Angel Food Cake French Toast

While I was at the grocery store a few days ago I happened to walk past the strawberries.   The strawberries had an amazing smell.  The  kind of aroma you just know they are going to toast good!   Well I was right and the 2 year old gobbled them up..he couldn’t get enough.    Since we had such great strawberries in the house I want to make a yummy dessert to go along with dinner.   So I whipped up a box of angel food cake.   Dessert was amazing and we all enjoyed it.

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Restaurant-Inspired appetizers from Tai Pei

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With the holidays approaching that means we are all short on time!   The last thing I want to be doing during this season is being stuck in the kitchen.   Not only are the holidays here, we have family parties, work parties, school parties and of course football season.   My h

usband this year is in to fantasy football.    Which means I often have a living room full of men screaming at the T.V. watching countless games.  When they are here I like to have some snacks around for them to enjoy.    Which makes these restaurant inspired finger snacks perfect for any occasion!

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Homemade Marinara Sauce

Who loves Italian food, I know I do!!!  I love anything Italian.   I love the pasta, the marinara sauce, lasagna, spaghetti, alfredo sauce and lets not forget the bread.  So here I am cooking spaghetti for dinner and I just realized I have no spaghetti sauce in the pantry.  I was not in the mood to go to the store in fact it was my lazy day and I don’t even think I got out of pajamas.  So I got to looking on the internet for a quick and tasty marinara sauce that I can make for dinner.

I have never been a huge fan of Marinara sauce but when I saw few recipes online they were all basically the same recipe so I thought I would give it try.   At first I thought it was a little bitter and I was slightly worried it was not going to taste good with my pasta.  But  once I added it to the pasta, my taste buds started ringing!!   It was so so good!  I’m thinking there will no longer be any jarred spaghetti sauce in this house.   This tastes so much better.

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Pork Chili Verde

I love love Mexican food!  I especially love me some smothered bean and cheese burritos!  That is always my go to Mexican dish at any restaurants.  I have been on the hunt for quite some time to find the perfect Pork Chili Verde sauce!  Well we can all stop looking now…just in case you were looking!

We had some down time at work the other day and we were deciding on where we wanted to order for lunch.  We started talking about Mexican food and got on the talk of who had the best Pork Chili Verde smothered burritos.  Well ladies this day changed my life not only did I get to have one for lunch I also got one of the best homemade Pork Chili Verde recipes from my co-worker.  Well I put this recipe to the test and I completely fell in love with it.

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Rumbi Teriyaki Rice Bowl

We love going out to dinner…but honestly who doesn’t!  We love Rumbi’s because it is quicker then a restaurant but classier then the a fast food restaurant.   Plus with a 1 year old we only have about 20 minutes to eat before he is ready to start running for the door.

  There is just something about not having to worry about what to make for dinner.   I don’t have to worry about going to the grocery store and again with toddler sometimes that can be nightmare.  I don’t have to cleaning it up.  Because if your like me I put off emptying the dishwasher all day and now I have both sided of the sink full of dirty dishes.

 Well in the real world I wish I could afford to go out to dinner every night, but since we are unable to do that we have to go ahead and make some copycat recipes instead.   My mom came across this recipe awhile back and she told me made again recently and that it was really good.  So I thought why not add to our families menu for the month.

I’m so glad I did because it seriously it the spot!

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How to can your garden tomatoes!

I love having a garden!

I love all the fresh produce you can get and I love making salsa’s and pico de gallo or just having a fresh garden tomato to put on my salad, hamburger or even tacos.  But if your like me we get tons of tomatoes all at once and we can not eat them fast enough.  So a few years back I started canning whole tomatoes to put in my food pantry.  We use the tomatoes for soups or even to make salsa.  Not only does it help save your family money but its fun to help preserve the produce that you grew and to be able to enjoy it all year long.

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Homemade Calzones with Pizza Sauce

Who doesn’t like pizza!!   I personally would like to have often but if I am lucky we have about once a month.   It is always nice on that nights just grab a Little Caesar’s or Domino’s.  I recent’y went out to Italian restaurant with my friends.   They ended up ordering Calzones.  I honestly have never had a calzone before.   I gave her’s a try and I fell in love them them
So I got to thinking why not give it a try and make my own homemade calzone.  I rocked it!!
The crust was perfect the veggies were the right amount of crispyness and the cheese was extra extra gooey!
The nice thing about making calzones you can personalize each one.  Which is perfect for those
 picky eaters.
Homemade Calzone

Homemade Calzones with Pizza Sauce

Dough:
1 cup 2 Tbsp hot tap water
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
3 cups flour
1 tsp sugar
3 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp yeast

In a medium sized bowl add the hot water, yeast and sugar and lightly stir and let sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy.  Slowly add flour 1 cup at a time. Add salt after first cup of flour and continue with the rest.  Knead by hand until well combined and dough is soft and bouncy to touch.  Form dough into a ball and place in bowl.  Spread oil on top.  Cover and let rise for 2 hours or until doubles in size.
Makes about 4-8″ calzones.  Dough freezes well.

Here is my recipe for Pizza Sauce

Toppings:
Meat: Pepperoni, ham, chicken, bacon, sausage
Veggies: Peppers, onions, mushrooms, olives, tomatoes
Mozzarella Cheese
Spices. red peppers or italian seasoning

Split dough into 4 equal balls and roll dough out to about 8″ circle.  On half of the dough lay out your meat, top with cheese and then your veggies.  Fold the top over and pinch the sides together. Cut 3 small slits on the top.  Bake on the bottom shelf at 425 degrees for about 10-12 minutes.  Serve with warm pizza sauce and enjoy. If you have a pizza stone use it!  If don’t have one a baking sheet will be fine.

 

My homemade pizza sauce

We absolutely love pizza!  It is always my go to meal when im driving home late from work.  Well I decided one night that I was going to make pizza at home.  I thought I had some jarred sauce in the pantry but apparently not.  So thank heavens for Google to save the day!  This sauce was fantastic and quick, the best part is I had all the ingredients at home already.
 

Homemade Pizza Sauce

1 can tomato suace
1 can tomato paste
2 garlic gloves
1 Tbsp dried oregano
2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp sugar

My Notes:
This recipe makes a lot of sauce so I placed the extra sauce in ice cube trays and froze.  When frozen I popped out and placed in a ziploc bag.  Put in microwave for a few seconds to defrost when needed.  Stays fresh in air tight container for 2 weeks in fridge or 3 months in freezer.

 

Homemade Scones with Honey Butter

First off the recipe is very far from being healthy…but hey sometimes you have to splurge and eat like crap to remember that you need to eat healthy..right?
Well this is recipe will make you forget about your diet!
These scones are nice and fluffy on the inside with lightly crisped on the outside.
Then the best part is drizzling them in homemade honey butter…yum yum!
Or even better with some Nutella, cinnamon sugar or even jam.
 

Homemade Scones with Honey Butter

1 Tbsp yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
1 cup warm water
1 egg
4 cups flour, plus a little extra to lay out

Combine yeast and 1/4 cup of warm water to together and let sit for 5 minutes. Next add the butter, salt, sugar, 1 cup water, egg and mix together with your mixer.  Slowly add in the flour until will incorporated.
When all mixed if your ready to eat soon, lightly flour your table top and roll out your dough. With a pizza cutter, cut the dough into squares.(I kept mine about 1/4-1/2 inch thick and made about 5 inch squares).  I covered mine with Saran Wrap and let rest for about 45 minutes so the dough can rise.  If you make it ahead of time cover the dough and place in the fridge, until ready to use.
I used a deep fryer to cook my scones, just watch until they are lightly brown flipping occasionally.  If you don’t have a deep fryer, use a frying pan with a enough oil to cook scones.
This recipe makes quite a bit, it all depends on how think you make you them.  But if your a small family I would either half the recipe or cut the dough in half and freeze

Honey Butter

1 stick butter, softened
3 Tablespoons Honey
1-2 tsp vanilla

Mix with mixer until well mixed.  This recipe is an estimate of how I make it.  I always taste it and a little more honey if its not sweet enough, its up to your liking.
Stays good in fridge for about a month.

3 ingredient Sweet Pulled Pork

Are you all melting like we are in Utah???   Right now the temps are right around 90 degrees if not hotter.   The very last thing I want to do is have the oven on with this heat.  So during the summer time we do a lot of barbecuing and crockpot meals.   So I thought let’s whip up some 3 ingredient Sweet Pulled Pork.   Its perfect for the summer because you don’t have to spend all day in a hot kitchen.
I saw this 3 Ingredient Sweet Pulled Pork  recipe going around on Pinterest and I just knew  we fall in love with so we needed to make it.  Plus only having 3 ingredients sold me.  I love making quick and easy meals and this one was just way to easy!!
It was was so nice to just to toss all the ingredients in the crockpot and go about my day.
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