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Homemade Pizza Sauce

Homemade Pizza Sauce

This is a favorite of mine, that I thought I had posted it already but apparently I hadn’t. My mom had asked me if I had my Homemade Pizza sauce recipe on the blog. I told her I wasn’t sure, so I looked… sure enough it wasn’t. So I thought it was due time to post it. This recipe was given to me by my friend Nichole. Do checkout her blog HERE. Shes a great wealth of amazing recipes and post.

I no longer buy pizza sauce pre-made. I always make it. Not only because it taste better, but its a lot cheaper. I think a typical can of pizza sauce already made by ragu cost almost $2.00 a jar. If not more. This recipe will make it possible to make up a batch for under a buck. If you get your tomato paste on sale (Ive seen it for like .30 cent a can), you can make this stuff for almost nothing.

Enjoy!

Below the actual recipe ill include a few photos of the process in mixing up a batch. Just for those who like that :) – I also will show you a simple lunch idea below the recipe using this sauce.


A really simple Pizza Sauce recipe the entire family will enjoy. Much cheaper to make than buying it pre-made too.
Homemade Pizza Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 - 6 ounce can of tomato paste
  • 2 TBS EVOO - or oil of choice
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 tsp. sucanat or brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. oregano
  • 3/4 tsp. basil
  • 3/4 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic

Instructions

  1. In a small pot at medium heat, stir together all the ingredients (I usually start with water and tomato paste first, then pile on the spices).
  2. Allow it to heat, stirring with a small whisk.
  3. Once blended together well, allow to simmer for a few moments (be sure to cover it, otherwise it pops up and splatters everywhere).
  4. After a few minutes you can store it in a mason jar in the fridge and use as you please.
  5. Keeps for about a week.
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Here is what my sauce mixture looks like as I prep it. Not the most appealing looking stuff pre-mix :) – but it sure turns out yummy.

You will never buy pre-made pizza sauce again. This recipe is so easy and so good!
Really simple Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe. Cost less than a dollar to make!

Really simple Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe. Cost less than a dollar to make!

Once my sauce is made. I either use it on a home made pizza dough. OR if I am feeling lazy and dont want to bother making up dough… allowing it to rise, etc..etc… I just use FLAT bread instead. I got this flat bread from Aldi. Their options for flat bread are great and it taste delicious.

Really simple Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe. Cost less than a dollar to make!

So what I do is put a few dollops of the sauce onto the flat bread.

I use the back of a spoon to spread out the sauce.


Really simple Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe. Cost less than a dollar to make!

I then sprinkle the flat bread with shredded cheese.

Really simple Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe. Cost less than a dollar to make!

Top with any toppings we have on hand.

Really simple Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe. Cost less than a dollar to make!

I then bake it at 375 for about 8-10 minutes? Or until crispy.

Really simple Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe. Cost less than a dollar to make!

A tip for baking these. You will want to bake them on a WIRE rack. If you put these on a baking sheet they dont crisp up right. So having them on a wire rack is best. My wire racks I actually pulled out of my toaster oven :) – made it easier for me to pull them out of the bigger oven when they were done.

My kids love these and always ask for more.

If you enjoy this recipe, don’t forget to share the love and give it a pin ;-)

Sticky Chicken – A Family Favorite

Sticky Chicken – A Family Favorite

One of the easiest recipes I have ever made. We call it Sticky Chicken. My kids eat this up and it is always a favorite by guest we have.I posted this recipe at some point on my blog. I think :) – I had trouble locating it while organizing my recipe page… so I thought it was due time to post the Sticky Chicken Recipe! This recipe was passed onto me many years ago in NC by my friend Kelly. She use to make it often for us and we just loved it.

It has since become one we do often any time we have guest… and it has never not been a hit. We always get compliments on how yummy it is. So here is the recipe, in all its simple glory :) – enjoy it! If you like chinese inspired dishes, you’ll love it.


One of the easiest recipes I have ever made. We call it Sticky Chicken. My kids eat this up and it is always a favorite by guest we have.

Sticky Chicken – A Family Favorite

Ingredients

  • 5-8 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 2 TBS Ketchup
  • Sprinkle of Garlic Powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F
  2. Put your Chicken Thighs into a baking dish (I use a pampered chef bakers pan but any glass or corning ware baking dish would work). Lay your chicken flat, not over lapping if you can...
  3. In a large bowl or measuring cup, mix together your sucanat, soy sauce and ketchup.
  4. Sprinkle your chicken with Garlic Powder.
  5. Then pour the sucanat/soy/ketchup sauce all over your chicken.
  6. Bake for 45 min - 1 hour, flipping on occasion. You want to make sure both sides of the chicken get coated as it cooks, so that it gives the chicken a great glaze on the outside.
  7. I then cut up the chicken (just makes it easier for the kids). Serve it over rice and top it with the juice/gravy sauce in the baking dish.
  8. You can serve it with a side of green beans, or veggie of choice. I love to season our green beans with garlic and soy sauce as well, so good!
  9. Enjoy!
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One of the easiest recipes I have ever made. We call it Sticky Chicken. My kids eat this up and it is always a favorite by guest we have One of the easiest recipes I have ever made. We call it Sticky Chicken. My kids eat this up and it is always a favorite by guest we have

One of the easiest recipes I have ever made. We call it Sticky Chicken. My kids eat this up and it is always a favorite by guest we have

3 Ingredient Lotion Bars

3 Ingredient Lotion Bars

I get a lot of request for this recipe and some have had trouble finding it on my blog since I teamed it with an Essential Oil Post last year. So I figured Id help everyone out in “searching for post” regard, and repost this favorite. This recipe btw was passed down to me by my sweet friend Nichole. She blogs over HERE. Shes a mother of 9 and is a wealth of knowledge. Do check out her blog. She graciously shared her recipe with me and I have been in love since.

Before I get into the recipe, to answer a few questions.


1. Are these greasy?

– IMO yes a bit. I’m use to it though, so I don’t even notice, nor am I bothered by it. When I first apply them, they feel very oily. Then again they are made out of coconut oil, shea and beeswax. They are oily. However, they absorb beautifully into my face and my skin has never looked or felt better. Any time I use a regular store bought moisturizer they never come close to the quality of this bar. Also I have found if I just moisturize with Coconut oil only, that it doesn’t keep the moisture in long enough. Something about the combination of these ingredients just works. It makes for an all day lasting moisturizer and is great for the skin.

2. Do you use it on your body?

– Not really. I could but I just prefer not to. I find these work best just for the face. For all over body lotion I would suggest using a whipped body butter (I have a recipe for that too and plan to add it to this blog soon) vs. a bar. It just applies a lot easier than a bar would. So for me, these are for FACIAL USE ONLY.

3. Do you wear make up over top after using the bar?
– Some days… but most days I do not. If I plan to wear make up I use a much lighter weight moisturizer, like Aveeno. Aveeno isn’t 100% natural by any means but it works well for under make up. I do not wear make up most days… so for me I’m ok using Aveeno for those make up days. I would say 4 out of 7 days I am bare skinned and prefer it. So this bar is used morning and evening most days of the week. I have had a few friends tell me they can use this under their make up with no issue though. So my issues with it may just be my own skin or my make up brand.

4. How long will one last? and how do I use it?
– I can use the same bar for many months! You wouldn’t think this small 2 inch x 2 inch bar would last that long but it does. I have found the best way to use it is to apply it right after cleansing your skin with warm water. Rub the bar between your hands a few times, then rub your hands to your face. It works so good this way. Do let me know if you would like me to share my “Oil Cleansing Method” here as well. I blogged about it on my old blog and it was quiet the popular post. For those unfamiliar, I do not use facial cleansers any more and haven’t for over 5 years. All I use is jojoba or sweet almond oil to clean my face. It removes my make up and all! Great stuff. :)

Ok… I think that about does it.

Now here goes the recipe.

A very simple 3 ingredient recipe to make your own Facial Lotion Bars

3 Ingredient Lotion Bars

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat up your coconut oil, shea and beeswax in a stainless steel pot at medium heat.
  2. Once melted remove from heat and pour your oils into silicone molds. I purchased my silicone molds off amazon. I love them!
  3. Once my ingredients are in the silicone molds I then add my Essential Oils. This is totally optional btw. You do not need to add essential oils into these for them to work well. I just do because I have them on hand and Essential Oils are amazing for our skin. The oils I add in are Sacred Frankincense, Rose Blend and Lavender. Just a couple drops each does the trick.
  4. Allow them to sit undisturbed at room temp... they will then harden into a square and you then just pop them out of the mold and there you go.
  5. I store mine at room temp but if you live in a warmer house above 80F, you may want to keep yours some place cooler.
http://dreawood.com/2015/05/3-ingredient-lotion-bars/


Disclosure:
The above post contains affiliate linking to Amazon and Rocky Mountain Oils. This in no way affects the opinions I have of these bars. Even before blogging these sort of recipes, I still used and loved these bars and used them daily. I hope you enjoy. If you have any comments, concerns or questions, feel free to contact me.

2 Ingredient Bathroom Tub and Shower Cleaner

What I am about to show you on this post is kinda embarrassing. I neglected our shower. A LOT the last month… and, with 4 little dudes who for some reason like our shower better, plus Travis and I. It didn’t take long before that shower began to look gross. Thankfully I have the best Tub and Shower Cleaner to handle the job and you wont believe how easy and cheap it is to make. I have been using this same recipe for about 3 years now. It works so good! I figured while my shower looked gross, I’d take advantage of that and snag some before/after photos for you. Don’t worry, if you ever visit with us, our guest bath is almost always clean. ;-)

2 Ingredient Bathroom Tub and Shower Cleaner that will put any bottle of bleach to shame.When I was pregnant with Reed and put on bed rest around 32 weeks. Our shower at our other home, got so disturbingly gross (due to my inability to clean and Travis’ busy mandate schedule). We ended up hiring a house cleaner and she told me she couldn’t get the shower clean that it was so bad (yup that bad). I told her to try my cleaner and handed her a bottle I already had made up. She let it soak (I told her it needed to soak for at least 30 min – 1 hour). After she finished cleaning our home she then asked me for the recipe. She said she has tried many bleach and chemical filled cleaners but none cleaned tile and grout as good as the bottle I gave her. (note: no hate on those who use chemicals or bleach. There is a time and place for them. We do own bleach too.)

She was impressed :)

I hated she had to clean up our gross shower… it was a hard season for me. Unable to do what needed to be done… It is life though… and I will be the first to show my life is not perfected.  My shower gets gross during busy months home schooling. We get behind on laundry… and our floor can go a mouth without being mopped… but for the most part, our home is clean enough to enjoy and that’s all that really matters. Travis always tells me, when I complain about messes…. that our home is not “a mess” – its “lived in.” Perfection never last.

SO here is the recipe. I promise, you’ll love it.

 

2 Ingredient Bathroom Tub and Shower Cleaner

Ingredients

  • 1 part White Vinegar
  • 1 part DAWN blue soap (use dawn, other brands don't work as well, trust me)
  • 1 Empty Squirt bottle (Dollar Tree has them)

Instructions

  1. I use the large dollar tree squirt bottle. I believe its a 16 ounce bottle. I then fill it with half white vinegar and half dawn soap.
  2. Mix it together by shaking it with the top on...
  3. Spray it onto the surface you want cleaned (don't be shy either, spray it well). Allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes - 1 hour.
  4. Once it sits, get a sponge or brush and scrub away the grossness. I have found for grout using a tooth brush after this application helps. Rinse it with warm water and you're done!
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Soft and Rich Dark Cocoa Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft and Rich Dark Cocoa Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft and Rich Dark Cocoa Chocolate Chip Cookies using Whole GrainsOne of my favorite sweets ever is a good chocolate chip cookie. I have had several recipes I have blogged sharing my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes… However, I have not bloggged my recent “boo boo” turned “awesomeness” recipe on an old favorite. A few years ago I blogged THIS RECIPE. A recipe for a flat cocoa wafer type cookie. I love that recipe… and one day I was making it up and realized while mixing it that I had made a mistake.

I accidentally put in WHOLE eggs instead of just the egg whites (that my original recipe had called for).

I went with it though and made the cookies anyway. To my delight the cookies came out even better!

Since then I have tweaked how I make them a little bit – making it faster and easier to whip up a batch. So since these are a favorite in our family now, I thought it was due time to share the result with all of you.

Enjoy! I promise you, you’ll be obsessed with this recipe. I could eat these cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner. So rich and soft. Perfect blend of sweetness.

**I BTW ALWAYS double this recipe when I make it. We have a bigger family than some though. The doubled recipe I think is ideal for a family of 5+ – families with 4 or so people, keep it as is.***

 

Soft and Rich Dark Cocoa Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white hard wheat (or red hard wheat - both work great)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 raw salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 3 tablespoons organic coconut oil (room temp, melted or unmelted, either works)
  • 1 cup sucanat (sugar cane natural - or brown sugar would be a substitute)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • chocolate mini morsels (optional)

Instructions

  1. Go ahead and pre-heat your oven to 350F.
  2. In your mixer add in your unsalted room temp butter, coconut oil, sucanat and vanilla. Blend this until it creates a paste.
  3. In another bowl add all your dry ingredients. So your flour, baking soda, salt. Stir that up until blended well.
  4. Now add in your egg to the sugar paste you just mixed up. Once that is blended well, start adding in your flour mixture little by little.
  5. It will then make your cookie dough. It should be a soft yet mold-able.
  6. I then take my hands and pull out small hunks of dough. Id say around a table spoon - 2 table spoons in size. I create a ball in my hand, then I squish the ball into a patty onto my baking stone that is prepped and ready.
  7. I then take some tiny mini chocolate morsels and top the cookie with just a couple and push them into the dough slightly. This is optional :)
  8. Then bake your cookies at 350F for 10-12 minutes until the tops look cracked.
  9. Transfer to cooling rack and you are good to go.
  10. IMO these cookies taste even more amazing the next day! I keep my cookies out in a glass cake display, so the air gets to them some what. Not sure if that what makes them even more amazing... but they are soft even days later.
  11. Enjoy!
http://dreawood.com/2015/04/soft-and-rich-dark-cocoa-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Great recipe for Whole Grain Soft Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Great recipe for Whole Grain Soft Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 Ingredient – Chicken Taco’s – Recipe

2 Ingredient – Chicken Taco’s – Recipe

I tried a new recipe last week… and you all, its so easy!

I’ll get straight to it….

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… and yes… I do suppose its “3 ingredients” if you count the meat.. I wasn’t counting the meat tho, since thats a given. :)

2 Ingredient – Chicken Taco’s

Ingredients

  • Chicken Broth
  • Taco Seasoning ( buy in a packet or make your own )
  • 1 pound chicken breast or tenderloins.

Instructions

  1. Mix together a few cups of chicken broth (Id say around 1 1/2 - 2 cups) with your packet of taco seasoning. Mix it all together.
  2. Place your chicken into a crockpot. I placed my chicken in FROZEN :) - since well, im never prepared enough to have it thawed.
  3. Pour the taco/chicken broth mixture over top of the chicken. It should cover majority of the chicken in the crockpot.
  4. Turn crockpot to high and cook for 4-5 hours, or cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. Once meat is super tender, take the meat out. Place it into your blender to shred the meat (this is a great secret I learned last year, works so good.) Once meat is shredded, put it back into the crock pot to simmer until you are ready to serve it.
  6. To get the meat out you will want to use a straining spoon of some sort, so that your taco's are not super drippy. Top your taco's with toppings of choice. For photo purposes I did not include any toppings :) - but we personally love salsa and cheese here. Yum yum!! Enjoy.
http://dreawood.com/2015/01/2-ingredient-chicken-tacos-recipe/

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My family at this up. Especially my boys. There was hardly anything left and the next day they wanted more.
I am not sure why but this taco recipe yielded a much moister meat. It must be because it cooks in the broth the entire time… either way, its a keeper for sure. It also felt like a very lean and healthy meal. If you were watching your calories I think this would be a great fit. Instead of serving your taco meat onto a tortilla as pictured, you could serve it on some romaine lettuce or even some quinoa chips. So many options.


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Hope you enjoy.

Blender Pancakes

Blender Pancakes

wondermixThose who read my blog and have for some time, know I love pancakes… or I guess I should say, my kids love pancakes :) – I love them but, well… like most adults I can’t indulge in pancakes all the time like I use too. A little here or there wont hurt me though ;-) – so I always love looking for great pancake recipes, since they are a staple in my home.

I recently got a WonderMix by The Wondermill Company. I LOVE IT.. one thing it offers is the ability to mix things up. While the mixing aspect of this product may not be like the Ninja or Vitamix. It can however function very well for many things… and is so easy to use and dishwasher safe, that for a busy mom of 4 boys boys, Im loving it.

This pancake recipe was one of the many in the small recipe book given to me in the WonderMix box. It caught my eye and so I made it up a few weeks ago. LOVED it… made it again on Christmas day. Loved it again, as did my parents and brother. Made it up again today – and again, just as much love, if not more.

Its super easy, very soft, moist pancakes with fluff but not to much fluff. You seriously would never know they were made from freshly ground whole grain flour either… they are amazing.

Can I just add, they are pretty “idiot” proof :) – to put it nicely. My husband can’t cook AT ALL. The most he can cook is bacon and hamburgers haha… but I really think he could handle this recipe :)

So here is what you need….

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Blender Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup water or milk (I used milk)
  • 1 cup freshly ground white hard wheat (or whole wheat flour)
  • 1/4 cup dry milk (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. oil of choice (coconut, evoo)
  • 1 Tbsp. honey or sucanat (I used sucanat)
  • 1/2 tsp. real salt
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • (NOTE: I double this recipe any time I mix it up. We have a big family and a single batch just doesnt cut it - so if you have more than 2 kids, go ahead and double this one up)

Instructions

  1. Mix water, wheat and milk into WonderMix blender for 3 minutes (yes, 3 minutes!).
  2. Add in eggs, oil, sucanat (or honey) and salt. Blend this for 20 seconds with the flour/milk mixture you just blended for 3 minutes.
  3. Add in baking powder last - pulse it 4 times.
  4. Cook immediately on a hot griddle of choice.
http://dreawood.com/2014/12/blender-pancakes/

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