Gluten Free Recipes: Pizza Dough


The response to the gluten-free Chicago style pizza I posted earlier today was great. I wanted to share this recipe for gluten-free pizza crust. It comes from the King Arthur Flour site. I love their products & knew they would have ideas for those needing gluten-free alternatives.

For the recipe, click HERE.


Is there a favorite dish or recipe you must avoid because of your gluten-free diet? Share it with me & I will look for a gluten-free alternative for you! good food! It’s just a Simple Joy!

35 Favorite Chicken Slow-Cooker Recipes


I don’t know about you but chicken is a go to dish in our house. I always watch for it to go on sale then stock up on a variety. I also find chicken works great in my slow cooker. That’s why I am always looking for new recipes to try with chicken, especially slow cooker chicken.

Midwest Living shares a variety of chicken recipes that you can try in your slow cooker. The weather is turning cooler. These recipes are perfect for the cold days ahead. Enjoy!

35 Favorite Chicken Slow-Cooker Recipes

Gluten-Free Luscious Layer Bars

Gluten-Free Luscious Layer Bars

Gluten free doesn’t mean you must give up sweet treats. And these days, there is a much better selection of recipes for you to enjoy than there were when I first heard about gluten free living. One source of tasty treats is Betty Crocker. The good folks at Better Crocker have developed so many gluten free recipes & products that you can enjoy eating again! In fact, these recipes are so wonderful, your family will enjoy them too. You may have to hide a few so you enjoy them!

Today, I’m sharing a recipe for those fabulous layered bars. Make some for your family & be sure to save some for yourself! Enjoy!

Layered Bars

Cake Mix Snickerdoodles

I teach a Bible Study for women every Tuesday evening. We meet for dessert first so we can visit before we begin our class. I usually bake cookies for the group every week. Well, not just cookies but cake mix cookies! I have found great joy discovering new ways to create yummy cookies for my family, friends & people at church.

Last week, I noticed a recipe for Snickerdoodles on the box of Duncan Hines yellow cake mix. Snickerdoodles are one of my very, very favorite cookies but I never baked them. With this recipe, I will be baking them all the time. I am sharing the recipe below Use the Duncan Hines cake mix to make your Snickerdoodles. Other mixes then to make cookies that have a cake-like consistency. These look & taste like regular cookies. So easy. I like to impress people with my smarts as well as my talent in the kitchen. Nothing is smarter than finding a simpler way to do something!


  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 package Duncan Hines yellow cake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cinnamon & Sugar
Cinnamon & Sugar

Combine cinnamon & sugar in small bowl.

Batter Bowl from Sur la Table
Batter Bowl from Sur la Table

Mix oil, eggs & a splash of vanilla together. The recipe didn’t call for vanilla but it can’t hurt!)

Scrap sides well. Mix by hand.
Scrap sides well. Mix by hand.

Add cake mix & blend well. The mix becomes a bit lumpy. Just keep working it with a spatula until it is smooth.

Use a shallow wide container to coat cookies
Use a shallow wide container to coat cookies

Shape dough in 1″ balls & roll in sugar mixture.

LOVE parchment paper!
LOVE parchment paper!

The recipe says you should grease your cookie sheets. I always use parchment paper. It is fabulous! It allows me to make all my sheets of cookies while only having 2 actual cookie sheets! I was able to get 9 cookies on each sheet. You can flatten the cookies with the bottom of a glass. I didn’t. I like them looking rugged!

Bakery fresh & just as good!
Bakery fresh & just as good!

Bake for 8-9 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Store in air tight container. Great with spiced tea, hot apple cider or cold apple juice!

25 Healthy, Easy, Kid-Friendly Breakfast Recipes


We all know kids that eat breakfast do better in school. All of us, but especially kids, need that morning fuel to help us start the day right & keep going strong throughout the day. Unfortunately, good intentions aren’t enough. Busy mornings often lead to little or no breakfast. Not good! To help you stay on track, Woman’s Day offers these 25 easy recipes to help give the entire family the fuel it needs to get through the day!

Easy Breakfast

Fix-and-Freeze Soups & Stews

The weather is snowy & cold here in so much of the country right now. This is the perfect time for soup. I have a big pot of vegetable soup simmering in my large slow cooker. I plan to add a salad & pumpkin muffins, homemade of course, to make a wonderful winter supper.

Soup is one of my very favorite foods. There is no limit to what you can add to soup. People often ask me what I put into one of my soups. I’m not always able to tell them because I tend to add a bit of this & a little of that. This is what makes soup so great for me.

while I like creating my own soup concoctions, I also like new ideas. Southern Living share a variety of soups you can make, serve & freeze to enjoy later. I always make enough soup so I can freeze some for later. Thanks, Southern Living! Enjoy!

Source: Fix-and-Freeze Soups & Stews

Basic Muffins

I love a basic muffin recipe. Even a basic muffin mix. This allows me to make any kind of muffin. I am now making fresh muffins on Saturday for our continental breakfast at church (FPCO) on Sunday. Today, I used a basic mix someone found for me. I haven’t been able fond a basic mix in a few years. Fortunately, I have a recipe from my grandmother, the Infamous Lena B. I can use to make a variety of muffins. Having to mix the muffins from scratch is messy & time consuming. Really like the mix better. If you know where I can find basic (plain) muffin mix, PLEASE let me know!

When making from scratch, I prefer to make enough for at least 2 weeks. Thus, I only have the mess for one week. Messy but worth it. I LOVE the people at my church so my baking is a labor of love!

Here is my recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Sift dry ingredients together. Combine liquids. Add liquids to dry ingredients. Stir until dry ingredients are just wet but not smooth. Batter will be lumpy. Fill greased muffin pan (or pan lined with muffin liners) 2/3 full. Bake for 25 minutes. Makes one dozen muffins. You can mix the dry ingredients together ahead of time & store in plastic bags. Only put one batch per bag. Saves on the confusion!

This is a basic recipe. To it, I add a variety of fruit, flavors & nuts. Today, I added fresh strawberries & fresh blueberries. I also use dried fruit. I like cherry/almond muffins, blueberry/pecan muffins, apricot/pecan muffins. I plan to make orange/pineapple & oatmeal/cranberry muffins.

I also make an incredibly easy pumpkin muffin but…. I plan to share that another day!

Mix up a batch for a week-end morning. Serve with juice, fresh fruit, yogurt, coffee for an wonderfully relaxing morning! I like them on my front porch!

Ah, I LOVE  my Simple Joy Life!

Simply Sweet Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes

Simply Sweet Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes

What’s Valentine’s Day without a little something sweet? Even just a small bite can make your day. BHG is ready to make Valentine’s Day sweet for you with these delicious recipes. The cheesecake bites in the photo look wonderful. And I LOVE how the strawberries have been shaped into hearts. Make something sweet to share with your sweetie & be sure to enjoy some yourself! Enjoy!

Sweet Treats