Semi-Homemade Pepperoni Pizza




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Semi-Homemade Pepperoni Pizza
 Pizza has always been one of my favorites. It’s true what they say! “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” This is very true because my son loves pizza as well! I got the kiddos to help me with this recipe because they love pizza, and pizza is such a fun thing to make if you are teaching your kids how to cook. I love knowing that when I make this recipe, there will be none of the “I don’t want this!” arguments regarding what we are going to eat! Another fun idea is to serve this pizza with a mini salad bad. You can give everyone in your family a small bowl of lettuce and let them make their own yummy salad! I try to keep it simple by just laying out cheese, croutons, vegetables and a few salad dressings. These are the types of meals that I love serving to my kiddo! It allows him to use his own creativity in the kitchen. I also love to make this pizza when he has his friends over!
Pizza is kind of a big deal in our home! We normally have pizza once a week, but my favorite is this homemade pizza. I love the simplicity of this recipe. The crust is made from frozen bread dough which makes this recipe a lot easier. Although, you do still have to wait for the dough to rise. You can do this by putting the dough in the fridge overnight, and then lay the dough into a greased bowl, cover, and sit in a warm place to allow it to rise. You want the dough to double in size before you begin working with it. To take this pizza to the next level, I’ve added a thin layer of garlic butter. I like to apply this garlic butter mixture a few times while the pizza is cooking. And, once the pizza is finished cooking, I add one more layer of this buttery, garlic goodness to the pizza. I’ve been told by a few people that my pizza is the best and that I should deliver. I’m a little embarrassed to share this recipe as I feel some people may laugh when they realize that I am not spending all day in the kitchen when I made these pizzas. That’s how truly simple this recipe is! Now, you can add any toppings that you would like for this, but I thought a traditional pepperoni pizza was in order. Keep in mind when making this pizza that you don’t have to stick with just pepperoni as a topping! I’ve added toppings such as bacon, cheese steaks, peppers, and onions. Make it yours!
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Chicken Corn Soup Casserole




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Chicken Corn Soup Casserole 
A good portion of this month will be filled with ribbon noodles and casseroles. We’re continuing with this chicken corn soup casserole. Chicken corn soup is one of my absolutely favorite soups to eat in the winter. There’s nothing quite like coming in after being out in the chilly air to a nice warm bowl of chicken corn soup! As a kid, I remember how my Granny Griffy would make chicken corn soup every year on the first day of trout season. I remember walking in and seeing her cooking with a cigarette hanging out of her mouth and the ashes a mile long! My mom used to say that she felt like she needed to follow Granny Griffy around with an ashtray so that the ashes didn’t end up in the soup!
Now, I know that trout season is months away but I couldn’t help but share this recipe now. I don’t want to say that this recipe is comparable to Granny Griffy’s, mainly because of all of the memories attached behind it, but it’s very close! And it reminds me of her every time I eat it. Although, I don’t smoke, so there’s no chance of any ashes making it into the soup. Maybe that was Granny Griffy’s secret ingredient? 🙂
This soup is warm and delicious. If you are hungry for chicken corn soup but don’t feel like going through all of the work of boiling the chicken, then this would be a great substitute. I actually made this even easier by cheating and buying a rotisserie chicken from the store. I boiled the noodles into the chicken stock. This gives the noodles a savory flavor and makes the casserole taste like you boiled a chicken on the stove. I shredded the carrots finely. You will want to do this as well as it serves 2 purposes. It allows the carrots to soften while the casserole is baking. Also, your children won’t taste the carrots but you’ll be happy that you were able to sneak some nutrition into the meal! I used this same technique with the onion. When you shred the onion it will have a soup-like consistency. This is fine! If you’d like more of a diced onion then you could certainly do that, although you may want to saute them a little bit before adding them to the casserole. Adding the cream of celery soup to the casserole adds an element of scrumptious flavor making it all come together in one delicious dish.
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Cheesesteak Casserole

 




 

 

Cheesesteak Casserole

Cheesesteak Casserole 

September and October are filled with fairs and festivals! I love how the smell of food just lingers in the air as soon as you arrive at one of these events. My go-to choice is usually pizza and some sort of fried dessert like Fried Oreos or a yummy funnel cake. My husband, on the other hand, usually heads straight for the cheesesteak line. He loves to get his cheesesteaks loaded with peppers, onions, mushrooms and lots of mayonnaise. In fact, there’s normally a glob of mayo running down his hand once he’s finished. Isn’t it so funny how when you are in the dating stage, men try to be so neat and proper and actually use napkins? And then once you get married you look at your man sitting across from you with mayo running down his arm, wondering if he should have been born in the caveman era. It’s okay though, I still love him! 

 
In fact, my love for him is what inspired this recipe. I wanted to make him a warm meal that made him feel like he was gobbling down one of those yummy cheesesteaks from the fair. My son and I don’t care for peppers and onions, so it will be grilled cheese for us on the nights that I make this. When I made my recipes, especially ones with ingredients that I don’t particularly care for, I always hand it out to neighbors, friends, and family. So far, everyone who had tried this has said that it is delicious! My friend Courtney said, “It’s like a cheesesteak in a bowl!” Another friend said, “Yes, Kyle [her husband] really liked that too! And he’s sort of picky!.” Sounds like this recipe is a winner!

Cheesesteak Casserole

This recipe is a version of a deconstructed cheesesteak from the fair. It has all of the components of a cheesesteak, right down to the goopy mayonnaise. The Italian hoagie roll is replaced with noodles and grilled mushrooms with cream of mushroom soup. If you wanted, you could definitely add some sautéed mushrooms to this. I would cook the onions and peppers until they were almost translucent, and then throw the mushrooms in and sauté them for a few minutes before adding the cheesesteak. You will still need to add the cream of mushroom soup as this adds the creaminess to the dish. If you left it out, your casserole will probably be dry and your noodles may get hard. I also cooked the noodles in beef broth which adds an amazing depth of flavor and makes your noodles not taste bland. I hope you enjoy this recipe!





Feta & Balsamic Steak Tacos




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Feta & Balsamic Steak Taco

I really should be cleaning right now, but instead, I am dreaming up new ideas for taco recipes. At this point, the scent of tacos may be ingrained into the walls of my home. Perhaps that is why I wake up in the middle of the night craving tacos? The scent is so powerful that I think I am waking up to a delicious taco meal. Sadly, that has yet to happen. However, when I’m not dreaming of tacos, I am testing out and photographing new taco recipes.

One of the creations I made were these amazing Feta & Balsamic Steak Tacos. My family may be tired of eating so many tacos this month, but this recipe is such a unique deviation from normal tacos, that I don’t think they quite minded. I’ve given up on my husband being a taco fan, but since my son’s taste buds are still developing, I’m holding out hope that he’ll be a taco super-fan like me!

 I could honestly eat about 10 of these tacos without even thinking about it. I did add in some spring mix lettuce, so that make’s it healthy, right? This recipe is so easy to make! If you’re looking for a light recipe that packs a lot of flavor into each bite, this is it. I used shaved beef, however, steakums would be a good substitute. The cream cheese and honey spread balances out the acidity from the balsamic and the drizzle of lemon adds another delightful layer of refreshing goodness. I added some chili powder to the shell to take the shell from plain jane to WOW!

 Speaking of the shell, that was the hardest part of the recipe. Getting the shell to fry and shape just right was a little difficult. I did find this taco press on Amazon that should alleviate those issues. It definitely looks like a worthy investment, especially if you’re a taco addict like me!
If I were you, I’d run, not walk, to your nearest grocery store and scoop up the ingredient to add this perfect Feta and Balsamic Steak Taco recipe to your weekend meal plan. 





Smoky Ranchero Chicken Tacos




Smoky Ranchero Tacos

Smoky Ranchero Chicken Tacos

If you are like me and love tacos, then you should add these Smoky Ranchero Chicken Tacos to your grocery list this week. You are going to love how simple they are to make. I have been munching on these all week and I’m still not over them. Of course, you know I have been crushing on all kinds of tacos this month. If you caught me last week you witnessed my Honey Battered Chicken Tacos, weren’t they delish?! It’s hard to believe we are half way through taco month…

I have to admit, I’m going to be kind of sad when taco month is over. I’ve been having too much fun listening to Ricky Martin and eating tacos. I’m pretty sure my neighbor has overheard me singing Livin’ La Vida Loca in the shower a time or two this month. I’m certain she’s used to it by now. I think I broke her in back at Christmas time by singing Dean Marin’s it’s a Marshmallow world at the top of my lungs. I bring her food so I think that should make up for all the singing, at least that’s how I justify it.

It’s not her fault she moved in next to a fruitcake like me. I tried to be on my best behavior for a month or so, but eventually, the real me came out. Now I’m running around the yard swatting wasps with my new tennis racket bug zapper in my pajamas and she doesn’t even bat an eyelash. I guess it’s the norm now, “oh, that’s just Emily”. Hey, to each his own, am I right?

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Honey battered Chicken Tacos





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Honey Battered Chicken Tacos 

Hola! Tomorrow is Cinco De Mayo so what better month to celebrate tacos then May?! I’m starting the month off with these Honey battered Chicken Tacos. I know it sounds weird, but trust me, they’re delicious! This recipe actually came from my mom, I too, thought it sounded a little strange until I tried them. One bite had me thinking I was Ricky Martin and Livin’ La Vida Loca. Except my lips were more of an avocado green than a devil red.

Reality did eventually set in. I realized that I wasn’t Ricky Martin and moving my hips that way should be outlawed… At least in my home. You, however, are free to move your hips anyway you’d like as long as it doesn’t get you arrested or send you to the ER. If you choose to move your hips in these such ways please remember I do have a disclosure and you are eating at your own risk.

Well, now that you’ve been warned and I’ve exposed my age by referencing Ricky Martin, let’s talk a little more about these tacos. Are you looking for a quick, foolproof meal for those busy summer nights? Well, this is it! If you can cook chicken tenders in the oven and do a little slicing and dicing then making these delicioso Honey Battered Chicken Taco’s is not out of reach for you. When the bold flavors from the black bean salsa fuse with the sweetness of the chicken your taste buds will be doing a dance all of their own. So, let’s not make dinner harder then it has to be this summer! Do yourself, and your family a favor and add these ingredients to your grocery list this week. Your taste buds will thank you 😉

Honey Chicken Tacos 2

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Chili Cheese Dog Stuffed Biscuits, Oven Roasted Chicken Club on a Bagel, Lasagna Sandwich on Texas Toast.

Chili Cheese Dog Stuffed Biscuits




Chili dog biscuit dough

April, a month filled with baseball and lots of biscuit dough! 

Baseball season has officially started in the Dillman household. If you are like me, and also have kids starting baseball, you know that making fancy suppers on ball nights is next to impossible. Because of this, I am focusing the entire month of April on biscuit dough recipes starting with these Chili Cheese Dog Stuffed Biscuits. I need meals I know my family will eat and are a quick clean up so we can pack up and head to the ballfield!



Can I be real for a minute or two?

I know this is a way off topic and has nothing to do with Chili Cheese Dog Stuffed biscuits but I have been working on typing up posts all day. This is where I struggle. My grammar is crap and I’m not always good with my words but I’m trying. I feel like I have been climbing the same mountain for years. More like crawling, actually. But you know what? I’m going to keep climbing this Mountain because I feel this is where God wants me.

But He doesn’t want me to stay in the same place crawling and struggling nor does He want you to. He wants us to succeed and prosper (A few examples – Jeremiah 29:11, Job 36:11, Deuteronomy 29:9). And if we are going to succeed and prosper we have to step outside of our comfort zone and take risks; something I am not always good at. My struggles mainly come from fear and self-doubt. Sometimes I wish I could step outside of myself for a few seconds just to shake myself and say “it’s okay girl, God’s got you!” And then I would take a deep breath and everything would be fine.

I saw two quotes this week that really stuck with me. The first one was by Rachel Hollis  “Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business.” Whoa! I am in the middle of reading her book Girl, wash your Face and it is excellent! The second quote that really stuck with me this week was by Havilah Cunnington. She said, “If what you see in the mirror is an example of God’s Passion and Creativity, but you hate it, how can you really trust Him with your life? You are an example of His great work”.

Maybe your reading this thinking, I’m here for a recipe, not your life story lady. And that’s fine. But just maybe someone is going through this same thing and God brought them hear threw a recipe? Maybe it’s you? Maybe this is God’s way of shaking you and saying “It’s ok, girl. I got you!” So if this is you, why don’t you join me? We will all take a deep breath, eat chili cheese dog stuffed biscuits and keep climbing till we make it to the top. 😉

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How to Dye Coffee Filters using Coffee and Food Dye

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I’m back! 

I’m back! It has been a long time since my last blog post and I’m happy to say I am here to stay. One of the most challenging aspects of blogging is consistency, at least it has been for me. Because of this I have been doing my research and taking notes trying to figure out new ways to improve my consistency and help me stay on track. One way I plan on doing this is by narrowing my posts down into categories. For example, this months DIY posts will be focused specifically on coffee filters and the recipes will be all about sandwiches. Furthermore I apologize for my absence and hope to get things back on track.

How to Dye Coffee Filters 

Today I want show you how I Dye my coffee filters. You are going to need to know how to do this for the next few blogs posts coming up this month. I have tried a few different methods and this is what seems to work the best for me.





Supplies: 

Step 1 : Add your morning coffee to an bowl along with some instant coffee grinds. Add more or less depending on how dark you want your filters. I like to do some light ones then throw in a little more coffee grinds so I have darker ones, also. Doing it this way also gives me a nice variety of dark and light to chose from. Use your wooden spoon to press the filters down in the coffee so they are completely covered in coffee.

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Step 2: Gently squeeze the coffee filters over the bowl so they are not dripping wet. Separate the filters into small piles and arrange on an old cookie sheet so they dry evenly.

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Step 3: Set your oven to the lowest possibly temperature ( mine is 170 F) and bake the coffee filters. You want to check on them about every 10-15 minutes so they do not burn. Each time you check them you are going to want to rearrange them by putting the more dry ones on top and the more wet ones on the bottom. This will help them to dry quickly and evenly because it helps the heat circulate.

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Dyeing with Food Coloring

I just gave you the 3 basic steps to coffee dying coffee filters. So now let me show you how I dye them using food coloring. You are basically just doing the same thing except with food dye rather then coffee. When I do this I use the dry, pre-coffee dyed filters. I do it this way because it makes the pink a little more grungy looking, which is what I like.

Step 1: Next, add Red ( or whatever color you like) food dye to water. I use a small glass bowl and about half the bottle of red food dye which will make a darker looking filter.

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Step 2: Repeat steps 2 & 3 above in coffee dyeing tutorial.

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Scalloped Potatoes & Hamburg Bake




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Scalloped Potatoes & Hamburg Bake

Listen, I’ll be honest with you, I am terrible at coming up with names for my recipes. I just call them as I see them. When I started this blog all I knew was that I could cook, I didn’t realize that there were so many different elements to blogging. Along with cooking I also had to learn photography & improve my semi non existing writing skills. So bare with me as I learn. I am currently reading a book by Anne Lamott called Bird By Bird. I will warn you there is some foul language in the book. I am not finished with the book yet but basically she is showing me how to break down my writing into one category at a time and quit the other voice’s in my head so I can deal with one voice at a time. In one particular part of the book she asks you to close your eyes and imagine all those voice in your head are mice. She then says to to put each mouse (voice) in a separate jar so you can sort through the voices one by one. I know that sounds confusing but it actually does help, a lot!

Ok, that’s enough about my writing skills. Lets talk about this Scalloped Potatoes & Hamburg Bake! So this recipe basically came to be out of pure laziness. My husband said he wanted a meatloaf and every time I think meatloaf I think scalloped potatoes as a side. In my mind they go together like Peanut butter and Jelly, like coffee and mornings, like me and burlap. You get it. I had everything ready to go, the potatoes laid out, hamburg thawed, oven preheated. But then I got lazy, really lazy. I thought, forget it. I wasn’t in the mood to make all that but now I was now craving scalloped potatoes and my husband still wanted something with ground beef. So I thought to myself, I know, I’ll just throw the ground beef in with the potatoes. Perfect, right? wrong. To feel good about myself as both a wife and a mother I knew I had to add a veggie. I thought about making a veggie on the side but that would mean another dirty dish and I just wasn’t having it. I found a bag of peas in the freezer tossed them in and called it a day.





Summer Sandwich Recipes




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Want some quick meal ideas for this summer? Why not try one of these 20 delicious Summer sandwich recipes? They all look so amazing I have no idea how I will choose! =)

Summer 1 - main

1.Grilled Pepperoni Pizza Sandwiches – Saving Dollars & Sense

2. Chicken Salad w/ Grapes – Menu of Musings

3. Tomato Egg Salad Sandwich – Hot Eats and Cool Reads

4. Creamy Cob Sandwich – Hot Eats and Cool Reads

5. Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Beef Sandwich – Living Sweet Moments

Summer 2 - main

6. Easy Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches – Living Sweet Moments

7. Grilled Cheese w/ Smoked Pulled Beef – Say Grace

8. Copy Cat Chick-Fil-A Chicken Salad Sandwich – Cincy Shopper

9. Crock Pot Chicken Ceaser Sandwiches – Two Healthy Kitchens

10. BLT Egg Salad Sandwich – Two Healthy Kitchens

Summer 3 - Main

11. Crock Pot Maid Rites – Ally’s Sweet and Savory Eats

12. Healthy Turkey Sandwich w/ Black Bean Spread – The Wicked Noodle

13. Easy Bahn Mi Sandwich – Dinner at the Zoo

14. Caprese Sandwiches – Eat. Thrive. Glow.

15. Spinach Artichoke Turkey Sandwich – My Suburban Kitchen

Summer 4 - main

16. Turkey, Turkey Bacon Club Sandwich – All She Cooks

17. Apple Bees Clubhouse Grille Sandwich – Baking Beauty

18. Ham, Cheese, & Pear Melt w/ Pepper Jelly – Happy Deal Happy Day

19. Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes w/ Creamy Coleslaw – Frugal Living NW

20. Baked Ham & Cheese – Frugal Living NW



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