Least Favorite Chore?

hershey's-chocolate-kissesI made the monthly Sam’s run for Chocolate Kisses this week. Remember I told you that I get looks and comments whenever I buy the Loopy Kisses? This is what 105 pounds of kisses looks like (along with peanut M&M’s for the Elves, and 3200 page protectors for the May Sock Club and Sock Club Lite patterns). I’m thinking this might be my last kisses run until the fall, since we have to switch to non-melting options for the warm weather. And warm weather starts up here pretty darned soon. (No one blinks twice when I walk by with a cart full of peppermints. Go figure.)

So what’s your least favorite household chore? Mine is grocery shopping. (Well, really, the whole process. Menu planning, shopping, dragging it all in from the car, putting it all away.) I like cleaning, I don’t mind laundry, and I like cooking and baking. But grocery shopping? Not at all.

And speaking of cooking and baking, I’m sharing a pizza crust recipe with you today. Why just the crust? This is from Cook’s Illustrated (love that magazine) and the whole deep dish pizza recipe is too long to type it all out for you. But the crust was the best part of it, anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย I thought their sauce recipe was ok, but next time I’ll use my grandma’s spaghetti sauce for this pizza. This was adapted for my big deep dish pizza pan, but you can split it up for smaller pans. Don’t be put off with the wordy instructions. It’s actually pretty simple, and totally worth it.

delicious-deep-dish-pizza-doughDelicious Deep Dish Pizza Dough

4 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
2 1/4 tsp. salt
3 tsp. sugar
1 1/2 packs instant or rapid rise yeastย (just over 3 tsp.)
15 oz. water, room temperature
4 1/2 Tbl. unsalted butter, melted
plus 6 Tbl, softened
1 1/2 tsp. plus 6 Tbl. olive oil

Mix flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer and knead with the bread hook on low speed for about a minute. Add water and melted butter and mix until fully combined (low speed). Mix at medium spead for 4-5 minutes until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the sides of the bowl as it mixes. Coat a large bowl with 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil and put the dough into the oiled bowl (flipping it once so that the top and bottom are coated in oil). Cover with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until doubled (about 45-60 minutes).

When done, turn dough out onto a dry work surface and roll into a 12 x 15 rectangle. Spread the softened butter over the surface, leaving a half inch border around the edges. Roll up into a tube (starting with the short side and rolling to the other short side). Now flatten the tube into an 18 x 4 inch rectangle. Fold the rectangle into thirds (folding the short ends in). Pinch the seams together and return to the oiled bowl, cover with plastic and let double again (about 45 – 60 minutes). ย Turn out onto a dry work surface and roll into the size circle you need for your pizza pan. (Note – you can split the dough before the final rise, if you’re going to be making smaller pizzas.)

We added cheese, sauce and toppings (in that order), ending with Parmesan cheese on the top. For Deep Dish Pizza, bake at 425 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

I’m off for Spring Break – yay! At the moment, we’re driving through the lovely state of Kansas, heading to the mountains. Knitting Daughter will join us for the week and Web Guy will join us for a long weekend (no more Spring Breaks for Web Guy – it’s all Working World now.) I’ll be back in the office on the 5th, but I’ll blog on Monday to let you know what we’re putting up for you that night. Of course Loopy goes on whether I’m here or not, thanks to Awesome Susan and the Elves. I just love them.

Contest winners on Monday!

Sheri whoplanstobesnoozingwhenwepassthecreepywindturbines


  1. Have a nice vacation. I didn’t realize how creepy the wind turbines were until I travelled I65 in Indiana – there are hundreds of them!! Least favorite household chore…putting groceries away.

  2. I LOVE Cooks Illustrated too! My favorite part is the review they give each month of a product or ingredient. I have found some real treasures that way (like the Muir Glen canned tomatos!) Thanks for posting the pizza dough recipe. We’ll be trying it very soon.

    Have a wonderful, relaxing and safe trip!

    Oh, and my least favorite household chore is cleaning the litter box. Yuck.

  3. Have a wonderful vacation you deserve it. I’m sure you’ll need another after the Spring Fling as well! See you soon!

  4. least favorite chore: anything involved with waste management…..litter boxes (cat and rabbit), toilet, dog poo duty. i HATE them. on the bright side, it keeps me from becoming an animal hoarder. every time i see an adorable animal on the shelter web site, i just have to think of the cleaning and i’m over it.

  5. My least favorite chore? Cleaning the toilets… and around them. I have my fiance, and the two college boys (his sons) and my son (8th grade). Eeeeeew! How can they not know how to aim???

    Scooping the backyard Labrador Land Mines is not nearly as bad as cleaning the bathrooms. Seriously.

  6. I agree with waste management – not a fan. I don’t mind grocery shopping, but I hate meal planning (unless it’s for a special dinner or something). Coming up with things that both my DD and I will be happy eating (she needs to gain weight and I need to lose). And cleaning out the fridge – also not my favorite.

    But I could do laundry forever! Especially folding, I love folding.

  7. Cook’s Illustrated is the best! My scientist husband signed up when he was our cook because he liked all the explanations of why food does what it does. When I became the cook, I kept it because the recipes always work.

    My least favorite chore is mopping. You have to sweep first, and a few bits of dirt always seem to escape the broom. Then they get mixed up in the mop water and migrate to another part of the floor. Here they stick because they’ve got a nice water adhesive.

    You have to mop strategically not to paint yourself into a corner. You have to keep the pets out and you have to remember to stay out yourself until it’s dry. Yes, ironing is so much easier and more satisfying. Wrinkles begone!

  8. I don’t think anyone likes waste management (and what a great term for poop duty!) But with all the beings who live in or around our house, I just deal with that.
    Having said that, I never knew 7 bantam chicks could be so easy to care for in our dining room (er, in a big box and annex).
    My least favorite chore: carpet cleaning. With old shag-ish carpets everywhere, and with 3 dogs…bleh.

  9. Least favorite is definitely dusting, although cleaning the bathtub is a close second. On the other hand, I love doing laundry.

  10. Wow. The number that stands out to me on that post is the 3200 page protectors. That’s an enormous sock club! Congrats!

    Least favorite chore is probably cleaning the bathroom. I live with all boys – I think they need to be the ones sorting out that least lovely of chores.

  11. hee hee! my least favourite chore is loading the dishwasher. or anything with turning dishes from dirty to clean. since i do all the cooking, the husband does this.

    i’m finding cleaning the litter box not bad (my nose doesn’t smell well) and because our no-longer-kitten loves to come watch and try to interfere. he’s cute about it and it’s always fun to see what antic he’ll try next while I’m cleaning.

  12. Drive carefully! There is another storm headed to the Denver Metro area late this afternoon – sounds like just about the time you’ll be arriving! (3rd storm in 1 week and the last 2 were doozies!)

    Least favorite chore – exactly like yours – grocery shopping, planning, dragging stuff in although cooking is coming in a close 2nd. Used to be my favorite but now it takes up too much of my precious knitting time!

  13. I really love Cook’s Illustrated.

    I have to admit that about the only chore I like is cooking and baking. I sweep, because the floor feels gritty and wash the floors because I can’t stand looking at the dirt, and scrub the kitchen because I cannot cook when it is a mess, but most of the rest of the place just goes in this holding pattern until I cannot stand it anymore. I’m a really poor homemaker if you go by my cleaning standards.

  14. Praise that Hershey Kiss run… That’s my kinda shopping! (Real grocery shopping I do online… click, click, click, and then it gets delivered to my door, carried inside, and put on my table for me. All I do is put it away!)

    But I loathe doing dishes. Eeew eeew eeew. I don’t mind doing them right after we eat, but if anything prevents that (which, alas, happens often) and they end up sitting for more than an hour or so it just grosses me out. Which is why dishes are usually Husband’s chore!

  15. Drive safe, I just made that trip last week and it is windy in Kansas. 32 mph at one rest stop(they had a weather report and wind report). Watch out for the snow, my family got 18′ last week and another 8-10″ this week. Have fun and enjoy your family!!!

  16. Enjoy your vacation! I’m bit ashamed to say this because the pioneer women didn’t have blah, blah, blah….BUT I hate unloading the dishwasher. That’s it. I’ll trade you just about almost any other chore if you’ll empty the dishwasher!

  17. Least favorite household chore: vacuuming. But I hate housework, period. I hate anything that has to be done over and over again.

  18. My least favorite household chore is putting papers away and filing them where
    they should have been in the first place. There is a little counter between the
    hall where you come in and the kitchen. Sometimes I put the papers on the
    counter or finally move them to the dresser in my bedroom, but I never put
    them away where they should be in the first place and then I have a pile of
    papers to deal with.

  19. Love doing dishes and laundry and vacuuming, but cleaning the bathrooms? Bleh! Same for sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor. that doesn’t get done till the corgis are practically stuck to the floor.(just kidding, it gets done more often than that, but not by much. I usually let DH do the floor mopping, he likes it.)

  20. All those kisses make me want to order some yarn…..interesting!
    My least favorite chore is cleaning up after the dogs. I have four boys so why am I the one doing this chore is still a mystery to me. Shrug……
    Have a great vacation!

  21. My least fave chore is matching/folding socks! I don’t mind any other chore at all. But I despise folding socks and when you have a family of 6 that adds up to LOTS of socks!!!! But I like to knit them…hmmmmmm……Happy vacation!!

  22. As you drive through Kansas if you go through a small town on the western side called Lakin. Look for a HUGE John Deere tractor working the fields -wave at it and blow a kiss. It might be my oldest sign who I dont get to see but once maybe twice a year. Miss him dreadfully. Have alot of fun in the Mountains. I’m jealous!

  23. Dear Sheri,

    I will do your grocery shopping anytime you want to rake my leaves.

    Happy Spring!

    P.S. I love wind turbines. They make the invisible visible — I think of the wind passing over and through them like waves in the ocean.

  24. Ironically, my -favorite- chore is meal planning and grocery shopping. I love going through the weekly market ads to see what’s on special and trying to figure out what to make around those items. And I love wandering through the store and checking out the fresh produce. It’s all very inspiring, I think.

    I really dislike chores involving scrubbing (like cleaning the bathroom). And I try really hard not to be the one that has to unload the dishwasher.

  25. I don’t usually mind grocery shopping, I think I’m still in the “Ooo I’m playing grownup” phase, but it’s slowly passing. I hate trying to figure out what to make for the week. Anytime I ask the hubs it’s , “Whatever” but he is soooo picky. Bleh.

    I really dislike dishes though. Our rule is if you cook you don’t clean so I usualyy do most of the cooking.

  26. Have a wonderful vacation! I know you treasure your time with your college kids & WH. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Least favorite household chore? Hmm. Dusting. No matter how often or thoroughly I dust, there never seems to be a visible difference. I don’t mind vacuuming, doing laundry, cleaning up after meals, yard work, even cleaning the bathroom. But dusting? Ugh.

  27. Least favorite chore? Cleaning. All of it. (Eeeww. Sigh. Just do it.)

    As for the wind turbines, there are a couple of fields of them that I’ve driven by here in California. I’m conflicted when I see them — I’m happy that an alternate source of energy is being farmed, but I’m sad when I think of all the birds of prey they take out. Get those blades moving and it’s SMACK! Dead birdie.

    Have a nice spring break! My niece is staying at college this time for some needed rest. Senior year and all…

  28. I definitely dislike folding the guys white T-shirts and matching and folding the socks. Other than that laundry is OK. Most other chores are OK IF I’m in the mood.

    Have a safe trip and a great time Sheri.

  29. The pizza looks AWESOME!! I may need to go buy a deep dish pan right now to make this for dinner!
    Have a great time on spring break!!

  30. My least favorite chore is any kind of cleaning – you do it today, and you have to do it all over again. I would rather be knitting – that is at least progress in the forward direction . Regarding dishwashers, I don’t mind loading, but I do not empty. DH will do it if he is desperate for clean dishes.

  31. Least favorite chore – pretty much anything that has to be done over and over (that is just about everything, isn’t it?) but I guess if I had to pick one it would be cleaning the bathroom. I will do the rest of the house if DH will just clean the bathrooms!

    Have a great spring break! I had mine this week – unfortunately, I had sick kids home most of the week ๐Ÿ™

    Me, I love wind turbines!

  32. I hate grocery shopping too – that’s why I shop online and make them bring the food to me! No more dragging a questionably behaved 2 and 4 year old with me and I get to shop in my pyjamas. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Creepy Wind Turbines? Has Steven King written a wind turbine horrow story? What am I missing? lol – Sheri, can you even knit with bugga?

    I’m with you on the tiresome chore of grocery shopping! Tiresome and time-consuming…

    Have a completely enjoyable Spring Break holiday. Don’t let those creepy wind turbines sneak up on you during the night.

  34. The worst chore for me is definitely the bathroom cleaning. I so detest it. It’s just one of those jobs you have to do, and you can’t put it off either.

  35. Least favorite chore: EMPTYING THE DISHWASHER! Can’t figure out why; but I’ve always loathed it. Everyone knows. My kids, when I asked them to empty the dishwasher would say “you just don’t want to do it.” LOLOLOL. Yepper kidlets, you’re right!!!

  36. Hate dusting. It was always my chore when I was growing up, and that burned me out for a lifetime.

    Love the drive to CO – just did it last weekend. They got more snow in KC than we got in the mountains, though!

    I LOVE the wind turbines!!! I think they look so peaceful and quiet out there.

    Have a fun time!

  37. Cleaning. I hate everything about it. Well, not what it looks like when it’s done. But otherwise, I hate it. I’ll iron, do laundry, cook, go shopping, do yardwork. You name it, I’ll do any of the other chores around. But cleaning??

    Might have to use that pizza dough for my next pizza. Thanks! And enjoy your trip!

  38. My least favorite chore- anything to do with cleaning floors- sweeping, mopping vacuuming. Cleaning the bathroom is a delight compared to mopping the floor. No bare feet in my apartment!

  39. I LOVE doing grocery shopping. I wish I could do it every single day, especially at Whole Foods! What I don’t like to do is washing dishes.

  40. Have a safe &fun filled vacation! My least favorite chore….The dreaded cleaning around the toilets! uck! I don’t mind anything else. Food shoppingis ok., but now that my kids are all grown & gone I have to unload all by myself.Second uck……..the pizza looks wonderful. I love all the good things to make & eat. We (hubby) & I are goingon a small trip to Tulsa,Ok this monday. But I willtry that pizza when I get back. Have fun. T.T.F.N (ta,ta,for now)

  41. I HATE grocery shopping!!! hate hate hate it! I even wrote it on my ravelry page (knittinkitties) I’m right there with you. Talk about sensory overload!

  42. Sheri – does everyone in the sock club have an email address? Does it save everyone’s money if the pattern is sent online so you don’t have to get page protectors or print them or get a bigger box to fit things because of the pattern? I would love to bump into you at Sam’s. I would ask for my kisses right then so you don’t have to mail them to me!! Have a nice weekend!

  43. Grocery Shopping definitely is the worst! First you have to plan the meals and in my case since it’s 25 miles to the nearest grocery store I tend to plan meals for 2 weeks at a time. Tried to only do it once a month since I hate to do it so much but I just don’t have the cupboard space. Then I have to cart all those bags from the garage to the house etc.etc. etc. From start to finish it takes almost 4 hours. That’s a lot of missed knitting time in my book.
    Sounds like you have a great vacation planned.ENJOY! Do you knit in the car when you travel?
    Pizza looks great and will definitely try it but it will have to wait for a couple of weeks. Today was shopping day.

  44. I would have to say dealing with the kitty litter! But I am a blessed woman and the boyfriend does that task in the house now! So the chore that I loathe AND actually do is putting away the laundry. Something about folding goes against my very nature it seems! ๐Ÿ˜€

  45. Mopping / scrubbing floors is my least favorite but I agree with the grocery shopping too. seems like there should be a more effeceint way to get everything home.

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