One of my favorite holidays is the 4th of July.  Not only because it’s non-religious and doesn’t involve travel (for me), but because I love America and am inspired by the American Revolution and the risks that people take  to defend their beliefs and make any country a better place.  Hooray!  Also, three-day weekends (Labor Day is my other favorite holiday, because I like a government-approved day of leisure and am a September Baby).

Also:

The Kitchn is currently my favorite piece of Internet.  I basically spend my days reading through it and bookmarking recipes.  Last night I made pizza in a skillet (it’s what you do when you want to try grilled pizza but don’t want to grill).  I followed their technique but adapted the actual pizza recipe to what I would usually make.  Follow along, if you’d like:

1 cup AP flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp yeast

1/2 tsp salt

Stir the yeast in 3/4 c. warm water, let it sit & dissolve.  Meanwhile, mix the flour and salt.  Pour in the yeast mixture and mix to form a ball (I used the food processor for this, but the dough wasn’t too tough for a mixing bowl and spoon).  This will make four pizzas.  Roll out on a floured surface.  For toppings I chopped up a tomato and some basil, and sautéed it with garlic in olive oil and topped with mozzarella.  It was loved by all.

And speaking of things that are loved by all, this is endlessly funny to me:

oh, p.s. — I had “winner winner, chicken dinner” on my mind because I went to Paradise Diner to try the fried chicken.  It wasn’t that great.  Wasn’t bad, but so far nothing beats Lee’s.

and pps — this happened, too.  The part about container/raised bed gardening was cut out but ask me and I can fill you in.

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