My parents bought me a Cuisinart Food Processor for Christmas (more than a year ago) and I finally got around to trying it out. (Add two things to the 100 Days of Failure page!) The main reason I asked for the food processor was to try the pizza dough recipe in Amy Dacyczyn’s The Complete Tightwad Gazette. We like pizza and I wanted to find a good and quick dough recipe.
I love it!
The recipe is basic and easy. I top it with our family favorites – Muir Glen Organic Pizza Sauce, pepperoni, green olives and mozzarella. YUM. It even received the “Caroline Seal of Approval” which is no small feat!
So here is the recipe, slightly adapted by me.
1/2 to 3/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
1 Tbsp (or package) of dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
2 cups flour
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
Combine 1/4 cup warm water, yeast and sugar. Wisk briefly to dissolve the yeast. Let stand about five minutes until bubbly.
Place flour, salt and olive oil in food processor. Process for 5 seconds with steel blade.
Add yeast mixture to the food processor and blend for 10 seconds.
With processor on, slowly add the remaining warm water through the feed tube. Add until the dough forms a ball and the sides of the bowl become clean. Continue processing until the ball goes around approximately 25 times.
Turn dough ball onto a greased pizza pan. Cover with a bowl and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
Spread dough on pizza pan. Add sauce and toppings.
Bake at 425 degrees for 13-20 minutes. Pizza is done when crust is lightly golden and cheese is melted.
Butterscotch Spoondoodles are incredibly easy to make if you need a quick treat to take somewhere. They are more like candy than a cookie with the sweetness of the butterscotch morsels and honey. Enjoy!
1 3-ounce can of chow mein noodles
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
6 ounces butterscotch morsels
Combine noodles and nuts in mixing bowl.
Combine honey, sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt in saucepan. Bring to a full boil over moderate heat, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat; add butterscotch morsels. Stir until melted and smooth. Pour over noodles and nuts.
Working quickly, mix gently until coated. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper on baking sheet.
Let stand until set or chill until firm. Store in refrigerator.
Makes approximately 32.
My mom made this for us the last time we visited. YUM. If you like lemon, you will love this.
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp grated lemon peel
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 and 1/2 cups flour
1 (10 oz.) jar lemon curd
1 cup confectioners powdered sugar
5-6 tsp lemon juice
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 baking pan with shortening.
Beat sugar, butter, lemon peel, baking powder, vanilla and eggs in a large bowl with electric mixer on low speed, scraping bowl constantly, until blended. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally (mixture will look curdled). Stir in flour.
Spread in pan. Spoon lemon curd by rounded measuring teaspoonfuls about 3/4 inch apart onto batter.
Bake 23 to 26 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 15 minutes.
Combine powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth and thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle over warm coffee cake. Serve warm or cool.
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Last night as I was about to go to bed, I realized I had a package of boneless chicken breasts that was dated that day. (These things happen when you’ve been high on cough drops all week.) I decided to just quickly clean them and throw them in the crockpot overnight to make shredded chicken. I will use the shredded chicken in quesadillas, enchiladas, tortilla soup, etc. I looked online for inspiration and came up with this concoction.
6 boneless chicken breasts
1 cup Pace picante sauce
2-3 TBSP of homemade taco seasoning mix
1 cup water
Salt to taste*
Put chicken breasts in crockpot. Sprinkle the taco seasoning and salt on the chicken breasts. Pour in water and top off with picante sauce.
Cook on low overnight or for eight hours. Remove to jelly roll pan and begin pulling apart. Allow to cool slightly and then finish shredding.
*If you don’t make homemade taco seasoning, you can use store bought packages. You could then eliminate the salt. I added salt because my seasoning mix doesn’t have salt.
I saw a similar recipe online and decided to come up with my own combo. Her version also had fresh garlic, but I wasn’t in the mood for garlic so I omitted it. This was super easy and tasted great! (I also added it to my 100 Days of Failure. Good for me!)
I only have the before picture so you’ll have to imagine the after!
1 roaster chicken, cleaned and rinsed
large sprig of fresh rosemary, broken into several pieces
2 lemons, sliced
1/2 cup water
freshly ground sea salt
freshly ground pepper
Put the chicken in the slow cooker and add water to pot. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Push lemon slices and rosemary under the skin and into the cavity. Lay additional lemon slices and rosemary on top of the chicken.
Cook on high approximately four hours or until timer pops up.
Yes, we are spending a cozy Sunday with our fireplace! Yes, we got it fixed and are so thankful. After getting the run around from a number of places we called who obviously did not want to help us, we called a local man who does chimneys and such. We called Friday evening and he was here Saturday afternoon. Thoroughly inspected our fireplace and chimney, pronounced them like new (no fires ever burned in this fireplace – just gas), and capped off our gas line. Total? $95.00 Yes, less than a hundred dollars as opposed to the $1k that the fireplace companies wanted to set us up with a new gas log system.
So we’re planning on getting some seasoned wood delivered this week and we’ll be good to go for the rest of the fall and winter. We are soooo thankful. We prayed that God would show us what to do and believe He graciously answered our prayers in finding someone who could help us inexpensively and right away. Now we are just hoping that I continue to do well with the real fire as opposed to the gas logs we had before.
This is arguably my favorite corner of the entire house. It’s my cozy spot where I can enjoy a cup of coffee, look at the latest issue of Victoria, enjoy the fireplace, and look outside into the backyard and woods (to the left of the picture) and watch the birds come and go from the birdfeeders out there.
Well, back to our family day. We roasted marshmallows in the fireplace and made s’mores with Caroline for the first time. Now we’re cleaning out a pumpkin for roasting pumpkin seeds. (See my recipe for Easy Toasted Pumpkin Seeds if you’ve never tried it before!) Just a few hours until the Tigers play their next playoff game. Most of the rest of my day will be hanging out with my family, enjoying the blaze of colors outside our windows, and working on planning and sorting in the learning room. If you are looking for more fun fall ideas, humor, Christmas ideas, and other fun links, be sure to check out my Pinterest pins. I add at least a few pins every day. You can use this link to get to my boards, this link to get to all the pins at once, or the widget in my sidebar.
Have a lovely Sunday!