Thursday, January 18, 2018

Coconut Flour Pizza Crust

This was so good. I have to admit if your husband comes to you and asks you to make a homemade pizza crust that is healthy and tasty you just do it. Ryan asked me to make this and with the mixer it was whipped up in no time. I made this before the death flu took over my life. I am slowly on the mend but dang that took the wind out of my sails a bit. But back to this crust it actually made about two 10 inch pizzas and I will be putting this in rotation due to how low calorie it is compared to normal pizza crust.

What you need~
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
    1 tsp Onion powder
    1 tsp Oregano, dried
    4 Eggs, large
    1/2 cup Marinara sauce
    1/4 cup Coconut flour
    1 Olive oil spray
    1 cup Mozzarella, part-skim
    6 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
    2 tbsp Water
It really is tasty.

Start by pre-heating the oven to 400 degrees F. Prep your pizza pan with parchment paper and spray the paper with the olive oil. In the stand mixer or a larger bowl wisk together the seasonings and eggs. Then add in the coconut flour and Parmesan cheese. Let this rest for about 5 minutes to let all the batter melt together. Spread half of the mixture on the pizza pan you prepped before. Bake until lightly browned on the edges. Remove and top with toppings. At this point I found it better to slide the crust off of the parchment paper directly onto the pizza pan to crisp the bottom of the crust a bit. Turn the oven to HI for the broiler and broil until crispy and melted. Do the same thing for the second pie. This is just the best thing to share for two. I hope you enjoy!

The second batch was much more crisp. 
Hard to let it cool before eating.


Ready to go into the oven.
 
Ready for oven.

Mixing it up.

Ready for coconut flour. 
Another picture of the yumminess.

Until next time~
XoXo Emily 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Pulled Pork

One of my all time favorite potluck recipes! I love this recipe as it is easy to make and always a big crowd favorite. I have to admit on this cold and snowy day it is nice to write a post from the comfort of my warm couch. Don't worry I am still cleaning and doing laundry today but it is nice to do it all at my own pace. Back to this tasty meal. 

I like to eat mine open face on a really good piece of bread!

What you need~
Pork shoulder (I bought 2 small ones that equaled about 5 pounds together)
Seasoning
1 cup apple cider
BBQ sauce
Buns
(coleslaw) optional 
Before Shredding 

Start by heavily seasoning the pork shoulder(s). Place fat side down in the crockpot. You will notice that there is a side of the shoulder that has a layer of white fat. I always place this down as it protects the meat from over cooking. Pour in your cup of apple cider and let this all cook for 8 hours on low. A half hour before serving you want to shred your meat. If you have a kitchenaid mixer you can shred the meat with the paddle attachment on low really quickly. I think it saved me like a half hour shredding it this way. Now you may want to pour out the liquid in the pot before putting the meat back in. DO not do that. This juice if you will is what is going to keep your meat moist while it sits. Make sure you mix the meat into the juices really well before putting on a bun and topping with coleslaw and BBQ sauce. I hope you enjoy these little heavenly sandwiches! 




Use the paddle attachment.
Starting to shred. 

In action.

Almost done takes like a minute tops.

Mix back into the juices. 

Is your mouth watering? 
Until next time~
XoXo Emily 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Veggie Packed Spaghetti Bake

Easy and tasty.  Lately I am looking for simple meals I can just throw together last minute. This worked out really well. I really liked that all I had to do was throw it all in a pan in the oven and cook noodles right before serving.


What you need~
1 small onion diced
4 cloves of garlic minced
2 chicken breast
1 can of jar sauce
2 cups of broccoli chopped
1 cup of spinach chopped
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup parmesean cheese
Natures Seasoning to taste
Half a container of spaghetti
Layer it up!

Start by pre-heating oven to 350 degrees F. In a deep baking dish layer the onion, garlic, chicken, broccoli, spinach, sauce and then cheeses. Season each layer as you go. Bake for 30-45 minutes. Close to the end of cook time boil your noodles till done. Serve noodles and bake together. It was really filling and packed with veggies.
Mmmm... 

Bubbling in the oven 

Try not to eat the whole plate. YUM!

I know some of you are trying to eat super healthy. If so you can omit half the cheese and sub out the noodles for veggie noodles if you wish. I actually made some sweet potato noddles to throw in with the normal pasta here.  Let's keep it happy and healthy!

Until next time~
XoXo Emily

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Travel Adventures: Ice Auto-X Racing

Terrifying?
I am scared of being on the ice. I also did not like the idea of racing our Honda FIT on the ice or really at all. Sometimes you have to support your spouse and trust them. This actually turned out okay and I faced some big fears here. Were we fast? No. We were almost comically slow but it was really about getting out there and having some fun. There were even some really insane cars, trucks, Frankenstein cars racing. I have captures some of the fun moments below. Always remember to face those fears and don't be scared to just go out and adventure on!

Just taking my Mercedes for a little daily drive. 

I mean fashion first? This is about the time I was preparing to die. 

Waiting in grid to go race. Counting my blessings.

Waiting...

Getting lined up.

A lot of cars today.


This car was stupid slow, got stuck every five minutes so it constantly had to be pushed out of the snow drifts and was a convertible. None of that matters they seemed like they had a great time. 

You know racing.... a smart car. 

Insane... fast... Insane.

Another picture of the speed demon.


Took a couple pictures of Ryan. At start.


Fun!

Just eating up the snow. 

He looks fast but it was slow going out there. So slick! 



He looks so dang proud. Had a ton of fun. 

Two thumbs up we did not die! 
I have no idea what this was... a monster.












What a fun day.  I am sure Ryan will have me out here again real soon. Support those you love!

Until next time~
XoXo Emily

Monday, January 1, 2018

Crispy Tortilla Strips

It is time for new beginnings and spicy things!? I l have a true love for spicy food and I made some tasty Mexican chili this weekend. I wanted some texture in the soup and making these little strips to top the soup was a great idea. I made a lot of them so I have leftovers. I think they would also be excellent topped on a salad too. Super easy to make!

What you need~
30 small corn tortilla's
Olive oil
Taco seasoning
Salt


Start by pre-heating the oven to 375 degrees F. Cut your tortilla strips from the tortillas. I cut most of mine about an inch or larger thick. Toss with olive oil and  taco seasoning. Pop in the oven for 10 minutes. Then toss them around and continue baking for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and salt before serving.




















It is best to top right before serving the soup as they can get soggy easily. I like to add a little bit as a eat. It is really yummy and the texture is great in the spicy soup. I am sure you could season these all different ways too.




Yum!

Until next time~
XoXo Emily

Friday, December 29, 2017

2017 Year In Review

There is goes another year in the books. The older I get the faster time flies by. I am really honestly ready for this year to close and I so look forward to what 2018 has to bring. But before I comment on 2018 here are all my favorite memories to look back on in 2017!

Blue Ox Music Festival














We just had so much dang fun at this festival.  We try to try a new music festival each year and this one was a true blast. I look forward to the ones we will go to in 2018!

Master Bath Renovation




This was the most grueling project we have ever tackled. It was blood, sweat and for sure some tears. I really like how everything turned out and it was worth it. We learned a lot and will apply it all on future projects. We may have another one planned for this year. Stay tuned!











HEALTHY Mac & Cheese

I mean I had to talk about it. This heavenly delight has become a bit of a staple in my recipe rotation. It is delicious and you know I had to mention it here in the recap!







Ancestry DNA Results!

I found out my heritage this year. I mean that is pretty awesome and note worthy!















Minnesota State Fair

Recap.... I ate all the things.

















Our Family Booyah
I may have shared some family secrets this year. I look forward to learning the whole process and being part of doing this very soon. Maybe this year from my mom and dad.
Colorado
We love traveling I feel like that is no secret. This year we went out to Colorado and visited Ryan's brother while taking in the sites. It was a really awesome and thrilling trip. We have even more big travels planned for 2018!


 UnitedHealthcare Service Heros
I got really the coolest and most humbling award at work this year. In 2018 I get to go to Disney World for a really amazing work trip.








Cookie Exchange
Always a blast and so fun this years Cookie Exchange was one for the history books. We still have a
ton of cookies from this. I love traditions.




In reflection I was really blessed this year. With all the negativity in the world it was nice to reflect on all the good things that happened in the past year. Things I did not directly mention is that my father is still in remission from his cancer (whoot whoot) and my super funny Grandpa Jupe is still kicking in even after being treated for bladder cancer. We have to see the good in the world it really makes life better.

Now what does 2018 look like for me?
We have our first music festival booked for the year we are going to Summer Camp Festival this year just booked it. We plan on renovating our upstairs bathroom/laundry room in the spring. We are going to Wisconsin Dells with some friends in Feb. I look forward to Disney World with Service Heros in March. Ryan and I celebrate our 15 year anniversary this year and want to go on a big trip. More on that too! Really this year is the year of doing. I want to find some great work/life balance. Let's make 2018 the best year yet!

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Until next year~
XoXo Emily