Dinner For Five Please

So yesterday was Valentine’s Day, and we chose to stay in an celebrate with the kiddos. They are attached to our hip and would have felt left out if my husband and I had gone out to a fancy restaurant without them.

But after dinner, I gave them a heads up and let them know that we will be stepping out alone tomorrow night for dinner and maybe a movie. Read More

Today I Will Clean and Make Pizzas… But First We Sip

Fridays are so fabulous in our household and not for the apparent reason. Not because it’s the WEEKEND!

Every day is a blessing to me, and I try to take advantage of each and every moment. But on Fridays, I feel even more joy.

I get to do two of my favorite things: Read More

Best Barbecue Pizza

I woke up this morning and really wanted pizza. I could not wait for dinner because I knew that I was going to make one of my favorite pizzas. Below are a few ways that you can enjoy this recipe with and without meat.

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Making Some Bossy Sauce

This sauce is so easy to make even a 15-year-old boy that is half awake can make it. All of the ingredients are fresh and right out of my garden. Read More

Not Your Average Flatbread Pizza

Anyone who knows me and have hung out with me on my blog, know that I love pizza. LOVE LOVE LOVE pizza. I am so particular about it and need more than just a deep crust, I need the crust to be bursting with flavor. I want the crust to be so good that I can eat it without anything on it. For me, it should be as flavorful as a breadstick.

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This Is The Day That Counts

Yes, I know It’s Saturday and you want a rest day. But this is the day that counts the most. I know that you had a full week of work and hopefully you did some type of workout every day. However, every positive action that you took towards becoming a better you can and will be undone by the choices you make today.

So many of us choose to make Saturday our day to have a cheat meal, which is totally okay if you stick to only one meal. Don’t turn that cheat meal into a cheat day. often times we will start the day off with an unhealthy option and from that moment on our body and mind will crave more sugar. So let’s start off right.

For instance, when you wake up have a healthy breakfast and then WORKOUT. When you return home to have a protein shake make this the time to throw a few greens in the blender so that you are getting your daily vitamin intake. Lastly, don’t forget to continue to DRINK WATER. I tend to stick with drink half of my body weight and if I am working out in the warm weather then I will increase my consumption.

Now here we are at dinner and you are probably ready to consume some major calories. But guess what? I guarantee that due to the wise choices that you made previously you will not eat as much as you wanted to. The body is a funny machine. Mentally you are wanting everything that you gave up during the week but your body isn’t craving or missing the calories. So listen to your body and not that hungry mind.

Make this day count and continue to make healthy choices!

Below you will find links for healthy meal options.

 Breakfast https://wordpress.com/posts/belladonnasflashlight.com

Lunch https://wordpress.com/post/belladonnasflashlight.com/1042

You could have chosen to read any blog but you chose mine and I’m honored!

~Belladonna~

One Year Down…​Thank You For Giving Me A Chance

It has officially been 1 year since I started this particular blog and I have been welcomed into the blog world with open arms. I have to admit that every time I write something I second guess myself. I wonder if it’s interesting enough to get you to come back and view another post. I always try to just be myself and that alone is scary.

I remember when I first started my blog I was approached by a well known public figure and he gave me THE BEST pointer. He told me if I wanted my blog to be successive then I had to remain truthful to myself. Choose topics that hit me deep in my core and then just go. Talk the way I do every day, and make sure my personality is present at all times. When he told me this I said well what if people don’t like me or what I have to say?

He responded, “Do you have friends”? “Do they like to engage with you”? “After 17 years does your husband still like you and engage with you”? But most importantly “Do you like you and find yourself interesting”? I thought fair enough!

So here we go! My content is going to be bananas this year, filled with food, diets, crafts, workouts, real talk, and my Life. I am elated to welcome you all to my world.

I know that there are thousands and thousands of blogs that you could have joined or read but you chose mine and I’m honored!

~Belladonna~

OMG This Pizza

Happy Monday!

If you are not having a happy Monday yet, I bet you will after you eat this pizza. I have literally made pizza for the last 18 years and I thought that I nailed the recipe. But I didn’t…not at all. My skills have hit a whole new level and I am patting myself on the back.

So buckle in and watch this video and make sure you follow every step. If you do then you will want to send me money every week because I have just given you meaning to your life! I’m serious, my address will be listed below and I accept small and big bills.

Listed Ingredients

  • 2 packs of active yeast
  • 2cups of hot water
  • 4 tbsp of olive oil
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 2tsp of salt
  • plastic wrap
  • onion
  • bell pepper
  • ham
  • pepperoni
  • pasta sauce
  •  fresh mozzarella
  • When you’re watching the video please pay attention to how I put olive oil all on top of the crust and pushed fingerprints all around the crust. The olive oil will help the crust turn a pretty honey color and the fingerprints will make the pizza rise evenly.
  • Bake crust on 375 degrees for 15- 20 minutes and then add toppings. Bake for additional 15 minutes.

    You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I am honored!

    ~BellaDonna~

    Ravioli with Sautéed Spinach

    I love the month of December so much. It is a beautiful time of year, and for me, it’s a great time to cook and bake. I hope all enjoy some of these delicious and easy to prepare meals.

    During Thanksgiving, I prepared Ravioli with a light cream sauce, and we LOVED IT! But this time I wanted to try it with my favorite pasta sauce. You can find how I prepare my sauce in a previous post. In that post, you will learn how to amp up your can sauce as well as making a homemade sauce. Either way, you will be pleased with the result.

    I chose to amp up my favorite can sauce with this particular recipe. I was rushing against time and trying to get dinner on the table quickly. So I grabbed up one of my new favorite items from Target and broke out the pots and pans.

    I can’t express enough how much I love the Ravioli from Target. It has a fresh taste and ingredients that I can pronounce. So that’s a win. If I can read them, I can eat it!

    Ingredients

    • 1 package of Ravioli
    • 6 to 8 cups of Spinach
    • 2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    • 2 TBSP of Black Pepper
    • 2 TBSP Garlic Powder or 2 cloves of Garlic
    • 3 TBSP of Oregano

    Bring water to a boil and cook Ravioli for 4-5 minutes, drain noodles and set aside. In another pan add olive oil to a warm pan, spinach, garlic powder or garlic cloves, black pepper, and oregano.

    Please watch the video below and leave me any questions or comments that you may have.

    You could have chosen any blog to read  but you chose mine  and I am honored.

    ~BellaDonna~

    Jumbo Stuffed Pasta 🐚

    My love for Italian food is ridiculously crazy. If I don’t make it once a week, then you know something is wrong with me. I have made everything from Manicotti to Baked Ziti, Ravioli, Tortellini, Lasagna, Italian Meatballs, and everything in between. Did I already say that I LOVE pasta? Oh okay, I think you get it.

    If you follow me on Instagram and check out my insta stories you will see that I make pizza a lot. I make it so much that I can do it in my sleep. So based on that you might think that pizza is my favorite Italian meal. NOPE! You would be wrong.

    Hands-down one of my favorite meals to try are stuffed jumbo shells. I have had them stuffed with cottage cheese and spinach, lobster, shrimp, ground beef, and Italian sausage. There is an endless number of options! But let me tell you two secrets to having a fantastic shell.

    Step one….. do not overcook the shell that is the absolute worst thing you can do. Overcooking your shell’s will cause them to become limp and making it impossible for your ingredients to stay inside.

    Step two…..stuff the heavens out of your shells. No one wants a half stuffed shell at least not me!!!

    Ingredients

    • One box of Jumbo Shells
    • 6 cups fresh spinach
    • 2 cups cottage cheese
    • Two teaspoons Black pepper
    • Teaspoon Salt
    • 8 ounces of mozzarella cheese
    • Parmesan cheese

    Boil your pasta shells for 5 minutes and set aside to cool.

    In a heated pan add olive oil and sauté your spinach.

    Any large bowl mix cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, black pepper, salt, and spinach.

    Begin to stuff shells 🐚, place them in your pan and drizzle with olive oil.

    Cover and Bake on 375° for 20 minutes

    Uncover and broil for two minutes.

    Please refer to my previous post on amping up bottled pasta sauce or making homemade sauce.

    To complete your meal add either my crusted Parmesan salmon Or fettuccine, thin pasta noodles or baked chicken.

    I always add a large Caesar salad with this meal. Just adds that bit of a crunch that you need.

    You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored!

    ~BellaDonna~