A blog about a mommy, a daddy & two little boys all finding the adventure and the happy in everyday life.

Monday, January 26, 2015

NO YEAST Pizza Crust

I apologize for my lengthy absence, you guys, from this special place on the net where I purge tidbits of info from my brain, share easy recipes & gush about how cute my babies are. I know you missed me gushing about my babies! They're as cute as ever, by the way.

But, sometimes life can just be like WHOA. 
Ya know?
*rhyme intended*


I'm going to go ahead and use this post as a nice little "ice breaker" & share our super easy pizza crust recipe. NO YEAST pizza crust, people. Doesn't get much easier!

Oliver loves all things pizza .. (thanks, creators of TMNT. couldn't  you choose something, like .. carrots or grapes for your turtles to be obsessed with? i'd even take pb&j.)
Anyhow, my point is, he get's so excited when we make our very own pizza crust together. He has so much fun mixing the ingredients, rolling the dough & adding the toppings. And, of course, he enjoys eating it, too.

So, not only am I sharing an easy peasy, quick dinner recipe with you, I'm also giving you a great family bonding opportunity. You're welcome, guys. :D





Ingredients ::

- 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
*I'm usually kneading my dough together by the end, keep that in mind*
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 3/4 to 1 Cup Water.
*The dough shouldn't be too sticky, that's where adjusting your flour to water ratio comes in*
- 1 Tablespoon Oil

Directions ::

- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Start by mixing dry ingredients, 2 Cups Flour, 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder, 1 Teaspoon Salt, into bowl & set aside.
- In larger bowl, stir together Water + 1 Tablespoon oil.
- Add the dry mixture slowly, while stirring, to the larger bowl with the wet ingredients.
*If you find the dough is still sticky, add flour until the consistency is to your liking.*
- On a large, clean surface (i use my kitchen table), sprinkle a light layer of flour.
- Roll dough out.
- Place dough on a very light greased cookie sheet & add toppings.
- Cook for 15 minutes, or until edges are to your liking and cheese is melted, in oven.

**This particular night, when I snapped these (awful) photos, we were in the mood for thicker pizza. You can certainly roll the dough thinner, to make a larger, thin pizza.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Homemade Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

I'm sure I don't even need to tell y'all I got this idea from Pinterest.
But, if you were wondering, I got this idea from Pinterest.


I was looking through the neighborhood of "Kid-Friendly Christmas Crafts" -- Trying to find some good Winter/Christmas activities to keep my two-year-old from tearing down the walls, & these ornament popped out at me.

We took on our Cinnamon Christmas Ornament project last night & it was an easy success.
And it made our house, and our neighbors [we are currently residing in a duplex here in Hays, KS] smell phenomenal. At least I thought it smelled wonderful. I hope my neighbors like cinnamon. ;)

The instructions & photos to this simple craft are below.
Have Fun!












Ingredients ::

- 1 cup Ground Cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups Flour
- 2 cups water
- Rolling Pin
- Holiday Cookie Cutters [we chose a snowflake -- looks more like a star]
- Straw [for poking the ribbon/twine hole]
- Ribbon/Twine/Bakers Twine [for hanging the ornaments]

Directions ::

- Bring the two cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
- Remove from heat & add the 1 cup of ground cinnamon.
- Once you have the cinnamon & water mixed, the "dough" should be stringy & shimmery.
- Add the flour -- Add the flour by the 1/2 cup.
- By the last 1/2 cup you will be kneading the flour into the mixture.
- Sprinkle cinnamon onto table/counter top & roll out the dough.
- Roll at least 1/4 inch thick to avoid curling of the ornaments as they dry.
- Cut out the shapes with cookie cutters & place on parchment paper for drying.
- Don't forget to make a small hole for the ribbon or twine.
- Dry overnight, turning occasionally.
- Hang with ribbon or twin.

** I used Mod Podge as a finish on a few of mine but I ended up hating the glossy look it gave the ornaments.

** I originally stuck my ornaments in the oven at 200 degrees. I checked them after 10 minutes and could see that they were already beginning to curl. I would recommend being patient & air drying the ornaments.

Monday, November 24, 2014

#instinctualparenting


"What good mothers and fathers 
instinctively feel like doing 
for their babies 
is usually best 
after all."

Benjamin Spock


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

OLIVER COUNTS TO NINE // A Video

My dear, sweet Oliver Kelly can count!
He hasn't quite learned how to say seven and he could care less about the number ten, but he did count to NINE with me last night & I am so, so proud of my big kid!

video

Monday, November 17, 2014

NO YEAST -- Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Oliver woke up from his [late] afternoon nap crying screaming for his daddy. We tried calling daddy but that was quite the fail [understatement] .. So since he was so upset & missing daddy so terribly & because he had also just cried for several minutes hours [just kidding, it was only like 40 minutes of crying..] we decided we would make daddy a special treat for when he arrived home. Also, Oliver loves cooking. I think he loves cooking more than his daddy or his mommy & for sure more than his little brother, whom he doesn't really like very much at all [it's only been around 5 months since Owen was born, let's give it some time.]

My whole point is, we created some really kick-ass, NO YEAST, made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls.
And daddy loved them!
And Oliver quit crying!






INGREDIENTS ::


1. FOR THE DOUGH

- 1 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour
- 2 tablespoons Sugar
- 4 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 3 tablespoons Butter [softened]
- 1 cup Milk


2. FOR THE FILLING

- 4 tablespoons Butter [softened]
- 1 cups Brown Sugar [I like to add just a bit more..]
- 3 teaspoons Cinnamon


DIRECTIONS ::

- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

- Start with the filling.
- In a small bowl, combine Butter [softened], Brown Sugar & Cinnamon.
- Sprinkle half of the mixture on the bottom of a [lightly greased] 8x8 or 9x9 baking pan.

- Next, the dough.
- In a large bowl, combine Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder & Salt.
- Mix in Softened Butter.
- Finally stir in the Milk to form a smooth, soft dough.

- Roll the dough out, about 1/4 inch thick, onto a large, lightly floured surface.
[I used my clean kitchen table.]
- Spread remaining filling onto the rolled out dough.
- Roll up the dough, hot-dog style.
- With a knife, cut preferred size rolls.
[I ended with 9 cinnamon rolls about the size of a canned cinnamon roll.]
- Place rolls into pan & bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.


** I was out of powdered sugar, so I did not make my own glaze. However; To make a glaze, combine 1/2 cup powdered [confectioners] sugar with 1/4 cup milk & top the rolls after they are finished baking.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Made From Scratch Honey Graham Crackers

I guess we were feeling awfully confident today, we, being my two-year-old + myself, because we created/produced/cooked/ our own Made From Scratch Honey Graham Crackers.

I won't lie, it was challenging for us. Mainly because the smaller of the two of us, once again, meaning my two-year-old, insisted on rolling & cutting & poking the dough all by himself.

** that's a big don't when it comes to graham cracker making. don't let the two-year-old boss you around. or you'll end up with misshapen, fluffy, brownie sized "graham crackers" .. as if you can even call them a cracker anymore.




In all seriousness, it was a lot of fun. And, as brownie sized as our crackers may have turned out, they taste almost like a graham cracker.
I kid.
They tasted pretty great!



INGREDIENTS ::

- 2 1/4 cups Flour
- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 cup Melted Butter
- 1/2 cup Honey -- Although I suggest adding a smidge more, I will be next time.
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla


DIRECTIONS ::

- Preheat oven to 375.
- In small bowl, mix first 4 ingredients.
- In large bowl, mix last three ingredients.
- Mix the ingredients in the small bowl INTO the large bowl. Mix well.
- Roll flat out onto cookie sheet. Our cookie sheet was 10 x 15.
- Cut (hopefully without a toddler) in cracker sized pieces.
- Poke tops with a fork -- Like you'd see in a store bought graham cracker.
- Bake for 10-11 minutes or until the edges begin turning brown.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Life Whispers. Listen Closely.

Motherhood is such a complex, joyous, chaotic, selfless, self-depriving 'job'.

(and using the word job is completely wrong, motherhood is so much more.)

It takes more patience than any of us are given at birth, so we practice. We build up a sort of 'tolerance' to tantrums & we soak up the cuddles like a good sun-tan & we become semi-effective multitask-ers.

And we always think we need time alone. Time to ourselves. Time to be a little selfish.
And as true as that may be, sometimes life whispers, sometimes your heart talks to you & you have to listen closely.


I left the house [by myself] this morning & went the the doctor. All alone. Our two sons stayed home with daddy. And I sat all alone in the waiting room, in the examination room, no chaos ensuing. I didn't have to tell our oldest, Oliver -- age terrible-two-and-a-half -- to "stop playing with the stirrups" or "don't put your finger in the model vagina."

The things you say as a mother, am I right?

To be honest, I hated it. I felt alone. And really, really bored. I missed the chaos that is my squirrelly two-year-old.

Isn't it funny how used we get to lugging around our rambunctious little's and all of their belongings - bottles, wipes, toys, a snack, a second snack, diapers .. Being a momma is kind of my thing & I'm all sorts of lost when things are silent & little humans aren't running around my feet or squealing in my ears.

On a side note :: I got to listen to the radio as loud as I wanted in the car.


I was happy to come home to my fellas, who were watching Christmas movies & making a mess of the living room. It was sweet.

I followed suit & made Hot Chocolate in our Crockpot & then we all took naps together.
And, for me, that is the only alone time I truly find myself in need of.
A good nap, a hot, ten-minute shower or indulging in a favorite television show during nap-time.
Some time to collect my thoughts & clear my mind.

As parents, we're in a constant bittersweet, fleeting season of in-between. Our babies are getting so big but they're still so little. And I want to spend all my precious time soaking in every little squeal, cry, smell .. Because all too soon I'm going to have more alone time that I could ever want.

That is what life was whispering today.