Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Calzone Dough Recipe

A family favorite dinner is Calzones! My kids and husband loves my easy calzone dough recipe and requests it often. You can stuff these yummy dough pockets with everything from pizza toppings to shredded roast beef, vegetable or even just cheese.

calzones, fillings for calzone

The only thing you have to remember is to give yourself a couple hours ahead of time to mix the dough and then let it rise before rolling out. Plus, making your own homemade pizza is not full of preservatives or additives. You can actually read all the ingredients.

Calzone Dough Recipe:

Two hours before baking, mix dough and set aside in a warm place to rise. If you kitchen is really cold you can let it rise covered, in the oven turned OFF.
  • 2 tbl. yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbl. olive oil (you can use canola or veg. oil too)
  • 2 tsp salt (I use 1 1/2 to cut the sodium a bit)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 5 cups flour

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water in you mixing bowl. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook. Let this sit for five minutes then add everything else but the flour and stir well. Now add the flour one cup at a time mixing in well. I let my dough hook knead the dough for a couple minutes then I place the ball of dough in a well greased large bowl and flip once so the top of the dough is oiled as well. Cover with plastic wrap and set to rise. This makes two very large calzones or four smaller ones. This dough is great for making pizza crust as well as you can see below.

easy pizza dough recipe

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

My Favorite Kitchen Tool, A Meat Masher - A Kitchen Quick Tip

If I had to say what kitchen tool, not an appliance, but a hand tool I love the most in the kitchen, it would be my ground meat chopper. I actually don't cook that much ground meat but I use this meat masher tool for so many things that need a bit of chopping up.

meat masher, meat chopper, kitchen tips

I cook everyday, often breakfast, lunch and dinner so I love tools that are easy to grab and have multiple purposes. I keep my masher right next to the stove in the tool caddy.

Multiple uses for a meat chopper:

  1. Besides ground meat, I use my chopper to shred any meat I am cooking up in the crock pot for say tacos or meat sandwiches. It perfect chops up shredded chicken or beef.
  2. I use it to mash potatoes up before I am ready to whip them up for mashed potatoes.
  3. It easily crushes bread crumbs or corn flakes for toppings or mix ins.
  4. When I make banana bread it mashes the bananas super quick.
  5. If I need to tenderized some meat, this works perfectly.
  6. For egg salad sandwiches, this chops the eggs up in no time.
  7. I have even used this masher to break up dried egg shells to spread in the garden.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Our Favorite Ground Beef, Ground Turkey and Chicken Recipes

Ground meats are a frugal way to cook and stretch the ever increasing grocery prices. Save money and follow some of these yummy family friendly ground beef, turkey and chicken recipes. Our Favorite Ground Beef, Ground Turkey and Chicken Recipes will save you money but more importantly your family will be happy when you serve up these scrumptious family friendly recipes.

Ground Meat Recipes:

3. Freezer Breakfast Burritos
4. Easy Notsagna
5. Greek Chicken Burgers
6. Homemade Meatballs
7. Cheeseburger Quesadillas
8. Taco Salad
9. Mexican Meatball Soup

And here is a great tip on lowering the fat content in your ground beef and pork: Tip to lower fat in ground beef.
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Vintage Kitchen Decor

We have a vintage 1958 kitchen so finding fun vintage kitchen decor is always top of mind. This blue vase has been in this house for decades so we mixed it up with some polka dots and cherries for vintage decorating fun.

While wiping the kitchen down and playing around with my shelf when I put everything back, I decided all the pokie dotted things needed to live together.

My kids and their friends are making fun of my funny blue vase but I think she looks good up there by the little pitcher.

What is it about dots? I love them. But I love a lot of stuff and that my friends can be a problem.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

How To Doctor Up Canned Baked Beans

We love baked beans but like to jazz them up and here is how to doctor up canned baked beans. 

A few additions of what to add to canned baked beans and you will never go back to plain baked beans from the can.

Doctored Up Canned Baked Beans

I like Bush's Baked Beans. They are my favorite. You can modify the additional ingredients to your taste for sweeter or more savory.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
  • 28 ounce Baked Beans
  • Generous Squirt Yellow Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Molasses
  • Couple Shakes Dried Minced Onions
Cooking Directions
  1. Pour beans in saucepan. Add other ingredients. Heat and simmer slow for 5 minutes. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Farmhouse Valentine Kitchen Decor

I wasn't quite ready but hubby took down Christmas and went straight to Valentine Kitchen Decor arranging. He took our little tree in the fresh eggs daily bucket and turned it into a Valentine tree.

From farmhouse Valentine decor and a little prim Valentine our kitchen is so cozy. As always full credit goes to the hubby as he does all our decorating.

Our Valentine Kitchen

Hubby left all the black and white enamel in the kitchen and added touches of red and hearts that will be the perfect January to February decor.

farmhouse decorating, vintage kitchen decor, Valentine tree

This little shelf has a place in my heart and holds our main kitchen display area.

black and white check curtains, enamelware pitcher, February decorating ideas

pip berries, enamelware decor, farmhouse kitchen
This is my mom's old cheese grater and I love to display it. I think it makes a nice prim or vintage Valentine statement.

prim Valentine, vintage grater display

 A little rustic Christmas tree was tucked into our fresh eggs daily bucket. Some glass heart ornaments and other hearts add the finishing touches. The perfect farmhouse February decorating.
I can't wait to see what hubby has in store for spring.

black and white enamelware, fresh eggs daily

Thursday, December 13, 2018

My Prim Christmas Decor - Dry Sink Vignette

I am always torn between my love of vintage Christmas decor and decorating for Christmas with primitives. In the den we tucked all our prim goodies come along and see our prim Christmas decor -dry sink vignette. Of course all credit goes to Dean. He does all of our decorating. #deandecorates

primitives, prim Christmas trees

prim angel, Christmas angel

We made orange pomanders and salt dough ornaments and tucked the extras in my yellow-ware bowls.

salt dough ornaments, orange clove pomanders

crocks, prim candy cane

I have a thing for rustic and prim candy canes. Dean tucks them throughout the house.

prim dry sink, prim Christmas decorations

primitives, dry sink decor, country den

The black box in the background was a bread box from the thrift store that Dean painted and primmed up with a little sanding.

prim candy canes, wood candy canes
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Vintage Christmas - Blogmas Dec. 4th

Today I was able to do some girl time shopping with the Queen of Vintage Christmas, my friend Shelly.

This is the darling display outsider her door. Or really just one small part of it.

Christmas wheel barrow

We went by her booth at the Pomona Antique Mart, space 16. It is always filled to the brim with vintage goodies. If you are in SoCal you should stop by.

vintage kitchen display

vintage Santas

Monday, December 3, 2018

How to Make Your Christmas Tree Fuller - Happy Blogmas, Dec. 3rd

Happy Blogmas. I decided I would try and blog each day of December starting this Monday. Just quick updates on the Merry Christmasing going on in our house. I am going to show how to make a cheap Christmas tree look fuller. Have a great Dec. 3rd everyone.

fake Christmas tree, cheap Christmas tree

Had a busy weekend of finishing our Christmas tree. We took a very cheap sparse artificial tree and really dressed it up and all with ribbon we already had. The wide mesh red ribbon was the key to filling all the the center of the tree that you could see. The we added two more layers of ribbon and then some bulbs and wa-la! I think it came out lovely.

using ribbon to fill Christmas tree
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Our Thanksgiving Home Decor

In our home, many of you know hubby does the decorating and this year I want to share our Thanksgiving Home Decor. Hubby is very strict no Christmas until after Thanksgiving. 

A mix of country prim Thanksgiving decorations set our home for the holiday. I hope you enjoy Dean's Thanksgiving decorations for this year.

Our Thanksgiving Home Decor

Thanksgiving home tour, wooden turkey

This is my favorite Thanksgiving vignette and I added just a couple little items from a fall Hobby Lobby trip this year.
We love primitive decor and it mixes so well with fall decorating.

fall vignette, flower market basket, country scarecrow

Thanksgiving tour

country kitchen, white hutch, fall decor

I collect a lot of Pilgrim couples and they get tucked in all over the house.

pilgrim couples

antique cheese box, pilgrim couple

white enamelware, shelf with utensils, vintage kitchen

You can see the tour of our farmhouse fall in the kitchen here.
farmhouse decor, black and white check
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