Pizza makes an good family dinner, because it is not only quick to make it is cost effective too. But always serving cheese pizza is boring, so I like to change it up with some different toppings. A few weeks ago I made Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, and the family loved it!
This morning I had the chance to get a behind the scenes look at the New York State Fair! The Fair officially opens tomorrow (and runs August 25 – September 5), but I got a sneak peak at some of the additions and changes.
And there are a lot of changes this year, because the state paid for a huge upgrade of the fair grounds. The changes start at the front gate, with a brand new arched gateway. The traffic patterns were also redesigned to make the entryway less crowded and safer for pedestrians. I was told it looks amazing at night since it is wired for LED light shows too!Continue Reading
The upcoming movie Queen of Katwe is based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from Uganda, who introduced to the game of chess by Robert Katende, a former missionary and soccer coach. Phiona pursues her dream of becoming an international chess champion.
Disney has released a new TV Spot highlighting Phiona’s improbable journey to become a champion. Check it out!Continue Reading
It is almost time for the Great New York State Fair! Two lucky winners will win 3 New York State Fair tickets each by entering this giveaway. Simply tweet me @annesramblings on Twitter and tell me why you want to go the NY State Fair this year. Use the tag #ATTGoPhone to enter for your chance to win!
One of the best things about summer is all the fresh and tasty vegetables that are available. Being able to eat vegetables right after they are picked is amazing. I belong to a CSA to make sure I get plenty of fresh local vegetables every week, and a few times this summer I have received leafy green arugula, which I used to make this Arugula & Sausage Pasta Skillet.
Arugula is a leafy green vegetable with a spicy peppery taste that stands out more than the greens I usually cook with like spinach. I have tried it in salads, but I especially like it cooked, and it goes perfectly with Italian flavors like spicy sausage and tomatoes.Continue Reading
Chicken Parmigiana is an Italian dish that my kids love – but it is not one that I make at home. It is difficult to get it just right, and there are so many great Italian restaurants around town that we just order it when we are out. But these Slow Cooker Chicken Parmigiana Sandwiches are easy to make at home, and feature the same Italian flavors.
Of course these aren’t authentic, but they sure are tasty! The chicken is not breaded and fried, so this dinner is a lower calories than traditional Chicken Parmigiana too. I love dinners like this that I can put in the crock pot in the morning and know that everything will be ready when I get home. With a simple salad this is a complete and tasty dinner for the whole family.Continue Reading
Welcome to Happiness Is Homemade!
I got this recipe from what seems like an unlikely source – my teenage son’s Scout troop. My son had a recent training class where they talked about some new and different meals to make while camping, and after the class he told me I had to try Hawaiian Chili.
So I got the recipe from him and modified it to be made in the crock pot, because I like to let chili simmer away all day. The chili is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy! We make Cincinnati Chili frequently, which uses cocoa to add sweetness, while this Hawaiian Chili uses pineapple and ginger for a distinct flavor.Continue Reading
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Peppermint Sugar Scrub makes a great homemade gift, perfect for a friend who deserves to pamper themselves.
Last week my teenage daughter needed a present for a friend’s birthday, but unfortunately like most teens she is broke. So she asked me to help her find something she could make, and naturally we turned to Pinterest for inspiration! It is never too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts, so I was looking for something that was a little bit holiday themed, but not so much so that it would be out of place at a summer birthday party!