Gone for a Ride

Almost every evening I say to Vince “Want to go for a ride on the RTV?” and his response is almost always the same . . nothing has changed since yesterday! But it just love riding around out there.  Even though I had my camera, I wasn’t quick enough to get a picture of the wildlife we saw yesterday.  Every time I see one of those huge jack rabbits, I tell myself that it was the biggest one I’ve ever seen but the one we saw yesterday may well have been the biggest one we’ve seen.  I guess with all the green grass and almost adequate supply of water the jack rabbits are thriving this year.  Later, we came up on a family of 5 or 6 deer.  They ran but two more times, we caught a glimpse of them.

South Fence Line

Someone asked me the other day how I keep from getting lost in the woods.  We have trails cut.  It’s pretty easy not to get lost.  Every now and then I’ll get off the trail to get a closer look at something and then I have to think about which way to go but there are enough trails that I’ll come across one and even though I may not know exactly which way to turn, if I follow one of the main trails, I will get to a familiar spot.  It’s kind of surprising for this city girl but 45 acres is not a big piece of ground and even with my uncanny ability to get lost, I don’t think I could get lost out here.

A Clearing

As we’re riding along, I’ll often say “Oh, this is a good spot for Chad and Nicole to build a house!”  This was my pick from yesterday’s ride.  A perfect spot for my grandchildren to grow up!  :)

A Beautiful Evening

Yesterday was such a beautiful evening.  It was a bit cloudy . . one of those days when I looked at the sky as we were driving away from the house, and thought . . I hope we get back before it rains, but it didn’t rain.  Seeing so much green in early September is about the best thing folks in this area could imagine.

Pizza – Easy and Yummy

If you have not made a homemade pizza and you or someone in your family loves pizza, what are you waiting for?  It is so easy and the instructions below are truly the easiest I’ve ever tried.  This method is really “no fail”.  Honest!

I’ve made pizza on the grill, on the kamado type grills (we use this one).  I’ve used a pizza stone, a cast iron pizza pan, which I love, a pizza peel which is pretty necessary with most methods of making pizza. But the method I love the best of all can be done on a cookie sheet with no stone, no peel . . nothing special.

Since taking Peter Reinhart’s Perfect Pizza at Home class, this is the only way I’ve made pizza and I want you all to try it . . it’s unbelievably easy!  The class is free at Craftsy.  If you don’t want to watch the videos, you don’t have to but they are so useful and he has such a calming voice.  You can simply sign up (remember . . it’s free), and download the recipes.

The recipe I love is the Sicilian recipe.  It’s a very wet dough.  The first time you make it, you will be sure you’ve not added enough flour. Trust him . . it works.  I use my kitchen scale and weigh the ingredients.  By having plenty of olive oil on my parchment paper beneath the crust and rubbing a little olive oil on top, it makes for a crust that is crispy on the bottom and has a good “done” top so it doesn’t get soggy with the sauce added.

Pizza Crust

Pizza Crust

Another reason I love this crust is that it takes a bit less than half the recipe and I divide the remaining dough into thirds, keep it in the fridge for up to a week and make focaccia for three nights with it.

For my pizza sauce, I simply heat a little olive oil, saute some chopped onion and garlic, add a quart jar of my home canned tomatoes, a little oregano, basil, fennel seeds . . whatever you want to add, and simmer til it’s thick. Sometimes I’ll throw in oregano or basil stems just to give it more flavor, and then fish them out when the sauce is thick. Honestly, you can use storebought pizza sauce and it won’t ruin your pizza.  It won’t be as good as homemade but chances are, no one will even notice!

Pizza Sauce

The toppings can be whatever you want them to be.  I always use turkey pepperoni because it’s less greasy.  For this pizza, I used shaved deli ham, sweet onions from the garden, black olives, grated low fat mozzarella and fresh mozzarella.

Ready to Bake

This size pizza gives us enough for dinner, which we have every Friday or Saturday night, and then enough leftover for lunch one day.

Ready to Eat

If you’re lucky enough to have a place near you where you can buy good already made or even take and bake pizza, that’s great but for those of us who don’t have that option . . you can’t beat this pizza . . the taste or the ease in creating.

A friend has a new wood fired pizza oven and I keep begging for one of those but for now, my kitchen oven will have to suffice.

Stash Report – Week 36, 2013

Used this Week:  0 yards
Used year to Date: 183 ya0rds
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 13 yards
Net Used for 2013: 170 yards