Thursday, September 16, 2010

I Want To Make Pizza!

Recently I went to the thrift store across the street from our apartments, and came home with some children's books. At a quarter each I was really excited! Well Sinclair has picked her favorite. I know this because I read it at least 6 times a day, I am not joking.
The book is called "Little Nino's Pizzeria."
It is a sweet story, which I read in an over dramatized Italian accent, about a man who realizes simplicity is better then riches.
Sinclair's favorite line is when the man, who is down about being so busy, proclaims what he really needs..."I want to make pizza!"
Just like us with our purpose in life.
All we need to do is love.
Love God.
Love others.
One thing.

So that's what we did for Sinclair's home-school lesson.
Make pizza.

recipe from all recipes


  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over the top, and let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.


Stir the olive oil and salt into the yeast mixture,
(I did not have olive oil so I used veg oil)

then mix in the whole wheat flour and 1 cup of the all-purpose flour until dough starts to come together.

Tip dough out onto a surface floured with the remaining all-purpose flour, and knead until all of the flour has been absorbed, and the ball of dough becomes smooth, about 10 minutes.

Place dough in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover loosely with a towel, and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

(doubled :O)

When the dough is doubled, tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into 2 pieces for 2 thin crust, or leave whole to make one thick crust. Form into a tight ball. Let rise for about 45 minutes, until doubled.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Roll a ball of dough with a rolling pin until it will not stretch any further. Then, drape it over both of your fists, and gently pull the edges outward, while rotating the crust. When the circle has reached the desired size, place on a well oiled pizza pan. Top pizza with your favorite toppings, such as sauce, cheese, meats, or vegetables.

Bake for 16 to 20 minutes (depending on thickness) in the preheated oven, until the crust is crisp and golden at the edges, and cheese is melted on the top.

She is my best helper!
Good job Sinclair!

Peace in Jesus,


  1. SO cute! Look at little lady so proud of her pizza. :)

  2. Have you heard of Five in a Row?
    So much fun! 5 days in a row you read the same book and then follows meaningful and simple lessons. Little Nino is in one of the volumes.
    Happy "schooling"

  3. that's my girl, so different then when her mommy was that age, Summur you never wanted anything to do with cooking, boy what a good cook you've turned out to be now, I'm so proud of you! your mama

  4. What a great story - and fun extension! Hope you'll come link up at Feed Me Books Friday. We have a fun way of making pizza - after patting/rolling out the dough in a rectangular shape, use not too bulky toppings and roll it up jelly-roll style starting on a short side. Then slice as you would cinnamon rolls, place side by side in a pie pan, sprinkle with cheese, and bake! Each roll is a kid-size lunch or snack!

  5. To read a book about pizza and then to cook some is a great lesson for her homeschooling! Thanks for the recipe (I like that it uses whole wheat flour as well as white flour).

  6. How fun! We made pizza with our little one a while was so messy, but so worth it! I love the final photo, she is proudly showing off her creation! Such a good little chef!

  7. I love the last picture of her holding her hands towards the pizza. Too cute. What a fun homeschool lesson. I use different voices when reading books to the kids too. so fun.

  8. First I have to say that I love your measuring spoons Summur! Those are in the shapes of hearts right? Too cute! And the pizza looks yummy, especially with beef fajita's on it! You're such a good mama!

  9. Glad you decided to join the Feed Me Books link up! Hope you'll continue whenever you have a book to share! I leave the linky open all week!

  10. Yum!! Great job Mama and Sinclair! You are making great memories with her. One of the best ways to homeschool too!