Cloud Bread

Cloud Bread

Hi. I know, I know… I haven’t posted in a while. 45 days ago I had a medical emergency. In that event I learned I was pre-diabetic and my thyroid was out of whack. I totally freaked out and had a mini breakdown (15 minutes or so). I came up with the grand idea to change my diet completely and try to manage my symptoms with my meals. A part of diabetes is low-carb and the gluten-free helps with thyroid. In the last 45 days I have been both and my symptoms have almost all went away. I say almost because my blood sugar occasionally drops. I noticed an immediate change within the first 3 days. I also lost a few lbs (30+ not to brag or anything). That’s the reason I have been inactive from my site. But, in those past few weeks I have been researching...

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

This morning I made turkey sausage wrapped in croissant dough, baked it on 350 for 20 minutes and  made the most delicious pigs in a blanket alternative ever. While we were eating Elise said, “Mom you can cook anything and it’s all so good. Can you make banana bread?” It just so happened that I had 4 overripe bananas and a strong desire to bake. The ladies said it was the best and between the three of them they ate half. Ingredients 3-4 ripe bananas, smashed 1/3 cup of melted butter 1 cup of sugar (you can use 1/2 brown and 1/2 granulated) 1 egg, beaten 1 teaspoon of vanilla 1 teaspoon of almond 1 teaspoon of baking soda pinch of salt 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg Optional Ingredients You can stir in  1/2 cup of...

No-Knead Bread

No-Knead Bread

I had so much dough left after I made our homemade hot pockets that I had no idea what I should do. I wrapped it in a tight plastic bag and froze it immediately. Dough can last up to one week in the freezer. Yesterday, I pulled it out and let it defrost overnight in a large bowl.  By the morning the dough quadrupled in size. I punched it down, flipped it over and let it sit while I preheated the oven. The girls enjoyed waking up to the smell of fresh baked bread. Ingredients Basic Pizza Dough Directions Allow the dough to sit, overnight is preferable. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place Dutch oven (lid on) in hot oven and allow to heat for 30 minutes.  Place dough in hot Dutch oven (lid on), bake for 30 minutes. Remove lid and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes....

Braided Pizza aka Homemade Hotpockets

Braided Pizza aka Homemade Hotpockets

I am pleased to report that my children absolutely loved this meal. My homemade hot pocket was a success! It’s always a good day when my children rejoice in meals that I cook. The great thing about this recipe is that it allowed us to bake together. Once the dough is rolled out the girls could add their own toppings. Ingredients Start with Basic Pizza Dough 8 ounces ricotta cheese 5 ounces of sun-dried tomato pesto 5 ounces of basil pesto 1 cup of mozzarella fine shredded 1 lb of Italian sausage, cooked 2 cups of pepperoni olive oil Directions 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees 2. Roll out the pizza dough. Cut 10 even slits on each side of braid. Add toppings in middle. Starting from the top cross each strip over filling alternating left to right. Brush with...

Basic Pizza Dough

Basic Pizza Dough

Last night while in deep though I realized that most of the food that my children eat is 98% homemade. We occasionally eat at restaurants for special occasions but as my children are getting older they are asking that I cook instead. I asked Elise, my soon to be 6 year old if she would like to dine out for her birthday and she asked if I could just cook all of her favorite meals. No way am I complaining because I love to cook and I know that what I am cooking for them is much more healthier than what I can purchase at any restaurant. They only notice other food when we are in the grocery store and one question continued to stay with me. Eden asked, “Mom what is a hot pocket” how can a 4 year old not know what a hot pocket is? I had to google hot...

French Toast

French Toast

Did you know that French Toast dates all the way back to 4th century Rome, in a cookbook attributed to Apicius? French Toast is traditionally made from stale bread.  Since bread is a staple for most cultures most people wouldn’t dream of wasting it. In order to make the stale bread more palatable it was soaked in milk and eggs and then cooked. This style of “French” toast was called Pan Dulcis.  The name for French toast in France itself is “pain perdu”, which literally means “lost bread”. This seems like a logical way to make a delicious meal without wasting any food. Ingredients 8-10 slices of bread 3 eggs 1 cup milk 3 tablespoons flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract coconut oil for...

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