Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Lisa's Homemaking Corner

Saturday, November 3, 2012

French Bread Pizza

As long as you have everything for it in your kitchen, French bread pizza is a very easy and tasty meal to throw together!  You can use whatever French bread you like, whether it's homemade or store-bought.  I like to try to always keep a couple of loaves of my homemade French bread in the freezer, so that I'm always ready to make this just in case I'm having "one of those days" where I need something quick to throw together for dinner.

I'm not putting in an ingredients list here, because the amounts are totally up to you and are better eye-balled than measured.  This post is more to help with assembly and baking.  :-)  Just make sure you have a loaf of French bread (my family needs AT LEAST 2 loaves), your favorite pizza sauce (we just use our favorite jarred spaghetti sauce from Aldi), shredded mozzarella, and your favorite pizza toppings.

Preheat the oven to 425F.  Get out a baking sheet but do NOT grease it.

Cut your loaf of French bread lengthwise in half.  Depending on the size of your pan and the length of the bread, you may need to cut it crosswise in half as well.  Lay the bread, cut side up, on the baking pan.  Spread pizza or spaghetti sauce on the cut sides, then top with whatever toppings tickle your fancy.  We like to be what most people would call boring and just use pepperoni on some and plain ole cheese on the rest.  ;-)  When your satisfied with the toppings, sprinkle on the cheese.  Use as little or as much as you want!  Or, at least as much as the bread can handle.  LOL!  Have fun with this, it's the beauty of making your own stuff!  :-)

Once the oven is preheated, slide the pan with the pizzas into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes, just until the cheese is melted and browned lightly.  Pull the pan out, cut into pieces of desired size, and enjoy!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Exploration to 1850 Week 1

We finally got our curriculum last week and so, this past Monday, Vincent started his first week of sixth grade.  Andrew has already been in first grade for awhile...he is about half-way through.  But, since we had been on a break, Monday was just like a first day for everyone.  :-)

We start every day (yep, even the one who is not "officially" doing school yet!)...
I pledge allegiance to the flag
Of the United States of America
And to the Republic for which it stands
One nation, under GOD, indivisible,
With liberty and justice for all.


As the name of the year implies, we started out learning about the exploration period, picking up where we left off last year.  Monday we learned about the Vikings and decorated a cake (that Vincent had made the night before!) to look like a world map.
Tuesday and Wednesday, we learned about Christopher Columbus and Vincent made tin foil boats for himself and his brothers that represented Columbus' three ships, the NiƱa, Pinta, and Santa Maria.
Then, they filled the bathtub and tried to blow them from one end to the other, as if from shore-to-shore across the Atlantic Ocean.
Of course, with three boys, it doesn't take long for them to start getting competitive...it turned into an all-out race!  I'm not really sure who won, but those boats were not fit to sail by the time they were done.  ;-)

For Bible, Andrew is currently memorizing select verses in the book of Proverbs, and Vincent and I will be studying and learning (together!) the book of James.  Yep, you read that right...memorizing the ENTIRE BOOK of James!  Now as far as books of the Bible go, James is not that long.  However for us, that is still A LOT of memorizing!  I know Vincent can do it, and hopefully, I will be able to keep up!  ;-)  We are also learning some hymns this year, and we will be spending two weeks on each one.  For these first two weeks, we will be learning My Father's World.  It is the name of the company we buy our curriculum from, and, we will be studying many things in our Father's world for science this year.


I am very happy with how this week of school has gone.  I commented to my husband that this is probably the best first week we've had.  Despite our long break, attitudes started out and STAYED good throughout the week.  Now hubby and Vincent have gone to deer camp for the weekend opener, so it's the perfect end to a great week!  Well, for him and hubby anyway.  I never get used to hubby (and now a son already!) going away for the weekend, but at least I have the little guys to keep me company until they go to bed.  :-)