Some days I wish I lived in a perfect little world. A world where my house was always clean, the dishes washed themselves, and someone other than me folded and put away the laundry. A world where all 13 of my students would learn a new concept the first time I taught it, and smile and say, “Mrs. McFeters, this was so easy. I definitely understood when we work an addition or subtraction problem we always start at the ones place.” A world where I never forgot to hit start on the coffee pot while I got ready and I never had to rock out an outfit with a coffee dribble from hitting a pothole on the way to work. But I don’t.
Unfortunately that world only exists in my daydreams. However, even with all of it’s imperfections this is a good life. Yes it’s full of little inconveniences. (When I get to heaven I fully intend to have a chat with Eve. Grr….) I am so blessed to have a good husband, and a family that cares about me. I am also incredibly blessed to have 13 kiddos in my class that think I’m really good at math-and that in itself is a miracle. I had quite the time studying how to teach the multiplication tables. An array? What is this magic you speak of? I digress.
Whenever I think about making a bad day better, I think about being back home and having pizza night. I used to love it. We could each pick out our own toppings, and we would cover the available space on the kitchen cabinets with pans of pizza.So amazing.
When I married Scott, I got to enjoy his dad’s pizza. I may or may not invite us over whenever I hear he’s making pizza. It’s WONDERFUL. He makes a thai chicken pizza. He’s told me what goes on it, but I can’t remember for the life of me.
I decided that after going to a funeral today for a friend, this was a pizza kind of night. It has been quite the day, and homemade pizza was just what I needed.
My current favorite pizza is a spicy sausage, mushroom, and green pepper pizza. Don’t go for mild sausage, just trust me. It lends just the right spice to the pizza. When I’m in a rush, I run into winco and pick up one of the fresh dough packs they sell for $1.28. So worth it.
But, tonight I had time and energy. What a rare combination in my life. So I pulled out my current favorite pizza dough. It makes just enough dough to cover my pampered chef baking sheet and doesn’t shrink up like some other recipes. Ahem…winco’s. But still worth the dollar.
Pizza Crust (Adapted from here)
1 Cup h20 from the tap, as hot as you can get it.
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 1/2 Cups flour
1 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 450F.
- Proof the yeast. If you don’t know what that means, basically you will have water at the perfect temperature. Then add the sugar and the yeast. Give it a good stir and wait 5 minutes. If the yeast bubbles and smells…well….yeasty, you know you are good to go.
- In a bowl, mix the flour, salt, and oil. Stir until combined. It might be sticky. Turn it out onto a floured counter. Add flour as needed. Knead until it’s a smooth dough. Roll it until it’s in the shape you want. As for me…that is a shape that tries its best to look like a rectangle.
- Pre-bake the crust for 5 minutes. This will prevent it from having a soggy bottom (as Mary Berry says about pies.)
- Remove from the oven. Add the sauce and the toppings. Bake for 20 minutes.
- And voila. Pizza!