Friday, January 30, 2009
1 1/4 cups warm water (105-115 degrees F)
1 envelope active dry yeast
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
5 cups all purpose or bread flour, as needed
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons salt Olive Oil
1. In a small bowl, mix the water, yeast and sugar and let stand about 10 minutes, or until foamy.
2. In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture and egss. Mix in 5 cups of flour and the salt and stir or beat with an electric mixer until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Turn the dought out onto a lightly floured surface and need for 5-10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
3. Put the dough into a large oiled bowl, turning once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft free place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in volume.
4. Punch down the dough and divide into 4 equal pieces. Shape the pieces into balls. Lightly cover the dough with a kitchen towel and let rise about 30 minutes, so it will be easier to handle.
5. For each pizza, brush a 12 inch round pizza pan or a large baking sheet with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface. With floured hands, pat into a 6 inch round. Stretch or roll out the dough with a rolling pin into an 11 inch circle. Lift onto the prepare pan and press the dough to the edges of the pizza pan. Add toppings and bake on the lowest oven rack.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Here's some background on St. Frances Xavier Cabrini from Catholic Online:
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin (Feast day November 13) St. Frances was born in Lombardi, Italy in 1850, one of thirteen children. At eighteen, she desired to become a Nun, but poor health stood in her way. She helped her parents until their death, and then worked on a farm with her brothers and sisters.
One day a priest asked her to teach in a girls' school and she stayed for six years. At the request of her Bishop, she founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to care for poor children in schools and hospitals. Then at the urging of Pope Leo XIII she came to the United States with six nuns in 1889 to work among the Italian immigrants.
Filled with a deep trust in God and endowed with a wonderful administrative ability, this remarkable woman soon founded schools, hospitals, and orphanages in this strange land and saw them flourish in the aid of Italian immigrants and children. At the time of her death, at Chicago, Illinois on December 22, 1917, her institute numbered houses in England, France, Spain, the United States, and South America. In 1946, she became the first American citizen to be canonized when she was elevated to sainthood by Pope Pius XII. St. Frances is the patroness of immigrants.
Have a day full of blessings,
Monday, January 26, 2009
Outside my window...the snow is falling softly.
I am thinking...how much preparation will be awaiting me at school.
I am wearing...my bathrobe and slippers.
I am creating...an altered composition book for my mom.
I am hoping...for a good week at school.
Read more daybooks at http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I'm always trying to organize things to make life a bit simpler for me. I bought the Cropper Hopper Photo Storage Box sometime last year from QVC. Today while cleaning up my scrapbooking/card making supplies, I decided that I should finally organize the photos that were in piles all over the table into the plastic envelopes and put them inside the storage box. What a freeing activity! I feel so much better that my photos are arranged by topic and/or date and will be easy to pull out when I'm ready to scrapbook them. Here it is with the filled cases:
If you are interested in reading more daybooks, visit http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/
Have a week full of blessings,
Sunday~ Baked Ziti and Garlic Bread
Monday~Slow Cooker Beef Tortellini Soup, Homemade Bread
Tuesday~Italian Cream Cheese Chicken over Linguine, Tossed Salad
Wednesday~Sub Sandwiches and Fresh Veggies and Dip
Thursday~Philly Cheesesteaks, Homemade Fries, Fresh Fruit
Friday~Hockey Game~eat at the arena
Saturday~Pizza and Wings~ Family Movie Night
Have a week full of blessings,
Friday, January 16, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
I had a very busy weekend. It flew by and I can't believe it's Monday again! On Saturday, I made Quick Chicken Soup, which was warm and delcious on a cold and snowy day. On Sunday, I made Pigs in the Blanket in the slow cooker. Pigs are one of our favorite comfort foods. I have finally mastered them after almost 14 years of marriage. They were my best yet!
Here are our plans for this week:
Sunday~Pigs in the Blanket (Stuffed Cabbage Rolls) and Hard Rolls
Monday~Ham Steaks with Easy Green Beans and Red Potatoes
Tuesday~Chicken Soft Tacos, Mexican Rice and Corn (Carry over from last menu)
Wednesday~Kielbassi and Kraut Sandwiches, Macaroni Salad
Thursday~Pork Chops and Scalloped Potatoes, Glazed Carrots
Friday~Pizza and Wings (Order in night)
Saturday~ T-Bone Steaks, Twice Baked Potatoes, Tossed Salad
Check out the other menus at http://orgjunkie.com
Have a week full of blessings,
Saturday, January 10, 2009
1/4 pound cooked chicken, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2 cups)
1 cup frozen green peas
2 medium celery stalks, sliced (1 cup)
2 medium carrots, sliced (1 cup)
1 small onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
7 cups reduced sodium chicken broth (from two 32-ounce cartons)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1 dried bay leaf
1 cup uncooked gemelli or rotini pasta (4 ounces)
2. Simmer uncovered 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. Combine bananas, sugar, egg and butter; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Combine the first three topping ingredients; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over muffins. Bake at 375° for 18-20 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Yield: about 1 dozen.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can(28 oz.) crushed tomatoes (I use Furman's)
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon brown sugar
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
In a skillet, cook ground beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a slow-cooker. Add the next 10 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or until heated through. Discard bay leaf. Serve over your favorite pasta.This sauce also freezes well.
Basil-Garlic Cheese Bread
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
1-2 teaspoon basil, dried (I use 1/2 tsp)
1 loaf French bread, halved lengthwise (unsliced)
In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients; spread over cut sides of bread. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Broil 4-6 inches from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut into 2-in. slices.