Saturday, November 28, 2009

Birthday Rain

When we were little my older brother (who happens to be the funniest person ever) made himself a button that said "looks like we're in for some rain" and he would only wear it when it was actually raining. So when I didn't have any idea how to wrap the pretty umbrella we were giving my mom for her birthday I decided to make her this paper button and wrap it in a jewelry box and give it to her as a clue to the real gift.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

More Cupcakes

I did not make these cupcakes but did use them for the front & back of this card I made for my awesome sister-in-law's birthday. Aren't the they adorable? They're fitting for her because she is adorable too and she is so good with food decorating.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Corn & Potatoes

This is the front and back of the card I made for my mom's birthday this year. Corn and potatoes are some of her favorite foods and they fit her because they are basic and simple, while she is calm and stable, but both are also important and wonderful. And the pictures of the corn and potatoes are beautiful (I think) without any embellishment, just like my mom.

And this is the card my sweet puppy made for her. Well, ok, I made it but he posed so well for this picture he must have known what it was for. And he loves my mom too!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Mushroom-Swiss Burger Pizza

So I went grocery shopping the other day and bought some ground chuck. I started thinking about what I wanted to make with it and pizza popped into my head. But I wanted to try something new. That's when I got the idea to make a pizza that was reminiscent of a mushroom-swiss burger. It turned out really well and did remind me of said burger. Here's the recipe if you'd like to try it.

This recipe makes 1-12 inch or 4-7 inch pizza's.

Ingredients:

Pizza:
1-12 inch or 4-7 inch thin pizza crusts
swiss cheese sauce (see below)
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 pound ground chuck
seasoned salt, to taste
1/2 - 1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese
pepper, to taste

Swiss Cheese Sauce:
1 tablespoon butter
2 tsp. flour
dash salt
dash pepper
2/3 cups skim milk
3 ounces swiss cheese, cut into chunks

Directions:

Make the swiss cheese sauce: melt the butter over medium heat in a saucepan. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper quickly so that lumps do not form. Add the milk and cook and stir constantly until the sauce thickens and bubbles. Turn the heat down to low and add the cheese, stirring until the cheese melts. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

Saute the ground chuck with the garlic, onions and seasoned salt until the meat is browned. Drain.

Layer the pizza as follows:
1: the swiss cheese sauce, leaving a little to drizzle over the top
2: meat mixture
3: mushrooms
4: swiss cheese
5: drizzle of remaining sauce
6: black pepper, to taste, if desired

Bake at 4:25 for 10-15 min. till the cheese is melted and the crust is crispy and golden. I like to broil it for the last few minutes.

Then cut into slices and enjoy.


Calories: for 12 in pizza = about 425 per 1/6; for 7 inch pizza about 730 per pizza. Note: I used Momma Mary's pizza crusts for the calories figured here.