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Experiences at the interface of life, law, and motherhood in Cali

Stop The Madness: Why I Vehemently Oppose SB277

My thoughts on the vaccination madness.

From Law School to Homeschool

Before I begin, I have a few disclaimers to state:syringe

  1. I vaccinate my children. We made this decision based on what is best for our family.
  2. I homeschool my children, therefore this law does not affect me or my family.
  3. Bureaucracies and all of their downfalls make me crazy.
  4. In a Bioethics & Law course, I wrote a research paper on the substantive due process rights of parents to refuse immunizations for their children.
  5. My arguments are based on my legal training and experiences as a parent of four children, here in California.

California has long been a bastion for innovation in the legal field. From laws on Evidence, Environmental emissions, to philosophical aka personal belief exemptions for refusing vaccinations, we are first, and I like to think in some cases the best when it comes to making cutting edge choices.

This is not a cutting edge choice.

This is…

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The Four Cups of Flour Rule

From Law School to Homeschool

I don’t have the time to write any of the things that I want to right now, but I thought I’d share a little piece of wisdom that I recently realized.

In cooking for our family, 2 adults and 4 kids, any recipe that involves baked good requires a minimum of four cups of AP flour, or a combination of flours.

What this means, is that if a recipe does not have that, it will not be enough to feed everyone a decent amount.

For example, in making tortillas, the recipe for which I hope to blog sometime soon, the recipe I was following only had 2 1/2 cups of flour. I think that made enough for each person to have 1 1/2 tortillas, no bueno.

On another occasion, I was making oatmeal bannocks, which again I hope to share soon, and after mixing the various ingredients together, I could…

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Pizza Dough

WordPress is just not being my friend today. I had a whole blog post typed out, and it auto saved NONE of it. BLAH!

So anyway. Today I’m going to tell you about Pizza Dough, because you need to make it. This is a modified version of the recipe in Pioneer Woman’s first cookbook. There is one in a subsequent book, but we like this one the best.

Here’s my version:


  • 1 packet rapid rise yeast (make sure it says rapid or quick rise, not just active)
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 8 cups AP flour (note this recipe could easily be halved for a family of four or smaller, we just eat a lot of pizza!)
  • 2/3 cup EVOO
  • 2 tsp salt

This recipe could not be easier. You pour the yeast into the warm water and let it sit. Meanwhile, in your electric mixer, or by hand, put in the flour and salt, then add the EVOO on slow, until it’s just mixed. Then, gently mix the yeast and water, then add it into the mix on a low speed. Once it forms a dough ball, you’re done! Just set it into an oiled bowl, cover with a paper towel, and let it sit 1-2 hours. 2 hours is the sweet spot IMO, check it:

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Then, stretch it out and place onto an OILED surface, either straight onto the pan, or on an aluminum foil lined pan. Waxed paper works in a pinch. Top with sauce, cheese, and your favorite toppings, and bake at 400-450 depending on your oven for 18ish minutes, until the cheese is bubbly, and crust is golden brown. If baking with kids, individual cake pans work great.

You can totally do this, behold:

Greek-ish style pizza: feta, sliced kalamata olives, spinach

Greek-ish style pizza: feta, sliced kalamata olives, spinach

8ish cheese pizza (mozzarella, cheddar, quattro formaggio, etc.)

8ish cheese pizza (mozzarella, cheddar, quattro formaggio, etc.)

kid pizzas

kid pizzas

I am so bad at formatting, I give up on today. I also suck at photography. Happy Monday, the end!

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Blog Update

So, I recently made the decision that I wanted to really commit to my personal blog. What this means is that I have to do it in a way that not only makes sense, but in a way that all the things I want to blog about actually get done. Therefore, it seems to me that it makes the most sense to merge all my various projects together. Therefore, I will be talking about those things that were originally only covered in my CALawMama Blog (legal developments, news, work related topics, etc.), and those from my Ruby Acre (crafts, cosmetics, wine, home, more lifestyle type things). Therefore, this will become a more of a cohesive blog about the things that interest me.

Eventually I hope to hire a web designer to make everything all organized and in different tabs, but for now I just have categories and tags. I will be working to update my about and pages to reflect the changes, but like everything else in my life, it will probably take a while to get done! LOL

I hope you will enjoy!

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