Monday, September 5, 2011

Best Pizza Dough Ever

I love to eat healthy.  My teens HATE to eat healthy.  My 15 yo told me he thinks he is allergic to healthy food.  So what do I do? I make healthy foods and the teens turn their nose.  Until today.
I made a new pizza dough that was healthy.  I did not tell anyone it was healthy though.  I added the ingredients, let it rise twice and then baked it up.  While it was cooking my 15 yo came upstairs saying, something smells amazing, I need to EAT IT NOW!  And then he did. 8 slices he ate, and when he was done, he would have had more.  But it was all gone. Every last crumb, slice, morsel of pizza was gone.
So if your kids are picky eaters I think you should try this recipe too!  No pictures were taken of this pizza because the kids ate it up before I could take out the camera,  Enjoy!!

Pizza Dough, makes six 10-12 inch pizzas
1 envelope dry active yeast
1 tsp sugar
2 cups warm water
2.5 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp coarse salt
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
Dissolve yeast and sugar in water in a large bowl and let stand about 5-10 minutes.  If yeast does not proof(get bubbly) throw it out and buy new yeast!  Add 2 cups of all purpose flour and salt.  Stir in slowly. (I use my dough hook on my kitchenaid)  Stir in whole wheat flour and wheat germ, then remaining all purpose flour 1 TB at a time.  Dough should begin to come away from the bowl but still be slightly sticky.
Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth and springs back when poked (about 10 minutes).  Place in a lightly oiled bowl and turn to coat.  Cover and let rise in a warm place until it doubles in size, about 2.5 hours.  Cut dough into 6 pieces and roll into a ball shape.  Cover the balls and let rest 30 more minutes.  Stretch out each dough onto a pan or stone, add sauce, cheese and any topping.  Bake on a pizza stone or in a pizza pan at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

One of My Favorite Websites, Jasmere

I love to do a lot of online shopping these days.  Dragging 1, 2 or 5 kids to the store is not my idea of fun!  So online shopping is where it is at.
One of my favorite sites is
At first, Jasmere looks like one of those typical, get your 12:00 noon email with the deal of the day sites.  But Jasmere has a really cool edge to it.  As more and more people purchase the deal of the day, the price goes DOWN!  How awesome!  So if you like the deal of the day, convince your friends to buy it too, and then you all get a better price.
Jasmere used to only offer each deal for 24 hours.  At 11:59AM the next day I would often scramble to remember to check the price of the previous day's deal. (There is now an email me if it gets to xxx price too)  But since many customers said 24 hours was not long enough to purchase the deal, Jasmere has extended many of its offers to 2-3 days.  One more thing you should know, no matter what price during the deal you buy at, you only get charged the lowest price that it ends at!  So basically we all win!
Another reason I love Jasmere is that everything is very clearly spelled out for each deal.  Many of these daily deal sites do not tell me how much shipping will be.  I hate to find out the hard way as I redeem my gift certificate that my deal was not so great since $20 shipping was just added.  If you click on the more shipping and info box for each deal, you clearly can see exactly how much you will have to pay.
Finally, the last awesome thing about Jasmere is that they are local to me!  I was able to meet the founders of Jasmere last month at a pizza place and we had so much fun.  They are such nice people and it only made me want to buy more Jasmere deals.
For you my loyal readers I have a special offer!  You can have 20% off one order on Jasmere using the code SF2017D30E1B.  This code only lasts until Spetember 17th.  So hurry, find your deal and with my extra coupon code, you will save at least 50% off, if not more  Today's deal looks really cool if you have ever wanted to whiten your teeth at home.
If you do not belong to Jasmere yet, please send me an email at and I will send you an invite.
Or, leave me a comment below with your email and I will send you an invite that way.
I would love to hear what deals you buy.
I am buying the, such a cool idea!! Especially if you have teens who often lose expensive items!