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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Chicken Ranch Pizza

This is one of my very favorite recipes, it is DELICIOUS!
1 large pizza dough, uncooked (fresh or frozen), click here for homemade dough recipe
3/4 c. ranch dressing (homemade Hidden Valley Ranch)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 c. Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 c. bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 c. chicken, cooked and cut into strips (Rub the chicken with olive oil and generously sprinkle with Montreal Chicken Seasoning on both sides. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.)
2-3 tomatoes, sliced
1.Mix ranch dressing and crushed garlic together then spread evenly on the pizza dough. Sprinkle a little cheese over the ranch dressing then add chicken and bacon. Sprinkle more of the cheese over that, add the tomatoes, then add the remaining cheese.
2.Put in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15-17 minutes. (if you are using a homemade pizza dough then cook according to dough recipe's directions ).
*Thanks to Family Favorite Recipes for this delicious recipe!*

Friday, September 26, 2008

Never Lose a Dish Again...Name that Dish!

I found a tutorial online for etching your name on your glass dishes. I thought this was so cool. Being LDS, there's no telling where your dishes might end up! Now, they'll always know who to return it to. To find out how to make your own, visit:

Wall Art

I made this set for my craft room. You can make any size depending on the space you are trying to fill.
What you need:
4- square canvas (any size) 6x6 pictured
acrylic paint
mod podge
coordinating scrapbook paper
What you do:
1. Paint edges of canvas. Let dry.
2. Cut scrapbook paper to size.
3. Apply mod podge to the back of each paper and place on canvas. Smooth out bubbles.
4. Apply an even layer of mod podge over the front of the squares, going slightly over the sides to seal the paper down.
5. Mod podge will bubble and wrinkle like crazy- DON"T PANIC! Walk away and hours later the paper will magically have sucked itself back down.
6. Hang on the wall!

Crafty Clipboard II

This is an additional version of the clipboard I already posted. I just used 2 different paper prints to add a little more to it. See "Crafty Clipboard" post for instructions.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

No-Sew Burp Cloths

What you need:
cloth diapers
What you do:
1. Pre-wash cloth diapers to ensure iron-on adheres permanently.
2. Iron cloth diaper.
3. Follow instructions on iron-on package.

*These also look super cute if you sew the ribbon down the panels as well.

Ribbon Burp Cloths

What you need:
cloth diapers
sewing machine
What you do:
1. Cut ribbon to size and sew on each side of center panel. That's it!
This makes a really cute gift if you make a matching pacifier clip.

*thanks to my mom for making these, I'm not a sewer.....yet.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Seasoned Potatoe Wedges

3 large potatoes
olive oil
season-all salt (Lawry's)
parmesan cheese
1. Scrub potatoes well, and slice into wedges. Place on a foil lined baking sheet.
2. Brush wedges with olive oil and season generously with seasoning salt and parmesan cheese.
3. Bake at 450 degrees for 25 minutes (or until cooked and golden brown). Flip the wedges after 10-12 minutes.
Serve with ranch dressing or fry sauce.

Chicken N' Gravy over Rice or Noodles

2 cans cream of chicken
1 soup can milk
3-4 chicken breasts
rice or egg noodles
salt & pepper
1. Cook chicken, I usually boil mine. Cube into bite size pieces.
2. Whisk together cream of chicken and milk. Pour into large skillet over med-low heat.
3. Add chicken to gravy mixture. Let it cook about 5 minutes over med-low heat, or until warm throughout. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Serve over rice or noodles.
This recipe is one my mom always made growing up. It is super easy and kids love it!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

2 cups powdered milk
1/2 cup Nesquick
1 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup cremora

Add hot water, stir, and enjoy!

*thanks to my mother-in law for this recipe

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Rolls....No Kneading Required

9 cups flour
1 cup sugar
4 cups milk
1 heaping tsp. baking powder
1 scant (just under) tsp. baking soda
1 cup vegetable oil
2 Tbs. salt
4 1/2 tsp. Active Dry Yeast

1. Mix milk, vegetable oil, and sugar in a large pot. Cook on medium heat and "scald" the mixture. Turn off heat just before it comes to a boil. Let cool to lukewarm (90-110 degrees).
2. Once cooled, add 4 cups of flour and yeast to mixture. Stir until well blended. Add an additional 4 cups of flour. Stir until well incorporated. Set aside covered for about an hour, or until doubled in size.
3. Once doubled in size, add last cup of flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix well; may need to be slightly kneaded.
4. Generously butter muffin pans. Form the rolls by pinching off walnut sized pieces and rolling them into a ball. Repeat with all dough and tuck 3 balls per muffin cup.
5. Cover and allow to rise 1-2 hours.
6. Bake at 400 degrees for 14-18 minutes. (times vary depending on type of pan used, ie: coated, non-stick, silicone, etc.) Tops should be golden brown.
Glaze with melted butter.


2 28oz. cans petite diced tomatoes (with juice)
1 can diced green chilies
2 bunches green onions
1 bunch cilantro
2 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno
1 Tbs. crushed red peppers
1-2 tsp. chili powder
1 Tbs. sugar
1 lime, juiced
salt & pepper, to taste
1. Finely chop green onions, cilantro, garlic, and jalapeno (or just throw in food processor).
2. Add all remaining ingredients.
3. Enjoy!
BEWARE: Soo Yummy and Soo Addicting!
(thanks to my sister-in-law Cindy for this recipe)