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Homemade Sausage and Veggie Pizza

General Ingredients:

–      2 Bell Peppers- Chopped

–      1/2 lb sausage with casing removed- cooked

–      1 cup of spinach

–     2 cups shredded mozzarella or italian mixture cheese

–      Pizza Crust, 2-8 in rounds (recipe)

–     Pizza Sauce- 24 oz (recipe)

Directions: 

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 F
  • Sautee spinach in pan over medium heat until shriveled looking
  • Spread sauce over the 2 pre-made pizza crust
  • cover sauced pizzas with spinach
  • spread cheese on pizzas- leaving a little extra
  • top with pre-cooked sausage and chopped bell pepper
  • spread remaining cheese over the top
  • cook in oven oven for about 15 minutes
Note: Feel free to use store bought pizza crust and sauce to save time!
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Spicy Pizza Sauce

Sauce Ingredients( original recipe I altered found here):

–       24 oz canned tomato sauce

–      5 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese

–     3 Tsp minced garlic

–     1/2 cup onions

–     3 Tbsp sugar

–     1/2 tsp dried oregano

–     1/2 tsp dried marjoram

–    1/2 tsp dried basil

–    1/2 tsp black pepper

–     1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

–    Tbsp Olive Oil

Directions:

–      Puree garlic and onions in food processor

–      Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in sauce pan then add pureed mixture

–      Sauté until translucent

–     Add in all over ingredients and bring to boil

–     Turn heat down to low and let simmer for at least 30 minutes

Garlic Pizza Dough

Dough Ingredients:

–       ¾ cup whole wheat flour

–       1 ¾ cup of all-purpose flour

–       1 cup warm tap water

–       1 package of yeast

–       1 tsp sugar

–       1 tsp garlic salt

–      Garlic juice from jarred garlic

–       1 cup extra of all purpose flour for kneading and rolling dough

–       2 Tbsp olive oil

Directions

–       Preheat oven to 400 F

–       Dissolve the yeast in the warm water in a large mixing bowl (10 min)

–       Mix in the flours, salt and sugar

–       Use the extra flour (spread out of flat surface) to knead dough (10 min)

–       Spread oil over ball of dough and place back into the bowl cover for hour

–       Then punch down dough and separate into two balls

–       Roll them out the size of the pan and place in pan

–       Dip paper towel into juice from jarred garlic and use it to spread over the uncooked dough

–       Cook them for 10 minutes or until almost crispy

–       Spread toppings

–       Bake in the oven for about 15 more minutes

Painted Margarita Glass

A while back was my sister’s birthday, so I decided to paint her margarita glasses that she could actually use and would be fun to entertain with. 

I encourage you to give this project a try! Heres how to do it:

1) Buy wine or margarita glasses that are thick and made out of glass not crystal ( so they won’t crack in the oven). These glasses actually end up running for less money then their thinner alternatives. I bought my glasses at walmart, but I also have seen individual ones at the dollar store and hobby lobby. Then you need to purchase the paints and paintbrushes if you don’t already have them. The paints are called Pebeo, Vitrea.

You can buy the ones specifically for glass painting that are translucent or the paints that are more geared towards ceramic painting, they are not translucent but will still work. 

2) Paint the designs that you would like on the glass. You may want to search the internet or glass painting books for some ideas if you are short on them. 

3) Let dry for 24 hours

4) Bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 325 F

Here is a finished glass of mine:

The process was surprisingly easy and relatively inexpensive compared to the current painted wine and margarita glasses on the market. I will admit that since this was my first attempt I chose designs that were relatively simple because I was so worried about messing up. However, since I now have all the paints I am excited to try out more designs for future gifts!


A Fresh Start

Hello Everyone!

It has been quite some time since I posted here. I decided that it was time to get back to it. So from here on out I will be focusing on a couple of things, and here they are:

1) Being healthy ( eating more nutritious meals and exercising)

2) I have decided to come up with at least 6 weeks worth of healthy dinner plans that are at a decent price ( Yes, I will post them)

3) I will read the whole Bible ( however this will be AT LEAST a year long process) 

– I got the inspiration from a new blog: A Mother’s Habit, where she linked to the Coming Home Network that gives you a reasonable amount to read each day

Of course I will continue to give you all little tidbits about my days and designs of fun projects I am doing ( ie building a play kitchen and attempting to grow cilantro)

So the plan is that putting it down in writing will help me to stay accountable for these things.  Come and join me! Let me know what changes you have been wanting to make lately!

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