Friday, September 8, 2017

Pizzas, the fair, chickens and toddlers

My dear husband had a birthday last weekend and we did pizzas on the grill to celebrate. I want to make note of the dough we used because I lost the recipe we had been using and this one made a good crust.

For the dough:
1 pkt yeast
1 cup water
pinch sugar
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
3.5 C flour

Into the Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook attachment for about 5 minutes. 

Rising time about an hour.  All rolled out before company came; cornmeal and wax paper between layers.

Toppings: whatever is in the garden, chicken breasts, quail eggs, mozzarella, olive oil, marinara, garlic.  I love it when we make these grilled pizzas but, honest to God, it takes me nearly three hours to prep for this.

Made 6 large individual-sized pizzas.

It was cold and raining so the guys ended up setting up the pop-up canopy to grill under while I finished the pizzas under the broiler.  They were delicious.  

In other news: 
  • It's Fair Week for me so the week has been dominated by getting ready, entering and enjoying the fun. Eating fries, etc. Lots of ribbons won and then some but that's for another day.  Actually because I have a 2 year old with me I'm not even sure what I ended up winning.  Guess I'll find out Saturday when I collect my ribbons. 
  • It's fall.  We've had a huge cold snap and the leaves are starting to turn colors. Not just one or two here and there but... yeah, a lot of leaves.  This combined with the Fair means it's officially The End of Summer.  I won't miss sweating but, damn. :(
  • The little hennie who adopted those babies like a boss has moved the family out of the old duck coop and is teaching them to roost in a tree.  The chicks are the size of potatoes and watching the little family settle into the pine tree for the night is nothing short of adorable.
  • Last but not least, my little man is starting to form sentences.  "Bye-bye cat!" "Not done!" "Mama, juice!"  and kissing both his beloved Bee and his little turtle puppet.  Be still, my heart.  I bought him a copy of the book Nursies When the Sun Shines because I haven't had a full nights sleep in over two years and am up three times a night.  Every single night.  We've been reading it but he's been less than impressed.

It's hard being two.

He seems to think the plot is part tragedy, part horror with some science fiction sprinkled in.  Thanks a bunch Dr. Sears.

Well, that's it for tonight.  Time to get some sleep before my 2 a.m. toddler wake up call.


  1. I am loving watching the changes in Will as he grows, they are wonderful little people. It's turned cooler here as well, bit earlier than usual. We had pizza out on Wednesday for our anniversary meal, yours look better.

    1. Any homemade pizza is good pizza :) Hope you had a good anniversary!