One Pot Pizza Pasta

pizza pastaPizza and Pasta — Are there two better foods out there? Not if you ask me. And the idea of making a whole meal in one pot is amazing, and something I need to start doing more often.

This recipe was very easy to make and turned out amazing. We ate every last bite. It will definitely be added to our dinner repertoire for sure.

For this recipe you will need an over proof pan. I used cast iron and it worked out great.

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French Fry Sauce

Fry SauceI love french fries. That’s no secret. From the time I was little, I preferred french fries over just about any other food, with the exception of maybe pizza.

This fry sauce is reminiscent of Zax sauce from Zaxby’s. We’ve used it for french fries and home made chicken nuggets and it was an instant hit! Even my stepson likes it and he usually eats everything plain with no dipping sauce.

I generally double or even triple the recipe and keep it in the refrigerator. It usually lasts us two or three meals.

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Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes

Crock Pot Scalloped PotatoesI could live off of potatoes for when I find a good potato recipe I am in heaven. I planned to make scalloped potatoes for Easter and when I found a recipe I could make in the crock pot it made Easter dinner all that much easier!

What’s better than potatoes, cheese, and ham (or bacon if you prefer)?

The correct answer is…nothing.

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Wildlife by Rachel Lynn Photography

Wildlife! by Rachel Lynn PhotographyIf you didn’t already know, one of the many jobs I hold is that of a lifestyle photographer. In 2009, I opened Rachel Lynn Photography. I take mostly family and couples pictures but have also done an occasional wedding or two.

This year I created Wildlife! by Rachel Lynn Photography, a branch of my business focusing on nature photography. My family moved to a nice quiet neighborhood where there is wildlife galore – from the 20+ species of birds at my bird feeders to the dozen or so whitetail deer who reside in the wooded area in our back yard, there is always something new just begging to be photographed.

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Grandma’s Homemade Pizza

PizzaMy Grandma’s homemade pizza has always been on of my favorite recipes. I love pizza…every kind of pizza, but there is nothing like home made pizza. While I consider this to be my Grandma Z’s recipe, it was actually my other Grandma’s recipe originally. This is a simple recipe that can be a little tricky depending on where you are and what time of year you’re making it. It’s very much a “grandma” recipe.

The pizza sauce is also homemade. You can top them with any pizza toppings you choose. We generally go for pepperoni and breakfast sausage. If you use breakfast sausage or beef, just fry it up beforehand.

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Grandma’s Zucchini Bread

zucchini-bread-2My grandma was a great cook.  Whether she was making dinner for my brother and I when we got off the school bus, or feeding 20 deer hunters, she was always in the kitchen. And she was always happy to be there. As I’m learning to cook more, I find myself hosting more parties, trying new recipes, and just being happy to be in the kitchen.  I understand now, why she loved it so much.

One of my favorite things to eat that she made was zucchini bread. Recently, I asked my aunt if she had Grandma’s recipe. Not only did she have it, but she still had Grandma’s hand written recipe card for it. Continue reading

Cake in a Cup

Cake in a CupMy friend and I were talking about how it would be great if you could make one single cupcake. Because you want a cupcake, but if you make a whole batch, you will eat a whole batch. It reminded me that I have seen several recipes for cake in a cup.

Last night after dinner, I was craving something sweet and we didn’t really have anything in the house, but I did have all the ingredients I needed to try making an actual cup-cake. So I gave it a shot, and it turned out pretty good.

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