Lookie!

May.12.2009

I apologize for the lack of activity over here! I’m hoping in the next week to be back to the schedule I wrote out a few months back (with some tweaks!)

But for starters, look what my friend, Cara, made for me!!!

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That’s right! I have an official button now! I’m giddy! This way, everyone can join in on the Trying Treats fun (which, will obviously be on Tuesdays now!) I’m going to see if I can figure out how to get a Mr. Linky up so we can all join in!

Thanks for your patience!

OH Also – if you have a foodie blog and I don’t have it listed on my blog roll and you’d like to be on there, let me know!

I posted on our freezer meal swaps on Once A Month Mom. This blog has QUICKLY become one of my favorite blogs! Peek around and I think you’ll agree!

Slight Break

April.7.2009

We’re working on finding a new place to live. I plan on posting our most recent Freezer Meal Swap Recipes ASAP. Once we get plans finalized, I’ll be back on task 🙂

So a month or so ago, I made a chocolate cake and the recipe directed me to put flour in the cake pan. Thankfully, it was just for us to eat. I never would have taken it anywhere. It looked moldy and old!! I was bound and dertermined to never have that happen again! I found this great tip here: When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead-no white mess on the outside of the cake.

French Bread Pizza

April.1.2009

Here’s what I’ll be making for our upcoming Freezer Meal Swap (FMS).

Per Pizza:
1/3 cup pizza sauce
6 slices low fat beef and turkey pepperoni
2 tablespoons grated mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese
one half long French roll
Instructions: Cut each roll in half. Spread 1/3 cup sauce over the cut side of each roll, sprinkle with grated cheeses and top with pepperoni and other desired optional toppings. Wrap each pizza tightly in foil or other freezer wrap of choice and freeze.

When you’re ready to eat dinner, here’s how to cook your pizzas:

Conventional Oven: Preheat oven to 350°F and place unwrapped pizza on a baking sheet. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.

(Recipe taken from here)

Applesauce BBQ Chicken

March.30.2009

My friend Kristen shared this recipe the other day. Technically, it’d be a “Treat to Try” but, I’m posting it here today. I’ve made a couple of her recipes and have yet to be disappointed!

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
2/3 cup chunky applesauce
2/3 cup spicy BBQ sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp chili powder

Sprinkle chicken with pepper. In a large skillet, brown chicken in oil on both sides. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; pour over chicken. Cover and cook 7-10 minutes longer.

Treats To Try

March.28.2009

This week’s treat comes from Little Birdie Secrets, a super fun blog jam packed with creative (and often YUMMY!) ideas!

Today was just one of those yummy ideas. I knew I could swing this recipe, this weekend even, because we have all these ingredients on hand. I can’t wait 🙂 I’ve been looking for a good granola recipe and haven’t found one I like yet – this sounds yummy yummy!

Home- Made Granola

7 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup oil
1 cup honey
1/4 cup water
2 T. vanilla
1/2 T. salt
1/8 cup cinnamon

Mix all of the ingredients together and spread out on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Stir and bake another 15 minutes. Scrape the bottom of cookie sheet as soon as it is done to prevent sticking. Cool and then store in an airtight container.

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Check back to see the verdict!

Stinky hands?

March.27.2009

It inevitably happens, you chop an onion…now your hands stink!  Did you know wetting your hands and then rubbing baking soda on your hands – all over and then washing them clean will remove the stink?

(Thanks to cuisinecuisine.com!)

On a scale of one – five: 4 (we were almost out of ketchup and, well, who eats a cheeseburger without ketchup? lol)

last week I shared this recipe on my Treats to Try.

K (2years old) LOVED it! He’s not really what I’d call ‘picky’, but lately, he just wants fruit – which is great, but, we’d like some variety – he scarfed this down in no time!

Hubby really liked it! I was worried about the onions, but he didn’t mind them (yay!) He did say that it could be spicier next time (next time, woot!) So, I will throw in…some Tony’s maybe? (If you like a kick and haven’t tried Tony’s…YUM, do it!)

I like it pretty much (I have a hard time eating things that are 90% ground beef after I’ve browned the meat…) I may have Hubby brown the meat next time! Also – I needed more ketchup – and I agree about the “extra kick” needed 🙂

But over all we really liked it!!!

Frozen Pizza

March.25.2009

I have not attempted this recipe yet, but it comes for a very trustworthy source (organized home)! But we make pizza enough, we should totally try it!

So here it is!

2 c flour, all purpose
2 t active dry yeast
1 t sugar
1⁄2 t salt
3⁄4 c water, warm
2 T olive oil

For AUTOMATIC BREAD MACHINE, place ingredients in container in following order: water, olive oil, flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Select Dough setting and press Start.

For FOOD PROCESSOR, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water in a measuring cup; let stand until bubbly–about 10 minutes. Stir in olive oil and salt. Insert metal blade or plastic dough blade. Place flour in work bowl. With motor running, pour yeast mixture through the feed tube in a steady stream, as fast as the flour absorbs it. When the dough forms a ball, stop the machine. Process continuously for 45 seconds to knead. Shape the dough in a ball, and place in greased bowl; turn to grease top. Let rise in a warm place until doubled–about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Here’s the pizza part! (Another reputable site!) 😉

12 ounces mozzarella cheese, grated
1/4 lb Italian sausage, browned
1/4 lb ground beef, browned
1/4 cup onion, chopped and sauteed
2 ounces pepperoni slices
1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, freshly grated
salt
((We’re boring, so when we make this, we’ll just use cheese & pepperoni’s!))
Spray pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray or brush with olive oil.
Gently stretch pizza crust to fit pan, forming raised edge at lip.

Sprinkle crust with grated mozzarella cheese.
Dot with browned sausage, ground beef, pepperoni and chopped and sautéed onion.
Gently spread marinara sauce to cover cheese and toppings.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and salt to taste.
To freeze: flash freeze pizza in pan.
When frozen, wrap in aluminum foil.
To prepare: do not thaw pizza.
Heat oven to 400°.
Bake frozen pizza for 20 to 25 minutes, until crust is browned, sauce bubbles and cheese is fully melted.