Sunday, November 26, 2017

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

November 26. 2017

Hey y'all, it's me!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, cause I sure did. The Redneck was off for a four day weekend, and it was lovely having him home. It was also nice getting to sleep through the night, instead of waking up at 1 am and going back to bed at 2:30 am. That has a tendency to bumfuzzle my brain some days.

Monday I found that one of my dogs had chewed holes in my best water hose. It was so bad, the only way I could fill Fang's water trough was to actually set the chewed up part in the trough and let the water run out! Filling the horse's trough was impossible, until I remembered there was an old hose left by the former owners on the pile of stuff waiting to be hauled to the dump. It was brittle and unusable, however there were a few hose repair links on it. After cutting the chewed parts out of the newer hose, and quickly repairing it, I had saved the cost of a new hose. I also had a couple of extra repair links in case the other hoses need fixing.

We were given a nice dining set and chairs a while back, so I took our old dining table to the local consignment store, which will clear some clutter and also make me a little cash for the holidays.

Fang has a severe food allergy, so he has to be fed a pure protein diet, and that's a bit pricey. So I did some cost comparisons this week on natural protein dog foods. Turns out that the store brand was actually ten cents MORE a pound than the 'fancy' brand, so we switched. Fang won't care--he's just thrilled to eat!

I ordered one of the Redneck's Christmas gifts (A Kyle Park CD) from Amazon using one of the gift cards I earned by taking surveys online. I found a like new copy, and it will be here the first part of December. I also ordered a like new copy of Eric Brende's book Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology. I have read this one several times, so I decided to get my own copy. The description of the book from Amazon says;

"What happens when a graduate of MIT, the bastion of technological advancement, and his bride move to a community so primitive in its technology that even Amish groups consider it antiquated?
Eric Brende conceives a real-life experiment: to see if, in fact, all our cell phones, wide-screen TVs, and SUVs have made life easier and better -- or whether life would be preferable without them. By turns, the query narrows down to a single question: What is the least we need to achieve the most? With this in mind, the Brendes ditch their car, electric stove, refrigerator, running water, and everything else motorized or "hooked to the grid" and begin an eighteen-month trial run -- one that dramatically changes the way they live, and proves entertaining and surprising to readers.
Better OFF is a smart, often comedic, and always riveting book that also mingles scientific analysis with the human story, demonstrating how a world free of technological excess can shrink stress -- and waistlines -- and expand happiness, health, and leisure. Our notion that technophobes are backward gets turned on its head as the Brendes realize that the crucial technological decisions of their adopted Minimite community are made more soberly and deliberately than in the surrounding culture, and the result is greater -- not lesser -- mastery over the conditions of human existence."

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know if they can get along without all the  technology most folks use today. 

After a freezer inventory I found that we had plenty of meat for the next two weeks, so this shopping trip was used to stock up on some pantry essentials we were a little low on. I used to be able to buy one pound vacuum sealed bags of yeast that last a long time, but I can't find it here. I will be searching online for a good deal on bulk yeast. Those little jars and strip packages are too expensive.

I tried making sauerkraut as usual, but the head of cabbage I shredded and added salt to didn't produce enough brine. There were several things I could have tried, but instead I simply put the crock in the fridge, and I will serve the salted cabbage as part of our lunch this week. Nothing goes to waste, and we have a good addition to our meals. 

The Redneck picked up the ham dinner we ordered for Thanksgiving on his way home from work Wednesday. We had Thanksgiving at a friend's home with other folks from church, so the ham was used for Friday. All I had to do was heat it and the side dishes up in the oven and microwave. The next morning I cut the rest of the ham off the bone, which I took to my friend so she can make bean soup. She makes a huge pot of it to take to many of the elderly folks in our church who don't do a lot of cooking for themselves. Her soup provides a lot of good nutrition. The meat I put in a large container to use in other meals, and I will freeze some it of for later. I predict a big pot of beans later this week!

One of the things I made with the ham was a Mexican Breakfast Casserole for Friday morning. It made a big pan, with plenty of leftovers for the Redneck's breakfasts each day this week. I also made up his snack and dessert bags for his work lunches, with home baked cookies or other desserts left over from the weekend. Along with that I made up his bottles of Koolade that he takes to work. Much cheaper than sodas from the machine. I can control the amount of sugar, and he simply refills the bottles with water from the fountain the rest of the day.

We stayed away from the Black Friday nonsense. Seriously, it's crazy to battle the crowds for bargains! I can find just as good if not better deals all year by simply being patient and doing research.

Braums is having a sale on their milk this week--2 gallons for $2.00. I will pick up 4 gallons and freeze them. All you have to do is pour about a cup out of each one before you freeze it. 

I will be cleaning the filter for my central heat and A/C unit this week. It helps save money, because the unit won't have to work as hard when the filter is clean. 

One last thing--I can brag that my many little efforts are paying off in the electrical department. When I opened it last week, my bill was over $40.00 LESS than it has been! Much of it has been the result of shutting off the A/C and heat on nice days and opening windows, hanging clothes on the line, hand washing dishes unless it's a really busy day, turning off lights, and unplugging anything that pulls energy when turned off, such as the microwave, television and Blu Ray player. It adds up!

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Holiday Greetings!

November 23, 2017

Hey y'all, it's me!


HAPPY THANKSGIVING Y'ALL!
I am thankful for everyone of you who visits my little corner of the internet.
May you all have a blessed day filled with family and love.

Well, I got eatin' to do. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

November 29, 2017

Hey y'all, it's me!

I was beginning to think I wouldn't get this post done this week--it's that busy time of year sneaking up on me again, only this time it jumped on me with all four feet when I wasn't looking. I know many of you know exactly what I mean! Okay, well let's get started.

Last Monday I had HAD it with the old, ugly, worn out carpet in my living room. I learned from one of the former owners that he had put it down almost 20 years ago, so I wasn't surprised when I tore it up and found an inch of dirt beneath it. The pad was pretty deteriorated in spots, and there were some 'suspicious' stains on the particle board they had used on top of the base flooring. Come ON--who uses particle board on a floor? At least now it smells better in my living room--the musty odor is gone. I am now looking into either painting and sealing the floor, or putting down a good laminate floor that looks like wood. Homeowner DIY, gotta love it the lengthy process!

I ordered Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig from the Bowie Library, hopefully they can get it in for me. I am interested in possibly buying it from Amazon with gift cards, but I want to check it out first to see if it's what I want. I try to always read a copy from either the library or a friend's collection of whatever book I am interested in. Saves money if you find a book won't meet your needs BEFORE you buy it.

I watched a great video on Vasseur Beauty channel on YouTube this last week, titled 10 HEALTHY HABITS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx9O9HqlrAs&t=2s. I like her videos on healthy living, and this was really pretty inspiring. It's spot on that we are our habits--what we do each day now will affect our lives in the future. I know that I have been slipping on my good health habits for a while now, and I needed a little 'kick start' to get back into my health routines. She talks about the habit of Gratitude, Drinking Water, MOVING (you can diet all you want, but if you don't move--ain't much gonna happen), Planning your day, the habit of kindness (I am totally falling down here--time to get out The Love Dare and go through it again), and others. As far as I'm concerned, taking care of your health will save you TONS of money in the long run--it's a very frugal practice.

Saturday was work day at our church arena, so Obie and I dropped the Redneck off then we headed to Azle to take care of some errands. I stopped at the Walmart, where I dropped off several old cell phones for recycling at the kiosk. If you have old cell phones, you can take them here for recycling, and you may even get a little cash for it. I didn't, but I was more concerned with making sure it didn't end up in a landfill. You can find kiosks by just Binging or Googling how to recycle cell phones.

While I was in Walmart, I checked their newsstand and found the latest issue of Backwoodsman magazine. I have decided to simply get a subscription to come to my house--more convenient and cheaper in the long run. This issue has an article on making herbal liniment.



We then went to the Azle library, and I got seasons 6 & 7 of Sons Of Anarchy to watch again. It will be nice when I find the missing seasons on sale so I can complete my collection. As we were leaving I looked on the free book shelves, and I found a copy of Jim Butcher's Cold Days, a Harry Dresden novel. My family loves this series about a wizard in Chicago who is a Private Investigator. We are still waiting for the next book to come out--it's been a few years, but we know that it will be great.


Next we visited the little flea market the Azle VFW holds in its parking lot on weekends. I found a Stevie Ray Vaughn CD for $1.00. As I looked around more, I saw a small desk that would make a wonderful table on my side of the bed. It was only $2.00 because it needed both ends of the table re glued. Since I have wood glue in  my arsenal, I snagged it. After gluing and letting it set, I placed it beside my bed, and it works perfectly. In the spring I'll take it outside and paint it. My little dog Poblano has a bed that fits under it. Of course, she sleeps under the covers with us, but OCCASIONALLY she chooses her bed, and now it takes up less space.



I also found a wooden salad bowl for $1.00. I have been wanting one for a while. Pounce seems to like it. 


As we drove back to the church, we passed a yard where there were some things out on the curb. Of course we stopped to see what it was. I spoke with the people there, and found that they were getting the house ready to sell after a relative had passed on. They asked me if I wanted to see what they had pulled from the storage shed in the back, and you KNOW my answer! 

There was a set of black dinnerware that I took, and four large brick red plates. Later I saw that two of the plates had chips, but they were free, and will make good bases for potted plants on the patio next summer. 


Here is a one of the big coffee mugs from the dish set. I gave the dishes to a friend at church who needed plates. The big red plates are now in my cabinet to be used as serving dishes. Pounce also approves these. I couldn't keep her off the table!


I couldn't believe they gave us this fire pit! It has a cover and a screen. It needs cleaning, but will be wonderful out on the patio. Obie also got ANOTHER basketball. He already has two or three, but he always takes them when offered. I don't mind--he can take them when we go camping, and if it gets lost or deflated, it's no big deal.

Obie also got a new t-shirt. It's actually never been worn. It's a Batman Returns shirt. Only $1.00. he loves his Batman and Marvel Heroes, but he's not a big Superman fan.

We got back to the church to find the guys still working, so we had leftover pizza for lunch and visited with some of the women who were running the bunk house kitchen. There was plenty, so no money spent for fast food.

When we got home I made dressing for the Thanksgiving meal after church and a 'fake out' caramel apple pie. 

After the meal with our church family, there was enough food left over that I was able to bring home some fried turkey, broccoli casserole and green beans, croissants, cranberry sauce, and some leftover dessert. I never turn down leftovers--saves money and I don't have to cook as much for Obie and me for lunch during the week!


This morning I made croissant breakfast sandwiches for us. I simply cut the croissants open, spread mayonnaise on both halves, scramble an egg for each, place on the bread and sprinkle with a little cheese. Quick, simple and tastes good--all the food groups in one!



That pretty much covers my adventures in Thriftology--what did y'all do to save money last week?

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2017


Friday, November 17, 2017

Unity Or Division? How I Relate To Other Bloggers

November 17, 2017

Hey y'all, it's me!

As you can see on the right side of my blog, I have several blogs that I follow. Now, this list changes from time to time, as I find that one blog doesn't really meet my needs, or another one strikes a chord with my life. Sometimes a blog is just not what I thought it would be, so I change my list again. I'm not fickle, I'm picky.

However, I do have my favorites. There are a few blogs that, unless something really drastic happens, will always be in my list. 

Herbmama's Words ( http://herbmamaswords.blogspot.com) is written by a dear friend, and she truly cares that the advice she gives is the best she can offer. Love you Becky!

The Legacy Of Home (http://thelegacyofhome.blogspot.com), written by Mrs. White, was the very first homemaking blog I ever read. A homemaker of over 25 years, she has always wanted to be a homemaker. Her calling, her passion, her devotion is to care for her family and home, being the best example of Godly motherhood she can.

Lady Lydia, who writes Home Living (http://homeliving.blogspot.com), is a woman who loves homemaking and genteel living. She is always posting lovely photos, and I often feel that I need to 'take tea' after reading some of her posts.

My long time pen pal, Marqueta, writes a lovely blog entitled Sweete Felicity (http://sweetefelicity.blogspot.com/). She has a marvelous family, and her children are extremely creative and talented. She even sent me DVD of a movie they made together.

Kate Singh's blog (katesinghsite.com) is a more recent 'addiction'. Her e book, The Lazy and Cheap Housewife (https://www.amazon.com/Lazy-Cheap-Housewife-Kate-Singh-ebook/dp/B01N5GIGAM/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8), was recommended to me by Amazon. Honestly, I thought someone had written a book about ME! From reading her books, I sought out her blog, wrote her a fan email, and now I regularly read her blog. We comment back and forth with humor and advice, encouragement and, yes, even disagreement at times. I love her outlook on being a homemaker, and she in turn encourages me to continue with my own writing.

Now, do I agree with EVERYTHING these bloggers say or believe? Of course not, because we are all very different women, with different lives and circumstances. We all have different political and spiritual views. For instance, Kate Singh's family is vegetarian, while my band of carnivores would rebel if I cut meat out of our diet. She doesn't care for the current president, while I couldn't get to the polls fast enough to vote for him. She doesn't care for guns, and I love the feel of a good firearm in my hand as I practice at the range.

Kate paints her house with jewel like colors, Lady Lydia prefers tea cups and frills. Mrs. White loves the old fashioned look with soft lighting, Marqueta recreates the World of Tasha Tudor in her surroundings. Becky lives in a large travel trailer, and I'm pretty sure she has mystical decor gracing her walls. Me? I love a rustic look throughout, and you will find a skull or two in my kitchen, a Dia de los Muertos mask by my bed, along with Scripture verses and a Sons Of Anarchy poster over my writing space. What can I say—I'm very eclectic.

So what unites us? The fact that the bloggers in this list and I all share the same basic goals. We want our families to be happy and healthy, our homes to be cozy and reflective of our personalities. We want a better world and to help others, and we want personal lives that are content, fulfilling and filled with accomplishments we can be proud of. We all have different ways of reaching them, but they are the SAME goals.

I think that too often in this life we are so busy looking for the differences that divide us, that we miss the very things that can unite us as women. I know that when that has happened I have missed out on special friendships that could truly have brought me closer to my own goals, and where I could have encouraged another to reach her own.

I'm not saying just nod your head and look happy if someone is doing or saying things that go against your core beliefs and values. Don't stay silent if you truly disagree with another's viewpoint, or tolerate what you honestly believe is evil. I'm saying THINK before you discard other people in your life, whether online or in real life. Look for what is important, and let all the little stuff go. You might just make some amazing friendships along the way.


Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Posting An Oldie But (I hope) A Goodie Video


November 15, 2017

Hey y'all, it's me!

I have an older YouTube Channel, titled Bible Babe. I consider it my learning days of how to make and upload videos. I was recently reviewing the channel for some ideas to update for my new channel, Blessed In Bowie. I came across my 100 Videos In 100 Days Challenge I had given myself, and I had to laugh at how cheesy and ridiculous a lot of them were. However, there were a few that I am proud of, as I feel that I actually had something to teach in them. This is one of those. In it I talked about how to 'mulch' a salad for a raw food diet, or for just if you want to get more veggies in your diet. I thought I would share it with y'all. 




If y'all decide to check out anymore of my old videos--please be kind, and remember that I was learning how to do all this!

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2017


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

November 12, 2017

Hey y'all, it's me!

While I didn't have any money saving adventures to report last week--this week should more than make up for it. I mean seriously, if we got any more blessed than we did--it would be scary!

Monday Obie and I went for a walk along our country road to survey the potential 'can harvest'. I've mentioned before that we pick up aluminum cans and scrap along the road to sell to make a little extra money. When the weather warms up, however, and the grass gets tall in the ditches, we stop until it gets cold again. Tall grass means snakes--I'm not scared of them, yet I have no intention of invading their territory and possibly being bitten. Also, walking, reaching, stretching, bending, etc, while gathering cans is hard work, and hot weather makes it worse. But with cooler temps, we will start up again, and from what we saw last week--our can harvest should be a 'bumper crop'!

I got the chance to do a little pantry stocking up when our local Brookshires had a Buy 1, Get 1 for a penny sale.

I stocked up on Tony Chachere's Dirty Rice and Jambalaya mixes--about 80 cents a box, The bell peppers were about 75 cents each. The Special K granola cereal was 2/$5.00--cheap! The floss picks were free, due to a coupon from a game the store is running.

I have been wanting a planner to help me keep my schedule of events, especially for church and the holidays. I stopped in Dollar General to get magnesium, and I saw this little 18 month planner for $3.00. I liked how it is laid out, so I got it.




I didn't need the little stickers that came with it, so I passed them on to my friend at the library for her planner. I really like how this planner is working out. I added some clips to hold coupons, and a few other little additions, like a sliding bookmark to keep my place. That and a pen, I'm ready to go.

We decided to buy a ham dinner from the Brookshires' deli for Thanksgiving this year, instead of me cooking. We will be going to a friend's home for dinner that day, along with other folks from our church, and I will take something I made. Now, while that takes care of the actual holiday, we still have the rest of the weekend to get through, and we like leftovers, hence the deli ham dinner! We chose ham, because we know we will get plenty of turkey on the actual day, and ham can be used in more ways than turkey in dishes we all like. I will even freeze some of the ham for beans later in the holiday season. It will only cost $49.00 to the dinner, and that includes several side dishes, and I can relax and enjoy my guys. 

Obie and I volunteered to help set up the Bowie Public Library Book Sale on Wednesday morning. We started to walk into town, when our neighbor stopped and picked us up. He was sweet to drop us off right at the door of the Community Room where the sale was being held. I was thankful, because even though we had rain coats on, it was still pretty wet that morning. After a couple of hours of hauling boxes, sorting and setting up, we got to shop first. I hit the jackpot!


I found DVDs of 2 BBC mystery series, Father Brown and the Hamish Macbeth mysteries. I haven't seen either yet, but I loved the books on both. I also got Blood Moon--a 'werewolfy western' I think, A Christmas Horror Story, about the Krampus legend (yes, I have weird taste in films), and an animated THOR cartoon for the Redneck. I also found a CD with songs from The Happy Goodman Family. I used to watch them on TV Sunday mornings with my grandparents. All the discs were in perfect condition.


I found the gun catalog book for the Redneck. It was SUPPOSED to be a Christmas gift, but he saw it when we got home. Oh well, I am just happy he likes it. Another cowboy cookbook joined my library.


Two more of my bargains. I got the Ripper book because I am still waiting for someone to convince me that James Maybrick WASN'T Jack the Ripper.


More books, including the devotional Jesus Calling.


I even found a near perfect 1955 copy of Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov, a classic book from that era.

I even did a little Christmas shopping.


This 1,000 piece puzzle was STILL shrink wrapped! It will be a good gift exchange item for a party. All together I paid around $15.00. Not bad for a few hours work.

Afterward, Obie and I had lunch at The Rack, a sports bar here in Bowie. All day Wednesday they have a $6.00 cheeseburger special with fries and a pickle spear. We order one and they are kind enough to cut it half for us. With drinks, we only paid around $9.00, and trust me, those burgers are HUGE. When we finished lunch we did a little shopping on the square, including getting Obie a 'new' sweatshirt at Thrift Angels Thrift Store.


This one looks very nice for going somewhere. Only $4.00. 


 I saw this over in the 'ugly Christmas sweater' section. It's a 4X size, big enough to wear as a dress. I fell in love with it, and for $4.00, I will be wearing it with leggings or jeans at Christmas parties for years to come!


It was 'buy one piece of women's clothing, get one free' day, so I found this black tank top to wear under button shirts. I am always looking for tank tops of different colors.

Friday morning I accidentally washed my old cell phone in the laundry, soooooo....yeah, it's dead. I hadn't had service on it for almost a year, but I was using it as a radio, alarm clock, camera, wifi when I was someplace with open connection, etc. My biggest concern was the alarm clock need, so the Redneck pulled out his old flip phone and now I have an alarm clock again. I will resist getting another cell phone as long as I can.

Saturday we went to the International Ordinance Museum in St Jo, Texas, about 20 miles from us. It was so cool--he has big guns, anti tank weapons, etc, from different countries. I couldn't believe I forgot my camera! I am going back later to get y'all photos. The museum is free, and if you have interests in history--you gotta go see this place! After this we went to the customer appreciation day at Trinity Ordinance in Lake Worth. This is one of our favorite gun shops. They gave away free t-shirts to the first 100 veterans, and the Redneck and I each got one! They also gave us a bag of stickers, pens and other goodies. They had free hot dogs, nachos, sodas and water. I got to visit with several other veterans from different eras. Again, I kicked myself, because I didn't have my camera, because there were all kinds of t-shirts, biker patches, and tattoos I would have loved to photograph. 

So as you can see, we had a lot of frugal fun last week. There were even more 'adventures', too many to list here, but these were the big ones. I hope these posts inspire y'all to look for ways to have your own 'adventures'. I know when I read other blogs where folks have spent little but had quality of life, I am moved to use my creativity to reach new heights of 'Thriftology'.

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2017



Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday Menu Planning And Chipotle Chicken And Dumplings!

November 10, 2017

Hey y'all, it's me!

It's cold and cloudy, feels like fall. It's also menu planning and grocery list day. I always feel over whelmed when I first begin the process, but once I have my inventory of the pantry and freezer and get the cook books out--I get a rush out of taking what I have and creating meals for my family that they love to eat, and that are nourishing and less expensive than if I didn't plan.


My mess--er--PLANNING AREA for creating menus for the next two weeks. I give a short explanation of my menu planning methods in this post: http://blessedinbowie.blogspot.com/2017/09/money-saving-adventures-last-week.html

Even while doing all this, I still have to feed me and Obie lunch. I had taken out a chicken breast to thaw earlier this morning, but I had no idea what to do with it. Since it's a bit of a dreary day, I decided I wanted comfort food, but I didn't want to make a complicated recipe. I checked the pantry and fridge and found a few ingredients to toss together to make a quick chicken noodle soup. Oh wait--

I'm out of dried noodles.

Drat.

And yet I am NOT defeated--I will make chicken and dumplings instead! And I used a new twist in the seasoning.


I found this at my local Brookshires, on the clearance shelf for $1.00. Yes, it does say hamburger, but who says you have to use it only for beef?

So I set to work with the following ingredients for the chicken and broth:


1 chicken breast, diced
1 quarter onion, diced
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 can chicken broth (my homemade would have been great, but I didn't have time to thaw it out)
2 Tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon Chipotle Hamburger Seasoning
2-3 cups water

First I sauteed the chicken and onions in the butter, and added the garlic.


I poured in the broth and water, then added about a Tablespoon of the seasoning. I wanted a kick, but not a hard one.


I let it all simmer for about 10 minutes while I made my dumpling batter. You can use any dumpling recipe you like. I just grabbed my 1979 edition of Betty Crocker for today. 




I put the broth up to a boil, then dropped the batter in by Tablespoonfuls. 



The dumplings will sink for a bit, then rise. I let them cook for about 5 minutes, until they were done. They turned out beautifully--soft and biscuity (Is that a word? I think it should be!) on the inside. The flour from them also thickened up the broth, making it almost creamy.


The finished product. I have found a new comfort food for lunch--quick and easy, and delicious! 


Seconds anyone?

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2017




Monday, November 6, 2017

Homemade Pizza!

November 6, 2017

Hey y'all, it's me!

I normally do a Money Saving Adventures For Last Week post on Mondays, but just about everything I did last week was basically a repeat of something, and my home internet was wonky. Instead, I will do a catch up post on making homemade pizza that I promised.

I had never made pizza at home (unless you count those awful box mixes) until I discovered Amy Dacyzyn and The Tightwad Gazette. I read how she made her own crusts and prepared her toppings, how easy it was, how much cheaper than take out pizza, and how it tasted good. I was still pretty new to Thriftology, so I was excited to try it.

To make pizza, I prepare all my toppings first. These are the ingredients I used for two pizzas:


You will need a sauce--I simply use pasta sauce bought on sale for the pizza, then the following day I use the sauce in another recipe. I use garlic and oregano to flavor my ground beef topping (you can also use pepperoni, which is a lot quicker), and Mozzarella cheese. If I am making a veggie pizza I use whatever I may have in the fridge. My favorite veggie pizza is tomato, onion and mushroom.


I simply brown my ground beef, drain and add my seasonings, stir well and set aside while I make the crust.

The crust is simple, and while Amy makes her with a food processor, a bowl and a spoon works just as well. Here's what you need:



1/2-3/4 cup warm water
1 Tablespoon yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
(I usually make two pizzas for my crew. I just double the ingredients)



Put the yeast and sugar into 1/4 cup of the warm water, mix and let sit while you blend the rest of the dry ingredients. 




If using the processor, simply mix for about 10 seconds or so--in a bowl, stir until well mixed. 


Add the yeast/sugar mixture, blend in, then add the rest of the water until it creates a dough ball that clears the side of the bowl. (Yeah, this one didn't quite clear the bowl, but remember, I do a double batch, so it's going to be a bit messier--still tastes great!)




Place the dough on a floured surface, knead briefly, then cover with an oiled bowl to rest for about 10 minutes.



I split the dough into 2 pieces, and then I pat them into an oiled pizza pan (a good sized cookie sheet works well too) and a large cast iron skillet that the handle broke off of several years ago. When it's oiled, it makes a wonderful thick chewy pan pizza.





 I brush on the sauce, add the cheese, then all the toppings.





I bake the pizzas in a preheated 425 degree oven. I put the beef pizza on the top rack, and the cast iron pizza on the lowest rack. They bake for about 20 minutes, until the crust is brown. Check them to make sure they don't overcook--ovens do vary in temperatures.



The beef pizza did get a tad overcooked--but the Redneck likes it like that. 


The veggie pan pizza came out perfect!

I always try to add in a big salad. We all eat well, and there are usually leftovers for the next day for lunch.

So if you like pizza, give this a try. After you master the basic recipe, you can experiment--add garlic to the crust, try a different meat for a topping (cooked chicken breast is good), try making a taco pizza with Mexican blend cheese, or even a 'blanco' pizza--no sauce, just cheese. This recipe also makes great bread sticks. Sometime I even make what we call an 'artery clogger'--ground beef, pepperoni, bacon, etc!

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2017