Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pizza Night

I know I've shared recipes in the past on making pizza. Somehow homemade pizza never gets old!! We are not weekly pizza people. I have a few friends that serve it weekly. I've never done that, but do see the appeal!

Not long ago we had a pizza night. I have young boys in the house and to them it's not pizza unless it has pepperoni on it. So I made 3 pizza's. Two were pepperoni for the boys (and my hubby) and the other my daughter and I called.. the girls pizza. It was bbq chicken, bacon, feta with a white sauce. It was amazing!!

I began by making 3 pizza crusts. Here is my recipe..

My Basic Pizza Crust
Makes 3 crust

2 Tbs yeast
¾ c warm water
6 ½ to 7 cups flour
1 ½ c warm water
1 TBS salt
4 ½ T olive oil

In a mixer such as a Bosch or a Kitchen Aid add yeast and warm water. Let it sit for a few minutes to dissolve and activate. Add 2 cups of flour and all remaining ingredients. Mix dough well adding the extra flour until the dough will not stick to the sides of the bowl. Knead for about 4 minutes in the Bosch and 6 to 8 in the Kitchen Aid.

If you made this dough in a Kitchen Aid then let the dough rise for 1 hour. If made in a Bosch, skip this step.

Punch down dough, divide into 3 pieces and roll out to fit a 14 inch pizza pan. Either grease the pan or put parchment paper down first, this is my choice.

Par-bake each crust for 6 minutes at 475. Remove from oven, spread sauce over all and then top with desired toppings.

Bake an additional 15 to 18 minutes until the cheese has melted and the pizza is looking a nice golden color. Serve and enjoy!!

They both had the typical (at least for us) onions and peppers. I added olives to the “boys pizza”.

The pepperoni pizza was pretty basic.. sauce (I used spaghetti sauce that I had in the fridge, from a jar, that needed to be used up) and then topped with onions, peppers, olives and mozzarella cheese.

I took 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken thighs and cut them up into bite size pieces. I cooked them in a little coconut oil in a frying pan until they were no longer pink. I then poured bbq sauce over them to coat them nicely. I also fried up about ¼ pound of bacon.

To assemble the pizza I used ranch dressing for the white sauce. I spread this over crust, and topped with the chicken, bacon, onion slices and pepper slices. Then put mozzarella cheese over the top and sprinkled some feta as well.

Both pizzas were baked for about 15 minutes. And we thoroughly enjoyed them!!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Menu Monday!


It was a busy week last week for me!  Hubby and I got away for a few days, my son has recovered perfectly from his surgery..  and my blogging was neglected..  This week should be back to normal for me!!  :)  How is your menu planning going this week? 

Asian sauced meatballs, brown rice pilaf, salad

Fish sticks, mac & cheese, green beans

Kalua pork, garlic roasted potatoes, coleslaw


Easy crockpot chicken chili, tortilla chips & salsa, veggie platter

Cheeseburger soup, dinner rolls, salad



Monday, October 13, 2014

Menu Monday!

Our weather is cooling down a lot this week!   So a little soup and chili is on the menu.

Tacos, chips & salsa

Fish sticks, mac & cheese, salad

Turkey burgers, potato salad, fruit


Navy bean soup, crackers, veggie platter

Chili, cornbread, salad

Crockpot chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans


Friday, October 10, 2014

Update on my Son's Surgery...

So many of you were so very sweet to tell me back in July when he had his ruptured appendix that you were praying for my son. I thank you for that!! The final step in this was surgery to remove what was left of his appendix. They no longer operate right away. My son spent 5 days in the hospital in July on antibiotics and got rid of the infection. Came home and spent a couple more weeks on antibiotics and then surgery was scheduled 6 weeks later (plus a little longer to fit in the doctors surgery schedule).

My son had his appendectomy this morning. It went very well, very straight forward, no complications. They originally told us he'd have to spend the night. However 2 hours after surgery he was up and eating a cheeseburger.. Ha, ha!! So his surgeon wanted him to stay until the evening and if his pain was under control and he wanted to go home, he could. By 6:00 he was sleepy (due to pain meds), but ready to come home. They discharged us and currently he is snuggled up in his jammies and sleeping. And very happy to be in his own bed.

We had some time to wait this morning in pre-surgery... we were having some fun and I took this ''selfie” of the two of us... I'm NOT a selfie person.. ~smile~ But this was a good reason for it...



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fall Baking!! Apple Crisp

Ooohhh... this was yummy!! Nothing says fall to me like a hot apple crisp smothered in vanilla ice cream. What a yummy treat.. my family loved it... and it was easy to make...

Apple Crisp

5#'s apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thin
¼ cup sugar (add a tablespoon more if your apples are tart)
1 ½ t cinnamon
½ t salt

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup flour
1 cube/stick cold butter, cut into small pieces

In a large bowl combine apples, ¼ cup sugar, cinnamon and salt. Put this mixture in a 9x13 pan that has been greased. I used coconut oil to grease my pan.

In a smaller bowl make the topping. Combine the brown sugar, rolled oats, and flour. Add the butter and using your clean hands combine until you have clumps of butter and dry ingredients all mixed together nicely.

Put topping over apple mixture. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes.

When it is done, scoop out servings and top with vanilla ice cream for an amazing dessert treat!! And enjoy!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Menu Monday!!

I had a couple meals from last week that I did not get made.. so they will make an appearance on the menu this week. 

Leftover chicken pot pie, salad

Chili dogs, potato chips, salad

Homemade pizza, salad


Fend for yourself night.. ~smile~ I'll be at the hospital with my son, this is his scheduled surgery day. I'll leave sandwich ingredients and fruit for those at home..

Crockpot chicken chili, chips & salsa, salad

Korean pot roast, brown rice, salad


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute

If you're wanting to make a fall/pumpkin recipe and realize it calls for pumpkin pie spice and you don't have any... never fear.. you can make it easily yourself...

Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute

1T cinnamon
1t nutmeg
1t ginger
½ t ground cloves

Put all ingredients in a small bowl. Stir until combined...

Store in an air tight container and use in any recipe calling for “pumpkin pie spice”..