Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Super Bowl Food: Cheddar Biscuits

Continuing our series of Super Bowl Food posts - today - cheddar biscuits. They are very similar to the ones at Red Lobster, if you've had those and liked them. Here we go:

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One of the times I have found the iPad oh so handy...recipes.

Once again, this recipe was found via Pinterest. The link took me here, where I loved her photos and followed her instructions. I'll let you click through for the recipe. Basic ingredients - bisquick, shredded cheese, milk, seasonings.

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I had to add some more water to the mixture to actually get dough.
Perhaps it's just me.

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Even though some of the cheese escaped!!!

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OK, there's some dough.

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The recipe says to grease. I did not grease.
I should have greased.

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Stick them in the oven and then make the butter topping.

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When they have cooked...

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...brush on the good stuff.
You can see the need for grease in this photo too!

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Stack them next to those goodies from yesterday's post.

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There they are in the middle...the ones on the right come tomorrow.

See you soon.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Super Bowl Food: Crescent Pepperoni Roll-ups

I made some appetizer-type food for New Year's Eve. I took some photos while I was making them, but never got around to posting. Since the Big Game is next weekend, I thought you guys might like some inspiration for making some of your very own Super Bowl Food. So, here is the first one.

Of course, like pretty much every good idea I have in my life these days, I found this one initially on Pinterest. But, that little pin took me here. In case you want to check out the real deal. OK, on to my version:

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Let's watch while S demonstrates, shall we?

Ingredients list is easy as pie - crescent roll dough, mozzarella string cheese, pepperoni, garlic powder. Take each crescent roll, top it with some pepperoni and half of a string cheese, and roll that baby up. (You can see our pepperoni was gigantic, so one piece was all we needed.

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Repeat a gazillion times.
Place on a cookie sheet.

You might want to grease that cookie sheet - even if you're cheating for clean-up and wrapping it in foil. They stuck a little bit. Not horribly, but you know, save yourself the trouble and spray it or put some butter or something down. 

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And it's always best to have the baby oatmeal within arm's reach.
Of course.

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Sprinkle the little balls of love with some of this.

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Pop them in a 375 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.

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Serve hot with a side of marinara.
Yum.

They were good, sister. Yes, definitely better hot out of the oven then after sitting a bit. But what isn't, huh? So, there you go - go try it yourself!

Crescent Pepperoni Roll-ups

1 package of 8 crescent rolls
4 sticks of string cheese
Eight large or 24 small pieces of pepperoni
2 T garlic powder

Preheat oven. Roll the pepperoni and half of a stick of string cheese into each crescent roll. Place on nonstick or greased cookie sheet. Top with garlic powder. Cook until brown, 12-15 minutes. Serve hot with marinara.

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Tomorrow - those bundles of taste on the right.

See you soon.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Dex!

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Last weekend we were invited to Dexter's birthday party. Dexter's Mommy and I went to graduate school together, and it was nice of them to invite us to the party. They invited us last year too, but this year LM was much more into it, of course. Here are some photos:

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This is Dex.

Like last year, he had his party at a great gymnastics center that allowed the kids to run and play on all sorts of things. In that photo, Dex is showing off the rings. 

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This is Rachel, Dex's sister.
And, just a bit older than LM.

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And this is LM, having fun.

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I was convinced those balloons would pop.
I don't think they ever did!

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I wish this wasn't blurry!

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Less blur, still cute.

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This bin was full of all sorts of balls.
LM and Rachel emptied it.

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This dad did a great sword fight.
And he fell on the ground to his death in a way that deserved an Oscar.

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The cake.

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A fun time was had by all. Thanks again for the invitation! 

We have a few things going this weekend, but not crazy busy, which is good. I still have class stuff to do, and you know, general "life" stuff too. I hope your weekend is a good one.

See you soon.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cloud Dough

So, there are endless opportunities on Pinterest. But, at least for me what happens is I pin a bunch of stuff and then hardly ever get around to DOING them. An exception to this would be our little experiment with cloud dough. I found it on Pinterest - there are a million links - I followed one of those worm holes to learn about cloud dough.

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It's a mixture of flour and baby oil. It is a little like sand, but also sort of clumpy and sticky. I made 1/8th of the recipe, because we were just trying it out and I didn't figure we needed eight cups worth of it. I put it in a disposable casserole dish and we took it to the front yard to have fun.

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For a brief period of time, the boy actually played with the cars I put in the cloud dough, as I sort of imagined he would. Then he decided it was more fun to pick up the dough and throw it out of the pan. 

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And it was at that point that I was really glad I decided to do this in the front yard. No mess to clean up! It just got dispersed in the grass!

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A bit blurry, but I was trying to get the clenched fist full of cloud dough!

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Turns out - no surprise really - sifting through the dough and throwing it is more fun than cars.

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Which we repeated until it was all pretty much out of the pan.

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Where we played with it in the grass!

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And put the pan on our head!

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Turns out, cloud dough can REALLY cake on a pair of jeans.

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It was a fun activity.

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So fun, we had to go tell Dad.
Then we went to get cleaned up.

So, cloud dough, I would say, was a hit as a Saturday craft activity. It had a sensory element to it, and it was also fun for some benign destruction, shall we say. We'll make it again sometime.

See you soon.