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The Adventures of Thrive Farm

Pita bread is served at just about every meal in the Middle East. It can be used for dipping, or to make delicious sandwiches in the pocket. In the Middle East, pita is made in brick ovens, where very high heat can be achieved. It is very hard to duplicate in a home kitchen, but this recipe, combined with high heat, comes very close.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of yeast, or quick rising yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup lukewarm water

Preparation:

Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Let sit for 10-15 minutes until water is frothy.

Combine flour and salt in large bowl.

Make a small depression in the middle of flour and pour yeast water in depression.

Slowly add 1 cup of warm water, and stir with…

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Banana Pudding with Vanilla Wafer Crumble

Banana Pudding with Vanilla Wafer Crumble.

Sweet Pea's Kitchen

 

Samoas Cookie Bars are a Girl Scout Cookie lovers dream. Now you can have your favorite cookies year round! These amazing cookies got their start in 1917 when Girl Scouts in Muskogee, Oklahoma began selling homemade sugar cookies in their high school cafeteria as a service project. At the time you could buy a dozen of the cookies for 25 cents. Ninety-four years later, this cookie sensation now sells over 200 million boxes per year. I remember when I was a little girl being in Girl Scouts. Selling the cookies was always the most exciting part of the year. We would all dream about the amazing prizes that we could earn if we sold enough boxes. So we would go door to door, smile and hope that our neighbors would buy a few boxes from us. Sadly, I never sold that many..20 to 30 at the most, just enough to get the cookie patch…

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Sweet Pea's Kitchen

If you are a fan of Almond Joy’s, then you’re going to love these Almond Joy Tarts. These creamy-dreamy coconut filled tarts are a cinch to make, but they do require some planning because the tart dough and the white chocolate ganache require chilling time. However, if you make the tart dough and white chocolate ganache the day before then it is smooth sailing into a coconutty dream. Almond Joy’s are my favorite candy bar around and it just so happens to be Andrew’s favorite too, so when I spotted this recipe it was just a matter of time before I had to give it a try. I surprised Andrew with these individual almond joy tarts for Valentine’s Day dessert. I served them up with a scoop of Graeter’s Chocolate Coconut Almond Chip and it was one of the best desserts we have had in a long time. If you don’t have little tart…

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Yummy yum yum

Lea & Jay

Finally! A way to make Lasagna a portable, finger food. Lasagna Cupcakes! No utensils needed, you can just pick them right up and proceed to chow down! Of course, if you feel compelled to bring out your cutlery, don’t let me stop you. Serve them in whatever way makes you happy.

I was inspired to make these after seeing a post at thegirlwhoateeverything. I did make a few changes to her recipe however. Her cupcakes call for ground beef and I decided to go with Italian Sausage. She also used wonton wrappers in lieu of lasagna noodles. I must admit, I am intrigued by the use of the wonton wrappers, and may give that a try next time I make these. ( and oh yes, I will be making them again) The wonton wrappers might prove a bit easier to work with. I bought fresh, refrigerated, fresh lasagna noodles and…

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Valentine’s party at work? I think so!

Sweet Pea's Kitchen

These Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies are rich, decadent and so perfect for Valentine’s Day! Brownie and cheesecake batter are swirled together to make a festive and impressive dessert. Indianapolis, along with many other states in the Midwest, is coping with a huge ice storm that is supposed to cover us in over an inch of ice. Unfortunately the worst of the storm is supposed to come tonight. Today the school district that I work for was actually closed! This is very surprising because we never close. Ok, hardly ever! We did close the day after the Colts won the Superbowl in 2007. There was too much celebrating here in the Circle City to have school the next day! Last night as I was eagerly watching the news, hoping for a snow day, when they finally called it-No School! 🙂 With all this ice and wind coming our way, the…

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