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Olive Oil and Lemon Salad Dressing


If you know me…you know I’m not a salad eater. I hate everything ranch, I don’t like really any other salad dressings, I hate lettuce…The nutritionist says that I should try it. She said I could do grilled chicken with some strawberries and spinach and so forth. I decided to just try making my own. I will know what’s in it and maybe I’ll be more likely to eat it. I did a test run and decided that I could try it out. It was actually really good.

8 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped (more if you LOVE garlic)
1/2 tsp of black pepper (more if desired)
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup Freshly squeezed lemon juice

Mix all together, in a container with a lid. Shake for about 1 minute.

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Alfredo Sauce


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.

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Italian seasoning mix


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.

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Homemade Cajun Seasoning


I really don’t like super spicy Cajun seasoning. I usually try not to add a ton of cayenne because of that. Usually I add half of what my recipe calls for. I did add the original amount in the recipe text.

I encourage you to try this recipe on the recipe I’m posting tomorrow. It’s so good. I was looking forward to cooking this dish. It’s literally a quick, fast, one pot meal. I have found that the nice thing about this recipe is it’s versatile. You can use it in recipes, or you can just sprinkle it on some chicken and bake.

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 1/2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 1/4 teaspoon dry oregano

1 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

Mix all together. Use as desired.

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Burger, fries, and a shake…


I hate buying prepackaged anything. I prefer to make my own.   It just tastes better and I feel accomplished in the end. A few years ago, my little boy fell in love with Steak and Shake.  I’ve been on the hunt for a recipe that tastes similar to their seasoning, but I’ve yet to find that. I did find this one though. I really like this recipe, but only in small amounts, otherwise it tends to be kind of strong.

1/4 cup salt

2 tablespoons paprika

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon garlic salt

1/2 tablespoon cumin

1/2 tablespoon pepper

1/2 tablespoon dried basil

1.2 tablespoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon chili powder

1.2 teaspoon celery salt

Mix all together. Blend in ground beef, or shake onto hot fries, or roasted potatoes. Store in an air tight container.