One of the great benefits of having such a large family is the insta-parties we have all of the time! Need something to do? Fix up some food, turn on some music, hype up the kids, and BAM! Party in the house! There’s always an opportunity to do something fun.
The key elements needed to have an insta-party… Find kids! (For us, finding them is easier than hiding from them.) So, backing up, first I just have to be willing to make every situation seem fantastic! It’s up to me as a parent. If I act, pretend, announce, and make even the smallest thing seem awesome, guess what, my kids will believe me! Yep, that’s right. They believe me! Now, if I act like a bump on a log, my kids will not be thrilled with the plans. I have spent plenty of years building small family activities up to be just as fun as going to Disneyland. Weekend nights at our house are no different!
Weekends at our house are pretty darn awesome. Often we will do away with the bedtime routine, allowing for late nights up. And when I say late, I mean late. Some of our kids will be up well past — I’ll leave that for you to imagine. It’s tons of fun just chillin’ with each other. And when I am really thinking GO to bed, I realize they are making great memories.
This month we have Carlos and Fernando staying with us from Brazil. That makes our house a house of 17 people. Hooray for exchange students! We decided to teach them the art of making pizza. But better than that, there’s the enjoyment of eating it.
Pizza, ice cream sundaes, a just dance challenge, and a movie are simple, easy, and FUN! It’s a party!
Perfect Pizza Crust
1 cup warm water
1 tbsp dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
2 ½ cups flour
Combine warm water, yeast, and sugar in mixer bowl. Wait about 5 minutes and allow it to proof. Once yeast is foamy, add in 2 cups of flour. Knead in mixer. Dough will be sticky, add in additional ½ cup and knead. You may find you need more flour, just add a little bit at a time. The dough should be soft and elasticy. Dump out on floured surface and knead if neccessary. Put back in bowl and allow to rise until double in size. Punch dough down. Turn out onto floured surface. For thin crust, divide dough in half, and make 2 pizzas. For regular crust, it makes one pizza. Roll into large circle. Place on oiled pizza pan. Add your favorite toppings. Bake at 500 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Should be lightly golden on the bottom.
Having trouble getting your crust round? Roll dough from center out, never across the entire crust. Each stroke should start from the middle and out and a circle will form.
I prefer the 16” air bake style pans for the best crust.
Don’t add too much cheese. It will make the crust soggy. More isn’t always better.
Jazz it up a bit. Omit pizza sauce for BBQ sauce. Top with chicken and red onions. Makes a great pizza.
I like to put sauce, then a scant amount of cheese, then toppings, then the rest of the needed cheese. All together cheese totals about 2 cups.
Invite foreign-exchange students or other random people!