June 19, 2012

Cheap And Free Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer

This morning I got to spend some time on the radio with Jamie Butow from BakersfieldMom.com and Jeff Lemucchi from KERN 1180 talking about some free and cheap things to do with your kids this summer in Kern County.

I had a great time with both of them this morning and just want to take a tiny minute to say thanks for having me on Californian Radio this morning!

Jamie will  have a much more comprehensive list of things to do over on BakersfieldMom.com, but I wanted to put a "mini" list up here of a few things we talked about this morning!

Jamie had a great list of things you can do at home, without having to leave! Some of the things were to make Popsicles, camp out in the backyard, make a batch of play dough (this is the recipe I use!).

I made red and blue today!

I had to of course include a few places I want to go this summer with our family. I talked a little about the local spray parks, Silver City Ghost Town and The Lori Brock Discovery Center.

To see the full list of what we came up with, go to BakersfieldMom.com, and if you missed the show, you can listen here (check out the June 19, 2012 episode) or download the pod casted episode at iTunes!

Want the recipe I talked about this morning for no-wait Pizza?
1 1/4 cups warm water
2 1/2 tablespoons instant yeast (I use SAF)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tablespoon salt
3 cups flour (I ususally trade out 1 cup of flour and replace it with whole wheat flour)
1/2 cube butter

In a mixing bowl, mix water and yeast and let it sit until yeast has dissolved. Add salt, sugar and oil. Gradually add flour until blended using the dough hook of your mixer until it no onger sticks to the sides.

Set oven temperature to 400 F; place the pan (a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan is best) you will be using for the pizza in the oven during the pre-heating process with the butter on it and allow it to melt.

Remove the pan from the oven and place the dough on it, pressing it out to fill the pan. allow to sit for approximately 10-15 minustes, then put it back in the oven to cook for 8-10 minutes until slightly browned. Pull it out, add your sauce and toppings, and put it back in the oven and bake until cheese is melty and bubbly.


  1. better than waiting hours for a rise... is this thin crust then?

    1. No, definitely not! It's very thick, like breadsticks. In fact you can use this same recipe to make breadsticks, just cut them after the first bake before slathering them with butter and seasonings, then put them bak in the oven for the second baking time.


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