Friday Favorite

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I’m going to try something new here on D&S.  On Fridays, I’m going to share my current favorite thing.  I am not getting any “kickbacks” or payment for any of the things I share.  Fairly often, I think of something that I would love to share with my readers, something that’s not a DIY project or a recipe, it’s just something I’m really liking at the moment or something that has impressed me.  This “Favorite Friday” will give me the opportunity to share those things!  So, let’s see how it goes.  It may be short lived.

Ya’ll might not really care… I’m not Oprah after all.

Here’s this week’s FAVORITE…

Have you tried Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle?  It’s amazing.  I buy it at Costco but I’ve also found it at Target.  The Chocolate Chip and Salted Caramel are my favorites.  It’s pretty healthy to be a brownie, too!

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Homemade Cheese Sticks

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I adapted this recipe from the original Kitchenaid Pizza Dough recipe.

Ingredients:

1 package of active dry yeast

1 cup warm water

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons olive oil

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Directions:  Dissolve the package of yeast in the warm water.  Add salt, olive oil and 2.5 cups of the flour.  Attach dough hook to mixer bowl and mix on low speed for 1 minute.  Then add remaining cup of flour, very slowly.  Let dough continue to kneed on low speed for 2 minutes.  Remove dough and place in a greased bowl ( I have a glass Kitchenaid bowl that works perfectly – photographed below)  Cover with a paper towel or cloth and allow to sit in a warm place for about an hour.  I find the perfect spot to be inside the microwave, with the surface light turned on.  This is what my dough looked like before it went in the microwave…

first doughThis is what it looked like after it was in the microwave for an hour.  The dough needs to be doubled.
dough 2Replace dough hook and kneed for 30 seconds.

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Remove dough and place on a floured surface, form a ball, brush with oil and flatten the dough.

Then, use a pastry cutter to divide the dough into strips (as shown below)

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Brush the tops of the strips with olive oil.  Then sprinkle with garlic salt and parmesan cheese.

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Twist the strips and place on a baking pan.

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Bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

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Serve with marinara sauce.

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This recipe can easily be adapted to make a pizza.  The above pizza has the same crust as the breadsticks.  Toppings are mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce.  These pizzas bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes.

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This supreme pizza has turkey pepperoni, turkey sausage, sliced yellow and red bell peppers, sliced mushrooms, marinara and mozzarella cheese.

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Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles

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Happy Blueberry Popsicle Day!

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I love this recipe because it’s healthy but it doesn’t taste healthy.  The greek yogurt gives these a richness that tricks the taste buds.

Ingredients:

8 oz. Lite Cool Whip

8 oz. Noosa Blueberry Greek Yogurt

1/4 tsp. Vanilla Flavoring

1 tsp. Honey

Fold together all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl.

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Transfer the yogurt mixture to a freezer size plastic bag, zipping it closed at the top.

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Snip a bottom corner of the bag and fill each of the popsicle molds, tap down each one to insure that there are no air bubbles.

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Place the sticks into the molds and pop them closed.  Then store in tray, in freezer, overnight.

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tray of popsicles

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In case you wondered, I bought my popsicle mold at Target, two years ago.  They don’t carry them in stores anymore but they are still available online…

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Enjoy!

 

Spice Jar Storage

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If you read my blog, you know that we are currently undergoing a complete kitchen remodel.  The project isn’t compete quite yet but I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  The cabinets have been installed and the new pantry cabinets are going to be amazing.  I started working on organizing them last week.  I started with my most used spices, placing them in a drawer next to the stove top.  Here’s a photo and link to that post, in case you missed it…

drawer 2The spice drawer is going to be great, but it doesn’t hold everything.  I have about 22 different spices so I’m storing my “less used stuff” in the pantry, on a stair-step shelf from Target.  I also bought several boxes of 4 oz. jars from Target (see photo below).

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I created name labels using my Silhouette Cameo machine and red colored self-adhesive vinyl.  The font used is “Janda Elegant Handwriting”.  I love that font and I think the red lettering adds a fun touch.

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I transferred the vinyl to the jars using Silhouette transfer paper.

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I love working with Happy Crafters Vinyl (affiliate, see here.)  It is the best vinyl, hands down.  It never gets gummy, like some of the other vinyl does.  It is so easy to use.  When you are working with small, detailed letters, you need a good adhesive vinyl and this one is the best that I’ve ever used.


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Above, I used a few larger jars for more frequently used spices, that I like to buy in bulk, such as chili powder, garlic salt and other seasonings.

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I’m so excited about this new storage system.  I put everything on the shelves alphabetically, making it super quick and easy to find anything I need!

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Parmesan Encrusted Tilapia

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Ingredients:
1/3 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
1.5 tablespoon Light Mayo
1/3 cup Bread Crumbs
1 teaspoon Minced Garlic
1 tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
1/8 teaspoon Basil
1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/8 teaspoon Salt
a drizzle of Olive Oil
a sprinkle of Jane’s Mixed Up Seasoning Salt
1 pound of Fish (Tilapia, Mahi Mahi or Trout)

Instructions:
Preheat oven broiler on high heat. Raise your oven racks to highest setting. Line a shallow pan with aluminum foil sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

In a small bowl mix parmesan cheese, light mayo, bread crumbs, minced garlic, fresh lemon, basil, salt, pepper and olive oil.

Season both sides of fish with seasoning salt. Place fish in a single layer on prepared shallow baking pan. Broil a few inches from heat for 2 minutes. Remove from oven and turn fish over, then broil for 2 minutes. Remove and add parmesan mixture to top of fish. Broil for an additional 2 minutes. Total cooking time is 6 minutes. Fish should be flaky, be careful not to overcook.

Honey Wheat Bread

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Ingredients:

2 c. warm water (bath water temperature)
2 c. whole wheat flour
5 c. all-purpose flour
1 package rapid rise yeast
1/4 c. EVOO
1/2 c. honey
2 tsp. salt

Make sure you use (2) 9″ x 5″ GLASS LOAF PANS.

Dissolve the yeast in warm water.  Add honey, wheat flour, salt and EVOO.  Add AP flour, gradually.  Using dough hook on mixer, knead on medium level for 10 minutes.  It will be ready to stop when the dough starts pulling from the edge of mixing bowl.  You should be able to touch dough without it sticking to your finger.  Oil down two 9 x 5 GLASS loaf pans and divide batter into both pans.  Sprinkle the top with flour and pat top.  Let both pans rise in the microwave for 3 hours.  When the dough fills up the pan, bake for exactly 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Enjoy!

Spice Drawer Organization

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Hello.  Meet my new spice drawer.  I have set up a new space for my 8 “most used” spices. This little drawer is located right next to my gas range top.  That range is not included in the photograph because it hasn’t been installed yet.  I am just beginning to organize my new kitchen space and I’m getting really excited about how it’s all coming together.

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Details:  I bought the jars at Home Goods, they are 4 oz jars that cost about $1.25 each.  I think the package of 4 jars was $4.99.  I bought two packs, obviously.  I used mini furniture pads (the kind that go on the bottoms of chair legs) inside the drawer to keep the jars from rolling around or moving (see photo below).

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the labels.  The font is called “Janda Elegant Handwriting”

I buy all my vinyl from Happy Crafters (Affiliate – See my disclosure statement here).  They have the very best vinyl!  If you are working with a detailed, small project such as the lettering on these jars, then you must have a vinyl that doesn’t “gum up” or have trouble with clean cuts.  I love, love, love the quality of HC vinyl.  Check them out!!

I have about 20 additional spices in my pantry cabinet. I’ll detail the organization of those in a later post. Here’s a glimpse of that project, that is currently a work in progress.

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Skillet Pork Chops

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I love this recipe because it’s so easy and only uses one pan!

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Ingredients:

5 boneless, thin pork chops

seasoning:  salt and pepper or I used “Krazy Jane’s Mixed Up Seasoning Salt”

1 tbsp. olive oil

2 c. white rice

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 1/2 soup cans of water

chopped parsley for garnis

Heat cast iron skillet on medium high setting, then add olive oil.  Season pork chops with seasoning salt.  Then, sear or brown pork chops slightly – only about a minute on each side.  Remove pork chops from plate.  Add 2 cups of rice to bottom of skillet.  In a separate mixing bowl, mix water and soup.  Pour soup over the rice and stir (reserve 1/4 cup).  Add pork chops to the top of rice and pour on the remaining soup.  Sprinkle with parsley, to make it pretty.  Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

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Monogrammed Jewelry Dish

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IMG_5122I’m officially obsessed with gold vinyl!

 I found this adorable little dish at Target last week for $1.  The great thing about this dish is that it can rest on a nightstand, kitchen sink or bathroom counter for your most often worn jewelry.  It’s a great place to keep your wedding ring while you are washing your hands or doing dishes.

My favorite source for gold vinyl (and all vinyl) is Happy Crafters (Affiliate, see my disclosure)

My Top 10 Kitchen Wishlist

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We are almost finished with the kitchen remodel and I have created a list of my top 10 WANTS for my new kitchen.  These are not in any specific order.  Some are very cheap and some are very expensive.  I just wanted to share what I would love to buy for my new space…
berry good   Porcelain Berry Baskets at Williams Sonoma

olivewoodOlivewood Salt Keeper at Williams Sonoma

ci grill pressCast Iron Grill Press at One Kings Lane

wood salad serversFarmhouse Mango Wood Salad Servers

flat whiskFlat Whisk at Williams Sonoma

fish spatulaOpen Kitchen Fish Spatula at Williams Sonoma

ci griddleLe Creuset Cast-Iron Rectangular Skinny Grill at Williams Sonoma

silpatSilpat Silicone Cookie Sheet liners at Williams Sonoma

img43oCuisinart Ice Cream Maker

img14oLe Creuset Cast-Iron Grill Pan