Sunday, February 17, 2013

// VDAY TREATS + RECIPES //

He sent me roses
I made him heart pizzas and treats
He took me to a romantic movie
 We ended the night with a slice of chocolate cake
....Our Valentines Day was sweet and simple just the way we like it



Monster Cookies:
Ingredients:
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 12-ounce jar creamy peanut butter
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup multi-colored chocolate candies
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup raisins, optional
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 1/2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.

In a very large mixing bowl, combine the eggs and sugars. Mix well. Add the salt, vanilla, peanut butter, and butter. Mix well. Stir in the chocolate candies, chocolate chips, raisins, if using, baking soda, and oatmeal. Drop by tablespoons 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Do not overbake. Let stand for about 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool. When cool, store in large resealable plastic bags.




Ingredients for the PERFECT pizza crust:
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1 tsp. sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. salt

Preparation:

If using a pizza stone ( I love doing this because the crust comes out so crispy, chewy and delicious!) preheat the oven to 500 degrees and let it heat up for at least an hour before your first pizza. This ensures the stone is super hot!

If using a pizza pan or baking sheet, preheat your oven to 475 degrees.
In a large mixer bowl, combine the water, yeast, and sugar and stir to combine. Let sit until the mixture is foamy, about 5 minutes.

Add 2 cups of the flour, 1/2 cup oil, and the salt, mixing by hand until it is all incorporated and the mixture is smooth. Continue adding the flour, along with herbs and garlic (I use basil, oregano, thyme, and garlic powder--just small palm-fulls of each.) 1/4 cup at a time, working the dough after each addition, until all the flour is incorporated but the dough is still slightly sticky.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth but still slightly tacky., 3-5 minutes. Oil a large mixing bowl with the remaining 2 tsp. oil.

Place the dough in the bowl and turn to oil all sides. Cover the bowl with a towel and set in a warm, draft-free place until nearly doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Divide into 2 equal portions or depends on your pizza size and thickness, and it's ready for your sauce and favorite toppings!
      This is best cake out there!! Its from a dessert cafe called The Chocolate in Orem.


Current Obsession: THIS MOVIE!!!
Take your man and go see it! Rainey even liked it:)

Hoping everyone had a fantastic day celebrating with the people you love!
xoxo


11 comments:

  1. What a great Valentine's Day you had!! I was wondering what movie you saw..but then you answered it. Can't wait to see it!

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  2. OMG...I LOVE homemade pizza! thanks for sharing!

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  3. I keep hearing great things about the movie..I def need to go see it!!

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  4. how sweet! and what yummy food. :)

    thanks for the comment lovin' you left on my blog. :) cute blog you have here.

    xo
    purposelyathome.blogspot.com

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  5. Yay! Yay for husbands, love, heart shaped pizza, and...LOVE! I'm glad you had a phenomenal Valentine's Day!
    My new husband and I spent a quiet night at home, and then went to dinner Friday evening and came back home and shared ice cream. He proposed last year on Valentine's Day, so it was cool to celebrate our "engagement anniversary", too.

    Chandra
    More Modern Modesty

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  6. Cute! Looks like you had an awesome vday! I can't wait to see that movie..I'm a sucker for chick flicks! Thanks so much for your sweet comment, always nice to find another friend :)

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  7. Hi there! So you are beautiful and your eyes are amazing in that top pic up there! We saw this movie on Vday, I mean perfect date movie for Valentine's Day! :)

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