EASY Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza

I just HAVE to share this because it was so good! I never make pizza at home, and I had never made deep dish pizza specifically at home. We love deep dish pizza, and none of our local pizza joints carry the Chicago style we like. So I thought i would try to make it at home. Truthfully, I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out. It sounded easy and yummy, but new recipes don’t always work out. Even though I was unsure, this was SOOOO GOOD!!!! Totally met the Chicago style craving and I was thoroughly impressed with how simple it was.

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This is not 100% my recipe. I got it out of this cook book. I altered it a bit because we like different things in our pizza, and a true deep dish has sauce on top in this house!

Here is the recipe:

Preheat oven to 425*. Recipe serves about 8.

Crust:

  • 1 package yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flour

Filling:

  • 1 lb. brown hamburger
  • 1 16oz. can tomatoes drained
  • 1 Tbs. minced onion
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt (I salted to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper (Same here)
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 small green pepper diced
  • 1 4oz. can of mushrooms
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

Cook hamburger until no longer pink, drain. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in remaining crust ingredients. I mixed with my hand until a dough ball formed. Let it rest about 5 minutes while you mix tomatoes, onion, oregano, salt, pepper, and garlic powder together. Break up tomatoes with a fork. OR I just bought crushed tomatoes and added the other ingredients.

Press dough evenly into a greased pan and halfway up the sides. You could do one 13 x 9 in pan or two 9 in cake pans for a round pizza. If you use cake pans push dough all the way up sides. Sprinkle in hamburger, bell pepper, mushrooms. Top with cheese. Spoon sauce over top of cheese. Bake at 425 for about 25 minutes, although if you light a darker crunchy crust leave in 3-5 minutes longer.

  • I did top our one pizza with some pepperoni and both with parmesan cheese.

 

With Love,

Kierston

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A “Crispy” Mama’s Baby Registry

Now that my second trimester is in full swing, and honestly already dwindling down to the third I have been spending time thinking about what we really need for baby’s arrival. I am incredibly blessed to be having two baby showers put on by my friends and family, and so I have put together a baby registry in preparation for the celebration.

Lots of people gave me suggestions on where to register, but in the end I went with Babylist. It is a website that basically allows you to register for items from whatever website you please. Which is really nice!!! I have items from big baby stores and from little online shops. It is also nice because it is in one place, and for many items they show other sites it can be purchased for varying prices.

As many of you know, I like natural, eco, green, crunchy, whatever you might call it product for myself and family, but truthfully not everything I use is organic or natural. I would call myself “crispy” or “light green”. I use what works, what I like, and try to pick what is safe and healthy too. Same goes for things I have picked out for baby. So here it is, what this “Crispy” Mama wants for baby!

  1. Muslin Swaddles: I chose this Cloud Island brand because they seemed affordable, came in a three pack, and are certified to have not used any chemical or dyes that are harmful to babies!
  2.  Waterproof sheet: I debated as to whether or not we really needed this, but since we have chosen a pack-n-play for our co-sleeping I felt it was needed. Pack-n-play pads are large, kind of bulky, and can’t be stuffed in the washing machine. This particular one is lined with TPU, which is one of the safer options in waterproof baby products.
  3. Ring Sling: I knew from the beginning I would get one of these. Baby wearing has a ton of benefits. There is a lot of research about how proximity in general with your new baby is fabulous. I PRAY baby feels comfortable in them. I have picked out two, both in neutral colors! I picked the two for the fabric it was made from. Some fabrics are better than others for baby wearing and for breathability.
  4. Cutie Clip: I have to share this for a few reasons. ONE: The shop owner, Lindsey, is incredibly sweet! TWO: The designs, colors, and safety certification she has on all of her products makes them awesome. I really love how much attention is placed on safety, as well as, functionality of all the products she sells.
  5. Breast Pump: I picked this particular one because it does not need batteries or electricity to work. It works by creating suction. I have read several reviews and most people seem to like it, especially for on the go or travel. It is BPA free and can be put in the dishwasher too!
  6. Nursing Bra Pads: Were you gift a ton of free samples of bra pads? I was! They came in every welcome box, OB gift bag, and maternity/baby store rewards program. I hate them! I have never breastfed, so maybe they aren’t so bad. I do not know for sure, but what I can say is that they look like a disposable menstrual pad and feel about as itchy and sticky as one too. That is why I have chosen washable bra pads instead. The ones I chose had great reviews, machine washable, and everyone mentioned that they were soft!
  7. Cloth Diapers: We are giving cloth diapers a shot! We really like how they can save us money, and how they are also good for baby and planet. We chose these particular ones because the insert is removable, several other both diapering mamas’ suggested them, and they are easy to find.
  8. Baby Wash and Lotion: I chose the Honest company brand because I have heard nothing but positive things. They are known for having pretty clean ingredients and for being gentle. I have picked out the lavender scent for now, and I even am hoping to use their nipple balm.
  9. Pacifier: This is something I am not sure if we will use or not. I sucked on my hands and fingers as a child, and my husband used neither. If our baby chooses neither that is fine, but I know breaking a pacifier habit is easier that a finger ones because fingers are attached to the child, pacifiers aren’t. Also, there is research that supports pacifiers being better options for developing mouth and teeth out of the two. I chose this particular one for the lack of chemicals, seams, and comes in a shape good for breastfed babies.
  10. Toilet Sprayer: You might be thinking “What the HECK is a toilet sprayer?”, but let me just say when I came across this I instantly became less worried about touching whatever ends up in the cloth diaper. Basically its a tiny sprayer that attaches the the clean water from your toilet. You can use it spray off and diapers in need and them flush everything down the toilet where it belongs. Before I saw this, I was wondering what I would do with especially soiled diapers. This solves the problem!

This is not my full list. I have other things like plain onesies, newborn mitts, little bibs, and baby monitor like most new parents. These just happen to be items I chose because of the safety, clean ingredient or manufacturing, or because they were something I didn’t know existed. Baby isn’t here yet, so I can not say whether the items will be worth it or work for us. I have high hopes for them, and chose items I felt comfortable using and seemed to be well loved by other mamas.

Are you pregnant? Have children already? First time mom like me? Share with me in the comments what you are registering for, or what worked for you!!!

With Love,

Kierston

Favorite Essential Oils

I have talked about essential oils before on here. I might sound a bit like a broken record, but truthfully they are something I really love and use daily. Since I talk about them so much, I thought it might be nice to know which ones I use most often and how I use them. pexels-photo-932577.jpeg

The first thing you should know about essential oils before I talk about my favorites is that they are used three ways, aromatically with inhalation, topically like on the skin, or some can be taken internally like orally. With that said, not all oils are created equal. DO NOT put anything on your skin or in your body if it is not intended for that use. I use Young Living because I love there Seed to Seal process. They seem to be one of the most transparent companies I have found. They also tell you how each oil can be used, so there isn’t any guessing if something is safe to use a certain way.

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NOW THE FAVORITES:

  1. Lavender: These are in not particular order, but I thought I would start here because this oil does everything under the sun. My favorite way is the diffuse it. Especially at bed time because it is such a relaxing and calming scent. It is also nice to add to a bath! While I diffuse it regularly, it can be used for other things like bug repellent or diluted topically for minor burns or skin irritation.
  2. Lemon: Lemon is another multipurpose oil. It also smells amazing! Something about lemon screams clean and positivity to me. I diffuse it in the kitchen often, but I also like to add some to water for a bright lemon punch! Lemon is also REALLY good at getting rid of nasty scents. Like when I leave leftovers in the fridge too long, or stinky shoes. P.S. Lemon is in the YL cleaner I use all the time!
  3. Purification: This is a blend of essential oils exclusive to YL, but it is a favorite because it does things that Lavender and Lemon both do. Purification does what its name suggests, but it can repel bugs, be used topically on bee stings or bug bites, get rid of yucky smells, and it is another scent I find uplifting.
  4. Peppermint: This was not always a favorite. I used to find the scent so overpowering, but I have found I was probably just using too much. A drop or two is literally all you need. In the winter I add this to hot chocolate and it is AMAZING, but it also can be good for headaches and nausea. Just smell it straight from the bottle! I also use this to get rid of spiders. They do not like it, and I do not like them! I also like to dilute one drop of peppermint in about a quarter size dollop of coconut oil and rub on my skin. Especially during the summer. It creates a light cooling sensation that feels nice to me!
  5. Thieves: This is another blend from YL. I have talked about this one before. Thieves is in all of YL cleaning/home care items. I use it to clean in my home. When we were  avoiding the flu over the winter we diffused it often. It doesn’t beat hand washing and taking good care of yourself, but it can help out an already healthy immune system keep up the good work! It also can be taken internally. I drink apple cider vinegar, but it isn’t pleasant, so I add by serving of vinegar to apple cider or juice,  heat it up, and add a drop of thieves for a warm spicy cinnamon and clove flavor!
  6. PanAway: This is my husbands favorite. It has a pretty specific purpose in our house. Sore muscles! This oil MUST be diluted. Do not make the mistake of not doing so. Your skin will feel tingly for hours. It isn’t painful, but unpleasant if you do not dilute a little bit. We dilute with coconut oil and use it as a muscle rub. Sometime it’s after a good workout and other times it is used because we slept all wrong. When I worked on my feet all day, it felt amazing after my shower to rub some PanAway on my feet slip into to socks and put those feet up!
  7. Stress Away: This is another favorite of my husband. The name kind of says it all, but if you are in need of a little relaxation this oil is great. We like it at bedtime, during quiet times of the day, or it is also really nice to add to your wrist or behind your ears if you know you have a busy or stressful day ahead of you. We use it in a roller ball most often, but it is also nice to diffuse. I even like to wear it as a perfume! I think it smells somewhere between a tropical beach, and the spa. Something about it is so soothing!
  8. Frankincense: This is a wonderful oil, but I use it sparingly because it is also one of the pricer ones. The scent is very woodsy, earthy, kind of masculine to me, but there is something so special about it. I love to diffuse this at night before bed, during prayer or quiet time, and I have recently be adding a drop to the coconut oil I have been rubbing on my belly during pregnancy. I often hear people using it for anointing their homes or others. It can also be great for aging skin! Add a drop to your favorite moisturizer for great skin!

I have so many more oils that I love and use, but these have been my favorites over the last few years I have been using essential oils. I really suggest that if you are interested in getting essential oils you take time to do research on what oils are good for what you are trying to do with them. More and more information is coming out, as they have been gaining popularity recently. Which is funny because essential oils have been used since ancient times, but everything comes back in style again right?!?

If you get YL essential oils and you want good information about how to use your oils more in-depth I suggest checking out “Reference Guide for Essential Oils, by Connie and Alan Higley”. You can get it here or here! This is the book I have and it has been very helpful to me.

I also just want to say that if you use essential oil in or on your body, please talk to your healthcare provider! Essential oils are powerful and can interact with things like medicine you already take. If you aren’t sure of something, it is always best to run it by a healthcare professional you trust.