Happy New Year’s everyone! I can’t get over how fast 2015 went by! I say this every year, but I really mean it this time! I did a lot in 2015, so possibly that’s why it seemed to have gone by so fast. We moved…twice, I went to Europe for 2 weeks, trips to Scottsdale, Sacramento, and San Francisco, I was a bridesmaid in one of my best friend’s wedding, I probably went to about 50 doctor’s appointments, and I started blogging more and experimenting in the kitchen and loving it. It was a good year, but I’m ready to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to a new year.
2016 is going to be a great year, I can already feel it. My husband and I have high expectations for what’s to come, and we’re hoping to see some big changes take place. We also have some exciting things to celebrate this year. We are both turning 30 (I’m still not too stoked about this one), and we’re celebrating our 5 year anniversary! 2016 is going to be good to us!
We decided to ring in the New Year at home this year. The ongoing joke was if I was going to make it to midnight. Well, I did! I was even surprised, hehe. It really was a perfect evening. We made homemade pizza and homemade ice cream, played a game of cards, watched my favorite movie New Year’s Eve, and watched the ball drop at midnight! I think I was snoring by 12:10AM. I couldn’t have asked for a better evening with my husband.
Now, let’s talk about this homemade pizza and ice cream! My two favorite foods! My sister’s boyfriend got me Otto’s Cassava Flour for Christmas. It’s gluten free AND paleo friendly. They have a few recipes listed on their website to make with their product, with pizza crust being one of them! This was the first time I have made any sort of dough, that requires yeast and rising. It was actually not that complicated. The dough turned out tasting great, but we made it a little too thick. We should have made a larger pizza, or 2 smaller ones. It looked like our crust was thin when we were rolling it out, but it did rise in the baking process, so we should have made it even thinner. I wanted a no sauce white pizza, my favorite! It’s flavors tasted good, but it was a little dry. I don’t think our pizza would have tasted as dry if our dough was thinner. So, here’s a few tips if you are going to make this pizza. Thicker dough would be OK, but add sauce! Or, make thinner dough, and I think you would be OK sauce free. Our pizza still tasted delicious! But, I’m excited to make it again with these few changes.
I received an ice cream maker for Christmas, so I thought this was the perfect night to put it to use for the first time! We made a traditional cookies & cream ice cream, and it turned out so good! There’s still some sitting in our freezer, so I definitely see more cookies and cream ice cream in my future. This ice cream maker is dangerous, because it really isn’t that complicated to use! I wanted to make a traditional kind, which requires milk, cream, sugar, and all that good stuff, but now I want to play around with making some low calorie, and paleo ice creams. I’m hoping to have a lot of ice cream recipes on my blog this year! 🙂
I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful New Year’s Eve. Cheers to 2016!
Otto’s Cassava Flour Pizza Dough w/ Spinach, Bacon, Pine Nuts, and Ricotta Cheese
what you need:
- Cassava Flour Pizza Dough
- 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup frozen spinach
- 2 pieces of bacon, cooked and chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 5 tablespoons ricotta cheese
- 1 tablespoon pine nuts
what you do:
- Follow the instructions on the pizza dough recipe.
- Add minced garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil in a small skillet. Once garlic becomes fragrant, and your spinach and 1/4 cup of water. Cook down, and set aside with your cooked and chopped bacon.
- When it is time, roll our your dough, create a circle, and fold up the edges a little bit. (I found it best to roll out the dough on the pan I was using to bake it with.)
- Spread 1 tablespoon of olive oil on your dough. Sprinkle the cheese, spinach, and bacon.
- Using a tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop out 5 tablespoons of ricotta cheese, and flatten them with a spoon.
- Bake Pizza at 550 degrees for 6 minutes.
- Remove pizza, and sprinkle 1 tablespoon pine nuts.
- Continue to cook pizza for another 3-5 minutes.
- Remove pizza. Let it cool for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
Homemade Cookies & Cream Ice Cream
what you need:
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 2 cups of sugar
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped Oreos
what you do:
- Pre-chill your ice cream maker’s freezer bowl.
- Add milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
- Run ingredients in your ice cream maker for 20 – 25 minutes.
- Add chopped Oreos. Let it run for an additional 10 – 15 minutes.
- Let it sit in freezer to firm to your preferred texture. (We ate ours after an hour, because we like melted ice cream. It is now just like ice cream texture, from sitting in the freezer over night)