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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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
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.
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.
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!
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.
Homemade Calzones with Pizza Sauce
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
Meat: Pepperoni, ham, chicken, bacon, sausage
Veggies: Peppers, onions, mushrooms, olives, tomatoes
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.
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
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
1 Tbsp yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
1 cup warm water
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
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.