Month: December 2017

Perfect Pizza Dough

Perfect Pizza Dough

Pizza is a frequently requested meal in our household. When we lived in Belgium, we ordered weekly from Pizza La Regina, a little hole-in-the-wall joint minutes from our house. Belgium has a huge Italian population, and this restaurant was run by an Italian family. They knew pizza!

After moving back to the states, we shopped around a lot, trying to find a suitable substitute. We settled on Papa Murphy’s, a chain that prepares the pizza for you to take home and bake. Not quite as good as Pizza La Regina, but far better than the other options we found locally.

Since moving to Washington, however, we’ve been on a quest to spend less and make more. Dropping thirty plus bucks weekly on pizza just doesn’t fit in our pared-down budget. So I set out on a quest to find the perfect pizza dough. And, boy, did I!

This dough is simple and straightforward, and absolute perfection. I use the same recipe to make breadsticks to accompany soups throughout the week.

Perfect Pizza Dough
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins

This dough will provide the perfect crust for your weekly pizza ritual. 

Servings: 2 pizza crusts
  • 1 1/3 cups warm water
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  1. In a large bowl combine the warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let stand 5 minutes, until the yeast is dissolved and beginning to foam.

  2. Add salt and olive oil to the yeast mixture, followed by all the flour. Mix with a rubber spatula until all flour is combined and you have a sticky, uniform dough. Cover and let rise in a warm area, 1-2 hours.

  3. Dust a large cutting board liberally with flour and turn your dough out onto the surface. Divide dough in half. Form each half into a ball. Cover and let rest 30 minutes while preheating the oven to 450°F.

  4. If your baking sheets are not non-stick, prepare them with a light coating of olive oil.

  5. Stretch dough to the rough size of your baking sheet. Place on sheet and use your fingers to spread the dough evenly. Top as desired.

  6. Bake until crust is golden, about 12-14 minutes.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes two 12-inch round or two 11X15-inch rectangular crusts.

Pine Trees

Pine Trees

They are the largest trees ever. They don’t get moisture from their roots, they get it from their leaves (their needles). They grow in the north and used to be on every continent.

Dinosaurs used to eat them and pterosaurs built nests in them.

They are the best smelling trees of all time.

The largest type of pine is a redwood. The largest pine ever was a redwood in a coastal forest in California. Its name was the Crannell Creek Giant. Its total volume was over 60,000 cubic feet. It was 308 feet tall. It was cut down in the 1940s.

Rest in peace, Crannell Creek Giant.

Rest in Peace


In Washington

In Washington

In Washington

by H. Ohlsson


Where the pine trees grow

And the river flows

In Washington.

Where the deer walk

And the birds sing

In Washington.

Where life is everywhere

And the sun glows

In Washington.

Food Fight!

Food Fight!

An original story based on a Bravewriter freewrite prompt. This story was featured on the Bravewriter website!


Food Fight

by L. Ohlsson

The torches dimmed as the vikings left the grand hall, leaving half eaten food on the table. As the doors closed, the food stood up. They organized themselves into groups such as these: The Tomato Republic, allied with the United States of Bread and the Cheese Nation. On the other side, there was Red Meat allied with White Meat and Seasoning. On the third side of the battle, the Forests of Broccoli and the mazes of corn stood together, along with the Vegetable Empire. And so the battle commenced!

The cheese battled the white meat by shooting strings of cheesy webbing, but white meat flew away, too fast to be caught. Bread combated the Vegetable Empire’s Broth, and soaked it up with extreme prejudice. The Tomato Republic Sprayed seeds like a machine gun at the Vegetable Empire, for a tomato was a fruit!

Cheese was loosing his battle, so they stuck under the table and picked out a nice laser sword the viking had left (these were future vikings), and quickly regrouped themselves with Tomato and Bread. They made pizza! The great Pizza wielded the sword with ferocious ferocity and cooked a whole batch of brussel sprouts. This epic fight continued, with eggplants snaking around in the dark attempting a strike at the Pizza from behind.

Then a blazing light tore open the roof and a tornado of strands engulfed them. Bread recognized them! They were distant relatives of his, whole wheat noodles! And at the top of the tornado there floated a mysterious being with meatball knees, heels, hip joints, elbows, wrists, knuckles, shoulders, and neck. The places in between the meatballs were all spaghetti, and the only real human part of him were the eyes. They burned red with disgrace, at the idea that food could fight each other!

The Flying Spaghetti Monster ordered the tomato sauce and the vegetables together, making the kingdom of plants. The meats were ordered to aid the others when necessary, and trade with them. The cheese was ordered to show more respect to red meat, because cheese came mostly from cows. The bread would still be able to soak broth, but only with human’s permission. Then the Flying Spaghetti Monster lowered down himself and the others to the table. He congratulated them on making pizza and using eggplant as a ninja. He said it was very clever. He himself put the laser sword away, and then began to fly upwards, leaving this world.



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