I don't know about all of you, but I think working with yeast is tricky. It's something I'm still pretty new to, but I like to think I'm getting better at it.
Yeast recipes always state that the dough needs to sit in a nice, warm spot in order to rise. Well, that's often pretty hard to find in my house. We're one of those families who keep our house on the cool side. You're likely to find me walking around in pants and a sweatshirt... and still cold.
So here's someplace warm in your house that you've probably never thought of... your dishwasher! Sounds weird, huh? Well, it works! But please do me a favor and make sure it's clean (and empty) before you try this. Just turn your dishwasher to the heated dry cycle. Let it get nice and warm inside, then turn it completely off. Stick in your bowl of dough and let it rise. It'll work perfectly for you.