Five Things

Hello! Happy Friday!

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I took a little break from the blog because we were on VACATION! Woohoo! It was great. We went to Southern California to visit family. We skipped Disney this round, but we hit Legoland, which was a blast. This is the first time we’ve traveled with kids where it really felt like a vacation (thank you, grandparents!). We went to the beach, went swimming at the pool, and just generally relaxed. We even got to see an old friend (Hi Dan!) – it was a great trip.

Then we flew back on Sunday and hit the ground running Monday morning with our church’s vacation bible school. It’s been a CRAZY week, full of fun and adventure. (BB, who effectively dropped naps on vacation BEGGED for naps daily this week. So, yeah, it’s been wild!)

So with all of this, I’ve been a little preoccupied lately, but here are a few things on my mind:

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1. This book. I read this entire book on our vacation. It was eye-opening yet reassuring at the same time. It gave a bigger perspective of what it’s like to be a parent, especially since my only experience so far  is with the preschool set. I couldn’t put it down. I actually took snapshots of some of the text on my phone because it was so good. Here’s one of the quotes I saved about a mother who is dealing with an anxious child:

“[The mother] does not blame herself for this, as perhaps another parent might. She has as much compassion for herself as any mother can expect to have, knowing she’s done all she can humanly do for her daughter. ‘It’s not that I feel inadequate as a mother,’ she tells me. ‘I feel the inadequacy as a human to solve any other human’s problems. You can only help another person so much.’ But that doesn’t mean it’s easy.”

Isn’t that freeing, to know that you do all you can but that you can’t solve another person’s problem? I think about this a lot when it comes to my kids, about how we support them and love them, but that they have to figure out the world for themselves. It resonated so much.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

2. This podcast. I just listened to it yesterday, and I took all kinds of notes. Very inspiring if you’re thinking about starting something new.

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3. Favorite colors. I know, kind of random, but I’m curious: does your favorite color change? I mean, sure, we love different colors at different times, but is your deep down favorite the same one it’s been for years, or does it change? I’ve been on a red kick lately, drawn to various shades and patterns of it, more than ever before, but if you asked me about my favorite color, the answer would be green. But is it really? Maybe it’s red now. But when I looked up what favorite colors mean, I didn’t like the description. Hmm. (I know, deep stuff here, gang!)

4. This quote. This is how I feel every day. My lists grow exponentially – books to read, films to see, recipes to try, things to explore, ways to connect. There is so much potential around that it is sometimes overwhelming. Feeling grateful for beautiful opportunities!

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5. Journaling. I have kept a journal since I was 6, and this summer, BB and I are working together on his first journal. We missed some days while we were on vacation, and now he wants to go back to make sure we record EVERY day in it – no skipping. Yes, he is definitely my boy. It’s so fun to see what he draws and what moments he wants to capture. I try to write down every word he dictates, but it can be hard to keep up! It’s made me want to work in my journal more than ever. I love this little part of our day!

What are you up to this weekend? I think we’re going to tackle some more house projects – can’t wait! Have a good one, and thanks for reading!

 

Five Things

Happy Friday! It’s been a productive week around here, and I’m looking forward to a little downtime this weekend.

Here’s what’s on my mind:

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1. Thinset. It’s on my mind, on my hands, and in my hair and under my fingernails. I’ve been working with a good friend (along with my electrician-DIY-handyman-brother in Tennessee via text) this week on a tile project at BB’s preschool. These two have been my heroes this week.

Gluten-Free Crust

2. Pizza. I shared my favorite crust recipe yesterday. I try to buy pizza sauce at the grocery store, but I usually forget to buy it during my weekly trip and have to run out on Friday afternoon to pick some up. A few Fridays ago, I found this recipe, and it only called for ingredients I already had in the cabinet (I usually skip the sugar). It’s simple and yummy. Unless we’re having people over, I only make one pizza, so I use half the sauce and freeze the rest for the following week. Friday Night Pizza Night!

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3. Vintage. I just thrifted this dress, and I just finished this book. The dress is super cute – can’t wait to wear it on vacation this summer – and the book was a good summer read – light and happy, and I loved the descriptions of the vintage pieces. Makes me want to own a vintage shop.

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4. Free Play. I keep reading great articles on summer and parenting. Free play was in abundance this week (see #1 above), and I was amazed at how well they played, interacted, solved problems, and created new games and activities on their own. This article highlights all that’s good about it.

5. Date Night. Husband has a work party at a winery, and I’m looking forward to it, even though I’m still trying to figure out what to wear. Do I have time to squeeze a little sewing in this weekend?

Have a great weekend! Thanks for reading!

The BEST Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Recipe (So Far)

Gluten-Free Crust

OK, first of all, those of you who have known me very long will laugh at the thought of me doing a cooking post. You know that Husband has been Head Chef for the majority of our married life. BUT, in recent months, I have taken the reins in the kitchen, and it turns out I’m not so bad, AND I truly enjoy it. There’s something about getting out my cutting board, pouring a glass of wine, and chopping away at a pile of vegetables. Good for the soul, I tell you.

I love pizza – who doesn’t? – so when I went gluten-free a few years ago, I was sure I would never find a crust that would compare.

I’ve tried mixes (they’re okay), I’ve tried a friend’s family recipe for Zucchini Pizza (which tastes amazing, but you have to eat it with a fork), I’ve tried frozen (will do in a pinch), and I’ve tried some local gluten-free delivery (not bad, actually).

Well, once I tried cauliflower pizza, Friday Night Pizza Night is on the Meal Plan every week. I started out making it with goat cheese (from this recipe), and it’s good, but BB and BG don’t really like goat cheese so much. So one week, I swapped out the cheese for mozzarella, and now I’m never going back. Here’s how I make it:

How to Make Gluten-Free Pizza

Start with a glass of wine, because it’s Friday and you’ve survived another week and it’s Friday Night Pizza Night and it’s kind of the rules.

Cauliflower Pizza

Really start by chopping a head of cauliflower into big chunks and then running it through a food processor. You want the piece of cauliflower to be REALLY small (similar to the size of couscous).

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Bring water to a boil.

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Boil the tiny pieces of cauliflower for about 5 minutes. (Be careful! It LOVES to boil over.)

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After boiling, strain cauliflower in a fine mesh strainer. I use a spoon to stir cauliflower around to get more water out of it. Let cool – if you don’t, you’ll burn your hands during the next step.

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This is the most important – don’t skip this part - find a very thin, clean dishtowel.

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Put strained cauliflower onto the middle of the towel and squeeze the living daylights out it. Really, even when you think you’ve gotten all the water out, keep squeezing as long as you can stand it. The cauliflower needs to be really dry to bake up into a crust. When it’s done, it will resemble very dry mashed potatoes. Measure about how much cauliflower you have.

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For every cup of mashed cauliflower you have, crack that many eggs into a bowl and whisk. I had about a cup and a half, so I used two eggs.

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Add cauliflower and whisk. It will be runny.

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For every cup of cauliflower, add that many cups of mozzarella cheese. Again, for one and a half cups of cauliflower, I added one and a half cups of cheese. Add a pinch of salt and stir to combine.

Cauliflower Pizza Dough

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place pizza “dough” in the middle. (It will NOT feel like pizza dough at all. That’s okay.)

Gluten-Free Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Using your fingers, spread “dough” out onto parchment paper. Keep spreading until crust is rather thin – about 1/4 inch. Bake in a 400* oven for 25-30 minutes and watch it. (The times seem to vary a bit, depending on the amount of cauliflower or how fine the texture, so really just watch it – you may need to add more time.)

The BEST Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Recipe (So Far)

You want it to brown a bit and crisp up so that you can pick it up to eat it. This is how I like it – edges brown and lots of toasty cheese bits in the middle. Add pizza sauce, cheese (yes, I add MORE mozzarella here), and toppings (I love prosciutto, anchovies, olives, red onion, and pepperoncinis – out of all of these, the red onion is the least favorite of BB and BG) . Return to 400* oven and bake for 13-15 minutes. I like my cheese to start to brown a bit on top, so I will sometimes broil it right at the end.

The BEST Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Recipe (So Far)

And there it is – my favorite gluten-free pizza.

 


Best Gluten-Free Pizza Recipe (So Far)

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower

1-2 eggs (depending on amount of cauliflower)

1-2 cups mozzarella cheese (plus more for topping)

salt

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Chop 1 head of cauliflower into large chunks. Run cauliflower chunks through food processor until each piece of cauliflower is very small (similar to couscous).
  3. Boil a pot of water. Boil cauliflower for 5 minutes, stirring often to prevent spill-over.
  4. In a fine mesh strainer, drain cauliflower, stirring with a spoon to get out excess water. Place cauliflower in a thin, clean dishtowel and squeeze remaining water out. Cauliflower will resemble dry mashed potatoes. Measure the amount of cauliflower you have.
  5. For every cup of cauliflower, whisk that many eggs in a large bowl. Add cauliflower and whisk. Add a pinch of salt the same number of cups of mozzarella as cauliflower and stir to combine into “dough”.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place “dough” on parchment paper and use hands to spread into a thin layer.
  7. Bake in 400* oven for 25-30, until edges start to crisp and inside crust starts to brown a little.

Finish off with pizza sauce and your favorite toppings, then return to oven to bake 13-15 more minutes, or as desired.


Friday Night Pizza Night is apparently a thing. Do you do it? Or Taco Tuesdays? What meal traditions do you have at your house? I’d love to hear.

Thanks for reading!

 

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