Crazy for Crust Baking... With a Slice of Life 2017-01-22T11:00:50Z http://www.crazyforcrust.com/feed/atom/ Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Celebration Pudding Cookies]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=21356 2017-01-18T23:33:00Z 2017-01-22T11:00:50Z Celebration Pudding Cookies – this EASY pudding cookie recipe is filled with rainbow sprinkles and M&Ms. They’re the perfect cookie to celebrate every day! Whew boy, I just sat down and looked at my calendar for the next few weeks and I’m already exhausted (and broke). People who think the holidays are bad don’t have […]

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Celebration Pudding Cookies – this EASY pudding cookie recipe is filled with rainbow sprinkles and M&Ms. They’re the perfect cookie to celebrate every day!

Celebration Pudding Cookies - this EASY pudding cookie recipe is filled with rainbow sprinkles and M&Ms. They're the perfect cookie to celebrate every day!

Whew boy, I just sat down and looked at my calendar for the next few weeks and I’m already exhausted (and broke). People who think the holidays are bad don’t have back-to-back birthdays in January and February! Here’s a quick rundown:

January 28: I’m hosting a 40th birthday for a good friend at my house.

February 3: It’s daddy-daughter dance time and since we’re super helicopter-y A-type personalities who let our kids run the show, they want to eat with all their friends. Normally the dads and kids go to a restaurant for dinner and my husband spends two hours looking at his watch and sweating because they’re already late for the dance and oh my goodness these people eat so slow, so this year I said I’d host 15 daddy-daughter couples for dinner before the dance.

(BTW, the morning after I said I’d do it I woke up thinking WTF was I thinking? but it was too late.)

That weekend is also the Super Bowl and my mother-in-law’s birthday.

Then I leave for 6 days to the frigid north (Wisconsin).

I get back and 5 days later am throwing Jordan a traditional (read: over the top) 12th birthday. (My advice to those of you with littles: do the very minimum when they’re 4 and 5 for birthdays, then they won’t expect much later on, lol.)

Then her actual birthday.

Then my mom’s birthday celebration.

And then I’m going to drink all the wine and sleep for 4 days.

Pretty much what I’m saying is twofold: one, families need to stop procreating all in the same month and two, I have lots of reasons to make CELEBRATION Cookies over the next few weeks.

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[7 Decorating Tips for a Green Kitchen]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=21415 2017-01-18T03:32:04Z 2017-01-20T11:00:46Z 7 Tips for decorating a GREEN kitchen – from easy accents to furniture ideas and backsplash, green is the perfect kitchen color for a lagoon-front home with stunning outdoor landscaping. Last week I had the opportunity of a lifetime: I got to visit the HGTV® Dream Home 2017! It’s located in St. Simon, Georgia which is […]

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7 Tips for decorating a GREEN kitchen – from easy accents to furniture ideas and backsplash, green is the perfect kitchen color for a lagoon-front home with stunning outdoor landscaping.

Outdoor rustic home that brings the outside into it's interior decor.

Last week I had the opportunity of a lifetime: I got to visit the HGTV® Dream Home 2017! It’s located in St. Simon, Georgia which is the largest island in the Golden Isles, just off the coast near Jacksonville, Florida. It’s a stunning island that’s bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and several creeks and lagoons. It’s a stunning place to vacation and I can’t wait to share all about it with you, but today I want to talk about the HOUSE!

First, before we go any further, don’t forget to enter for your chance to win this fabulous home, all it’s furnishings, a new Honda Pilot and $250,000 provided by Quicken Loans®. You can enter twice a day through February 17, 2017.

There is so much I want to tell you about this house, but first, the best part: THE KITCHEN.

While visiting the home, we got to meet the designer, Brian Patrick Flynn. The exterior of this home is probably my favorite part (it’s truly an entertainers paradise) and Brian wanted to bring the outdoors into the inside of the house. He did this by adding lots of green touches to the house. I would never have thought choose green as an accent for a designer kitchen, but Brian pulled it off magically. Every single piece works so well together and I have some things I want to replicate in my own home.

Here are 7 tips I have if you want to bring GREEN into your home kitchen (FYI, almost everything you see in the kitchen can be found on Wayfair, the furniture sponsor):

1. A neutral cabinet color.

7 Tips for decorating a GREEN kitchen: off white or light gray cabinets offset the richness of the green.

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Easy Meatball Sub Bites]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=21401 2017-01-20T00:04:57Z 2017-01-19T11:00:50Z This easy Meatball Sub Bites recipe is perfect for an appetizer or lunch. Wrap frozen meatballs in biscuit dough with sauce and cheese for the perfect bite! PIN IT NOW to save for later! It’s mid-January and you know what that means….FOOTBALL is on the brain! Well, Mel’s brain, not mine. It’s only on my brain […]

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This easy Meatball Sub Bites recipe is perfect for an appetizer or lunch. Wrap frozen meatballs in biscuit dough with sauce and cheese for the perfect bite!

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Meatball Sub Bites - this easy appetizer recipe has just 4 main ingredients and is perfect for a party or lunch. Wrap frozen meatballs in biscuit dough for a handheld meatball sub in a bite!

It’s mid-January and you know what that means….FOOTBALL is on the brain! Well, Mel’s brain, not mine. It’s only on my brain because I have to plan our weekends around the playoffs and the big game. As in, “Okay, you take Jordan to her thing in the morning and then I’ll take her in the afternoon once the games start” or I better download 4 extra books for this weekend because there is no way I’ll be watching regular TV at all.

And although I’m not a fan of watching football I am a fan of eating football food. A big, big fan. Now, normally I lean towards the sweet when I’m making recipes for a party (like, say, a peanut butter football or some gooey bars) but, contrary to popular belief, I actually make real food for parties too. I told you last week that one of my entertaining staples are Pepperoni Pinwheels but another go-to are meatballs. I make them in some way for every gathering, and at least a few times a month for dinner (and even more when it’s busy or I don’t feel like cooking a full meal).

Meatball Sub Bites - this easy appetizer recipe has just 4 main ingredients and is perfect for a party or lunch. Wrap frozen meatballs in biscuit dough for a handheld meatball sub in a bite!

My favorite way to eat meatballs are plain, from the oven. But I also love meatball subs, although you’ll never catch me ordering one in a restaurant. There is no dainty way to eat a meatball sub, now is there? I’m pretty much guaranteed to spill red sauce all over my shirt while I look like a cow shoving food in her mouth.

However, THESE easy Meatball Sub Bites aren’t messy at all. They’re about two bites each (although I’ve been known to eat them in one gulp) and they are the perfect football food. I always start them with frozen meatballs because I ain’t got time to make meatballs from scratch, especially when it’s time for football.

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Blueberry Pancake Muffins]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=16194 2017-01-18T00:06:30Z 2017-01-17T11:00:11Z Blueberry Pancake Muffins – these easy muffins are made with pancake batter. They’re great for on the go or with syrup for an easy make-ahead breakfast! PIN IT NOW to save for later! Before we talk about the fact that you can make pancakes in muffin form (OMG, right?!) I want to say thank you […]

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Blueberry Pancake Muffins – these easy muffins are made with pancake batter. They’re great for on the go or with syrup for an easy make-ahead breakfast!

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Blueberry Pancake Muffins - these easy muffins are made with pancake batter. They're great for on the go or with syrup for an easy make-ahead breakfast!

Before we talk about the fact that you can make pancakes in muffin form (OMG, right?!) I want to say thank you to everyone who read my open letter to the department stores. I got so many comments (I’m still going through them all) on the blog and on Facebook, and it even got pulled into the home page of Yahoo. This topic is so important; I dealt with it 30 years ago and women are commenting that they dealt with it even 50 years ago. Why have we put up with it so long? Regardless of whether or not you or your child are “plus” size, you should be able to shop with the normal clothes in the regular racks. Having to go to a different section of the store or online to find cute things is ridiculous, and we need to stand up and tell the retailers this.

I ended up buying 2 dresses on JC Penny.com, 2 dresses on Amazon, and one from David’s Bridal online for Jordan. They’ll all be here next week and she can do a fashion show and pick what she likes, then I’ll spend 23 hours trying to figure out how to print return labels, re-pack boxes, and finding the local Amazon locker and UPS store. (*eyeroll*)

Anyway, thank you for your support. It means so much to me!

Now. PANCAKE MUFFINS y’all. They’re a THING.

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Cream Cheese Banana Muffins]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=21366 2017-01-16T15:05:21Z 2017-01-15T11:00:19Z Cream Cheese Banana Muffins – this EASY banana muffin recipe is my favorite and it’s FULL of a sweet cream cheese mixture! Everyone loves these muffins! I was thinking the other day: what things in life do I rely on now that I didn’t have 10 years ago? You know, things like your iPhone. Facebook. […]

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Cream Cheese Banana Muffins – this EASY banana muffin recipe is my favorite and it’s FULL of a sweet cream cheese mixture! Everyone loves these muffins!

Cream Cheese Banana Muffins - this EASY banana muffin recipe is my favorite and it's FULL of a sweet cream cheese mixture! Everyone loves these muffins!

I was thinking the other day: what things in life do I rely on now that I didn’t have 10 years ago? You know, things like your iPhone. Facebook. Instagram. Camera phones. Blogs.

My life would be drastically different without a whole home DVR. Or reality television. And not just DVRs…Netflix. Amazon Prime. Amazon movies. Fire sticks, Roku, YOUTUBE.

And what about my Kindle? God, real books? Heavy books I have to hold? And not just any kindle, but a Kindle HD…so I can have apps and movies and Facebook wherever I have wifi.

And, can we talk about wifi? I think wifi is the best invention of the last decade. Wifi, connectedness everywhere. In fact, I’m writing this from 30,000 feet, flying across the country from Atlanta back home to Sacramento. I worked the whole way there and I’m working on the way home. It’s perfection. Even when I’m not working I can text my husband and daughter and keep up with my friends on Facebook messenger.

I just spent the week in St. Simon, Georgia visiting the HGTV Dream Home. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen some of my fun activities and all the food. And on my NEW Instagram account just for travel (@CFCTravel) you can see all the fun behind the scenes not food-y stuff.

I can’t wait to tell you all about the trip (posts coming soon)…and all about my trip home. Let me just tell you I flew in the party row. 🙂

I get in at 9pm and then have a 40 minute drive home…so tomorrow I’m not going to want to make breakfast. Luckily I have these Cream Cheese Banana Muffins in my freezer for Jordan.

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Dear Department Stores]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=21389 2017-01-16T23:48:08Z 2017-01-15T00:19:22Z This isn’t food, but this happened today and I’m really angry. I just needed to get it off my chest and, well, this is the loudest platform I have! ***** Dear Department Stores Everywhere, Hi, it’s me, the mom with the almost 12-year-old tween who spent hours in store and online today searching for the […]

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This isn’t food, but this happened today and I’m really angry. I just needed to get it off my chest and, well, this is the loudest platform I have!

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Dear Department Stores Everywhere,

Hi, it’s me, the mom with the almost 12-year-old tween who spent hours in store and online today searching for the perfect daddy daughter dance dress. My daughter is so excited for her final daddy daughter dance and had been looking forward to our shopping trip all week long. She’s in sixth grade now and her dad is still the apple of her eye, her hero, her protector. Even though her friends are creeping in, her computer and phone calling to her after dinner instead of sitting to watch the newest shows with us, she is still enough of a little girl to be excited for this dance. She’s even been planning how to convince her dad to buy a matching tie to whatever dress color she chooses.

My daughter is a beautiful girl, inside and out. She loves to dance and does it like no one is watching. She takes three dance classes each week and when she’s not in class she’s playing music and making up her own choreography. She’s active and fun and a budding young woman, one that I am so proud of. She’s also not rail thin, nor will she ever be. She comes from a long line of beautiful and curvy women and while her body and mind is still that of a young girl, she’s starting to show signs of the woman she will become.

Unfortunately, to my dismay, she couldn’t find anything she liked at Justice. While I have dislike for that store for other reasons (mainly that my credit cards cannot handle the cost), I like that they have sizes up to 20, and half sizes in between. Nothing is labeled “plus” or “XXL” so my daughter can usually find stylish clothes she likes that fit and not think twice about her size. Because Justice didn’t have anything she liked, we had to move onto department stores.

And that’s when I got so very, very angry. And hurt. And sad…and then angry all over again.

Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, Sears, JC Penny, and Kohls stop their “big girls” sizes at 16. After 16, if you can even find them in the store, they’re called “plus sizes” and range from 18-plus to 20-plus. At Macy’s we couldn’t find anything bigger than a 16 on the regular racks.

In case you were wondering, “big boys” clothing goes up to size 20. Let that sink in for a second.

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Pinwheels]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=21351 2017-01-07T02:45:36Z 2017-01-12T11:00:10Z Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Pinwheels – this easy appetizer recipe tastes like mini pizza rolls! EVERYONE loves these and they’re always the first to disappear at every party. I’ll never forget the first time I ate these pepperoni pinwheels. I was at my sister-in-law’s house for some holiday or other…probably 15 years ago (at least, if […]

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Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Pinwheels – this easy appetizer recipe tastes like mini pizza rolls! EVERYONE loves these and they’re always the first to disappear at every party.

Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Pinwheels - this easy appetizer recipe tastes like mini pizza rolls! EVERYONE loves these and they're always the first to disappear at every party.

I’ll never forget the first time I ate these pepperoni pinwheels. I was at my sister-in-law’s house for some holiday or other…probably 15 years ago (at least, if not more). She served these as an appetizer and I immediately fell in love with them. She gave me the recipe that day and I’ve been making them for every party I have ever since.

Whenever we’re having people over for any reason (a party or just for dinner) my husband always looks at me with those big puppy dog eyes and asks me to make “those pepperoni things” and I can’t ever say no. I’ve even been known to make a last minute trip back to the grocery store because I’ve forgotten to buy puff pastry.

These are also good to snack on for lunch or dinner (hot or cold) and I’ve been known to just eat them while hiding from Mel in the kitchen so he won’t get to them first.

Basically, what I’m saying is, these are one of the easiest appetizers you’ll ever make and EVERYONE will love them. Puff pastry, cheese, pepperoni…how could you not?

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Turtle Peanut Butter Cookies]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=21343 2017-01-08T21:51:43Z 2017-01-10T11:00:44Z Turtle Peanut Butter Cookies – this easy peanut butter cookie recipe is topped with a caramel chocolate candy Rolo and a pecan to make gooey turtles cookies!   Oh my gosh, the weather you guys. It’s been NUTS! Wind, rain, more wind…crazy California storms. Of course, those of us in California are spoiled. My friends […]

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Turtle Peanut Butter Cookies – this easy peanut butter cookie recipe is topped with a caramel chocolate candy Rolo and a pecan to make gooey turtles cookies!

EASY Turtle Peanut Butter Cookies - this is my FAVORITE peanut butter cookie recipe topped with a caramel candy and a pecan. The easiest way to dress up a peanut butter cookie!

 

Oh my gosh, the weather you guys. It’s been NUTS! Wind, rain, more wind…crazy California storms. Of course, those of us in California are spoiled. My friends in Canada and Wisconsin are dealing with single digit (or negative) temperatures and snow and I’m all “OMG IT’S RAINING SO HARD I CAN’T DO MY ERRANDS OR I MIGHT GET WET.”

This is why I don’t live in a snowy area, for real. I’m actually going to Wisconsin next month for a workshop and I’m pretty much figuring I’m going to die of hypothermia and/or frostbite while I’m there. We Californians are kind of wussies when it comes to weather.

The rain and wind was so bad last weekend that one of my daughter’s dance shows was cancelled. The studio has so many classes they divide the show into 6 different performances, and Jordan had to perform in 4 of them, which meant we spent the ENTIRE last weekend of break in an auditorium. A branch fell on power lines near the school where the show was being held and the power was out, so now I get to bite my nails and wonder when they’re rescheduling the show (or if we’ll get refunded the $18/ticket we paid). And it’s supposed to be wet and rainy for then next 7 straight days!

Stormy days like this have me craving sweatpants, movies, hot chocolate, and COOKIES. I always hate when a rainy day falls on a busy schedule because I can’t just chill and binge watch Friends and eat Turtle Peanut Butter Turtle Cookies. People in other places get snow days…why don’t we get RAIN days? #notfair

These are the simplest cookies you’ll ever make. They start with my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe, which is also a PUDDING cookie recipe, and then you turn them into Turtles (caramel + pecans) with just 2 extra ingredients. PERFECTION!

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[The Ultimate Pizza Crust Recipe]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=21337 2017-01-08T20:12:34Z 2017-01-08T11:00:37Z This is the ULTIMATE Pizza Dough Recipe! This easy pizza crust can be made thick or thin or personal sized with whole wheat or gluten free flour. It can be baked or grilled and topped with whatever you like for the best dinner (or even dessert). PIN IT NOW to save for later! If I […]

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This is the ULTIMATE Pizza Dough Recipe! This easy pizza crust can be made thick or thin or personal sized with whole wheat or gluten free flour. It can be baked or grilled and topped with whatever you like for the best dinner (or even dessert).

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The ULTIMATE Pizza Dough Recipe - this easy pizza dough makes the BEST soft pizza crust. Make white, whole wheat, or even gluten free pizza with this recipe.

If I have one downfall in life, it’s carbs. If I was stranded on a deserted island and all I had was a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine, I’d be happy.

You know what would be even better? CHEESE. Bread and cheese, and wine. And maybe a square or two of brownies. No joke, I could live on those few things at every meal every day for the rest of my life and then I’d die fat but happy.

You know what you get when you add bread + cheese? PIZZA. I don’t even require sauce, but that makes it even better.

When I was growing up we lived up the street from the BEST pizza joint in the whole world. (Seriously, at random times my mouth waters thinking of it. Like now.) At least once a week my dad and I would con my mom into getting a pie and we’d devour it. As an adult, I try not to eat pizza every week but I crave it that often (and more, like every day almost).

Until I started blogging I was terrified of yeast and making my own bread and pizza dough. It was so much easier to buy a tube of dough or a packaged already baked one, but those never tasted as good as take-out so I was always left wanting MORE. One day I tried making my own pizza dough and OMG >> life changing.

It’s SO MUCH EASIER than you think it will be. Get over your fear of yeast, okay? Once you have this recipe down, the world opens up. Pizza, flatbread, breadsticks, pretzels…you name it you can make it with this dough. Plus, if you make your own pizza at home YOU control the ingredients. There will be less calories than the pizza joint down the road so you don’t feel as greasy and guilty afterward.

Because you know you’re gonna go for that 4th slice. Don’t lie to me and tell me you can stop at just one…or two.

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Muffins]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=16206 2017-01-17T23:11:57Z 2017-01-05T11:00:57Z Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Muffins – this EASY breakfast recipe is great for on the go! It’s a healthier muffin that’s dairy free and has no oil or flour but tastes like an amazing chocolate chip dessert! PIN IT NOW to save for later! Did you notice the new facelift Crazy for Crust got for […]

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Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Muffins – this EASY breakfast recipe is great for on the go! It’s a healthier muffin that’s dairy free and has no oil or flour but tastes like an amazing chocolate chip dessert!

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Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Muffins - this EASY breakfast recipe is great for on the go! It's a healthier muffin that's dairy free and has no oil or flour but tastes like an amazing chocolate chip dessert!

Did you notice the new facelift Crazy for Crust got for the new year? If you click on over to the home page you’ll see a brand new featured section up top, as well as some category sections down below. My most favorite new feature is how you can now find recipes even easier. You can search by category OR by ingredient (so if you’re craving caramel you will be taken to a list of everything with those ingredients). SO much easier, right?

AND…not just that, but I’m going through every category and adding sub categories to make it easier to find what you want. So, in the breakfast category, you’ll see a link for muffins and oatmeal, where these Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Muffins appear (also, you can find them under chocolate chips and oatmeal).

These changes are perfect for the start of a new year. You might start to see a few changes around her (not very many, don’t worry). I’m going to post more of what I eat on a daily basis…and yes that means cookies and pie…and muffins made with oatmeal and chocolate!

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