Hi folks. Ya, ya, I know. Where the heck have I been right. I'd like to tell you I've been sailing around the world or laying on a beach in Hawaii drinking fruity drinks with umbrellas served by hot pool boys. Yet that would be such a lie. I mean those are fantasies not reality folks. Reality bites. Seriously...they even made a movie about it once.
So if you're a loyal reader you know we've had tons going on. It has not eased off to say the least. My aunt is in palliative care and I try to visit as much as I can. I know it's what my Dad would have wanted. For those who know me well then you know I took care of my Dad for 8 months during his illness. He opted to be at home so I was his primary caregiver. So I have much empathy for my cousin right now. My aunt wants him 24/7 and I can so relate to it. It's hard but it's times like these that families should band together and help one another out. So I go and visit her. She does not know who I am. I think she thinks I'm just a really nice nurse who spends hours walking her around in her wheelchair. Which is okay, if she's happy and content that's all I care about right now.
There's been tons of other "life stuff" happening as well. I won't overwhelm you with it. Honestly you'd think I live in a soap opera right now. It's the stuff writers would give their souls to write about. I have every faith things will shift soon and the little dark cloud that follows me around will move to someone else for awhile. Just use an umbrella folks so it does not find you next.
Moving the horsey this weekend. So excited. Cannot wait to be in a new, clean, beautiful barn. Big stalls, huge arena, great care. It'll break the bank I'm sure but she's 24 and deserves a nice place as she ages. Hopefully we can make it work financially. It'll be worth it if she's happy and well cared for. I'll post pics when we move. This place is amazing. Which is good cuz we all may have to move in there with her if hubs doesn't line up a new job soon. Just imagine a horse, 4 people, 3 cats, one loud puppy and 6 chirping birds sharing a stall. Sounds fun right.
Okay so this is a sneak peek at something. I am posting the dough now. I shall post the pizza I turn it into in the next post. But I was just chomping at the bit to get this up here. I tend to get a little crazy with my pizza dough from time to time. This one is killer. You'll love it.
Killer Spicy Pizza Dough:
1 cup water
1 tablespoon shortening
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 + ¾ cups white flour
1 + ½ teaspoons bread machine yeast
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon basil
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
Place all ingredients in your bread machine baking pan in order listed.
Place your baking pan into the chamber and lock it in.
Select the "dough/pasta" setting on your machine.
Mine takes about 2 hours.
Remove from baking pan when finished.
Put in a glass bowl or container and cover it.
Let stand for another 30 minutes.
Now it's ready to knead out and make pizza.
*Dough can be kept in fridge for about 3 days. A little tip is it's easier to spread when a bit cold.*
*Dough can also be frozen*
Edit- Hey folks, a reader just let me know I hadn't added the yield to this. Sorry about that. Nutty time right now. This will make 2 normal crust pizzas or you can stretch it out and make 3 thin crusts. Hope that helps!
|LOOK AT ALL THAT DELICIOUS SPICE!|
|DON'T YA JUST WANNA MAKE PIZZA NOW?|
|YOU SHOULD, IT'S SUPER DUPER EASY!|
|I'D SHARE MINE BUT...SERIOUSLY....HAVE YOU MET ME....I DON'T SHARE FOOD!|
Miss you guys oodles and bunches. Sorry for the lack of commenting but I just have not had time. Things should mellow soon and I can squeeze in some time for visiting you all. Until then make some pizza. Seriously, so easy to make your own. Endless possibilities...just like life!!!
Toodles and smoochies! xx
Dee at Deelicious Sweets
I'm making this tomorrow night! I am so excited 🙂
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this pizza dough!! What a great idea of flavor the dough!
Sorry for all the family stuff you are toing through. You are a great person to be there through it all though!
Jen at The Three Little Piglets
Sending lots of well wishes your way! And don't forget to take care of yourself in there...
Kim, I'm glad to know that you're holding up under the stress. Just make sure you take a few minutes to go breathe when you can. I took care of my dad for the last 8 years of his life and while I wouldn't trade having had him next door to me, there were times it was hard, so I know what you went through and what you and your cousin are going through now. *hugs*
As for the pizza dough, hubby and I have been looking for a good pizza dough recipe. This looks killer good! Definitely printing it out and definitely buzzed.
Cassie//Bake Your Day
What a great idea. We love spicy. The last time I made pizza dough I added parmesan and it was great. Red pepper flakes would be a great addition!
Paper Plates and China Recipe Blog
Sending good thoughts and prayers your way. It takes an exceptional person to care for others...family or not. The pizza dough looks amazing and I can't wait to see what you do with it.
Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.
We are so glad to have you back, Kim! Your family is so lucky to have you! Now, this dough is genius! I have never even thought about adding spices to my dough and I think I SO need to try this next time!!
Viviane Bauquet Farre
Wow! Very creative way to even further enhance the flavor of a pizza. It would be great to design a complimentary sauce or one that contrasts with the flavors infused in the dough. Endless possibilities!
why have i never made spicy pizza dough before? why don't they sell it? do they and i'm missing out? dear lord i have to find out immediately! or just make some right now.
Sorry to hear about your aunt, sending good thoughts your way.
From the sound of this recipe, I think I should always have some of this pizza dough on hand!
This is such a great idea! I can't believe I never thought of spicing up the dough! Great idea!
I've missed you.... the pizza dough looks wonderful! So sorry to hear about your aunt. It's so wonderful when family sticks together.
The Culinary Lens
I love the look of this dough.
I hope you see some light at the end of the tunnel soon. I know life can be tough somtims
I can only imagine how good this pizza is going to taste. I was just thinking today I needed to try my hand at making pizza dough...this will be my first recipe!
I'm sorry your family is still going through a hard time. I hope things start to turn around soon. But your pizza dough looks tasty and I really love the "flour drawings" Can't wait to see the pizza!!!
Your life sure has been a journey!! We have missed you. I think I make try this spicy pizza dough. My hubby would love it!
Glad you're back!
Jenn @ Baking Jenn's Blog
What a great idea! I've never tried baking spices directly into the dough before. I'll have to give this a try.
Hey folks, I am reading these. Just super busy. Be around tonight to respond. Thanks for the wonderful response to this one.
Yum! I love making homemade dough-in fact, I've got some for pretzels in my bread maker right now! Thanks!
Misadventures in Motherhood
Hoping that the dark cloud moves away soon! My husband's grandma passed away just recently, and it took all of our energy to deal with it...I feel like I've been sad for a month straight.
I have faith that things will get better for you--hang in there!