"But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: Let them ever shout for joy, because Thou defendest them." - Psalm 5:11
"Popcorn" is the nickname we gave to our incredibly active son. If you spent 2 minutes with him, you will easily understand the meaning of the nickname. The Chinese Noodle is the affectionate nickname we chose for our hoped for Daughter-to-Be, who may one day come to us in the LORD's perfect time from China.
Just thought I'd post this for my sister... I designed a new herb garden for her, and we
put the garden in this past July in her backyard while I was in Pennsylvania.
I plan to duplicate it in my side yard next spring.
I love the idea of an Italian Herb Garden.
Herbs are the easiest edible plants to grow, need little water, and are so useful, and HEALTHY!
Growing herbs is a wonderful hobby for mothers, mothers-to-be, or even young women. I have been studying the use of common herbs for a few years, and have grown many herbs in my "Dooryard" garden (a garden outside the kitchen door, a british term). Last week, we were playing out in the yard with our lovely four year old neighbor girl. The bees were busily pollinating everything, and she stepped on a red wasp. Screaming and holding her foot, Popcorn rushed to her side, and called to me. When she told us she had been stung, my son frantically started running to the back corner of the yard, chanting, "Plantain...I need Plantain!" He pulled some of the herb (weed) up and began tearing it in his hands. He ran over and placed the green shredded mess on his little friend's foot. Shortly thereafter, her cries about the stinging pain were subdued. We had read earlier this summer that Plaintain was used by the early indians for wound healing and "de-stinging" properties. I was surprized and happy that the informantion had rubbed off and "stuck" in my boy's mind. Perhaps young popcorn will become an amature herbalist like his mother after all!
Makes 2 Medium Crusts, or one extra large crust
4-6 servings-(at about 67 cents per batch)
2 ¼ teasp. Yeast, or 1 envelope active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (100-110 degrees)
2 ½ - 3 cups all purpose flour, divided
¾ teasp. Salt
2 Tbsp. olive oil
In a mixing bowl, soften the yeast in the warm water.
Add 2 cups of the flour, and the salt and olive oil.
Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough.
Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth, about 4-6 minutes.
Place dough in a bowl sprayed with cooking spray, or greased wit a bit of cooking oil; cover with a clean towel and let it rise in a warm place until it has doubled in size (about 30-45 minutes).
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
Punch down the dough.
Pat the dough into a large pizza pan for one extra-large pizza, or divide it into 2 pieces and roll out 2 medium-size pies.
Top the dough with desired toppings.
Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until slightly browned around crust edges.
I made this by rolling tomato sauce, basil, oregano, mushrooms,
and cheese up in the dough using the recipe above,
and baking at 375degrees for 35 mins.