Sunday, May 25, 2008
We eat homemade Pizza about 3 times per week. We really like pizza. However, we still have not found a perfect recipe. Some dough have come close and are fine to use, but nothing really grabs us. I am looking for pizza bubbles and cracker crust just like Pietro's pizza in Oregon. I am also look for a major response from Greg, I need to hear him say "this is the best so far."
Well we figured it out. We took our favorite dough recipe, form it in the food processor. Eat one pizza and put the other dough in the refridgerator. There is something about keeping the second dough in the fridge that makes it more yeasty and yummy for later. Also, we coat the bottom of the pizza in semonila flour, which is a smaller grain than corn meal, and slide the pizza onto a hot pizza stone at 550 degrees. I'd go higher, but this is as hot as the oven gets! We used to put the pizza on the middle rack, but we changed it to the bottom rack, this has created a cracker bottom crust. These simple things have created a delicious pizza, just like the fancy resturants. Greg finally said without prompting "this is the best so far!"
We added 1 tablespoon of gluten to each cup of flour last week. This made a really chewy pizza, also good. We also have tried using bread flour...works good. cooking pizza has been a good science experiment.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
We went to the high school graduation to see our neighbor's boy get his diploma. Greg and I spent most of the time in the hallways and foyer chasing Ruby. Who I may add walked like she owned that school. During one of the times that I was chasing after her, she lead me to this quiet foyer area where it looks likes kids mingle. I walked over to this annocement area and there in the middle was a picture of my brother-in-law Andrew. I couldn't beleive it. It was his picture with a biography of him and the annocement board was basically announcing that he was the coordinator of the Big Brother Big Sister program. Later that evening Greg ran into a lady that he kind of knew that also mentioned Andrew's name. People seem really excited to have him here already.
This is the time of the year that we thank goodness for flood insurance. However...our area did not flood. Usually when the river breaks we begin to see flooding the same day, but this year it took the river three days before it began bringing the debris that plugs up river flow and then causes the area to flood.
This is a good time for people who are brave to get in there boats and grab big logs. I think you have to have a lot of experience though, because the river is actually flowing really quick, and those logs are huge. One of my coworkers went seal hunting recently and he told me that he was in the Bering Sea. He explained that the ice freezes up quickly around the boats, and they would have to pick up the boat drag it across shallow ice, and try to break up the ice to set the boat back into. He captured 1 bearded seal, 1 harbor seal, and two Eider ducks. He has been boating in ice for many years though, so he made it sound easy to move around the sea with ice everywhere.
There was a lady standing by the river tonight, and she kept turning around saying, "there's a seal." She then showed me a picture of a rabbit trapped on top of ice flowing down the river. She said, "poor rabbit all trapped going out to sea." I told her that he probaly jumped from ice cube to ice cube until he made it to shore. I hate sad endings.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Moxy has strong chubby legs like his sister. He may even forgo the crawling stage at this rate. I want him to crawl though, because I am told that crawling is good for his little brain development, so we have been putting him on his belly more. He went a little bit backwards today, but continues to try to push up with his arms, like he wants to stand.
Ruby is just getting back from the neighbors. Kayla the neighbor girl was able to get two piggy tales in her hair and Ruby actually kept them in her hair for a total of two minutes. It seemed like as soon as I said, "how cute" she immediatly ripped the piggy tales out and went back to a savage hair style.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
This is a picture of the neighbors little pincher. They dress her up in funny clothes a lot, and this t-shirt caught my attention as super funny. It does not seem to bother the little Lady that she wears clothes, in fact in the winter they put warm sweaters on her and make her pee in the super cold weather. She's my favorite dog to babysit because she goes to the bathroom in seconds because she hates the cold and mud.