Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pigeon Roost

I'm super late getting these pics up -- but Pigeon Roost farm was just too fun to not share.

It's here. And, quite simply, the best pumpkin patch experience you'll ever have.

You can go to the farm for free and pick out pumkins and pay by the pound, but for $5 you can go into the play area that is just packed with activities for ALL ages.

We stayed for about 3 hours and could have stayed longer if we had planned better with naps and meals. (Note to self: pack a lunch and go early!)

There's a petting zoo, hay ride, games with an old fashioned water pump, slides, human hamster wheels and more! Good clean fun.

And, of course, I took tons more pictures, but couldn't get my little guy to stand still... so this is what you get!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pizza tips ... also known as Robin's Pizza ...

also known as every Friday during elementary school...

Did you have a Friday pizza tradition growing up? We did.

Friday meant pizza and being allowed to drink soda.

I know. We were totally easy to please kids.

But, now that I'm a mom, I think traditions like that are kinda' cool. (Sans the soda at two, mind you.)

It also makes meal planning way easy.

We probably split delivery pizza and "Robin's Pizza" 50/50.

Robin's pizza was just a store bought pizza crust dry mix (less than $1 for the store brand). But Robin would stretch a buck even further by mixing up two packets at once and dividing it into THREE crusts.

(Between Robin and my mom -- I was destined to be frugal.)

Then just top it with spaghetti sauce, cheese and whatever else your family likes to eat.

Of course, there was more to making this budget friendly meal delicious:
- You MUST bake it on a pizza stone. It makes for a crust with just the right crispness
- Sprinkle corn meal on the pizza stone before you put the crust on it, which prevents sticking and adds that yummy pizzeria crunch.

And now for my tip: roll the dough out on a brown paper bag. that means nearly NO clean up.

What could be better than that?

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