I have been making a ton of my own pizza’s recently and I’m trying to make them better and better every time. I’m leaning toward the Neapolitan style pizza, well at least for the toppings, I have yet to perfect a Neapolitan crust.

The first two pizzas, I did not like the crust very much. I thought it was a good recipe because I had used it before, but it turns out that it was just not good at all. Okay, that’s a lie, the texture and the ‘thinness’ of the crust was excellent, I just did not enjoy the flavor. It was too…flour tasting? I don’t know, whatever the flavor was, it just stood out too much and did not go with the flavor of the rest of the pizza.

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This was the first pizza I made, as you can see it looks delicious! The toppings were perfect and I as very happy with the sauce. The second pizza, I added garlic and tomatoes and it was even better. But, it was the same crust so it still had that weird taste going on.

I made those two pizzas about a month ago. The third pizza was made just the other night and I was obviously going to use a different dough recipe. We bought yeast at the grocery store that is specific for pizza dough, so I figured I might as well just use the recipe that was on the back of the package. I didn’t even have to wait for the dough to rise, that’s why it’s special pizza yeast.

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In this case, indeed the third times the charm! I really enjoyed this crust! I think maybe next time though, it should be cooked for only slightly longer and it will be even better. The crust was pretty thin, but it had a good chewy consistency and the flavor was spot on. This was the best homemade pizza I have ever made! Looks pretty good right?

The key to making good homemade pizza is using fresh mozzarella cheese, not the bagged pre-shredded stuff! I sliced up the mozzarella and placed it all over the pizza and then I topped it with grated Romano cheese and it comes out looking like this. Mmmmmm, so good!

Here is the dough recipe I used:

  • 1 3/4 – 2 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1 envelope of Fleischmann’s Pizza Yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup very warm tap water
  • 3 tbsp. oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Combine 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add water and oil. Mix together until well blended; about 1 minute.

Add gradually, 1/2 cup flour until soft dough ball is formed; will be slightly sticky. Add additional flour if need to form dough ball.

Knead on a floured surface adding additional flour if needed, until smooth and elastic; about 4 minutes. With floured hands, press dough out to fill greased pizza pan, OR roll dough to a 12 inch circle and transfer to greased pizza pan.

Top as desired with pizza sauce, toppings and cheese.

Bake on bottom oven rack for 15-20 minutes until cheese is bubbly and crust is brown.

I made oatmeal this morning for breakfast and I thought it was going to be delicious because it looked pretty good, right?

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I was excited to write about this Coconut Blueberry Almond Oatmeal , but then it turned out to be a huge failure. The main reason is that the oats I am using are the 1-minute Quaker oats and those never taste that good. They are the only thing I have in my cabinet right now and I’ve made good oatmeal with them before so I was expecting a lot more. I generally like my oatmeal thick and this was was pretty dang thick!

The consistency was off and the flavor was very bland. It wasn’t sweet enough, even though I added a good drizzle of honey. The only good part about it was the almonds. After they sat in the oatmeal for a few minutes, they softened up and they were perfectly delicious in my mouth. Oh well, better luck next time.

I want to make more pizza now!

I am starving right now! I am waiting for my rice to cook on the stove before I can eat. I am having leftovers. A piece of Chipotle Pepper chicken with Cheddar and Broccoli rice.

I CLEANED ALL DAY TODAY! Seriously, I cleaned the whole apartment and it was quite satisfying actually. I also wrote my three articles, got in a great workout, applied for another job, and had time to play some Beatles rockband! It was so much fun and I did pretty well considering I haven’t played in quite some time.

This morning I made Double Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oats. They were delicious, but I couldn’t finish it! I couldn’t believe it. I always finish my oatmeal, but today it was just too much and I left a little bit in the bowl. Oh well.

My oatmeal contained:

  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • a splash of vanilla
  • spoonful of Teddy PB
  • 1/3 of a Pumpkin Scone crumbled on top

I’ve been satisfying my sandwich craving the last two days and today I had this. A turkey and muenster cheese grilled sandwich with an apple and a pickle. So good!

Ahh, sorry for the blurry picture! Okay, time to go eat now!

I was so excited to get up and run this morning! I knew how warm it was supposed to be today. I had a nice 7 miles planned out and was so ready to run. It was nice because Derek and I actually woke up at the same time this morning around 9:30.

I wore capris, a sleeveless top and my nalgene ‘camelback’ which has been leaking the past few times I’ve used it. I thought it was from the mouthpiece and I figured it just wasn’t sealing properly, but it’s coming from the rubber around the mouthpiece. It has a hole in it! I was so annoyed running because my shirt was continuously getting soaked. By the end of my run I had to squeeze my shirt out because it was dripping with water. Other than that it was an excellent run. I felt really strong and fast and I didn’t even need the jelly beans that I brought with me. It was SOOOOO nice to run in that kind of weather, I seriously can’t believe how warm it is outside right now.

  • Distance: 7.06 Miles
  • Duration: 64:42
  • Pace 9:09
  • Calories Burned: 695

That is definitely my fastest 7 mile training run ever! I probably could’ve kept going and I would have, but I seriously couldn’t wait to change my wet clothes and get that thing off my back.

I ate the remainder of my Peanut Butter Clif Bar that I had before my run and drank some more water. Then, more oatmeal!

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Oats

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Tonight I am off to a wrap party with Derek. This film he has been working on just wrapped so I am going out to help celebrate! It’s at a place called Gold Bar, I’ll be back with a recap tomorrow.