In a rush? The first several times we test drove our Blackstone, we practiced first with store bought dough. (Learning how to launch a pie is no joke! Be sure you have a good pizza peel and dust whatever you build your pie on with some semolina flour.) Store bought dough can make the whole process much simpler and quicker, and you can get some pretty good results with dough from Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. (Or ask your local pizzeria if they’ll sell you pre-shaped dough balls!) If you decide to go this route, just be sure to allow the dough to rest (up to 5 hours) as individual balls to obtain a shapeable dough. Cold dough that hasn’t rested will be incredibly elastic, making it near impossible to work with. If you have to use a rolling pin to shape your dough, it’s not ready yet, and you likely won’t get that light and airy crust we all love. Once you’ve mastered the art of simply working with dough, challenge yourself and try out the 72-hour dough! (Having a bin like this, and containers like these for each dough ball is super helpful, too!) GOOD LUCK and sure to check out Baking Steel’s site for more tips and recipes! 🙂
When I was a kid I loved The Gap. No one made a better overall, or a better graphic tee that said “Gap” across the chest. 😉 In 7th grade, my love for Gap ended abruptly when the most popular girl in my social studies class leaned over to the token 6-foot-tall boy in junior high and said “Her backpack is from Gap. The place that makes clothes FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.” They both laughed and ate their Funyuns and right then, I decided to never wear Gap again.
But then almost 20 years went by, and I remembered that they actually have the best basics, really great sweats + sweatshirts (and honestly, I would know), and if you can dedicate 30 minutes of swimming through a sea of neon graphic tees online, you’ll discover some gems. So today, in spite of that cool girl from my 3rd hour social studies class, I’ve done a little round-up, and the search is on me! See below for my current favorites from Gap, and be sure to use one of their promo codes. Because as far as I can tell, you can essentially get an extra 40% off most days of the year. 😉
The month of August: Lots of baking to stay calm, sold a good amount of our furniture on a whim, started homeschool, decided we should become snowbirds since we don’t have school keeping us home anyway, spent every waking second on Zillow, made an offer on a house in the mountains, didn’t get it, made 5 more offers on different houses, one got accepted(!), flew in to see it, didn’t feel right, walked on it, came home, and now I’m back to stress baking. How was your month?
Whether your little one is back at school, homeschooling, or a combination of distant and in-person learning, I wanted to share a round up of our family favorite educational products, toys, and fun ‘must-haves’ to celebrate the beginning of a new school year. (More info on each product, here!) Hoping your families have a wonderful start to school, however that may look. We’ve got this. <3