Making pizza with the kids (the dough and sauce are technically vegan).

I have been planning what to make for the Super Bowl.  I was looking for things I could do ahead of time and throw together during the game.  So I decided to experiment with pizza.  Also, my kids were driving me insane and I thought this would occupy them for a bit.  It occupied them, but they continued to bicker through the process.  Oh, well.  It was worth a shot.

This recipe was so easy.  I threw the dough together and let it rise for about an hour.  It’s only a few ingredients.  Aside from the yeast, it’s probably all stuff you already have in your pantry.

1 .25 ounce package of dry active yeast

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

1 cup of warm water (you want this slightly warmer than body temperature, around 110 degrees)

2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

2 tablespoons of oil (we used olive oil)

First, add the yeast, sugar, and water to a bowl.  Let it rest until it looks frothy.  This should take about 10 minutes.  

You can add the flour, salt, and oil by hand or in a mixer.  Mix until it comes together in a ball and let rest for an hour.  

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  

While I was letting it rise, I was breaking up wrestling matches in my living room, vacuuming, and making the marinara sauce.  I used the marinara recipe from my cookbook (You can buy it on my website!  Don’t forget!!  Purchase before February 15 and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Target gift card)

I had the boys roll out the dough.  It was more of an oval than an actual circle, but it was pretty enough for us.  Add the sauce and whatever toppings you choose.  We just used cheese.  The crusts bake for 15 minutes.




Super fast, super easy Chicken and biscuits (for nights you don’t feel like doing much)



It was a pretty lazy Sunday around here.  I’ve had one of the worst weeks I’ve had in a while and I guess I just didn’t feel like doing too much.  I’m sure everyone who has a lot of responsibilities feels that way sometimes.  

Nonetheless, these kids insist on eating regularly so someone had to bite the bullet and make dinner.  

This is one that can be made with minimal effort and costs about seven dollars.

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 cup carrots, diced

1 cup celery, chopped

1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons flour

1 cup chicken stock

1 store bought chicken, shredded

1 package store bought biscuits (Pillsbury Grands, etc.)

Heat the oil and sauté the vegetables until they soften.  Add the butter and flour, then add the chicken stock.  Let boil until the stock thickens.  Throw the shredded chicken in.  Top with the biscuits and bake according to the biscuit directions, about 12 minutes at 375.

Done!  Now I can finish alternating between watching football and Waiting to Exhale.  The kids are happy, I’ve fulfilled my legal obligation to keep them alive, AND I only have one pot to wash.  Everyone wins!  Have a great week!!