Friday, October 19

Pan Pizza to Die For

I have to tell you how much I love this recipe.  But first, let me tell you a story.

I have never made a cake with round cake pans. I'm way too lazy, and a 9x13 pan always works. (Hey, it's not pretty, but it sure tastes good.) The only cake pans I have owned I gave to Christian to use in our hibachi pot. So when I decided to try this recipe, I had to ask a neighbor if I could borrow her 9 inch round cake pans to try it. I love it SO much, and my family loved it SO much (the boys both proclaimed it to be the best pizza they have ever eaten, and Christian said it is WAY better than Pizza Hut's pan pizza), that I went to the store and purchased three 9 inch cake pans. And not even the cheap ones. I purchased the nicer ones, because I knew I would be making this pizza at least twice a month for the rest of my life. THAT'S how good this pizza is.

(I got the recipe off of my friend Jessie's food blog. I am making a few tweaks based on what worked and what didn't when I made it.)

Pizza Hut Pan Pizza
1 cup warm water
1/3 cup dry milk powder
1/2 tsp salt
About 3 1/2 cups flour (I may try a little whole wheat flour next time to see if I can make it a little healthier)
1 T. sugar
1 T. yeast
2 T. olive oil (for dough)

6 oz. melted butter (almost 1 1/2 sticks) and 3 oz. olive oil (maybe 1/3 cup?), mixed (for the pans - 3 oz per each pan) (It seemed a tad greasy - I think I'm going to try to cut down just a little bit on this; maybe 2 Tbsp less butter and 1 Tbsp less olive oil)

Put yeast, sugar, salt, and dry milk in the bowl of your mixer. Add the water and stir well to mix. Let stand for 10 minutes or until yeast is bubbly. Add the oil and stir. Add the flour one cup at a time and mix until dough forms. Keep mixing for 5 minutes if you are using a Bosch or KitchenAid, or turn out onto a floured surfaced and knead for about 10 minutes by hand. Dough should be smooth - slightly tacky - but not stick to your hands. After you knead it, divide the dough into three balls. In three 9 inch round cake pans or cast iron skillets, put 3 oz of the oil butter mixture into the bottom of each and spread it out evenly. Using a rolling pin, roll out each ball into a 9 inch circle and place in the buttered cake pans. (It doesn't have to be perfect - as it rises it fills the cake pan.) Cover with a plate. Place in a warm area and allow to rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. After it raises slather with pizza sauce, cheese, and your favorite toppings. Bake at 475 degrees for about 13-20 minutes (check at 13) or until the crust is golden brown & the cheese is fully melted.

Thursday, August 16

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Bars

I made this recipe for the first time about three months ago.  I swear I have made it ten times since then.  It will forever be a family favorite.  And because it has healthy ingredients (whole wheat flour! oats! applesauce!) it's practically good for you.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Bars

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup oil (OR 1/2 cup oil, 1/2 cup applesauce)
2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups quick oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup nuts (optional)

Cream together margarine, oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla.  Add dry ingredients and mix well.  Add chocolate chips and nuts.  Put in 9x13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30-32 minutes.

Friday, June 1

Lemon Velvet Cake

My friend LaDonna made this one night for a Primary presidency meeting we had at her house.  I took one bite, and thought I’d died and gone to heaven.  I immediately asked for the recipe because I knew my life wasn’t complete without having it.  It’s just lemony enough, but not too lemony.  Mmmm.

Lemon Velvet Cake

1 box lemon cake mix
1- 3.4 oz box instant lemon pudding
¾ cup cold water
¾ cup vegetable oil
4 eggs

Glaze: (I usually 1 ½ times this recipe because I like extra yumminess)

2 Tbsp butter
2 tsp hot water
2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice

Grease 9x13 pan; preheat oven to 350 (325 for glass pan).  Beat cake mix, pudding mix, cold water, oil and eggs together until well mixed.  Bake for 30-35 minutes.  While baking, combine glaze ingredients, beat.  When cake is removed from the oven, poke all over with a large fork and pour glaze on the hot cake.  Let cool – IF you can stand waiting.

White Bread

I make my bread from scratch, and almost never purchase bread.  I have two recipes I use most often, and this is one of them.  My kids prefer this bread over any other bread recipe I have ever made.  It is a really soft, fluffy white bread, but it doesn’t fall apart when you put peanut butter on it like store-bought white bread does.  I’m pretty sure the melted Crisco is what does the trick.  I got the recipe from my sister, but originally it came from a woman in my mom’s ward named Zell.

White Bread

2 ½ cups warm water
A little less than ½ cup sugar
1 Tbsp yeast
1 cup warm milk
1/3 cup melted Crisco (melt in microwave)
7 1/2 – 9 cups bread flour
1 ½ tsp salt

In a large bowl, add the water, yeast, and sugar, let set for five minutes.  Add the remaining ingredients, mix well.  Add flour 2-3 cups at a time, mixing well each time.  When dough is soft but not sticky, cover with a cloth and let rise until double, mix down and let rise again.

Grease 3 pans.  Divide dough into 3 loaves and let rise.  Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees.

Wednesday, May 23

Pizza Sauce

Pizza Sauce

Usually I’m really lazy when it comes to making pizza, and I just use whatever can of Prego or Ragu I have in my pantry for pizza sauce.  But sometimes, when I’m out of those items or when I want a different flavor, I make this. Christian actually prefers this sauce to anything else.  I made it to go along with our pizzas tonight, and remembered how good it actually tastes!  I got this recipe from Rachel, a girl I lived next door to when we lived in a fourplex in Orem, UT.

1 – 6 oz can tomato paste
1 – 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp (or so) Worcestershire sauce
½ - 1 Tbsp brown sugar

Mix together.  Let sit in fridge for an hour to meld flavors.

Pizza Crust

Pizza Crust

We had pizza for dinner tonight.  Although I prefer Papa John’s, Christian prefers my homemade pizza.  I have tried many different crust recipes, but I always come back to this one.  I don’t know where I got this recipe.  I’m guessing from my mom.  I wrote the recipe on a 3x5 card way back when I made a little cross through my z’s, which was right around the time I first got married.  (I’m oooold.)

(Makes two pizzas)
2 cups warm water
2 Tbsp yeast
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
5 cups flour
1 Tbsp italian seasoning (optional)

Mix yeast & water; let sit 5 minutes.  Add the rest of the ingredients, mix together.  Knead for one minute.  Split in half.  You can make your first pizza right away – no need to let rise.  Add sauce, toppings, and cheese, bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees.

Monday, May 21

Beer Batter

Beer Batter

I got this recipe from an old friend, way back B.C. (before children).  I love the flavor of beer batter, and seeing this recipe reminds me that I need to make onion rings ASAP.  (And beer-battered fish too.  Mmmm.)

1 cup beer (It’s okay.  If you don’t drink, find a friend to drink the other half of the can/bottle.)
1 cup flour
1 ½ tsp salt
2 tsp oil
2 egg whites

In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, oil, salt and beer.  Cover loosely, let sit for 30 minutes.  In a separate bowl, whip egg whites to firm but not stiff peaks.  Fold gently into batter.  Dip items and cook in 375 degree hot oil until golden brown.

Thursday, May 17

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

I have made this recipe at least 100 times, no kidding.  It’s my go-to, no fail, magically delicious cookie recipe. (My mom gave me this recipe.)

1 cup butter – softened
¼ cup sugar
¾ cup brown sugar

2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Mix in:
2 ½ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 small pkg chocolate instant pudding

1 bag chocolate chips OR ½ bag chocolate chips, ½ bag peanut butter chips

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.



This recipe comes from my Grandma Reeder.  I love these breadsticks, and make them often (I just made them tonight, to go with spaghetti).  How can they not be good, when they are rolled-in-butter sticks?  Mmmmm.  (These are my favorite breadstick recipe, and I have tried many different recipes.)

1 Tbsp yeast
1 ½ cups warm water
2 Tbsp sugar
½ tsp salt
3 cups flour
6-8 Tbsp (about one cube) butter, melted – reserve for later

Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water, let sit for 5-10 minutes.  Mix in the sugar, salt and flour, knead for 1-2 minutes.  Let rest for 10 minutes.  Roll out ½ inch thick, about 6 inches by 20 inches.  Let rest for 10 minutes.  Cut into breadsticks (I use a pizza cutter), roll in melted butter and place on cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with Johnny’s garlic spread seasoning (or garlic powder and parmesan cheese).  Let stand 10 minutes.  Bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

Sunday, November 21

Thick and hearty chicken noodle soup (Lion House cookbook) - SO good.

Monday, November 15

Teriyaki chicken with carrots & broccoli, rice and noodles

Sunday, November 14

Fried fish, bananas (weird combination, I know)

Monday, November 1

Chicken enchiladas, steamed asparagus

Thursday, October 14

Steak, baked potatoes, straight neck squash

Wednesday, October 13

Sloppy joes with homemade hamburger buns (YUM!), roasted pumpkin seeds

Monday, October 11

Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken (with carrots & zucchini), rice and/or noodles, jello (for the boys)

Sunday, October 10

Bluegill fish that my husband & boys caught, spanish rice (a recipe that was DIVINE)

Friday, October 8

Tacos (nachos for the boys)

Tuesday, October 5

Steak fajitas (with red peppers & onion, and guacamole, cheese, lettuce, and a little ranch dressing), cantaloupe

Monday, October 4

Cream of cauliflower soup, garlic bread

Thursday, September 30

Eggo waffles (P.S. When I don't post it's usually because I'm embarrassed by the fact that it is Fend For Yourself again at our house. I've been terrible at serving good, healthy dinners lately!)

Thursday, September 23

pork burritos (except I'm using corn tortillas)

Wednesday, September 22

Chicken patties with milk gravy, peas

Tuesday, September 21

Husband out of town = kids: macaroni and cheese with hot dogs. Me: Costa Vida takeout!

Monday, September 20

One can of chili con carne mixed with 1/2 cube (4 oz) cream cheese, microwaved until hot, and served with tortilla chips. Also, plums and yogurt. My kids proclaimed this to be the "best meal ever." (Why do I ever spend more time making anything else???)

Sunday, September 19

Chicken fried rice (full of veggies - peas, squash, and stir fry frozen veggies)

Friday, September 10

Sloppy joes, cantaloupe, ants on a log

Tuesday, September 7

Oriental chicken salad (heavenly!), honeydew

Monday, September 6

T-bone steaks, leftover couscous, grapes

Sunday, September 5

Bluegill and bass that Christian caught (dipped in egg and flour and fried); couscous; homemade potato "chips" (cut thin, spread with olive oil and sea salt and italian seasoning, and cooked in the oven for 20 minutes)

Friday, September 3

Knockoff Cafe Rio pork, with knockoff rice and knockoff beans, and tortillas. YUM!

Thursday, September 2

Awesomely amazing ham fried rice (my husband makes it better than any restaurant can)

Tuesday, August 31

Tonight we had pancakes (which didn't fill any of us up). Then we heard about the Papa Murphy's deal of a medium pepperoni pizza for $3.99, and went and purchased four (one for tonight and three to go in the freezer for later nights). Unfortunately, I'm still not eating dairy, so I ate a couple of crusts while my family ate the pizza.
8/26 - 8/30: very sick husband + mother in law in town = lots of fend for yourself nights and eating out (plus one experience with cooking a salmon that was the fishiest tasting fish in the whole world EVER and throwing the entire thing out)

Wednesday, August 25

Beef barbeque (shredded beef from crock pot, barbeque sauce, hamburger buns), frozen veggies

Tuesday, August 24

Spaghetti with ground beef, squash, Ragu sauce and whole wheat angel hair pasta (Christian made dinner. Thanks honey!)

Monday, August 23

Quick and easy Chicken Cacciatore (recipe on the back of the Shake 'n' Bake box, haha)

Taste grade: B+. We all liked it. Not loved, but liked. I might make it again if I have more zucchini come out of my garden.

Sunday, August 22

Went to a friend's house for dinner - we had the best carne asada ever!

Saturday, August 21

Fend for yourself (boys - potstickers, me - chicken patty sandwich, Christian - leftover bratwurst)

Friday, August 20

Waffles, maple flavored sausage, blueberries

Thursday, August 19

Beer bratwurst and hot dogs, potato and squash "chips" (both cut into thin slices, olive oil drizzled on top, sprinkled with salt, pepper and italian seasoning, and baked at 400 for 20 minutes)

Wednesday, August 18

Breakfast burritos (scrambled eggs, bacon, hashbrowns in a tortilla)

Tuesday, August 17

Hawaiian Ribs Slow Cooker recipe; grilled squash

Taste grade: B+. It was good. Christian liked it more than I did.

Monday, August 16


Sunday, August 15

Soft tacos (seasoned meat, refried beans, rice, tomatoes, spinach, ranch dressing, salsa, soft tortillas); corn on the cob

Saturday, August 14

Fend for yourself (boys - hot dogs, me - turkey sandwich, husband - cereal)

Friday, August 13

Bluegill fish that my husband caught while fishing (dipped in egg, then seasoned flour, then fried in a little oil); green salad with carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, and sunflower seeds
BLTs again (that's what happens when you have lots of tomatoes and lettuce to use up!); ants on a log (although my boys licked the peanut butter out of the celery and then threw the celery away)

Wednesday, August 11

This sweet and sour chicken drumsticks recipe; this roasted broccoli recipe

Taste grade: both recipes get an A. Our whole family loved it and I will definitely make both recipes again.

Tuesday, August 10

Stuffed green peppers - a cross between this recipe and this one, cantaloupe

Taste grade: B-. I don't like green peppers much, but I had four and I needed to use them. The flavor was a tad bland (if I make it again I will use sausage instead of ground beef).