Confession

I ran over my stroller a while ago. Just backed right over it after getting the kids in the car. Thank goodness it still works, even though it’s a little hard to steer sometimes. :/

This is for you, Elizabeth: Whole Wheat Pizza Crust and Homemade Pizza Sauce

Honey-Wheat Pizza Dough

Yields 2 9-inch pizza crusts

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon yeast
½ cup plus 1 teaspoon lukewarm water
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
5 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

I use my bread machine for my pizza dough, but you can certainly knead it with a mixer or by hand. Just knead it thoroughly, and let it raise for a good 30 minutes or so before forming the crust. When adding the flour, add most of it and see if it needs the rest. The dough should be firm enough to handle, but soft enough to roll out fairly easily.


Easy “Homemade” Pizza Sauce

1 small can diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato sauce
Various herbs and spices
Salt and Pepper
Sugar

Directions:
Heat the ingredients together. I like to throw in any Italian-sounding herbs I have. Basil is good, a little garlic and onion as well. Add a little sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes (tastes much better with a little sugar). Salt and pepper to taste. You can leave it chunky, or blend it for a smooth pizza sauce.

Top with anything your heart desires. One of my favorite pizzas is a Margherita Pizza: fresh basil, fresh mozzarella cheese, drizzled with a little olive oil. Divine.






Credit: The pizza dough recipe is adapted from California Pizza Kitchen’s recipe

Coffee Cake. It’s good.

I love coffee cake. (Without the coffee, of course)
I’ve tried many recipes, and put several elements together to create this one. In my humble (ha) opinion, it’s the best. It’s soooo good. I don’t like nuts in mine, but you can certainly add walnuts or pecans with the topping.
Coffee Cake (high altitude)
Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup half and half or regular milk
Topping:
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup cold butter
Directions:
For the cake,cream together the butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time until well blended. Sift the dry ingredients together. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and milk to the butter mixture. Mix just until well blended. Spread into 9×13 pan.
For the topping, cut the topping ingredients together with a pastry cutter or two knives. Sprinkle over the top of the cake.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. The cake should be set in the middle. Let it cool for a little while before cutting into it, if you can manage.

My Spoils

I went with 5 bags of snickerdoodles, and came home with tomato plants, strawberry jam, pancake mix and cute hair bows. Love it! I am going to have to steal my friend’s idea and host my own “handmade trade” party. So fun!

Snickerdoodle Swap

My friend is hosting a “Handmade Trade” party, where everyone brings handmade items and swaps, so you all go home with several different items. What a cute idea! This is what I’m taking…

(Ahem, I would like to thank my Silhouette machine for cutting out these perfect scalloped squares. What would I do without you?)

This is why…

It’s so hard to keep a clean house with kids. The living room was vacuumed, everything was in place. I moved the chairs into the living room so I could mop the kitchen. After moving the chairs back, this is what I find. My mom and I were just talking about this the other day. I find myself thinking the same thing she used to: “I just want all the rooms to be clean at the same time!!”.

Jensen Family Rules

A while ago I was reading a parenting book by Richard and Linda Eyre. I can’t remember the name, but all of their books are great! When their kids were younger, they came up with some general family rules- I think there were 5 words. I thought that was a great idea, so we picked 4 words that I think encompass all of the rules we want in our home. We go over them every once in a while during Family Home Evening.

1. Obedience
2. Peace
3. Respect
4. Order

Obedience is pretty self-explanatory, but it includes obeying quickly when asked to do something.

Peace includes no yelling, angry or mean words.

Respect means we respect not only mom and dad and each other, but also our things. We don’t jump on furniture or throw things around.

Order is keeping our home clean. It’s picking up after ourselves. It also means that we do essential things first- we read scriptures in the morning, every morning.

Have I told you how much I love vinyl lettering? The only other way I could have done this would be to paint with a stencil. What a pain that would be! I just love this sign. It’s a visual reminder to us of what we are striving for.