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Feminist Friday (and Pizza!)

My super-crazy yet very cool (but I sometimes worry about her a lot) sister Calley, who is best known for her fashion statements and naps on my parents’ couch during family events, recently graduated from UGA.  Go Dawgs!

Yeah, that doesn’t get uttered a lot in our non-sports oriented house.

But we love Aunt Calley who majored in Women’s Studies and Music Business, founded the Athens chapter of Girls Rock Camp, and used to tell my girls bedtime stories about Susan B. Anthony.

That’s why this morning on the way to school when I had the following conversation with Madelynne I had to assert just a little feminism in honor of Aunt Calley because the last thing I want is for my girls to grow up thinking they can’t be anything they want to be.

Madelynne:
When I grow up I’m going to be the first woman to land on Mars.  Or I’m going to be the first woman president.
Me:  
You could do both you know.
{Insert short conversation about how and why there isn’t a woman president yet.}
Madelynne:
Okay, first I’ll land on Mars.  Then I’ll be president.  Can I get married if I’m president?
Me:
Of course.  You know, Jackson (our boy BFF) wants to be president too.
{Let me just assert as a sidenote here that while I believe my daughter can do anything, I really won’t be shocked if Jackson does run for president someday.}
Madelynne:
Oh, good!  We can get married and be president together. {pause} Or maybe, he can be president, and I’ll just be his assistant.
Me: 
Or maybe, you could be president and he could be your assistant.
Madelynne:
Okay, let’s do that!
Linking this part of the post up with Rachel at Finding Joy.
friday favorite things | finding joy
This is for Farmgirl Paints.  Thanks to Carissa for linking up so I could find a new blog.  I’m linking up to Feed Our Family Friday, but for some reason couldn’t get that button to work, so here’s another one 🙂
Farmgirl Paints
I’ve alluded to our Friday Night Family Pizza in my posts before, but I haven’t done a whole post dedicated to that.  Come back next week and see if I’ve managed that.  For today, however, I’m hooking Farmgirl up with the best (and easiest) homemade pizza dough recipe ever.  
and of course, I have to give credit to my favorite Pioneer Woman for this, though I’m the one who decided to substitute the whole wheat flour.
Whole Wheat Pizza Crust with homemade sauce, italian sausage, and green peppers.  Hadn’t added the cheese yet.

The Recipe

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 teaspoon active dry or instant yeast (1/2 packet)
1/3 cup EVOO
Dump your flour (and use 4 cups WW if you want.  We cheat a little.) in a mixer.  Add the salt.  Stir for a sec.  In another small bowl, place 1 and a half cups warm water.  Sprinkle the yeast over the top.  Let it sit for minute or two and then give it a stir.  While it’s sitting, drizzle the olive oil into the flour letting the mixer stir it up on a low speed.  Then slowly pour in the yeast water.  The dough will form a big sticky ball.  Now transfer it to another bowl that you’ve swirled more olive oil in and toss the dough bowl until it’s coated with oil.  Lay a damp dishtowel over the top and place it in a warm place safe from toddlers.  Like the microwave.  Let it rise 1-2 hours.  Then divide it in half or fourths or eighths and roll it out on a clean surface lightly sprinkled with cornmeal.  We bake ours on a pizza stone after topping it with whatever goodies I’ve found that week.  You can also use a cookie sheet or pan.  Makes two large pizzas.  Or 8 personal ones.  Or in my family, three personal ones, a baby calzone, and one large.  You know, whatever makes you happy.  
Of course, it’s Friday.  What’s not to be happy about?
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