Friday, July 23, 2010

Lake Dipping, Birthday cake, Grilled Pizza (recipe) & Slumber Party!


Whew! What a long day yesterday was and what a long post this will be.

We are lucky enough to be 5 mins away from a State Park Lake (Kiser Lake) and every year our library tries to make sure the Summer Reading program has an activity out at the lake for the kids. Yesterday was that program “Lake Dippin’ with Debbie”. Debbie is the Naturalist out at the lake. 

Each of the kids were given nets and allowed to go in a certain area (only up to their waists) to dip in the lake to see what kind of critters they could find. Here are a few pictures of my two youngest kids in the lake:

Benjamin with some other boys.
Jorden enjoying the lake.

Benjamin does have a net! Just can’t see it at all.

Jorden doing some dipping by the lily pads.LakeDipping8

So after the lake dipping, we had to rush home to finish Allie’s birthday cake as today is her 11th birthday but her party started yesterday. I had left her at home to start decorating the cake and I was going to put the finishing touches on it (wording and edging of cake, I had done the cones and forest trees the night before).  This is the cake she picked out for her birthday:

Here is the birthday girl herself with her cake.

Then it was time for her friends to show up along with their sleeping bags as it was a SLUMBER party!  But wait, it gets better! I was crazy enough to make individual grilled pizzas for everyone! My kids love when I make these as they can be involved in the cooking of them. So I thought I’d share the recipe with you too.  Enjoy!


Grilled Pizza

1 package active dry quick rise yeast
1tsp sugar
2/3 c warm water
2c flour
3/4 tsp salt
3T olive oil, divided

Sprinkle yeast and sugar over warm water in small bowl; stir until yeast is dissolved. Let stand 5 mins or until mixture is bubbly. Combine flour, yeast mixture and salt in large bowl. Beat with electric mixer at medium speed until dough forms a ball. Add 1 T oil; beat until well mixed.

Place dough on lightly-floured surface; flatten slightly. Knead dough 8-9 mins or until dough is smooth and  elastic. Shape dough into a ball; place in large greased bowl. Turn to grease entire surface. Cover bowl with clean kitchen towel and let dough rise in warm place 30 mins or until doubled.

Prepare grill.  Punch dough down; divide into 4 equal balls. Flatten each ball into a circle on a lightly floured surface. using lightly floured rolling pin, roll out each ball, into 8-in circle (or the best you can get it!).

Place 2 circles on grid. bdaypizza4
Grill, on covered grill, over medium 4 mins or until bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer to large plates, grilled side up.

Spread pizza sauce evenly over grilled sides of crusts. Add your toppings of your choice.

Place pizzas back on the grid. Grill, on covered grill, over medium for about 5 mins or until cheese is melted and crusts are cooked through.

(these are mine and hubby’s pizzas just finishing up on the grill. Yes, he has real bananas on his!)pizza

Serve warm or at room temperature and ENJOY!!

A few more pictures…

Here are the girls fixing their pizzas.

Girls’ pizzas all ready to be eaten.

The girls enjoying their pizzas.

Well I hope you have enjoyed a glimpse into how my day went yesterday. All in all i think the girls had a good time as it is almost 11am here on Friday and they are still sound asleep!!

       Thanks for stopping by!



BooksandLove said...

Looks like it was a fun party!

Nina said...

Amber, what a busy day, but a FUN one for sure!! The lake dippin looked fun and refresging and that cake was WAY too cute! I have never had a grilled pizza, I will be back for the recipe, my kids adore any kind of pizza as I do too! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful fun day with us!

Online TABC Certification said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe it's definitely a really good reward for my brother who got his Food Handler Certification last week. But still work on the dough first. I'm not really the cook-type but I'd like to do something special for him.