Monday, July 30, 2018

Pizza on the Grill!

Too hot to cook in the oven? Let’s GRILL our pizza!


I’ve always made pizzas ‘homemade’. My boys can tell you horror funny stories of the heavy whole wheat pizzas I made when they were growing up. (loaded with lots of healthy toppings) But they loved them and I always had to make more than one!

OK! So now fast forward a ‘few’ years! I still make homemade pizzas with my own ‘made up’ recipe. But I have always wanted to try to grill one. I found a recipe in All Recipes magazine but of course I changed it up a bit.


The online recipe is HERE.

I’ll write out a little condensed version of how I made mine.

Crust ingredients…

1 cup warm water

1 package dry yeast

1 pinch sugar

3 to 3 1/2 cups unbleached flour

5 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons light salt

Stir together warm water and yeast, add sugar and let stand a few minutes. Add 3 cups of flour, 1 Tablespoon oil, and the salt. Stir, adding more flour if necessary. Knead on floured surface. Place in oiled bowl to rise. Cover with a damp cloth. Rise about 1 hr. Punch down and let rest while you prepare the toppings.

Heat the grill to medium heat. Cook the toppings you want for your pizza. I cooked sausage, ripe peppers and onion. Leave those on the stove top to stay warm.

I took half of the dough and pressed it onto a well oiled plate (Corelle dinner plate)

When the grill was hot enough, my husband sprayed the rack with Pam and then pushed and prodded the crust off the plate onto the grill. Close the grill lid, cook 3 minutes.

Bring it in and flip it over onto an oiled plate. You are loading your cooked toppings onto the browned side now. I put tomato sauce, oregano, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese on first. Then the meat and veggies. Top with grated cheddar cheese and strips of mozzarella cheese.

Now the doughy side of the crust is down and it slid right off the plate onto the grill. Cook for 5 minutes at medium heat. Check at 3 minutes to make sure it’s not on fire….I mean cooking too quickly. Hubby turned it 90 degrees to cook it evenly.


VOILA!!! Grilled pizza!


I made two but one was enough for our dinner so I froze the other one! It was the closest to a ‘wood fired’ pizza that I’ve ever had!



(Delicious in Italian! I bet you didn’t even KNOW I spoke Italian, did you? hahahaha!)

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and Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

Saturday, July 28, 2018


How about this Southern Leopard Frog!


I photographed 3 of them but there were others I could hear but not see.


They had a deep throated ‘croak’!


Not really a ribbett at all! lol


They were very colorful and had leopard markings on their legs.


Something neat to see at Sholom Park this week!


And since I need to get a bird photo in here…


how about these Common Moorhens?


What was not common about these were the little baby Moorhen swimming along with them.


I had to crop the photo to really get a good look.

Babies are SO sweet! The Moorhens were at Blue Run Park in Dunnellon with all the turtles.


I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Vintage Airplanes, the 1941 Boeing A75N1(PT17)

We see a lot of small planes flying in this area which is very cool.


(a cropped photo to begin!)

And one day when we drove past the Airport, we saw this Biplane getting ready to taxi down the runway!


(the local airport)

Hubby pulled over across the street and I jumped out with my camera!




Here it COMES!!!


And right over my head it flew!


Such a beautiful sky!


And a neat sight to see.


I’m thankful for anything vintage that’s stood the test of time.

Aren’t you?

I’m joining Thankful Thursdays.

My sweet hubby researched and found the information on this exact airplane. It’s a 1941 Boeing A75N1(PT17). Thanks honey!

Monday, July 23, 2018

How about a Sunday Drive?

Maybe we can get some ‘award winning’ photos!


Well I KNOW I saw some award winning sights!


We drove the backroads looking for something that we didn’t exactly find!


So it turned into a fun ‘unexpected’ adventure!


What we DID find was peanuts growing as far as the eye could see.


And we stopped at a gate and got out for photos and could see all the way to the Gulf Coast!


I’m still amazed living here in Florida that we can be so close to the Gulf Coast AND the Atlantic! (as the crow flies!)


We’ve had enough rain so far this summer to keep the fields a deep summer shade of green.


You just never know what you’ll see when you get out on the backroads. We saw an eagle too but didn’t get any photos of it. That didn’t take away the excitement of the experience though!


As you can tell….I liked all of my photos AND all of my mosaics!


I hope you enjoy them too!


North Central Florida!


What a beautiful place to live!

I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE

and Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

A Neighborhood Walk at Sunset

I don’t walk as much in my neighborhood in the summer months. The asphalt street absorbs the heat all day long and even in the evenings it can still be HOT!


But I like to walk around the block to the little pond.


You never know what you’ll see!


Baby ducks!


Mama duck trying to keep her brood together!


And Papa coming along to lead the way!


So precious!


A little ‘fuzzy’ because of the twilight but still fun to see.


Isn’t this tree beautiful in full bloom?


One more view of the pond!

And then on the way home, a rainbow appears through the trees!


It just doesn’t get any better than that.

And it makes you SO glad you walked with a camera hanging around your neck!

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and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Time Out for some online shopping!

Summertime can mean more time inside for us in Florida! I managed to get in 5 hikes in the month of June which was pretty remarkable considering how hot it’s been. But I got out early and just accepted the fact that I would sweat! lol

I had the BEST experience buying my favorite makeup online directly from the manufacturer. They had a good sale, offered a free gift, free shipping and I was ‘in need’! I get their sale updates in my emails.

This is the only makeup I’ve worn for the past several years.



It goes on great and keeps my face dry and protected from the sun! I use a lighter shade (applied with a small brush)  under my eyes  and medium beige for the rest of my face.


They sent some new foundation samples to try as a little gift. And don’t you love the packaging? It even came in a box (instead of a padded envelope as I had expected). I opened it and felt happy…like I was opening a present.


Well done bareMinerals! Thank you! Follow the link HERE!


And we can’t have a post on online shopping without going to Etsy!

I LOVE the shop Foresees. Jewelry crafted from antique silver plated flatware.


I bought a silver bracelet awhile back and put the La Rose 1938 Spoon Ring in my favs!


(2 rings in this photo)

One day I decided to ‘treat’ myself and I ordered it! She is a special lady and even sent me a gift which I will treasure.


(0ne resting on top of the other)

She packs the jewelry in little tins and always includes a nice note.


(now you can SEE the 2 rings and my bracelet!)

I put my new jewelry in the rose soap dish on my dresser.


Isn’t it pretty on display?

Visit Foresees HERE!

I’m joining Thankful Thursdays.

Have you bought anything special online lately?

Do I need one too? lol

Enjoy your day! Island with a palm tree