The kids have been back-to-school for about five weeks now, and we are slowly getting into the groove of our new routine. We are busier than ever! James is part of the high school marching band. Ryan is playing soccer, and Grant is coaching his team. And me? I just started subbing as an aide at Ryan’s school. I haven’t worked outside of the house since 2004 and I love it!
One constant in our house is that Friday is pizza day. With soccer games and the marching band competitions, we are all over the place. Pizza is such a quick option that it is always on the menu on Friday. I thought I’d reshare my favorite homemade pizza dough recipe by Wolfgang Puck. It’s pretty simple to make and there is nothing better than a homemade pizza on pizza night!
Wolfgang Puck Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
What makes this dough a little different is the honey, which according to Wolfgang, “brings out a wonderful rich flavor in the crust.” He’s right. I’ve made this pizza dough several times now and, we love it!
Wolfgang’s recipe recommends using a food processor, however, I didn’t and the dough comes out delicious just the same!
Wolfgang Puck Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
- 1 3/4 oz. package yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup cool water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Pinch salt
- In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add the honey and let sit for 5 minutes, until foamy.
- Put the flour in a large bowl.
- Mix the 1 cup cool water with the olive oil and salt.
- Pour the olive oil mixture and the yeast mixture slowly into the bowl.
- Mix with a large wooden spoon. Knead the dough until all ingredients are well mixed and the dough easily forms a ball.
- Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise until double in bulk (about 45 min. – 1 hour).
- Punch down the dough and knead it on a lightly floured surface for 1 minute.
- This is enough dough for two rather large thin crust pizzas. I rolled mine out onto two Pampered chef pizza stones – one 13″ and one 15″.
- To make small 7″ pizzas, divide dough into 4 equal parts.
- Build the pizza as desired. I sauteed red and green pepper and a sweet onion in olive oil. I topped the pizza with part-skim mozzarella and the sauteed veggies (no sauce). Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 min. until cheese is lightly browned.
Cooking time: 15-20 min.
Number of servings (yield): 12
Family Movie Night
Now that we’ve got the pizza, it’s time for the family movie or the show! Netflix always has some fun selections for family movie night.
Please note – Before you sit down to watch one of these titles – or your own family favorite – check out these tips from Common Sense Media on how to make family movie or TV night a success.
Of these movies for younger kids, our top pick is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. While we’ve watched this together as a family, Ryan (10) has seen this one an additional few times, which means two thumbs up from him.
For Young Kids
These titles now streaming on Netflix are recommended for bigger kids. Our top pick from this group would be Star Wars the Clone Wars. We are Star Wars fans here! We’ve seen all the Star Wars movies. Star Wars the Clone Wars is an animated series and there are six seasons. I’ve watched a few of these episodes with James (13). The graphics are excellent and the stories are well written with some humor woven in. He loves all the action and the battles (of course!) According to James, there is a continuation of this series called Star Wars Rebels (Disney) and this takes place after the Clone wars. Hopefully Netflix will be streaming Star Wars Rebels soon!
For Bigger Kids
James just turned 13, so he is our teenager. He already wants to watch more mature movies and has already streamed shows like Dilbert and Bob’s Burgers. Two of my favorites are the Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (links below). We have occasionally broken up the family (ha,ha) so that James can watch something more mature like a PG 13 movie with me, and Ryan can stick to something like Cloudly with a Chance of Meatballs 2 with Dad, for example. We just may have to do this again soon, because I would love to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Breakfast Club with my new teenager! 🙂
- Streaming – Movies and TV shows are instantly streamed (not downloaded) via a Netflix-ready device. On the go or snuggled together in the family room, families can watch what they want, anytime, anywhere with Netflix.
- Where to watch Netflix-You can get instant access to Netflix on hundreds of devices, including TVs, tablets, mobile devices, game consoles and computers.
- Where to find TV Shows and Movies for Kids-With Netflix, you have the power to choose what your kids are watching. There’s even a dedicated section for kids where the only titles you’ll have access to are pre-screened and appropriate for kids aged 2-12. Netflix works with Common Sense Media to provide ratings, reviews and information so parents can easily make choices for their children.
- Individual Profiles for personalize suggestions –Just a few months ago, Netflix unveiled a new feature that makes it easier for everyone in a household to enjoy Netflix. Members can create individual profiles within a single Netflix account, allowing everyone to have their own personalized suggestions based on what they watch and rate.
Do you have a family movie night?
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