Thursday, June 11, 2015

Honors Assembly/Field Day/Last Day of School

School's Out!
Before school ended for Summer, Lucy had her honors assembly where she received honors in Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Moral Focus and a MAP test award for Math, go figure.  
She did a great job this year and really seemed to learn a lot, especially in Reading and English.  

This is after the Honors Assembly, I didn't get a good photo of her crossing the stage receiving the awards.

Fun on field day!

It's been a really good year but we are so happy it's summer.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The one About Grilled Pizza

I've been watching Friends while I do my chores.
I miss the 90s.
I love the "Rachel," and high-waist pants, and brown eye shadow.

I also really love pizza, duh.
I've been wanting to grill it for a loooooooooong time.
I have been afraid of the grill.  Some friends of ours moved and gave us their old grill.  It was great for a free grill but needed some work, so my ever able and handy husband fixed it up and showed me that it really isn't all that different from using the stove. He was totally right.

I made up a batch of my trusty pizza dough and let it rise for about an hour before shaping it into a round, which really turned into this crazy blob.
I read the instructions on the front of the grill, and turned the burners up to high and let it burn for about 20 minutes.  I brushed the grates with the grill brush and then oiled them with olive oil.  I also brushed oil over one side of the crust.
I transfered the dough from my flat, one sided airbake cookie sheet and let it grill, oil side down, covered, for about 4-5 minutes, I could see through the thin parts that it was starting to get brown.
*a note about the thin parts: They were the yummiest so I think next time I'll divide this into two pizzas and make them a bit thinner.  Things got a little hairy as I was stretching the dough, I need more practice. 

Then I pulled it off the grill using some sweet moves with a giant metal spatula and tongs.  I transfered it back to the airbake and topped with sauce, cheese and other toppings.  I returned it to the grill and let it go for another 8 minutes or so until the cheese was good and melty.

Try it.  It's worth it.  I don't think I'll use the oven for pizza in the summer anymore, it was easy and so much tastier.

Look at that crust!

This is how I felt after tasting it: "I have grilled pizza!"

Friday, June 05, 2015

National Donut Day!

I knew National Donut day was coming up, thanks to Wixey's bakery, they've been posting all week.
I have been really wanting to try a cronut and thought puff pastry would probably work.  I was right.
So good.  

I started with the recipe I'd previously used for puff pastry from "Not Without Salt," I'm sure you can find that post around here somewhere.
However, I didn't want to use up all the butter in the house and I only had salted.  Gasp. I know.
But you know what? It worked.

Puff Pastry:
1 C Flour
1 Stick + 6 Tbls Salted butter, cut into chunks
1 pinch of salt
2-3 T cold water

Pulse the flour, butter and salt until combined and lumpy, add the water and pulse until a dough forms that looks like this:
Dump it out onto a floured work surface, and using a floured rolling pin, roll it into a big rectangle.  Fold in thirds.  Repeat twice.  Then refrigerate for 40 minutes.  Repeat the rolling and folding three more times.  Chill for another 40 minutes, then roll it out and use it!  I cut my doughnuts with a biscuit cutter and a knife for the middle.

Fry in 350 vegetable oil for 15 seconds per side or until it starts to lightly brown.

For the glaze:
melt 3 T butter in the microwave
add 1 C powdered sugar and 3/4 T vanilla
then add hot water until you reach the desired consistency, mine was about 2-3 T.

 Noah wandered into the kitchen and said, "What are those?!" and took two.

He just came in and said, "I want a number three donut."

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Girls Night!

While the boys camped, Lucy and I had a girls night with Courtney and Addison.
We went to a movie, and dinner, and Dairy King.
Love Girls Nights.  I think I need another one.  Soon.

Father/Son Campout

I don't know who was more excited, Tony or Noah.
It sounded like they both had a great time, here are some pictures:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cinqo de Tango

Well...the day has come...
We adopted a dog.
Sometimes, I still can't believe it.
He is a rescue and the perfect pet for our family.
He's a little older so he's very chill, he's only barked once in the week we've had him.
We've discovered that he loves water, Tony, and socks.

Meet Tango:

Thursday, May 07, 2015


A good idea, these Salted Maple Pecan Bars
(because salted caramel is so yesterday) 

Turns into a great one, ATK vanilla ice cream

When I look at this picture, this is all I see:

Happy Salted Maple Pecan Ice Cream
Thank goodness for great ideas.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Noah's Trip to the Farm

One of my very favorite field trips!  
It was fa fa fa-reezing that day but worth it to see Noah have so much fun.

The Hayride

 Silly Selfies

Cousin fun

 When it was over I asked him, "What was your favorite part?"
His reply, "the playground."

Friendly barn kitties

Not sure this goat loves his fate as a preschool field trip destination

Noah loved holding animals, especially the kittens.

This cow kept trying to nurse on my coat.
That really helped my self esteem.

She loves the kittens, too.

Playing on the hay bales.


 Feeding a lamb

Hand-feeding the sheep

Milking Bossie

Riding a horse, B.W.