Recipe: Pizza with 5 Minute Artisan Bread

Sunday, December 21
by Ed

Sure, takeout pizza is pretty cheap, and very easy and isn't that the point?   With a batch of 5-minute bread dough and fresh (or frozen) ingredients you can have pizza cheaper and quicker than waiting for delivery.
Our kids enjoy eating anything more when they've had a hand in making it themselves.  (And, recently, our son is a bit whacked and likes his pizza with only pepperoni.  No cheese.  Just pepperoni.  Would a pizza joint even make that for us?)

Homemade pizza is fun and easy and I defy you to find a tastier crust that isn't loaded with fat.

  • At least 1/4 batch of 5 minute Bread Dough (I use half a batch in this recipe).  Here's more info on the cookbook "Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day".
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes (A.K.A. Poor man's tomato sauce)
  • 1-2 cups of grated mozzarella cheese
  • other toppings you dig (we keep sliced pepperoni in our freezer to always be ready, but other meat and vegetable toppings work well in the from-freezer-to-pizza too)
  • other seasonings you like (we use mostly garlic and basil)

Here's the How-to:

Pull-Apart Moneky Bread (with 5 Minute Bread Dough)

Thursday, October 30


Our daughter, 10, just made this Monkey Bread for her Girl Guide troop.  All on her own - so you know it's easy!  Try as we might, we couldn't find a place to sneak a piece off of it before she took it to her Halloween meeting.  But, with a promise to bring home whatever was left, she happily ran out the door excited to share her first solo baking project with her friends.  

Sadly, she came home with some crumbs.  Crumbs!!  You make some sacrifices as parents, don't you? 

Believe it or not, this is actually a (marginally) healthier and less expensive version of another monkey bread recipe we found.  (That one used two cans of buttermilk biscuits and almost twice the butter and sugar!) 

This Pull Apart Monkey Bread is a delicious dessert (or decadent breakfast treat).  It's dripping with caramel and cinnamon.  

Even More Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas, Games and Printables 2.0

Tuesday, October 14
By Robin and Ed

Our First Minecraft Party was a pretty big deal. In the cyberworld, over a quarter million folks have checked it out - and dozens of people have been kind enough to leave comments about how well their party turned out with our ideas.  #bestpartofblogging

More importantly, in the real world, our son loved it. For months leading up to his birthday this year, he was been telling us "I want a Minecraft Night Party this time." We smiled and nodded and said, "Wouldn't you rather do another type of birthday?". Nope.

So, as it became clear that we were committed to a second coming of Steve and friends, we needed some clarification.  Chiefly, a Minecraft Night Party isn't a sleepover or a party at night.  What he wanted was a bigger kid version of Minecraft, with more of the creepy monsters (or MOBs, in Minecraft-speak) that come out at night. Once we established this, ideas began to percolate.

Read on, check them out and enjoy laughing at our scheduling genius that saw us plan a 4 hour party for 8 kids. Yup, you read that right. Four. Hour. Party. 

Unbundle Yourself: Part 5 - VOIP one month update (Phone Power Review)

Thursday, August 21
By Ed

Today we got back from vacation and checked our paper mail - Bell had sent us a "Thanks for being our customer" Card. And we're done. No messy late night break-up calls, begging to have us back. We've moved on and so have they.

Or maybe they're just getting call blocked by our new Voice-Over-Internet-Protocol (VOIP) service.

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