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Cali Summer 2012

I don't know why I never posted these before but here is a little look into what we did in Cali Last Summer . . . Hopefully this year we can repeat a few of these too :)

Found Bacon Jerky at one of the gas stations on the drive over . . . you know we had to try it
SCRATCHERS!!! We can't get these in Utah so we totally had to get some in Cali
Bubble Drinks in San Fran 
Wings at San Tung!!! OMG soooo good
Quick Stroll around Golden Gate Park

Wing and Beer at KEZAR PUB!!!

Did you really think Eddie could go back to Cali without seeing a Giants Game?? lol

Zelda's in Capitola - Sabrina needed to go to the beach :)
Wine Tasting at Ruby Hill
and of course . . . Dinner at Sinaloa's in Morgan Hill

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Avalanche Bars have been a HUGE hit here. They are soooo good people eat them up and joke that I can't make them anymore. I have made avalanche bars a few times and am always surprised that chocolate and peanut butter are what hold these bars together rather than marshmallows. Since I had extra chocolate lying around I decided to make these with just milk chocolate and peanut butter and these turned out pretty darn good too :)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

1 bag of Milk Chocolate Chips
1/4 cup Peanut Butter
3 Cups Rice Krispies
Reeses Pieces or Mini peanut butter Cups

1) In 30 Second Increments melt the Chocolate Chips in Microwave until smooth)
2) Add Peanut butter and microwave for 15 more seconds
3) Stir in Rice Kripsies
4) Let sit for 5-10 minutes
5) Place into a greased pan
6) Top with Reeses Pieces or Mini peanut butter Cups
7) Let cool in Fridge or Room Temperature before cutting to serve

Cheesy Pasta

I pin a ton of recipes on pinterest every day but hardly ever make any of them. However after finding this pasta recipe on and seeing how easy it was I just had to make it.

Cheesy Pasta

1 Box of Pasta
1 Jar Alfredo Sauce
1 Jar Red Pasta Sauce
2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese
1 Cup Parmesean Cheese

1) Pre Heat Oven to 350 degrees
2) Cook Pasta According to Box directions
3) Drain
4) Mix Pasta with the sauces and mozzarella
5) Place in baking dish and top with Parmesean
6) Bake for 30 minutes

Oven Tacos

When it comes to tacos Eddie likes them crunchy and I like them soft. One night waiting for Eddie to get home from work I accidentally came up with a technique that makes them a little bit of both

Oven Tacos
-Corn Tortillas
-Taco Meat
-Additional Taco toppings

-Fill Corn Tortillas with meat and cheese and place into a baking dish
-Place baking dish in a cold oven then turn on to 350 degrees
-Cooks taco in oven for 10 minutes
-After 10 minutes turn off oven and let tacos sit in oven until ready to serve
-Take out of oven and top with any additional toppings that you like

Cheesy Bread Take 2

I really didn't think that I could make our Copy Cat Cheesy Bread Recipe any better but then we added in Homemade Dough and WOW!!

Cheesy Bread Take 2
-Homemade pizza dough with 1/4 tsp garlic powder added into dough
-1/2 cup of butter (melted)
-8 oz of Mozzarella Cheese
-Parmesan Cheese
-Greek Seasoning

Directions: 1) Pre-Heat oven to 425 degrees 2) Follow the Homemade Dough Recipe found here adding 1/4 garlic powder to the dough 3) Melt 1/2 cup of butter and place into the bottom of a baking sheet with a lip 4) Roll out dough and place on top of butter  5) Top dough with mozzarella, Greek seasoning, and Parmesan cheese 6) Cook at 425 degrees for 15 minutes then lower the temp down to 350 for the last 10

Zesty Pizza Sauce

Pizza is ALWAYS on the menu at our house and if we are not BBQing when we have friends over Pizza is probably what we are making.

Zesty Sauce has been on eddies mind lately - especially when thinking of his favorite pizza places back in San Fran - - After a few tries we realized its just all about the spices.

Zesty Pizza Sauce

-Plain Tomato Sauce
-Dried Oregano
-Dried Basil
-Garlic Powder

Spread the plain tomato sauce on your pizza - top with equal amounts of the 3 seasonings (the more you use the zestier the sauce will be)

-Need some pizza ideas check these posts out: Pizza Crust - Cheesy Bites Pizza - Stuffed Pizza Pie

Individual Roast Beef Sandwiches

As you all know we are cleaning out all the food in our house as part of our vacation prep so when we decided to do Roast Beef Sandwiches for dinner last night we used the only bread in the house . . . hamburger buns.

Surprising these turned out to be really good and it would be really easy to make a ton of these if needed. I mixed up the recipe a little bit but still had the taste that our classic roast beef sandwich has.

Individual Roast Beef Sandwiches

-Hamburger Buns (or any other roll)
-Greek seasoning
-Sandwich Swiss Cheese
-Deli Roast Beef

1) Butter each side of the hamburger buns
2) Top with Greek seasoning
3) Place under broiler (high) for about 5 minutes or until brown
4) While buns are browning place package of roast beef in a frying pan and cook at medium high for about 10 minutes
5) Place 1 piece of Swiss cheese on each side of the bun then put back into the oven (broiler OFF)
6) Once meat is done take buns out of the oven top one side with m…

Roasted Veggies

With our cruise coming up and being gone for almost 2 weeks me and eddie had the plan to eat everything in the house and not go grocery shopping. It has lead to a few creative dinners and a little more snacking them normal but WOW I didn't realize how much food we actually did have in the house!! We are on week two of eating what we have then maybe buying one or two things and still have enough food to last us right up until we leave.

Lately for lunch I have been taking frozen veggies roasting them up in the oven and eating them alone or over rice - - really quick and simple and best part is you don't even need to defrost them

Roasted Veggies
-Frozen Veggies (i've been using asparagus and broccoli)
-Cooking Spray
-1/2 tbs minced garlic
-Red Pepper Flakes

-Preheat oven to 450 degrees
-Spray frozen veggies with cooking spray, top with garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes, toss until well coated
-Cook for 15-25 minutes (depending on size)

-same m…

How to cut a Watermelon

Here in Utah it has been in the 100's and I am loving it. Being that it is now officially summer a ton of recipes have been popping up with watermelon and pinterest has been flooded by this pin on the right way to cut a watermelon so I decided to try it out today

If you haven't seen it already here is the original pin: (scroll down towards the bottom and you'll find the how to cut a watermelon part)

1) Cut of the top and the bottom
2) Stand the watermelon up on one of the exposed sides
3) Cut down from the top to the bottom until all you see is red

-super messy if you have a juicy watermelon so keep paper towels near by

Eddie's Work Potluck

Eddie's Work is having a potluck tomorrow to celebrate 4th of July and he has requested 2 special dishes Homemade Salsa and Avalanche Bars.

If you are looking for something easy to make and take with you to a BBQ tomorrow here are two recipes that will definitely please a crowd!

Copy Cat Chili's Salsa
28oz can of tomatoes drained
4 whole jalapenos (canned)
1/4 of an onion
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons lime juice

1) Drain the can of tomatoes
2) Cut the tops off of the jalapenos
3) Throw all the ingredients in the blender or food processor and blend

-For the jalapenos make sure that they are not pickled - you can find them in the Mexican section of the grocery store - I am sure fresh would work too but haven't tried them yet
-It doesn't matter what form you buy the tomatoes in (whole - diced -etc) just make sure they are plain (no flavoring/ seasoning added) and that you drain the…