Thursday, August 21, 2014

Garlic Ranch Pizza with Bacon



One of my favorite meals, this pizza really has 2 secrets: the tasty garlic Ranch sauce, and the bacon. This works either with a homemade pizza crust recipe or a store bought one. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

BLT Pasta

I hope everyone had a great summer. In Tucson where I grew up, the kids are already in school for the fall semester. What did you do over the summer?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Jean Shorts in 15 Minutes



The night before we left for a family reunion in Oregon, I decided I needed to turn a pair of holey jeans into shorts for our trip. Luckily I knew how to do it quickly. In just 15 minutes I cut them off and put a hem that looks nice without having to sew all the way around.
Basically, you cut the jeans, zigzag the edges to finish them, fold them up twice, and then tack them in place with vertical lines (more detailed directions below).

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Strawberry Lime Smoothie

I love sweetening my smoothies with fruit alone, but that usually means using a banana. While I love bananas in smoothies, my husband, his sister, my niece, and lots of people I know really don't like everything to taste like a banana.
This smoothie has honey, which is a good, natural source of sugar, but you probably should accompany this smoothie with whole grains so the fiber can help you digest the sugar. (Fruit has natural sugar in it, but it also has fiber which helps you digest the sugar in it. Honey doesn't have fiber in it.) The strawberries I used were very sweet, which helped make a tasty smoothie.

 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Frito Pie

This meal is always a winner, even if everyone is tired of eating leftover chili. While Fritos aren't healthy, I still buy them occasionally. After all, I have some tricks for making my chili healthy, adding hidden pureed vegetables and even oatmeal.

The other day I was busy and at the store and so I grabbed a bag of Fritos to dress up some chili I had in the freezer. If you're wondering, chili freezes beautifully.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Banana Walnut Muffins



I think I buy bananas every single time I run to the grocery store-every time! Even if I'm just running to the corner because we're out of milk, I find myself grabbing more bananas too.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Simple Miniature Cheesecakes



These delicious treats are great for a summer day, and they don't heat up your kitchen at all! These cheesecakes were great when we had some missionaries from our church over for dinner. It was fun to let everyone put on whatever toppings they chose. My favorite was raspberry jam with chocolate chips.
Because it takes no cooking or baking, this would be a great recipe to let kids make. I imagine most 8-year-old kids could manage this with a little supervision.