Pizza Crescent Rolls

I came home from work one day wondering what I should eat and saw these ingredients. What came next was delicious.






February 8, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Recipes and Other Food Stuff. Leave a comment.

Who Has the Best French Fries?

Lily and I decided to test all the french fries from fast food restaurants in town and rank them. Lily even made a chart that we could use to rank the fries from 1 to 10 on saltiness, crispiness, sogginess and overall score. Then we added it all up to see who won.

The final rankings are as follows.


  1. Rally’s
  2. McDonald’s
  3. Wendy’s and Arby’s
  4. Burger King


  1. McDonald’s
  2. Wendy’s
  3. Rally’s
  4. Arby’s
  5. Burger King

December 3, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Just Talking, Recipes and Other Food Stuff. 3 comments.

Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. This is because of the delicious foods, specifically pumpkin pie. My grandma and my uncle make it the best. This year I have to work on Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, hospitals don’t close on holidays so I have to work. And my mom and sister are going are going out of town without me.

This will be my first Thanksgiving entirely with Joe’s family. I have decided that since I cannot have Thanksgiving without homemade pumpkin pie that I am going to make it. My grandma taught me how to make it so I think I can handle it. However, I will not be making the crust, that’s just too complicated.

Anyway, here’s the stuff you’ll need to make it:

  • 30 oz. Libby’s canned pumpkin (one big can or two little ones)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 3 1/3 cups whole milk
  • 2 pre-made, uncooked pie crusts

This recipe will make two pumpkin pies.

First you’re going to need to set your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, then put all four eggs and the two cups of sugar into your mixing bowl and mix them well.

Then add your pumpkin and mix it thoroughly.

Next you want to add in the spices. And again, mix well. Then you’re going to add the milk. Do this slowly otherwise it will slosh everywhere, which I learned the hard way.

Next you’re going to want to set up your pie crusts in your pie dishes. I put mine in, cut off the excess crust and pinched the edges a little to make it kind of pretty. I bought a generic brand, but I don’t suggest it. It was all that was available at 10:30pm the day before Thanksgiving. The Pillsbury crusts have always been good to me.

Be careful when filling the pie crusts, because it is easy to make a mess. And fill them to the brim, it generally is enough to fill both pretty high.

When carrying the pies to the oven make sure the oven is already open and nothing is in your way because spilling is easy and you don’t want to waste any of it. Remember your oven needs to be at 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Set your time for 15 minutes. After that 15 minutes DO NOT open the oven. Simply change the oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Set your timer for 50-60 minutes, depending on your oven. My pies were in for about 55 minutes. Take them out and set them on whatever you prefer to set hot things out on. Our wire racks were out because my sister made cookies earlier in the evening.

After letting my pie sit to room temperature I like to put my pie in our lovely pie tuperwares and set it in the garage to chill for at least a few hours because I prefer my pie cold, but really, that’s up to you. But at least let it get to room temperature before enjoying. You don’t want to burn yourself.

Enjoy the pie a.k.a. my favorite part of Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Recipes and Other Food Stuff. Leave a comment.


Chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorite cookies. I’ve been told I make some pretty good cookies so I’ll share my recipe. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • four
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • vanilla
  • chocolate chips
  • mixer

You’re going to want to let the butter and eggs sit out for a few hours so they can get to room temperature. Once they’ve been out for a while drop the butter into a mixing bowl.

Then add 3/4 cups of sugar and packed brown sugar and mix them well, scraping it off the sides occasionally.

Add two eggs and a teaspoon of vanilla and keep mixing.

Once the sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla is mixed in, scrape it off the sides and add 2 and 1/4 cups of flour and a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of baking soda.

After these mix for a few minutes scrape the excess ingredients off the side and mix them again.

Finally you’re going to need to add the chocolate chips. I like to use one cup, but some recipes call for more and some call for less.

After eating some of the dough I like to let it sit in the fridge over night, or for a few hours, to let it chill. It really does make a difference.

If you decided to bake them instead of just eating the dough you’ll want to turn your oven on to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. After spraying your cookie sheet with a non-stick spray place 12 one inch balls across the cookie sheet and bake for 8-11 minutes depending on how you like them. With my oven 9.5 minutes is perfect.

Don’t let them cook all the way in the oven though because they will continue to bake a little while cooling on the cookie sheet.

After cooling for a few minutes on the cookies sheet let them cool on a wire rack. Then enjoy as you like.

November 8, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Recipes and Other Food Stuff. Leave a comment.

The Bread

In my house we call our favorite homemade bread “The Bread” because it is that amazing. It’s so good that my mom, with a gluten allergy, still eats it. So I’ll share the recipe and steps to making it. Just so you know, this recipe only makes one loaf. We made two because we go through it so fast.

For one loaf you will need:

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of yeast
  • 2-3 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 5/8 cups of room temperature water
  • oatmeal
  • cornmeal
  • a large bowl
  • a cooling rack
  • a 5 quart cast iron pot with lid (we used a 5.5 quart because that’s what we have)

First, mix the ingredients in the bowl. You can mix it all up with a fork or spoon or your hand, I like to use my hand.

Once the ingredients are mixed leave the dough in that bowl and cover it with cling wrap. Let the dough rise for 18 hours in a warm place. We like to turn our oven on a keep warm setting and leave the dough on the stove top.

After waiting those 18 hours clean your counter. You’re going to fold the dough so sprinkle some flour on the counter, and your hands, so it doesn’t stick. The dough only needs to be folded over a few times.

Inside of another bowl, or your cleaned out original bowl, lay down a clean dish towel. Do not use a terry dish cloth, it will not work well. In the towel sprinkle some oatmeal, this will end up being the top of the bread. Plop the dough in the bowl then sprinkle some cornmeal on the top. Fold the rest of the towel up over the dough. Let the dough rise for two more hours.

After an hour and a half of those two hours turn your oven on to 450 degrees and stick the pot and lid in the oven to get hot.

When you reach your two hour rising point pull the pot out of the oven and remove the lid. I suggest setting the pot on a trivet because it could potentially damage your counter.

The next step is a little tricky. Lift the dough out of the bowl by the four corners of the towel. Place your hand under the towel and plop the dough right in to the hot pot. If it hasn’t been perfectly plopped don’t worry about it. It will still be delicious.

Put the lid back on the pot and put your dough in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, it depends on the size of your pot.

After that time remove your lid and let the bread bake for another 17 to 20 minutes, again, it depends on the size of your pot.

Remove the pot from the oven and set it back on the trivet. VERY carefully take the bread out of the pot and set it on a cooling rack. I suggest wearing oven mitts.

Let your bread cool for as long as you want, then cut and enjoy.

August 24, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Recipes and Other Food Stuff. 2 comments.

Who Wants Pig?

It’s a tradition in Joe’s family to roast a pig at his family get togethers. And I mean the whole pig. However, this only holds true for the warm weather events, like the Fourth of July and graduation parties. Normally the pig is roasted and when the meat is being carved up we have a normal plate and a BBQ sauce smothered plate on the food table for people to choose from. This Fourth of July I actually got a before and after picture. In the first picture is the party host, Uncle Andy. In the second picture is the mostly eaten pig.

July 10, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Recipes and Other Food Stuff, Stories. Leave a comment.

Spanish or Español

I knew when I was little that I wanted to learn a foreign language. It wasn’t until middle school that I was allowed to take a language. I wanted to take French. I ended up taking a semester of German though because French wasn’t available. Then in high school I decided that Spanish was a better idea than French because, well, Spanish is far more common in the United States than French.

My freshman year of high school I had the new teacher. It was his first year teaching Spanish so he wasn’t especially awesome. However, my sister has that same teacher now and she thinks he’s pretty good. Then, for Spanish 2 and 3 I had the same teacher. She was… interesting. Needless to say, I didn’t learn a whole lot in those two years. My senior year I had the greatest teacher. I actually learned in his class. Unfortunately, he retired after my senior year so my sister won’t be lucky enough to have him.

I decided that I wanted to minor in Spanish. I tested out of the first level, out of four, of college level Spanish. I began with Spanish 102. Then I took 201 and 202, but somewhere in there I skipped a semester because I didn’t like the professor and my schedule wouldn’t allow me to get in to a different Spanish class. Fall of 2010 I was going to be able to start taking electives at SVSU but when I got in to my elective class I realized that it was way over my head so I decided to re-take 202, or 212 at SVSU. Then, I decided it was no longer my minor.

Long story short, my Spanish professor doesn’t believe in exams so instead of having a final we went to my favorite Mexican restaurant. He made us order in Spanish, but that wasn’t tough. So this was my last Spanish exam.

April 26, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Just Talking, Recipes and Other Food Stuff, Stories. Leave a comment.


Ever since I was little I have loved Cheerios. I am now 20 years old and still eat them for breakfast and sometimes other meals during the day. I’ve never really been a huge fan of sugary cereals which is probably why I like Cheerios so much.

For as long as I can remember we have never not had them in the house. There is always at least one box. However, there’s always three or four unopened boxes sitting in our pantry. Even during the two years that I wasn’t leaving at home both of my parents and I always made sure I always had a box.

The best part about Cheerios? Because the flavor is plain they’re good with most fruits.

  • grapes
  • dried cherries
  • banana slices
  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • grapefruit on the side

March 13, 2011. Tags: , , , . Just Talking, Recipes and Other Food Stuff, Stories. Leave a comment.


First of all, Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, even though it is always ruined by Christmas music. Let me list the things I love about Thanksgiving.

  • pumpkin pie
  • turkey
  • roll eating contest with Uncle Steve
  • pumpkin pie
  • tryptophan/food comas
  • seeing family
  • pumpkin pie

I think that about covers it.

Gobble gobble!


November 25, 2010. Tags: , , , . Just Talking, Recipes and Other Food Stuff. Leave a comment.

Los Cuatro Amigos

Joe and I have been together almost four and a half years now and we don’t have a song. I don’t know if it’s still a thing for a couple to have a song, but we don’t have one. However, we do have a restaurant. We went on our first date to this then new Mexican restaurant called Los Cuatro Amigos. Since then it has moved locations to a larger building and sometimes has a mariachi band play live. Every time we go we tend to get the same few things. We know what we like there.

It’s good, it’s fast, it’s cheap and it’s delicious. And the chips must be laced with crack because they are addicting. I can be full to my capacity and can continue to eat them.

November 15, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Just Talking, Recipes and Other Food Stuff. Leave a comment.


There are some people out there that don’t eat breakfast and I just don’t get it. Breakfast food is some of the most delicious food. And it’s the meal that you can eat any time of the day. Who eats a sandwich for breakfast? But pancakes can also be dinner.

For the most part I just eat cereal for breakfast. I love Cheerios, but only the plain kind. Kix and Special K are pretty good too. And who doesn’t like Cinnamon Toast Crunch? Sometimes we have dried cherries and those join the plain cereal in my bowl.

Sometimes when I stay at Joe’s house and we don’t have anything to do in the morning he makes bacon and eggs. He is the best egg maker that I know. They’re always delicious. It hasn’t happened in a while, but sometimes at my house my mom will make pancakes for breakfast. And she makes them from scratch, not a mix. We did have pancakes and bacon for dinner not too long ago. However it really doesn’t happen much anymore because Lily only ever eats a few, I don’t eat them leftover and mom can’t eat them at all because of her gluten allergy. That makes me sad too because breakfast is my favorite.

November 9, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Just Talking, Recipes and Other Food Stuff. Leave a comment.