Beef, Uncategorized

Philly Cheese Steak Pizza

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The other day I told you Coop and I made pizza. Here it is. He doesn’t like to help a lot, but when I make pizza, he’s there. I love spending time with him, so I’m always willing to do things that will get him to spend time with me. It’s really easy to make your own pizza. If I could make bread, I’d probably make my own pizza dough, but I can’t. I’ve tried to before, but its just gross. It tastes like nothing. I buy my regular ol’ store bought in the refrigerated section pizza dough.

I wanted to post this yesterday, but we went to my parents house. My dad bought some electronics that he wanted hooked up and they asked the hubby to install it. We usually cook over there when we go, but this time we went and picked up food from a place called Bocelli’s. They’re ok. Their pizza is my favorite, but we had pizza last night, so I got baked Ziti. I didn’t realize it didn’t have a meat sauce, so poor hubby had a meatless dinner. It’s good for you to do that sometimes, but he’s not a fan. Needless to say he ate it anyway. I hate that their menu isn’t specific about stuff sometimes. I rarely buy pasta there though. If we go there, we generally will buy pizza.

Sorry it took me so long to post this….try it out and enjoy!

Pizza dough of your choice

Mozzarella Cheese

Alfredo sauce

frozen philly cheese steak meat (found in the freezer section)

1/2 onion

1/2 green bell pepper

salt and pepper

Chop onion and peppers and sauté in a pan with a little olive oil. Once the onions are translucent add the meat a little at a time. Chop up as it cooks. Add salt and pepper to your liking. Bake your pizza dough to the directions. Add alfredo sauce. Top with cheese and then meat. Bake until cheese is melted. Serve!

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Seasonings, Uncategorized

Alfredo Sauce

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Tonight Cooper and I made pizza, which I’m going to post tomorrow. I love it when I can get Cooper to come into the kitchen with me. It’s been a crazy few months, but what I haven’t told you guys is I’m going to school for my bachelors degree. Having all this school work to do has made my time with my baby even more strained. I’m going to work hard to get into a routine. I’ve gotten to the point where I worry if I can juggle everything. I HATE this time of year. It happens every time. I have no idea how long it’ll take, but I’m certainly ready for it.

Cooper’s been back in school now for about a week. I’ve been paranoid because he started at a new school. He’s gotten lost on the bigger campus a few times.  Overall, he seems to be doing really good. He’s really enjoying himself. He’s making new friends. I think that this can be a great thing. Let’s pray I make it through this without a nervous breakdown. LOL!

Now guys this recipe is rich! However, it’s PERFECT for my pizza!

1/4 cup butter

1 cup heavy cream

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 1/2 cup grated parmesan

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Melt butter in a saucepan. Add cream and simmer for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cheese and whisk. Stir in parsley.

Seasonings, Uncategorized

Italian seasoning mix

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I am not a fan of  prepackaged salad dressing powder packets. I don’t know what the deal is, I just can’t seem to like it. It honestly grosses me out!! No idea why! Even when I was a kid I didn’t like it. I actually hated all salad dressings as a kid. My mom would sometimes be able to get it and I’d stay as far away from it as I possibly could. It’s the silliest thing ever. I think my biggest issue now is that I like to know what’s in my food. I used to joke with  my friend Nikki that I was the crunchiest mom I know. For those that do not know what that means, crunchy mom refers to someone who is kinda’ like a hippy. They may use cloth diapers, homemade foods, no processed foods, etc. I did a little of everything. I preferred all natural stuff and still do!

I like to have this made and keep this on hand. You can use it for everything.

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

2 tablespoon oregano

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon basil

1 tablespoon parsley

1/3 teaspoon celery seed

2 tablespoons salt.

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional for zesty)

Mix all together.

Breakfast, Uncategorized

Banana Split Oatmeal

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I’ve finally been feeling like half a person. I’ve not cooked in weeks. My husband has done all the cooking (or takeout sigh…). I ended up having surgery on Friday, so it’s been hit or miss on how I feel. Luckily, I see things getting better with me and I’m hoping my post-op appointment Monday will leave me with the doctor saying the same thing. It’s been a nightmare ya’ll! I’ve learned a lot from this experience. I’ve left with a new sense of self. I’ve made a lot of changes in my life in the last three months that this has been going on.

Ok enough sickness talk! As you know my main man started school again this week. I’m one of those moms that likes to make a good healthy, fun, exciting breakfast every day. I want him to go to school with his tummy full so that he can learn as much as he can. I was searching healthy breakfast ideas when I came to Good Housekeeping’s 65 easy healthy breakfast ideas. Of course I had to take a look. I see this banana split breakfast recipe and thought, my kiddo would love this!! He did! I had to tweak the recipe, because it really didn’t work. It made the oatmeal about half done and just gross.

Feeds 3~

1 3/4 cup milk OR water

2 cups oatmeal

a healthy pinch of salt

2 bananas

3 tablespoons chocolate chips

3 cherries

Heat the milk in a sauce pan to boiling. Add salt. Add oatmeal. Stir, cover. Keep stirring until oatmeal is tender. Once done place in bowl. Cut banana into bite sized pieces and layer in the side of the bowl. Add chocolate chips to the corner. Top with one cherry. ENJOY YA’LL!!

Noodles, Uncategorized

Parmesan Couscous

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It’s been exactly 30 days since my life started turning upside down. Today has been the first day I’ve felt like cooking or anything. I feel very blessed to have an amazing, loving, caring husband. My mother stayed with me in the hospital and gave my hubby a break, and helped me through various procedures… and my mother in law she kept Coop for us so that I wouldn’t be alone at the hospital. It dawned on me…this is family. This is love. I never knew how much God has blessed my little family!

I came home and I rested like they said, but I still was having a hard time just getting motivated to do anything. Fear probably. I was scared of where I’d been. One day my husband and I were talking and it dawned on me…I’m ok! I was determined. I was going to get up and do stuff…and I did!

2 cups couscous

2 cups chicken broth

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons butter, divided

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoons parsley

Add pepper, salt, garlic powder, 1 tablespoon butter, olive oil, and chicken broth to a sauce pan. Bring to boil. Add couscous. Cover. Let set for 5 minutes. All liquid will be absorbed. Add remaining butter, parmesan, and parsley. Fluff with a fork.

 

Uncategorized, What do you do?

Back to School Lunch Pt. 2

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I love to make things that Cooper can take to school for lunch. It’s been really hard because he really hates to eat at school, but he gets bored of sandwiches. I HATE lunchables. I once bought one from the store and it was moldy. Ever since then, I wont buy them. It grossed me out. Plus I figure homemade one’s taste better and cut down the amount of processed foods. I do highly suggest you to get the silicone muffin liners so that the juices of the ham don’t get on your crackers and cheese and make them soggy and gooey. I don’t feel like it’s enough so I also throw in a fruit and some mini homemade jam muffins. Sometimes I’ll throw in an additional pudding, or a yogurt. He doesn’t love the carrot sticks, but he eats them anyway. I’m pretty lucky in that aspect. I’m interested in your back to school successful lunches!

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Opening up, real life….and time….

I don’t have fancy pictures to show for this post. No yummy food recipes, or reviews, or so forth. I wanted to let you know what I do sometimes.

If I have tons and tons of recipes I do more this week than the next, I’ll post date them, so I have a bumper. It gives me a chance to breath and makes my blog not stressful. I’ve ran out of extras. I may have a little time where it’s a lot of empty days and I apologize. I’ve not cooked anything in two weeks and it’ll be another week before I can cook.

The reason why, is I almost died.

Literally.

I was put on a medication to help me. For three months I called my Dr telling her how bad it was getting. I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t go anywhere. Its been bad. Well…every month I was hemorrhaging.  The month of July it was the worst ever. For two weeks, I couldn’t move. I lost all of my color, you could see through parts of my skin, my heart and lungs weren’t doing so hot. Finally I went to my primary care dr and asked for help. When he tested my hemoglobin it was at a 10 which is low, but not hospital low. I was given iron. I started taking it as directed. I started to perk up, but then 3 days later, I crashed. I couldn’t barely walk, my head hurt so bad I couldn’t see clearly, every breath I took was hard and painful, walking was almost impossible alone, and my mouth was so dry but I couldn’t eat or drink. I hadn’t ate in a week at this point. I couldn’t. I got to the hospital and my heart rate resting was in the 130’s, my hemoglobin was 4.5, my blood pressure- I can remember looking over at one time at the monitor and it was 80 something over 56.

I thought I’d never come home. I was in so much pain, but all I could see is snap shots of my family playing in my head. I didn’t want to die. I looked at my husband and begged him not to let me die. I’ve never seen him so scared. The nurses and every Dr that I seen said how lucky I was. Honestly, I didn’t feel so lucky regardless.

However, I am home now. I’m feeling better, but medicated for the next few months. I’ll be reevaluated at that point to see what needs to be changed, if anything. Every day I’m working to get better. It’s a process for sure. My body is just readjusting. I can’t wait to be 100% again!