Friday, October 28, 2011

Food Friday: Easy as Pizza Pie

I love Sundays. I love them only because even though they are the beginning of a new work week (not fun), I get to try new easy recipes (super fun). Last Sunday I saw this commercial on TV for personal pizzas so I thought I would try it. I didn't get the recipe from it because it went by too fast, so I improvised! Here we are:

One package of biscuits
One 14 oz jar of Ragu pizza sauce
2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Pepperoni to taste (or whatever pizza toppings you like)

Preheat oven to 350* and gather ingredients as seen below.

Open Biscuits and flatten onto a greased pan.

Spread on the pizza sauce.

Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese.

Put on your pizza ingredients. We just used pepperoni.

Top with mozzarella.

Bake for 14-15 minutes and remove from oven. A good indicator is when the bottom is turning golden brown.


Tyler loved them so I hope you do too! Short and sweet, perfect for a Friday night!

Have a wonderful weekend!



Friday, October 21, 2011

Food Friday - Beef Stew

Last week I made home-made beef stew. The reason I want to share it with you is it was SO easy and my husband has been referencing it non-stop since he ate it. Pretty sure he loved it. I am also trying to try and expand my use of the crock pot as 9 times out of 10 it is easier to do with a busy schedule. Here is what we did:

  • 3 pounds cubed beef stew meat (we marinated in Allegro... YUM!!)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 4 large potatoes, cubed (Russet)
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  1. Place marinated meat in a large plastic bag. Combine 1/4 cup flour with 1/2 teaspoon salt; pour into the bag with the meat, and shake to coat.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add stew meat, and cook until evenly browned on the outside. Transfer to a slow cooker along with the carrots, potatoes, parsley, and pepper. In a small bowl, stir together 2 cups of boiling water and dry soup mix; pour into the slow cooker.
  3. In the same skillet, melt butter and saute onions until softened; remove to the slow cooker. Pour red wine into the skillet, and stir to loosen browned bits of food on the bottom. Remove from heat, and pour into the slow cooker.
  4. Cover, and cook on High for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to Low, and cook for 6 hours, or until meat is fork tender. In a small bowl or cup, mix together 2 tablespoons flour with 1/4 cup warm water. Stir into stew, and cook uncovered for 15 minutes, or until thickened. 

If you don't use now, I recommend you start. Otherwise you can wait for me to try the recipes and post if they are amazing.

We are headed to a wedding tomorrow, watch for pictures!!



Friday, October 14, 2011

Food Friday - Oreo Truffles

Wednesday was our friend Brad's birthday. Brad is a lot like Tyler in that they work at the same place and have a lot of the same hobbies. Well I LOVE birthdays. I love them because they should be celebrated and that birthday person should end the day feeling like they are awesome (which they are). I also love them because it means I get to make the birthday person a treat!

Well I made Oreo Truffles which may be the easiest to make, but look and taste like they take a ton of time and effort (which is what I call the perfect treat). Here is how it goes:

You need:
  • 1(16 oz) package of Oreos (We always use chocolate with white filling)
  • 1(8 oz) package of cream cheese (we use fat free)
  • 2(8 oz) packages of Baker's Semi-sweet baking chocolate (white chocolate or milk chocolate)

 Prepare your ingredients 

Crush about 6-7 of the cookies to fine crumbs in food processor; reserve for later use. (they can also be crushed in a resealable plastic bag). Be sure to set aside. 


Crush remaining cookies to crumbs using same method. 

Place in medium sized bowl. 

Add cream cheese; mix until well blended. 

Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls, about 1-inch in diameter. Dip balls in chocolate; place on wax paper-covered baking sheet.

Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.

Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store leftover truffles, covered, in refrigerator. 


Thursday, October 13, 2011

DIY Get Better Basket

Once in high school, I had a terrible cold. I know you're thinking who hasn't. But this cold, unlike any other, had me feeling absolutely, without a doubt, downright bad. I had this great friend who sent me a "Get Better Bag" and it was nothing huge, but it had huge meaning. The bag was simple and not elegant. It was a plastic baggie with tea, cough drops, candy, and a small package of tissues. See, not a huge deal. But to me, it was a friend saying I will do what I can to help you heal and that meant the world to me. That got me thinking, I can do this too.

I have a friend, a dear friend (one might say family) who has recently gotten sick. I won't say who it is or what he or she is sick with, but they need something that will show them that they have a friend and that friend is willing to do anything to make them feel better. Today I thought I would tell you what I did not to ask that you copy it or duplicate it by any means, as this is supposed to be a gift of thought and care. I want to tell you what I did to spark an idea and an interest in helping someone who just needs a friend. Here is what I did (I had pictures, but my camera broke so I can't post them):

I went to the store and got a medium sized basket. You can use really any size but obviously want all of the "Get Better Supplies" to fit. Next, you get them some reading material or something to do. Sometimes noise can just be too much so you can't have the television on. I recommend a book, magazine, or puzzle. Your pick really. Liquids are important. Everyone always says "be sure to get lots of rest and drink plenty of liquids"! So I thought it might be wise to throw in some 100% juice fruit punch boxes.

Snacks are important too. If they aren't in a mood/don't feel well enough to eat them now, you can at least provide them with something to look forward to. In this case, the person receiving the basket LOVES Oreos. Typically you want to include things they really enjoy. From a practical perspective, every sick person needs to get better so you can add some "supplies" to help them do so. I included throat drops, hand lotion, lip moisturizer, tea, and of course, chicken soup. 

Last but not least, I like to include a card that tells them to get well. I figure it is just going that "extra mile".

You can expand on this idea however you like whether you go the route of the get better baggie, get better box, get better basket, or even get better bowl. So long as they know you want them to get well soon!

Have a great Thursday!


Friday, October 7, 2011

Food Friday - Bar-B-Que Chicken Pizza

It was a busy busy BUSY week. I had to coach a volleyball game Monday and run out to another town right after to play volleyball. We had a game on Tuesday that both Tyler and I had to coach (because when we play 8th and 6th graders separate, he is the 6th grade coach... they love him!!!) and we had a date night after the game. I love date night. Before I move on, I do have to mention that Monday, we won. Tuesday, we played 4 games and each teams won two. But I am taking the win for my girls since when they beat us both games were close and they only beat us by 6 points combined between the two. We beat them by 14. We win!! This means that we are 5-2. That is a solid season that a team is building (and by the way, these parents are getting PUMPED because last year they got excited when the girls got close. Can you imagine what they are like now that the girls are winning??!!)!

Wednesday night Tyler and his boyfriends went grocery shopping for their trip and Thursday morning my sweet husband and his 3 friends went on a fishing trip. I never see any pictures but they always sound like they are having a blast! Since we were home alone, Ann and I went out to a Lia Sophia party for a friend of mine at a local coffee shop then came back to my house to watch Bridesmaids which turned out to be a pretty funny movie! We will see what happens today since it is Friday which means the weekend is (finally) here. If I don't have a friend over, I might make a change to the house which I won't mention on here because I know Tyler reads it. (Surprise, honey!) Kidding. But really, I do get a bit stir crazy when I am home alone for long periods of time.

We take this healthy meal and put a twist on it which makes it not-so-healthy but oh so tasty. This is a relatively good depiction of the outcome, but ours had a little bit more green in it. I found this picture here:

Now this recipe is easy so don't over think it! You need:

2 cups shredded cooked chicken breasts
1/3 cup barbeque sauce (we used about 1 cup)
1 package (10oz) ready to serve pizza crust (12" diameter)
3 roma tomatoes sliced
1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese (we used about 1.5 cups)
FRESH CILANTRO!!! favorite part.

Use a small bowl and mix the chicken and barbeque sauce. Put the pizza crust on a baking sheet and (this is where we cheat make it better) spread a little of that extra barbeque sauce on like a pizza sauce. Spread chicken over pizza and top with tomatoes and your cheese. Bake at 475* for about 10 minutes or until it starts to turn brown. When you take it out, top with LOTS of cilantro. To taste I guess, but I say lots.

This meal took us about 15 minutes to cook as we already had some grilled chicken to work with.

Tyler said I should also add a tuna salad recipe so you guys are getting a "tow-fer"!!!

Here is what you need for tuna salad:

Frozen peas - thawed
RED grapes halved (not any good with green and Tyler doesn't like to chase his grapes which is why we cut them in half)
Brick of colby jack cheese (I tried the pre-cubed ones, not tasty in this dish) cut into small pee-sized cubes
Penne or small shell pasta (I usually use about 1lb but go for two of there's a lot of you!!) cooked and drained
3 cans of tuna per 1lb of pasta (I rinse and drain my tuna otherwise it gets too fishy)
About 1.5 cups Miracle Whip per 1lb of pasta but add until the consistency is right for you (my husband does NOT like Mayo in tuna salad)

Cook and drain pasta, mix in peas, grapes, tuna, cheese, and Miracle Whip. Refrigerate.

I think this one takes a solid 20-30 minutes if you include cutting the mix-ins. Family favorite, ENJOY!



Monday, October 3, 2011

Food Friday: Taco Pie

I was WAY too sick (I had/have a bad cold) to post on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday so here I am. We are going to pretend for a brief moment that right now it is Friday.

I know that I have done a taco-type recipe once before but this one is a HIT! Tyler's mom is fantastic in the kitchen and for one of my bridal showers she gave me an apron that she made (super stinkin' cute) and a cookbook! Not just any old cookbook, but one she hand wrote with her son's favorite recipes! A gift for me AND him really as I love these as well. Here it goes, Taco Pie:

You will need:

1 lb ground beef (brown and drain)
1 pkg taco mix (follow directions on package)
1/3 cup black olives (which I don't love so we only put on half the pie)
2 cups crushed corn chips
1 can of sweet corn
1 cup sour cream
1 pkg crescent rolls
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese

Heat the oven to 375*. Put the crescent roll dough in a pie plate and form like a pie crust, smoothing all lines. Spread half of your corn chips and corn on the dough. Next, in a separate bowl mix meat and sour cream. Layer meat mixture, cheeses, remaining chips, and if you choose, black olives. Bake for 20-25 minutes and enjoy!

It is rare that we have leftovers because my husband loves it so much, but from past experience, it is good heated up too!

Have a wonderful week (or if we are still pretending it is Friday, a GREAT weekend!!!)!

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