Today I'm terribly tired.. on a normal working day I wake up at 5:30 am and get home from work around 2ish.. today not so.. 5:30pm was my time home... I get home in time to kiss my husband walking out the door for work.. and greeting my overly active 11 year old son and my Spanish daughter... within 15 minutes my daughter is home from softball practice.. ahhhhh a moment of relaxation... or so I thought... "KNOCK KNOCK'... UGH Someone is at my door.. well.. it's three young boys who ACT like they are my sons friends, when in truth, they use him as a convenience to them... the littlest one says to me "Can I use your bathroom"? ME.. I say "um why? use your own.. ".. Ok.. so I know he doesn't live in this neighborhood.. but is buddy standing right next to him DOES and he has 2 bathrooms vs my 1.... The kids then pipe up and ask can my son come out to play.. Ummm.. me.. "NOPE"!!! You're not going to use my son to pee in my toilet!!! I told them since they were all playing together they could go pee in the other child's toilet...GOOD GRAVY!! I shut the door.. do I need to hang a sign on my door that says "PEE AT YOUR OWN HOME OR THE CHILD'S HOME YOU ARE VISITING"....?? Is there a bible verse for this???????? WAIT.. Maybe there is a small bit of scripture.. John 16:20 in the later part of the scripture says.. "You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy"... Can some one please explain to this tired mom tonight.. how I would have gotten joy by letting that child pee in my toilet????????? Honestly I did feel guilty for closing the door on him.. but..... this is the same child that borrowed a video game from my son and ruined it and then denied he ever had it.. maybe I'm holding more than grief...... ??????
Brick Oven Pizza ( Brooklyn Style)
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup cold water
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups bread flour
6 ounces low moisture mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
1/2 cup no salt added canned crushed tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 leaves fresh basil, torn
Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a large bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes to proof. Stir in salt and cold water, then stir in the flour about 1 cup at a time. When the dough is together enough to remove from the bowl, knead on a floured surface until smooth, about 10 minutes. Divide into two pieces, and form each one into a tight ball. Coat the dough balls with olive oil, and refrigerate in a sealed container for at least 16 hours. Be sure to use a big enough container to allow the dough to rise. Remove the dough from the refrigerator one hour prior to using.
Preheat the oven, with a pizza stone on the lowest rack, to 550 degrees F. Lightly dust a pizza peel with flour.
Using one ball of dough at a time, lightly dust the dough with flour, and stretch gradually until it is about 14 inches in diameter, or about as big around as the pizza stone. Place on the floured peel. Place thin slices of mozzarella over the crust, then grind a liberal amount of black pepper over it. Sprinkle with dried oregano. Randomly arrange crushed tomatoes, leaving some empty areas. Drizzle olive oil over the top.
With a quick back and forth jerk, make sure the dough will release from the peel easily. Place the tip of the peel at the back of the preheated pizza stone, and remove peel so that the pizza is left on the stone.
Bake for 4 to 6 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the crust begins to brown. Remove from the oven by sliding the peel beneath the pizza. Sprinkle a few basil leaves randomly over the pizza. Cut into wedges and serve.