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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Cream Cheese,Garlic, & Veggie Bagel Spread

 Bagel Spread




Cream Cheese, Garlic, & Veggie Bagel Spread 
My sister and I love going to Lewisburg, PA when we get the chance. Lewisburg is home to Bucknell University, so it’s a cute little college town! One of our favorite places to visit is a little bagel shop. This bagel shop makes the most amazing bagel spreads. They have everything from sweet Oreo cookie spread to a more savory vegetable spread. I recently tried the vegetable spread and fell in love! I knew I needed to recreate the recipe and that’s exactly what I did! In my opinion, it’s even better than the bagel shop. Not only is it delicious, but it has a super yummy superfood blend in it. That totally cancels out the fatty cream cheese and carb-filled bagels, right? So, not only does this taste good, but it’s sort of good for you due to the superfood blend.
This spread has become a staple in our home. My husband has been asking me to make it constantly. Thankfully, it’s super easy to make so I don’t mind. And, if I’m being honest, I’ve been craving it just as much as he has! Plus, I like that I can make a batch of it at the beginning of the week and have breakfast all week for everyone. At this point, we might have to buy some stock in a bagel company. It’s so good that we’ve been eating it for both breakfast and late night snacks! I will warn you though – this cream cheese will give you some wicked breath! You might need to brush your teeth directly afterward! The other downside to this recipe is that since it’s so amazing, my husband is constantly toasting bagels. That means that he’s also messing with the toaster dial! There are two things that are totally non-negotiable in a marriage – no touching the toaster dial, and no touching the thermostat! That may have even been in my wedding vows! Just kidding!
I hope that you enjoy this delicious blend of cream cheeses, superfood, and garlic!


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 😉

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Best Roast Beef Sandwich Eva





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Best Roast Beef Sandwich Eva!

Guys, I did it! I made the worlds best roast beef sandwich! Okay, maybe not the “world’s” best but it’s good.. dang good. It’s sloppy, gooey, and warm,  with a hint of spice. Do not even get me started on the cheese. This is the kind of sandwich you want to make for your friends, you know, the ones who don’t judge you. The friends that don’t care that you ate 2 sandwiches in your jammies at noon while binge-watching the office. Because those are the friends that will join you in your shenanigans. And because THOSE are the friends who deserve to indulge in the world’s best roast beef sandwich with you!

It’s Friday!

You made it,  Friday is finally here! Reward yourself by adding the ingredients to this sandwich on your shopping list. You deserve an easy meal that your family will be drooling over. Easy clean up too, that’s a plus 😉  If this sandwich could talk in the words of Michael Scott I’m sure it would say something like “Would I rather be feared or loved?” Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” And that my friend is the Scuttlebutt on the Best Roast Beef Sandwich Eva!




Oven roasted Chicken Club on a Bagel

Roast Chicken sandwich

Brain Storming with Mom

If you read last weeks DIY post how to dye coffee filters, you know this months recipes will be all about sandwiches. Because baseball season’s upon us I wanted to focus on meals that were quick and easy. Sandwiches seemed to be the perfect fit. Although, I didn’t want your basic grilled cheese or Sweet Lebanon bologna with mustard and chips ( yes, that’s a thing here in PA). So I went to my moms and we came up with some pretty stellar ideas. Starting with this Oven Roasted Chicken Club on a Bagel. I explained to my mom that I had to have at least one bagel sandwich on the blog this month. There is just something about loading a bagels with lunch meats, cheeses, and sandwich toppings that I just absolutely LOVE!



Oven Roasted Chicken Club Sandwich on a bagel *(cool ranch) 

This entire sandwich is just one huge flavor bomb that which will leave your taste buds begging for more. The bottom half of the bagel is smothered with roasted red paper hummus, which leaves just the right amount of bite. A little spice but not too much. This sandwich is stuffed with all kinds of goodies such as Chicken  lunch meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and  bacon. We then decided it needed a big glob of one of our all time favorite dips on the top, spicy ranch dip. Adding the dip just adds a notably cool element to the sandwich that was much needed. This sandwich is definitely a keeper and I will be making it over, and over, and over again.

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* If you try this sandwich I’d love to hear your thoughts! Stay tuned for next weeks sandwich, it’s another keeper, I promise 😉

French Toast Bites


Christmas Meals

French Toast Bites 

For the past 4 years we have hosted Christmas dinner at our house. My family comes early Christmas morning and the house is instantly filled with laughter as we sip our coffee and open gifts . Normally, for breakfast, we just indulge in left over cookies and pie from the previous nights Christmas eve party. This is remarkably satisfying but I have always wanted to make Christmas breakfast for everyone to enjoy. Something they would look forward to Christmas morning. I want the house to smell like Christmas when they walk in.

Keep it Simple

Whatever I choose to make has to be something quick and easy considering I also have to prepare my turkey for Christmas Dinner. Thankfully, I found this recipe for cinnamon toast balls and have slightly adapted it into what I like to call French toast Bites. French toast bites are baked and it frees up my stove top so there is no need to hover over the stove watching them. Let’s face it, Christmas is for spending time with family not in front of a hot stove.




To make your own French toast bites follow these simple step by step instructions. (Recipe Below instructions)

First butter one side of the sandwich bread: 

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Sprinkle each bread slice generously with cinnamon sugar mixture: You can buy this already made or make your own by adding 1 tablespoon of cinnamon to 1/2 cup of sugar.

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 Pull corners together and smush into a ball:

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Dip into egg wash and drain excess with fork: 

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 Place French Toast Bites on a greased cookie sheet: 

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Peppermint Iced Tea Slushies

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Peppermint Iced Tea Slushies

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I am the annoying friend that is constantly making facebook posts about how many Fridays are left until Christmas day ( 24 by the way 😉 ) So when July came rolling in I knew I had to jump on the bandwagon with an amazing Christmas in July recipe. Recently, my family and I took a trip to Knoebels Amusement Park, and while there, I indulged in an iced tea slushie. I had them before, but for some reason, on that particular day, it tasted amazing! Maybe it was the heat or maybe it had just been freshly brewed, either way, it left my tastebuds wanting more. I knew I had to recreate this slushie using my own iced tea recipe and luckily I found an unopened box of leftover candy canes in my pantry. I served these Peppermint Iced Tea Slushies at my fourth of July gathering and they were a huge hit! Everyone loved them! This year, after Christmas, when the candy canes go on sale, I will be stocking up for next summer.

I want to make a note that you could certainly use peppermint schnapps in this recipe. Because I am not a heavy drinker I am uncertain on how much peppermint schnapps should be used per drink. However, I do not think it would be difficult to figure out. If you decide to make this an alcoholic drink I would love to hear how much schnapps you used and how it turned out.





Mom’s Fruit Salad Recipe

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Mom’s Fruit Salad Recipe 

My Mom’s Fruit Salad Recipe is the perfect recipe for all your summer gatherings. My mom makes this a lot in the summer and I can see why! It only takes about 5 minutes to whip up and is also budget friendly. Plus the only dishes you will dirty is the bowl you use, a knife, and a spoon, so the clean up is a breeze. Who wants to be standing in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove and a sink full of dishes in the summer anyways? Not me, that’s for sure!

Ingredients:

2 –  ( 29 oz) Cans Fruit Cocktail

2 – ( 15 oz) cans mandarin oranges

1 –  jar Maraschino Cherries

1 –  ( 15.5 oz) container strawberries with syrup ( or sugar), Thawed

2 –  Ripe Bananas

Directions: 

Pour all ingredients ( entire cans, juice and all) , except bananas, in a large serving bowl and gently mix. When ready to serve, slice bananas and add them to the fruit salad. Store in the Refridgerator.

*If you can not find Strawberries with syrup or sugar – Buy a bag of frozen strawberries and sprinkle them with sugar and let them thaw in the fridge overnight. They should make their own syrup that way.

Click her for another great recipe from my Mom – Moms Macaroni Salad





Baked Italian Hoagie Sandwiches




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Baked Italian Hoagie Sandwiches

Make these Baked Italian Hoagie Sandwiches for your next family game night or party. Not only are they quick and easy to make but they are also delicious. I have been making these for awhile and they are always a huge hit!

Ingredients:

1  Loaf of Italian Bread

6-7 slices of Deli ham ( Thinly sliced)

8 slices of Hard Salami ( Thinly Sliced)

8 slices of provolone cheese

3-4 Tablespoons of butter

Mayo

Shredded lettuce ( 1 small bag)

1 tomato ( sliced)

1/2 onion ( sliced)

banana peppers ( optional)

Italian Dressing or Oil

Salt & Pepper

Garlic Powder

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Slice loaf of Italian bread in half but do not slice completely through. Spread the insides of the bread with butter and put on a cookie sheet buttered sides down. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until buttered sides are slightly toasted. Leaving the bread on the cookie sheet, flip the bread so buttered sides are facing up and add as much or as little mayo as you like. Then begin to evenly load the hoagie with ham, salami, and cheese ( in that order). Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Take it out of the oven and load it up with lettuce, tomato, onion, and banana peppers. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and drizzle with Italian dressing or oil. Cut into sandwich size pieces and serve.





Ham Salad Sliders with Spicy Mustard Sauce

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Ham Salad Sliders with Spicy Mustard Sauce

I served these ham salad sliders at our super bowl party along with some other recipes that came by special request including my Buckin’ Bronco Nachos. I always like serving my recipes to a small crowd to get their reaction before posting them to my website. And I am proud to say that these sliders got rave reviews!

While I was preparing the Sliders, I heard a few grumbles coming from the living room about the pickled eggs. I thought I would be nice and make a few without pickled eggs. Well, no surprise to me, the only ones left over were the ones without pickled eggs. If you are a little skeptical about the pickled eggs you should, at least, give it a try. I once heard Paula Deen say something like this ” The first time you make a recipe follow it exactly, the second time make it your own” I think Mrs. Deen has the right idea. So when you make them please, please, at least, try the pickled egg, do it for me and do it for Mrs.Deen. 😉

I like creating recipes that are quick and easy but pack a flavorful punch. These little sliders have it all! The sweetness from the pretzel rolls, savory ham salad, a tang from the pickled egg, and let’s not forget the spicy mustard sauce. They are seriously like little flavor bombs. When I made them I used a combo of both mini pretzel rolls and mini bagels, they pretzel rolls are better… way better. The bagels were good but they didn’t add the sweetness that the pretzel rolls offered. You could always do what I did and try both the mini pretzel rolls and mini bagels to see which you like best. I hope you enjoy. =)

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