2 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Here’s a Girl’s Day Luau I hosted.
Growing up, my dad always made pizza for us on Sunday night. It was tradition. The dough was made from scratch. The veggies he used were grown in his yard. The only item that came pre-made was the pizza sauce.Yesterday, we made our own, with just a few modifications.
Put the dough in an oil covered bowl and place it in a warm, non-drafty place for an hour so it can rise. We put it in the oven.
Here’s how it looked after an hour.
Roll the dough into a ball, and let it rise another 45 minutes. We weren’t ready to make the pizza yet, so after the 45 minutes, we wrapped the dough in cling wrap and put it in the fridge for a couple hours, until dinner time.We rolled the dough out onto the pizza stone and sprinkled it with sugar.
Next, add the pizza sauce. Then, we chopped up the veggies for toppings. Here’s the onion.
We loaded the pizza. We ended up putting onion, yellow pepper, jalapeno, mushrooms, black olives, pepperoni, cheese, and pizza seasoning.
We put it in the oven for 10 minutes, flipped it, then cooked it 10 minutes more.Ooey, gooey, and incredibly cheesy.
On a completely unrelated note, we finished the frame gallery in our office. Here it is in all its glory.
U of I’s Quad, goldfish, a bird printed on a vintage Chicago map, a Marimekko print, and some random images we found and liked. An eclectic mix, huh?
Yesterday, I had a great day with my mom.
We started off the day at the Network of Strength Walk. Some local women truly outdid themselves this year. While the big walk in Chicago is downtown, these ladies organize a walk every year through a local neighborhood. This year, the walk was held in Edison Park and started at St. Juliana’s. The whole 5K was mapped out for us andafterwards, there was a lovely party with music, lunch, desserts, and of course, gallon and gallons of ice cold water.
I was lucky to be able to spend Mother’s Day not just with my own mother, but with my new extended family as well. Here’s a group photo of the walkers I was with – my husband, my mother, my in-laws, and Phoebe.
Here’s Phoebe on the way home. She doesn’t look it, but she was pooped. And she’s rocking pink.
All totaled, I raised $320 for the cause. Thank you so much to everyone who donated.
Afterwards, the whole clan headed back to my parents’ house for a tasty lunch my dad had prepared. You guessed right, I made dessert!
This is a Nutella Swirl Pound Cake. My cousin, Rosemarie, makes this dish for many of our family gatherings and it’s always a hit. My mom really likes it, so I thought I’d take a stab at making it for Mother’s Day. This recipe was originally found by Rosemarie in Food & Wine magazine. It features a yummy ingredient: Nutella.
Here’s what you need:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
One 13-ounce jar Nutella