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Friday Finds Linky Party

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Chicken Corn Chowder from Honey & Birch

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Spring Home Tour

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Banana Coconut Bundt Cake from Kleinworth & Co.

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Friday Finds Linky party

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Cheesy Corn Dip from Kleinworth & Co.

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Healthy Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars Recipe from Spoonful of Flavor

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Lemon Body Scrub from Pink Heels Pink Truck

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DIY Stamped Clay Garden Markers from Living lavida Holoka

 

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Chocolate Peanut Buter Banana Pie from Spoonful of Flavor

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Margherita Pizza

Who doesn’t love a wonderfully simple and delicious MARGHERITA PIZZA?

final margherita pizza

This recipe will be such a hit! 

It’s a simple fresh mozzarella & basil blend that is absolutely delicious.

homemade margherita pizza

I like to skip the time consuming step of making the dough and just purchase Tiseo’s Frozen Dough and let it thaw out the day of. 

 

homemade margherita pizza

It will initialy look like this….a small, frozen ball. Lay it out on a baking sheet in the morning and let it thaw for dinner.

homemade margherita pizza  

It will expand like this as the day progresses.

homemade margherita pizza

When you’re ready to make the pizza, punch down the dough and begin rolling it out to as large as you can get it.

homemade margherita pizza

Then you can add canned pizza sauce or make a homemade one

{recipe coming soon!}

homemade margherita pizza

Then slice up your fresh mozzarella and alongside those, place fresh basil leaves.

homemade margherita pizza

You will be left with this gorgeous pizza and all you need to do is bake it!

homemade margherita pizza

Preheat your oven to 450 F and bake for 15-20 minutes.

homemade margherita pizza

I mean, just take a look at that glorious melted cheese :)

homemade margherita pizza

Homemade Margherita Pizza
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Ingredients
  1. 6-8 fresh basil leaves
  2. pizza sauce, store bought or homemade
  3. pizza dough, i use tiseo's frozen dough
  4. fresh mozzarella ball
Instructions
  1. If using frozen pizza dough, take it out in the morning and place on a baking sheet to thaw.
  2. When you are ready to use, punch out the dough and roll out to your thickness liking.
  3. Then make a homemade pizza sauce or use store bought. Spread it all over the crust.
  4. Slice up pieces of the fresh mozzarella and lay all over pizza.
  5. Then place fresh basil in the remaining open spots where there isn't cheese.
  6. Preheat oven to 450 F and then cook pizza for 15-20 minutes.
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/

homemade margherita pizza

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Friday Finds Linky Party

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Erin from Strawberry Mommycakes || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Butterfly Cupcakes from Shaken Together

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Vanessa from See Vanessa Craft || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Easy Fried Mozzarella Sticks from All She Cooks

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Rainbow Easter Egg Flower Pots

Snicker Brownies Recipe from Embellishmints

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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Vintage Camper Painted Rock from AttaGirlSays

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Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Painted Burlap Bunny Sign from Ribbons and Glue

 

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Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook

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Easter Chicks Lemon Cookies from The Gold Lining Girl

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Short Ribs

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On freezing cold winter nights, this is the perfect meal.

It is hearty, warms up the soul, and is a total comfort food!

I love the blend of all the veggies, herbs, and of course ribs.

This simmers for a few hours so it fills the whole house up with a wonderful aroma as well!

 

To make this wonderful Short Ribs dish, you begin by browning the ribs all over. I used my Dutch Oven because that was the largest pot I had and it worked really well.

Short Ribs + Cooking with Crystal

After that, simply pull them out and place in the veggies and liquid. Be sure to scrape the bottom as it simmers, getting all the bits and deliciousness from the pan.

Short Ribs + Cooking with Crystal

Then place the ribs back in and let them fall into the liquid bath. Be sure to add your fresh herbs too, it will really increase the flavor.

Short Ribs + Cooking with Crystal

Put the lid on and let it simmer and cook for 2 hours. Remove lid and the meat will be getting very tender. Let them go for 45 more mintues and then you will have a wonderful dish!

Short Ribs + Cooking with Crystal

Put it all together and you have this amazing dish!

Short Ribs + Cooking with Crystal

 

Short Ribs
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Ingredients
  1. 8 whole beef short ribs
  2. kosher salt and pepper
  3. 1/4 cups flour
  4. 6 pieces pancetta, diced
  5. 2 Tbsp evoo
  6. 1 medium onion, diced
  7. 3 whole carrots, diced
  8. 2 whole shallots, peeled and finely minced
  9. 2 cups red or white wine
  10. 2 cups beef or chicken broth
  11. 2 sprigs thyme
  12. 2 sprigs rosemary
Instructions
  1. Salt and pepper the ribs, then dredge in flour. Set aside.
  2. In a large Dutch oven, cook pancetta over medium heat until completely crispy. Remove from pan and set aside. Do not discard grease.
  3. Add evoo to pan with pancetta grease, and raise heat to high.
  4. Brown ribs on all sides, about 45 seconds per side. Remove ribs and set aside.
  5. Turn heat to medium. Add onions, carrots, and shallots to pan and cook for 2 minutes. Pour in wine and scrape the bottom of pan to release all the amazingness.
  6. Bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes.
  7. Add broth, 1 tsp kosher salt, and plenty of fresh pepper. Taste and add more salt if necessary. Add ribs to the liquid; they should be almost completely submerged. Add thyme and rosemary sprigs to the liquid. Put on the lid and place into the oven.
  8. Cook for 2 hours at 350 degrees F, then lower heat to 325 F and cook for 30-45 more minutes. Ribs should be fork tender and falling off bone.
  9. Remove pan from oven and allow to sit for 20 minutes with the lid on. Before you serve it, skim the fat off the top of the liquid.
Adapted from Pioneer Woman
Adapted from Pioneer Woman
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/
 Short Ribs + Cooking with Crystal

 

 

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Friday Finds Linky Party

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Erin from Strawberry Mommycakes || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Confetti Eggs from My Name is Snickerdoodle

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Vanessa from See Vanessa Craft || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Cadbury Mini Eggs Candy Bark from A Pumpkin & A Princess

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Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Rainbow Easter Egg Flower Pots

Rainbow Easter Egg Flower Pots from Made with Happy

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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

DIY Wall Art from Made With Happy

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Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Easter Carrot Door Wreath Tutorial from Paint Yourself a Smile

 

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Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes from Delightful E Made

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LinkyMain2-04Happy Friday! It’s time to link up your crafts, recipes and tutorials. We can’t wait to see them! There were so many fun posts linked up last week, here are just a handful of our favorites. 

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Erin from Strawberry Mommycakes || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Confetti Eggs from My Name is Snickerdoodle

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Vanessa from See Vanessa Craft || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Cadbury Mini Eggs Candy Bark from A Pumpkin & A Princess

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Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Rainbow Easter Egg Flower Pots

Rainbow Easter Egg Flower Pots from Made with Happy

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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

DIY Wall Art from Made With Happy

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Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Easter Carrot Door Wreath Tutorial from Paint Yourself a Smile

 

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Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes from Delightful E Made

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LinkyMain2-04Happy Friday! It’s time to link up your crafts, recipes and tutorials. We can’t wait to see them! There were so many fun posts linked up last week, here are just a handful of our favorites. 

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Erin from Strawberry Mommycakes || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Confetti Eggs from My Name is Snickerdoodle

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Vanessa from See Vanessa Craft || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Cadbury Mini Eggs Candy Bark from A Pumpkin & A Princess

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Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Rainbow Easter Egg Flower Pots

Rainbow Easter Egg Flower Pots from Made with Happy

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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

DIY Wall Art from Made With Happy

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Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Easter Carrot Door Wreath Tutorial from Paint Yourself a Smile

 

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Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes from Delightful E Made

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cake

reese's peanut butter cookie cake

Are you ready to die and go to peanut butter heaven?!

This Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cake will have you shouting for joy at all the amazingness.

You have the peanut butter, the chocolate chips, a cookie layer base, homemade chocolate frosting, all drizzled with chocolate sauce.

I mean you CAN’T go wrong there.

Make your tastebuds sing by making this recipe today!

reese's peanut butter cookie cake

To get started, make the cookie dough.

reese's peanut butter cookie cake

The trick i like to use for cutting the reese’s cups are to freeze them

for a few minutes and then they get cold and are easier to chop up.

reese's peanut butter cookie cake

Add the chopped pieces to the cookie dough.

reese's peanut butter cookie cake

Press it all firmly into the pan.

reese's peanut butter cookie cake reese's peanut butter cookie cake

Then bake it in the oven for approx. 18 minutes.

reese's peanut butter cookie cake

Then whip up the homemade chocolate frosting.

reese's peanut butter cookie cake

Spread it all over the top.reese's peanut butter cookie cake

Add the remaining chopped reese’s cups.

reese's peanut butter cookie cake

and enjoy your amazingness that you created.

 

reese's peanut butter cookie cake
reese's peanut butter cookie cake reese's peanut butter cookie cake

Reese's Peanut Butter Cookie Cake
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Ingredients
  1. Cookie: 1/2 cup butter
  2. 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 3/4 cup peanut butter
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1 3/4 cups flour
  8. 3/4 tsp baking soda
  9. 1/2 cup peanut butter cups, chopped (from 12 oz bag)
  10. 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Icing & Topping
  1. 1/4 cup butter
  2. 1/4 cup shortening
  3. 2 cups powdered cocoa
  4. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1-2 Tbsp water
  6. rest of reese's, chopped
  7. chocolate sauce
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugars together, 3 minutes.
  2. Mix in the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla extract.
  3. Add flour and baking soda, combine together.
  4. Stir in peanut butter cups and chocolate chips.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  6. Line 9 inch cake pan with parchment paper and grease sides.
  7. Press dough into the pan and bake 20 minutes.
  8. Remove fro moven and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
Icing
  1. Beat shortening and butter until smooth.
  2. Slowly add 1 cup powdered sugar, mix well.
  3. Mix in the vanilla extract & 1 Tbsp water.
  4. Add cocoa and the rest of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add more water to get the correct consistency.
When cookie is cooled
  1. spread chocolate icing on top.
  2. Add remaining reese's to the top.
  3. Drizzle chocolate sauce over top.
  4. Store in an airtight container.
Adapted from Lofe Love & Sugar
Adapted from Lofe Love & Sugar
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/
 reese's peanut butter cookie cake

 

reese's peanut butter cookie cake

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