An easy lunchtime recipe: Crazy Crust Pizza

So I basically sucked at cooking for the first five years of marriage. We lived on love and Subway and an occasional burnt pizza. Lucky for you my cooking doesn't suck anymore.

Fast forward 4 kids and 11 years as a stay at home mom....

I have been consistently cooking almost 3 meals a day 7 days a week for going on 11 years.

( and that's not counting the second breakfasts, elevensies, teatimes, suppers, and dinners. If you get this statement you get me #dork)

I got better at cooking, dare I say awesome at a few signature dishes!

 

Just to let you know I am totally not a food blogger, my pictures are going to probably be sub-par but all my cooking is done with love and tastes delicious! I always say food is my love language. I feed everyone, it's nurturing act for me I guess. ( Ps. if you want to read a good book about nurturing your family with food you HAVE TO read The Lifegiving Table: Nurturing Faith through Feasting, One Meal at a Time ( One of THE BEST books ever!)So today I am going to share with you my crazy crust pizza recipe. It was a fun recipe my mama made as a kid and now I use it for a quick pizza that isn't out of a box. Today I actually made it for lunch, snapped some pics and behold a blog post is born!

Crazy Crust Pizza

Ingredients

2 Cups flour

1 cup Milk

4 eggs

Oregano ( a few dashes or heavy if you like it)

Cookie sheet

Pizza sauce and desired toppings

Preheat oven to 350

 

Mix eggs, milk, flour, and oregano. Grease your cookie sheet and pour ingredients on a cookie sheet and give it a little shake so it covers to the edges ( it will be semi-runny, no worries!) let the mix cook for about 15 minutes or until browned and firm, there will be BIG bubbles formed in the dough ( hence the name crazy crust). When it is ready pop it out of the oven and beat down the bubbles.

Put all your sauce and favorite toppings on and pop it in the oven again until its all melty and yumilicious. ( Did I mention I make up my own words, I do hahaha)

Serve with a side of cut up veggies and you have a simple and fast lunch!

Enjoy!

What are some of your fave quick lunches to serve your kiddos?

 

 

The sea is calling and I must go: Winter beach adventuring

She loves the serene brutality of the ocean, loves the electric power she felt with each breath of wet, briny air.”
― Holly Black
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 Cape Henlopen State Park in the winter, my happy little piece of heaven by the sea.

Cape Henlopen State Park in the winter, my happy little piece of heaven by the sea.

I am a planner at heart but I also love a good adventure, especially if it is frugal(Hello, living on one income with 4 kids!) Off Season at my fave place in the whole world Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Deleware is super affordable! 74 bucks and we rent an adorable little cabin smack in the middle of the woods but only minutes away from the beach. Think campfires and salty sea air. Seriously, I can't take how much we love it!

 

 The Great Dune lookout, my favorite spot!

The Great Dune lookout, my favorite spot!

I have sea foam in my veins, I understand the language of waves.”
― Le Testament d’Orphée
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Surprise adventuring is one of my favorite things to do! Our kids did not know we were leaving for the beach until the day before when we told them via Facetime on one of daddy's breaks. I thought they were going to go through the roof with excitement. 

 

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The Nature Center at Cape Henlopen State Park

We have been taking our Children to our magical spot by the sea every year since our oldest kiddos were 5 and 6. The ritual of doing our favorite things in a secluded nature setting thick with salty air calls to me if I am away too long.

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Now that they are older and we have added two more sweet ones to the bunch, we take an after labor day trip with friends as well as a winter beach trip every year.

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Cabins that are simple but clean line a tiny cul-de-sac in the middle of the woods. At night crackling fires dot the whole campground and the thick smell of woodsmoke and ocean fill the air. If you are quiet you can hear the faint sound of the crashing waves only a mile down the trail.

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Laughter, smores, Grotto Pizza, campfires, The Great Dune lookout, Sunset on the pier, deer feeding in the open grass at five, Lattes from Dunkin, Icecream from Dairy Queen, and late night Corona with lime are some of the memories I live for.

Do you plan secret adventures? If you don't I challenge you to plan one today! It does not have to cost a ton of money. As moms, we have an amazing blessing to elevate the every day into the extraordinary. We all have the choice to turn the simplest of things into a grand adventure! What adventure are you going to plan this week?

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

Spray Paint and Polka Dots = Happiness ( A super fun, frugal, fast mailbox DIY)

Spray paint and polka dots = Happiness

I have officially lost my darn mind doing DIY projects with my husband, and this one has to be one of my FAVORITES! 

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This was a super frugal, super easy, and fun redo just in time for the beginning of spring! I  believe our homes should not be a cookie cutter mold but  reflect our unique personalities.

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My personality just happens to be polka dots. 

We had an ugly brown mailbox, so not me, so not cute and original.

This is where a can of vibrant aqua paint and some vinyl red polka dots come into the story.

I wave my magic wand ( aka my hubby working hard in the backyard) and TADA!!!!!

 

Look at this ADORABLE mailbox ( Don't roll your eyes and think " tacky" under your breath) Is this not the CUTEST mailbox EVER. Yep, that's what I thought!

Polka dots definitely scream, "This is Krystal's home!" 

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Where can I find these?

I took to Pinterest and found this adorable," Thank you " sticker for the inside of my mailbox from this sweet little shop on Etsy.

The red polka dots were from this shop on Etsy. ( The owner is SUPER friendly and extremely quick to ship!)

The vinyl address decal can be found here.

The spraypaint was Rust-Oleum Painters Touch 2x in Satin Seaside

Now go and find your fave spraypaint and design something adorable that is totally your style. Preferably with polka dots!

I would love to know what your favorite DIY plan is for the spring, give me a yell in the comments! Bonus points if I can see a photo!

Winter DIY +Painting ALL the things

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A new season 

Just like that, 4 kids later, the baby is three! I feel like a breath of fresh air, I am starting to be able to pursue my old interests and find new passions, and it feels FANTASTIC!

 

After being pregnant for darn near 10 years this just feels bizarre and fun, and well, foreign!

Let me tell you, mamas that are up to your eyeballs in diapers, bottles and can't leave without a stroller, one day you are going to sleep in, one day you are going to wake up and pour your self a hot cup of coffee and do a devotion, a FULL devotion with HOT coffee! One day you are going to be able to craft, read, decorate for the seasons! 

 Typical Luke, our spunky, crazy, always moving last born! This is on his birthday.

Typical Luke, our spunky, crazy, always moving last born! This is on his birthday.

I  see you! I was you for so very long and I really think part of God's calling for me is to encourage you. You can do this, motherhood is not meant to be easy, it is hard and good work. Work that is worth it. Work that changes with the seasons. It was only last year that I was a crying, depression laden mess of postpartum hormones. 

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Ohh What a difference even 6 months can make.

Every day I have a renewed JOY and zest for what God has planned for me ( ok, most days, some days I just am overwhelmed with all the demands, to be honest.)

My kids are super cool, my marriage rocks, and I am loving doing DIY projects! One thing I think I really missed during all the baby years was bonding with my husband over DIY. One of the things we LOVE to do most is a good old house project! It is so nice to return to this season.

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DIY DIVA

Winter is the BEST time to smoosh in all your DIY projects because I find as soon as we start getting warm days all we want to do is be outside, eat outside, and basically never come in until late fall.

Speaking of, check out this adorable porch furniture I scored for $40.00! I have dreamy Pollyanna aspirations of sipping lemonade with a book in the summer as the children play or having a steamy cup of hot coffee in the fall with a throw and my devotions when the leaves tumbling by. Or a late night slushy on a hot summer evening with the hubs just chatting about life and my next Pinterest project ( Mwhahaha!)

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Blueberry pancakes and a happy front porch.

Back to painting all the things, Backstory, we live in a home built in 1930. This is the house that love built, my happy house. It is not grand in size but it is filled to the brim with   Jesus, my hubs, my kids, our french bulldog,books, coffee,creativity and laughter.  Frankly, that's all I really need in life! I love taking care of my people here, praying for them, cooking for them, educating them, decorating for them. I just love home in general.

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Valentine's Day Breakfast.

We have a 1600 square foot half house, and it has 4 charming little bedrooms that needed to be updated, so that's what we have been up to this winter. Full steam ahead, we are working our tails off! My daughter who is 10 realized she LOVES to paint and was so gracious to finish her and her sister's room in a beautiful robins egg blue, and then the cherry on top she moved on to our new room and painted it for us, too! Such a cool kid, I am so blessed!

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I took my first stab at chalk painting and am ADDICTED! I love it and the look it has and it is just a nice little artistic outlet for me. I sat back in the quiet and jammed out  to the melancholy tones of  Lana Del Ray  summertime sadness on repeat while painting side tables for the girls( on a blustery Sunday afternoon. Then I painted a side table for my oldest son an awesome Dixie Belle Tree-frog Green and finished it off with a really cool map of the world knob from Hobby Lobby.

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The next step to our DIY was doing a half pallet wall around the boys' room and painting it in Sherwin Williams Knockout Orange and a grey/brown. I think my favorite part was the decorating and gallery wall. We are going with a woodsy adventure theme. 

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The last project we did was a fun Pinterest freebie. I got free lumberjack printables here and Modepodged them onto an old rustic cabinet door from my dad's garage before it was demolished. 

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So that about wraps up what we did inside, part 2 will be our outside projects!

 

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What were some winter DIY projects you accomplished this winter?

Parenting With Purpose: Developing An Action Plan For The Tween Years And Beyond

I will never forget the first time they laid her in my arms. She was 9 lbs 11 oz of pure amazing, and I would move heaven and earth to make her happy!

 

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Everyone told me the years would be short but the days would be long, and I never believed them.

Until the last year when something reminded me my sweet angel's birthday candles would be entering into the double digits.

Almost ten years have come and gone.

"Ohh man, that's what they meant...I get it now."

Now my days are filled with answering questions I don't know if I am prepared to answer, arguing about schoolwork, handling friendship drama, lecturing about the importance of not being "boy crazy", and being humbled ( and offended) by the baby that is now on the brink of young adulthood and can break me down with an eye-roll and a snappy response.

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What I am reading: January 2018

Books glorious books!!!! Oh how I love thee! 

Confession: I am a book sniffing, paperback reading bibliophile and I'm not ashamed to shout it from the roof tops!

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Yearly Reading Goals

Ahhhh!!!! I have some lofty reading goals for the year!

I know some mamas are rock-star readers but I have a meager goal of reading 25 books this year ( about 2 books a month)I don't like to really plan all the books I read out, but rather read where the spirit blows based on my needs. In my defense this number is so low because I still have a three year old, I am hoping to some day read so much more.

January Reads

I am going to give you my current list of what is in my book basket for January!

  • The First book I LOVED and already finished was The Life Giving Table by Sally Clarkson. It was amazing in more ways than one and is for ANY woman looking to disciple her household one meal at a time. I give it a 20 on a scale of 1-10 it was THAT good.
No Greater Love
By Mother Teresa

What are your reading goals for year? What is your current read for the month? Let me know in the comments below, I can't wait to see what everyone is reading!

Plotting and Planning: A mama's guide to planning an intentional Christmas + FREE planning printable and Christmas art

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold everything is softer and more beautiful
— Norman Vincent Peale

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And we are off....

It's the most wonderful time of the year, but can turn into the most STRESSFUL time of the year if we do not get our ducks in a row.

I am a planner by nature, and I am so unbelievably excited about this week. I am currently writing this post the week of thanksgiving ( We have a scheduled week off so this means I have a clear head for plotting and planning family fun!)

There is a very STRICT Christmas decorating rule enforced by my sweetie. He does not want to see Christmas decor up until AFTER Thanksgiving. I am really, really, really trying to work with this very scroogy mentality. ( When he is at work I do turn on the Christmas music full blast!)

What I can do is plan, oooooooo I just love to plan! It is seriously one of my greatest joys! With a December calendar full of possibility, a sharp pencil in hand, and a steamy cup of coffee I am ready to take on my intentional vision for creating family fun and togetherness at Christmas!

Mamas are the dreamers, the visionaries, the temperature of the home.

vi·sion·ar·y

adjective

1.

(especially of a person) thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom.

"a visionary leader"

We are the temperatures of our home,
Your attitude becomes the atmosphere.

The energy you bring to your home can make or break the holiday season and beyond. I have been so guilty of bringing a less than wonderful temperature to our home. Luckily I have been filling my mind with life- -giving books, podcasts and mentors to keep me on track! Make sure to take inventory of your attitude not just in the holiday season but EVERYDAY!

Attitude is everything

In one of my readings last week in the Life Giving Table by Sally Clarkson she was touching on Mary and Martha. She said that your attitude in how you are serving is what is important. Serving with a negative cynical attitude completely overshadows the positive task you are trying to accomplish. The attitude of a servant leader is what is going to reach hearts and minds of your family for eternity. This holiday season intentionally plan to set a thermostat of joy and set an example of servant leadership in your home.


 

Putting your vision on paper

 A snipped of what my weekly planning page looks like.

A snipped of what my weekly planning page looks like.

If I do not intentionally sit down and plan what I would like to see happen for the holidays I just won't do it! It is the sad truth. I have a family mission statement with my husband. I try to look at my mission statement and plug in activities that will get me to that end goal of what we  envision our family to become.

  • Fostering togetherness and making our children the best of friends.
  • Making memories without spending a ton of money.
  • Serving others
  • Creating a atmosphere of Joy and warmth in my home sweet home.
  • Loving others like Jesus, we might be the only bible someone ever reads!

These are some of my core goals when I sit down to plan our festivities. If the activities do not align with my core goals I can most likely cross them off.

This year I decided to type my list and print it out. I am hoping to keep it in a file so I can pull it out next year and it will be much easier to just fill in the fun and festivities. I will share list below.You are more than welcome to print it ( and obviously customize it for your area) or use it as a jumping off point to create your own vision of Christmas.

I broke my Christmas planning into areas, then when I fill in my weekly planner ( I use this one) I will plug in an activity from each area, and hopefully by the end of Christmas we will have accomplished most if not all of the family fun that I envisioned! ( Please note, be flexible! Nobody has fun if you are just trying to check off the list.)

My Christmas Plan

My Vision

My planning areas are as follows:

  • Prep
  • Service Projects
  • Movies to watch
  • Fun Breakfasts
  • Crafts
  • Surprises

What are some of your favorite traditions? Leave me a comment! I would love to know!

Below are some fun FREE Christmas gallery wall printable and your Intentional Christmas planner! I hope you are excited to plan for a fun filled Merry Christmas full of memories!