Posts Tagged ‘Food’


We were blessed with a beautiful Easter Weekend!

Lady bug, Lady Bug.....

I was so relieved to have rain-free weather, I even let the kids begin their vacation a day early!

LAX & Bikes


Matty had his first LAX game of the season, and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer morning!

This is his first year as Goalie!

Goalie #20


To celebrate the first game, the coaches & parents put together a family BBQ!

Nate & the Boys


Easter Sunday was relaxing. Matty was Worship Leader at our Church Service. We then swapped our Easter clothes for shorts and spent the rest of the day outside! Mom and Dad had an Egg Hunt for the kids, and then we enjoyed a delish Easter Dinner!

Nate discovering his goodies





Yummy Easter Dinner, even for the picky eaters


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Yep that’s name of the recipe and for good reason!


We had a cousin’s get-together this weekend and I signed up for dessert. For two reasons – one: I really enjoy baking and two: I know I will I have a dessert that I will enjoy!

I made the Darn Good Chocolate Cake from one of my very favorite cookbooks, The Cake Mix Doctor by Anne Byrn. Her recipes really turn plain old “box mix” into made from scratch  creations! This is a stand alone recipe, that does not require any frosting, but I needed the Chocolate, so I went ahead and made the Shiny Chocolate Glaze, also from the cookbook..and it was a HIT! Sadly, I was too full after all the goodies from everyone else, that I didn’t get to try it 😦  I called my mom in the morning, who had already had her piece for breakfast, and she packed it up for me  🙂  Yummm…definetly a treat that goes well with a cold glass of milk!

*I am also holding Peanut Butter Brownies. I will post that recipe soon*

Darn Good Chocolate Cake

1 box Devils Food Cake Mix

1 pkg chocolate instant pudding

4 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup warm water

1/2 cup canola oil

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Pre Heat oven to 350. Grease and flour bundt pan.

Mix everything but the Chocolate chip on low for  1 minute. Scrape sides of bowl and mix on medium for another 2-3 minutes. Fold in Chocolate chip until well distributed. Pour in Pan and bake 45-50, or until cake just starts to pull away from pan. * I recommend place a baking sheet on the baking rack below in case of overflow during baking* Cool on rack for 20 minutes, then remove from pan and finish cooling on rack!


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I used the Dough Cycle on the Bread Machine yesterday, and I have to admit, I was a bit nervous. Pulling the Recipe from the Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook, it produced two nice size pizza doughs! I had my doubts, when Matty had a friend over, that there would be enough. Should I serve something else to go with the meal? I was out of Lettuce?..Ugh, Now I am over thinking it!

But then I remembered growing up, with my Italian grandmother & Aunt Tessie, when this was a meal that fed many of us on a cold Friday or Saturday night (granted, with their experience in our big Italian appetites, they probably made more than two pies worth of dough, but hey, I am learning) Then it dawned on me, this is what it’s all about..those kind of memories. Sure they will remember when I ordered pizza out too, and they will also probably attach to this fond memory that they had to eat some popcorn afterwards because they were still a  little hungry 😳 , but it will be  a fond memory nonetheless, if it kills me!!!! hehehe

Ok, got a bit off track there..So as I was making it, I had eyes on me from the Pizza Maker, himselfWAYNE! It was kind of nerve-racking, he was watching every move I made. I apparently make pizza a lot different than he does! It came together great and all five of us + one friend were all piled in the kitchen laughing *note* these are those fond memories I was talking about 😉

Now the moment of truth….Hubs was the first to taste test…and he LOVED it! He even complemented me on my homemade dough, which he does not know how to make! Success!!! I think this just might make it into my vault of fond memories too!

Basic Pizza Dough

1 1/3 c water          1/4 c extra virgin olive oil

3 1/2 c all-purpose flour          1 tbl sugar               1 1 /2 tsp salt

2 tsp yeast

Dump in Bread maker, programmed on dough cycle.

When machine beeps, take out right away and put on lightly floured surface, and separate into two doughs. Cover with damp towel and let rise for about 20 minutes.  I then put doughs in 2 quart-size baggies sprayed with pam, and then threw in fridge until dinner time.

When Ready to Eat, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray two cookie sheets with Pam, then roll out dough into rectangle shape, and place in pan, you can then stretch to fit. Cover with sauce and your choice of cheese and toppings. I just used shredded Mozzarella and grated parmesan. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until your cheese is bubbly and the bottom of the crust is no longer pale white

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 A Bread Machine!

I had been wanting one for some time, because I love bread, I can just never get the rising thing down pat. So..months ago, Tiff had handed down her machine to me! I was so gung-ho, made one loaf (which I still managed to screw up) and back in the pantry it went. I have been determined to make some good bread, so I did my research and found a cookbook that has received rave reviews from bread maker owners all over..The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook

Well after a few days of pouring over every recipe, I have to say I am very pleased! The author believes Gluten is the key to good bread in the machine, which I had never used before. Well, I have to agree! The process is so super easy, just dump in and leave for 3 or so hours and Voila! Delish Bread!

Yesterday I made Peasant Bread. It is a dense bread with a thick & crunchy crust, resembling Italian bread in my opinion. My machine make 1 1/2 lb loaves and I only have 3 slices left! Today I decided to try the dough only setting and made some Pizza dough from the cookbook..Well it was easy and I have two good size doughs, ready for dinner tonight!

Peasant Bread

1 1/8 cup water        2 tbl olive oil

3 1/4 c bread flour        2 tsp gluten          2 tsp sugar         1 1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp yeast

Dump in Bread machine on Dark  Setting on Basic cycle. After 2nd Kneading, turn machine for 30 minutes (to allow for cooling) and then restart entire process again and complete. When done, my model takes 3 hours and 20 minutes, immediately remove from pan and cool on rack..then ENJOY! Yumm!


Recipe is taken from Bread Lover bread machine cook by Beth Hensperger

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Just writing this post makes me chuckle..hehe

Over at our Church, we have these great Lenten Family Night’s every Wednesday. We enjoy a meal together, break off into age groups for fun, learning, and crafts & then wrap it up in the Sanctuary with Hymm Sing-a -Longs along with Grace and her Piano. We are also practicing with our kids for 3 different plays they will perform as a Sermon on Palm Sunday! How cool is that??!!! It is such fun! I wish we had these nights more often than just for the Lenten season. All three of my kids look forward to this all week long! What a wonderful place for them to want to go and connect with our “family”! We see friends we don’t usually get to sit and chat with after Sunday service, and we get to have this fellowship over delicious food!!! Yes, I know, spoken like a true Methodist 🙂

Which leads me to my funny memory. During family night last week, my daughter begins to follow/stalk me with a video camera (the GAP kids are making a video for Palm Sunday service) She finally gets in front of me and says ” ok, fill in the blank. Got___???” So, my first thought comes out…”Got Dinner?” Okay, unless you had the misfortune to see the video of the Pumpkin Olympics where again I am faced with that darn video camera and I am captured rattling off all the delicious goodies I have consumed at this fun get- together, you wouldn’t fully understand… Let’s put it this way..I love GOD & I love FOOD 🙂

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