Friday, February 5, 2010

Flat tire,pizza jar mix,fever, and decluttering/rearranging

What a Friday!!!!! The baby has a fever today and I am not sure why, He does not seem sick, But none the less it worries me, only a week after surgery. He is napping right next to me, So I can keep an eye on him.
My oldest took my car today since I would not be using it, She took her lunch break to pick up some groceries at walmart, Went out to leave and flat tire. We knew the tires were bad, We are replacing them one a month because the tires cost $170 each. That was not an expense I was looking forward to this week, But what are ya gonna do, Fix it.
This morning I made pizza mixes up, In canning jars of course since they are my new favorite things. This family loves pizza and I mean loves it, But making it never appealed much to me, It seemed so time consuming, I don't know why I thought this. So I broke down last night and found a yeast recipe online and made it up. It made 2 12 inch pizzas and it was soooo easy. I thought holy cow I can make this even easier. So I made up 4 jars full of the dry mix, I can grab this in the morning, mix it up, knead it for 5 minutes, slap it in a bowl to rise. When done I will roll it out, top it, and put it in the fridge for dinner time. This sounds so easy to me I am going to dedicate one night a week to homemade pizza. WHeeeeeeeee easy easy dinner!!!!!
I also could not stand my living room anymore, I spent the last few nights, spackling the area underneath the DVD shelf that we put up, Where the unusable fireplace is. I have decided I want to paint my living room a burnt orange type color. So I am getting it ready to paint. So I rearranged the furniture around today and cleaned places that had not seen a broom for awhile. Tonight after the kids go to bed, I am recovering our hide a bed that we use as a love seat. I purchased some heavy duty fabric at a local walmart that is discontinuing their fabric dept. I got 15 yards of this fabric for $8.22. I will take before and after pics and post them tomorrow. I recovered it a few months ago, But I just used some scrap fabric and the fabric is really thin, It turned out nice, But with 6 kids it did not hold up well. This fabric will match my existing furniture really well too, It is dark blue so will hold up to dirty hands too.
It was also the monthly time to declutter and organize my two home school/bookshelves. That was quite a task. I can
t believe how much clutter gets piled up in one month. All in all today was productive.
The last thing I did was make my list for next month. Next month we are having our first NO SPEND month. I am going to post twice per week next month, dedicated to just this NO SPEND. My to do lists to keep busy, Meals and recipes using our stockpile etc. We have alot of debt. We do not want to file bankruptcy, Because it is our debt and we want to pay it. So we started last year, We did not make our goal by this January of having as much paid off as we wanted to, So we are gonna do this NO SPEND month in march and hopefully again in May to get back on track and actually get a bit ahead. I want to keep myself really busy and the kids really busy next month, So we don't even think about going out!!!! Then hopefully toward the end of the month we have a nicer day and for a reward for our no spending, I am going to plan a huge picnic at the park/zoo (free) for the entire day. Everyone is really excited about that. Gotta run and check on the baby, Happy Friday, Michelle

Pizza recipe
In bowl mix
2 3/4 cup bread flour
2 Tablespoons yeast or 1 packet
1 teaspoon salt
Mix this up and store in jars, This mix will make 2-12inch pizza's.

To dry mix, add 1 cup warm water and 2 tablespoons oil, I have used veg. and olive and sunflower, all work well. Mix this up until ball forms. Turn onto floured surface knead 5 minutes, put in floured bowl to rise, 2-3 hours. Roll out dough to fit pans, Poke holes in the dough with fork to keep bubbles from forming. Spread on sauce, We have used spaghetti sauce, homemade sauce, pizza sauce from the store etc. anything works. Add your toppings, Whatever you like. Bake 25-45 minutes until done. ENJOY!!!!

Our pizza sauce
3 large cans tomato sauce
2 tablespoons oregano
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon chili seasoning mix

Put all in a glass jar or canning jar, shake shake shake, Use what you need for your pizzas according to how much sauce you like. Store rest in fridge for up to 2 weeks, Use as needed for pizzas.


shaunta said...

I made up gluten-free pizza mixes last weekend. My kids like it even better than the regular kind! But I had a question about your recipe. It says 2 Tablespoons or one packet yeast...a packet of yeast is 2 1/4 teaspoons. So I wondered if one or the other was a typo? When I've made regular wheat pizza dough, my recipe called for 2 Tablespoons. The gluten-free mix out of Gluten-free Baking Classics only calls for 2 1/4 teaspoons.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pizza tip, great idea to make up the dry ingredients ahead of time. I think I will borrow that idea as we make homemade pizza often. Love you blog. Love your ideas!!!


frugalredneck said...

Shuanta, tyyyyyyyyy so much for catching that, You are totally and completely right!!!!!!!!!! It is 2 TEASPOONS yeast or 1 packet. I had one eye on little man last night and one on the blog. Thanks for catching that. Michelle

frugalredneck said...

Thank you very much Anon, I am so glad you enjoy my blog and my ideas. I love doing it!!! This is one of the best things I have done for myself ever!!! Good Luck with the pizza making, I made them again for lunch today and the twins wanted more again tomorrow!!!! Of course I did buy mini peperoni's dirt cheap with coupons and sales, I think they liked the mini peperoni's just as much haha. Michelle