Wednesday, July 21, 2010

homemade pizzas can taste good!

Boxed dough. Have you heard of the stuff? The kind of pizza dough where you add water to a powdered mix, form it into a ball add pounds of flour and roll it out into a sort of pizza shape.
I grew up on the stuff. At only like .50 cents a box it seems like the best choice for large families.
Well, at 25 years old, married and doing my own grocery shopping I stumbled across something great...premade pizza dough! Just like the pizza places use. At only 1.00 each that's a good deal! True the box doughs are cheaper but it takes 2 boxes at least to make one large pizza compared to only 1 premade! less roll out time and easier to work with. I became a fast fan.
My husband and I love pizza. In particular, BBQ and Buffalo Chicken. Its super easy to make, less greasy as the standard pepperoni and tastes amazing.

Recipes for Buffalo Chicken Pizza and BBQ Chicken Pizza.

For 2 pizzas I use 2 chicken breasts. ( I use boneless) Premade dough from Walmart. Texas Pete's Buffalo Wing Sauce and Sweet Baby Rays brown sugar bbq sauce.
First I cooked the chicken on either the grilled for that extra smokey flavor or just simply on the stove top. Add a alittle salt and pepper for taste, some liquid smoke found in Walmart with the sauces.
Once chicken is cooked I put half in one bowl half in another. In one bowl goes the BBQ sauce in the other the buffalo sauce. Simple isn't it? :)
Roll out the dough and place in a pizza pan as normally would when making pizza. Spread sauce over individual doughs next adding Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese. After that the chicken.
Cook on 375 until golden brown and cheese melted.


For something different I make cal zones. Made the same as far as layering, the difference... Place ingredients on one side of dough brush edge of dough with egg fold other side over and pinch with fork making a design all the way around the edges. Make slit on top for steam to escape during cooking. Brush with Olive Oil. Cook same temp.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Healthy Brownie pictures!

The healthy brownie vs. the good ones

I don't eat all that healthy, its true I will admit it. I would love to say I can keep myself from sweets (before becoming pregnant I could... now?...that's laughable!) People have said "well if you eat the junk foods in moderation and not too often whats the big deal?" well, that works for some but for me, I like to snack and if its in the house I will snack at night on it. As of late I am turning a new leaf...I want to be healthy, have more energy just feel better. I want to teach my son to eat better.
So I have been trying to find new recipes. One I came across today for brownies caught my eye so I thought I would give it a try...I did but half way through mixing it up realized I didn't have all the ingredients I needed so I kinda made up my own as I went along. I have to say it came out pretty good. :)
Very chocolate, fixes the sweet tooth and I feel better knowing I am eating better whats not to like?

Recipe for Healthy Brownies

1/2 cup Flour (I used Unbleached)
2 Tbl Unsweetened Cocoa
1/4 tsp. Baking soda
Sift together in a bowl

In separate bowl Melt 6 tbl cocoa with 1 tbl. Real Butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 lg egg
1 egg white
6 tbl applesauce ( I used baby food applesauce)
1 tsp Vanilla

cook at 350 for 24 minutes

Exploring the World of Homemade Cleaning Products

I am new to this blogging thing so forgive me for my terrible writing I AM NOT a writer just someone who loves sharing ideas on parenting, cooking and trying my best to be the wife God wants me to be. I also love getting tips, recipes any any advice on raising a baby you can give.

Lately I have been doing some research on homemade cleaners. Once my son was born I did not feel comfortable spraying harsh chemicals near him or filling our home with strong smells. I had heard going homemade is also cheaper and I love a good deal. After searching online I decided to go with an all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner and disinfectant. Now by switching to homemade I have lost the strong chemical odor and replaced it with a strong vinegar scent. Not a bad switch though considering the white vinegar smell vanishes after it dries which is about 5-10 minutes..not bad.
The glass cleaner is fantastic! Dries itself, cleans spotless...ah mazing! The disinfectant I have yet to try. My sister gave me the recipe and says Dr. Oz swears by it. I will give it a try and let you know the results. The savings are around 1.50 saved on each product another added bonus!

Recipe for All - Purpose Cleaner

1 cup Vinegar
1 cup Water


Recipe for Window Cleaner

1 cup Rubbing Alcohol
1 cup Water
1 tbl. White Vinegar

Another money saver I have just tried out is Homemade Baby Wipes. I love them. Money saved around 1. 70 per week for my family! I think they work better then store bought wipes but you will have to try them out yourself and see what you think.

Baby Wipes

2 cups Water
2 tbl. Baby Oil
1 tbl. Rubbing Alcohol