 packages unsweetened lemonade mix (like Koolaid)
  • 3 cups epsom salt
  • 1 canister Lemi-Shine rinse aid


Mix all ingredients together in large air tight container.

Add 1 tablespoon per load.



 I don't know if it's just me, or what - but this tends to want to cake up once it sits overnight.  But a wooden spoon breaks it up nicely and I've had no trouble at all with it dissolving in the dishwasher.



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Cheesey Good Deal

I love to brag when I get a good deal.  Especially when that deal is the result of a good sale and a good coupon combination.  This is one of those times.

12 pack of cheese sticks, usual price: $4.68, $.39 per cheese stick.

Store Buy1Get1 sale making them two for $4.68 or  $2.34 each

Manufacturer's Coupon for $3.00 off two.  This brings the price to $1.68 for two bags.

OR:  $.84 a bag!!! $.07 per cheese stick!

Yes - I had 4 of the coupons and I stocked up! 

$6.72 for 8 bags of cheese sticks! 

The male offspring likes to pack them in lunches and they make great grab-and-go snacks.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

A Week Of Meals - September 1st Edition

My mind is still reeling around the fact that it is now September.  Wow!  This year is just flying past, isn't it?

Saturday: Hot dogs and chili cheese fries
Sunday: Crock pot Tacos
Monday: Breakfast
Tuesday: Pasta and salad
Wednesday: Meatball subs
Thursday: BBQ chicken, coleslaw, potatoes
Friday: TBD (grocery day)
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