Tag Archives: cooking

I’m Spicing Things Up: Pizza & Pasta

I haven’t posted about my cooking experiments in a while but I have been trying some new stuff out, and it’s been good.

I was at the store the other day and I was going to buy a ready-made pizza crust for a little over $4. I was disgusted. I thought to myself, I can make pizza dough for a heck of a lot less than this. So I went searching through my cookbooks for a dough recipe and lo and behold, the pioneer woman had a simple recipe, of course. And it’s delicious!

The first pizza I made was with pesto sauce, Roma tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Oh so yummy!

I don’t have a picture of the second pizza I made but it was an oh so good BBQ chicken pizza with red onions, mozzarella cheese and cilantro.

My next adventure in cooking was a penne pasta with shrimp in a creamy tomato sauce.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love the smell of onion and garlic together cooking in butter. Yum!

The finished product.

It was so good, but a little too rich and creamy for me. Some days I can handle all the dairy and other days I can’t, but I really don’t care. I think I’ll be making it again.


How have you been spending your time?

Well I’ve been…

making these

eating this

wrapping presents

cooking my first homemade pizza (well not the dough)

(I know it doesn’t look so good, but it really was.)

and baking banana bread.

It’s been a busy few days around here.

I’m Spicing Things Up: Chicken and Rice Soup

I know, you thought I’ve given up on cooking, right? Well just when you lost all hope I’m back in the kitchen. I never actually left, I’ve just been too busy, well lazy, to get creative and try something new. I have done some baking though. Remember what I said about this time of year…all I really want is sweets anyway.

I decided to not be so lazy on Monday and I made some really deeelish chicken and rice soup. Of course I went to the ever so lovely blog of The Pioneer Woman for help, and she did not disappoint. Try this. Really.

I was super easy, and super tasty, and super warm for a chilly day. It was quick too which was great because I didn’t have much time. What wasn’t so great was that I almost sliced my finger off. I really should get some lessons on how to properly cut veggies. It was a close call but I managed to finish without a scratch.

Here’s the chicken and veggies before diving into the pot.

And the finished product. With a spinach salad and some biscuits. Yummy!

Try it. You’ll like it.

I’m Spicing Things Up: Chicken Salad

I was not in the mood to cook today.

Yesterday I had some sort of sick bug and food was just not happening for me. And then today, I only wanted very specific things. Like pumpkin pancakes this morning. I had to make them. And no, I am not pregnant.

A big chicken salad was sounding really good for dinner. Lately I’ve been making more hearty meals at dinnertime so it was nice to have a change and have something light. And since I didn’t really feel like cooking, this was going to be easy. I found this recipe in a cookbook that I have had for years but had never opened. The salad has chicken, red pepper, cucumber, red onion, and basil. I love the smell of onion and basil after it’s chopped…my kitchen smelled that a garden had exploded in it. Then you make your own honey mustard dressing. I was hesitant about making my own dressing, I don’t know why, but I thought for sure it would taste horrible, but it turned out to be really good.

I added some fatty garlic bread on the side and there you have it, dinner. Yum!

Best part is there’s leftovers for me to take to work tomorrow, that is if Brett doesn’t finish it off in the middle of the night.

I’m Spicing Things Up: Breakfast Style!

Brett hates breakfast. I love breakfast. I love all kinds of breakfast food…healthy kind, fatty kind, sugary kind. You name it, I’ll eat it. Brett on the other hand will eat eggs and bacon, and that’s usually only if he has too.

So since he’s been gone for a few days I have been making breakfast.

On Sunday morning I made the pumpkin pancakes from Trader Joe’s…yummy!


breakfast 2

I was so excited to eat them I almost forgot a picture.

Then tonight I made a French Toast Bake. This one was only for me. There was a ton of sugary goodness in there and I didn’t want Ethan to be hyper all night. I split the recipe in half since I didn’t think I needed a whole 9×13 size just for me. I could have been tempted to eat it all by myself, but I have to show some restraint.

This was amazing! It would make a perfect dish for a brunch or people who just like breakfast, unlike someone I know.



When you flip it over all the sugar goodness is on the bottom. Yum…It was so good!

I’m Spicing Things Up: Shepard’s Pie

I’m cooking again. I took a bit of a break from cooking new things the past couple of weeks because we were crazy busy and I didn’t have time to think about anything new. So simple and easy it was for the past couple weeks.

My sister Erin gave me a great recipe for Shepard’s Pie. I’m not much of a meat and potatoes kinda gal but Brett is. Well, guy not gal, and Friday night was his last night home for a few days, so I thought I’d make him some “hot food”. Whenever I ask him what he wants for dinner he always tells me “hot food”, which I think is funny because I rarely make “cold food”.

It was really yummy, and easy, and a Weight Watchers recipe. Don’t be fooled…I’m not on Weight Watchers (you’ll see why in the next post), but if I can make something a little healthier when I can I will.

shepard's pie

The only bummer was that I needed to put it in a larger baking dish. The bottom of my oven looks like this. Oh well, next time I’ll know.

Shepard's Pie

Why I like Mondays.

I wish all my days were like Mondays. You see I don’t have to work on Mondays. Don’t get me wrong…I have an amazing schedule, and I am so fortunate to be able to work only 3 days a week, but days like today make me want to be home with the noodle everyday.

First off, Mondays are always nice because I have had Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to get stuff done. So Mondays are usually pretty relaxing and I try to do fun stuff with Ethan, no chores or errands.

Today started off with Radley coming over to play for a bit.




I was sitting on my back steps, listening to Simon & Garfunkel, drinking a cup of coffee (although I was wishing it was iced since it’s been so blazing hot outside) and I thought,  “I love my backyard”. I don’t sit outside enough and just enjoy the backyard. I need to do it more often.


Ok…well minus the dead flower in the center of the table, remember it’s hot out. I try to keep them alive.

Although, I have managed to keep some flowers alive.


We had a great time with Radley, but boy oh boy did she wear out the noodle. He couldn’t even finish his lunch.


While Ethan was napping I, organized my desk, did some touch-up paint to some of our “oppsies” while we were hanging things this weekend, got dinner ready, and responded to some work emails. Very productive if you ask me.

When Ethan woke up he made me this.


We then went for a walk in the park before we ate this for dinner.


Yummy Tuna Noodle Casserole. An oldie but a goodie.

So I really wish all my days could be like this. We didn’t do anything wild or crazy. We didn’t go to some fantastic place. We just stayed home and relaxed. I mean who wouldn’t want to stay at home with this little face all day.