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Papa Murphy’s Copy-Cat Gourmet Vegetarian Pizza with Creamy Garlic Sauce Recipe


Don’t get me wrong . . . I love meat! But there is just something about this pizza that is absolutely amazing. It is hands-down my favorite pizza but the only time I get to eat it is with my sisters because my husband refuses to even try it . . . he is definitely a “Meat-Lover” pizza kind of guy. So, after years of searching, I think that I have finally come up with the perfect copy-cat recipe that I can make at home to feed my cravings.
I have mentioned before that we have a family tradition of homemade pizza night and we let the kids make their own personal-sized pizzas with whatever toppings they want on it. When we do that, I usually make my own personal-sized vegetarian pizza, complete with a creamy garlic sauce. Just thinking about it is making my mouth water!
It’s absolutely delicious . . . and the perfect way to use up those fresh vegetables that are available this time of year!

Papa Murphy’s CopyCat Gourmet Vegetarian Pizza with Creamy Garlic Sauce
-1 unbaked pizza crust (either homemade or store-bought- the homemade crust is what I used in the picture and it is amazing!)
-1 recipe Creamy Garlic Sauce (see recipe below)
-Fresh spinach
-Sliced zucchini
-Artichoke Hearts
-Minced Onions
-Grated Mozzarella Cheese
-Parmesan Cheese

Spread pizza crust in pan (I used a small 8″ cake pan for this recipe). Spread creamy garlic sauce on top of crust. Add fresh vegetables (and any other toppings you like), sprinkle cheeses on top, and bake according to crust directions.

Creamy Garlic Sauce Recipe
This sauce is amazing! I love to use it in place of regular tomato pizza sauce. This will make enough sauce for one very large pizza or about 3 personal-sized pizzas.

1 cup ranch dressing
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic salt
Dash of minced green onions
Dash of Italian seasoning

Mix all ingredients together and use as desired.

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Wendy’s Copy Cat Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

We don’t go out to eat very often, but when we do, we always seen to go to Wendy’s. (My husband secretly loves the Jr. Bacon Cheese Burgers!) I will usually get a salad (trying to lose the baby weight) and try to choke it down while I watch my husband eat his delicious burgers. The last time I went to Wendy’s I tried the Apple Pecan Chicken Salad and LOVED it! I loved it so much that I tried to make my own version of it! Hope you like it!

Wendy’s Copy Cat Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

One Bag of Romaine Lettuce
One Apple cut into chunks or grated
1/4 cup Dried Cranberries
1/2 Cup of Cooked, Cubed Chicken Breasts
1/4 Cup of Blue Cheese Crumbles
1/4 Cup of Honey Roasted Pecans or Almonds

Mix All ingredients together in a large bowl. Wendy’s uses a delicious pomegranate dressing and I found one at my local grocery store by the lettuce section. It was really delicious! Or you can serve it with your favorite dressing!

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Toy Story Themed Birthday Party with Printables

My son loves Toy Story.  He is obsessed with Woody, Buzz and Jessie.  I thought it was only appropriate to throw him a Toy Story themed birthday party!

His name really isn’t Little Man, in case you were wondering. :)
To make the invitation, I used this digital scrapbooking kit and designed it with My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Software.  You can download the My Memories Software hereOur readers can save $10 off the price of their software with the code STMMMS31670, making it only $29!
 You can also copy and paste this invite and make your own changes to it.


I designed and printed off each letter and attached it to a ribbon using a clothespin.  You can download this printable birthday banner for free here.

You can print off cute printables copied from Andy’s room in Toy Story, here.  I hung mine by tying them to a long piece of burlap ribbon.

I bought a package of army men from the dollar store and tied them to a long piece of fishing wire then strung them around.

I love balloons but hate dealing with spending money to fill them with helium or to tape them up all over the place.  We blew up some balloons and tied a piece of fishing wire to a needle and threaded it through the end of each balloon.  So easy to hang!  I found the cow patterned balloons on eBay, but you can find Toy Story themed balloons at most party supply stores, and even WalMart.

I bought a lined, red table cloth from the dollar store and used red and blue utensils and supplies for the table.


We played Toy Story Bingo!
I made a variety of 8 different playing cards.  You can print all of the cards off here.

Of course there had to be prizes!

 Each Bingo winner got to save something from the box headed to Sunnyside Daycare!

During the party, each person took a guess at how many “cow pies” were in the jar.  The person who guessed the closest got to take it home as a prize!

 I used Whoppers, but any brown candy would work!

You can copy and paste this to print off your own “cow pies” game!


 We drank “Alien Juice!”

You can copy and paste, then print this drink label to have “Alien Juice” at your party!  I just opened a landscape Word document and made this as big as possible on one page and attached it to each bottle using clear shipping tape.

We also made Mr. Potato Head Cupcakes!  I made vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with our yummy cupcake filling and set them out so everyone could decorate their own cupcake.  I also used our perfect buttercream icing recipe for the frosting.  My husband experimented with food coloring until we got a light brown(ish) color, to look like Mr. Potato Head. 

The kids loved picking out their own toppings and decorating their cupcakes! 

Here is what you’ll need:

Chocolate licorice cut into bite-sized pieces for eyebrows.

Yogurt covered raisins with black cake icing for pupils for eyes.

Candy orange slices for noses (we actually ended up cutting them in half so they fit better on the cupcakes).

Chocolate licorice cut into 1.5″ pieces for mustaches.

Gummy Lifesavers cut in half for mouths.

Candy fruit slices for shoes.

You can print out the Mr. Potato Head cupcakes labels here.

And of course, it isn’t a birthday with out a little ice cream, singing, and blowing out candles!

Hope you have a great party, too!

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Here are a few of our favorites:
 25 Creative Birthday Parties for Boys
25 Creative Birthday Parties for Girls 

(Inspiration for this party comes from HowDoesSheOopsey Daisy, and Children’s Party Network.)
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Olive Garden Date Night at Home (Recipes Included)!

My husband and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary this past week. We were able to go out on a date a few days before, but I decided to come up with something to do on the actual day of our anniversary that we could do at home! My husband had to work late, so I had everything all ready for him when he arrived.
It was almost as good as actually eating at Olive Garden, plus you don’t have to pay a tip! :)
I have to confess, we eat dinner in front of the TV a lot, so it is a big deal for me to set the table!
Here is the menu I made for our meal. I tried to make it look like an actual Olive Garden menu, to seem a little more authentic. I also included a blank menu, in case you don’t want to serve the same food that I did. You can copy and paste this into Word, re-size and print!
Now onto the meal! Here are all of the recipes I used:
Olive Garden Hot Artichoke-Spinach Dip Copy Cat Recipe:
(Recipe adapted from

8 ounces cream cheese
14 ounces Artichoke Hearts, drained, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup Spinach frozen chopped, or steamed
1/4 cup Mayonnaise, not Miracle Whip (I substituted this with fat free sour cream!)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Romano or Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon Basil Fresh
1/4 cup Mozzarella Cheese grated
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
salt and pepper, to taste

Allow cream cheese to come to room temperature. Cream together mayonnaise (or sour cream), Parmesan, Romano cheese, Mozzarella, garlic, basil, and garlic salt. Mix well. Add the artichoke hearts and spinach (careful to drain this well), and mix until blended. Store in a container until you are ready to use. Spray pie pan with Pam, pour in dip, and top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until the top is browned. Serve with toasted bread.

Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli:
(Recipe from

2 lbs ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes , undrained
1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans , drained (I skipped this, not a fan of red kidney beans!)
1 (16 ounce) can white kidney beans , drained
3 (10 ounce) cans beef stock
3 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons pepper
5 teaspoons parsley
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (optional)
1 (20 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
8 ounces pasta


Brown beef in a skillet. Drain fat from beef and add to crock pot with everything except pasta. Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours. During last 30 min on high or 1 hour on low, add pasta.

**This makes 12 servings, so you could definitely cut it in half if you are making it for only a few people.**

Olive Garden Garden Fresh Salad Recipe:

Olive Garden Salad Dressing:
1/2 C. Mayonnaise
1/3 C. White Vinegar
1 tsp. Vegetable Oil
2 Tbsp. Corn Syrup
2 Tbsp. Parmesan Cheese
2 Tbsp. Romano Cheese
1/4 tsp. Garlic Salt – or one clove garlic minced
1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp. Parsley Flakes
1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice

Blend all ingredients together and chill until ready to use. The dressing will be a white color, but will taste very similar to Olive Garden’s House Dressing.

Olive Garden Salad Mix:

1 bag American Blend Dole Salad
4-5 slices Red Onion
4-6 Black Olives
2-4 Banana Peppers
1/2 C. Croutons
1 small Tomato Quartered
Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

Place bag of salad in bowl. Place red onion, black olives, banana peppers, tomatoes, and croutons on top of salad. Add some freshly grated Parmesan cheese if you like, and add plenty of Olive Garden Salad Dressing on top. You can add more or less of each ingredient depending on your preference.

Olive Garden Breadsticks:
(Recipe adapted from Recipe Dose)

Camille made these breadsticks a few weeks ago so I knew they would go perfect with our Olive Garden meal. Because I was short on time, I used Rhodes Rolls frozen dough, thawed it, shaped breadsticks, brushed butter on top, sprinkled on garlic salt and cooked it at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes. They still tasted so good, and you wouldn’t know they weren’t made from scratch!
Here is the actual copycat recipe Camille used:

1 1/3 cups of water
1 1/2 Tbsp butter, softened
4 cups of flour
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
2 tsp instant yeast (one packet)
2 Tbsp butter, melted
Non-stick cooking spray (preferably butter flavored)
Garlic salt for topping

1. In the mixing bowl of dough mixer, mix together 1 1/2 Tbsp softened butter, flour, sugar, salt, yeast and water and make smooth soft dough. (If you don’t have a dough mixer, simply mix ingredients together in a bowl using a large spoon. When dough becomes too hard to mix using that, pull out of pull and knead on a floured surface until dough is smooth. I kneaded mine for about 5 minutes and it turned out fine)

2. When dough is ready make elongated shape of bread sticks having 1 1/2” thickness and 5-6″ long.

3. Place these sticks on a greased baking sheet by keeping 2-4 cm distance in between sticks cover the pan and let them rise to double in size for 60-80 min (keep in a warm place for faster rising).

4. Meanwhile preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

5. Brush breaksticks with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic salt. Bake for 18-20 min until they are barely lightly golden on top (don’t over-do it!). Serve warm breadsticks with marinara sauce for dipping.

We always have these on special occasions! You can see my step-by-step post here.
Easy Chocolate Dipped Strawberries:
1 pkg. milk chocolate chips
4 Tbl. vegetable oil
1 pkg. strawberries
1 pkg. white chocolate chips (optional, only if you want some white chocolate on top)
2 Tbl. vegetable oil (only if you are using white chocolate chips)
Aluminum Foil
Baking Sheet
Line baking sheet with foil and set aside. Wash and dry all of your strawberries. Add whole bag of chocolate chips & 4 Tbl. of oil to a saucepan over low heat. You’ll want the heat to be as low as possible! Whisk chocolate and oil together constantly as it melts. Hold each strawberry by the leaves and dip into chocolate. Make sure to not get the leaves! Gently set each dipped strawberry on foil lined baking sheet. After all of the strawberries are dipped, place baking sheet in the fridge for 30 minutes.
If you want white chocolate on top:
Melt 1/2 bag of white chocolate chips and 2 Tbl. of vegetable oil on Low heat. Constantly mix with whisk until completely melted. Use a spoon to drizzle white chocolate on top of each strawberry. It will look like a disaster! Place baking sheet bake in the fridge until ready to eat. Remove from sheet and serve.
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WorldLabel Giveaway (And 2 Other Winners!)

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Here are some of the great ways you can use your labels:
Check out these super cute wedding labels!
These are perfect for organizing anything you’ve got laying around!
These retro birthday printables are perfect for any age!
These cute chalk labels are so cute…
…and perfect for SO many different containers!
This is just one of the many holiday prints that they have to offer!
This week’s giveaway will be for SIX lucky readers! Each winner will receive 100 sheets of any size label in standard white matte material with permanent adhesive.
Here is how to enter:
1. Head over to WorldLabel to look at their store and leave a comment below to let us know what your favorite downloadable template is.
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Low Fat Mexican Manicotti

Low Fat Mexican Manicotti
2 cans fat free refried beans
1 pkg taco seasoning
14 to 16 manicotti shells uncooked (whole wheat if you can find them)
2 (16 oz) bottles/cans green taco sauce
1 cup low fat mozzarella grated cheese

Stuff mixture into uncooked shells. I use a plastic baggie with a cut corner. Then squeeze the mixture in both sides of the manicotti shell.

Lay stuffed shells into a 9X13 pan. Mix the green taco sauce with 1 bottle of water. (Use one of the bottles the sauce came in.) Pour sauce over manicotti, cover with foil, and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Remove from heat and sprinkle with cheese. Put back in oven until cheese is melted without the foil this time.

Garnish with green onions, olives, tomatoes, and cut up lettuce.
Happy Cooking!

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Valentine Brownie Pizza


We are huge pizza lovers and have passed this pizza loving gene on to our kids!  When we thought it couldn’t get any better, we found pizza in a brownie form! Are you kidding…shut the front door!!  Our 2 favorite foods in one recipe!  :)  Doesn’t get any better than this!  You will love this fun brownie pizza for your Valentine parties.  Get your kids involved  by letting them add their own pizza toppings.
Valentine Brownie Pizza Recipe
The brownie crust is our Fudgy Brownie Recipe.
Brownie Pizza Crust Ingredients:
8 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup (2 sticks) margarine
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
pinch of salt
Grease 2 pizza pans (12 or 13 inch pans).  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Melt margarine. Stir in cocoa.  Mix sugar and eggs in mixing bowl.  Stir in margarine and cocoa.  Add vanilla, flour, and salt. Spoon half of the batter into  the greased pizza pan.  This recipe makes 2 brownie pizzas.  Cook one pizza at a time.  Bake 17 minutes.  Let cool completely.
Frosting Ingredients:
1 pound powdered sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine (room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons milk
Red food coloring
Combine frosting ingredients and mix well until smooth. Add enough food coloring to get your frosting as dark as you want it for your pizza sauce. Frost cooled pizza. Don’t go all the way to the edge so that the brownie will show for your pizza crust. This will frost both pizzas.
Pizza Toppings:
4 ounces almond bark (shredded)
Mini Oreos
peanut butter chips
M & M’s
Shred your almond bark with a cheese grater to look like mozzarella cheese.  Sprinkle it over the frosting and then add your pizza toppings. Add any other fun toppings to your liking!   
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