It’s been a while since I’ve had a food post…
I finally had a chance to try out the new pizza stone Kaylee and Scott gave me for Mother’s Day last week. I made homemade spinach/feta/mozzarella pizza and barbecue chicken/mozzarella pizza. I also realized what I was doing wrong all this time: Better Homes and Gardens cookbook says to cook the crust before putting the toppings on, and then cook it again. That’s why my crust used to be so hard! The secret is just to put the toppings on the raw dough and cook it once! For the spinach one, I used thawed chopped spinach (I squeezed as much water out as possible) and crumbled feta cheese. Here are my latest results:
Saturday morning, I got up early and made a batch of chili and some homemade spaghetti sauce. I used some of our frozen garden tomatoes for both. We had the chili for supper on Saturday night (Hope was at a friend’s house and isn’t a big chili fan), but even with only six of us, we polished off most of the pot (four cans of assorted beans)!
When I got up (at the crack of 10:30) on Sunday morning, I went out to water the garden. I was surprised to see a car pulling a trailer come into our driveway and a man unload a rowboat onto one of the lots that are for sale (owned by our landlord). He then proceeded to pull his boat down to the water by hand. I momentarily considered how much fun it might be to have his car towed, since I had no idea who he was, and that he was trespassing as far as I was concerned. I didn’t, and he soon came back to his car and drove away. I still don’t know if it was somebody my landlord knows or not…
I used the spaghetti sauce I made Saturday to make a lasagna-like thing with elbow macaroni (we were out of lasagna)…we’ll have that for supper tonight. I also cooked some barbecue chicken thighs to have on Tuesday night: we’ll be rushing out the door for the Saint John Men’s Chorus Spring Concert. While I was cooking, I reorganized our main pantry cupboard…I found fruit cups from 2008…chucked those out in a hurry! We won’t run short of barbecue sauce any time soon…there were about eight bottles of various brands in there! If only we’d get a sunny day to barbecue now…
We went over to Kaylee and Scott’s for supper yesterday, and Kaylee made pizza for us too (check the comments below for her pizza crust recipe). She put green peppers on her Barbecue Chicken pizza, which I picked off and gave to Jim. Devin picked off the mushrooms on his, but didn’t give them to anybody! Elise had “deconstructed” pizza (pieces of chicken, mozzarella, green pepper, and mushrooms), which Kaylee took away once Elise started chucking pieces on the floor. Released from her high chair, Elise then repossessed what was left of her mother’s pizza on the plate on the coffee table, and started eating that. She threw it on the floor a couple more times, but it landed topping side up each time…five-second rule applies in that case! After supper, Hope and I sang the “If You’re Happy and You Know It” song along with Barney on TV, much to Elise’s delight…I pretended not to know what to do when Barney said to ”Do all three.” What I didn’t know was that Anna was taking a video of us acting the fool with her phone…there’s a video I hope will never see the light of day!
We checked out a garden center near Kaylee’s after supper…I was in the market for a magnolia bush. The ones at the garden center in our area cost more than $200, which is way out of my price range! Anna didn’t want to get out of the van, even though Hope told her that cute boys were working there! We didn’t buy anything…they had mostly flowers. It was a nice drive, but it made me realize how much I love where we live!
When we got home, Anna and I made lava cakes (this recipe is from Food Network’s Chuck Hughes)…note to self: when buying ramekins, check the size! The recipe called for 4 oz. ramekins…the ones we got were about 7.5 oz.! The lava cakes were delicious though, and very easy!
Once the lava cakes were done, I went out to check on my garden. To my great disgust, something, probably the baby groundhog I saw the other day, had started digging up my transplanted peat pots and chewing on them. He had no interest in the plants, just the biodegradable pots I’d gotten at the dollar store!
Something is also nibbling the occasional bean plant and some of the sunflowers too…most of the seeds I planted last week are up, with the exception of the lima beans. I don’t know if my transplants are going to make it or not…they got very dry sitting out in the sun. I’ll probably have to replace all of the cruciferous vegetables, and most of the peppers and tomatoes.
Jim and Devin went out last night and trimmed some trees…one of the largest trees in the back yard suffered some damage due to the big snowfalls during the winter. There was a big branch hanging down over my garden, which was providing unwanted shade and a hazard for me! They got rid of that one! Jim also made a path for me to the hose (the outdoor faucet has a large pine tree in front of it, and I was scratching my arms every time I tried to water my plants). I appreciated the new nozzle Jim had picked up for me earlier in the week…the old one hadn’t survived the winter well, and was giving me more water than the plants!
It’s raining today…weeding will be my next task in the garden once the rain stops!
*Note to my blogging buddies: I am running about a week behind with my reading…I’m not ignoring you…I will be visiting soon! WM