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Mini Pancakes =)

For breakfast this morning I wanted to change up the ‘every sunday Pancake’. Mini chocolate chip- banana pancake muffins..YUM! This has been pinned all over pinterest, so I thought I’d give it a go.

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I chopped up some bananas in small pieces, and after sitting for a few minutes, I poured my batter almost

all the way full

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I put some chocolate chips and two pieces of banana at the top of each one (they tend to sink when baking) I baked at 350 for about 12 mins

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After they came out I brushed them with some melted butter…yum!

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I think they turned out really good, next time I might cook them a little longer.. But I love that you can pretty much mix in whatever your heart desires! (Great make ahead and freeze breakfast too)

Can’t wait till Ava’s old enough to enjoy these =)

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Lasagna Roll-Ups

Last night I tried out another recipe: Lasagna Roll-ups… Yum.  (her blog is awesome)

I pretty much did everything by the recipe, except I didn’t have enough motz cheese, I also used italian seasoning to season the meat sauce. I didn’t put the meat in a food processor either, seemed like too much work, but I see why she does it. I used just a package of parmesan cheese from sargento’s. This was definitely an intense recipe! but I think now that I’ve done it, next time it will be a breeze. It makes A LOT so I cooked it all and after it was cooled I put about 4 rolls in a glass tupperware and froze them for lunch/ dinner whenever hubby is away.

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It was very good! Only a few things I might do different next time… lately everything I make with red/ tomato sauce is very rich! I used hunts crushed tomatoes with basil and it was veryyy intense with flavor! maybe my palette has changed but next time I think I’m going to use a light tomato sauce with some fresh crushed tomatoes. I also didn’t portion the meat sauce well enough, so I needed a little bit more for the top, without it the noodles dried out on the edges (Tony liked the crunch, but me not so much). So other than those few details I would change- it was sooo good =) a bit time consuming but well worth it. To me making a recipe is kind of like driving somewhere new, it feels like it takes forever to get there because you don’t know where you’re going, but the next time you drive there it’s much quicker! That’s how I feel when trying a new recipe… next time I make this it will be a piece of cake =)

**Here’s the next lasagna roll-up recipe from her blog I want to try!!**

Peek-a-Boo! =)

Peek-a-Boo! =)

Ava doing ‘tummy time’ on her play mat

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

So I decided I didn’t want to slave away in the kitchen today, so I’m pulling out my slow cooker. Tony’s favorite- Corned Beef and Cabbage!

Here’s the recipe I used.

**I added a couple stocks of celery since I had some on hand. I didn’t have a bottle opener so I was unable to add beer, so I substituted with some extra water**

Here’s the majority of the ingredients:

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See that orange bowl? Thats my ‘trash’ bowl. I love it! especially when your using a lot of veggies. Just throw all the junk in there, keeps your area clean =)
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Whenever I watch cooking shows the host always has one of those scrapper things to pick up all the cut veggies and put them in your pot/skillet… Well I’ve been looking for one for a while now that didn’t cost $15.00. A few weeks ago we were shopping at Target and found a baking section. Well that blue thing is really a dough cutter, but it works great and it was like $5.00 =) love it!!
Here’s all my veggies in the slow cooker: **I only used 5 potatoes, there’s no way 10 would of fit**
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And the main star of the meal: Corned Beef!
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Can’t wait to have this for dinner =)

Semi-Homemade Pizza

So I decided to try making homemade pizza with Pillsbury crust. Not really a recipe…. I took a cookie sheet greased it and put some flour on it, then rolled out the dough. I melted butter with a smashed clove of galic in a small saucepan. I coated the dough with the garlic butter to give it some flavor. I wanted to make it ‘stuffed crust’. Normally you use whole pieces of string cheese and line the edge. Now that seemed like a lot of cheese so I cut them in half long ways and lined my crust with them. Then I folded the dough/crust over to seal the cheese in. I pre-baked the crust at 400 degrees for about 8 mins. Took the crust out put some red sauce on it. Then I put the toppings on, onion, green pepper, bacon, motz-cheese, and spinach. Baked for about 14 more mins.

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***Some things I will do different next time***

The sauce was way too rich! it was a can of Newman’s sauce, so next time I’ll get regular pizza sauce. Or used crushed tomatoes.

The crust didn’t seal completely for the stuffed crust effect. I think I’ll try using a smaller pan, I’d prefer a round pizza pan if I can find one at a decent price =)

I personally think that a full piece of string cheese would of been just fine for stuffed crust. It seems like a lot of cheese but I could barely taste it once it was done.

The bacon was very strong. I only used two slices. Next time maybe just one slice, or I’ll got with sausage.

Over all it was a good pizza, and I love the fact that I could put any toppings on I wanted without it costing an extra $1.00 per/ option!

Beautiful Baby

Beautiful Baby

Ava sleeping on a walk around the block

It’s Fall!

It's Fall!

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