Today's Joy and Pizza Dough

Joy is sparkly shoes. Today I got some sequined sandals. They are lovely. I didn't even wait for them to go on sale like I'd originally planned. Jake was with me, he talked me into it. He also decided I needed a pair of grey heels with a sweet ruffle trim.

Joy is food. I've been enjoying a lot more of it lately. One of my all-time favorite things is homemade pizza. I could eat it all day every day. The possibilities are endless. This is my favorite pizza dough recipe [I've tried quite a few]:

1 package active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 cup warm water
1 Tbl kosher salt
2 Tbl olive oil
2 1/2 C flour - I use unbleached all-purpose.

In a medium bowl, combine yeast, water, and sugar. Leave it there to work its magic for 5-10 minutes until it looks foamy.
Add salt, olive oil, and flour
[I usually start with 2 cups of flour and add small amounts from there based on how the dough looks. It usually ends up with 2.5-3 cups all together.]
Mix it all together until it makes a ball-like formation.
Give it a few kneads until dough [ball-like formation] is smooth and elastic.
Rub it lightly with olive oil and put it in a bowl covered with plastic wrap/towel.
Let it rise in a warm place for about an hour.

When it's done rising, split dough into three [You are so lucky you get three crusts out of this!].
Roll it out until it's nice and thin [about 1/8 inch].
Place it on pan.
Brush top light coat of olive oil.
Add whatever toppings float your boat.
Bake at 500 for 12-15 minutes

My current favorite toppings are ricotta [in place of pizza sauce], mozzarella or Monterrey jack [if you've never tried MJ cheese on a pizza, please do], and artichokes. I also love a classic Margherita [mozzarella, basil, fresh tomatoes - thinly sliced, and always with a thin layer of ricotta under the mozzarella].

Joy is my little family. Have I ever said how amazing my husband is? Jake is amazing. Joy is knowing God created two spirits so complimentary to one another and then made a way for them to find one another.

I'm off to make pizza dough in my ruffle-y heels and vintage tablecloth apron.


  1. The pizza crust sounds wonderful, Brie. Just might make some this week! I am anxious to see the shoes too. Won't it be nice to wear sandals again? And as for Jake...well, you are exactly right. He's that perfect! And you are a sweet match, you two.


  2. I was just wondering what to make for dinner... pizza sounds like it might be what we're having. Wish I had some ricotta!!!

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  4. I have a very similar pizza dough recipe- so so good! But being raised in the Taylor family my mom had to come up with some cheap dinners- the favorite pizza- hamburger hotdog pizza! It is my kids favorite too- the strange things we pass on to our kids!

    I so wish I could wear high heels- too bad for me and my fat cankles- they look ridiculous in heels, too bad my husband would then be 2 or 3 inches shorter then me, and too bad I don't have enough coordination to walk in them with out falling flat on my face!! Wear them and enjoy them for me K?!



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