Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Yes, I know it's January. And no, I'm not crazy. I'm lazy. I took pictures of my super cute Thanksgiving treats that I brought to school for my students, and then didn't post about them. But now I will, because they're cute. I just love these things. I didn't actually eat any of them, but they're just so darn cute! Did I mention they're cute? Okay, enough of that. Here they are.

They're pilgrim hats! See, I told you they were cute!

You can probably figure out how I made them, but I'll brake it down for you anyway because if I didn't, then this blog post would be over, and, well, I like to talk... er, type.

It's really simple. You take a fudge stripe cookie and turn it upside-down. Then you take yellow frosting (white frosting with yellow food coloring, obviously) and smear it all over the bottom of a fun size peanut butter cup and smoosh it down onto the upside-down cookie so that the frosting oozes out around the edges. Then you take an orange mini M&M and place it on the yellow frosting for the buckle. That's all, folks! This is a really easy, quick, and cute Thanksgiving treat!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Inside-Out Pizza

Wowza! These past few months have been chaotic! With preparing for the holidays and all the various sicknesses that have made their way through our household, we've been very busy. But today I've decided to make time to post one of my family's new favorite recipes. This one is a hit with everyone, and, well, it's just plain fun!

I got the idea here, and pretty much followed it exactly. But here's what I did.

Here's what you'll need:
1 roll of thin crust refrigerated pizza dough
Pizza sauce
Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top
Olive oil or butter to brush on top
Italian seasoning to sprinkle on top
Mozzarella cheese
Whatever toppings you like (I used pepperoni)

First you want to roll the dough out and cut it into squares. I stretched it a little first, then cut it into 24 squares (that's 4 rows by 6 rows).

Then I chopped up a bunch of pepperoni. That's what the hubby likes.

Then I topped each square with cheese and pepperoni. Really pile it on. It's better with lots of cheese and toppings, and the dough will stretch when you wrap it up, so don't worry the toppings not fitting. They will.

Now fold the corners of the dough over the toppings and pinch them together in the middle. Do the same with the sides. This is what it should look like.

Then place the dough balls into a baking dish.

Then brush the top with olive oil, and sprinkle it with Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese. Pop it in the oven and bake them according to the pizza dough package instructions. Usually it's about 15-20 minutes on 400 degrees.

It should look something like this when it's done. Mine looks a little funny on the right end because I made a few cheese-only ones for myself and marked them with some mozzarella on the top. I know, brilliant, right?

Serve them with a side of pizza sauce. This is perfect for my family because I like very little sauce on my pizza, and James likes lots of it. This way, each person controls how much or how little sauce they want.

These things are awesome! And they're fun, too! My whole family loves them. They're great for kids. And, I haven't tried this yet, but I think they'd freeze well. That way, you could just pop them in the oven from the freezer and have a nice quick meal! I am so going to try that.

You know it's good when it get's the two year-old seal of approval. :)