Cinque Formaggio Uva Noce (5 Cheese + Grape + Walnut) Pizza

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5 Cheese Grape Walnut Pizza

5 Cheese Grape Walnut Pizza

5 Cheese Pizza – The post title means five cheese grape walnut pizza in Italian!  I adore this pizza – it’s definitely my go to flavour combo when I make homemade pizza.  The first time I had this kind of pizza was while I was pregnant with Noelle at a wonderful neighbourhood pub near my work… what pregnant woman doesn’t love wild and unusual food fusions. They baked it in a wood fired oven.  I just loved the how the sweet and savoury flavours and the saltiness from the cheese all blended together.

After I had Noelle I still craved that pizza but going out to restaurants just didn’t happen while I had a baby/toddler so I had to improvise. I decided to make my own homemade version. Here it is:

Crust Ingredients (makes enough dough for one 9″ x 13″ pan)

  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose or bread flour
  • 1 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Crust Instructions: 

  1. Place warm water and salt into a mixing bowl. Add yeast and a cup of the flour, and stir. Add remaining flour (2/3 cup) and stir or knead into a sticky dough, adding additional water if needed. Allow dough to rest in bowl covered with a clean towel, for a minimum 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 425-degrees.
  3. Oil or butter a 9″ x 13″  pan, and then gently spread the dough thinly over the pan.
  4.  Bake pizza in oven for 4 minutes, take out and let cool for a few minutes. Add toppings and return to the oven for another 8-10 minutes or until top is browned and bubbly, and crust is slightly browned.

Toppings (put as much or as little of this as you’d like):

  • Butter with garlic powder as the base
  • Grapes cut in half
  • Walnut pieces
  • Cheeses: Mozzarella, Provolone, Asiago, Feta and Blue Cheese
  • Steak Spice sprinkled on top
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Washi Tape Garden Tags

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Washi Tape Garden Tags

Washi Tape Garden Tags

This week we’ve had incredible weather in Victoria.  Warm, sunny weather means I’m out in the garden getting everything planted.  Usually when I’m planting seeds, I simply use craft sticks to identify the veggies in each row but today I ran out of sticks right in the middle of planting.  I searched around my house and garage but couldn’t find anything else.  As I was looking, I noticed the washi tape tags on my iphone cord (see post here) and an idea popped into my head… why not use washi tape on wooden shish kabob skewers (which I have a ton of).

It’s super easy to make these garden tags.  Here’s a really quick run down:

  • Find a few different designs of washi tape
  • Cut a strip of washi tape about 4 inches long
  • Place the top of wooden shish kabob skewer in the middle of the sticky side of the washi tape and then fold the tape in half so that both sides meet and stick together
  • Cut into the end of the washi tape to make a little “V” and give the tape a pennant look
  • Write on the tape with a permanent Sharpie marker
  • Put the stick into the ground in the area you want marked and identified.
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Out of This World 5 Minute Mediterranean Hummus

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5 Minutes Mediterranean Hummus

5 Minutes Mediterranean Hummus

5 Minute Mediterranean Hummus – Growing up in rural Ontario, my opportunities to sample a variety of culinary options were incredibly limited – I was a meat and potatoes country girl all the way.  The first time I tried hummus was when I went away to University.  I think I almost died and went to heaven at my first experience with hummus – so rich, creamy and flavourful. I’m pretty sure that’s all I ate for that entire summer. Then I went to Greece about 10 years ago and had the fortune to sample the real authentic stuff. Oh how I love Mediterranean food!

Tonight I was thinking about my love for hummus when it occurred to me… why not add some of my other favourite flavours to make the ultimate tasty dish. I ran to my kitchen and whipped out whatever ingredients I could find in the fridge and got to work. When I was done and had my first taste, I knew this recipe was a keeper.

Click here to print recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2  a can of chick peas (you can add a bit more if you’d like)
  • 8-12 olives (I used a mix of green and black)
  • 3-4 sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tbsp of crumbled feta cheese

Instructions:

  1. Put all the ingredients together into a food processor and turn on until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy.
  2. Scoop out and serve with fresh bread, crackers or veggies.
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DIY Wall Art Anyone Can Make – Easy & Inexpensive

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Easy and Inexpensive wall art anyone can make.

Easy and inexpensive wall art anyone can make.

DIY Wall Art Anyone Can Make – We’ve lived in our new house almost a year and a half now.  Like most people, we did all the big updates first and now we’re just making tweaks here and there. Our en suite bathroom is a monotone cream colour and while it looks clean and simple it also looks a tiny bit boring.  I figure it’s just Michael and I who ever see it but even for us it needed a little something. Michael is one of those guys who likes to have a say in how the house is decorated – no pinks or floral’s for him.  We decided that instead of painting the bathroom, we’ll try to bring in more colour with accent pieces, so to start things off I decided I could make a quick and easy canvas wall art.

This is something anyone can do… no artist talent needed for this project. Oh, and did I mention this is super cheap to make too.

Materials:

  • 3-4 different colours of paint (I used cheap acrylic paint from Michaels – $1.99 a tube)
  • 1 colour of paint for the base and a brush to apply it
  • Canvas (again, I got this for about $5 at Michaels)
  • Circular pouncers (mine where Martha Stewart pouncers)
  • Hanging supplies (hammer, nail, string/wire, staples)

Instructions:

  1.  Lay your canvas on some old newspaper and paint the entire thing with your base colour – I used a warm white colour. Allow to dry.
  2. Starting with your largest pouncer, dab into paint and then onto canvas – mainly at the top and spread out. Now, use the next largest pouncer and do the same thing but go down the canvas a little bit more.  Carry this on with all the pouncer sizes until you’re using the smallest pouncer sporadically at the bottom of the canvas. Make sure not to go right to the bottom of the canvas (unless this is a look you want).
  3. Repeat this same process with all your paint colours.
  4. When everything is dry I reapplied some of the first colours I used again, just so they weren’t buried underneath all the other paint and to fill in any open spots.
  5. Allow to completely dry.
  6. Staple string/wire evenly across the back of the canvas. Put a nail in the wall where you’d like the wall art and then hang the canvas.

 

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