Thursday, August 30, 2012

Good Taste: tomato harvest pizza



I have a delicious recipe to share with you today. I’ve recently discovered how easy it is to make homemade pizza. And with a few shortcuts it’s a quick and easy meal after a busy day.



With the weather cooling down but summer homegrown veggies still plentiful, now is the perfect time to turn up that oven and make a fresh, yummy pizza. And as luck would have it, the super nice people at Carapelli Olive Oil sent me some Carapelli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil to try out on one of their summer recipes.

I chose their Heirloom Tomato Pizza with Prosciutto and Provolone Cheese recipe but modified the ingredients to use items I had on hand.


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Here’s the original recipe:

Heirloom Tomato Pizza with Prosciutto and Provolone Cheese

Ingredients:
1 (1 pound) frozen pizza dough, thawed or fresh pizza dough*
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1-1/2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon Carapelli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
1/4 cup pizza sauce
1 cup shredded Provolone or mozzarella cheese
6 thin slices (2 ounces) prosciutto, torn into pieces
2 to 3 medium tomatoes, preferably a mix of colorful heirloom tomatoes
1/2 cup packed baby arugula 

Cooking directions:
Heat oven to 400oF. Roll dough out on a floured surface to a 10- to 12-inch circle. Sprinkle cornmeal over center of a large baking sheet or in a 12-inch pizza pan; transfer dough to baking sheet. Brush 1-1/2 tablespoons of the oil evenly over dough. Spread pizza sauce evenly over dough to 1/2 inch from edge. Top with cheese and prosciutto. Slice tomatoes thinly; shake each slice to discard excess seeds and juices. Arrange in a single layer over cheese. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown and cheese is melted. 

Meanwhile, place arugula in a small bowl. Drizzle remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil over arugula; toss to coat. Sprinkle over pizza just before serving. Serves 6. 

*Pizza dough
 
Ingredients:
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110o to 120o F)
Pinch of sugar
2-1/2 to 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Carapelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:
In a small bowl, combine yeast, warm water and sugar; let stand 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in work bowl of food processor, combine 2-1/2 cups of the flour, salt and olive oil. Process until combined. With motor running, gradually pour in yeast mixture through feed tube. Process until dough is elastic and pulls away from the work bowl. If necessary, add additional flour until mixture easily pulls away from work bowl. Place dough in a medium bowl lightly brushed with additional olive oil. Brush top of dough lightly with oil; cover with a clean towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes. Punch dough down and divide in half. Cover; let rest 10 minutes before rolling dough out or freezing up to 3 months. Makes enough dough for two 10-inch pizza crusts.
Preparation time: 20 minutes 

Rising and resting time: 55 minutes 




Here’s my version. I used frozen pizza dough that I let defrost and rise in the refrigerator overnight. I substituted ham for the prosciutto and bell pepper for the baby arugula. Use whatever you have – that’s the best part about pizza! For even more fun, make several individual pizzas and let everyone add their own toppings.



Then get out the napkins and enjoy!

Thanks for visiting.
Carolyn
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I was provided with samples of Carapelli Olive Oil but received no monetary compensation. All opinions are 100% mine.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fresh Look: my kitchen chicken {crackle paint technique}



Have you ever used a crackle paint technique? It’s something that’s been on my list for awhile and I found the perfect test subject in my kitchen.



Nestled on my spice shelf was this cute speckled chicken. I’ve had it for years and although I don’t have  country kitchen décor, she’s been happily sitting there looking very country for the longest time. Funny how things just start to blend in. Time for a fresh look…


Crackle Paint Examples FinalPhoto Sources:  1. Cameron Homemade   2. Frivoli Tea   3.  Wild Roses & Blackberries   4.  EHow
You can buy crackle paint medium or you can diy with Elmer’s Glue. Here’s the Elmer’s glue tutorial from their site. It couldn’t be easier.

How do I use Elmer's to create the painted crackle effect or antique look on furniture or crafts?
  1. Paint the object or furniture with an acrylic craft paint. Let dry.
  2. Cover the paint with a coat of Elmer's Glue-All glue.
  3. While still wet, paint on another coat of a different color of acrylic paint. The painted item will begin to crackle as it dries.
  4. When dry, cover with another coat of the Elmer's Glue-All as a sealer.

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I followed the instructions but my chicken didn’t crackle very much with one side having more cracks than the other. I had read that a thicker application of glue will result in large cracks and a thinner application will result in small cracks. In my attempt to get a lot of small crackles, I don’t think I applied enough glue.



It’s okay – she was test subject and I’ll practice the crackle technique on another piece using more glue next time.



In the meantime, she’s back up with my spices looking less country and partially crackled. 

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Carolyn
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party [65]


Hello friends and happy Friday! I’m so happy you’re joining me for the Inspiration Board link party. Whether you’re linking up a project or visiting for inspiration I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by. I know how busy life gets and I truly appreciate each and every visit, comment and link.

I was looking through some of my fall projects and I found these pictures of my trusty assistant in my archives. Are you working on autumn décor? Or are you trying to hold on to the last days of summer? I’m somewhere in the middle. Whatever you've been creating, I can't wait to see it. I’ll be going through the projects and featuring some on Friday.

A few rules:
  • Link up your own project - something you created, made, did, etc.
  • Grab a “homework” button and include it somewhere on your blog.
  • Follow homework.  You’ll find the “Follow via Google Friend Connect” gadget on the right sidebar.
  • Please visit the other links that intrigue you and make someone smile with a comment or two.
If you have a giveaway, I have a separate giveaway link party -  see the Giveaway Link Party tab at the top of the page.

I’m ready to be inspired - don’t forget to add my button somewhere on your blog. Spreading the word helps bring more visitors to your linked project.



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Carolyn
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Monday, August 27, 2012

Fresh Look: twine vase


Fall ideas are starting to pop up here and there and although in my mind it’s still “flip flop” season, I’m trying to think ahead for fall décor. One idea I had was to make a textured vase with twine and paint.



I made two vases but decided to leave one of them unpainted.

Twine Vase CollageI’ve seen a lot of projects where the twine is wrapped horizontally around and around the object but I decided to place my twine vertically. I cut several strips of twine and using Mod Podge, glued them on one by one.



Once the glue was dry, I trimmed the twine at top edge. 

This vase is the unpainted version. I liked the natural look of the twine.

This vase is spray painted giving it a completely different look.


I like both versions – what do you think? Painted or unpainted?


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Carolyn
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Friday, August 24, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~64~


Happy Friday friends. It’s that time again. Time for the Inspiration Board Spotlight.

A big thank you to all of you that linked up a project on the Inspiration Board this week. There was a wonderful mixture of end-of-summer, back-to-school and glimpses of fall. I was thoroughly inspired by all of your projects. Here are a few in the spotlight this week.


bookstack17Beautiful book transformation by Design Stash. Regular thrift store books are turned into a pretty décor item by removing the covers and adding pretty embellishments.


Toddler Number Matching Board 6Just too cute for words! Max and Me created a number matching board – count the dots and match up the numbers. Adorable photo that captured the joy of learning.


Pie-in-a-JarSo pretty to look at and so yummy to eat! Cherished Bliss shows us how to make Pink Lemonade Pie in a jar.


LullabyLyricPillow10Do your children have a favorite lullaby? Love Grows Wild handwrote the lyrics to her kids’ favorite lullaby on pillows. Her boys love them and so do I. 


Turquoise Hall Table 1Such a pretty table by Knot all that I Seam. From regular brown to trendy turquoise – I love the pretty décor items that add the perfect finishing touch.

 
lunch bag 1Yup, it’s that time – back-to-school time! What better way to start the year than with a brand new handmade lunch bag. TV Designs made this darling bag for her daughter and chose cute utensil fabric and pink gingham for the inside lining and tie.

 
DIY-OreosHomemade Oreo cookies by Happy in Red. The chocolate cookie looks incredibly rich and I love the personalized touch of pink filling.

 
fireworks072Wow! An incredible toilet paper tube craft by Creating Domestic Bliss. Question: How many toilet paper tubes does it take to create a flower that large? Answer: A lot!


chickenfriedsteak3Oh-my-goodness! This is a plate of pure southern happiness. Don’t even think about the calories – just focus on the menu brought to you by Mrs. Happy Homemaker. Chicken fried steak, great granny’s mashed taters (both smothered in country white gravy), mama’s buttermilk biscuits and assorted sides. Yum!

 
232323232fp537_nu3366_656_8_5_WSNRCG3452_6_37336nu0mrj And since fall is just around the corner, I loved this photo of crabapples by SW Boutique. I have to confess, I’ve never had a crabapple. Apparently the crabapples are almost ready to be picked and made into crabapple jelly. I’ll have to add this to my list of “must try” items.


 
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This week on the Inspiration Pinboard
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1. Pallet Jewelry Holder – Life’s Creative Journey   |   2. Window Table – Marty’s Musings   |   3. Vintage Inspired Mini Ladder – Design, Dining and Diapers   |   4. Vintage Tool Box Planter – Fox Hollow Cottage   |   5. Pallet Headboard – Ready Home

 
If you were in the spotlight, please feel free to grab a button.

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Thank you again to everyone who linked a project and to everyone who came to visit. I loved looking at all the projects and visiting your sites.


Carolyn