Handmade pizza and a missing tooth

20 Jun

Agh, this is a seriously exciting evening in my house! It all started with a pizza dinner. Go figure. There are recipes coming up down yonder, but I’m so darned excited about the Tooth Fairy coming tonight I just gotta’ risk ruining your appetite. Sad for you.

My big six year old has been running around looking like this for the last week.

Eeeeew. I know. I honestly cannot believe that losing teeth is this totally average thing we all go through. So awkward. So uncomfortable. So bloody…yet so exciting.

Over the last week I would have bet my life multiple times that tooth was coming out within the hour. But being the little dude’s first wiggly one, he was tentative to yank it out. Or to let me yank it out, rather. Lord knows I tried.

The difference tonight, however, was that said tooth became an annoying interference to eating a scrumptious slice of cheese pizza. Apparently it was flopping around behind another tooth or something disgusting like that. Here is what my husband did about it:

And then this happened and I was like, whaaaaaat??? Did I not try that exact same maneuver like a hundred times int he last 48 hours? I must have loosened it up for him.

See the white speck that he’s staring at next to his dinner plate? That’s tooth. On the dinner table. Like I said, eeeew. And why is the six year old so calm? Fork still in hand? I assure you, he was in shock.

Here’s proof. In the blurry hand you can’t quite make out. But look at that happy face. Proof enough for me.

He ran straight into the bathroom and proceeded to let us know that “I don’t even recognize myself”. Which made me pine for a good cry because I really didn’t recognize him either. Waah.

We analyzed the hole the tooth left, the size of the tooth that must be on it’s way, the cost of braces to fix the yet unseen tooth that may or may not grow in straight. Seriously, he might as well be going away to college tomorrow.

He decided this was the best angle to photograph the absence of tooth.

And that this was now how he would drink water and milk forevermore.

Then the boys huddled up for a congratulatory photo in honor of big brother’s sweet coming of age.

Then they got goofy…

…and now I’m wondering how they both grew up so damned fast. Oh the love ❤

Okay, so now for the recipes. I’m all mixed up tonight, I know.

So I usually keep Trader Joe’s pizza dough in the fridge for quick mid-week dinners, and after an afternoon of swimming with friends it just seemed like the perfectly simple way to wrap up the day. I set the dough out on the counter to rest and opened the freezer to get the frozen gluten free crust that I usually use for myself (I have a myriad of dietary restrictions at the moment, and wheat is one of them…). I guess since the frozen GF crust was from Whole Foods, very expensive, and said “premium” on the label, I had never really thought much of it. But today the ingredients on the back of the package just rubbed me the wrong way. I can pronounce them all which is a step in the right direction, but I really can’t tell you why half of these things are in here.

So I started digging around the internet on some of my favorite food sites for an easy dough that I could make in the time it would take for the refrigerated Trader Joe’s pizza dough to rest. Finding a gluten free crust with the ingredients I had on hand was not necessarily easy, but in the end I printed out 2 recipes, and went with the one that had fewer ingredients. It’s a tactic I plan to utilize more often.

The recipe I chose ended up tasting fabulous – albeit nothing like a traditional pizza dough. But the addition of a tomato-less pizza sauce added a ton of flavor and made the whole thing taste like a savory shortbread. If that doesn’t sound divine then I haven’t explained myself correctly, because it was pretty fab. I tweaked a few things here and there, as usual. Here are how the recipes ended up on paper after editing:

Simple Gluten Free Pizza Crust:

– 2/3 c. brown rice flour

– 1/3 c. arrowroot flour

– 1 t baking powder

– 1/2 t kosher salt

– herbs and Parmesan to taste

– 2 T olive oil

– 1/3 c. water

1. Very lightly oil a baking sheet and set aside.

2. Combine dry ingredients, then add wet and quickly form dough into a ball.

3. Roll or press dough with fingers into a thin 13 inch round on the baking sheet.

4. Fold or pinch a thin crust around the edge to keep from burning during baking.

5. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes.

6. Remove crust from oven, add sauce and toppings (see sauce recipe below!), and return to oven for another 10-15 mins.

Tomato-less Pizza Sauce

– 1 t agave

– 1.2 t kosher salt

– 1 t paprika

– 2 t Italian seasoning

– 1 t onion powder

– 1 t garlic powder

– 1/4 c water (or less)

1. Mix all ingredients and spread on pizza crust in a very thin layer. Use sparingly!

2. Add pizza toppings and bake as directed. Yum!

Like I said, this recipe ends up tasting like an herb shortbread, which makes it a really versatile dough. As I munched it for dinner I was thinking it would be scrumptious to roll out and cut it into triangles, then bake and top with cream or goat cheese, herbs, or preserves. Mmmmm. Hungry again.

If you’re looking for a good gluten free recipe give this one a shot. And if you’re not then try this one anyway – it’s crazy healthy compared to traditional pizza, and easy. Promise!

Oh, and here’s my question to y’all as a Tooth Fairy first timer…do I really have to save the thing? And if I do then where the heck do I keep it, in a safe deposit box? Because if the boys ever discover them I’ll have to admit I’m a liar and a sneak, which is something I’d like to avoid. How do you all deal with this?!! To save or not to save…that is the question…

2 Responses to “Handmade pizza and a missing tooth”

  1. Pamela Morgan Redela June 21, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    Love it all! The boys are simply gorgeous, as is the pizza 🙂

    As for the tooth fairy issue, we save. We use one of those cute hanging pillows with a pocket on the front of it instead of the tooth under the anxiously sleeping child’s pillow technique. Sometimes it hangs on the bedroom door knob, others on the best post, but it’s much easier for the fairy to do her/his swaps this way! Near the pillow, there’s a ceramic jar that the tooth ends up in after it’s been ‘inspected’ by said fairy, since she/he knows that the child will want to show their lost body parts off (gross!) to friends and family.

    Your next challenge is going to be keeping little bro in the dark once big bro springs “Tell me the truth, mom. Is the tooth fairy real?” game-changer on you…

    • FreeTheMom June 26, 2012 at 11:24 am #

      Oh Jeez, Pam…you are GOOD! I think a jar full of old teeth in the bedroom would give me a panic attack 😉

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