The Best Basic Pizza Dough Recipe

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Fall is my favorite time of year for a pizza party. It’s the coziest dinner for a family to make together on a cool Sunday evening. As an added bonus, when the ingredients are all lined up in pretty bowls, my kids are more likely to venture outside of their pizza comfort zone of sauce, cheese, and garlic. Last night, both Clare and Quinn discovered that they like mushrooms on pizza. I discovered that if I cover my pizza in arugula, it’s actually a salad!

Just kidding.

One key to a perfect pizza night is a no-fail pizza dough recipe. Where I grew up in Rhode Island, you can grab amazing pizza dough at every grocery store. There was little reason to make it from scratch. Here in Texas it’s harder to find so I make it at home with my no-nonsense, no-fail pizza dough recipe. Here it is… (more…)


25 Most Clever & Creative Ways to Use Up Leftover Halloween Candy

Halloween Candy Cookie Cake Recipe So, the best way to use up leftover Halloween candy is obviously to eat it all while your kids are sleeping. Duh.

But if you don’t feel like gaining 25 pounds before Thanksgiving even hits, here are some clever ideas for having fun with all of that candy. Skittles Paint

We’ve broken them into four categories: Crafting with Candy, Learning with Candy, Cooking with Candy, and Giving with Candy.
Candy Jewelry DIY

Take a peek at our clever tips, ideas, and links; then take Halloween to the next level by extending the fun of your sweet stash for a few more days…


The First Rule of Book Club: Let’s Talk About Book Club

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Last Spring I was lucky enough to fall into an invitation to join a book club. I have been in book clubs in the past and I have loved every single one, even the clubs that were thinly veiled excuses to drink wine with friends. Or maybe especially those. This particular book club however, includes a teacher, two journalists, and several writers. It’s legit. On top of that, each host prepares food and beverages to match the theme of the book. And on top of THAT, hosts come to the meeting with prepared questions, observations and discussion guides. This book club does not mess around. So all this is to say that the first week in December, we will be meeting to discuss my very first book selection. So much pressure! So what I need from you bookworms, is your suggestions for my debut book pick. What has knocked your nerdy socks off this year?

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Of these books, the other books that we are reading this year, The Goldfinch and The Song of the Lark have been my favorite reads.

Out of The Dust by Karen Hesse

The Sympathizer: A Novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

WAVE by Sonali Deraniyagala

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

THE SAME SKY by Amanda Eyre Ward

The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather

LOVE ME BACK by Merritt Tierce


Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Sweet and Sour Crockpot Meatballs Recipe
This is a super easy, kid-friendly recipe for turkey meatballs with a simple sweet and sour sauce. You can make the meatballs ahead (or use frozen meatballs) and toss all the ingredients in the crock pot in the morning then go about your day, which is the beauty of our beloved friend, the crock pot. Get our recipe for crock pot sweet and sour meatballs after the jump…