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March 2014

Cowboy Pizza

This recipe gets mixed reviews.  But I like it, so it’s going in.  You will need:

  • Pizza crust from my recipe
  • BBQ sauce of choice (about 1/4 cup or so)
  • 1 potato
  • 1 pound crumbled, fully cooked ground beef
  • shredded cheddar (about a cup or so)

Make and knead the pizza crust from my recipe, but do not bake.  You will want a cast iron skillet for this.  Mine was ten inches.  The pizza dough recipe will need to be divided in half, and then rolled out to fit the skillet.  (I am NOT perfect!!!)

homemade pizza dough recipe

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Pour some olive oil in the skillet.  Again, do not use vegetable oil of any kind, only olive oil.  Be sure there’s enough to cover the whole skillet.  You’re basically frying the crust.  Now, place the dough in the skillet, bringing the sides up.  If you want, you can roll the sides down some to make it more even and fluffy.  Feel free to brush oil on the outside of the top of the crust as well.

deep dish pizza dough

Let rise until the desired thickness.  I suggest a thicker crust for this recipe.  Bake at 425 for 7 minutes.  You do not want brown spots on your crust.  Bust any bubbles.

While it’s cooking, slice your potato and brown your beef.  I use a slicer that is probably illegal now as it will slice your arm off if you’re not careful.  It was my grandmothers and is still wonderful!

sliced potatoes

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(Hmmm…what do you know?  They’re not illegal!  That’s kinda scary.)
Anyway, spread BBQ sauce on the crust.  You don’t want a large amount, but you want to be able to taste it too.  Remember, you can always add more.  Top with half of the beef and sliced potato, ensuring to spread it all around evenly.  Top with cheddar cheese.

homemade pizza

Bake at 425 for 15 minutes.

Cowboy pizza

Remove carefully with a metal spatula onto a pizza pan for cutting.  At this point, your other half of dough is probably risen enough to just go on in.  Add a little more oil to the pan and follow the above for the other half.  Enjoy!

TIP:  If your potato isn’t fully cooked, it’s probably not thin enough.  If you can’t slice it thin enough, try cooking it beforehand and placing the cooked potato on the pizza.

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Getting rid of ads in your browser

       Everyone’s had it, and everyone hates them.  Ads, ads, ads.  Unfortunately, it appears as though advertisements are the income of the present and not-so-distant future.  So, I’ve learned to live with them.  I’m even trying to gain from them, but I will not tolerate ads once I leave a page.

       This instance started a week or so ago when I noticed tabs opening up without permission.  I was on a site I visited daily, a site I had grown to trust and had even used myself.  Huge ads streaming across the page, tabs opening up with video playing.  Then, last night, I noticed banners across the bottom and along the side of my page, any page, all the time.  This is not advertising, this is provoking.  There is no way I would purchase something from someone so rude.  So, how do I get it off?

       There’s the kicker.  This information changes every 6-18 months, so always go to a recent article for the latest software.  I would not use AVG at this time.  Too many complaints, too many problems.  But you can use Malwarebytes, Hitmanpro, and Adwcleaner.  That’s what I did, and here’s how you can too.

       Malwarebytes can be found here.

malwarebytes

This is their official site, so be sure to download from it.  Use the free version on the bottom left of the screen, and follow the instructions.  Be sure to check all the items it wishes to delete.  I have had several programs try to delete perfectly legitimate items, only to waste more of my time reinstalling everything.

       This next program is HitmanPro.  It can be found here.

hitman pro

This is only a 30 day trial, but hopefully you won’t need it again after that (like I said, it changes so often that you may choose a different program the next time).  You will need to know whether you are a 32 or a 64 bit OS.  For that information, visit here.

is my os 32 or 64

Once you have determined whether you are 64 or 32, download the appropriate version, install, and run.  Again, check all items before allowing it to delete them.

And lastly, I used Adwcleaner.  One place to find it is here.  This is not the official site, so feel free to go elsewhere.  Now, see that green button on the top left?  That is not how to download.  The trick to knowing if a download button is legitimate or not is to hover (DO NOT CLICK) over the button with your mouse, and then look on the bottom left of you browser.  Go ahead, and hover over the picture below.  It should show “http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Removal-Tools/AdwCleaner.shtml

Now, that green button showed (for me) a link with “doubleclick” or “ad” or something of that nature in its address.  That means it is an advertisement.  It may not be a green button when you visit.  It may look like an actual ad.  These things change.

In order to download the actual program, click the blue button.  It’s hyperlink says “http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/AdwCleaner-Download-212632.html”  This means your browser will download the program.  (I do apologize for not being able to find a better download site for you)

adwcleaner

Download, install, and run at least twice.  Remember to check those items before you delete them!

Again, run each one separately.  Run them several times each.  You will have to reboot your computer several times.  And be SURE to check each item they want to delete before you hit “OK”!  Good luck.

Rock City

We decided to take a day and go to Rock City.  Homeschooling has its benefits, and we use those to the best of our abilities.  One of those benefits is impromptu field trips when discounted or free tickets come our way.

We started off with a beautiful trip down a sidewalk resembling a botanical garden.  Truly beautiful pictures leapt into my camera.

botanical gardens

We then posed on a rock couch for lovely family pictures that embarrass younger members later.

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Off to gnome land with their quaint little village of creatures too shy to be caught moving.

gnome land

Found some more really unique plants.

botanical gardens

And then crossed the swinging bridge…

swinging bridge

Onto a scary platform…

tall cliff

And then onto the cliff for a panoramic shot.

panoramic tennessee

Thought about diving into a pool…

cool waterfalls

Until a final wave goodbye to the gnomes as we exit through their castle.

castle of the gnomes

This is but a fraction of what you can see at the glorious Rock City.  The Rock City website can be visited at www.seerockcity.com.  You can usually get discounts by buying packages at www.lookoutmountain.com.  Enjoy your visit!

I’m breaking out!

There’s a reason I’ve been so quite of late.  I’ve got my own site now, under my control.  More posts, better quality.  You can visit on http://debbysplace.com/.  I will keep this site up for a while, but don’t expect new posts.  Debby’s Place will have great ideas, stories, recipes, and crafts.  And as always, all from the homestead spin!

Pizza Dough Recipe

       I’m going to start my recipe series with my most used, the pizza dough.  This can be used for all my pizza recipes, and therefore (if I know what I’m doing) will be linked to often.  I currently use a mixer, although you are more than welcome to do it by hand.  I don’t want to admit it, but the mixer usually gives you a better result and is certainly faster.

make your own pizza dough

  • 1c warm water
  • 1 pkg or 2t yeast
  • sugar
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • all purpose or bread flour of choice

       So, I have the recipe memorized, I don’t always measure things, and it turns out great every time.  Add the water and yeast together.  (The jar always says to add more than 2tsp, but I always just add 2 and do just fine.  You make your own choice, or course.)  At this point, I just take a spoonful of sugar and add it.  Sometimes I just grab some with my fingers, but if you’re a stickler for precision, use 1 tsp the first time you do it.

       This is the most important part.  Do NOT add any salt or oil until I tell you to.  I have ruined this by adding the salt and/or oil too early, killing the yeast in the process.  So, let’s add a little flour to this, a good handful or half a cup.  Now, once it’s mixed enough to be a batter, adding more flour if necessary, you can add the salt.  I would start with 1/2 tsp and add more the next time if you feel it necessary.  Bear in mind what you will be topping it with.  Add the oil.  Start with 1/3 cup.  Olive oil is essential for good flavor and texture.  Do not use vegetable oil of any sort.  Too much oil or too little, and it doesn’t turn out well at all.  I have found this recipe to perform better with more than less.

       Now, add enough flour that it will incorporate it all in the dough without sticking to the sides, and without flour all over the bowl not getting absorbed.  Once the dough has formed a pretty little ball, it’s time to knead.  If the ball is too hard, there’s too much flour.  There’s nothing you can do about it now, but remember it for next time.  (Don’t worry, it will do just fine this time.  Don’t throw it out.)  Knead in the mixer for two minutes, or by hand for 8.  Leave it alone to rise in the bowl covered until it doubles in size.  This takes about two hours.

       After it has doubled, flour up your rolling area/pan and roller.  Roll it out and let rise on the pan until the desired height.  You want to let it rest at least 15 minutes even for a thin crust.  But a thick crust will want much longer, over an hour, sometimes two.  Now, each recipe will differ, but for the most part, bake at 425 for 10 minutes, and then add the toppings.  Bake the toppings according to the recipe.  Please visit my recipe section for more pizza recipes.

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