Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Most Amazing Pizza Dough {Plus A Reminder}

First off, just a little reminder that prices will be increasing for photo sessions in just two days! So, schedule at the current prices now!

Second, this is seriously the best pizza crust I have ever had. I won't make any other kind and it beats out any pizza I could buy. It isn't really labor-intensive, but you do have to be home at certain times during the day for rising/punching down. You definitely will not regret making this! Thanks to my dear friend, Elizabeth, who posted about this on her blog!

Recipe adapted from here.

This makes enough for our family of two adults and one toddler (our 7-month-old doesn't eat this yet) to have for dinner plus a little for leftovers the next day.

  • 1 1/2 cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)
  • 3 teaspoons dry yeast (from 1 envelope)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 1/2 cups (about) unbleached all purpose flour

1. Pour 1 1/2 cup water into large bowl. Sprinkle yeast over; stir to blend. Let stand 10 minutes to dissolve yeast.
2. Add oil and salt, then 3 cups flour. Stir until well blended (dough will be sticky).
3. Turn dough out onto generously floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, adding just enough flour to prevent dough from sticking, about 5 minutes (dough will be soft).
4. Shape dough into ball; place in large oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover bowl with kitchen towel. Let dough rise at cool room temperature until almost doubled, about 2 hours.
5. Punch dough down; form into ball. Return to bowl; cover with towel and let rise until doubled, about 3 hours.
6.Preheat oven to 500°F. Punch down dough. Form into ball, roll out to desired thickness and place on cornmeal-lined baking sheet. Let rest 30 minutes.
7. Add toppings. Bake on topmost oven rack for 12-15 minutes.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Birthday Cupcakes {Chocolate Peanut Butter}

(above pic taken by my sister)

My birthday was last week and I was so lucky that my mom and sister surprised me and drove out here to be with me! My mom made these delicious chocolate peanut butter cupcakes (my request)! Click here for the recipe!

Friday, August 12, 2011

An Eagle Scout {Sacramento Portrait Photographer}

I was honored to be able to photograph this Eagle Scout. This is such a wonderful accomplishment in his life that he has worked hard for!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

ABC's {And a Source to Get Good Deals}

Ruby has really been into the alphabet for a while now, so when I saw a book that came with foam shapes to form the letters on Zulily, I couldn't resist buying it. She does an excellent job with forming her letters, both upper and lowercase and I know I got a good deal too! Zulily has some great discounts on some great products for moms, babies, & kids (from strollers to toys to clothes). Everything I have ordered has been wonderful. You should really sign up! Click here!

P.S. Zulily has no idea who I am and didn't ask me to do this post. I just wanted to share something great I found! :-)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wedding Day {R&C}

Even though I was not the main photographer for my brother's wedding day, I can't resist posting some pictures. The day seemed to go flawlessly and it was beautiful. The weather wasn't too hot and the bride and groom were beyond happy. It was wonderful. Take a look for yourself...

Pictures were being taken with the neices/nephew and my family really gets involved in trying to get them to look and smile...and how could you not?

The reception that night was gorgeous. Unfortunately, we had to leave early because my children were beyond tired, but we couldn't stay any longer. I was sad to miss the cake cutting, the first dance, the bouquet toss, and the exit, but it would not have been fun with our kiddos if we did stay. That is how it goes sometimes. I am glad I captured a little bit though...

Wrapped around a big tree in the backyard were childhood pictures of R & C. Such a fun idea!

I can't tell you enough how much I love this picture--it is a classic face for my Grandpa!