Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Dough Dough...not to pay your bills with though :) Unless you were to have people pay you to make them dough :)...slick

Here is a super easy recipe to make dough for pizza, calzones....delish

I got this recipe off of AnnaMariaVolpi.com

1 tbsp active dry yeast
1 1/2 c warm water
3 1/2 c flour
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
pinch of salt

Step 1:
In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast on the warm water, and stir to dissolve it. Set aside until the yeast starts forming bubbles in about 5 minutes.

Step 2:
Sift the flour. Pour the flour into a large bowl or on a work surface. Mold the flour in a mound shape with a hole in the center.

Step 3:
Pour in the center the yeast mix,olive oil, and a pinch of salt.

Step 4:
Using a spatula draw the ingredients together. Then mix with your hands to form a dough. Then knead the dough on a floured surface just til it no longer sticks to your hands...you can add some more flour if necessary.

Step 5:
Spread some olive oil in a bowl and place the dough ball into the bowl, cover with a towel and place in a dry, warm area for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Step 6:
Sprinkle some flour on your work surface take the dough out from the bowl, with a rolling pin begin to roll out the dough to form a large circle (according to her website you can also cut the dough into 3 equal amounts and make smaller pizzas).

Step 7:
Depending on whether you are making a calzone or a pizza add your ingredients as desired. When I make a calzone I only add ricotta and mozzarella for my husband (since that is all he likes). I add the ricotta only to the sides in 2 big scoops and then a bunch of mozzarella in the center. Fold over the side with no cheese on it and then pinch ends together. Take an egg white and brush it on the top of the calzone, add some fresh Parmesan cheese to the top and make sure to put a small hole in the top center of the calzone for the steam to escape.

Step 8:
Bake @ 425 for about 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.

Step 9:

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I know people get sucked into saying Happy Holidays...I understand with regards to it being Thanksgiving, then Christmas and New Years...but come on...Merry Christmas!

I pray you all have a joyous Christmas and enjoy spending time with your family and friends!

Tim and I are off to Jersey after work today...we haven't been there for a good visit for quite awhile! It should be nice!

Love you all!

Friday, December 18, 2009


I've always had a thankful heart but after 2 years of wedded bliss I've come to realize that I am truly blessed!

God has blessed me and Tim so much...beyond what we could have done ourselves and we are so grateful each day!

I thank my God for blessing me with such a loving and caring husband whose desire is to guide me and build me up in my walk with God and our relationship together!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Tonight I am going to attempt making latkes...now I'm not Jewish...but my Jesus was :]

I hope they come out tasty and I am going to try them out in the oven not in the frying pan - so they'll be healthier and I might try them with sweet potatoes too...we shall see!

Healthy Coconut Macaroons

Yes I said healthy because you don't use sweetened condensed milk.

I found the recipe on self.com and thought hmm...quick oats in coconut macaroons BUT I must say they are quite tasty and everyone that has tried them so far loves them!

  • Ingredients:
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 10 egg whites
  • 2 cups unsweetened dried shredded coconut
  • 2 cups plain quick-cooking oats
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 slices salt

Heat oven to 350°. Spray 3 baking sheets with cooking spray; set aside. Stir egg whites, coconut, oats, vanilla, sugar and salt in a bowl until well blended. Drop tablespoons of dough onto baking sheets, half an inch apart. Bake macaroons until light golden, 12 to 15 minutes.

Friday, December 11, 2009

My new LOVE

For all of us dark chocolate lovers out there...ugh to die for :]

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Found this recipe on myrecipe.com and spiced it up and added a few things to it :]

1 sm onion
2 cloves garlic
olive oil
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1 32 oz box of chicken broth
1/2 c cooked arborio rice
2 c shredded chicken (from rotisserie)
1 tbsp crushed red pepper
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika

To a large skillet add the olive oil then add the diced onion and cook for about 5 minutes then add the garlic and spices and cook for an additional minute.

Then add the diced tomatoes and chicken broth and bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes.

Next add the shredded chicken and stir...slowly add the rice and stir again. Cook for another 2 minutes and serve!

The spices can be adjusted to your liking...I also add a dollop of sour cream once ready to serve!

This pairs well with corn muffins and I found a great recipe that I'll have to post soon!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Fruit Salad with Honey-Yogurt Sauce

My friend Johnny @ work told me about this recipe from Cooking Light...it is oh so good and filling!


  • 1 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lime rind
  • 3 cups cubed pineapple (about 1 medium)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped Braeburn apple (about 1 large)
  • 1 cup orange sections (about 2 oranges)
  • 1 cup chopped peeled kiwi (about 2 large)
  • 1/3 cup flaked sweetened coconut
  • 1 medium banana, sliced
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted


Combine yogurt, honey, and lime rind in a small bowl.

Combine pineapple and next 4 ingredients (through coconut) in a large bowl; toss gently to combine. Just before serving, stir in banana. Top fruit mixture with yogurt sauce; sprinkle with almonds.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Quaker Oat Bran Muffins

I was in desperate need of some fiber oat loving muffins and came across this recipe from completerecipes.com!


2 c Quaker Oat Bran Cereal
1/4 c Firmly packed Brown Sugar
2 ts Baking Powder
1/2 ts Salt (optional)
1 c Skim or 2% lowfat Milk
2 Egg Whites, slightly beaten
1/4 c Honey or Molasses
2 tb Vegetable Oil


Heat oven to 425 degrees. Line 12 medium muffin cups
with paper baking cups or spray bottoms only with
vegetable oil cooking spray. Combine dry ingredients.
Add milk, egg whites, honey and oil; mix just until
dry ingredients are moistened. Fill prepared muffin
cups almost full; bake 15 to 17 minutes or until
golden brown. 1 dozen

Tahini Oat Cookies

Thanks to Whole Foods once again!


1 cup rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup sesame oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons sesame seeds


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grind oats in a blender until coarsely ground (some whole flakes should remain intact). Do not wash out blender.

In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, salt and baking powder.

Place tahini, sesame oil, vanilla, cornstarch and maple syrup in blender and process until smooth. Stir this mixture into oat mixture.

Drop tablespoons of batter on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until cookies are golden brown on bottom and puffed.