Five simple things


This week was amazing! It's been a great week since last Friday. I didn't post a "Five simple things" that day because, we were all on baby watch with my brother and sister-in-law. We welcomed a new, little member to the family, and I am a proud aunt once again.

This is the first baby for my brother and sister-in-law, and they-and the rest of the family-are tickled pink with joy. Little Henry James was born at 11:42 p.m. Arkansas time and was 7.3 pound, 20-inches long. He is perfect and we are so thrilled for my brother and sister-in-law and the start to their little family. (check out the little red wagon of flowers we sent them in the last picture-cute right? you can get them here) So not that anything can top that news, here are a few other things that made this week great!

1. These boxes.

Yogi Surprise is always one of my favorite things to get each month and each box just gets better and better with items. This month was no different in it's contents and I am loving each and every thing the Lifestyle box and Jewelry box contained. You can get your own box here.

Grab a subscription for the coming months. Trust me, you'll love it!

2. This tree.

Have you heard of Shoe Trees? They are pretty interesting and some of them are actually useful. This one was located on the outskirts of Redmond, Oregon, and was started in 1997.

3. The fair.

The Mr. scored some free county fair tickets and a parking pass from work and the three of us headed over and enjoyed the day. We had only planned to be there a few hours, but it ended up being all day and well into the evening. We were all worn out by the time we rolled back home, but it was a blast!

4. This fridge.

We said goodbye to our old refrigerator this week and bought a new one, finally. We've had this same refrigerator for the past 10 years and it was time for an upgrade. The ice maker and water dispenser in the front was never used due to not having water hookup in the house we live in, so ultimately it was a waste of space for us. We decided to downgrade to a smaller refrigerator and one that matches our oven that we purchased about a year ago. It works perfect in the space and also goes along with the minimal efforts we are working toward. We love it!

5. Pizza nights

Last but not least is this pizza dough. We have been finding more ways to cook at home and bring in less waste into the house, so I have mastered a great go-to pizza dough recipe and if you like pizza like we do, I think you will love this recipe. 

Basic Pizza Dough:
Makes two 12-inch pizzas

2 cups unbleached flour
2 cups organic whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon quick yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons organic sugar
1 1/2 cups hot water
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

In a stand mixer or large bowl, mix the flours, yeast and salt. Warm the water to 110-115 degrees, which feels hot to the touch. Add the oil to the water. Mix the water into the flour mixture, kneading until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl. I use my hands for this because it's just easier. It should be soft and pliable but not overly sticky. If it is sticking to your fingers, add a little more flour. Knead for a few minutes, then place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover, and place near but not on the stove. Let rise for at least an hour. Freeze the remaining, or use right away.

Heat oven to 425 degrees
Cut dough in half and use the dough at room temperature
Sprinkle a good amount of flour on a working surface
Roll out dough and if you're good, flip into the air, to make a round 12-inches
Place onto a baking stone, or pan, or if you're lucky, a wood-fired pizza oven, add your toppings, and bake 12 to 15 minutes

-Toppings we enjoy:
Good ol' pepperoni and mozzarella and cheddar cheese blend
Roma tomatoes, basil, garlic, and mozzarella cheese
Chicken breast, Parmesan, mozzarella cheese.

Have a great weekend!

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