Friday, July 12, 2013

Pizza Crust, Natural Cleaners, and What's on Deck

We just returned from a long trip to Ireland (see my write-up here) and I'm just now catching my breath. I won't leave you without a few bonuses, though, at the end of the week:

1. Pizza Crust recipe:

This easy dough can be thrown together in a few minutes. If you like, you can freeze half before rising, or you can make two pizzas and freeze the leftovers for your husband, when he decides to eat a alice at midnight. Or is that just my house?

2 cups warm water (do a wrist test)
1 packet dry yeast
2 Tbls sugar

Mix and let stand 5 minutes. Add:

6 cups flour (King Arthur is good)
2 tsps olive oil
2 tsps salt or to taste

Mix with dough hook on standing mixer. Oil in bowl and allow to rise for 45 minutes in warm, dry spot.

I like to roll out my crust and prebake it for a few minutes to make certain it is cooked all the way through. Carmelized onions make a dandy topping, just sayin'. Plus my kid like a small pizza shaped like a kitty's head - a good way to force tomatoes into the body of a child who refuses all veggies.

2. Natural cleaners:

 Our mom was one of the first organic farmers in Chester County, so we grew up with Amway's LOC as our only cleaner of choice. Now, thank heavens, there are many other natural and organic cleaners available, as well as shampoos and detergents.

However, the organic stuff can get really pricy. I've found there are still some that don't have phosphates but are still super cheap:

Bon Ami - 99 cents for a can of powder, and it cleans a mean toilet bowl. 
Ivory Dish Soap - also doubles as liquid hand soap in an emergency.
Borax - Laundry booster and also a good scrubber.

Why don't the manufacturers slap a photo of a field on these products and charge triple the price? Wait, forget I said that. Nothing to see here... moving along....

3. Coming up on my blog:

A review of Ruby's Fire, the second book in the Fireseed series by Catherine Stine. 

A really cool column on writing about Native Americans, a cooperative effort with Kara Stewart (you can see her stuff here. And she knows what she's talking about.)

A review of Ready Player One.

A column about some of the best authors on Wattpad - they are writing some amazing, new, mind-bending stuff. This isn't your English Lit professor's poetry anymore.

Several book blasts and tours with giveaways.

Yup, it's going to be a great summer!


Connie J Jasperson said...

My dad was an organic farmer and an Amway Distributor too! White distilled vinegar is my grease-cutting kitchen cleaner - 1 cup vinegar in a spray bottle, add water to top. Cleans and shines stainless steel appliances and good for windows!

Alison DeLuca said...

White vinegar is the bomb! I didn't know it was good for stainless, so THANKS.

Baking soda, too. Good stuff.

DeConstruction of the Sekuatean Empire said...

When I went to Galway with a college student group, my car passengers insisted on the familiar McDonald's for their meals. When the Chinese girl brought us out our food (we ordered at the drive-thru) we didn't know where we were. I eventually got some brown bread and potatoes.

Erin Latimer said...

It was the reference to Ireland that caught my eyeballs, but this is weird, I think my agent reps the guy who did Ready Player One. *twilight zone music* straaaange.

How was Ireland? Super jealous!

Unknown said...

Lovely update dear. Thanks for the cleaning tips.
~Just Jill

Alison DeLuca said...

Brown bread and potatoes - always good.

Alison DeLuca said...

Erin, that's so odd! I loved the book - I might just read it again.

And Ireland was amazing - most of all because we had such a great week with our family. Cousin time - always good!