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Another KAF bakealong recipe! This was January’s bakealong challenge, which I did actually do in January. Because please. Pizza.

As you know, I am a huge fan of pizza. I’m also a big fan of cinnamon rolls. And this recipe was kind of like a combination of the two. Yay fun!

I did modify the recipe a little according to what I had on hand. I used active dry yeast in place of the instant yeast (1:1 swap this time) and AP flour in place of bread flour. I kneaded the dough using a KitchenAid and it came together without any issues. For the pizza sauce, I used a variation of Serious Eats’ slow cooked tomato sauce. I happened to have a random package of pepperoni at the time (I rarely have pepperoni) and some shredded mozz, as opposed to fresh.

They came out rather nicely and tasted pretty good. I think I would use a sharper sauce next time and maybe include onion or bell pepper next time. I’ll definitely be playing with this recipe again.

I took my random day off again in January again.  Last year, I went to the beach with the dogs.  One of the reasons I tend to take my random day off in January is that I’ve really wanted to take the dogs up to the mountains to see their reaction to their first time seeing snow.  It’s just…never worked out.  Either it was too hot and there was no snow, or no snow when I happened to be able to take a day off, or my day off had to be dedicated to something else other than taking the dogs somewhere fun.  Anyway, this year it finally all worked out.

I ended up taking the dogs up to Big Bear because 1) I wanted to see how they’d react to snow as neither Yaris nor Horse have seen snow before and 2) I wanted to drive mountain roads.  I’ve always enjoyed driving mountain roads.  And having a Subaru, the likelihood of me needing to drive with chains is much lower.  Driving with chains isn’t nearly as fun.  It’s loud and if you don’t want to melt your tires, it’s slow.

So, here’s Yaris modeling in the snow.  Because she thinks she’s a model.

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What a butt.  But anyway, it’s another one of those photos of Yaris that I find soothing and calming.  I do find it funny how icicles were forming on her belly fur (I dried her off before we headed back down the mountain so she wouldn’t have a soggy belly).

As for her reaction, there wasn’t much of one.  I kept pointing at snow piles and she was all, “yes, it’s white over there and it makes my paws cold.”  It was hard to find an area where I could let her off leash and play in a big pile of snow though.  The picnic area I had intended to go to was too full with families with small children.  The pile she’s on here is actually just edge portion of a giant mound a snow plow pushed to the side of the parking lot.  After I kept pointing at it, she finally went up a few times to sniff around.  But she didn’t seem to really care that there was snow on the ground.

Horse didn’t care much for the snow either.  He just made a lot of yellow snow.  Because he’s a horse.  Also, he’s not a very good model, so I don’t have any pictures of him modeling in the snow.  Here’s one of him walking with Yaris downtown though.

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I think the dogs had fun.  Horse was exhausted by the time we left.  He slept all the way home.  Lazy.