Friday, October 17, 2008

Our Day

I grabbed a quick shower this morning and flew through brushing teeth, spraying and wiping down sink and toilet, and gathered laundry. Made and drank coffee, did a quick morning quiet time, and grabbed Braxton on my way out the door!

We drove to get Brandy, Emily, and Caden to make a trip by the DMV or whatever it is called. The place you renew your license and things like that.
The kids and I stayed in the suburban while Brandy went in and it was funny. A lady pulled up to "hi!" and "how are you" from the kids and they played with Lego's in the back section (seat was down) while Caden went between grabbing the steering wheel and patting his hands on the window as rain drops occasionally slid down.

When Brandy came out, she took the two kiddo's from the back and led them to one of the new Charger State Trooper vehicles. She wanted to get pictures for Michael (her husband, my son) because he thinks they are so cool. {Smile}

The Troopers let Braxton wear one of their hats and stand in front of the car and pictures were taken of both of them next to it.
They had SO much fun... they smiled all the way back.

Back here, we made three pizzas. I made a batch of 3 crusts and rolled out the first one on a stone. I showed Emily how to roll it, use a fork to jab holes here and there and bake a few minutes before adding toppings. She made hers and Braxton was in the kitchen by the time the third crust was in need of the same things. We discovered Emily EATING her pizza dough before we cooked it! Hers had little "claw" marks resembling what one might see from a baby bear:)

We topped the first crust with marinara sauce, steamed broccoli pieces, shredded and steamed carrots, sautéed chicken breasts bites, mozzarella and/or cheddar cheese and onion salt. The second had sauce, two cheeses and chicken. The third (baby bear dough) is being saved for a future snack. They were very good!

Our something sweet were more of the No Bake Cookies (recipe in the right hand sidebar) we've had before. Braxton and Emily helped cookie scoop out the mixture onto wax paper sheets. They love that!

Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

Makes 3 crust

2 Tbs yeast
¾ c warm water
6 to 7 ½ cups whole wheat bread flour (I used a blend of Hard Red Winter Wheat and Kamut)
6T gluten flour (or vital wheat gluten)
1 ½ c warm water
1 TBS salt
4 ½ T olive oil

Follow directions above only dividing dough to make 3 crusts

In a mixer such as a Bosch or a Kitchen Aid add yeast and warm water. Let it sit for a few minutes to dissolve and activate. Add 2 cups of flour and all remaining ingredients. Mix dough well adding the extra flour until the dough will not stick to the sides of the bowl. Knead for about 4 minutes in the Bosch and 6 to 8 in the Kitchen Aid.

If you made this dough in a Kitchen Aid then let the dough rise for 1 hour. If made in a Bosch, skip this step.

Punch down dough and shape into a ball and roll out to fit a 14 inch pizza pan.

Add sauce and toppings and bake in a 475 oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

Recipe from my great friend of years, Crystal:

* These days with my D-I-Love and grandbabies started when Emily was a couple to a few weeks old. Brandy and I came up with the idea together (story I wrote about but lost an entire post on it!) to have Wednesdays as "our day". On these days, it kind of just evolved that we would have a lunch, a sweet, and either a movie (or rarely, two) or scrapbook. Had we recorded each one as we talked of doing, Emily (and now Caden) would have a small book's worth to look back on! The past several months have been here and there AND we tried changing days of the week but we've decided to stay with Wednesdays. This was the day of the week Brandy's appointments were when she was pregnant with Emily and I went to some of them so she came up with that day for us. *


melissa said...

I love it that you have the recipes readily available like this...any excuse to see you is a good one!

naturalmotherhood said...

Melissa! I have my settings to alert me if I have a comment but I had none! I didn't even know you left this. I went to the posts, attempting to make categories for easier viewing and saw comments on some of the posts!

So sorry!
I'll send this out in case you don't see it!
Love, Sandy