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Saturday, March 29, 2008


Eat your heart out Domino's, Pizza Hut, and where ever else pizza is made....

As I've mentioned before .. I'm on a mission to save $$. The cost of things going up and up is driving me insane as I feel MOST of the increase is not justified. Some yes I can see.. but others.. NO WAY!

I'm not big on eating out anyway.. but every once in awhile my family DOES ... So I improvised and asked them if I could make homemade pizza instead of ordering it.. They agreed.. This was two weeks ago.. and now it's requested daily ( next to my mac & cheese Ü)... So it was Friday night last night and hubby asked for the pizza.. so I made it... Here are a couple pics.. One pepperoni and the other ( hubby request) hamburger and mushrooms...

And a picture of a couple of lovely children enjoying it!!
Want the Recipe? Here it is...

It is a Bread Machine Recipe. I have two bread machines so I took the time to make 4 pizza's last night. I also bought blocked cheese and shredded it myself to keep the cost down.. We like Colby Jack on our pizza.. that's why you see the white and yellow cheese.

This is BASIC Pizza Dough .. Feel free to add any spices you would like to the dough.


Basic Pizza Dough
1 cup water
2 TBSP of olive or vegetable oil
3/4 tsp salt
3 cups bread flour
2 tsp of yeast
1 TBSP cornmeal

Add water, oil, salt, bread flour,and yeast to bread machine pan in the order of suggested by manufacturer. Select dough cycle. When cycle is complete, remove dough from machine to a lightly floured surface. If necessary, knead in enough flour to make dough easy to handle.
For EACH pizza, grease pan and sprinkle with cornmeal. Roll out dough and place on pan or pat dough in p an. Top each pizza with sauce and the toppings of YOUR choice. Bake at 425* for 15-25 minutes or until done --pizza is done when the edges of crust are golden and cheese is bubbly.




Another recipe I wanted to make was Homemade Waffles... I was going to whip up a batch and flash freeze them and then bag them up for morning breakfasts. So I wanted to do a test run on a FRUGAL recipe.. I didn't want to make them from a box mix ( because that too is going up in price).. so I whipped some up!!



So here they are Chocolate Chip Pancakes.. and to make the chocolate chips go further.. I chopped them up into pieces...


UNFORTUNATELY...... They did not last long... Rule #1.. Make these when NO children are around.... They were PROCLAIMED the BEST WAFFLES ever eaten by all 3.....I'm not sure though.. the ones I had at Disney World were pretty dog-gone good!!!

Chocolate Chip Waffles
1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups milk
1 TBSP butter, melted
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg, separated
1 TBSP sugar
1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

Combine first 3 ingredients in a large mixing bowl;set aside. Whisk milk, butter, vanilla and egg yolk together until frothy; add to flour mixture, stirring well. Set aside. Blend egg white until stiff peaks form; fold into flour mixture. Gently stir in chocolate chips. Pour by 1/2 cupfuls onto a hot, greased waffle iron; heat according to manufacturer's instructions. Makes 6 servings.


No Syrup NEEDED!~!~


Because I have spent so much time on my cooking I just wanted to share quickly what I'm reading now...





23 comments:

♥PugPosse♥ said...

YUM! Brad and Whitbit made homemade Pizza's the other night too. I so want a waffle maker...That would be a hit here for sure! Looks like everyone was enjoying their yummy treats! I must of missed your call inviting us over for Pizza and Waffles....LOL

RYC: yes you are right we do need to hook up for Lunch. I have Mondays off??? Sophie's??

Erin said...

oh. my. goodness. that pep pizza looks soo good!! I wish I had a bread maker...

Susanne said...

I loooooove pizza and yours looks so good! My oldest works at Pizza Hut right now so when she's on shift she gets 50% off so we've had it a little more often than usual.

I think I should take a peek at that one handed cookbook! LOL.

Wendy said...

OH yummers! I so wish I was at your house for dinner last night!! We had one heck of a crappy dinner. BLAH:( Will talk about it on my blog later! LOL!! I LOVE my waffle maker. I use wheat flour a lot and it's unbelievable what a yummy difference it makes. I also make homeade pancakes that are delish.

Tanya said...

I'm making that pizza asap! Looks fabulous.

I tagged you-check out my blog!

Tam said...

Thanks for stopping by and I know I need pictures but I am shy about my layouts! LOL I sometimes do not even like to put a page together at a crop. I like to trim and crop all my pictures and get all my mats ready but will not put them together until I get HOME. FREAK...Weirdo....YEA that is me! LLOL HEY do you have a recipe for a Chocolate APPLE PIE?

the real ~Roxann~ said...

I swear you are the most fabulous domestic goddess!!!! When I grow up, I wanna be you!!!!

So, I need a bread machine?!? Do you make whole wheat stuff? Maybe that's what I need to do.....

Lara said...

Wow! Looks yummy! Sometimes I wish I enjoyed cooking more. hee hee.

Don't be afraid of PHotoshop! Go buy Scott Kelby's book that matches whichever version you own. It is so helpful. Also thepioneerwoman.com has a photography section and she has a ton of photoshop tricks.

emily said...

Your blog is making me hungry! We usually get DiGiorno Ultimates and have that on Fridays...maybe when the semester winds down I can try out a handmade version! Thanks for the food inspiration...

Tam said...

OOOOO a challenge!!! HUMM let me think about it...lol I will try to see if I scan one in or I will just have to take a pic of it...hmmm but not until later this week...only had a sec to check emails..lol

Miss French Jessica said...

I'm with you on saving money! I'm going to try your pizza dough recipe. I tried one and my daughter didn't like my pizza at all...they boys had no problems--then again, they eat everything! LOL! She didn't like it because it tasted too "bread-y"...maybe I didn't roll it out thin enough? Anyway, I'm going to try it and your waffle recipe.

I make a bunch of waffles every weekend and freeze the leftovers for the kids' breakfasts. They love 'em just popped in the toaster and the best parts are: 1. They're cheaper than buying Eggos and 2. they're healthier!

WTG on feeding your family whole, nutritious food and pinching pennies! :D

~Lisa~ said...

For the last 2 weeks, I have had everything but the yeast to make pizza. Maybe this will motivate me to remember it next time I'm at the store. Looks yummy!

Emily said...

Wow! You did well with your home cooked food! Love the waffles ~ they look great!

Emily from Malaysia

jayedee said...

be still my heart! does that pizza look insanely yummy or what? i LOVE pizza! actually i LOVE everything! (just ask my thighs)

Heather said...

Great looking pizzas. My husband makes pizza too. Several different kinds of crusts and all kinds of different toppings. It's one of his favorite things to make.

Cris said...

Oohhh girl those look SO good. I LOVE pizza. Especially fresh pizza. MMmmmm.

Sarah C. said...

Yummy! Making me hungry over here. :) I know what you mean about the cost of things going up. I've always been a frugal (read: cheap! LOL) shopper. Love sales & coupons.

Tam said...

Just checking to see if you posted a layout yet....heheh I have not had a chance to find one I like to post. lol

Jennifer said...

We love to make pizza's around the Fox house!
That's one of our favorite things to make.
Man...yours look REALLY yummy!!! I love thick crust pizza with lots of cheese.

Have a great day!!

Donna said...

That pizza looks scrumptious!!

Making me hungry!!

Mary said...

That pizza looks sooo good. I'll have to try that recipe!

Aimeslee said...

I had to copy that pizza dough recipe to try it - thanks!

Sharon said...

I wish I had a waffle iron! My daughter loves chocolate chip pancakes, but they are always store bought. I just might try making a big batch this weekend.

Love the layout. Conversations like that are just pricelass.