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I have been making homemade tomato sauce for pizza and spaghetti for a long time.
Here is my recipe. I hope you LOVE it!

Chop up one onion (either red or yellow) and add to a pan with about 6 TBSP of extra virgin olive oil
Add 4-6 cloves of garlic, peeled
Let it saute for a bit.
Add fresh or dried basil, oregano, salt, pepper, and touch of sugar. (I use around 2 tsp. of the salt and herbs, but never ever measure. It’s all in the wrist) 🙂
Add a large can of whole tomatoes (106 ounces). I use the can from Costco. You could also use 3-4 cans from your local grocery store.
Pour it in and blend with an emersion blender.
Add a good bit of balsamic vinegar, about 1/4 cup
Season with salt if it needs it.

Done and done. You have a lovely, bright tomato sauce.
From this point, you can add meatballs to slowly simmer and cook, or spread on a pizza and top with your favorite toppings!!!

Enjoy!

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I am a sucker for tortilla soup. It is my absolute favorite!!!!!

So today I thought I would give you my recipe and pass on the love to your family.

Here are the ingredients
– half red onion, chopped
– bunch of cilantro
– 2 chicken breast or precooked chicken either rotisserie or TJ’s grilled chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken and only used the white meat)
– 1 avocado
– 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
– 2 cans rotel
– 4 TBSP tomato paste
– 60 or so ounces chicken broth
– cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder
– sour cream, optional
– your favorite brand of tortilla chips

Let’s get started.
Put your soup pot over the stove on med heat.
Add some extra virgin olive oil, about 3 TBSP.
Add 1/2 red onion, chopped and let it saute for a minute
Add 1 tsp each of cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder (use less chili powder if you want it mild, my recipe has a little zip to it)
Add half the bunch of cilantro, chopped
Add the two cans of rotel tomatoes
Add your precooked chicken, shredded
Add 4 TBSP of tomato paste

The smell in your kitchen will be divine at this point.

Add the chicken stock and bring to a low boil.
Turn off the heat and start preparing your add ins. 🙂

Grate some sharp cheddar cheese, about 2 cups worth.
Chop up some more cilantro
Slice and chop the avocado.

Ladle the soup in the bowl, add avocado, a dollop of sour cream (if you choose), sprinkling of cheddar cheese, and some cilantro on top.
YUMMY!!!!!
I crunch up my chips and put them in the soup while I eat. It’s just the best soup on earth!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Cheers!!!!

Have I mentioned that I love lentils? Cause I do!!!! They are so delicious and wonderful and warm and comforting and tasty.

Here is my recipe for lentils. It is easy, simple, and oh soooo good 🙂

Soak a small bag of lentils in warm water for 3 hours.
Drain and rinse and put the lentils in a crock pot

Add chicken broth to the lentils. I use 48 ounces of chicken broth, or one and a half quarts. If I don’t have homemade chicken stock, I use Trader Joe’s free range organic chicken broth.

Then add
– 1 tsp onion powder
– 1 tsp garlic powder
– 1 tsp salt
– some black pepper.
– 2 bay leaves

Set your crockpot to cook for either 4 or 6 hours.

I always add Frank’s sauce to my bowl of lentils when I eat them, but they are great just like this. 🙂
You can always add sliced veggies to your lentils while they cook if you like. I’ve added zucchini, squash, carrots, and celery at different times when I want to mix it up a bit. I try to make a big crockpot once a week and eat a cup a day.

I hope you enjoy this lentil recipe as much as I do! 🙂

This recipe is truly unique and will surprise your taste buds with it’s deliciousness.

It went from 55 degrees here in Kansas City to 8 degrees within 24 hours. We are all needing something warm for our tummies. 🙂

Broccoli Cheese Soup
– 30 oz frozen broccoli
– 3 cans chicken broth (the small ones)
– 6 TBSP butter
– 1 chopped onion
– 1/2 cup flour
– 2 cans coconut milk
– 1 1/2 lbs velveeta cubed
– pinch of pepper

Simmer the broccoli in the chicken broth, just until the broccoli softens.
Melt butter in a soup pot.
Saute onions for about 2 minutes.
Add flour and make a paste by combining it with the onions and butter.
Slowly whisk in the coconut milk, until thick and bubbly.
Add chicken broth and broccoli, stir together.
Add the cheese and melt. (Do not boil)

Use an immersion blender to thoroughly mix the soup and break up some of the broccoli chunks. I like to leave some bigger pieces of broccoli though.

Serve warm with some hot, toasty bread, and a salad if you like.
Cheers to a nice, delicious, winter meal! 🙂

Mmmmmmmmmm, homey, delicious, warm, healthy, amazing chicken noodle soup.

Nothing is better than homemade chicken noodle soup. Here’s my recipe.

Take a large onion, and chop it. Add to a large pan with extra virgin olive oil and saute for a few minutes.

Chop of a bunch of carrots. I never count or measure the veg. I just do what seems right. If i have extra carrots than I chop them too.

Throw the carrots in the soup pot with the onions and just let it saute while you chop up some celery.

Throw the celery in the pot. Keep the soup pot on med heat and just saute the living daylights out of it.

Now I add my herbs. Rosemary, thyme, sage (I used fresh because I had it on hand, but I normally use dry ingredients at around 1 tsp. a piece), oregano, salt, and pepper.

Throw them in the pot and add your chicken stock. I use homemade from the chickens that I roast once a week. But you can use store bought or homemade. Add a good amount. Again, I never measure. I just know what looks right. Definitely cover the vegetables by a couple inches.

Bring the stock to a boil and throw in the egg noodles. Let them cook in the soup, and then add some chopped up chicken.

I usually roast two chickens a week. We eat one for dinner then I pick the chicken off the other and save it in a ziploc bag for either soup or a casserole during the week.

Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
There you have it!

Enjoy and make it on a cold day or when someone is sick and needs to get better fast!!!! There’s healing in this soup.

p.s. Thought you would enjoy a view from where I cook. I have such a wonderful view of all my friends on my refrigerator. While I chop, cut, and cook, I pray for all my friends and their families. Want me to think and pray for you? Send me a photo of your family. 🙂

This is by far, my go to pizza dough recipe.

If you haven’t tried making your own dough, try this. It is pretty easy and tastes awesome.

I use it for my ultra thin crust pizzas and my deep dish thick crust pizzas.

Dough Recipe-
2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
4 TBSP softened unsalted butter
1 TBSP salt
4 cups of all purpose flour

– Put water and yeast in your mixing bowl and let the yeast dissolve. About 5 minutes. When it gets all foamy, you know the yeast has dissolved.

– Add 3 cups of flour, olive oil, and salt.

– Mix with a dough hook for 3 minutes.

– Add the last cup of flour. Maybe half a cup more if it needs it. You don’t want dough that’s too dry or too sticky. And knead with the dough hook for another 2 minutes.

– Add the softened butter. Mix about 30 seconds more or until the butter is fully incorporated.

– Take the ball of dough and place in an oiled bowl. Cover with saran wrap and let it double in size.

– Once it doubles, punch it down. At this point, I either divide it into 4 smaller balls for thin crust pizzas or divide it in half for two thick crust pizzas, whatever your preference.

– Stick in your fridge if you aren’t going to bake it until later. Or after forming your balls, let it sit for another 30 minutes before rolling it out and making your pizza.

– Bake according to your recipe for pizza. For thin crust, I bake at 550 for about 10 minutes. For thick, deep dish crust, I bake it at 400 for 40 minutes.

I hope this helps you have the confidence to go forth, and make your own pizza!
Cheers!!!!!

So yesterday, my little brother turn 21. Crazy how fast time flies.

We celebrated with a homemade pizza contest. Each sibling couple had to bring a large homemade pizza of their choice. Everyone voted anonymously, and the winner won two movie tickets and free babysitting.

The selection of pizzas included a white pizza with spinach and feta from Beau and Mercy, a chicken pesto pizza from Brian and Grace, a pepperoni and olive pizza from Marcus and Rachel, a proscuitto and fig pizza from James and Hanna, and a deep dish pepperoni, peppers, and sausage pizza from me and Joel.

Our pizza came in second. We lost to Hanna and James. But you know what. That’s okay. I have resolved my anger and jealousy.

It’s a bad picture, but it’s the only one I have. This is my pizza. First time ever making a deep dish and I have to say it turned out awesome. There will definitely be “tweaking” but that’s normal in the game of food.

Happy Birthday Truman!!!!! I love you so much and I am so proud of the man of God you are. We love you too Lauren. 🙂

Here are some snapshots of me and my handsome hubby.

Life is grand isn’t it?