My Free Stuff & 10 minute Homemade Pizza Crust!

pizzanewA few weeks ago I did a blog entry on free stuff that doesn’t require a credit card, so I wanted to give everyone a quick update. I think I ordered 8-10 items to try out, and so far we’ve gotten about 5 of them, they started trickling in about 2 weeks ago, so some come quite quickly! We’ve gotten a coupon for a free Diet Dr. Pepper, Kashi frozen meal, a granola bar (I forget the name, my teen had it and said it was just “ok”), sample of Total cereal w/cranberries, Warm Delights microwave dessert & Dunkin Donuts coffee. No spam email or mail of any sort that I can tell, so we’re pretty pleased over here! So if you see some new products out in the store and unsure if they are worth the money, try looking on the sites I named in the first article and see if there is a free sample you can try. Also, if it is something for your kids, address it to them, they love getting mail!

Now, onto the homemade pizza! I’ve noticed not many have clicked on the link, which means not many are trying it out! I was reminded to mention this again as I was sitting on my front porch on Saturday and during the course of an hour or so we saw 3-4 pizza delivery cars drive past, and we live in a pretty private neighborhood without thru traffic. It continues to be a bit hit for dinner, and I served it during our Easter get-together to the teens, as they stuck around later to watch a movie and were getting hungry. So I made a sausage and mushroom pizza and it got some good comments. So here is the pizza dough recipe once again; top it off with pizza sauce, your favorite toppings, and cheese.

10 Minute Homemade Pizza Crust recipe (makes one 14″ pizza):

  • 1 (.25 oz) packet of active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 cup very warm water
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tsp italian seasoning (optional)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder (optional)
  1. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees, have a pizza stone ready.
  2. Combine first 3 ingredients into a mixing bowl, swirl a few times to help the yeast distribute and dissolve, then set aside.
  3. In another bowl combine the remaining ingredients and mix well. Wait 5 minutes then add it to the water and yeast bowl.
  4. Stir the flour and water together with a wooden spoon as best as you can then pour it onto a lightly floured surface. Don’t worry if it looks extremely dry, it will all come together in the next step.
  5. Knead the dough for about 2 minutes, or until it feels smooth and slightly elastic. Set aside to rest for 5 minutes and then roll it out, I actually do this right on the stone itself and go to the edges.
  6. Bake the crust PLAIN for 7 minutes, then remove the stone from the oven. The crust is now ready to be “dressed” with your favorite toppings. Put pizza back in the oven and cook until cheese is melted.
  7. TIP: If you are using a pizza stone and prefer a crisper bottom crust, slide the pizza off the stone for the last 5 minutes of baking.

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