Our budget is a weeeee bit tight this week (who's isn't?) so I'm digging deep to find out what new goodies I can create from what I have on hand.  Gotta keep with the resolution, right?  I'm looking and looking... I have olives, cheese, veggies from the garden... I am going to attempt homemade pizza.  EEK!  Long story short, it was so freaking awesome!  Wish I had pictures, but I was feeding four hungry kids under 5 years old.  You do the math on that one.  :)

I started with this recipe, read all the reviews (I swear that's the best part) and here is what I ended up with:

Pizza Crust

3 C. all-purpose flour
1 t. salt
2 T. olive oil (plus a bit more for drizzling on the dough)
1 (.25 ounce) package dry yeast
1 T. white sugar
1 C. warm water

Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water.  Set aside and let stand until frothy (10ish minutes.)

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.  Drizzle in the 2 tablespoons olive oil and then mix in the set-up yeast mixture.  Knead until dough is formed and then set aside in a bowl coated in olive oil and covered lightly.  Let rise for 30 minutes.  Knead once more and let rise for an additional 15 minutes.

For the kiddos, I formed six, 8-inch pizzas.  Each kid was able to decorate their own and even mama and papa got a pizza.  I literally just used what we had on hand... the remainder of a can of olives, half an orange pepper, and basil and green onion from the garden.  I think all we bought was some pepperoni for the Handy Husband.  I guess a guy has to have his meat, right?

I tried a pizza sauce recipe too, but it wasn't quite what I was looking for.  Don't get me wrong, it was totally edible and there wasn't a single complaint from the kids (miracle!)  But for my taste, it was too heavily scented and flavored with olive oil.  And the seasoning didn't quite hit the mark either.  But, guess what.  That's life.  Sometimes you have a kickin' recipe and other times it's just, "meh."

At the end of the day, homemade pizza was surprisingly easy, the kids ate every last bite, and, when served up with a salad from the garden, it is awesomely budget-friendly.

xo, k

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