Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza is frequent in our home...I've been looking for a good pizza crust recipe, and one of my friends shared this one from allrecipes on her I'm going to try it out this weekend!


* 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
* 1 teaspoon white sugar
* 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
* 2 1/2 cups bread flour
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 teaspoon salt


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
2. Stir in flour, salt and oil. Beat until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes.
3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat or roll into a round. Transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza pan or baker's peel dusted with cornmeal. Spread with desired toppings and bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let baked pizza cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Pioneer Day

I am missing Pioneer day this weekend--it is tomorrow! In Utah, a lot of people get work off today since it is a state holiday! We don't even have a state holiday in our new state! :( But we are going to celebrate anyway by pulling taffy or making homemade ice cream... I hope wherever you are, you can do something to remember those who have come before you and made you who you are!

Thursday, July 22, 2010


I'm having a hard time making this new house feel like home. Maybe because we are still unpacking/painting--who knew it could take so long? Maybe because it's an entirely new state. Maybe because I have a tendency to resist change...and as a result dwell on all the things I miss. I remember in a class at BYU learning how wherever you live--you should make it feel like home. So I'm asking you...what makes a house or an apartment or a basement or wherever you live, feel like home? What smells, sights, sounds, etc. say home to you?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Balsamic Chicken Salad

I think that this recipe looks so perfect for a hot summer night like the ones we've been having! Six days in a row of over 100 degrees! But pair this with a nice tall glass of lemonade...scrumptious.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Easiest Wreath Ever

I found this fun idea from The Picky Apple on my good friend Jenny's blog Flourishes. This is definitely something I am going to do next year when everything isn't crazy with moving!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Just Peachy

This weekend I hesitantly tried a new flavor of ice cream at Coldstone--peach. I was hesitant because there would be nothing whatsoever of chocolate in this creation. But can I say Yummmmmm!? I am loving everything peach right now! There is a peach festival or town days or something in a town near us next month--I can not wait to go! Maybe then I will be able to use this recipe I've been eyeing for awhile from Martha Stewart.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Backyard "Drive In" Movie

Sorry, I know I show a lot of videos from Studio 5...but this was such a fun idea! I had to share another one! I have only been to a drive in theater once and it was so much fun! I've always wanted to go back, but now we live in a different that won't be happening anytime soon. However we do have a back yard! Maybe we could make our own drive in movie theater...after we figure out how to get rid of all the millions of bugs in our back yard.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Why didn't I see this sooner??

I am in LOVE with these darling Fourth of July shirts! If only I had seen this a few weeks ago I would have made one for my honey! You can bet I'll be making one next year for sure! You can find instructions by Make It and Love It here.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Relight the Spark

I used to want to be a marriage family therapist. That never worked out, but I still love all things that have to do with improving marriage. I liked these ideas for keeping the spark alive in your marriage--try one today!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Light Summer Treat

I think this looks absolutely divine. And guess what? It's a light and healthy recipe...I think I might just have to whip this one up sometime soon!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Patriotic Papercrafting

I have started to enjoy papercrafting--it's so easy and inexpensive! I really love these ideas for adding some quick patriotic flair to your home. You can watch a video and get more instructions here.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Gourmet Smores

I love Smores. You have to make Smores for it to really be summer! Well here you can make your own Graham Crackers and find some fun recipes for very gourmet smore recipes! Here is another link for s'more ideas... :)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Flag Cake Stand

I am loving this cake stand. It could be a centerpiece on it's own, or just be a beautiful part of your patriotic treats table!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Fiery Flower Fireworks

Because I was in the midst of moving, I never really got around to posting about all the fun fourth of July things I had been seeing. So...even though it's late, I am going to do that now. Maybe you could extend your celebrations, or maybe you can save these ideas for next year!
First off, I love this centerpiece--so fun as a fireworks display on your table! Or it could just be a fun floral display if you didn't want it to look like fireworks. Click here for instructions!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

DIY Lighting

I love this idea! How fun is would it be to custom make your own lamp? If you would rather just see instructions/photos rather than watch the video, click here.