Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

Sliders are all the rage at our house. Anything that can be put on a yummy dinner roll and lathered in butter is a yes for my kids. Now if you add pepperoni and cheese – now its a double yes! These pepperoni pizza sliders were a hit, and I have to admit they are pretty delicious.

You can also add some other yummy ingredients if you don’t have picky eaters – like maybe some banana peppers, sausage, mushrooms, onions, whatever your heart desires.

I will admit, you would think that 2 packs of these rolls would feed lots of people – you would be mistaken. Most everyone in my house have 4 (and the boys eat even more) so if you have a large family, or serving for a party, you may want to double or even triple the recipe!

pizza sliders

INGREDIENTS:
2 packs Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls
1 lb pepperoni
1 lb salami
1 lb provolone cheese
1 jar of pizza sauce
1 stick of better
1 tbsp garlic salt
1 tsp Parmesan cheese

pizza slider ingredients

DIRECTIONS FOR PEPPERONI PIZZA SLIDERS

Preheat oven to 350

To make garlic butter topping, melt 1 stick of butter and add the garlic salt and Parmesan cheese, and set aside

Place bottom half of dinner rolls in the pan top with pepperoni, salami and provolone and pizza sauce

place top of dinner rolls on top and brush garlic butter mix on top of buns

Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes

Cut rolls and serve with pizza sauce for dipping – and enjoy!

 

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Death by Chocolate Trifle

The Best Death by Chocolate Trifle Dessert

I made this Death by Chocolate Trifle recipe for Thanksgiving, and it was such a big hit, I think I’m going to make it again for Christmas! It’s a bit lighter of dessert, not so dense of a feeling after you eat which makes it even more enjoyable after a day filled with eating! My Summer Strawberry Trifle is also a big hit, if you aren’t a chocolate fan.

How to Make Death by Chocolate Trifle
This is super easy to make, and seriously delicious. I actually think I might get another trifle bowl so I can make a double batch next time. Feel free to change up the chocolate cake for brownies (for a richer dessert) or angel food cake.

Some people also like to use chocolate pudding instead of mousse, or  different types of candy bars. I prefer it the way I have it listed below and so do my kids and most of my family. Enjoy!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 boxes chocolate mousse mix
  • 1(8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (or your own cake recipe)
  • 6 Heath candy bars, chopped (or Heath toffee bits )

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Prepare cake mix as directed, or make your own chocolate cake recipe.
  2. Let cool.
  3. Prepare the mousse.
  4. Crumble the cooled cake into pieces.
  5. In a glass trifle bowl (or if you are taking it for a potluck, or somewhere that you’re unsure if you’ll get it back, try a clear plastic trifle bowl) layer in this order: 1/3 of cake, 1/3 of mousse, 1/3 of whipped topping and 1/3 of candy bars.
  6. Repeat layers ending with chopped candy bars on top.
  7. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Edit: A lot of people have been asking how well this holds up as far as leftovers go – yes, the death by chocolate trifle dessert is actually really good the next day – or the next day – or the next. Store in a Rubbermaid container (it won’t look as pretty, but I promise it will taste just as good!)

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How Homeschooling Can Help Children with Disabilities

Homeschooling offers numerous benefits to many children in a variety of circumstances. Although it is not the best fit for every child and every family, many students have received a viable education with homeschooling. One group of children who may benefit from homeschooling is children with disabilities. These children can have difficulties in traditional schools. Today, many schools offer resources to help students with disabilities, but unfortunately, some students may struggle to keep up with material or feel comfortable in the class. Homeschooling children with disabilities can be a great solution to many of the problems that they face in a traditional classroom.

Meet Individual Needs

Many public and private schools will have some accommodations for children with special needs, but it is difficult to give each student everything they need to be successful. Parents, however, can give their children one-on-one instruction that is personalized to suit their needs. Depending on the student’s disability, the classroom may not provide ideal learning methods. For example, if a student has sensory or anxiety disorders that are difficult for teachers to work around, such as bright lights or loud noises. With home education, the parent can control these environmental factors to create the optimal learning space. Other things to consider include color schemes, music, and various seating options.

Homeschool also allows students with disabilities to work at a pace they feel comfortable. While traditional classrooms run the risk of leaving these students behind, parents can ensure their students grasp concepts before moving on to other material.

Provide a Safe Learning Environment

One of the key reasons that parents choose to homeschool their children with disabilities is to give them a safe environment to learn. With home instruction, there won’t be peer pressure to perform a certain way in class. They can learn in a safe, comfortable environment that helps them gain confidence around schooling.

Homeschooling can also provide a safe enviroment from bullying. Too often, children with disabilities are put under peer scrutiny because they are different. If a child is having difficulties with bullying, homeschooling allows them to be themselves and focus on learning rather than having to worry about being teased because of their disabilities.

Certain social situations can be overwhelming for a child with disabilities. For example, recess may cause a child to feel more anxious than relaxed. Homeschool can help eliminate unnecessary stressors such as this. Instead, parents can set up play dates or social gatherings at times and places that are comfortable for their children. This will also teach children with disabilities how positive social interactions are supposed to look.

Have More Flexibility

Homeschoolers are not confined to the same schedule that traditional classrooms are. Attending school from 8:00 to 3:00 takes up most of the day and leaves little extra time for things like doctor’s appointments or therapy. Unfortunately, many students with disabilities will end up missing a significant amount of school for these reasons.

With homeschool, parents can set their own schedules around necessary appointments and other obligations. Parents can provide homeschool instruction when it’s the most convenient for the family as well as when the student is feeling their best. Routine and structure are important for children, specifically those with disabilities. These children may require more frequent breaks to maintain focus and avoid frustration.

Focus on the Child’s Strengths and Interests

Every student has a different preferred learning method. Public and private schools typically stick to lecture-based instruction, homework, and tests. These methods may not be effective for children with disabilities. Students who prefer hands-on activities, interactive videos, or drawings can have more options through homeschool.

Some homeschoolers will incorporate their children’s interests to keep them engaged with lessons. For example, if a student really likes dinosaurs, there is no reason that they can’t be integrated into math lessons. It may take some creativity, but any parent can use their child’s interests to keep them motivated when it comes to their schooling.

Children with disabilities and special need may get everything they need from their public school teachers and other staff members. However, if your child is experiencing some difficulties, homeschool may be able to help.

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Keto Low Carb Beef and Broccoli

Keto/low carb beef and broccoli is my favorite takeout meal. One thing I was worried about missing while on Keto was take out, especially my favorite- Chinese! Beef and broccoli is one of my favorites, and thankfully it can be made Keto-friendly! This recipe has about 6 net carbs per serving, so you can enjoy 2 servings if you want to!! I will also be sharing my cauliflower rice recipe soon, so keep an eye out!

Here’s a few tips:
*don’t skip the marinating, it’a very important part of the recipe, and really gives it a great flavor (it only takes about an hour, you don’t have to marinate all day!)
*If you don’t have coconut aminos, you can substitute for gluten free soy sauce, but to me it seems to be very strong and salty,

keto beef and broccoli

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb flat iron steak, sliced thin (flank or sirloin will work as well)
1/2 lb broccoli , cut into small florets
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp fish sauce 

BEEF AND BROCCOLI MARINATE
1/3 cup coconut aminos
1 tsp root ginger , peeled and grated
2 cloves garlic, chopped

DIRECTIONS

Cut the steak into thin slices

Add the beef into a bag, along with the coconut aminos, ginger and garlic. Marinate for an hour in the fridge

When you are ready to cook, drain the beef but keep the marinade for your stir fry sauce

Blanch the broccoli in boiling water for a few minutes and then drain

In a cast iron skillet heat oil on medium-high heat

Add the marinated beef and stir-fry until brown (about 3 minutes or so), and remove from skillet

Stir fry broccoli until slightly tender, and add remaining marinade. Let simmer for approx 3 minutes

Put beef back into pan with the broccoli, and let simmer for a few more minutes

Add the fish sauce and toasted sesame oil

Enjoy!

Try other Keto Recipes here!

 

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3 Ingredient Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

3 Ingredient Keto Peanut Butter Cookies
The biggest thing I have missed with being on a low carb diet is sugar. Though most of the cravings have subsided, every once in awhile you still need something to curb that sweet tooth. I am a peanut butter junky so these 3 ingrediet Keto peanut butter cookies were a must.

Though there are a ton of Keto dessert recipes, I tend to prefer things on the simpler side. Less difficult, less ingredients, super simple. These hit the spot, and meet all the criteria for a simple delicious quick and easy snack.

(You can try our other keto recipes including some other great desserts!)

3 ingredient keto peanut butter cookies

 

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cup peanut butter (I’ll save you some time measuring and dirtying your measuring cups, just use a whole regular container)
2 eggs
3 tbsp artificial sweetener (I use Stevia)

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350
mix above ingredients together well
Take a spoonful and make into a ball and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
Use a fork to press into the cookie dough ball into a flat shape
Bake for approx 13 minutes
Enjoy!
*they are pretty crumbly, so use caution when taking them off the cookie sheet

Can you freeze Keto peanut butter cookies?
I would not recommend it; they easily crumble and they don’t taste as good out of the freezer. I would recommend only making what you will eat in a 1-3 day period. Obviously they taste the best fresh out of the oven. I have used the batter a few days later (kept in the refrigerator) and it was still good, but fresh again, is better.

 

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