Pizza Two Ways

I have tried several pizza dough recipes and so far Ina Garten’s Pizza Dough recipe is my favorite. Last night I put together her pizza dough recipe along with my own sauce and cooked two pizzas on the grill and one in the oven for Super A. If you are wary of cooking pizza dough on the grill, I highly recommend it. It is easier than I expected and so good! It gets a little too crispy for Super A’s taste and so I usually cook his in the oven on a pizza stone. So go get the pizza dough recipe and then combine it with the sauce and your own favorite toppings and cook your favorite way!

Pizza Sauce Ingredients:

1 15oz can diced tomatoes

5 cherry tomatoes

1 finely diced shallot

1 finely diced garlic clove

1/4 teaspoon dried basil, oregano, rosemary, and kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper

Olive Oil

Directions for Pizza Sauce:

Drizzle a few tablespoons of olive oil in a medium size sauce pan. Heat the oil on medium heat and saute shallots and garlic for about 3-4 minutes. Add cherry tomatoes and saute until they begin to burst (about 5-10 minutes). Then add in the diced tomatoes, herbs, salt and pepper. Cook over low heat until ready to use.

Pizza Dough:

Prepare pizza dough according to recipe. Here’s an idea of what your pizza dough should look like before and after it rises:

Before Rise

Two hours later!

If you are cooking on a grill:

Heat grill to medium heat. Place dough on grill for two minutes on one side, then flip. Add toppings and close grill for another two to three minutes.

If you are cooking in an oven:

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Place dough in oven for about 5 minutes. When dough starts to look crisp add toppings and cook for another 5-10 minutes.

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Back to School

As the school year is about to begin my sister and I brought the boys to my Mom’s school for a few hours. They loved running around in Granna’s classroom and seeing all of the cool things that third graders get to use as learning tools!

They loved the desks and each wanted to sit in them.

The best picture you can expect if you want all three boys to look in your direction!

They loved the counting blocks!

Practicing Naptime

More practicing naptime.

Thanks for letting us visit Granna!

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Airplanes

Super A loves airplanes. We spend a lot of time looking outside for airplanes, he turns his Daddy’s running shoes into airplanes and rocket ships, and he will stand for hours with his nose pressed up against the window at the airports watching the planes.

Explaining how to spin the propeller

Needless to say Super A was very excited when his Daddy brought out a little balsa wood plane that he had put together the other day. One of the things that I love right now about Super A’s development is his intense desire to figure out exactly how to do things and follow them to a t. He carefully watched and listened to each step of how to make the plane fly (line it up, balance, twist the propeller, make it fly, go get it, bring it back). Each time Super A repeated these exact phrases and then gleefully brought the plane. It flew and flew, until it crashed into our window one too many times and sadly broke. Until the next balsa plane flies.

By the way, you must be this soaking wet to be outside right now.

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Super A’s Phrase(s) of the Day

“I want to” (with serious exaggeration/whine, depending on whether he wants to, or he doesn’t want to)

“Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star, Ready? I sing. And…” (then he sings the WHOLE song in a bit of a dirge/monotone chant)

“ABC Sing with Me!” (From his favorite show Super Why)

Sometimes it’s best to not try to understand what the three musketeers (Super A and his cousins) are doing. For example…

Happy Wednesday!

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Chicken Strawberry Salad to Chicken Enchiladas

So this is a bit of a two for one deal. Our Monday night dinner was Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Enchiladas, but for lunch I made a chicken strawberry salad that I had to share as well.

Chicken Strawberry Salad

This recipe is super easy and so yummy! Thanks to Jessica for sharing the terrific recipe!

Ingredients (Feeds 3-4):

1 bag mixed greens lettuce

2 cups shredded cooked chicken (you can get a rotisserie chicken and shred it, or you can poach the chicken yourself and shred it)

2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup quartered strawberries

2 tbs chopped cilantro

Brianna’s Home Style Poppy Seed Dressing

Directions:

I set everything out and let everybody assemble it on their own. Or you can put it all together and make one big salad. Either way it’s delicious!

The Pioneer Woman’s White Chicken Enchiladas

So here’s how I made it a two for one deal! I took the leftover shredded chicken I had from earlier, cut the pioneer woman’s recipe in half and voila! Chicken Enchiladas (Click on the link above for the full recipe). A few variations that I did was to use half and half instead of heavy whipping cream (because that’s all I had), and I poached a package of chicken breasts for the shredded chicken. I also used flour tortillas instead of the corn, so I could skip the frying step.This cut down the time of making the recipe to probably about 50 minutes start to finish. And they were delicious!

White Chicken Enchiladas (I ran out of monterey jack cheese, so I threw in some sharp cheddar)

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Pancake Molds

In the past I have tried to make fun pancake shapes for breakfast. I’m not the best at it. In fact, I’m really not good at making pancakes. They never turn out right! However, I continually buy products to make food I’m not good at making. Why I do this I’m not sure, ask the popover pan sitting in my cabinet.

Anyway I found some outer space pancake molds at Williams and Sonoma and couldn’t resist buying them. They said “easy to clean!” and “nonstick”! Not so much.

I’m sure they would be super cute if I ever could get them out of the mold. Oh and I know what you are thinking. I used to much batter, yes? Well I tried it three more times, with a minuscule amount of batter and no such luck. Maybe I can hang the molds on the wall as decoration.

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The Need to Run

It had been about three evenings since we had the chance to take Super A outside. When her boys where young my Aunt Lisa used to say that sometimes they needed to “just go outside and run”. A boy who has not had the chance to go outside and run will break things in your house, get themselves into all sorts of trouble, and wake you up at night. So if you are wondering why your toddler boy is acting all crazy and you haven’t taken them outside in a few days, now you know. You need to let them run.

Last night Super A needed to run. We took him outside after dinner and he spent over an hour chasing a ball, chasing us around with the hose, picking tomatoes, and working on his mower. Then he slept until 7:40 a.m. The benefit (for me! HA!) of being outside and getting to run.

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Fajita Pocket Tacos

For most people Monday is the start of another work week. However in our life Monday is the end of my weekend and my work week (in the fall and spring) starts on Tuesday. I try to make one complete, planned out meal a week and for some reason that usually falls on Monday. In honor of this I decided to start a Monday night dinner post on Tuesday. I am hoping I can keep up with it!

Some of the meals will be fancy, some will be quick, and some are super kid friendly. Some take a lot of dishes and some don’t, for the one’s that take a lot of dishes you might want to make an investment….

A dishwasher. AKA the person who eats up the meal that you took the time to plan out, prepare, and make super delicious. It took me 24 years to find a good one. Good luck to you!

ANYWAY. Here is the first in my installment of Monday Night Dinners. Enjoy!

Fajita Pocket Tacos

In our town there is this cute little drive through version of a really fabulous Mexican restaurant. I love their fajita pocket tacos, but I can’t always make the trek over there to get them. Therefore I came up with my own to have at home when we can’t get to the drive through.

Ingredients:

Flank Steak

Two Thick Slices of Red Onion (With all the layers, except of course the outside paper)

Two Thick Slices of Yellow Onion (With all the layers, the same)

4-6 Burrito Size Tortillas (I use the Mission Brand, or Aztec)

6 quartered cherry tomatoes

6 slices of provolone cheese

Marinade for flank steak (You can find great marinade recipes from The Pioneer Woman and Fly Through Our Window blogs) However, I used a bottle of marinade. I was lazy. I either use Lawry’s Mesquite, or Lawry’s Baja Chipolte.

Sour Cream, Salsa, Guacamole

Instructions:

Put a half a cup of marinade with flank steak in a large ziploc bag. Let marinade in refrigerator for at least half an hour and up to 24 hours (I usually do it the night before when I remember).

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat an outdoor grill or grill pan to medium high. Place marinated flank steak and onions on a hot grill. I usually set our outdoor grill to about a medium heat. It takes about 3-4 minutes per side for medium rare and 5-6 minutes for medium well, but each grill is different. Let the flank steak rest for 5 minutes after it’s done. I like the onions to have a bit of a crunch so I do about 5 minutes on one side and then I remove them from the grill.

Here’s how your onions will look (slice them in half after you remove them from the grill)

If you want them less crunchy flip them on the grill and let them cook another few minutes. You can also use an indoor grill pan or saute them.

Now stick all of the tortillas on a plate in the microwave and heat them for 25-30 seconds.

Slice the flank steak in thin long strips perpendicular to the grain. Then slice the strips in half.

Place a tortilla on plate. Add about 5-6 half slices of flank steak in the center. Top with about 5 half slices of onion and around 4-5 quartered tomato slices. It should look like this:

Then top with a slice of provolone:

Then fold top, bottom, side, roll over. Like I do with my cheesy beefy burro recipe. Repeat these steps with all of your tortillas and then pop them in a pan in the oven for the time it takes to make a cheese quesadilla for your own Super Kid (about ten minutes). Top with sour cream, salsa, or guacamole. Or eat it plain as my husband does.

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Storytime

I have been so pleased with the story time program at one of our local library branches. I was disappointed that we didn’t start going earlier this summer because Super A has enjoyed it so much! We are now on a break until September and I’m wondering what we are going to fill our Thursday mornings with until then.

One of the things that I love about the story time is they always do a story and a craft that goes along with the story. Have I mentioned I love crafts? I love crafts. Anyway I had to take the obligatory picture of Super A’s story time crafts and I was super pleased that he managed to stand next to them when I took the picture. And his face couldn’t be more priceless.

The crafts (Turtle, Goldfish, and Alligator)

With his pursed lips and crossed hands (No I did not make him pose) this gives me an idea of the school pictures to come!!

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