This week the pizza turned out particularly good... so I decided to take a picture.
Preheat oven to 400*
Put these ingredients in a bowl and mix:
1 1/4 cups flour
1 package dry yeast
1/4 tea salt
1 cup of warm water (not hot, you'll kill the yeast)
Mix in a mixer with a bread hook on low until blended and then on high for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add another 1 1/2 cups of flour and continue to mix.
Roll out on a floured counter top or board and kneed for 6 - 8 minutes until firm but elastic. Put in an oiled bowl and turn over (so the oiled side is up). Let stand for 10 minutes. Roll out on counter top and turn onto cookie sheet. Press the edges until they are just slightly thicker than the middle. Cook in the oven for 10 - 12 minutes, until the sides are risen and slightly brown. Take out of the oven, and add sauce and toppings of your choice. Bake for 10 minutes again, take out and enjoy.
But Don has a thing with dogs with long muzzles... he just can't get over how long the face of the Ridgeback is. So we never pursued it. Not that we will now, in a rental house, but I love fantasizing about having my own space, with chickens roaming freely over a portion of land that won't leave us walking in poo, and a dog that can play with the children (who, of course, because we have land, can throw a ball as far as they can without hitting our neighbor's house) along side my acre sized garden, complete with stone fence, like in old English films and a driveway lined with Poplar trees.
Awww... to dream.
Brown meat, and toss in onion and garlic once the meat is browning. In a small measuring cup, mix water, flour and bullion. When onions start to clear add in the flour water mixture.
Country Capitan Chicken
4 Tbs butter
1/2 diced onion
1 diced carrot
1 diced bell pepper (color doesn't matter, but green works best)
6 cloves garlic (minced)
3 lbs chicken peices (I like theighs)
2 Tbs olive oil
1/2 c flour
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups diced tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth
3 tea curry powder
1/4 c slivered almonds
1/4 cup golden raisins
Melt butter in a large skillet. The skillet should be large ebough to cook the chicken in one layer. Add the onion, carrot, pepper, and garlic and cook until tender. Transfer to a bowl.
Mix flour and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Roll chicken peices in the flour mixture. Put oil into the skillet you just pulled the veggies from, and add the chicken, in one layer, turning until well brown on both sides.
Add veggies back in, along with tomatoes, stock and curry, mixing well. Stir in raisins and almonds. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until all chicken is cook through well.
Serve over couscous or brown rice.
It is very good!
There was face painting, a rubber ducky race, the egg hunt, carnival food, and a live Easter bunny. It was so cute! And so crazy full! There were people packed in that place, every inch of the farm was covered with people. The Easter egg hunt was nuts! They had 4 different sections split by age... and three of them were for 6 and under. So you can imagine how crazy the 7 'and over' section was (in their credit, it was also the biggest). Cyan was in the 5 - 6 yr old section, and that was crazy enough for me.
Poor sweet Alex is sick. He doesn't have any symptoms except a fever. A fever that he has had for three days now. His eyes are starting to glaze over... poor sweet guy.Easter brunch is at my house this year. I really enjoy doing Easter morning becuase I like the egg hunt. :) My backyard is always speckled with eggs, scattered in the back yard with the fresh new grass... like colorful flowers. I have been cooping the poor chickens for the last week because I didn't want a ton of poo in the yard. They are not too thrilled with this.
Crepes with berry topping
Coffee (french press... yum!)
Pastries (from Dad)
Juice (from Dad)
Below is a picture of the Lattin's big kids (7 and over) section. This is a small bit of it. Isn't it beautiful?
I have also been working really hard on making menus and sticking to them. For the last month I have been part of Kitchen Muse menu planner. But it just doesn't work out for our family. The food is seasonal, and most of it is really good, but many things (like asparagus pasta stir fry and baked lemon salmon) are things we just don't eat. So I have made a list of things we eat regularly, and I have picked 5 for each week. We always have pizza and a movie on Friday night... sometimes it is bought pizza but most of the time, we make it ourselves. So that covers 6 days a week... the other can be eating out (like this week we have a birthday dinner to go to at the place with the rat), or we have left overs.
Check out my new blogs on the side. I set up a couple new ones lately, one for nutrition (which I posted about two weeks ago) and one for our homeschool process. I am really enjoying being able to share the things about homeschool that I hadn't before.
One of the best ideas I have found so far is the Green Hour Challange, which we will be adding to our Ecojournal days. This was found by going to Mom Is Teaching, which by herself, she has worlds full of great ideas and stories, and most of all, information.
Currently, our homeschool schedule is starting to be a bit full. Next year, with Alex home as well, will be even more full. And trying to find ways to implement studies that fit both children will be a challange... but one I am looking forward to.
The types of studies that Cyan and I are doing now, especially the nature studies, will be easy to add Alex into. And he also needs a refresher in things like phonics and spelling, but that is about where the similarities of the two grades will end.
Logan's first time on the ride. Alex even paid for him to go on it (mom was fresh out of quarters). The look on Logan's face was precious, but not as sweet as the proud big brother look on Alex's.
Alex took this picture as we went inside for some hot cider and doughnuts. I brought home enough to share. At only $3.50 a dozen for fresh made doughnut goodness... well, I dont' think I had a choice. ;)
1/2 c vegetable oil
1/4 c water
1 c sugar (raw works fine)
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp all spice
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Mix 'wet' list together in a large mixing bowl. Beat together until well blended and smooth.
Mix dry together by sifting into another bowl, stir and then add to wet mixture. When well blended, mix in 1/2 c of mini simisweet chocolate chips.
Add batter to a well oiled baking dish (or 24 muffin tins with paper cups), and place in a 375* oven for 45 - 60 minutes.
As with all quick breads, these are done when tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool at least half way before you dig in.... I have gotten a couple burns that way.
You could see the life budding everywhere. From the bracken ferns on the trunks of all the trees,
to the musrat, building her nesting home, to the ducks;
A mating pair of Malards.
Some other kind of duck. I think it is a variety of wood duck.
After a while, we wandered on from the wooded wetland area to the more open wetlands. There is a look out, about 500 yards away from where the owls are, looking over the whole wetlands. We saw thousands of geese, a handful of ducks, and a beautiful red tailed hawk. He was SO close to me, soaring under the platform I was on, but I missed him with my camera until he was farther away. It was one of those breathtaking moments, where you are almost not sorry you missed it on camera, because there is no way film would catch how stunning it was to be standing right next to a soaring raptor. It was amazing!
Poor Cyan. Soon after we left the hawk, got a lesson in 'why we stay on the path'. She stumbled off the pathway, and landed with her left hand in stinging nettles. This tragedy (becuase they REALLY hurt for a while) along with the fact that it was the coldest day we had had in weeks, sent us home a bit ahead of schedule.
We were on the way back to the car, dh, Cyan, and Logan up ahead, and Alex and I laging behind. And out of the corner of my eye I saw this:
A Great Blue Heron, about 25 ft away from the path. She (I honestly don't know the gender, but...) was watching us pass. Barely moving, just watching intently, ready to move if we got too close, but obviously used to humans in close quarters. If not trusting, and still very wild.
And oh so beautiful!
Contrary to what it looks like, she wasn't tied down. lol... Those were the "reins" that Cyan made Logan. They are just on Lilly's back. Did not stop her from getting away at all when she wanted to. I still am amazed at how much they put up with from Cyan. But heck... she feeds them... so when she goes outside, they come running to be with her.