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Vegan Pizza and a Favorite Garage Sale Find

I made some individual pizzas last night and thought I’d blog about them again. I use the same dough that I use when I make vegan hot pockets. I bought a set of four 7″ pizza pans about three years ago at the Sassafras Outlet in Michigan City, Indiana. We stopped there on our way back from Chicago. I don’t think the Sassafras Outlet is there anymore.

These pizzas work out great for lunch the next day (make that several days). I top them with our favorite toppings – mushrooms, onions, and green pepper. I “fry” the mushrooms and green pepper in a little bit of water to cook them down beforehand. Then I just drain them in a colander. Those two toppings will sweat out a lot of water on your pizza if you don’t pre-cook them. At least that’s what I’ve found to be the case. We like toΒ load our pizzas up with toppings.

For the cheeze, I used Tofutti but Vegan Gourmet makes an excellent Mozzarella too. I use whichever one I can find. The dough will make six pizzas but I only have four pans. So I have to make them in two batches – four at one time and then the remaining two. I often double the dough and make twelve pizzas and share them with my parents and grandma.

Pizzas cooling on wire racks:


Pizza Pans:

Pizza Pans

I know many of the garage sale finds I’ve posted are kitchen/cookbook related but we do buy other things too. One of our favorite purchases this year was a Craftsman Laser Guided Measuring Tool. They retail at Sears for $34.99. We bought ours for only $5. I’m not sure it was ever really used. It still had the plastic over the screen, came with the carrying case, and had the instructions (not pictured – I keep all instruction manuals in the file cabinet). The Sears description says it best: “Measures distance to object, adds multiple distances, calculates area in square feet and volume in cubic feet.” This is a handy tool when viewing homes to confirm room sizes and such. I’ll admit it…I’ve measured all the rooms in our house with it…I’ve already had $5 worth of entertainment from it! LOL

Craftsman Laser Guided Measuring Tool

In case anyone is wondering why I’ve “branded” some of my pictures, it’s due to some picture theft issues (pics ending up on eBay).

Happy Friday everyone! πŸ˜€

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  • Jody September 15, 2006, 9:29 am

    I’ve never seen mini pizza pans before. What a great idea though?

    Those pizzas look so good. I might need to plan a pizza night soon. Homemade apple sauce, yum! I’m hoping to go apple picking soon, but I may actually look for the “seconds” to save a little money.

    Thanks as always for the great ideas and finds. Hope you have a great weekend too.

  • udandi September 15, 2006, 12:55 pm

    Those pizza pans are awesome!

    Interesting about the photos. slightly different, my friend had a wedding web site and used photos and little blurbs about their wedding party. A web designer trying to sell their services to create wedding web sites, used all her content with their own images so searches of my name, return an image for a photo who is not me! Several times I have tried contacting the person to ask them to remove it, but I’ve gotten no reply nor has it changed.

    people are random!

  • K September 15, 2006, 1:12 pm

    Emmy, i laugh with you about getting your $5 worth with the measuring tool. I am so not with it, i had no idea something like that even existed! D’oh! And i have to tell you, your organizational skills put even Peter the Virgo to shame. Putting all your instructional pamphlets together in one place like that. You are an inspiration to me. Really!

    The pizzas look yummerific. You know i love your Hot Pockets (that sounds X-rated, zoinks!) but these are tremendous little round pieces of heaven! Look at them!! That is SUCH a good idea about getting the water out of the peppers and ‘shrooms before putting them on the pizza. They do sweat, don’t they!? I am going to remember that. My pizzas are usually on pita bread and they get soggy quick even if i toast the pita. Now i know how to combat that situation, at least somewhat! Thanx for the tip!

    The eBay theft o’pix intrigues me. How interesting that peeps would take from here! I guess at least you can be sure that you have myriad visitors – and maybe you’ve made some vegan converts?!!?

    πŸ˜‰ Have a great weekend, Emmy!

    Hugs from the shorn Matster & me.

  • Aurora's Mom September 15, 2006, 2:36 pm

    Geez, those pizzas look good…do you put the cheeze on the bottom and then pile on the toppings? Am I seeing this correctly? I’ll have to try that when I make pizza this weekend.

    I love those finds that are never used! I got a belgian waffle maker last week from Value Village, unopened, for….$7! Needless to say I was thrilled.

    I’ve tried to post a pic of my fire king finds: these two retro stripe cups and a snack set. (I actually bought 3 of the snack sets, one to keep and two to give as presents for Christmas) I also purchased two more mugs (retro “swirl” design) which I was hoping would have arrived by now, but haven’t!

    Oh, and I know you love a bargain, so I had to show off my new plate I got from the Sally Ann, pictured here with my vegan burger buns on it for all of $1.99! I love the detail on the edge of this plate…no chips or nothin!


    Have a great weekend!

  • vegandiva September 15, 2006, 3:43 pm

    Udandi, that’s terrible what that web designer did and even ruder that they won’t remove it or even reply to you after you contacted them. Geez, some people are just such jerks! Hope you have a great weekend πŸ˜€

    Karen, awww, thanks so much for the nice comments on the pizzas and my organization skills πŸ™‚ If you lived closer, I’d definitely share a pizza and/or hot pocket with ya! Hope you and Mattie have a fun weekend (And Peter too!)

    Aurora’s Mom, yep, I put the sauce on, then the cheeze, and then heap on the toppings. For the sauce, I use Muir Glen pizza sauce. It is a little hard to see the cheeze underneath all the toppings but it’s there πŸ™‚

    Wooo Hooo! That’s such a steal on the belgian waffle maker. WTG!!! The snack set is just gorgeous and I love the two striped mugs. I have the red striped one and that is Rob’s favorite mug. That’s the first time I’ve ever seen the green striped mug. Cool!!! And the snack set will make any baked good look and taste even better. Funny how that works isn’t it? πŸ˜€

    The vegan burger buns look tasty. Yum! And what a lovely plate you got for $1.99. Great price!!! The detail is really pretty. Is that a grape pattern on the edge? Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  • Aurora's Mom September 15, 2006, 6:10 pm

    Hmm…I’ve never seen Muir Glen in the stores…I’ll have to keep an eye out for it.

    Yep, that’s a grape pattern around the plate. I guess direct links don’t work in the comments section (or I’m not doing it right), but I guess if you copy+paste them into the browser, it works fine.

    Live and learn, I guess…; ).

    Have a great weekend!

  • Vivacious Vegan September 15, 2006, 6:26 pm

    Those mini pizzas are so cool. I think it would be so much fun to have a dinner party and have bunch of crusts pre-made and then let dinner guests pile on their own toppings. I want those! That Sears tool is really neat. My husband has had his eye on one for a while now. Tomorrow my brother and I are getting up at 5:30 to go garage saleing. There’s a big neighborhood sale with hundreds of homes that get together every year. I hope we get some good buys.

  • Nikki September 15, 2006, 8:21 pm

    Funny! I made pizza last night too…with the applesauce you inspired me to make. πŸ™‚

    Your mini pizzas look FAR more appetizing than mine did, I must say. I love those little pans.

    I am totally into yardsaling, I go to check out stuff that I can salvage and craft into new stuff…

  • Melissa West September 16, 2006, 8:34 pm

    Love the mini pizza pans. My family would love these.

    Hi Aurora’s mom!