Yes I tweaked that line that from Forrest Gump. I have not seen the movie since the first time I saw it yet some movie lines resonate with me.
Life is not perfect nor easy. I love thin crust pizza and wish I could have the Schwan's man deliver me some all the time. But I cannot. We moved to the farm to have a good life in spite of the hurdles placed in front of us. What is interesting is that I have discovered it is pretty nice to live a simple life on less.
The photos are from left to right the flour- mixed with olive oil and salt, the yeast mixture- mixed with warm water and sugar, the dough just as it is kneaded and the final photo of the dough at about half the final size it would rise to.
Now on to the sauce. The base is unsalted tomato sauce. I use unsalted tomato sauce as my base in spaghetti sauce too. I added homemade Italian spice mix and a bit of pepper and garlic powder.
Four personal pan pizza's. Well they are pie sized so for a few of us there will be some for breakfast! The docking-or poking the holes in the dough is very important and was a step I skipped once because I did not know what docking meant. The dough has yeast in it and will rise while cooking if you do not dock it!
After spreading the sauce on to the ingredients. On the farm they are what is on hand~fresh items first and cheese that may be homemade or not.
The toppings tonight-fresh spinach, tomatoes, onions and pineapples, black olives, peppers and farm fresh ground beef (this year edition).
And here are the personal pizzas awaiting a chance to cook in my lovely oven that my sweetie found on Freecycle a while ago.
Do you know what is amazing about the pizza's? We all loved our personal pizza, yet each one of us ate something different. One of the pizzas was cooked in a very good quality baking pan while one was in a yard sale brownie pan. The cheese on the pizza on the bottom left was scarce but the person that ate that pizza did not mind at all. The top left pizza seemed boring as it only had meat on it, while the bottom left had tons of onions and pineapples. Only the top right pizza had all the ingredients on it, and the bottom right pizza had a surprise that no one else was told about and so no one else had a chance to ask for: fresh jalapeno slices.
And you know what? So what!
Life is like pizza. Especially for Americans. We all start out here free to do and act. Some of us have nicer homes and some are pretty humble but for the most part we are content whether we are full of material items or lacking nearly everything. Life in America is so incredible that those of us that have the least still have far more than the majority of those anywhere else in the world.
And until recently most of us understood this. So what if some have more than us? So what if some are cheating and stealing. We have a system to maintain law and order. In addition we should focus more on how we are managing what we have and not worrying if someone else has something more or different as more or different do not mean things are better or for that matter worse.
You see in America we all have this as our guide: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Make sense? We are not created equal so that we all have the same things as happiness is subjective. So to all those that are Occupying our cities-I am sorry. You have no right. Happiness is not based on what percent you believe you are or not. Go home. Stop pursuing what others have and start pursuing the happiness that is an unalienable right granted to you by the Creator for you. Once you realize this life is better and you can be totally content with a meat pizza all the while accepting that those around you may have an entire vegetable garden on their pizza. Oh and some are very content with their very own lovely cheese pizzas too...
so life is like a homemade pizza if you are willing to stop looking at my pizza and enjoy your own.
"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."