Pizza #35: Oklahoma {+weekend fun}

I’m sad to see the weekend go. It was nice to be home again and was well spent with family. Tommy and I kicked off our weekend on Friday evening with another pizza. It was my second meal of pizza in one day, because what else do teachers do after taking their kids bowling all morning? Why, order in pizza for lunch, of course! I’m certainly not one to complain about pizza twice in one day, clearly!
Saturday morning, Laura, Katie, a friend of Laura’s, and I had big plans of attending a Piyo class at the public library. {Laura and I attended a couple weeks ago and it proved to be both entertaining and a good workout-we were more sore the next day than we were the day after our half marathon. It’s amazing what targeting different muscles will do to ya!} However, we were disappointed when the instructor didn’t show, so instead enjoyed a bit of a walk through the neighborhood. On our way home, Katie and I made a quick stop at the farmer’s market to grab a few veggies. All the while, Isaac and Uncle Tommy enjoyed some quality bonding time.

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Katie and I spent the afternoon canning jelly-A small batch of pepper, and finally finished up the Muscadine.

IMG_0361.JPG The rest of the afternoon was spent hanging out and visiting until Tommy and I went into town to meet some friends for dinner.
Sunday was a beautiful fall day, so after church and lunch, Tommy and I went out to the park to soak up some fresh air. He read while I graded. I always enjoy seeing how the kids {creatively} answer their questions

IMG_0120.JPG…and what they write about.

IMG_0365.JPG They always keep me entertained, that’s for sure.
Anyway, I suppose I should share our pizza recipe with you before I get swamped by the week’s schedule which includes parent teacher conferences. Yippee! 😐
So….our pizza Friday night was one we skipped earlier…you know, that one from Oklahoma?! I don’t know how we skipped it, but I sure am glad we went back to it. The pizza was filled full with meat and cheese, leaving us full and satisfied! The Big Country pizza is loaded with polish sausage, Canadian bacon, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, and cheddar cheese.

IMG_0128.JPG This pizza was named after Bryant “Big Country” Reeves after leading his basketball team, OSU, to the Final Four in 1995. Due to all the meats, this pizza has a saltier taste, but is hearty and delicious. We’re glad we are no longer missing out on this delicious, meaty pizza.

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Recipe
Big Country

Crust:
1 1/2 cups white flour
1 1/2 whole wheat flour
1 Tablespoon sugar or honey
1 Tablespoon rapid-rise yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 cup warm water
Herbs to season (optional)

Mix all dry ingredients together in bowl, reserving half cup white flour. Make a well in the middle and pour in oil and water. Stir together until all is evenly mixed, adding extra flour as needed. Turn dough onto floured surface and knead in remaining flour until dough is no longer sticky. Let rise while you prepare the toppings.

Sauce:
Tommy’s Sauce:

1 can tomato sauce
sugar
cinnamon
fresh garlic (minced)
salt
oregano
Italian seasoning
crushed red pepper

There are no measurements to the above herbs and spices due to the fact that Tommy doesn’t measure. It’s all a matter of dash and taste. To be honest, I may not have even listed all the items he used, so go ahead, find your spices, and don’t be afraid to experiment. Taste it along the way until it has a flavor you love. Mix it in a sauce pan until a soft boil begins. Pour onto prepared crust and spread evenly.

Toppings:
Polish Sausage
Canadian bacon
Pepperoni
Cheddar cheese
Mozzarella cheese

Top crust with sauce and toppings. Bake at 450 degrees F for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.

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