recipe: four ingredient pizza dough

This recipe is one that my big brother taught me, and before that my grandma taught him.

It’s so easy. I started making this when I was about 10. If a 10 year old can make this, no excuses you can too.

Today is my Dad’s birthday, and he wanted my homemade pizza for his birthday dinner. We had a family party, we ate pizza, mom made a cake, and we ate it around the fireplace, chatting like a group of best friends.

This recipe makes four very large pizzas (enough for our whole [huge] family)

  • 4 cups warm water
  • 4 tablespoons yeast
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • about 6 cups of flour

Mix the warm water, yeast, and sugar together in a large bowl. Mix enough flour into the mixture (I never measure the flour, i just dump it in, this takes a lot of flour), to form a dough. Kneed the dough on a floured surface until a smooth elastic dough forms. Cover and let it rise for about an hour, or until doubled in size.

(If you add a little salt to the dough, it will rise a bit faster)

how to: stove top espresso

This is the top with the filter on the bottom.

This is the bottom with the cone inserted (where coffee goes).

(This is the bottom without the cone insert)

Fill it with water.

This is the cone insert, where the coffee goes.

Put the cone in the bottom part, and fill it with finely ground coffee, but do not tamp it down.

Screw the top on.

Turn on just enough heat to heat the bottom without touching the handle.

Wait for the coffee to start bubbling out.

Wait for it…

Ah! There is it!

(let it percolate until all the water is used)

what I love right now

Reading: Bonhoeffer, Parisian Chic, and Saving Leonardo. Loving the 5-year Q&A journal my dear friend got me.

A teasing hint of sunshine, and my comfy-cozy weekend mocks. (That my little brother is jealous of)

My sock monkey, I have a deep affection for him.

Waking up to fresh blueberry muffens on a Sunday morning.

New Essie nail color, “fun in the gondola”. (I almost like the name more then the color)

Listen to “Good LIfe” by One Republic, listen to it all day.

New favorite in the closet: Red wellies from J. Crew

London Underground map from The Paper Source 

A quirky red necklace to spice up a simple outfit

Highlights from this week:

  • Getting my desktop hard drive fixed, and having Mac not charge me for it.
  • Spending time with my sister-in-law
  • Coming home to my sister and brother-in-law being at my house.
  • Spotify
  • My new shower curtain (!!!!!!!)
  • Dropping my phone by the mailbox on my way home, and not releasing it until the next evening. Thanks to Apple for making hearty iPhones, it was totally fine.
  • Finishing my memory books of 2011
  • Listening to Taylor Swift’s “Ours”, and “Good LIfe” by One Republic
  • The sunshine peeking through my window in the morning

Cheers for now.


remembering 2011 with moleskines and iphones

I wanted to remember 2011. Finding the best way was the question. I take a bunch of pictures, but not a ton of my personal life. When it comes to keeping my life inorder, and documenting my iPhone gets all the credit. Between Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, I had happy-snappy pictures to boot; so I printed them. I printed 183 pictures off my phone, memories out the ears! Everything from a new pair of shoes, to packing to to go Italy, and everything in between.


I used the Walgreens iPhone app to easily order my prints (no, I do not recommend printing anything other then phone pictures at Walgreens.), and got these Moleskines.

I just pasted the pictures in the Moleskine, one for last winter/spring, one for summer, and one for fall/this winter, and wrote short quirky captions.

A cheater’s scrapbook.


-madey edlin