Friday, April 29, 2011

Honey Whole Wheat Crust

This pizza crust is awesome, and not too hard, for a pizza crust I guess??!

1 TBS Honey
1 1/2 cups warm water (about 110 degrees F)
1 TBS active dry yeast
1 TBS olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
about 1 1/2 to 2 cups all purpose flour

Put your water in the mixing bowl of your kitchen aid (or whatever standing mixer you have) and add the honey. I mix the honey around for a second just to help it dissolve a little. Then pour your yeast over the top and let it set until it starts to get foamy. Then stir in, I use the paddle attachment, the olive oil and salt into the yeast mixture. The add all of the whole wheat flour and mix. Then switch to the kneading hook attachment and add the all purpose flour 1/2 at a time until the dough starts to pull away from the sides. You don't want to add too much flour or the dough will be stiff and hard. Keep in mind also that you will be adding a little more flour when you roll out the dough. When the dough starts to pull away, stop adding flour and let knead for about 2 minutes. After that, pull the dough out and use olive oil to coat the bowl (or you can get another bowl oil it and then transfer the dough to there).Cover loosely with a towel and let stand in a warm place until double, or about 1 hour. Then punch the dough down and let rise for another 30 to 45 minutes. Preheat your oven to 425 degree F, and lightly grease a jelly roll pan. Lightly flour a surface and roll out dough to about the size of the jelly roll pan. Place the dough on the pan and push it out so it covers the pan. Then top with whatever your heart desires, and bake for about 17 minutes.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ellie Bellie

Oh, my so it's been a really long time. Well this post is all about Ellie, a Grady post coming I promise. So Ellie is now 9 months old and could quite possibly be the most happy baby on the planet. Seriously this girl is hardly ever NOT smiling. She is amazing!

Seriously this smile melts my heart! She is now crawling EVERYWHERE and she even pulls herself up to things and walks around them. It keeps our lives interesting, especially Grady who is learning to pick up the things he doesn't want destroyed! She loves music, her baby doll (who we just call baby doll, really original, huh?), her big brother (every morning when I set her on the ground, she immediately crawls straight to his room), her mommy and dad, and last but not least FOOD. This is pretty foreign to us since we are usually trying all stops to get Grady to eat!! OH, and I almost forgot, she loves SLEEP. She has been sleeping through the night for a really long time, what more could you ask for.

Ellie's 9 Month Stats:

Height: 26 Inches - 6%

Weight: 16.4 lbs - 11%

Ellie-you are so sweet and amazing, we love you!!