Saturday, March 31, 2012

Secrets to making great pizza

If you are like most people (including me and my family), you probably love pizza. But - anything less than a perfect pizza is just really not that great. For me, the most important deciding factor is the crust. It has to be thin and crunchy, while still slightly chewy, with zero sogginess. The sauce is the second most important factor.

For years, my homemade pizzas did not quite fit the bill, and I truly preferred the ones from an actual pizzeria. However, I have now arrived at making what I consider a perfect pizza, one that tastes better then any pizza shop can make (if I do say so myself).

To save you, my readers, some of the frustrating mistakes I battled for years, I thought I would share the secrets I learned through much trial and error.

Friday, March 30, 2012

33 Random facts

As you may have guessed from my lack of blogging, it's been an interesting week around here. My birthday was not as uneventful as I had hoped it would be. By then, four of our six children had come down with whatever virus was spreading amongst them. During the night, I was awoken literally every 15 minutes by one of them needing attention of some kind. My husband was taking turns with me getting up and tending to them, but at some point Anna (who was running a fever) decided to sleep on top of him, so I thought it best not to wake her by him getting up every half hour. Naturally, I was beyond tired and exhausted all day, while my sick kids still needed lots of TLC.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Today at my house...

... my husband started replacing our old, old, OLD, single-pane, drafty windows. There are six total that need to be done. The noise and dust are making me throw up, but this will be a great improvement as far as cutting down on how much dust and pollen get in the house, as well as cutting our electricity bill by better regulating the temperature in the house.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Does that baby still sleep in your bed?

(Because inquiring minds want to know)

No, she doesn't. In fact, she never has. Anna, like all of our babies, has had her own bed, in her own room, from the first night after she was born, and has spent every single night in it.

True, it is not a crib. Rather, she sleeps in a her own, queen-size bed (how appropriate for a little girl like her). Some time before the new baby comes, we will move her to a toddler bed in her sisters' room, to free up the "big bed" for the new baby. 

 Miriam as a newborn

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Luck of the Irish?

This morning, as usual, I made my Saturday run to the produce house for some great deals on organic fruits and veggies. For $21, we got:

8 cucumbers
1 lb strawberries
1 bag + 3 extra kiwis
1/2 lb bag of snow peas
3 heads heirloom lettuce
about 2 lbs on the vine tomatoes
1 large pineapple
3 bunches green onions
2 bunches carrots 
1 box of mushrooms

If you think that is a good deal, you are right. But wait until you hear this: as I was getting ready to leave, one of the guys there told me that they had put the flats of organic pineapple on sale for $2 per flat!!! 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring Break is for the Feeble

It's been a busy week around here. Our kids got no spring break, simply due to the fact that we are just finishing up on week 24 of 36 of our "homeschool year". Which means we have set a new record for staying on track without falling behind!!! I wasn't about to break that just because everyone else is on break. 

We did, however, stick to a bit more of a bare-bones schedule. It freed up some time to do spring cleaning, the much less popular cousin of spring break. With eight people under one roof, this really is a year-round job that never ends. It keeps things looking okay, as opposed to catastrophic.

Breakfast Greens

This is a great side dish any time of day, but I love to eat it with some toast and eggs for breakfast. Getting leafy greens first thing in the morning seems to give me that much needed energy boost for the day, and it's a nice change of pace from green smoothies.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Are you smarter than a 2nd grader?

Because I'm NOT.

This morning, I was cooking up some greens as a side to our breakfast of toast and eggs. 


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Random blurbs

- Almost 20 weeks pregnant, and the morning sickness still haunts me some days. Also, the fatigue is still there. But - I can feel the little one squirm around now and then, which is precious.

- The goldfish from Isaac and Miriam's birthday party are still alive. If they died, I could strike "cleaning the fish bowl" off my daily to do list, but these fish are hardy. 

- Still no rain, just more wind that stirs up all this dust. I'd just as soon pack up and leave the area for a while, but traveling with kids is a hassle when you don't like to eat junk along the way.

- Isaac is doing well considering how dry and dusty it's been. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

You can't miss us

Last week, I took the kids to a park near our house to burn off some energy before dinner.

Clearly, they had all been cooped up indoors too much due to the severe allergies caused by all the pollen and dust currently circulating in our area. We haven't had rain in at least four months! Maybe more, it's just too depressing to keep count.