Archive for March, 2010

Homemade Bunny Bread

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

When I see cake pans at the thrift store, I can’t resist picking them up, even if I have nothing in mind to do with them. This bunny-shaped pan was $2 at Goodwill and has been gathering dust in my basement. I decided to break it out to make the kids a special Easter treat.

Our Easter tradition usually consists of my homemade cinnamon rolls, but I thought it would be fun to do something a little different this year. I remembered this great little recipe for homemade monkey bread and also know that it happens to be one of my husband’s favorite childhood treats so I thought I would give this recipe a spin.

I opt for the lazy version though and prefer making things in my handy little bread machine, so I modified the recipe to put my little appliance to work and thought I would share my version here.

Homemade Bunny Bread or Bread Machine Monkey Bread
Author: Adapted from Baking Bites
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 2 hours
Total time: 2 hours 10 mins
Serves: 6
  • 1/4 cup water, warm (100-110F)
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup milk, warm (100-110F)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 3 – 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast (.25-oz)
  • Sugar Mixture:
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  1. Lightly grease a standard 10-in bundt pan with vegetable oil or any cake-shaped pan. Set aside.
  2. In a microwavable bowl, combine the water, milk, and butter and microwave it for one minute (or just until warm). Pour this into the bottom of your bread machine. Add the egg and vanilla next. Add the flour, salt, sugar, and then finally the yeast. Run the Dough cycle on your bread machine and let it run through the entire cycle until it beeps.
  3. Turn dough out onto a very lightly floured surface and gently deflate so that dough is relatively flat (maybe 1/2-3/4 inch thick) Using a knife or a bench scraper, cut off small pieces of dough to form 1/2 to 1-inch balls. As you cut each piece of dough, roll it into a ball in the palms of your hands. Dunk each ball in butter, use the fork to remove it and transfer it to the sugar mixture to be thoroughly coated. Place all coated dough balls into prepared bundt pan.
  4. Once all balls have been coated and places in the pan, cover the pan lightly with plastic wrap and let bread rise for 60 minutes, until almost doubled in size. I covered this with plastic wrap and then popped it in the fridge overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350F when you are ready to bake it.
  6. If it is in the refrigerator, pull it out a half hour before and let it rise on the kitchen counter before baking. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Bread will spring back when lightly pressed. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a serving platter.
  7. Eat immediately (or reheat leftovers), as the bread is best served warm and gooey.
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Amy’s Notebook 03.31.10

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

I want to make a terrarium centerpiece for my kitchen (@ Nesting Place)

I love these eggs dyed with the painter’s tape and freezer paper technique (@ LollyChops)

This door shelf is a great way to dress up a corner in your home and I love this wreath frame too (@ The Idea Room)

This baby sophisticate knitted baby cardigan pattern is beautiful (@ Sew Nancy)

Making homemade chocolate bunnies seems ambitious, but I will admit that I am intrigued (@ Epicurious)

This interchangeable tiered cake stand is adorable (@ giver’s log)

I want to make (and eat) this Peep wreath (@ tried and true)

This quick fix grocery bag is so smart and eco-friendly (@ Between the lines)

This Peep bunting is so festive and fun (@ V and Co.)

This spicy bean dip looks like a great side to bring to the next potluck dinner (@ Rookie Cookie)

I love these simple Easter cupcakes (@ simple bites)

These chocolate coconut Easter cupcakes are adorable too! (@ Baking Bites)

Iced Coffee the Cold Brew Way

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

I have a few weaknesses in my life- pretty yarn, delicious books, lovely shoes…and coffee, coffee, coffee!  In the winter, I crave a hot drink to warm my hands. In the summer, it is an entirely different story and I want a delicious iced coffee  to keep me cool while I dream of exotic vacations and escaping the reality of my mountains of laundry and cranky children. Does coffee let you escape too?

As the Indiana weather has begun to make it’s way towards Spring, I was anxious to finally give the cold brewed coffee technique a try from the New York Times.  This winter, I saved my Swagbucks and decided to buy myself a treat… a French Press that I could use in the evening for my decaf coffee. When Rachel highlighted her own cold brew technique using a French Press on Small Notebook (and then featured here), I had to put my little gadget to work and see what all of the fuss was about.

Traditionally, when I use my French press, I heat the water in my teapot and then add it to the grounds, steep it for about four minutes, and then plunge it to push the grounds down. With the cold brew technique, you just do everything wrong. You put in the grounds, add cold water, don’t plunge it for an entire night, add more water, and then finally plunge it for your iced brew. To be honest, it looks like really watery coffee sludge and you wonder if you just wasted your coffee and a moment of effort to pull it together.

I then poured it and mixed mine up with almost half skim milk and a generous little shake of caramel coffee syrup and excitedly went in for a taste. The taste? Coffee perfection! There is no bitterness and no coffee edge at all.  It just tastes like a delicious coffee that you would get at the fancy coffee joints, but only costs pennies versus dollars!

After I made a coffee for myself, the next day I made one for my grandmother. If you don’t believe me that it was good, perhaps seeing the two of us ladies rushing over to Target that-very-instant to buy a French press so she could easily replicate the coffee at home, our fun discussion dissecting the recipe and what could be done with it, and then talking about how delicious it was for an hour just might convince you.

Really though, a French press is not required for this technique, in fact, you could just use a coffee filter and a jar, if you don’t want to make the purchase. If you are in the market to buy one, I recommend one that has a second mesh filter around the lip (as pictured above) to give your coffee an extra strain. Should you use the medium grind coffee, as recommended by the manufacturer, you might not need this additional strainer as much. If you are like me though and choose to use the coffee you already use every other day of the week (which is most definitely not always freshly ground) then that extra little strainer might come in handy. The one pictured here is the BonJour Hugo ($19.12).

As an aside, I have made my own coffee syrups and also have bought them. It really depends on how motivated you are, but I love to have a variety of them when I have my girlfriends over for coffee. I am all about the coffee shop experience on a pauper’s budget, and syrups are one of those things that make my coffee brewed at home feel a little more special.

The best deal I have found on them has been at the wholesale club. Our local Sam’s Club (our area does not offer a variety of wholesale clubs, unfortunately for price comparison purposes) offers a 25.4 ounce container of gourmet coffee syrups for $4.42. Basically, for the price of one of those expensive caramel coffees, you can make a few dozen of them. The prices in the grocery store typically are much higher so if you are going to buy them, definitely put your membership card to work on this purchase and peruse the aisles for affordable coffee too!


Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee (Recipe Courtesy of The New York Times)

1/3 cup ground coffee (medium-coarse grind is best)

Milk (optional).

In a jar, stir together coffee and 1 1/2 cups water. Cover and let rest at room temperature overnight or 12 hours. Strain twice through a coffee filter, a fine-mesh sieve or a sieve lined with cheesecloth. In a tall glass filled with ice, mix equal parts coffee concentrate and water, or to taste. If desired, add milk.

For the French press: Place 1/3 cup of ground coffee in the bottom and add 1 1/2 cups water. Allow to sit overnight without pushing down the plunger. The next morning, add 1 more cup of water. Add milk as desired and coffee syrup as desired. Stir and serve.

For more great coffee tips and tricks for savings, be sure to visit, “A Frugal Mom’s Guide to Good Coffee.”  I told you, I am so passionate about this topic!


To clean your French press– Keeping your French press clean is quick and easy. First, dump the grounds in your trash can and not down your sink. You may want to trust me on this, but even with the best garbage disposals it can create a big mess and clog your drain. I use a spoon and scoop as much as I can out of the bottom before giving it a wash.

Most French presses can be placed into the dishwasher for easy cleaning on the top rack. If you are worried though, don’t hesitate to give it a quick wash by hand (using just a tiny bit of dish soap). For the unbreakable plastic variety, a little shake of baking soda and water is an ideal way to get it clean. Allow it to air dry or gently towel dry it, if you are trying to avoid the spotting. However you clean it, put it to good use and make it earn its keep in your cupboards!

What are some ways that you save on your coffee experience? Any tips or tricks for cutting the cost on your daily brew?

An Apron Full of Giveaways 03.30.10

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Photo Credit: Annabelsaprons, $38.00

Welcome to our Apron Full of Giveaways, where we round up all of the best giveaways on the web. This is the spot where you can share your blog contests or where you can find fantastic stuff to enter.

Today is the last day to enter for  a free dinner from Schwan’s! One winner, chosen at random, will receive a full family dinner (serving up to six members) featuring Chicken Pot Pie, a delicious side dish of their choice, and a fantastic dessert of their own choosing courtesy of Schwan’s Home Service, shipped right to their door! Follow the links below to access the current contest- NO ENTRIES HERE, PLEASE!

Below are the contest links-if you are hosting a contest please link it up below. Sorry, we aren’t giving away the aprons just showcasing them! Please put your site name and then what type of contest you are hosting. For example, “MomAdvice (Children’s Movies).”

Please let me know if you have any questions and good luck to each of you!

Deliciously Homemade Granola Bars

Monday, March 29th, 2010

I am always looking for new ideas for snacks and especially love anything that can fill my kids up with a minimal amount of effort. While my cereal bars are a five minute snack that can be thrown together, sometimes it is nice to have something deliciously warm from the oven with a big glass of milk. My preference is always a bar cookie over the good old drop cookies. Bars are just so much faster and still a roaring hit with my children.

My chewy granola bars are delicious, but can be difficult to pull together because they are a little drier and require a lot of man-handling to get everything coated. These are practically effortless and yield a beautiful bar that holds together beautifully.

My children are traditionalist when it comes to the granola bar so I am always looking for the flavor combination that they love- oats, chocolate chips, and honey. These bars have  that and the added boost of a little wheat germ in them. Luckily,  I always have a little wheat germ in the cupboard thanks to our weekly batch of Cinnamon Whole Wheat Waffles I make and freeze for the week. The rolled oats paired with the wheat germ mixed throughout make a satisfying-stick-to-your-ribs snack that should tie them over until dinner.

This is just the basic recipe that can be modified to your mood or your own favorite flavor combination. Decrease the honey and add a little peanut butter instead, load them up with your child’s favorite dried fruit, substitute some of the fat with applesauce, add in different spices… the possibilities with this recipe are endless!

Go ahead, balance this snack right on top of a big glass of milk and enjoy the quiet sounds in the house while everyone munches away!

Deliciously Homemade Granola Bars

2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease a 9×13 inch baking pan. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, mini chocolate chips,  and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using a wooden spoon. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 30  in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. I recommend using a plastic knife to cut these out to get a perfectly cut bar with minimal crumbs.

Do you have a bar cookie or granola bar recipes that your children love? Please share!

Freebie Friday: March 26, 2010

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Happy Freebie Friday!! We are thankful to have Freebies 4 Mom share their list of the best freebies of the week with our readers. Be sure to head over to the site to enter to win a $500 QVC gift card! I don’t know anyone who couldn’t put that to good use!

On MomAdvice we are spilling our secrets to saving money & making pizza at home, sharing a recipe for the perfect 7 minute frosting on top of homemade fun-fetti cupcakes, hosting another apron full of giveaways link list, offering suggestions for selecting the perfect boxed wine, and giving away a fantastic Schwan’s Dinner for Six. We hope you will enjoy browsing the site this week and indulging in oodles of freebies!

Health & Beauty
Burt’s Bees toothpaste
Pampers Cruisers (3 pack)
Bragg Health Facts (with samples)

Buddig Lunch Club
Benefiber Orange Sticks (Walmart)
Wrigley’s 5 React Gum (requires Facebook)

Harlequin Romance 16 Free Book Downloads
Kidthing book/game player (type “free” to search for free downloads)
Geotrax DVD
Free MP3 downloads (Walmart)

Home & Garden
Sur La Table Free Knife Sharpening
KLM Photo Luggage Tags

Upcoming Freebie Events:
Please call your local store or restaurant to confirm they are participating in these freebie events

26 – Lakeshore Learning Craft make a puppet pal 11-3
27 – Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic make a Kaleidoscope 10-11
27 – Michaels Free Family Event Spring Thing 10-1
29 – Dunkin’ Donuts free med. hot or iced coffee

Sur La Table Free Knife Sharpening
3 – Michaels Free Family Easter Event 10-1
8 – Lego Store Mini Model Build make a chick 4pm
10 – Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic make a mini baseball game 10-11
15 – Maggie Moo’s Free Ice Cream Pizza Slice 3-7
15 – The Home Depot Do-It-Herself Workshop “Interior Painting” 7-8:30
24 – Michaels Free Family Event make a puffy clay magnet 10-1
29 – Carvel Free Ice Cream & Flavor Shotz

We Are Ready for Orlando!

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

It is rare that I take trip opportunities anymore. I am such a homebody and hate to get our life off schedule… not to mention hate being away from those that are precious to me! Few trips seem worth compromising the routines in my life unless it really benefits the business, my personal career, or our family time.

When I received an invitation from the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau for an all-expenses paid trip to experience the city with my little guy, I just couldn’t pass it up! We will be heading on a whirlwind adventure that includes a visit to Universal Studios, Gatorland, Sea World, and to see The Blue Man Group perform this next weekend. To say he is excited is definitely an understatement! I don’t know what he is more excited about- being with me all by himself, lounging by the hotel pool, or getting to fly on a plane.

I am hoping to get some individual time with my son and find out ways that our readers can save on an excursion to Orlando.  We are planning our own family trip to visit our relatives in Florida for next summer so I am excited to get a peek into some ideas for how to better plan our travel and save our family money in the process.

We will be out of town this weekend and I just wanted to let you know if I do not answer emails as promptly. Everything else will still be running as normal around here and we look forward to sharing our experience when we get back.

Disclaimer: We have been invited by the Orland/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau for an all-expenses paid trip to experience Orlando and share with our readers about our experience. All-expenses paid means that our travel, hotel stay, visits to area attractions, and food will be covered by the company. We will receive no other additional compensation for the project and are asked for our honest opinions without any further obligation. To find out more about how things work here at MomAdvice, please feel free to visit our official Disclaimer page!

Do you have any tips for places to visit in Orlando or ways that you save on your family vacations to Florida?  Please feel free to share links to past posts or highlight any websites that have been helpful to your family!

Retro MomAdvice 03.25.10

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

One Year Ago:

How to Make a Rainy Day Survival Kit

Read Our Family’s Story in Redbook

Whole Wheat Hamburger & Hot Dog Buns

Family Night Activity: Earth Hour

Two Years Ago:

Just Call Me Ticketmaster

How Does Your Garden Grow?

We Need to Work On Our Letters

Weekly Menu Planner Printable

Three Years Ago:

Busy Day Activities for Warm Weather

Should You Buy Brand Name Detergent?

Happy Homemaking the Homemade Way

Amy’s Notebook 03.24.10

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

These old-fashioned chocolate muffins look delicious (@ salsa pie)

I love this idea of throwing a dinner party and watching a movie for discussion (@ Use Real Butter)

This pizza cake is amazing (@ shelterrific)

This creamy peppercorn dressing would make a lovely addition to my salads (@ domestic fluff)

I like this tutorial on how to make flowered headbands (@ grace violet)

I want to try this fajita marinade this summer (@ Confections of a Foodie Bride)

I want to try this shrimp scampi recipe (@ Annie’s Eats)

This woodland party theme is absolutely beautiful (@ Make it Do)

I am so stealing this idea for a homemade tiered cupcake stand (@ My Blessed Life, HT to The Finer Things in Life)

This DIY play kitchen made from a nightstand is so cute and thrifty (@ My Little Gem)

How to Save Time, Money, & Make the Perfect Pizza

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

About five years ago, I decided to stop buying pizzas and started making my own at home. We eat pizza every Friday and the kids look forward to it all week long. As I was preparing the dough this past week, I started thinking about the amount of money I have saved for our family on just this simple and lovely tradition of preparing the family pizza.

If you think about it, it is safe to say that we would spend $15 on a pizza for our family of four. If you multiply that number by four, I am saving us $60 each month on this tiny gesture of savings. If you calculate that over the course of a year, it is $720! Then when I think about  the five years that I have been doing this, I realize that I have saved my family, $3,600 on a little moment of effort.

Maybe you have never made pizza before and are a little intimidated by the process- that is okay! I promise that once you find the perfect recipe that creating pizza at home will be easier than you think! The  process takes practice and a little patience, but once you find the best recipe for your family, you will be sailing through the process in no time at all!

Let’s start with some tips to get you started!

It’s All About the Stone– One of the best investments I ever made in my  kitchen was to buy a pizza stone. I have two of them that I use to make our pizza and the other is used for an additional pizza or cheese bread. Mine came from Pampered Chef, which I absolutely love, but there are many examples of stones you can find on Amazon. On occasion, I have also seen them at discount places like TJ Maxx or Marshall’s in the housewares section.

The stone is the only real investment that I have ever had to make in this process. The only other major tool that is nice to have on hand is a bread machine, stand mixer, or food processor for mixing the dough. Extra tools that can be of use are a  pastry brush, a rolling pin (unless you are good at shaping and throwing dough without a rolling pin), a dough scraper, and a pizza cutter are also great tools to have for pizza night.

Buy Your Baking Supplies in Bulk- I don’t use my wholesale club membership very often except for our family’s eye care needs and for the occasional party. I won’t ever let my membership lapse though because with one trip to buy my baking supplies, my wholesale club membership has earned its space in my wallet. I make a trip twice a year to buy all of the necessary supplies for my baking and pizza-making needs.

Don’t believe me? Here is the current prices from my local Sam’s Club:

25 Pounds Bread Flour- $6.59 (needed depending upon the recipe)

25 Pounds All-Purpose Flour- $6.68 (needed depending upon the recipe)

2 Pounds of Yeast- $4.16

Cheese (5 pounds for $10.43) , pepperoni (5 pounds for $11.88), and crushed tomatoes (102 ounces for $2.68) can also be bought at a fraction of the price, but in the past I have lacked the capacity and ambition of storage for all of the ingredients.

Food storage for my baking ingredients though  is easy because I just store the two containers of flour in under-the-bed storage containers and use coffee mugs for scooping into my flour container. I also keep the yeast in a mason jar in the fridge for quick grabbing on pizza day.

As a side note, if you do own a membership to Sam’s Club, they have a wonderful Click ‘N Pull service that you can utilize for your shopping day and they can pull the ingredients right to the front and email you when your order is ready to pick up. This is a fantastic free service for moms with small children or who are short on time!

Bag it Up– Half of the battle for me is getting all of the ingredients out and assembling them for our pizza night. Instead of doing this process once a week, I started bagging four bags of  ingredients at a time and storing them until our pizza nights roll around. Add a label to the front with what liquid ingredients need to be added, and then enjoy a month of Fridays with minimal effort.

To save a little extra money, hang on to those bags and refill them again with a fresh set of dry ingredients instead of discarding them. Not only will this save you a little green, but the effort is an environmentally conscious one too! Other great options for storage could be a reusable container or, depending on the quantity, a large mason jar.

Hit the Salad Bar– If you don’t want to waste money and only need a handful of vegetables for your pizza, consider visiting the salad bar at your grocery store for the toppings. Salad bars are a great place to visit for a colorful splash to your pizza or to make a supreme pizza without making the grocery investment of buying several vegetables that may not get eaten.


Over the years, I have tried dozens of pizza dough recipes depending on what we had on hand, how many mouths I needed to feed, and just to add a little variation into our routine. I hope that these recipes will give you some ideas for ways to incorporate a homemade pizza night into your routine. Choose your recipe (based on your cooking equipment) and then jump down to the Friday Night Pizza Routine for cooking directions. It is as easy as that!

Basic Pizza Dough For Beginners (Courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen Baking Book)

4- 4 1/4 cups bread flour

1 envelope (2 1/4 teaspoons) instant or rapid-rise yeast

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 cups warm water

To make this dough in the food processor: Pulse 4 cups of the flour, yeast, and salt together in a food process (fitted with a dough blade if possible) to combine. With the processor running, pour the oil, then water through the feed tube and process until a rough ball forms, 30-40 seconds. Let the dough rest for two minutes then process for 30 seconds longer. If after 20 seconds the dough is sticky and clings to the blade, add the remaining 1/4 cup flour one tablespoon at a time as needed.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter and form it into a smooth, round ball. Place the dough in a large, lightly oiled bowl and cover tightly with greased plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 1 /2 hours before using.

To make this dough with the bread machine: Add ingredients as follows- warm water, olive oil, flour, salt, and then add yeast at the top. Turn machine on and select the dough setting. When the machine beeps, you can roll out the dough onto your pizza stone/pan.

Now follow the Friday Night Pizza routine below.

Add a side of cheese bread:

Because of the amount of dough this makes, I am able to make one large pizza and an order of cheese bread on the side. To make the cheese bread, just roll out the dough and then brush with olive oil and then sprinkle garlic salt and Italian cheese blend or mozzarella cheese on top. I bake this at 450 degrees for twelve minutes or until the cheese and dough is a nice golden color. Serve with an extra side of sauce, highlighted in the pizza routine below.


Basic Pizza Dough (courtesy of “How to Cook Everything,” by Mark Bittman)

1 teaspoon instant or rapid-rise yeast
3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, plus more as needed
2 teaspoons coarse kosher or sea slat, plus extra for sprinkling
1 to 1 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil

Combine the yeast, flour, and 2 teaspoons salt in the container of a food processor. Turn the machine on and add 1 cup water and the 2 tablespoons of oil through the feed tube. Process for 30 seconds, adding more water, a little at a time, until the mixture forms a ball and is slightly sticky to the touch. If it is dry, add another tablespoon or two of water and process for another 10 seconds. Turn the dough onto a floured work surface and knead by hand a few seconds to form a smooth, round dough ball. Grease a bowl with the remaining olive oil, and place the dough in it. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp cloth and let it rise in a warm draft-free area until the dough doubles in size, 1 to 2 hours. You can cu this rising time short if you are in a hurry or you can let the dough rise more slowly in the refrigerator for six to eight hours.

To make this dough by hand: Combine half the flour with the salt and yeast and stir to blend. Add 1 cup water and the 2 tablespoons olive oil; stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add remaining flour a bit at a time; when the mixture becomes too stiff to stir with a spoon, begin kneading, adding as little flour as possible- just enough to keep the dough from being a sticky mess. Knead until smooth but still quite moist, about ten minutes. Proceed as above.

To make this dough with a standing mixer: The machine must be fairly powerful or it will stall. Combine half the flour with the salt, yeast, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and 1 cup water; blend with the machines paddle. With the machine on slow speed, add flour a little at a time until the mix has become a sticky ball that pulls away from the sides of the bowl (switch to the dough hook if necessary). Knead for a minute by hand, adding as little flour as possible, then proceed as above.

To make this dough with the bread machine: Add ingredients as follows- warm water, olive oil, flour, salt, and then add yeast at the top. Turn machine on and select the dough setting. When the machine beeps, you can roll out the dough onto your pizza stone/pan.

Now follow the Friday Night Pizza routine below.


Pizza Hut Style Pizza Dough

1 1/3 cups water
2 tsp sugar
1 1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp cornmeal
3 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp yeast

To make this with the bread machine: Add ingredients to bread machine, according to manufacturer’s settings, and run dough setting. After the machine beeps, roll out the dough. You can roll the dough into two 9×13″ pizzas,  two medium pizzas, or a large pizza and one order of breadsticks.

Now follow the Friday Night Pizza routine below.


Now that you have the dough, it is time to make some pizza. Regardless of the dough, my approach towards making the pizza is always the same.

Amy’s Friday Night Pizza Routine

1 ball of pizza dough
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup 5 or 4 cheese blend
Toppings of your choice
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. While the oven is preheating, cook the crushed tomatoes, sugar, and salt in a pot over low heat for fifteen minutes. Bake the crust only for eight to ten minutes. Pull the crust out and then top with the crushed tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, 5-cheese blend, and toppings of your choice. Put pizza back in and cook for ten to twelve minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is nicely browned.

Do you make pizza at home? What is your routine and recipes for making this family night favorite?