Bloggers, Facebookers, Tweeters, Lend Me Your Recipes PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:50

Fact: Zachariah's birthday is in a couple weeks.

Fact: I will quite frankly ball my eyes out if I think about the fact that he is going to be four years old, so I am choosing not to think about it. Thankyouverymuch.

Fact: Between his friends, my side of the family and Daniel's side of the family he is having three different birthday get-togethers.

Fact: He was very specific with his request for treats at each get together. (Cars 2 cake for his friends birthday party, balloon shaped cookies for my family and either cookies or cupcakes for the get together with my in-laws. I don't think he has completely decided on that last one.)

Fact: I refuse to buy three overly priced birthday cakes, set of cupcakes or cookies. I will buy a cake for his party with his friends, but I am going to attempt to make the stuff for the other two gatherings.

Fact: I am not a good decorator. It intimidates me. So much so that I just avoid baking anything that requires icing.

Fact: I need your help.

Family Meatball Recipe PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:18

Facebook is a wonderful thing.

Quite a few months ago I sent out an SOS asking for help finding good meatball recipe to go with our spaghetti. I spent some time searching the internet and found several good recipes, but they were NOT Daniel friendly (He is kinda picky). The very first comment I got on that facebook status was from one of my Dad's cousins who provided me with the PERFECT recipe. It was exactly what I had been looking for. It was basic without being bland and I had every single ingredient in my kitchen already. The funny thing is I had actually tried a couple different variations of this recipe a couple weeks earlier. You know what the main difference between this recipe and other ones I tried?

The Parmesan cheese.

Holy. Yum.

Enough talk. Let me share with you the wonder that is this recipe.


Here are your ingredients. 1lb of ground beef (I prefer organic for MANY reasons, one being that I dont like my ground beef to contain chicken poop. Thankyouverymuch.), 1 cup of Parmesan cheese, 1 cup of Italian breadcrumbs (I make my own), 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon garlic of powder, 1 teaspoon of onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper.

Orangies/Orange Bars/Oranges Brownies PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:09

My sweet friend Sandi made some Orange Brownies (or Orangies as my father-in-law calls them) for a parenting conference we had a church a few months ago. They were a big hit and she graciously shared the recipe with me.

Guess what that means??

Yes! I get to share the recipe with you guys! No need to thank me. Typing up this post gets me out of doing dishes right now, so I am more than happy to share! :)

Ok, lets get to it.

For the batter you will need sugar, flour, butter, eggs, orange extract, salt and orange zest. Simple stuff.



Stir the dry ingredients together.



And then zest an orange.

(If you don't have a microplane zester you need to rectify that situation asap. It is one of my FAVORITE kitchen tools!)



You are going to need a heaping teaspoon of that citrus-y goodness.



Add eggs, butter, orange extract and zest to the dry ingredients and mix on medium speed until well blended.






Spread batter into a 9x13 baking dish (sprayed with cooking spray) and pop that baby into the oven. Cook for 20-30 minutes.

(Less cooking time will give you gooey brownie type things, more time will give you a cake-like dessert.)



Once the Orangies are done and you have taken them out of the oven you need to make the glaze.



Combine one cup of confectioners sugar, 2 tablespoons of orange juice and one teaspoon of zest together.



See. Nice and glaze-like!



Now pierce the brownies with a fork...



And then pour the glaze all over. After they cool cut them into squares and serve! This is such an easy and yummy citrus-y dessert. In fact I think I am going to whip this up later this week!

Try them.  And then let me know how you like them! Big thanks to Sandi for sharing her recipe! :)



Orange Brownies

2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons orange extract
2 teaspoons orange zest, divided
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
Garnish: fresh orange rind

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 13x9 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine, sugar, flour, and salt; add butter, eggs, orange extract, and 1 teaspoon zest.  Beat at medium speed until well blended.  Spread batter into prepared pan, and bake for 30  minutes, or until golden brown and set in center.  Remove from oven, and pierce brownies with a fork.

In a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, orange juice , and remaining 1 teaspoon zest; stir until smooth.  Pour glaze over brownies. Cool, and cut into squares.  Garnish with fresh orange rind, if desired.



Homemade Pizza Dough PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 May 2011 08:23

Each week we have a pizza and movie night and for the past who knows how many years we would pop a frozen pizza in the oven. I have wanted to make my own pizza for the longest time, but the idea of waiting hours for dough to rise only to punch it back down and wait some more just never floated my boat. For that reason alone I never made my own dough. But you guys, I have found THE easiest (and yummiest) recipe for pizza dough. There is NO punching and NO waiting for dough to rise. Forget frozen pizza's or even dough you buy at a bakery. This is seriously the best pizza I have ever had. And I am sure that if I were patient enough letting dough rise for hours on end would be even better. But for now I am sticking with this gem of a recipe. It is right up my ally!



You need six simple ingredients. 1 package of active dry yeast, 1 tsp sugar, 1 cup of warm water, 2.5 cups of bread flour, 2 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tsp of salt and a couple teaspoons of pizza seasoning.



In a medium bowl dissolve the yeast and sugar in a cup of warm water. Let that stand for about 10 minutes until it looks creamy.



Like this!



Now add in the flour, salt, oil and seasonings and mix until combined.



Let it rest for five minutes and then roll it into a ball.



Toss the ball-o-dough onto a floured surface and go to town with a rolling pin.

(This is Zachariah's favorite part. He always brings his rolling pin from his play kitchen and "helps" me.)



Keep in mind that the shape doesn't have to be perfect. Just roll it out to your desired thickness and plop it on a pizza stone. Or pizza pan. But a stone is better. :)

And just so you know, I was making a personal pan pizza for myself (because I cant have dairy) AND a larger pizza for the boys. So this crust is thinner than usual. Don't be alarmed. Yours will be thicker!



Once you have your dough on your baking sheet/stone roll up the edges to make a nice crust. Again, don't try to make it perfect. The more natural looking the better!



Once you have the edges rolled up brush them with a little bit of olive oil and then slap on your favorite pizza toppings!



We usually go for the traditional cheese and pepperoni, but next week we are going to branch out and make Hawaiian pizza!



Bake the pizza in a preheated oven (450 degrees) for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

That crust is ridiculously easy to overcook, so make sure to watch it closely once you hit the 15 minute mark.


Potatoes: Boil 'em, Mash 'em... PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 April 2011 10:18

As you may have guessed, I don't have a lot of time to sit down on the computer during the day. Micaiah is a bit clingy and I hardly EVER get time to sit down without him in my arms. And on the rare occasion I actually get to put him down he will only be content for about ten minutes. And on the very rare occasion that he is content for more than ten minutes, I have more pressing matters to tend to (playing with Zachariah, folding laundry, cleaning my messy house, cooking, taking pictures of my kids, showering...). So you can see why my poor blog gets put on the back burner.

I hate putting my blog on the back burner.

But have no fear, I am here today and hopefully going to make it up to you with a recipe post!! Yes, yes. I know. I am pretty amazing. I mean, not only did I cook four meals last week, but I actually remembered to take pictures of one of the dishes! Score!

Wanna know what I will be showing you today?

Pioneer Woman's crash hot potatoes. They are fabulous. And great. And yummy. And fabulous. And... well, you get the picture. This is currently my favorite way to prepare potatoes. Super easy and tasty! (And dairy free, which is a must for me these days!)

Oh, and before I share this recipe, you must agree to ignore the picture quality. I was fighting daylight and the kitchen is horribly lit.

Here goes...


You need five ingredients. A dozen(ish) small red potatoes (sometimes called new potatoes), olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper.

Easy peasy.



Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add your potatoes. Boil them until fork tender, which is between 10 and 15 minutes.

(Fork tender = you can easily stick a fork in them.)



Drizzle olive oil on a baking sheet and line up the potatoes.

While you do need to be generous with your olive oil, the potatoes don't need to go swimming. I got a little drizzle happy. Don't be like me.



Take your potato masher (I think this is technically a vegetable masher) and gently mash a potato.

The key word here is gently.



Now rotate the potato masher 90 degrees and apply a bit more pressure. Again, gently.



You don't want the potatoes completely mashed, just enough to break the skin and open up the potato a bit. Repeat for the rest of the potatoes.



Now, take a basting brush and brush the tops with olive oil. Then add some salt, a pinch of pepper and a couple shakes of Rosemary. Or whatever spice you have on hand/prefer.

And if you have fresh herbs definitely use those. I am lacking in that department, but the dried Rosemary worked wonderfully.



Season all the potatoes and then plop the baking sheet on the top rack of a preheated oven (450 degrees) and cook them for 20-ish minutes.



Take them out when they are nice and golden and crispy! Serve them with steak, pork chops, chicken... who the heck cares. Just cook them and eat them with whatever happens to float your boat!


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