Monday, July 21, 2008


What are you thankful for? No I'm not going to go into some long message about being thankful, really. But I am going to tell you what I'm thankful for. I'm sure you all know of all the troops away from there families over seas. Well I am thankful that my brothers have both returned safe and sound. Yesterday they both arrived back home. They had been gone since May and June of last year. So now there deployment is over and they have come home. I'm very thankful to all those who serve our country and sacrifice limb, sanity, family and sometimes there lives for our freedoms, and I'm thankful most of them come home safe.

SO Thanks to all who serve!!

The thing left is to celebrate!! Can't wait to see you all soon!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Grilled pizza

YES it is delicious!! MMmmmmm.

I've been wanting to try some, but hadn't yet. Now my hubby he could eat pizza every DAY, but not me. Soooo I spread it out and manage to stretch it to a few times a month. Usually we do the same old oven route, the crust is getting thinner and thinner each time. Sooo I decided yesterday I was going to do it on the grill. I'd gotten an email about grilling and decided it was time. Here's what I did YUM!!

I made our basic bread dough and added some pizza seasoning to the mix for crust. I leave it a little wet so the dough can be rolled thinner. I think I have a previous post on making bread, I'll come back and link it if I can.

Anywho, I turned on my grill, warmed it up so it was about 400 degrees. I use a cloth BBQ brush to rub oil on the hot grill. Inside I rolled out some dough, not to big of a piece, but any size will work. I covered one side with melted garlic butter (just some marg and some crushed garlic). I than put it on the grill butter side down and left it for a few minutes with the lid closed. after it was brown with grill marks and mostly cooked I manuverd a cookie sheet and spatulas under it to flip it over. My first attempt was to large, so it was quite a site I'm sure.

Once it was flipped, I decorated it, rather quickly. Sauce, fresh sliced mushrooms, ham and pinapple than cheese. Closed the lid and walked away. I checked it about 10 minutes later and it was almost done. Once the cheese was melted in the middle of the pizza, the dough was done on the bottom. Than i slid it onto a cookie sheet and took it inside.

It was really good. My hubby, who frequents Chicago pizza joints, said so!!
After almost 11 yrs of marriage, he tells me if its not! LOL

So today I am enjoying left over grilled pizza. i didn't get a picture, cause we were to anxious to eat!! But you should try it, it is a keeper.

One thing I would change, not make so much dough. It starts raising to much and makes the crust thicker. Usually we get 2 huge cookie sheets of pizza and a 9x13 of bread sticks. It's better the first time, so I'll half the dough next time. But it was still yummy!

Using your grill like an over opens a whole new ballgame for baking. Hmmm homemade bread on the grill, now that's an idea, in the pan of course

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Bee Stings

A friend sent this to me, if you've tried this, let me know. I'll be keeping this in mind for sure.

Subject: Bee Stings

This information may be something to remember, as this season will soon be here again. It might be wise to carry a penny in your pocket while working in the yard. A couple of weeks ago, I was stung by both a bee and hornet while working in the garden. My arm swelled up, so I went to the doctor. The clinic gaveme cream and an antihistamine. The next day the swelling was getting progressively worse, so I went to my regular doctor. The arm was Infected and needed an antibiotic. The doctor told me - 'The next time you get stung, put a penny on the bite for 15 minutes'.

That night, my niece was stung by two bees. I looked at the bite and it had already started to swell. So, I taped a penny to her arm for 15 minutes.The next morning, there was no sign of a bite. We decided that she just wasn't allergic to the sting. Soon, I was gardening outside. I got stung again, twice by a hornet on my left hand. I thought, here I go again to the doctor for another antibiotic. I promptly got my money out and taped two pennies to my bites, then sat and sulked for 15 minutes. The penny took the string out of the bite immediately. In the meantime the hornets were attacking, and my friend was stung on the thumb. Again the penny

The next morning I could only see the spot where the hornet had stung me. No redness, no swelling. My friend's sting was the same; couldn't even tell where she had been stung. She got stung again a few days later upon her back---cutting the grass! And the penny worked once again.

Wanted to share this marvelous information in case you experience the same problem. We need to keep a stock of pennies on hand . The doctor said that the copper in the penny counteracts the bite. It definitely works!

Please remember and pass this information on to your friends, children,grandchildren, etc.

Charles and Linda Simpson

If you have children take time to view the following video: