Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pinterest WIN: Pizza Roll-Ups

It always seems like the Pinterest wins are food-related. Maybe people just like tricking the public more with crafts than with cooking?

This cooking project is super quick and creates calzone-like pizza roll-ups. My husband was unsure about the process; he saw me grab the dinner rolls and cocked an eyebrow, but his faith in me is unrelenting and I'm sure he's thankful I went along with this project anyway.

All you need is:
Crescent dinner rolls
Mozzarella Sticks -- I'm sure regular string cheese can work here as well, but Trader Joe's makes an incredible Mozzarella stick that is too delicious even on its own.

Unroll the individual dough pieces onto a greased sheet. Place 4-6 pieces of pepperoni and half a mozzarella stick on top of the triangle.

Roll the dough up from the broad side in. Make sure the mozzarella stick is encased in that first rolling (one way to ensure that is to put the mozzarella half on the end of the dough like in the first picture).

And then: simply follow the baking directions for the dinner rolls as usual, let them cool, and serve them with marinara sauce.

This is perfect for any type of sporting event, any casual hangout, or just a time when you feel like having a different variety of pizza. For an added kick, drizzle a bit of hot sauce on top.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Photo Friday: Walking in a Winter Wonderland

I think it's safe to say that we are all sick to death of winter at this point. It's just not fair to get two major blizzards -- one right after the other -- in February, the one month when all we want is spring. But, as my cousin said a few days ago, at least the aftermath is pretty.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Post Valentine's Day

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Valentine's Day. I'll admit: the majority of my V-Day was spent shoveling out our driveway with my husband after Winter Storm Pax (honestly, who names a winter storm "Pax"? The meteorologists are just mocking us now. Or assuming we don't know rudimentary Latin). But we did get to balance that out with a bit of an Episodes marathon, a drive to Concord via the backroads, and a delicious hibachi dinner. We actually found an ice cream place on our way back that was open even in the middle of winter and celebrated said discovery with, well, ice cream.

I have to confess: I am really not one for chocolates. My husband, on the other hand, is. So I decided to flip things around a little bit and get him something for Valentine's Day.

I found this "I Mustache You To Be My Valentine" graphic online, printed it out, and made a card out of it. This is a fairly simple craft, which I talk about in this post. Of course, I had to continue the silliness inside the card as well, continuing the rest of the saying (even though that was obviously not working out).

I know this blog has been quieter than usual, and there is a reason for that, I assure you. But for now, I can only redirect you to my Thought Catalog page. I try to submit to TC at least once every week or so, and they tend to look favorably on my essays. Fingers crossed, I can start breathing again on Monday. But more on that later!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Valentine's Day Wreath

Aka the "My Rustic Valentine" Wreath.

I'm truly of the belief that Valentine's Day is exactly what you make of it. It doesn't have to be a day where you drag your significant other to a crowded restaurant (unless that's what you're into). This is a holiday about love, be it love between you and a romantic partner, love between you and your friends, or just an overall love for life.

This little wreath replaced my Christmas Ribbon Wreath on the basement door in my kitchen, which, given where our garage is, is used more than our front door. All I needed was:
- a green styrofoam wreath
- light brown, sequined yarn
- felt hearts
- push pins
- ribbon

Like with any ribbon/yarn wreath, pin the beginning of the strand to the back of the wreath and start spinning. What I liked about this loosely-spun yarn is that, with the green styrofoam, creates a bit of a rustic look. I started overlapping strands at the inside center of the wreath, just to keep everything in line and provide a little bit of texture.

And, like the yarn, attaching the felt hearts is as simple as pushing a pin through them.

I tend to use a lot of pins for the ribbon, as its going to be holding the entire wreath up and the last thing I want is for the ribbon to come off.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Valentine's Day. I hope, regardless of your situation or station in life, you can use the day to appreciate all the love you have in your life.
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