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Easy Rice Pudding

I first made rice pudding a few months ago and I couldn’t make it fast enough. That is, that my husband, my son, and myself, would eat it up so fast that I was making a batch every couple of days. Anyway, life got a bit busy for awhile and I didn’t get around to sharing this wonderful recipe with you until now. So, enjoy Rice Pudding!

Rice Pudding

Ingredients:

Water (around 3-4 cups)
1/2 c Jasmine Rice (any white rice will do)
4 c Milk (we used whole)
1/3 c Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla

Directions:

Bring the water to a boil and add the rice. Cook for 10 minutes then drain the rice. Set the rice aside for a little bit. Now in the same pot, put the milk and sugar in to to boil. Keep stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Then add the rice back to the pot. Reduce the heat to medium and let simmer for about 35-40 minutes stirring occasionally. The rice and milk should reduce to about 3 cups. Once it’s reached the desired consistency, remove from heat and gently stir in the vanilla. Pour the pudding into one serving bowl or individual cups. Put plastic wrap directly on to the pudding to avoid a skin forming. Let it all cool on the counter before going into the fridge to cool completely.

Turkey Dinner Survival Guide – Free Download

Hi there and welcome to your Turkey Dinner Survival Guide! You’ll get a timeline for cooking everything yourself in one day. I usually cook a 16 pound bird for our family but you can use this for any size bird (as long as you adjust the cooking time for the bird). I’ll be giving you a .pdf version that I personally use as well as a .doc version you can edit to suit your own family’s needs. You’ll also get every recipe I use when I cook up a big turkey dinner with the fixings.

Our Turkey Dinner Includes:

  • Roasted Turkey
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Rolls
  • Gravy
  • Pumpkin Pie

Now I do cheat when it comes to the stuffing and the gravy. I like to use Stove Top Sage Stuffing and McCormick Turkey Gravy. If you are brave and make your stuffing from scratch, please make sure to take that into consideration when editing the .doc version. If you make your gravy from scratch, good for you! I think that’s awesome. If you keep running out of gravy though, since birds really don’t produce much, add a packet gravy to your homemade gravy and it will go very far and still taste amazing. To save space on your stove, after the gravy has been made, put it in a small crock pot to keep warm.

So, without further ado… click below to download either the .pdf or .doc versions of my Turkey Dinner Survival Guide!

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Recipe: Split Pea Soup – Crock Pot

Split Pea Soup in the Crock Pot

Ingredients

4 C water
3 1/2 C Chicken Stock
2 1/4 C Dried Green Split Peas, rinsed (1 package)
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/4 tsp Dried Marjoram
1 Medium Ham Bone (or Diced Ham)
2 Tbs Dried Minced Onion (or 1 Medium Onion)
1-2 C Carrots, diced
1-2 C Celery, diced

Instructions

Put everything in the crock pot and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours. Remove the Ham Bone (if using) and cut ham off the bone. Great served up with saltine crackers.

Recipe: Homemade Pizza

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Homemade Pizza

I made this delicious pizza for dinner tonight. I make it all from scratch and it’s pretty easy. You can make so many varieties of this based on what you have on hand. This particular version included mozzarella slices, Parmesan cheese, Canadian bacon, salami, and sopressata.

The Dough:

1 1/4 C Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/4 All Purpose Flour (plus more for dusting and as needed)
2 1/4 tsp (1 package) Yeast
1/2 tsp Salt
1 C Warm Water
2 Tbs Olive Oil
Cornmeal (for dusting the baking sheet)

The Sauce:

Tomato Sauce
Oregano
Basil
Garlic Powder
Red Pepper Flakes

The Toppings:

Motzerella Cheese
Parmesan Cheese
Canadian Bacon
Salami
Sopressata

The Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, yeast, and salt. Stir to combine. Then add water and oil. Use a danish dough whisk to mix well. Add in all purpose flour and incorporate as much as possible.
  3. Take dough and place on a floured surface. Knead the dough and add up to 1/2 C more flour if needed. Knead dough for at least 5 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Divide dough in half. Cover the dough and let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. While the dough is resting, prepare the sauce. In a medium sized bowl, mix together tomato sauce, oregano, basil, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
  5. Once the dough has rested, roll out into two pizza crusts. Dust a baking sheet with cornmeal. Place pizza crusts onto baking sheet. Prick each crust all over with a fork. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Take crusts out of the oven and add your sauce and toppings. Return to oven and bake for another 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

If you like my homemade pizza, you’ll love my other recipes!

New Recipes!

Great news everyone, I’ve just added links to three new recipes. Now you can make Baked Apples, Dark Applesauce, and Oatmeal/Porridge. Remember, you can always go to my Recipes page to see a listing of every recipe I have. Enjoy!

New Year’s Resolutions

With the new year nearly here, it seems appropriate to dive into this topic and talk about the tradition of New Year’s Resolutions. In the past I’ve had resolutions to loose weight, keep the house spotless, exercise every day, cut out sweets, and connect with family and friends more. Well, this past year I have lost a tremendous amount of weight so I think that one can stay off the list. I exercise pretty regularly by going on walks with my husband and little man so that one’s off the list. My current diet/eating style is very low sugar so I have that taken care of. What’s left? Keep the house spotless and connect with family and friends more. Well, I’ve been getting some great routines in place with the family that include housekeeping but it could still use work or focus so it’s on the list. For connect with family and friends more I am getting better at this too. I’ve kept up a family journal for 2 1/2 years now that my family has access to so they can see pictures and updates on little man, hubby and I. They get a monthly newsletter and it works out great. I do have to finish updating that before December’s newsletter gets sent out December 31st. For connecting with friends, it’s a work in progress certainly so it’s on the list. While I’m on Facebook and this blog, it still isn’t personal enough for true friendships. I really want to work on seeing friends and reaching out to them. It’s important to create and grow relationships. We all need people.

For the new year I’d like to add in focus on my son. Our library is about to launch a program called 1,000 Books B4K which challenges parents to read 1,000 books to their child before they enter kindergarten. I’d like to accept that challenge. By reading 4 books a week we would get there. But, by reading a bedtime story every night, we’ll get there in under 3 years. I think that reading is an important skill and it increases the bond between parent and child. It also helps children turn into great writers. When I was little, I was always reading. I still have my original library card signed when I was in third grade.

My other new resolution this year is directly related to this blog. It’s to write more! I want to continuously populate this blog and write not just about everyday life, but about various topics. I’ve already got my recipes going very well here so I just need to find out what other direction(s) I want to go. Though with my recipes, I’d like to eventually turn it into a cookbook. I love having all my recipes in one place and not having to look at which paper I wrote it out on while I made it up. It’s no fun trying to read through a splatter of dough and determine whether it’s 1/2 tsp or 1/2 Tbs.

So that’s it for the 2013 resolutions. 2012 was a great year and I’ll try to write a wrap up before it’s completely over. We’re almost out of time!

My Resolutions:

  • Improve my housekeeping skills
  • Connect with friends more
  • Accept and work toward 1,000 Books B4K challenge
  • Write more often
  • Write a Cookbook??

Recipe: Spicy Pasta with Asparagus and Ham

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Spicy Pasta with Asparagus and Ham

I just came up with this recipe tonight and we loved it! The bit of crushed red pepper flakes gives a great kick and contrast to the asparagus.

Ingredients:

2 C pasta
2 C asparagus
Olive Oil
3 C diced tomato
1 C diced ham
1 1/2 Tbs dried parsley flakes
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 C parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta according to directions on box.
  2. Cut asparagus into nice 1 1/2-2″ lengths
  3. Dice tomatoes and ham
  4. Cook asparagus in olive oil until tender
  5. Toss in tomatoes and ham and heat through
  6. Stir in parsley, salt, oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes
  7. Add pasta (drained) and stir to combine
  8. Dish up and top with parmesan cheese
  9. Enjoy!