Taco Pizza and Weight-Loss Contest Update. And Yes, Those are Oxymorons.

Hi everyone!  I am in a vicious circle with the blog, I think.  On one hand, I want to have great photos, because I have the knowledge and equipment to make great photos happen.  On  the other hand, I want to post frequently.  Unfortunately both of those things can’t happen right now.  Sigh.  So I have decided it is better to post more often at this point.  Maybe someday I will also have nice photos, but for now, please enjoy the mediocre to terrible iPhone photography.

It’s funny that I had planned on posting this recipe for Taco Pizza when I made it last week, because another blog that I really love recently posted her version of Taco Pizza this week!  (Click here to visit her awesome cooking blog )Divine inspiration?  Perhaps.  ;)  While we are on the subject of the Divine, I’m basically certain that in heaven we will all be eating pizza and tacos.  And taco pizza.

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Yum.  If this picture wasn’t ridiculously blurry, your mouth would be watering.  Anyway, this is a recipe that is really straightforward and of course super simple to change up to suit your tastes.

Here’s how Husband and I made it: Continue reading

Blueberry Banana Bran Muffins

muffins1I really wish I could call these something other than muffins, because that m is really throwing off the fantastic alliteration I have going on.  I suppose if I had a mini muffin pan they could be Blueberry Banana Bran Bites, but I don’t.  *sigh*  I suppose we could go with Blueberry Banana Bran Bombs, but there is really something terrifying about any food that can be described as a Bran Bomb.  And these are delicious, and I don’t want you to be scared to make them. Continue reading

They are Gonna Serve These Sweet Potatoes in Heaven

Hi y’all.  Wow, I’ve been a terrible blogger the past two weeks!  Apologies.  I was super busy getting ready for our four parents, Husband’s grandmother, and my brother to all come to our apartment for Thanksgiving.  Then I did Black Friday and promptly got sick :( and then had tons of catching up to do at work.  So that being said, I had planned on posting this recipe before Thanksgiving, but alas, it didn’t happen.  But that’s alright because after you try this you will eat sweet potatoes on a regular basis year-round.  Promise.

ImageJust look at the crispy, sweet n’ salty goodness!  No marshmallows in sight.  And while I am certainly not anti-marshmallow by any means, I don’t want ’em on my sweet potatoes. Continue reading

Perfectly Easy Pizza Crust

Hello lovelies.  I have been slacking on my blogging lately!  This seemed to be a particularly busy week; it certainly went by in a whirlwind at our house.

Friday night is pizza night in the Stein household.  This did not begin with our Stein household; it probably goes way back to the Stein ancestors in Germany and Poland in the fifteenth century.  Herr Gustav Herman Olav Stein probably gathered his brood around the ancient brick oven as his children came in and asked, “Can we have Hawaiian pizza tonight?” “Did anyone remember to record Shark Tank?” “Did you get some Shiner?” “Grimm is new tonight!”.  So who am I to mess with hundreds of years of tradition?

Yeah, I made that up.

Anyway, Friday night pizza is a tradition from Jared’s childhood, and I think you all know how I feel about carbs and cheese, so I was all too happy to continue it at our house. Continue reading

Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

This recipe looks really fancy, but it is super easy.  So the next time you want to impress someone with your cooking prowess, make these.  Just plan ahead, because they do need to cook for a good while.

Besides looking fancy, these use quinoa instead of just plain rice, so you can convince everyone that you are extremely health conscious or into exotic food, whichever works.  (Quinoa really isn’t that exotic…)  If you don’t know what quinoa is (pronounced KEEN-wah just so you don’t sound stupid when you’re bragging) it’s an ancient grain/seed from South America that has no gluten and a good dose of protein.  Plus, it is yummy and I can buy it by the pound at my local Sprouts very cheaply.  And a pound goes a really long way. Note: I only wanted to make two peppers, so I made a smaller amount, but this would be very simple to double. Continue reading