BBQ Chicken Pizza

This homemade pizza is so good!  Fresh ingredients, no grease, no high fructose corn syrup, no belly aches, extra money in your pocket.  Your pizza night maybe changed forever, ours is!

Topping ingredients:

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Chicken- I use thighs, they are cheap and super easy to fix.  Season them up with a bbq dry rub or salt/pepper/oregano/thyme blend under the skin, but leave skin on and bake in a 350 oven for 45 minutes.  Chicken breast works great too,  split chicken breast with rib is  a lot cheaper than boneless skinless chicken.  Bake the same way.

1 small/medium onion, 1 green pepper, a couple cloves of garlic

BBQ sauce- the one pictured is called Garland Jack’s Secret Six-no high fructose corn syrup, less then $3, and delicious!

Real Mozzarella cheese, not the imitation stuff.

Chop the vegetables and chicken up and set aside. Turn the oven up to 450 degrees!

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Crust Ingredients:

You can buy a box crust by Betty Crocker or Jiffy, or just make your own.  It’s really easy and this recipe makes two thin crusts or one thick crust.

Homemade Pizza Crust

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1 package of rapid rise yeast

1 tsp sugar

1 cup warm water

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp salt

Add sugar and yeast to warm water and let sit 5 minutes

Combine flour, salt, oil, and water/yeast mixture in a bowl and beat with a stand mixer or electric mixer until the dough pulls together.  On a lightly floured surface, start kneading the dough with your hands adding small amounts of flour (1 tsp at a time) until the dough is tacky, not sticky, and forms a smooth round ball.  Let it rest for 5 min.

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Spray a large flat baking sheet with cooking spray and lightly flour or better yet use corn meal.  If making thin crust, which I recommend, use half of the dough and freeze the other half in a ziplock bag.  Roll the dough out on the baking sheet.  This takes a little work, keep pulling the dough up off the sheet and lightly pull out to stretch the dough out to the edges of the baking sheet.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, but make sure there are no holes in the crust.

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Add a thin layer of BBQ sauce, too much will be to heavy on a thin crust. Add on some herbs if you like as well.  Marjoram, basil, and oregano are make a great blend for pizza. use about 1/8 tsp of each.  If you don’t have fresh garlic, sprinkle on a little garlic salt before adding the toppings.

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Here is my little helper…

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Next, add the garlic, chicken, and vegetables and a thin layer of cheese.  Don’t pile the cheese on, it will be too heavy and the vegetables will not cook right.

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Ok, here is a VERY IMPORTANT STEP!!  Put the pizza in the oven set at 450 degrees.  Set a timer for 7 minutes.  With a spatula, metal works great but any will do, CAREFULLY loosen the crust from the baking sheets and put it directly on the rack.  This makes the crust the crunchy awesomeness that is thin crust.  If the crust has any holes after this operation, put the sheet on the bottom rack under the pizza to save the bottom of your oven.  Bake for another 8-10 minutes, keep a close eye on it, it will bake fast now!

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And there you have it!  Let this masterpiece cool for 5 or so.

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This pizza goes really well with a red Zinfandel.  I found a good one called Zinopolis for around $10 that was really good.

Old Dancing Shoes

Yep, the old bar shoes.   Black pointy-toe high heels that have many scuff marks, worn out leather, but still have some more miles in them.  How about a new color to brighten them up and give them a make over?

I picked up a bottle of Folk Art outdoor acrylic paint in calypso blue ($2.50) and a foam paint brush ($0.50).  The Miller High Life costs about 20 but that is optional 🙂

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I didn’t have any flexible tape so I used vasoline around the heel and sole edges to help keep the paint on the material.  It worked really well!  Two coats, 48 hours to cure, and…

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Yay! New shoes!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Got a special occasion coming up or just love beautiful and delicious sweets? Make these chocolate covered strawberries! It was so easy and they turn out perfectly.  I used Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips and Ghirardelli white chocolate chips.

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Wash and dry the berries with a paper towel.

Have a baking sheet lined with wax paper set aside.

I used a pot that has a steamer basket.  you could also just use two different sized pans to make a double boiler.

In a small heat safe bowl/ramekin melt the dark chocolate chips (just do about 1/4 cup at a time, you can always add a few more at a time) over the indirect heat,  stirring until smooth.  Once melted, set the heat on low.

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Dip each strawberry in the chocolate, let any excess drip back into the bowl, then set on the wax paper.

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Oh yum!

Next.  Do the same thing with the white chocolate in a new bowl.

* You do not need very much white chocolate! I used maybe a 4 Tbsp amount.*

Now, I had to do a little work to get the consistency were I wanted it with the white chocolate.  I added a very small amount of butter, like less then what you would use on toast.  and a teaspoon of milk.  Stir to get a consistency that is drizzleable! Hey folks, you heard it here first!

Dip a fork in the melted goodness and fling it around over the strawberries to get this…

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It’s not an exact science, fling around is really all I could come up with this early Saturday morning.

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Sebastian has something to add…

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Aw, mommies little heartbreaker!

They will set in about 30 minutes.  I popped mine in the freezer for a little bit and they turned out fantastic!

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Enjoy!

A Bohemian Pencil Skirt

I love pencil skirts.  They have this sexy, sophisticated look and show off curves so well.  The problem is that I have very few place to wear one because they do look so…put together?? Yeah, I would stick out at the local Kroger and not the way I want. Plus, let’s face it, not really my style.

Well, ideas started a-brewin when my friend Rhea gave me this skirt…

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This skirt is a Target Merona brand, khaki colour that hits a couple inches above the knee.  Not the most flattering length/colour, at least on me.

Then I went to Hancock Fabrics and found this great material…

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Two nap times and a couple stitches here, some pins there and…

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Bam! New skirt! YAY!

Now, here are a couple pictures of me wearing this thing with some different tops.  I had to go old school and take pictures of myself in a mirror.  Yeah, totally felt like a NJ dude but whatev….don’t laugh!

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Ok, I laughed a little and almost took these down but left them up for amusement purposes!  I mean, how many people are really going to see this, right? 🙂