Saturday, September 22, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Courtesy of my wonderful boyfriend:
Pizza Dough Recipe:
2 cups of flour
2 1/4 tsp of active dry yeast
1 cup of warm water
1 tsp of salt
2 tsp of sugar
2 tbsp of oil
2 tsp of pizza seasoning
Mix warm water and yeast until dissolved and foamy. Add other ingredients and knead for about 5 minutes.
After dough rises, cut into separate little sheets of dough. Don't stretch it too thin or the fillings will come out. About 1/4 inch thick. Sizing depends on how large you would like them. Cooking will take longer if they are very big. Roll dough pieces out evenly.
Add 2-3 tbsp of pizza/pasta sauce to the middle of each piece of dough.
Add 1/4-1/2 a cup of mozerella cheese (or cheese of your choice).
Add pepperoni or other desired toppings.
Bake at 350 for about 12-15 minutes.
You can also make a delicous stuffed sandwich the same way. I have made them with pastrami and cheese, ham and cheese, and turkey and cheese. All non-pepperoni sandwiches were made without pizza sauce. The sky is the limit! So yummy, and fast.
I apologize for the formatting. I don't feel like fighting with this right now.
Friday, May 18, 2012
My friend has a beautiful grand-baby, Sabrina. Sabrina is special needs, and the sunshine in their life. This beautiful little girl is very sick, and currently in the PICU. They have known since her daughters pregnancy that Sabrina was going to be special, but things have been difficult since her birth.
Sabrina Jean Marie Herrera began having medical problems even before she was born. When her 17 year old mother Bethany was 20 weeks pregnant an ultrasound told us that Sabrina was a girl, but it also told us that she had a stroke.
By the time Bethany was ready to deliver, Sabrina’s doctors had lost count of the amount of strokes she had and had little hope for her. She was born September 08 of 2010. She was born screaming. Shortly after her birth we found out that she had a rare genetic disorder called MTHFR and something called lipoprotein alpha deficiency.
We knew she was going to be special to everyone. Since that day 20 short months ago, her list of challenges has grown. She has Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Failure to thrive, respiratory issues, hydrocephalus and she is blind.
Recently she has become gravely ill with pneumonia and an additional infection. She requires a lot of support, her grandparents and mother work very hard to take care of her. Unfortunately there are things that Medicaid does not cover. Sabrina has always been a fighter. We are asking for you to help us fight.
For updates, please visit Sabrina's facebook page.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Sometimes, what seems like a good idea turns out badly.
I made cinnamon rolls. It's not like I've never made cinnamon rolls before, in fact I made some less than a week ago that were a-maz-ing. This time, things didn't go so well.
The bread recipe I use for the cinnamon rolls is the one I use for everything- hoagie rolls, loaves, bread sticks, etc. I made a double batch. Not a bad idea, as I also wanted to make some yum hoagie rolls for sammiches. The problem I had was taking too much of the giant lump of doughy goodness. The area I roll things out in is small. Too small for the amount of dough I had. It ended up being about ½ an inch, if not a little more, thick. WAY too thick for cinnamon rolls. They didn't want to bake evenly.
My biggest fail? Well, you know those tiny half containers of spices? I only have 2. A ton of the regular sized ones, but only two itty bitty ones. I grabbed the wrong one. Instead of nutmeg, I dumped in Allspice. *gag* I did try to get it out of the mix before it sank in. I wasn't fully successful sadly. Did I toss out the mixture and start again? No. It'll be FINE, I thought. Not so much. Of course I didn't want to toss out half a cup of butter, but still.
Correct cinnamon roll mixture:
½ cup butter. You want it to be melty.
A bunch of cinnamon (3 tbsp-ish? Not sure, I just dump more and more in until it seems cinnamon-y enough)
1 tsp nutmeg
¼ cup honey (trust me, yum)
Mix everything together and spread on the inside of the dough, then roll up. Put leftover mix (if there is any) in the bottom of your pan, and dribble a little on the top of your rolls.
Live and learn.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I made my brother Kyle a Kyle from South Park cake. I'm pleased at how it turned out. Next time I will do a few things differently, but for the most part I am quite happy.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
I put strawberry frosting (from a can... I know, I know!) and it was fantastic.
Preheat oven to 350
2 1/2 cups Flour
1 package Vanilla (I used French Vanilla) pudding mix.
1/2 cup melted Unsalted Butter
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tbsp Vanilla Extract
2 (large) Eggs
2 tsp Baking Soda
Mix dry ingredients. Add in liquid ingredients until combined. Don't over mix! If you add beaten eggs there will be less mixing. I did everything in my stand mixer.
Lightly spray/coat muffin or cupcake tin. I used muffin tins, and got about 9. Fill each cup about half full. If using muffin tin (jumbo tin) at 350 it will take about 20-25 minutes. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool, then frost.
They are *super* moist!