Pizza, Pizza, Pizza!

Tonight we made pizza for dinner! My husband and I are in the process of  planning a trip to Italy, and tonight we are booking the hotel for our first nights in Rome and wanted to honour the occasion with an italian inspired dinner and italian wine!

So we made our favourite Hot Italian homemade pizza and tried a new one, Garlicky Kale and Bacon Pizza. ┬áDeeeelicious!!! I absolutely love Kale – hands down my favourite vegetable. So you can only imagine my excitement when I discovered a pizza recipe that put the spot light on Kale ­čÖé . ┬áAs for the Hot Italian Pizza, it was passed on to me years ago along with my pizza dough recipe by a friend and both these recipes are flawless.

Pizza Crust

3/4 Cup warm water
1 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast
1 Tsp Sugar
1 1/2 Cups Flour
1/4 Tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Mix warm water, yeast and sugar together, then in a separate bowl stir together flour salt add yeast mixture and olive oil. Combine and knead briefly in bowl.

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I use quick yeast, organic sugar and unbleached flour.

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Once kneaded a bit, I placed the dough on an oiled plate ( to prevent sticking) and covered while I prepared my pizza toppings. This is tends to be long enough for it to rise sufficiently.

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Hot Italian Pizza

One small red onion thinly sliced
Three Chorizo sausages (cut the casings off)
Mushrooms
Asiago or Parmesan

1. Cook sausages over medium high heat ( it will look like ground meat),  remove with slotted spoon
2. Add onion and cook in the sausage oil and remove from pan
3. Add more oil ( a bit of olive oil if needed), add mushrooms
4. 3/4 tsp rosemary and Salt & Pepper (to get rid of moisture)

5. Roll out pizza dough, sprinkle with grated cheese
6. 3/4 tsp rosemary
7. Pinch of crushed chilli flakes and course salt press all firmly into dough
8. On crust put onion then sausage then mushroom then cheese on top
For the Kale Pizza I tried Kelly’s Garlicky Kale and Bacon Pizza, I will definitely be making this one again! The only thing I added was a a couple of pinches of chilli flakes in with the kale and a sprinkle of parmesan on top before it went in the oven.

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We have a pizza stone, so we cooked each or these for about 12 minutes all together rotating the stone about half way through. If you don’t have a pizza stone you would want to preheat your oven to 425F and bake for about 20 minutes depending on your oven.

If you try these, ┬áI hope you enjoy them as much as we did! Now on to the drinking wine and hotel booking portion of our evening┬á­čÖé

Okay, so I have completed the body and the hem! Truth be told, I took some time away from this project for a bit, I, like a lot of knitters like to have multiple projects on the go at once in case I get bored or frustrated with one I can move on to another. My husband has been asking me a new toque, so I obliged his request ┬á­čśë

I am still right on schedule for NakniSweMo !

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Now to start working on the center front edging!

Whipped Body Butter

A co-worker of mine recently introduced to me to a natural skin care site,┬áindylee.com that has list of “ingredients to avoid” when it comes to skin care products. In our household we try our best to use natural products when possible but hey – we are only human!

At first I just glanced at the list and left it at that, but then I ran out of the lotion I’ve been using for years andI thought I would cross reference the ingredients on the back with the “ingredients to avoid list“. Low and behold, my lotion was filled with many of the ingredients listed on the “to avoid” list ­čśŽ

To be honest I can’t say I was surprised, I’ve used this lotion for the majority of my life and always assumed that it was ok! I will say that I was disappointed, BUT I also felt┬á┬ádetermined to find myself a natural alternative.

A favourite blog of mine,┬áWellness Mama,┬áhas a recipe for┬áWhipped Body Butter, and I’ve wanted to try it. I made Katie’s ┬álotion bars┬áwith some friends last year and they turned out great! So I decided to give it a whirl!

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I used 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 1/2 cup of shea butter.1/2 cup of cocoa butter, and 1/2 cup of sweet almond oil. I didn’t add any essential oils because I personally love the smell of cocoa butter and shea butter.

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I don’t have a double boiler, so I combined everything in a mason jar. It does the trick just fine.

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Once melted and cooled, Katie says to cool for approximately another hour in the fridge. I decided to put it in the freezer instead (probably could have put it outside with how cold it is right now too) and this just sped up the timing for it to Harden. I had it in the freezer for minutes and it was good to go. It’s similar to a butter consistency that you are looking for ­čÖé

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I scooped it into my kitchen-aid and whipped it for about 15 minutes on medium speed

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This was my finished product all jarred up! It made quite a bit but I would probably double the recipe next time. We are enjoying it! It does take some getting used to because it is oil based but feels so nice on your skin, and it does an excellent job of hydrating. My skin just loves it! I will definitely be making this again

NaKniSweMo

So I recently heard about┬áNaKniSweMo -National knit a Sweater month in November, and I am up for the challenge and very excited about it! I’ve decided to knit┬áTrego. it’s been sitting in my Ravelry library for quite sometime now, so I thought ┬áNaKniSweMo would be the perfect opportunity to knit this beautiful pattern to life!

Here I go!

 

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