Make it Monday – French Bread Pizza 

So, how in the world is it already Monday? I mean, I blinked and a new week is already upon me. I am still working on most of last week’s to-do list for goodness’ sake. That is okay…I breathe and move forward; standing still only heaps more things on my plate.

If you have days (weeks) where you just don’t feel like you have the time to get one more thing done, but still have to, you know, feed your family – here is a recipe that you might want to try. I found it to be (relatively) quick and simple.

French Bread Pizza

First, cut your loaf open.  
Spread on some butter.

 
Sprinkle some garlic over the bread.

   
Then spread on some pizza sauce, tomato sauce or marinara.

 
Sprinkle on the cheese.

   
Then add whatever topping you desire.

 
Add some fresh Parmesan cheese.

   
Maybe a drizzle of Sriracha ranch. 

 
And bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.

It is super yummy!

   
 
Hope you enjoyed today’s Make it Monday! What are you making today? Please, share!

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Make it Monday – Crushed Red Pepper 

I’ve never been the one to reach for the crushed red pepper shaker at a pizza joint. I have never been a fan of the stuff, really. UNTIL…my husband made some of his own with a batch of hatch peppers he smoked. Oh.My.Goodness. So incredibly delicious 

This is why today’s Make it Monday, I will be sharing how we made crushed red pepper – homemade, smoked, and with a variety of peppers (including hatch peppers). Yum. 

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I was recently enjoying a little outing at Sprouts and saw that they were putting out bags of fresh hatch peppers. I excitedly grabbed a bag. I knew exactly what I was going to do with them.

  

Consequently, the peppers in my garden have done extremely well this summer, so I had an outrageous amount of banana peppers and jalapeño peppers just waiting for someone to do something with them.

  

So, now that I had my peppers (hatch, banana and jalapeño), it was time to make my crushed red peppers.

We first gathered them into the smoker.

  
  

We smoked the peppers in our electric smoker for about 4 hours, we continued to let them sit in the smoker on a low heat for about 36 hours so they could dry out. Then we collected them up and took them inside.

 

 Next, it was time to pull off the tops and then stick the rest of the peppers into the Ninja blender.
   
 

Yes, I am wearing gloves – you don’t want to handle peppers and then, you know, burn your eyeballs off when you go to rub them…also, you don’t want to handle kids and their things after handling peppers. 

  

Then the really fun part…grinding the peppers into dust.

   

Finally, dump the contents into a jar (or two) of choice. *If not done carefully, it could lead to uncontrollable coughing fits and a sudden very clear sinus passage.*

  

This stuff is not only great for pizza, but for many other dishes as well – chicken, pork chops, sautéed vegetables, skillet-fried potatoes…it is just GOOD.

I hope you can try it!

What are you making today on this Make it Monday? Share!

News: Guest Post

I thought I would let you all know that I wrote a guest post for Creating a Great Day. I hope you can hop on over there and check it out! 🙂

Here is the link to my post:

Putting God First, Means Putting God First.

Here is a snippet ~

“One day, while listening to a favorite song of mine, my soul was yet again challenged. Again, He was further drawing me to a place of closeness with Him. I prayed and I sought Him. I began to evaluate my life to see if there was anything that I was placing in front of Him. I caught a small glimpse – a glimpse the size of an iPhone 6. It was in that moment when I understood that putting God first, meant putting God first.”