Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Everyday Blessings & Blogging Friends

Goodness me - this is so much fun!!!

Mom - you are not fired by any means - I just wanted to get this pink one done. Don't worry, I will have a stack of quilts for you to bind for me in the next couple of weeks!! Mom offered to hand sew the binding on if I would quilt everything - sounds like a winner of a deal to me. Since I will get busy outside if it would ever warm up, I'm afraid my sewing days will be on hold through the summer.

Today included a HECTIC afternoon. Jessie had a concert at school, so I left work early to watch that.

Isn't she cute???? (Sorry it's so blurry - I couldn't get real close and had to zoom in)

This is her whole class. They are all such really good kids.

We are getting freezing rain right now as we speak, but of course, Todd had fire meeting and I had to go sign the kids up for 4-h tonight - so out into the ice we went. The roads aren't bad yet, but you can tell if it gets much colder (it's 30 right now and supposed to go way down tonight) there is a good chance we will loose power due to ice on the lines and trees, and the wind picking up. I did drive by our electric co-op office on the way to 4-h, and there are linemen there on standby just in case.

I'm going to do some more pillowcases tonight in addition to working on Tyler's for a little bit (until I use up the last little bit of my red thread, that is) - finish up these St. Patrick's day ones for the kids. Yes, the green will clash horribly with their quilts (Tyler's is about 3/4 of the way quilted - it should be done by tomorrow night), but they are always telling me I need more holiday decorations.

For all of you who think my quilting is so good - THANK YOU - that was just what I needed to hear. I tend to second guess myself a lot.

Angie - I got a shop light today at the store - so I think I just may be all set. If our extension office is correct, our last frost day is May 21st, so I should think about starting these seeds before too long. I think I have everything I want to try this year, I have my starter pellets and some trays.

Lynsey - as for my pizza crust, I cheat and go to our bulk food store and buy the pizza crust mix in the bag that will do 2 12" pizzas for $1.79. I have made the crust in our bread machine using this recipe with amazing results (just set your bread machine to the dough cycle):

Traditional Pizza Dough:

1 1/2 c. water; 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil; 1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar; 1 1/2 tsp. salt; 3 3/4 c. bread flour; and 1 1/2 tsp. yeast. Measure all ingredients except yeast into baking pan in order listed above. Tap pan firmly to level ingredients. Sprinkle yeast in middle of pan, set to dough cycle and bake. Remove dough from baking pan, preheat oven to 400 degrees, shape crust to your choice, brush with vegetable oil, cover dough and allow to stand for 15 minutes. Cover with toppings and bake 25-30 minutes (we always go way less - we like chewier crusts). I use the sauce recipe from here - it's so quick and easy (it's from one of her January, 2008 posts - you just click on the link to download the recipes - we've done the pizza, spaghetti sauce and tacco seasoning). She has some amazing recipes.

Stay warm,


5 Chicks and a Farmer said...

Thanks Kris! I will be trying this one out being that pizza is my all-time favorite food. Nothing has replaced it since we've been eating healthy. I just want a more homemade alternative!

Thanks again. I'm soooo glad you love the degreaser and it worked nicely for you. Who would have thought that Murphy's, a floor cleaner, would be so awesome at cleaning grease!


Granny Lyn said...

Oh, I can hear the singing all the way to Michigan! Please tell Jessie, her voice was the best and she had the best smile!

Your freezing rain is coming to us tonight, so I am not going to dilly-dally, I"m going straight home to watch Idol.

I copied your crust recipe, we can't have pizza yet, we are still on our diets, (I've lost 25 lbs) but you can bet I'm claiming it as my "treat" (we reward ourselves for each 10 lbs)because pizza is my very favorite meal/treat/snack next to Reese's cups.
thanks for sharing, you are so awesome,

Finn said...

Hi Kris, what a busy lady you are *VBS* But that goes with the territory holding young children...enjoy the process, it goes so very fast and then they are grown and gone.
Thanks for sharing your recipe. Watch out for that freezing rain. Hugs, Finn

Anonymous said...

Sounds like your ready. I will be starting my seeds on Sat.