Saturday, October 11, 2014

4 Cheese Pizza with Corn, Bacon and Sauteed Onions

Makes 1 pizza (size depends on the thickness of your crust)

1 pkg fresh pizza dough
8 slices bacon
1 yellow onion, sliced into ring and then in half again
Olive Oil
Mozarella Cheese, grated
Jarlsberg Cheese, grated
Parmesan Cheese, grated
Blue Cheese, crumbled
1/2 of 1 can of corn, drained

Let pizza dough sit on the counter for 1 hour.

Meanwhile fry the bacon. Drain on paper towels, reserving some of the fat in the pan.

Saute onions in reserved bacon grease till tender.

When an hour has passed preheat the oven to 400 and roll the pizza out to the desired thickness.

Brush olive oil lightly over the surface. Then top with as much mozarella, jarlsberg and parmesan cheese as you like.  Sprinkle the bacon on top of the cheese and layer the onions and corn on.  Top with crumbled blue cheese and more parmesan and jarlsberg cheese.

Bake for 18-15 minutes till the crust is browned and the cheese is melted.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Breakfast Potatoes Topped with Perfect Sunny-side Eggs

Serves 2-3

I came up with this yummy meal (I usually eat it for breakfast but its good any time of day) a while back and finally decided to share it, I hope you enjoy. I got this technique for perfect sunny-side eggs from a blog and now I can't remember where unfortunately.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 - 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 medium to large gold potatoes
2 tsp salt (or to taste) plus more for the eggs
Pepper (to taste)
1/4 cup white wine
1 tbsp butter
2-3 eggs (depending on how you are going to split this up)

Instructions:
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over med heat.  Add onions and saute for a few minutes.

While the onions are cooking, peel and chop the potatoes into bite-sized pieces, placing them in a bowl of water as you cut them.

Add the garlic to the onions.  Remove the potatoes from the water they are in letting a little water drip into the pan as you do.

Season with salt and pepper. Cover with a lid or tin foil if you do not have a lid for your skillet.

Allow to cook undisturbed till potatoes are tender and start to stick to the pan.  If they are getting done too fast turn the heat down. This usually takes about 30-40 minutes.

When the potatoes are tender, remove the lid and add the 1/4 cup white wine, scraping the bottom of the pan occasionally to get up the browned bits on the bottom.  Re-cover and allow to cook some more while you make the eggs.

Melt butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Crack eggs into separate places in the pan and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and let cook for 3 minutes and then your egg is done. (Note: if the egg is getting done too fast, turn the heat down).

Divide the potatoes among your serving dishes and top each serving with a fried egg. Serve immediately.

Note: These potatoes are really good left over too. Just reheat in a skillet with a little more olive oil, covered, until heated through. If you are doing this wait to make the egg(s) when you heat up each serving.

Calories per serving : About 270

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fun Headboard Idea


I recently got bored with my bedspread, looked on line at H&M for an inexpensive update and in the process found this idea for a headboard with the duvet cover I also loved.  Just got it all set up yesterday and I think its so fun!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

My Technological Parents

My parents are not technologically advanced at all, but they are still more advanced than a lot of people their age.  This card is meant of course to make fun of all of that.  We gave them a roku for their anniversary this year and while its not a difficult thing to use the technology of it is amazing when you consider, say, 1980.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Josh's Birthday 2014

My brother is in chiropractic school right now and so while times are difficult now, better times are on the horizon.  So I made him this card to celebrate that.  The implication is that while he drives an old van and a long distance to school now, then he will drive a nice car and a short distance to work.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

BBQ Chicken Appetizer Pizza with Shallots and Jarlsberg Cheese

Delicious combination.  I used Trader Joe's Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce, so yummy, and went well with it if you want to try it.

Yields about 10 appetizer sized pieces

Ingredients:

1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
Krazy Salt
2 Shallots, peeled and sliced
BBQ sauce, amount to taste
Jarlsberg Cheese, grated, amount to taste
Cheddar Cheese, grated, amount to taste

Directions:

Press dough out into a 10x6 rectangle shape and let rest.

Heat Olive Oil in a medium sized pan over medium-high heat and add the chicken.  Season to taste with the salt pepper and Krazy salt and saute 5-10 minutes until chicken is cooked through and nicely brown.

Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.  Add more olive oil and saute the shallots in the same time, just a few minutes till tender.

Spread BBQ sauce over the resting dough, leaving as much crust as you would like, I'd say at least 1/2 an inch. Top with chicken and shallots.  Then sprinkle the Jarlsberg & Cheddar cheeses on top and drizzle over a little more BBQ sauce.

Bake at 400 for 20-25 min or until the crust is nicely browned. Let cool slightly and then cut in half lengthwise and then 5 times up and down to make 10 pieces.

Its delicious warm or cold.

Father's Day Card 2014

Posting this a bit late but this was the card I made for my Dad this year. He makes the best hamburgers ever!!!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Roasted Vegetable & Bacon Sandwich


I thought this up to do with my leftover vegetables one night.  Yummy!

Ingredients:
2 zucchini's, cut in half and then sliced lengthwise to make 16 long rectangular slices
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into slices
1 yellow onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic
Krazy Salt
Pepper
Olive Oil
8 slices center cut bacon
8 slices good quality whole wheat bread
Ranch Dressing

Directions:

Makes 4 sandwiches

Toss the zucchini's, bell peppers, onion and garlic together with just enough olive oil to coat them.  Spread onto a baking sheet and season with Krazy Salt and pepper.

Roast in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.

Meanwhile, fry bacon and drain on a paper towel.

Toast the bread and spread with each slice with the desired amount of Ranch Dressing.

When the veggies are done, assemble the sandwiches as follows:  Put 2 slices of bacon on the bottom of each sandwich. Next layer on 3-4 slices of the zucchini on each and top with the peppers and onions (reserve the garlic for another use if desired, I don't like them on this sandwich but they gave the other vegetables good flavor and will be good with something else).  Place the top slices on each sandwich and enjoy!

Calories per sandwich: about 300, depending on how much oil and ranch dressing you use.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Ryleigh's 4th Birthday Present - Fun Bag



I filled this cute mini pink backpack with fun stuff for her birthday this year!















Cute little pink flower flip flops from J. Crew along with some paper and her card (in the previous post) and colored pencils in the front pocket:




A pink yarn octopus I made with instructions from Martha Stewart:




















4 green glass ball jars filled with pink and yellow homemade play dough, stickers and Ryleigh confetti (pictures of her in tiny circles):













And my version of The Word Family Game:












Friday, May 23, 2014

Ryleigh's 4th Birthday!




It's hard to believe my niece is already 4 but she is. This is the card I made for her this year. I also put a cover tied with a bow over her picture for her to open.


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day 2014: My attempt at humor

You know those Direct TV commercials for switching from cable that have ridiculous stories that happen because you don't - like this one? Well we got my mom a sharp chef's knife for Mother's Day this year (she only has dull ones and requested this).  And so her card was born in my imagination.

The above astronaut is an actual picture of my mom in a spacesuit from her college days. And for those of you who don't know her there is not much she would rather not do than take a space walk.