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This morning I made a quick post, reaching out to the food blogging community for some help finding a new homemade pizza crust recipe. Wouldn't you know it? I left soon after to take my daughter to dance class only to return to find the comments by you all with some fantastic pizza dough recipe recommendations. I looked through all of the recipes and could not decide which one to go with because they each one fit the bill of what I was looking for. I wanted an in between crust.. not too thick and not too thin. I wanted it to be a tried and true favorite and I wanted it to be something I could make in time for dinner tonight. Every recipe suggestion fit these guidelines. Now, I had a dilemma. Before posting this morning, I was stuck with my one tried and true crust recipe, but I was ready for a change. After my post, I was confronted with too many options! I decided to take the easy way out. I went with Claire's recipe because she was the one first to post a link to her recipe. We have homemade pizza often, so with each time I have pizza on my menu, I'm going to go down the list and try the other pizza crust recipes as well.Thank you all so much for your help! Now, for the results.As I stated before, I used Claire's recipe. By reading her blog, I understand that this is a family recipe passed down by her dad. I tweaked the recipe some because I decided I wanted to make my bread machine do the work. I placed all of the recipe ingredients in my bread machine on the dough cycle … [Continue reading]

Pizza crust request and a Meme

I have a quick request this morning. I'm making a southwest pizza tonight and have been browsing the web looking for a new pizza crust recipe to try. I'm looking for a crust that is in between thin and thick... kind of like the hand tossed crust at Pizza Hut. Do any of you have a tried and true recipe that you love that you could share? Now, down to business. Several days ago Rachel over at Rachel's Bite tagged me for a meme. The meme is to list 6 weird things about me. Let me see what I can come up with. 1) I am a Dr Pepper / Mr Pibb fountain drink junkie. I don't like the drinks in a can or out of a bottle, but give me a straight up Dr Pepper on crushed ice in a Styrofoam cup and I am a happy camper. I would choose this over ice cream, cheesecake, chocolate, etc. 2) I was a good girl growing up and didn't have my first drink of alcohol until I was 21. I'm not a big drinker now (despite the martinis the other night) but I do enjoy a nice glass of wine or a margarita on the rocks every now and then.  3) I used to eat everything plain. Hamburgers, sandwiches, pasta, etc. The reason is that I don't like messy food. I used to completely detest barbecue for the same reason. I don't like to get messy when I'm eating! I like barbecue now (which is good since my husband is big into smoking meat) but I still prefer my burgers plain.4) Not food related, but weird related. When I was middle school age, I had a very unhealthy obsession with Kirk Cameron. (Oh...I just searched … [Continue reading]

I was in a Simple and Delicious Mood

Apparently, when I made out my menu plan for the first part of January, the Jan/Feb issue of Simple and Delicious magazine was in front of me. I think it actually arrived in the mail the day I was doing my menu plan because over half of the meals for the first half of the month came from that particular issue. I normally have good luck with the recipes from Simple and Delicious, but the Jan/Feb issue has been a gold mine for me. I have discovered several new family friendly recipes that are going to go into my menu rotation. As my husbands rating system goes, "This is a keeper... I would eat this again." Last nights dinner was no exception. The picture I took does not do this recipe justice at all but hopefully you'll take my word for it and give it a try. In my typical style, I made a few adjustments to the recipe, which is why this kind of recipe works for me. It is a versatile, no fuss dish that will be gobbled up by everyone who gets the pleasure of eating it. As an added plus, this is a chicken recipe that freezes well. If you do OAMC (Once a Month Cooking), make a few of these chicken breasts up to stock your freezer and pull out to serve on a busy night.The source is from the Jan/Feb issue of Simple and Delicious magazine.  Herbed Chicken Breasts 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning2 tablespoons olive oil, divided2 tablespoons butter, divided1 tablespoon … [Continue reading]

How Big’s Ella…??

So big! (She just started doing this on her own today...she is growing way too quickly!)    … [Continue reading]

Golden Globes Girls Night Out

I have been wanting to throw a Golden Globes or Oscar night party for as long as I have had a home of my own. Each year, I'd just get settled after the crazy holiday season, sit down in front of the TV and notice that the award show was on. It would sneak up on me before I could say "I'd like to thank the academy" and my opportunity would be shot.This year was different. As a part of my commitment to host a party every month in 2007, I thought about the month of January and I knew that I wanted to have a Golden Globes party. I enjoy both the Golden Globes and the Oscars, but as a mom with small children, getting out to see the movies is a little harder than it used to be. Since the Golden Globes is all about TV and movies, I knew it would make the perfect bash for January.The evening started at 6:45. With my Tivo set to record the show and of course, the red carpet appearances, the 8 ladies and I all gathered around my kitchen to create our cocktails. I had prepared drink menus for everyone, including the recipes. We had the choice of 3 different kinds of martinis, margaritas, Tattoo and coke, or wine. Everyone chose to make a martini, and we got to shakin' creating our first round of cocktails. We then filled our plates up and settled in the living room to catch the stars arriving on the red carpet. I had Golden Globes Bingo for everyone to play (with prizes going to the first two guests to get an X Bingo) and then we had our "guess the winner" quarters … [Continue reading]