Friday, July 21, 2017

Paris Scrapbook Pages

So, in 2014 we went to London and Paris. And for the past three years, my scrapbook album from that trip has been unfinished. There were always just other pictures to scrap and other things (a baby) to prepare for. London got done, but I hadn't even printed out the Paris pictures!

I made the decision the other week to just GET. IT. DONE. I printed off the pictures I needed and got to work.

Here are two of the pages I've been working on. I am not spending a lot of time on them, partly because I just need to get the pictures on pages and partly because Paris was not our favorite.

On the above layout, which I realized doesn't really have a title, you'll see pictures of me and the Louvre. We didn't go inside on this trip. I had done it before, and my husband didn't really have an interest in going inside, so we just walked by. The exterior is more interesting anyway.

This page I had put together in advance using Basic Grey Mon Ami scraps back when I was actively working on this vacation album, so all I had to do was put the pictures on the page.

And then "Paradise Found" was literally put together in about five minutes. The floral paper is Crate Paper, and the rest of the papers are scraps from the same Crate Paper collection. Some of the embellishments are Basic Grey Mon Ami, and the title sticker comes from a travel collection someone gave me a long time ago.

Ah, the gardens of Paris. The only part I liked.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Merry Christmas, Baby! Scrapbook Page

I decided to make Christmas scrapbook pages for my own scrapbook album and for the baby's. (Once I get past her 1-year pictures, I am going to consolidate and go back to just one family scrapbook album.) This is a two-pager that I made for myself.

I had the patterned papers in my stash, and I scraplifted a layout from my Scrapbook/Cards Pinterest board. There's even ribbon on this layout! But I had to go out and buy letters and embellishments. I found some sparkly American Crafts Thickers at Michael's and a cute holiday-themed sticker pack from Me & My Big Ideas.

Instead of journaling on this layout (because I'm sure I will remember what these pictures were), I just used the embellishments to tell the story.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Meal Plan Monday - July 17

Now that my toddler is eating table foods, I'm trying to think of dinners that all three of us can enjoy! With the exception of Sunday night's Blue Apron meal (a little too spicy for a beginner eater, maybe) and Monday night's salmon (it was on sale!), everything else this week should satisfy my new eater. I mean, homemade spaghetti and meatballs has to be better than Chef Boyardee, and she ate almost a whole can of that stuff!

Sunday: Spicy Beef and Lamb with Noodles

Monday: ginger salmon with smashed potatoes

Tuesday: out

Wednesday: spaghetti and meatballs

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: chicken quesadillas

Saturday: on our own

Friday, July 14, 2017

Play Scrapbook Page

What is it about babies and laundry baskets? I found this old picture of me sitting in my parents' laundry basket back in 1984 and decided to do a side-by-side scrapbook page with a picture of Daphne sitting in our laundry basket last year.

The big "play" title has been something in my stash for a long time. I'm so glad I finally got to use it on something! And the rest of this layout is ALL stash! I got some ribbon and washi tape out for this one, along with using up some patterned papers from an old 8x8 paper pad.

It's so much fun to look down memory lane, both from when I was a kid and from just a few months ago with the baby!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Deery Me Scrapbook Page

How about some Christmas in July? I have so many Christmas pictures to scrap, and some of them are on layouts but I need to get some Christmas embellishments for the finishing touches!

This is a page about our family tradition of wearing holiday hats. Daphne got to be part of it last Christmas! For this page, I used up some Christmas papers from a big paper pad in my stash. And I also used up stickers and embellishments that were not specifically Christmas-themed from my stash.

Even though my mom is no longer with us, I am still going to continue this tradition because I think it's silly and she would really want us to.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Meal Plan Monday - July 10

Things have been a little off-schedule the past month, but we are finally settling back into a groove and getting on with things. This week's meal plan will primarily be brought to you by Blue Apron. A co-worker gave me a free box, so I decided to check it out and see what the fuss was all about. I think that at least one of the three meals will NOT be gluten-free, so we will have to substitute our own gluten-free noodles, but as long as everything comes packaged individually, I think that will be okay. Wish us luck!

Sunday: roast chicken, mashed potatoes, and corn

Monday: salmon patties and potatoes

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: spicy lamb and beef noodles

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: seared chicken with tomatillo salsa

Saturday: chile butter steaks

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Baby by KIDBOX Review

My kid has better clothes than I do, and that's not going to change, especially when we've got KIDBOX.

You've probably heard of Stitch Fix, an online clothing company that sends you a certain number of clothes in the mail based on your personal style preferences, and you can keep all of the items or only keep a few. Well, that's what KIDBOX is but for kids!

And they've just added baby clothes to the mix! The new extension Baby by KIDBOX has clothing in sizes newborn to 24 months.

My 1-year-old opening up her KIDBOX.

The beauty of KIDBOX and Baby by KIDBOX is that you don't have to take your kid to the store to try on clothes. The clothes are delivered to you, and you can have your child try them on in the comfort of your own home. If something doesn't fit, you can exchange it for a different size. If your child doesn't like something, just return it. It's so easy!

What's also cool about Baby by KIDBOX is that you're getting name brand clothing at a discounted price, even if you only choose to keep one or two items. But if you keep the whole box, which usually comes with four to five outfits, then it's only $58 total! AND, for each KIDBOX you keep, the company donates a brand new outfit to a child in need.

Excited to wear her 1-year-old sticker from the KIDBOX!
I was given the chance to check out a free Baby by KIDBOX box for my daughter. Our box included four two-piece outfits and a six-piece set of towel and washcloths. (If you watched my Instagram story from awhile ago, you saw us unbox the clothing.) Here's what we got:

1. Dress and Short Set by Babygear - SO CUTE! Perfect for summertime. She can wear it to play in at home and at daycare.

2. Top and Short Set by Jessica Simpson - I love the colors on this. The top looks more like a dress on her with little matching shorts. This is also a perfect summer outfit!

3. Tee and Short Set by DKNY - Who knew that DKNY made baby clothes? We didn't try this one on before deciding to keep the whole box because my kid had an ear infection, and I didn't feel like forcing her in and out of clothes. The shirt on this was difficult to get over her head, but with some stretching out, it ended up being a good fit.

4. Top and Short Set by Lucky - Again, another brand that I had no idea made kids' clothes! I love this shirt and short set. The colors on this will be perfect for wearing on the 4th of July and all summer long!

5. 6pc Bath Set by Babygear - You can never have too many hooded towels and washcloths, am I right?

I was really impressed with the quality and brands of clothing that we received in our KIDBOX, and I think the whole idea of clothing delivered to you is just genius. Who wants to spend an afternoon in a dressing room with a whiny kid?

Plus, it's always fun to get something in the mail! And double plus, there's the charitable component, a great way for you to start a conversation with your kids about giving back!

I think she likes it!
What do you guys think of the KIDBOX concept? Check out KIDBOX and Baby by KIDBOX here!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Gluten-Free Veggie Quesadillas

In our quest to eat healthier, we tried out a Fit4Mom recipe for what are, essentially, veggie quesadillas. This was so easy to make, and you can really customize the quesadillas to your liking. Ours contained sliced mushrooms, feta cheese (definitely needed to add MORE of that), and diced green peppers.

To make these gluten-free, we just used gluten-free corn tortillas. They are a little harder to work with than flour tortillas, unfortunately, which is why I don't like to make wraps and stuff with them. But for quesadillas, they work pretty well.

I simply cooked these in a skillet on my stovetop, but you could also use a panini press or George Foreman grill, and I'm sure it's possible to grill them on your outdoor grill or a stovetop grill if you have a gas stove.

Don't forget to garnish wish sour cream or plain Greek yogurt if you're watching your calories!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Greek Yogurt and Nut Butter Balls "Granola"

Didn't have time to make up a meal plan for the week. We'll just figure it out. In lieu of a meal plan, here's a fun recipe idea for breakfast: Greek Yogurt and Nut Butter Balls "Granola".

This is based on the DELICIOUS Nut Butter Balls that I made during the FIT4MOM Month of Mama challenge. (And I have continued to make them since.)

When you're putting the Nut Butter Balls together, not all of the chocolate chips, oats, and coconut flakes get stuck into balls. So I saved the extra bits and used it all as a topping for plain Greek yogurt. It was an easy workday morning breakfast!

The original recipe is NOT gluten-free, but you can easily make it so by using gluten-free oats and checking to make sure all of your other ingredients are gluten-free, too.

If you want the original recipe for Nut Butter Balls, download the Month of Mama recipe booklet. It's all there!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Shine Scrapbook Page

Here's a fun two-page layout I made using a bunch of random scraps! These are all pictures of the baby back in December.

The "shine" embellishment is from Heidi Swapp, and it was on sale at Michael's awhile ago. And the glittery star stickers were from a baby girl sticker pack I purchased at Michael's several months ago.

There are three pieces on this layout from a Valentine's Day-themed patterned paper that I purchased to complete a "kit" I made myself. I cut them out and used them as individual pieces on this layout.

And I also discovered a lot of great patterned paper I'd been hoarding in a Valentine's Day scrapbook paper drawer! So that's what I decided to use as the main patterned background. Valentine's Day stuff for non-Valentine's Day pictures. But it's still all about love!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

An Outlaw and a Lady - Book Review

I feel kind of bad. I am a huge music fan, but I had never heard of Mirriam Johnson or Mirriam Eddy or Jessi Colter.

I had heard of her husband Waylon Jennings. I had heard of Waylon's friends Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Hank Williams, Jr. I had heard of her son Shooter Jennings.

But I had never heard of Jessi Colter. Until now.

Her memoir An Outlaw and a Lady: A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon, and the Faith that Brought Me Home was one of those books that looked interesting enough, and so I picked it to review for lack of a better option. But I'm glad I did pick it.

If you know anything about Waylon Jennings and his music, then you'll want to read this book, which gives another perspective to what was going on during those times. And if you don't know anything about Waylong Jennings and his music, you'll still get a unique perspective from a woman who has endured in both her marriage and her faith.

Though she didn't have as big of a musical career as her husband, Jessi was a successful singer and songwriter with a few of her own albums released. But she was also a wife and a mother, and being married to Waylon wasn't always easy. Jessi's mother was a preacher who instilled in Jessi a love of God, but as Jessi became an adult, she shied away from the faith of her childhood only to realize later on that she needed God in order to have the strength to make her marriage work and be the source of strength that Waylon needed once he was ready to turn away from his reckless ways.

I found Jessi's life very interesting, and the chapters are pretty short so you can get through the book rather quickly. I would find myself finishing one chapter and saying, "Well, the next chapter won't be long. Let's just read another one!" I really did want to find out what stories the next chapter held. (And yes, there are some pictures.)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, June 9, 2017

Bella Gluten-Free Review

A few weeks ago, I came home to a box waiting for me on my front stoop. When I opened it up, I found this!

Yes, they may look like pints of ice cream (that's actually what I thought at first) but they are cute containers filled with different gluten-free mixes: biscuit mix, a cookie mix, pizza crust mix, brownie mix, blueberry scone mix, and dinner roll mix! I got to sample the biscuit, cookie, and pizza crust mixes.

But first, here's a little background on the company. Bella Gluten-Free was started by three chefs who wanted gluten-free baking to be safe, simple, healthy, tasty, and fun. So with Bella Gluten-Free mixes, all you have to do is pour, mix, bake, and enjoy. 

These mixes are wheat-free, gluten-free, nut-free, egg-free, peanut-free, lactose-free, casein-free, and non-GMO. And with the exception of the brownie and cookie mixes, everything else is soy-free.

I decided to make the biscuits first so that we could make gluten-free egg sandwiches for dinner one night. What I liked, aside from the cute container, is that the container actually becomes one of the bowls you use for mixing. Pour the mix into a separate bowl and then whisk your egg in the Bella Gluten-Free container! Less clean-up, too!

The biscuits turned out about as well as I expected. I'm not sure I've ever tasted AMAZING gluten-free biscuits. But in terms of consistency and appearance, these biscuits were a pretty good imitation of regular biscuits. Might also have helped if I had served them fresh from the oven, but I baked them in advance because when you have a 14-month-old in the house who won't let you do anything except sit right next to her while she plays on the floor, you have to make things like this during naptime.

For the chocolate chip cookies, I can only go by what my husband and dad told me. I never got to taste one! They both said these cookies were really good. I'm lucky I even got a picture snapped before the cookies were all gone.

The cookies are made in a similar way to the biscuits. Pour the mix into a separate bowl and use the container to melt butter and whisk eggs.

And then there's the pizza crust. This is definitely good as long as you're making it a personal pizza. It's a little small to share. At least, I couldn't get the dough to roll out any bigger. But it was very easy to make (once again!) and easy to top with our favorite toppings. Which are just cheese and pepperoni. But whatever.

The company also makes an All-Purpose Baking Mix for use with any of your from-scratch baking adventures. I received a small sample of that, too, but haven't made it yet. (I'm actually planning on using it in tonight's coconut pancakes!)

All in all, I'd say these new gluten-free baking mixes are a success! I would certainly make the cookies again, especially because I want to try them next time. And I'd love to try out the dinner rolls and brownies.

You can find the products in grocery stores such as Wegman's, HEB, Whole Foods, and World Market. Or if no stores near you carry Bella Gluten-Free (as is the case with me), just order online from Lucky Vitamin. You'll find a store locator tool here and the link to buy online right here. Each one is about $4.99.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Is the Bible Good for Women? - Book Review

Wherever Wendy Alsup is speaking, that's where I want to be. Here is a woman who has a lot of good insight, a lot of Biblical knowledge, and an interesting way of explaining things. Several years ago I read her book By His Wounds You Are Healed, which was a Bible study for women through the book of Ephesians. Looking back at my old posts about reading the book, I'm reminded how much I enjoyed it (and how much I've forgotten from it, unfortunately).

I didn't make the connection between Alsup's new book Is The Bible Good for Women? and By His Wounds You Are Healed when I first requested to review the new book from Blogging for Books. I just thought it sounded interesting for someone like me (a Christian woman) to read. But once I received the book, I realized that I was familiar with the author, and so I was even more excited to get started.

If you're wondering if the Bible is good for women, Alsup is going to tell you "yes". You should just know that going in. You can't go into reading this book with suspicions. Leave all your baggage at the front cover.

Here's the thing about this book. It takes you through a lot of Bible background, and this is in an attempt to help you understand how to use the Bible to find the answers. The Bible is its own source! You just have to understand how all the stories are interconnected, as opposed to each story standing on its own. Some Bible stories about women might seem bad, but those events were part of a larger picture that could only be understood down the line. Alsup writes in chapter 5, "The stories of women of Scripture, read thousands of years after their death, inspire me, too, to give myself to something that transcends my lifetime." (p. 93)

You have to understand the context of each story and remember that things in Biblical times were not like how they are today.

The book was good but it wasn't what I expected. I wanted to go through the stories of women in the Bible and dissect them to see what they really meant back then and what they mean for women today, and there just wasn't enough of that for me. The way the book was written was not what I had anticipated, and I just couldn't move past that to really enjoy reading the book as much as I had hoped.

Alsup is able to make some good points, but she needed to make them faster for me.

If you're going to read this as a Bible study or small group book, then you'll be pleased to know there are discussion questions in the back of the book to aid your group conversation about each chapter.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Meal Plan Monday - June 5

We're getting a little experimental this week. I have leftover coconut milk from the donuts I made last week, and I want to use it up somehow so that I'm not wasting food or money. So, wish us luck!

Sunday: Italian Sausage and Potato Roast

Monday: Chicken Fettucine Alfredo

Tuesday: hot dogs, baked beans

Wednesday: Herb Noodles (from 101 Cookbooks)

Thursday: tuna sandwiches and fries

Friday: Coconut Macaroon Pancakes (from 101 Cookbooks)

Saturday: pasta

Friday, June 2, 2017

National Donut Day

Happy National Donut Day!

Growing up, we always got our donuts from a local place called Paul's Donuts, and they had such good donuts! My favorite was always the vanilla long john. Now, I don't know if it's just a Paul's thing or a Missouri thing, but there are NO vanilla long john donuts in New Jersey or New York. I don't know why Dunkin Donuts makes chocolate long johns and NOT vanilla. Seems like it would be pretty easy to do. You're already making long donuts with chocolate on top. Why not just make a batch of vanilla icing for the long ones?

But I digress.

In honor of this year's National Donut Day, I decided to break out my donut baking pan and whip up some gluten-free, low-sugar donuts because I have been holding on to this really delicious-sounding recipe for months and I was dying to make it!

The recipe for Coconut-Vanilla Doughnuts (donuts or doughnuts?) was published in American Lifestyle magazine (a magazine that our real estate agent sends us every month), but the recipe can also be found in Ella Leche's Cut the Sugar: You're Sweet Enough Cookbook.

Be prepared to do some grocery shopping because you're going to need ingredients that you might not already have in your pantry. Lucky for me, I already had a huge bag of Sugar in the Raw cane sugar, coconut oil, and all-purpose gluten-free flour. But I did have to buy powdered Stevia. The only thing I could find was powdered Truvia, and that's basically the same thing: a powdered form of a sugar substitute, right?

The one thing I could not find was rice malt syrup. Apparently, you HAVE to buy this at a health food store. My local ShopRite did not have anything aside from maple syrup, so that's what I ended up using. Not so low sugar, huh? It only goes in the icing over the donuts, so you could totally omit that part if you wanted.

Overall, this was a pretty easy recipe to put together. I made it during afternoon naptime. However, you definitely need to let the donuts cool down before removing them from the pan. These donuts are very FRAGILE. Not the same consistency of regular donuts.

Not all of mine turned out pretty (or like the picture in the magazine). But seriously, they were edible! And not just edible, tasty! You'll be pleasantly surprised at how sweet these donuts are even without all the added sugar.

So don't feel bad about indulging this National Donut Day!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Egg Muffins Two Ways

I love eggs. I could eat eggs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And luckily, these two egg recipes can be eaten at all of those meals, though probably not in the same day. That might be egg overload.

First up is a recipe I found on Pinterest for Hash Brown Egg Nests with Avocado. This recipe comes from The Cooking Jar.

And it's so easy to make! You'll end up with leftovers that taste really well reheated in the microwave for breakfast or lunch. I think I may have cooked my egg nests a little too long because I expected the eggs to be a little runny, but my yolks were totally cooked through. Still good, though!

I would only make these for myself again because my DH only likes scrambled eggs and he doesn't like avocado.

The second egg recipe I made recently was the Fit4Mom Month of Mama Egg Muffins recipe. This involves eggs, breakfast sausage, green pepper, kale, and salt and pepper. I don't have a link to the recipe to share with you, but if you go to the Fit4Mom blog, there is a downloadable recipe guide and the Egg Muffins recipe is in there.

Again, this is a recipe where you will make a bunch and then eat them as leftovers every morning for breakfast. Great make-ahead recipe, especially when your mornings are busy!

Both of these recipes are gluten-free as long as you make sure to read the package labels to ensure that the ingredients are all gluten-free.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Meal Plan Monday - May 29

Happy Memorial Day to all my U.S. readers! The weather this weekend has been hit or miss, but we did manage to enjoy some outdoor time a little bit during the long weekend. And, of course, I had time to make up a meal plan for the week.

The Month of Mama challenge is basically over, but we're going to do the challenge's Chicken Salad recipe again because it was a huge hit the first time around. And we're also trying a Jessica Seinfeld recipe that was in the May 2017 issue of Redbook. It's salmon, so it's healthy, and it's gluten-free (as long as you use gluten-free ingredients). There's supposed to be a cucumber salad to go with it, but I hate cucumbers, so we're going to change it up a little bit and, I guess, make it not so healthy anymore. Oh well.

Sunday: hot dogs and fries

Monday: chicken roaster breast with au gratin potatoes and side salad

Tuesday: Ricotta Breakfast Pizza

Wednesday: Fit4Mom Chicken Salad sandwiches and potato chips

Thursday: turkey burgers, fries, and applesauce

Friday: Ginger Salmon with brown rice and Roasted Smashed Potatoes

Saturday: on our own

Friday, May 26, 2017

Cornbread Chicken Pot Pie

As Chris Rock once said, "Cornbread. Ain't nothin' wrong with that."

I had a box of gluten-free cornbread mix in my pantry, and I really wanted to use it for something more than just a side. So I decided to make it a topping for chicken pot pie.

Now, of course, I made this MANY weeks ago by this point, so I don't even remember where I found the recipe on which I based this. But I mean, you could sort of just follow any recipe that calls for a boxed cornbread mix. I'm pretty sure the filling for this was just chicken, a bunch of frozen veggies, and a roux of gluten-free all-purpose flour and butter.

The boxed mix I used was from Glutino. I usually use Bob's Red Mill gluten-free cornbread mix, but I do like the Glutino because it's much sweeter than Bob's. I might have to make the switch the next time I make my gluten-free stuffing for Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

I Heart Baking Scrapbook Page

Last year we started a new tradition with friends: a cookie-decorating party! Most of the kids were not old enough to participate so us adults had to get our hands dirty decorating cookies with cookie cutters, icing, and M&Ms. (You can read tips for throwing your own cookie-decorating party here.)

My mom had given me a cute baking-themed scrapbook kit, and I just knew that I would use it to scrapbook the pictures I took from the party.

Aren't the embellishments cute? The kit came with a picture guide to show you how to place everything on a two-page layout, but I had to rearrange a few things based on the sizes of the pictures I had. It wasn't really that hard. Every picture that I wanted to use fit on this two-pager.

This kit came from a scrapbook store near St. Louis, but I can't remember the name. Ask me later and maybe I'll have it figured out.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Meal Plan Monday - May 22

Were you wondering where the meal plan was last week? Sorry! Life got in the way.

But things are back to normal here, so I've got a nice mix of recipes from our favorites and from the Fit4Mom #monthofmama meal plan.

Sunday: pea pesto pasta and side salad

Monday: slow cooker taco salad

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: broccoli cheese-stuffed spaghetti squash

Thursday: penne with ricotta cheese and greens

Friday: veggie quesadillas

Saturday: rotisserie chicken, baked potatoes, and side salad

Friday, May 19, 2017

First Costume Scrapbook Page

And here is the baby's first Halloween costume. Yep, she was a panda! I scraplifted this layout, which is something that I'm really trying to do more of in an effort to make the scrapbooking process go a little faster. I spend a lot of time rearranging pictures and embellishments to create a look that I like, but I have so many page pinned on Pinterest. I really need to use those more!

I got to use some cool Heidi Swapp chipboard words that were on sale at Michael's the other month!

The patterned papers are Crate Paper. I've had the same paper pad that I got at T.J. Maxx for a LONG time. This layout also uses American Craft Thickers and a cool chalkboard journaling tag that was in my stash.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Before I started on the Month of Mama fitness challenge, I made some really delicious (and healthy!) gluten-free banana bread for breakfast. I had some bananas to use up, and what better way to do that than with banana bread?

I found a recipe from Cookie and Kate for a Healthy Banana Bread recipe. The original instructions didn't call for gluten-free flour, but there are a bunch of suggested adaptations, including to make it gluten-free with Bob's Red Mill's gluten-free flour. And luckily, that's what I had in my pantry!

I also had all of the other ingredients in my pantry, too: coconut oil, honey, chocolate chips, etc. Yes, chocolate chips. You can't have banana bread without chocolate chips!

I really enjoyed this banana bread. The gluten-free flour worked just fine! I think my husband did, too. The baby refused to eat it. *sigh*

Friday, May 12, 2017

Pizza Crackers

The other week I just didn't want a sandwich for lunch. So I combed through the pantry to see what we had that I could turn into lunch. And that's when I saw that we had the ingredients to make a very quick and easy lunch that my old college roommate taught me.

Technically, you're supposed to use Italian-style Wheat Thins. Not sure if they even make those anymore. But what I did was take regular Town House crackers and sprinkle Italian seasoning on them. (You could use plain gluten-free crackers, too.)

Combine the crackers with shredded mozzarella cheese and sliced pepperoni in a microwave-safe dish or plate. You basically just put the crackers down first and top with the cheese and pepperoni.

Then, put this into the microwave and microwave for a few seconds at a time until the cheese is fully melted on top of the crackers.

To eat, you just pull out the crackers and eat. It's really great as a party appetizer or something as long as you don't mind everybody's hands reaching into the same thing. But I enjoyed it as a lunch because it was fast, it was delicious, and it used up stuff that I had at home.

What do you think? What are some of your favorite things to eat from college?