Joanna Anastasia


Thin crust pizza hack

Delicious home-made thin crust pizza, that's cheap, easy and delicious! #pizza

I’m a huge pizza lover, and what I’m really in to is a real Italian style thin crust pizza! But as such, I’m usually disappointed with take out. And the frozen pizza? Well, I would lie if I’d say I never buy it, but we all know it’s not the real deal, not to mention that they’re full of sugar salt and other unhealthy ingredients. There are also nice restaurants making real Italian style pizza.. But with two young kids and living on a budget, I don’t go that much to restaurants anymore. And no, I haven’t yet mastered the art of making my own dough.

And yet, I enjoy the Italian style thin crust pizza at home every week now, and it’s cheaper than takeout!

And it’s really a such a simple idea, that I feel almost embarrassed to dedicate a whole blog post to it, but in case you never tried it, here it is: pita bread. Let it soak in. And now imagine: thin crust, perfect home-made pizza.

It’s really just as good. And you can probably even buy a whole grain one.
Mad it makes the fastest homemade pizzas ever!

Thin crust pizza hack

Here are my two family favourites:

Mushroom & pepperoni :

Good quality pepperoni ( or salami!)
Cheddar cheese
Tomato sauce
Pita bread

Goat cheese & sun-dried tomatoes :

Goat cheese
sun-dried tomatoes
Tomato sauce
Pita bread
Fresh arugula

Simply spread the tomato sauce on pita bread, add cheese and all the toppings (except for arugula). Broil for around 10 minutes. Serve with a side salad or a simple soup. So simple!

Thin crust pizza hack

It may be my favourite mom hack ever, and I hope that you’ll try it and let me know if you liked it too!

The best homemade granola bars

Best home-made granola bars ! Chewy, full of flavour, and healthy!

Sometimes all you need is a healthy yet delicious snack, something to give you energy and keep you going. Granola bar is a perfect choice, but it’s usually full of artificial sugars and fats, plus it’s not that economic at all. Unless it’s home made! And can you believe me when I’ll tell you that a homemade granola bar is not at all complicated or difficult to make? It’s actually pretty easy: just pick your ingredients, mix them all together, and bake. That’s it!

And these ones here, are really the best homemade granola bars ever! They’re chewy and satisfying, with chunks of chocolate, pieces of cranberries and all of the oatmeal goodness!

Hers what you’ll need:

1/3 cup natural peanut butter (can be any other nut butter)
1/4 cup maple sirup
1 tablespoon milk (or soya or almond milk)
1 cup apple souse (preferably unsweetened)
1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 1/2 cups oats
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup chocolate chunks

( plus 1/4 cup chocolate to drizzle on top)

First mix together peanut butter with maple sirup, milk, apple souse and coconut oil. When the mixture is nicely smooth, add the rest of ingredients ( oats, cinnamon, cranberries coconut and chocolate chunks).

Spread it evenly on a baking sheet ,and bake for around 20 minutes on 350F.

The best homemade granola bars

Melt the remaining chocolate, but let your homemade granola bars cool down before drizzling it over.

The best homemade granola bars!

Cut them in to bars, and store in a dry place. Just look out, because they disappear really fast!

The best homemade granola bars

If you want to make your homemade granola bars even healthier, then skip the chocolate chunks and add some nuts instead! They’ll be equally delicious!

The best homemade granola bars

Enjoy !

Salted Carmel Mocha

This home made Salted Carmel Mocha is so easy and so delicious !

I’m a born homemaker and a huge coffee lover. Whenever I move in to a new place, before even everything is unpacked, I hang art on the walls and I light candles so the space would smell like home. And, as a WAHM, making our house a home is even more important to me then ever before: spending so much time at home is only worth it, if you really love your home (for me, at least.)

So when Allison from HouseBox contacted me asking if I’d like to try their new subscription homemaking box, I got really exited.

House box

Among lovely scented organic dryer sheets, peppermint essential oil, nontoxic delicate wash, and heirloom dish washing liquid, there were these lovely paper straws (and I’m a sucker for pretty straws!) and amazing organic coffee. These last two have really grabbed my attention, because for a while now I wanted to upgrade my coffee game a little bit.. So this here inspired me to try this home made Salted Carmel Mocha Coffee. Served with a pretty straw obviously!

Here’s what you need:

Good quality mild coffee
Salted Carmel sauce
Instant hot chocolate mix

Salted Carmel mocha

Brew you coffee. It can be a double espresso with extra shot of hot water, or a nice big mug of filter coffee. You choose. Add 2 teaspoons of hot chocolate mix, top it with foamed milk (or whipped cream, if you prefer, I won’t judge you, you know that!) and salted Carmel sauce! And don’t forget about a pretty straw.

The best home made salted Carmel mocha ever!

But I need to be honest with you. Some of the samples where really small. So I contacted Allison, and she told me that it won’t happen again, and that next box is supposed to be bigger, and the samples are getting much larger. So that’s great news, if you’d like to subscribe, and get bimonthly new homemaking products directly go your doorstep, like I might be doing now! And I think that it also makes for a great gift : practical surprise every month for around 20$? Yes please!

So, do you like subscription boxes? Which are your favourite?

Disclosure : I received this product free for review, all opinions remain my own.