Thursday, February 13, 2020

Easy Pizza Dip

As I have mentioned before, I follow a ton of different cooking bloggers on instagram.  I love The Defined Dish for clean, Whole 30 cooking.  I love Baker by Nature for some many yummy cookie recipes.  I also follow The Stay at Home Chef on instagram.  I am always taking a "screenshot" of recipes or saving them.

We were having our monthly preschool birthday lunch.  I "saved" this recipe for Easy Pizza Dip on The Stay at Home Chef's instagram.  We were having a "hodgepodge" birthday lunch so
I could bring anything.  I made it in my cast iron the skillet the night before and baked it at preschool.  They ate every bite!

Easy Pizza Dip (adapted from The Stay at Home Chef)

2  8 oz blocks cream cheese, softened
1 1/3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (optional or more to taste)
1/4 tsp Italian seasoning (or more to taste)
1  - 1 1/2 cup pizza or marinara sauce
1 cup sharp shredded cheese
3 ounces pepperoni
baguette slices, pita chips or veggies for dipping

Take room temperature cream cheese and mix with 1/3 cup of mozzarella cheese, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, crushed red pepper and Italian seasoning.  Mix well.  Press into the bottom of a 9" iron skillet or a 9 inch pie pan or a square pan.  Press into a thin layer, even pushing up the sides of the pan.  Pour on 1 cup of pizza sauce.  Sprinkle with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and the sharp cheddar cheese.  Top with pepperoni.  I did another small layer - little more sauce, little more of both cheeses, even added a little shredded parmesan, more pepperoni and sprinkled with Italian seasoning.

Cover tightly if baking the next day.....or bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly around the edges.  Serve warm.  This is especially yummy with the garlic toast slices from your local grocery.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

I love following different food bloggers.  I still use a cookbook on occasion but instagram and the internet are usually my source for recipes.

I love following Healthy Little Peach - young mom, former teacher and cooks mainly Keto and Whole 30. She has great recipes.  I follow her on Instagram.  Visit her website for this Quick Cajun Shrimp Foil Packets.  Since it is just Chris and myself, I made 1/2 a recipe.  I thought it was great.  I got my raw, peeled, tail-on shrimp from Costco.

I also LOVE The Defined Dish - great to follow on Instagram too.  She lives in Dallas and has amazing recipes.  Alex just came out with a wonderful new cookbook too.  I just sent it to Annie for her birthday!  Alex mainly cooks just healthy and does a lot of Whole 30.  She has precious little girls too!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Easy Refrigerator Peanut Butter Pie

Well, the girls were here for nine days and we had the best time. Mom was here for about a week too....and we enjoyed eating too much, shopping, playing games, movies and just hanging out.  I love that we raised independent girls who are enjoying their lives in Austin and DC but it’s also very hard to see them drive away or take them to the airport.  I just have to be thankful for our time together and look forward to the next!

We always enjoy playing games over the holidays. This year we played Progressive, a rummy type card game. We also used our television, our cell phones and an Amazon Firestick and went to and played Fibbage. Fibbage is so fun and hysterical and anyone who has a cell phone or iPad can play.  We also played Codenames and we even brought out an oldie-Scattergories. John-Mark sent us Secret Hitler to play, which is one of Jenna‘s very favorite games but we just ran out of time with packing and last-minute details. Next time!

I tried a few new recipes over the holidays. Most of us love peanut butter and chocolate and my friend at church, Michelle, makes this quick and easy refrigerator pie. I LOVE IT. I also love how quick and easy it is and it doesn’t have to be baked.  This is one of those recipes you could just keep the ingredients on hand.   Enjoy!

Easy Refrigerator Peanut Butter Pie

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 heaping cup peanut butter
1 1/2cups powdered sugar (more if needed for texture)
8 oz Cool Whip, thawed
Hershey’s chocolate for drizzle (optional)
Oreo cookie pie crust

Using a large bowl and a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.  Gently fold in the Cool Whip until all is totally combined. Pour this into an Oreo cookie pie crust. Top with chocolate syrup. Chill for at least an hour before serving.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Mixed Up - Strawberry Pretzel Salad

I LOVE Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad.  I have always made the one where you layer it pretty in a glass dish.  it is amazing but it does take some time since it is a few steps.

I was at my friend Shelley's pool this summer and she made this mixed up version.  I couldn't stop eating it.  I know it is more like dessert than a salad but I love it.  If you haven't made this, you totally need to make it for your next gathering.  I just made it Thanksgiving for our family gathering in East Texas.  It was ALL gone after lunch!

Mixed-Up Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad

1 cup crushed pretzels
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
3 cups diced strawberries
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar ( I used powdered sugar but either will work)
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups Cool Whip

Mix together the crushed pretzels, chopped pecans, brown sugar and melted butter.  Bake on a jelly roll pan with sides.... at 400 for 7 minutes. Allow mixture to cool, break into pieces and set aside (I did this step two days early and stored in a zip lock bag)

Using an hand mixer, beat together the softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla... until combined.  Fold in the Cool Whip.  Cover and store in the refrigerator.  Just before serving, gently fold in the diced strawberries and pretzel mix.  Enjoy!