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Homemade Pizza! (Bread Machine Recipe)

This dough is fantastic! The dough is made with a bread maker, but I bet it can be done without!

1 cup water
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter
3 cups bread flour (I used all-purpose flour)
2 tsp yeast

Place ingredients in order in the bread machine. Start dough cycle. At the end of the dough cycle remove dough from the bread maker. Place on floured counter and let rest for 10 minutes (the last one I made I actually left it to rest for a lot longer than 10 minutes, maybe 30-45, and it seemed to bulk up during that time which helped to make a better crust around the edges). Shape into a 15-16 inch round pizza pan.

Add your topping (sauce, cheese, pepperoni, etc). Bake at 475°F for 20 minutes or until done.

Ok, my pan was only about 14 inches which made the crust a little thicker but was great. My husband said it was better than any store-bought or ordered pizza!

This recipe came from the instruction manual for my Hamilton Beach Bread Machine.

Have fun decorating your pizzas, feel free to share with us any adjustments or ideas 🙂



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Fresh Salsa

Fast, Fresh, Easy, and Delicious! (good for you too)


4 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, minced
1/4 Cup Cilantro, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients together. Toss thoroughly. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

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Cajun Chicken and Shrimp (Crockpot Recipe)

This cooler morning weather is making me hungry for comfort foods. I’m trying to stick to a lower carb, lower fat diet, so most of my “comfort” foods don’t really fit in and I have a really busy day ahead.  Crock pot recipe it is. I came up with this recipe a long time ago and it has been one of my all time favorites ever since. I love coming home to a meal all ready to go!  I will post a pic for it tonight.

2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs (you can use any chicken you like, we just prefer dark meat)

1 Bell pepper, diced

1 Large onion, diced

2 cans, fire roasted tomatoes (stewed tomatoes would work fine too)

2 Tbsp. minced garlic

1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar

2 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

1/2 tsp. basil

2 bay leaves

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 1/2 lb. shrimp (shelled and deveined)

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 Tbsp. Franks Hot Sauce

3 Cups hot cooked rice

Put chicken thighs in bottom of crock pot. Mix all other ingredients together (except last 4) and pour over chicken thighs. Cook on low 8-10 hours. In the last hour of cooking add shrimp, lemon juice, and hot sauce. Serve over cooked rice. Great with crusty French bread.

Note: If you don’t have all the spices on hand, I have used premixed Cajun seasoning before and it is just as good!

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Garlic Bread Pizza

Over the weekend, we tried the new Garlic Bread Pizza from Pizza Hut. Boy, was it yummy! Today has been a cold and rainy day and I was dying of boredom, so I thought I would try to make my own Garlic Bread Pizza. The results were DELICIOUS.


1 loaf French Bread

1 jar pizza sauce

8 oz. Shredded mozzarella Cheese

Parmesan Cheese

1/2 Cup Margarine

1 heaping Tbsp. minced garlic

Pizza toppings of your choice (I used, pepperoni and green olives, and Italian sausage, red onion, and mushrooms)

Directions :

Cut French bread into slices about 1/2″ slices.

Lightly butter one side of the slice. Lay buttered side down on cookie sheet.

Mix 1/2 Cup of butter with 1 Tbsp. of minced Garlic

Spread the garlic butter on the top of the slices.  Then top with 1 teaspoon of pizza sauce on each slice.

Top with your favorite pizza toppings.

Then top with mozzarella and parmesan.

Bake at 400* for about 8-10 mins, Until cheese is melted and bread is  a light golden brown on the bottom.

Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

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