No Countertops & Homemade Pizza? Sure, Why Not!?

As you can see, I am not operating at full potential right now; I am far from it and will be for up to three weeks. Yikes…not good for a Scratch Mommy! However, I know that it will all be worth it once we get out new countertops in place.

When we moved into our new home August 2012, Hubby knew that one of the most important updates I wanted needed to make was a new countertop. Up until yesterday, this is what I was working with…

Because of a Fraudulent Seller’s Disclosure and loads of cover-up and deceit on the part of the sellers (long story for another post; explains how I found out about my environmental allergies, including my severe mold allergy), we had a bigger, completely unanticipated project in our home that required immediate attention. Now that it’s tax time, I finally get my new countertop. Woo Who!

No kitchen sink, dishwasher, or countertop is NOT going to stop Scratch Mommy. Oh no! I will be resourceful and make it work; that’s just what I have to do. Have you been without a sink, dishwasher, and countertop for three weeks? I am now accepting advice and tips!!!

Today was my first full day with no countertops, sink, or dishwasher. Although I certainly noticed, the hassels were certainly offset by the fact that I got to hang out with two of my very favorite girls today. My lifelong best friend (sister, really) dropped them off to spend the day with me. We had a blast! We played with my 17 month old (wore him out!), took a nice walk outside, chatted, played online, and made some scratch food. They had never made a homemade pizza. Not having a countertop, sink, or dishwasher was keeping me from this challenge…let’s do it!

Homemade (kind-of) From Scratch Pizza

I am absolutely in LOVE with Pamela’s Pizza Mix. I’ve used it for thin and thick crust pizzas, focaccia bread, and rolls. It is my go-to, easy flour mix. It is completely allergen free (including free from gluten, wheat, and xantham gum, which are crucial for my family). I have never had a bad recipe from this mix.

We went with some extra garlic powder on the crust, a nice raw milk mozzarella cheese, Red Monkey Organic Greek Garden Herb Seasoning (I use this on tons of food), Bionaturae Organic Strained Tomatoes (in a glass jar!), salami on half (for the girls), onions, garlic, and spinach. These girls did all of the work! I just took pictures. 🙂

We sauteed our veggies (in Tropical Traditions organic coconut oil, of course), followed the directions just as they are written on the back of the mix, and all loved our pizza. Success!

If today is any indication as to how the rest of my time with no sink, countertop, or dishwasher will be, I think that I can do this. Perspective is everything, right? I just have to remember the end goal…new sink, faucet, breakfast nook bar, and countertop. Yup…I Got This! 🙂

Jess, aka Scratch Mommy

P.S. MAJOR props go out to our AmAzAiNg neighbors. If it weren’t for them, we would have NEVER gotten that crappy countertop out of our house. We are so very blessed to have such great neighbors, in so many ways. Thank you soooooo much, Kathie & Mary Ellen. 🙂

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Comments 8

  1. Jessica, the pizza sounds great. Pizza is in a food group all its own. Love it. I’ll bet you guys did have a good time putting that together. Yummmmm. Now, I want a pizza!!
    We were happy to help out with the countertop removal. Eazey Peazey Lemon Squeezy.

  2. Oh how fun! I want to wish you the very best of luck with your new kitchen updates! How exciting! So wonderful and such a blessing to have awesome family,friends and neighbors. Looks like you enjoyed your day and a good time was had by all! Wheee….I enjoyed reading your post. Pamela’s is an awesome product, it’s very consistant in it’s results, I however am unable to use it because of the potato starch and buttermilk. So glad many others are able to enjoy it as it is a great product to have on hand for most.

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  4. I remember the days of remodeling — my husband cut the old formica countertops up into manageable sections so he could take them out for the weekends while we worked on the remodel and brought them back in so I had a ‘serviceable kitchen’ during the week while he went to his day job. What a life! We cooked all sorts of (kind-of) homemade things during that 6 months — Your pizza looks great! Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. 🙂

  5. Looks good!! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    We have a Gluten Free gift basket giveaway this week! One lucky winner will score an awesome basket, just in time for Mothers Day!

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