Monday, January 23, 2012


We had a special guest at our house tonight. Mrs. Stickley let her pal Tigger come home with Mahala for a sleepover. He even brought his stuffed animal with him. Before coming home, we had to go to the allergy doctor for shots and a checkup. Tigger was very helpful and held Mahala's hand as she got her shots. Then we picked up Todd from track practice and came home. Tigger and Mahala played Temple Run on my cellphone and played with Mahala and Emily in their room.

Tigger ate some chocolate and shared some with the rest of us.

Mahala read Tigger a bedtime story.

Tigger had a glass of water before going to sleep. I hope he doesn't wet the bed.

Mahala cuddled Tigger and gave him lots of hugs and kisses.

By 9:00 Tigger was tucked in bed.

Goodnight Tigger, Sleep Tight!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Pizza Sauce

I knew that later in the week we would be having pizza for supper one night, so I decided to go ahead and make the sauce so that it would be ready. I have created this recipe by combining several other recipes together and making a few adjustments. I am not sure if I have posted a pizza sauce recipe before, but if I have I'm sure this is a little different.

I begin with 1 1/2 cups of hot water. To that, I added 2 chicken bouillon cubes. (Anytime a savory recipe calls for water, it adds to the flavor if you use bouillon cubes or replace the water with chicken broth or stock.). From there, I added in my 6oz. can of tomato paste. I normally use Muir Glen organic tomato paste, because the taste of it is so much better, but I didn't have any on hand. At this point I also add 3-4 tbs. of extra virgin olive oil. Once you have all that blended together, you can add your seasonings. You can adjust these amounts based on your taste.
I add:
1 1/2 tsp. oregano
1 1/2 tsp. basil
1 1/2 tsp. pizza seasoning
1-2 tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Once all of your seasonings are mixed in, cover and let sit for at least an hour, so all the flavors can blend together. You can use now or refrigerate or freeze for future use. We usually have enough sauce for 4 pizzas from this.

A Morning of Baking

I started my morning off with some baking. I made a loaf of wheat bread, 12 honey yeast rolls, and a bunch of chocolate chocolate chip muffins. I am slowly trying to incorporate wheat flour into our recipes instead of white flour. In the bread I used a little bit of white flour but mostly wheat, and in the muffins I used 1/2 white and 1/2 wheat.
(Not sure why some of the above writing is underlined and why some is not. Weird.)

The wheat bread is a new recipe. We will see how it turns out. Go here to check out the recipe that I used.

The honey yeast rolls came out of the oven around lunch time and now we only have 5 left. We will eat them with supper. Go here to check out the recipe.

The chocolatey chocolate chip muffins will go in the freezer and warmed up for breakfast. The mini-muffins can go in the kids lunch boxes frozen and they will be thawed by lunch. It will be a special treat for them. Go here to see the recipe.