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FABULOUS PIZZA CRUST!!

Oh this is good pizza dough!!

Oh it's good pizza dough that makes amazing pizza crust!!

Years ago I always made my pizza crust.

Then I stopped.

I decided I was just as happy with the packages I would buy at the store and mix up and I still think they are good.

Lately though I thought as good as those are I know making my own would be better for us and I would save a little too so I started making it again.

This recipe is so so easy and so so good.

Here is a tip I just recently learned.

You may already know it but if not here it is...... always use a stone pizza pan if you can.

I have had a stone pizza pan for years and I used to use it a lot but somehow over time I stopped and went back to my metal one.

I won't do that again.

A stone comes as close to giving you that fire oven kind of crust as we can get in a regular oven

Another tip I've learned is to put the stone in the oven and preheat the oven and stone to 425 degrees.

Now then once the dough is ready to form you can …

SAVING MONEY AT THE GROCERY

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If you are like me you love saving money at the grocery store.

Just a few years back it seems like it was the in thing to shop in the big stores that made you feel like shopping for groceries was an experience.

Like you were in a nice place like you were somebody for being in there buying your groceries.

We all know you are somebody buying your groceries no matter where you buy them.

Now the tide seems to have turned.

Now it's in to shop at Aldi or Save A Lot or whatever is in your area.

Now we feel proud of how little we spend instead of how much we spend.

I'm all about that.

How do you go about making a grocery list?

How often do you go shopping?

How you answer those two questions will make a big difference in how much you spend.

I hope this blog post inspires you and challenges you to cut back on your food budget.

Sometimes we look through cookbooks or fb looking for recipes to make in the upcoming week.

I do that too and I like doing that.

It's keeps cooking exciting.

SALMON FAJITAS WITH JALAPENO SLAW

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I was so excited to find this recipe!

I'm not much on fresh salmon myself  I know it's crazy but I would rather have canned salmon than fresh.

All of our kids really like fresh salmon and often order it when they go out.

Olivia had told me she was coming out on Tuesday so I knew what I was going to make.
I had found several recipes each a little different so this is what we came up with in the end.
Well not this exact picture but ours did look like this.

I was excited to see what Olivia thought.

When she got here she asked if Lucas was coming to try it and I told her I didn't know  so she texted him and he came over.

Later Jess came home from work and she tried it.

Everyone considered it a success and said I should make it again.

Lucas asked if I was going to try it so I did and I liked it too then Mark came home and he ate two large helpings.

All right then without further delay here's the recipe.

You will need four medium size salmon fillets
You will marinate them fo…

HONEY GLAZED CARROTS....You are going to love these!

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Oh my goodness you have got to try these!!

Don't think they aren't good they are.

Don't think you won't like them you will.

It's a great way to get your kids to eat their carrots and it looks beautiful on the table.

The orange just pops next to your green beans or your meatloaf or your fried chicken.

I made these last night and we almost argued over the last one.

The recipe calls for baby carrots but I don't ever buy baby carrots I always just get a bag of regular carrots.

I don't ever peel my carrots either.
The vitamins are in the skins and so I just go with it.

This recipe is so forgiving meaning if you don't have the right amount of everything don't worry.

I didn't have one - two pounds of carrots, I had about six carrots so I just adjusted the ingredients to go with that amount. I just took a shot and it hit the mark.

It calls for honey and that's what I used but if I don't have it I  use syrup or brown sugar.

If you have a bag of c…

KRAUT AND PORK

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When we make kraut and pork, pork can mean anything.

My niece mentioned in one of her comments they liked them with hotdogs and we do too.

My mom often used hotdogs or pork wieners.

We used pork chops, pork roast, smoked sausage and pork ribs.

I most often use boneless pork ribs.

That's what I used today.

I always buy my kraut in a bag.

It's in with the meats.

I like it because it's juicy and I like that.

I don't know why but my mom never liked to buy kraut in a can at the store so I don't either.

I don't have a good reason other than mom didn't so I don't.

Lucas buys his kraut in the glass jars.

I bought the kraut I used today from Aldi's it was in a glass jar and while it tastes really good it was a little dry there wasn't much juice in the jar.

Several asked for the recipe but I don't really have one so I will just try and tell you what I do.

I use a couple of pounds of the boneless pork ribs.

I put a little oil in a skillet just enough t…

Flakey Buttermilk Biscuits

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Here's the recipe for the buttermilk biscuits.

As you already know it's really important to have cold ingredients when you are making biscuits.

Back in the day everyone used lard to make biscuits but today we tend to go to butter and its so so good.

Make sure your butter is really cold and keep it cold until you are ready to use it.

Same with your buttermilk if you don't have any buttermilk you can add a tsp of white vinegar to a cup of whole milk and let it set in a few minutes you will have buttermilk or the equivalent of.

Some people freeze the butter and then they use a grater to grate it while its frozen into the flour mixture. I don't do that but it sounds like a good idea.

When you are cutting or mixing the butter into the flour you want to work fast because the heat from your hands will start to warm up the butter and the cold butter hitting the hot oven is what's going to give you flakey biscuits.

Also if you like the layers  like you get in store bought b…

Sausage, Cheese, Spinach and Egg Breakfast Pie

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I had posted on the fb page about the Breakfast Pie and our sweet niece Whitney requested the recipe so I'm sharing it here.

Some people call them Quiche but Mark acts funny about eating quiche so I started calling it a Breakfast Pie.

Here is a list of the ingredients.

5 eggs

3/4 cup of milk

1/2 cup frozen spinach (thawed and drained very well. you will have to squeeze it with a paper towel several time to get all the water out) If you don't like spinach you can omit it.

1/3 to 1/2 cup shredded cheese ( I used cheddar but I've also used swiss just use what you like)

1 TBSP. minced onion

1 TBSP minced chives

1/8 tsp. salt

pepper to taste

1 unbaked eight inch pie plate or a bigger pie plate is fine it will just be a little thinner pie

I cup diced cooked ham or cooked, crumbled sausage of choice

In a large bowl whisk eggs and milk.

Stir n the next seven ingredients.

Carefully pour into a pie crust or even tart tins if you like.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 35…