Homemade Pizza Crust: Take One

Is it still Tuesday?  It seems like I’ve lived 2 days in one.  Tuesday’s mornings I have a BNI meeting for our business, Compass Coatings.   We do decorative concrete resurfacing for pool decks, driveways, patios, walkways, anything made of concrete.  I will post some pictures of some of our projects soon.  This business is our primary source of income.  Jordan does the installation and I do the office work, money, and marketing.  The meeting starts at 7:30 sharp and they serve breakfast:

Bread, eggs, and grapes.

I was still really hungry when I got home around 10:30, so I had a little snack:

Boars Head chicken lunch meat slice wrapped up with a piece of pepperjack cheese.  This did the trick and kept me satisfied until lunch, which was leftovers:

This was even better the next day.  I heated up this chicken stuffed red pepper in the microwave with some marinara sauce and then sprinkled some parmesan cheese on top.  It seemed like a lot of food, but I was hungry again in the afternoon.  I snacked on this yummy popcorn:

This makes a surprisingly large amount of popcorn for only 100 calories.  It’s great for a day like today when I have the munchies.  I love the sweet and salty combo of the kettle corn. Yum!

Today was a big day for me.  I attempted homemade pizza dough for the first time ever.  My inspiration came from an amazing woman who is a living example of how God wants a woman to be.  Her name is Sheryl Leggett and I’ve known her since I was a tiny 13-year-old girl.  I have so many good memories.  She used to make these amazing pizzas with hot dogs.  So I call this Mrs. Leggett’s Hot Diggity Dog Pizza:

I made this one with 98% fat-free turkey hot dogs, reduced fat cheese, red peppers, onions, banana peppers, and basil.  I made, for the first time ever, homemade whole wheat pizza crust. 

I got the recipe from eatliverun.com, here’s the link: 

 http://eatliverun.com/breakfast-recipes/the-best-pizza-dough/

 It turned out really, really good, and I don’t bake much.  It’s a fool-proof recipe.  I really enjoyed kneading the dough. There is something meditative about it.  And there is a certain satisfaction in creating food from just flour,yeast, and water.

I also made one with tomato, mozzarella, and basil:

This was my plate:

I went back for another piece of Mrs. Leggett’s pie.  It definitely was not as good as hers, but it was tasty and brought back good memories.

And then for dessert, I couldn’t resist this:

I figured out what this tastes like:  the most delicious snickers in the world!  Layers of chocolate, caramel, and peanutty nougat.  Dessert is a necessity!

Yummy Monday

So I wasn’t quite ambitious enough to wake up early and exercise before work. But I did eat a healthy breakfast which is something I never did before when I was in the workforce:

Oats with banana,flaxseed,cinnamon,almond butter,banana, and maple syrup.

Then it was off to work.  I met with a bride and her mom today to start designing her wedding.  We will be making glass terrariums with ferns, moss, rocks, and purple flowers for her centerpieces.  Beautiful!  I packed lunch:

Boars Head Blazin Buffalo Chicken lunch meat with Smart Balance mayo, and lettuce on a whole wheat sandwich thin.  This nectarine was awesome!  So juicy.  They’re on sale at Publix right now, I think I better go and get some more.

After work, I came home and did 3 miles walk/run and sit ups.  I refueled afterwards with a unpictured glass of apple juice with a scoop of ORAC Energy Greens, while I prepped dinner:

Italian Chicken Stuffed Red Peppers:

-1 lb. ground chicken

-1 cup leftover cooked brown rice

-1/2 cup chopped red peppers

-1/2 diced onions

-2 cloves minced garlic

-1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

-1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs

-1 egg

splash of V8 low sodium

salt and pepper

Mix together and stuff into red peppers and put in deep cooking dish.  Pour about 2 cups of V8 over top.  Cook 1.5 hours at 350. Sprinkle basil and fresh mozzarella on top, bake additional 20-30 minutes and enjoy. 

All measurements are approximate.  When I cook, I don’t measure I just throw things in.  Use your judgement to your taste.

And the highlight of my day was this yummy baked good my husband brought home:

It had a fudge like topping with a layer of caramel, and a layer of nougat with peanuts in it.  This could be dangerous, seeing as he brought enough for a family of 80.  I hope it freezes well, because I would like to enjoy this for a long time. Thanks Ray and Carol.  They made it for the Plant City Strawberry Festival contest.  I think they’ll win.

Early day tomorrow, so it’s off to a bubble bath, then bed. Good night.