Sunday, March 23, 2008

Friday, March 21, 2008

Interrupting Blogging Break

I am still working like crazy on my stupid dissertation, but I thought I'd pop in to discuss my Easter plans.

For the first time EVER, I am hosting some of my family for Easter dinner! It will be four people, which is smaller than the usual gathering because my brother and SIL's family go to her mom's for Easter. So I am considering this my test run and my family members are my guinea pigs. Yay guinea pigs! Now, I have been waiting to host something for many, many years. I am very excited about this. I have already utilized my handy dandy guide on folding napkins into fancy shapes and have folded my "company" (aka nice and unstained) napkins into lilies. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Now, this is not necessarily a frugal venture. I picked random recipes that sound and/or taste good, I did not base my recipe pickin' on price. These dishes don't particularly match each other, either, but I think it will be good.

On the menu:
A very yummy and easy chicken and rice dish
A variation of Pioneer Woman's Olive Cheese Bread
Green salad
Pioneer Woman's Apple Dumplings with ice cream

Still to do:
Sweep and mop floors
Pick up the spare room
Take out the trash
Move another table into kitchen
Do some cookin'
Work on stupid dissertation (oh, wait- that's every day)


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Busy Busy

I haven't gone away forever, I promise. I'm just trying like mad to get a rough draft of my dissertation done. Because I fully intend on graduating in October...

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Just Thought You Should Know


Monday, March 03, 2008

Best Pizza Crust Ever

From the More with Less Cookbook, pg. 142:

Combine in large bowl:
1 c. warm water
1 pkg. yeast

When dissolved, add:
1 T. sugar
1.5 t. salt
2 T. vegetable oil
1.25 c. flour

Beat until smooth. Add:
2 c. additional flour, or enough to make stiff dough. Knead until elastic, about five minutes. Place in greased bowl and let rise until double, about 45 minutes. Form 2 balls. Pat and stretch to fill 2 greased pizza pans. Let rise ten minutes.

This is seriously the best crust. I use it over and over again!