This post is being updated from 2015 when it was initially written. That was the day that I flipped the switch and started blogging on a self-hosted site with a paid domain. And now for the good news… I’m back! Blogging back here at my old stamping grounds – yay!
Please continue to stay with me as I share my new recipes, DIY projects, photographs, and my simple country life back here where it all began.
Wish me luck!
This is a new favorite in our house. A fresh and flavorful pizza bread that can be made and ready to serve in an hour. Yes, you heard me correctly, 1 hour! And if you’re intimidated by making bread have no fear… Seriously, this recipe is great for beginner bread makers.
Pizza Focaccia Bread
3/4 c. warm water
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. yeast
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. pizza sauce
1/2 c. mozzarella cheese
8 slices pepperoni, cut into small pieces
2 dashes of Italian seasoning
Spray a 9” pie plate with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, add water, sugar, salt, and yeast. Let sit for a couple minutes. Add oil and flour; mix thoroughly. On a lightly floured surface knead dough for about 1-2 minutes. Place dough in the prepared pie plate and press out. Poke holes in the dough (as shown below).
Top dough with pizza sauce, pepperoni, and cheese (as shown below). Sprinkle Italian seasoning on top.
Cover with a clean dish towel and let rise for 20 minutes; bake for 20 minutes. Serve warm.
I like to dip this bread in fresh pizza sauce. It makes a great appetizer, compliments a fresh salad, and can be served with a meal.
Either way, it won’t last long – I guarantee it!
Last week I shared a post for homemade black raspberry jelly. We have berries are out behind our house that are free for the picking – and boy are they plentiful this year. I think all of the rain we had this spring has helped them grow. It’s hard for me to rationalize leaving these berries unpicked because they are loaded with healthy antioxidants and are super delicious. My only problem is that my stomach doesn’t tolerate seeds well so I have to be a little crafty and work around them.
I’m not sure why I didn’t get around to making seedless preserves and sauces before now but all I can say is better late than never.
Seedless Black Raspberry Sauce
3 c. of berries
1 1/2 c. water
Put berries and water in a large saucepan and bring a full boil for 5 minutes over medium heat – stirring often. Mash the berries in the pan as they soften while cooking them. (This will yield about 2 cups of juice).
Once the berries have boiled for 5 minutes remove from heat. Strain the juice through a doubled piece of cheese cloth and discard the seeds and pulp.
2 c. juice
2 tbsp. butter
3/4 c. sugar
1 tbsp. corn starch, plus 1 tbsp. water (mixed together)
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
In a clean saucepan, melt the butter. Add juice, sugar, salt, and cornstarch; bring to a boil on slow heat – stirring constantly. Cook until liquid thickens. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into container. Makes 1 pint. Serve warm or cool. Store in the refrigerator (stir thoroughly before serving, or warm for a few seconds in the microwave).
Use this as a topping on ICE CREAM, MILKSHAKES, PANCAKES, or vanilla YOGURT (like pictured). One of these days I’m going to experiment and make a homemade black raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing using this sauce and when I do, I’ll share the recipe.
Imagine how happy you’d make a friend, neighbor, or co-worker if you presented them with a small jar of this. Think Christmas… I have froze bags of these berries so I can make fresh batches of sauce and jam throughout the cold winter months when ripe berries are hard to come by.
Pick berries and get into the sauce!
Grab a fork and a plate for a taste of this Blueberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Pie.
With the 4th of July weekend here don’t pass up the chance to make one of these deliciously rich and creamy pies. This pie is easy (no-cook) to make and will wow just about any hungry crowd. I made a pie for a gathering of six and we didn’t leave as much as a crumb.
Bluberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Pie (Recipe adapted from Jamie Cookies It Up)
1 package (not the entire box) of honey graham crackers, crushed fine
5 tbsp. butter, melted
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Put all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix completely. Press into a pie plate and bake at 375 degrees for about 7 minutes.
12 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. white chocolate chips, melted
2 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. milk
2 c. whipped topping
1 pint of fresh blueberries ( add an extra half a pint of berries if you LOVE fruit)
dash of salt
In a large bowl with electric mixer, beat cream cheese and melted chips together. Add milk, vanilla, and salt. Mix in powdered sugar and whipped topping one cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Fold in blueberries. Pour into prepared pie crust. Refrigerate for two hours before serving.
Do you have plans for the 4th of July? What are you making for dessert?
This weekend hubby and I put on our work boots and followed a wet muddy path out behind our house until we got to the wild black raspberry plants. I have been wanting to make some homemade jelly for a while now and it just didn’t seem right to let these plump juicy berries go to waste.
Of course we had to battle mosquitos, a couple Daddy Long Legs, and some noisy birds that warned us to leave their berries alone. But in the end – it was all worth it.
I followed this recipe for Blackberry Jelly that I found posted by Kathy in Florida on Food.com. If you follow the instructions just as I did, then I think you’ll be eating homemade jelly too!
When I have fruit that has a lot of seeds like these berries do I prefer to make jelly over jam because I can avoid the seeds all together.
This recipe was easy to follow and the jelly making went fairly quickly. I used a box of SUREJELL for the pectin. I have always had good luck with this brand and it’s what my mom used long before I started making jams and jellies. *Cooks note: Remember to skim the foam off the top before putting the jelly in jars.
And did you know there is no written rule that says you only have to eat jelly on toast or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Try it on a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
I am now officially in the jam and jelly making mood. My next adventure? To pick cherries and make homemade cherry jam.
Have you ever made homemade jams and jellies? What’s your favorite flavor?