Howdy folks! I hope you had a stupendous New Years celebration! Mister and I kept it simple and celebrated at home. He had to work today which gave me the opportunity to watch the Rose Parade. Did you see it by chance? I haven’t watched a parade in years and I just happened to catch it this morning.
There was a float in particular that really touched my heart – well, the float and the event that followed. The float honored military dogs who bravely enter dangerous territories to save lives. On this particular float, a military man sat and waved to the crowd. The announcers told a story of how he had told his wife and child they had won an all expenses paid trip to see the Rose Parade, having no idea that he would be there to greet them. The reunion tore at the heartstrings. It was really wonderful to see. A wonderful moment that I could never do justice simply talking about it. Look for a video online if you can.
Anywho, I felt the urge to use up some more of my fridge’s contents today due to my recent decision to clean house, and made homemade pizza. I had a lot of food odds and ends that I used as toppings. My original pizza crust recipe is usually my go-to but I thought I’d mix it up and try this Baking Illustrated recipe instead. The crust turned out crispy and firm, perfect for holding up all of our toppings. If you haven’t made your own pizza dough at home before you are missing out. Once you make your own chewy, crispy, crust, you wont want to buy store made dough ever again. Plus you can freeze any extra dough, thaw to room temperature and use it whenever you need it. It’s as easy and convenient as any store purchased dough.
If that sounds like a good idea and you don’t plan on using your dough right away, freeze it. Simple wrap each dough ball individually with plastic wrap and store in a freezer bag. Be sure to allow the dough to come to room temperature before using it (place it in the fridge, then onto your countertop for best results).