Pita Bread

There isn’t much to say about this recipe, expect for that it’s simple. 
(I seem to say that about every recipe I share, but it’s true! You’ll never want to buy them at the store again.) 
This was my first attempt at making them, and I’m proud to say that only two came out…ahem…burnt.  I made them for my lunch this week, and so far three have mysteriously come up missing.  I blame two big mice that run rampant in my kitchen on a daily basis. These guy’s have been hangin’ around my house for so long that I’ve even named them:  Nathan & Bubba.  
I guess that goes to show that they are indeed, tasty little things. 

Pita Bread
adapted from all recipes

Ingredients
1 1/8 Cup of warm water (make sure the water is between 90-110 degrees F)
2 Cups of all purpose flour
1 Cup of wheat flour
1 Tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 Tablespoon of vegetable/olive Oil (I used olive oil)
1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of active dry yeast


Method

Place yeast, sugar, and water into a bowl to proof for five to ten minutes 
While the yeast is proofing, whisk all dry ingredients together into another bowl.


Now, mix your dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.  Stir until combined, then turn it onto a floured surface and knead until the dough becomes elastic.


Place dough into a bowl, cover with a towel, and let rise for about one hour or until doubled in size.


Next, roll the dough into a 12 inch log and cut into eight pieces using a serrated knife.  Roll the pieces into a ball and then roll them flat using a rolling pin.  
**Make sure you do not roll them to thin.  They will not be able to puff up if you do…hence my two burnt pieces.** 🙂
Let them rest under a towel for about twenty minutes while you preheat your oven to 
500 degrees.  When you’re ready to cook, place a wire cooling rack onto the oven rack.  Place your pita dough onto the cooling rack and cook until they turn a light brown.  
*Note: You can use any flour you want with this recipe.
Enjoy!

Art Journal

Me coming home with new journals is no surprise in my household, mainly because I have written in journals since I was a wee one.  I have filled many, many, books.  I’ve even written a real book! Ha! 

So, while I have written many journals, they have lacked visually.  Sure, I’ve added a few pictures here and there or used colored ink/paper, but the creativity stops there.  I’ve decided to take on a new challenge of using a different medium to express my day to day happenings and feelings.  I figure I’ll be stumped at first.  But just like when you write, you just have to start typing and before you know it, words will flow.  I’m sure the same will happen with my attempts at art/sketching/watercolors. I’ll take pictures of the journal pages as I go and post them onto here for anyone who would like to see them. 

Until, then…

Liz

PS- For anyone interested in the journal I’m using, it is from Miro Notebooks.  They are good quality, made in Salt Lake City and pride themselves in being top quality & organic.    

Kids Christmas Reel 2012

This was our first year, as a family, that we have celebrated and understood the true meaning of Christmas.  It certainly made the celebration more special.  

Other than that, I don’t have much to say since it was the typical paper ripping, children squealing festivities, however, I do want to mention that this year we hid Nathans presents around the house with a clue attached to each one that would lead him to his next present.  He really enjoyed it. 🙂  


We had a WONDERFUL Christmas this year!  
And one more thing! I wanted to say that it was hard for me to take pictures of the little ones because Bubba and I both were busy helping them unwrap all of their presents. 
Okay, that’s it.

I think this thingy-ma-bopper that N received is really cool.

December 20, 2012

I’m not sure if any of you have experienced a tree branch falling on your house, but I’m telling the world that it is not cool.  Not cool at all.

The effect of this tree falling could have been worse since my oldest child was standing underneath this very tree when a loud “crack” of the wood warned that something bad is about to happen.  Trusting his instincts, Nathan took off running, luckily in the right direction.

Then…BAM–BOOM…along with the entire house shaking. This was proceeded with screaming babies and me running to the kitchen where Bubba was with Scout.  “What in the world was that!!?”

A tree branch had fallen from the very tipy top of the tree.  This tree is huge, by-the-way.  In fact, the branch was so big, the top reached S & R’s bedroom window on the second floor of the house.

Big, I tell, ya.  Luckily the Lord was looking after us because this thing came close to crushing my child (super scary) it barely cleared my new car and it was just shy of busting our door and window out.

You know when you have a lot of “just barely missed” in a story, that it’s safe to say there has been divine intervention involved. I’m feeling mighty blessed. : D

Any way, the next morning proved to be a mess to clean up, but with all three of us working together, we managed to finish within three hours.   The land lord even paid us, which we begged her not to, but she is an independent, spunky little lady who wouldn’t take “no” for an answer.  I’ll tell ya again, we are blessed.

About an hour later, the power blew out.  Our entire house, including heat, runs on electricity.  We called the electric company, reaching absoutely no one, however, they were nice enough to leave an automated message that power would be restored sometime around 12:30 am.  Lovely.

We made the most of it though.  At midnight, the power came on for a whole five minutes before shutting off again.  It eventually came back on, obviously, but I was asleep by the time it did. 😀 Fun times!

Date With A Rake

 We just had our last date with the rake…at least until next year.
I
don’t know if you know this or not, but raking an acre of yard is hard
work!  I’ve never had to do it before until we moved into this house. 
Now I want a leaf blower. 🙂  Any way, we made a small pile for the kids
to play in.  Scout wasn’t digging it, but Rori loved it. All of the
trees are now bare and look ready for winter, but the temps have been so
high lately!  I’m beginning to wonder if winter will skip us this year.
 

Cabin Fever | Art Table

Rori suffered a head cold for nearly a week, which has passed around with all three kids.  This head cold mixed with rain nearly every day this week, has made the perfect combination for cabin fever. 
So in order to break up the four walls and do something different, I wrapped my table top with art paper.  I found the paper at Michaels craft store, it comes on roll. (like a paper towel)
The object of the activity was to let kids go wild and do whatever they wanted to the table top.  It turned out to be a success.  Even I had to get in on the fun and do a little water coloring, hehe. : D

 This was the only picture he would let me snap. Darn preteens.
 Can you tell we were talking about bacon when Nathan drew this?

After it was all said and done, and everything put away, leave it to Rori to find a missing crayon to color on the floor. 🙂 

A Little Green Cabinet

This is our famous book shelf–turned cabinet.  Or is it, cupboard?  Whatever you want to call it, it is that piece of furniture that I won’t give away.  I’ll drag it along with me wherever I move!


While we lived in Utah, I made a trip to DI (aka Deseret Industries)  which is like the Good Will version for the West. 


When I scored this book shelf, for a whopping $5, it was in really bad condition.  I don’t have pictures of the before to share, but I do have a picture during the process of repairing it.  We had to fix the molding, among other things.


Here is the “during” photo.

And here is the after!

 We used contact paper from Home Depot for the back of the shelf.  We cut the pieces to size and then used spray adhesive to apply it.  As for the door, we purchased window screen in a gold color and built a frame using cheap wood.  We then stapled the screen mesh to the frame and used mini hinges to secure the door to the book shelf.

This hardware was also purchased from Home Depot.

 I can’t figure out a good way to stage the bookshelves.  The only thing I can think of is putting something inside of the wood bowl.  Other than that, I’m clueless.  
I am open for suggestions!


One last time.  Before & After!

Linking up with Liz Marie & My Turn For Us  
Five Days Five Ways  
Crafty Texas Girls

Meal Planning 101

I figured I would write how I plan our meals.  I know I’ve shared our weekly menu’s before, however, I never documented the process.


If you’re wondering why I choose to share this, the answer is very simple.  


I used to never budget for groceries and I never made a grocery list.  Once my family grew and my budget shrank, I relied on trial and error in order to find what works best for my family through budgeting, making lists, and meal plans.  By sharing my process, I feel like I can help others.


Alright.  On to step one.  The most important thing is to know your budget.  Every budget is different.  Whenever I first set our budget, it was way to low.  We found ourselves out of food days before pay day.  We also spent a lot of time running back and forth to the store for goodies to satisfy a sweet tooth, etc.


Our budget is $200 every two weeks.  (We are a family of five.)  Usually, I can stay a little under, however, we moved to a new state and prices here are a little higher on most of the food staples.  


Now that you have a budget in mind, the next step will be to create a menu.  I make a numbered list for 14 dinners.  I also make a category for breakfast, lunch, and sides.


Here is one of my meal plans.

 Next, I make  the grocery list.  I look to see what I already have in my pantry and then go from there.  I shop at 3 different stores: Sam’s Club, Aldi, and Wal-Mart.  I find that I can buy most of what we need from these three and stay within the budget.


My list usually spills onto two pages.  I also purchase non-food items along with the groceries, which I set aside additional money for.

For additional savings, you may want to price match and use any coupons that match up to your list.  Also, I had roast on my menu.  While I was at the store, pork chops were on sale, so I purchased those instead of the roast which was twice the cost of the chops.  I do this for other items on my list as well.

My total estimate for this shopping trip was $206.82

My ACTUAL total cost for food items only were, $203.23


My NON-FOOD items cost me $57.75
This included a xmas gift, toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, and two boxes of diapers.

GIMME ONE MORE! | Other News

My oldest child, Nathan, is a funny kid.  


However, having a funny kid, means he will do things that normal people do not do. Hahaha.

The other day I had a serious case of hiccups.  You know the kind that surprise yourself.  The super loud, uncontrollable screech, that manages to quiet an entire room full of people, sort of hiccup.

My child finds my hiccups hilarious, by the way.  

He also enjoys giving me a hard time–so much so, he decides to follow me around the house acting like a cross between Mr. T and a football coach, yelling at me every time I let out a hiccup– “GIMME ONE MORE!”  

And of course, I involuntarily let out a large hiccup.  Which he would then, put himself into a squat position, hold up one finger towards my face and shout, “COME ON! GIMME ONE MORE!”


Then he would laugh about it when I let out a hiccup.  This continued the entire length of my hiccup spell.

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  • In other life news, we have been settling nicely into North Carolina.  It is truly a beautiful state.   We have 98% of the boxes unpacked, most of the pictures are on the wall, etc.  I even convinced my husband to finally hang the TV.  

Because our home is a rental, we were not able to cut holes into the wall to route the wires, however, we found a wire cover from Ikea that we will pick up next week.

  • Nathan is being home schooled.  This unexpected journey will be discussed in an upcoming blog post.
  • It is beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas in our house.  We have our lights, Christmas tree, and scented candles burning!  The only thing we are lacking is the cooler weather! Although, I’m not complaining about the 60 and 70 degree weather.  It has felt great! 

I think this is it for now.  I owe every one a more detailed post, but just be patient! Bubba is finishing up his online classes and is hogging the computer!  On top of that, Nathan has ALL of his schooling on the computer, so it is rare that I can get on the computer for any length of time.  
Sooooo…until we win the lottery and I can purchase another computer, my posts will be scattered.