Monday, January 19, 2015

Sourdough Bread Pizza


I wandered through the kitchen and wondered what I could make for lunch. I had a loaf of sourdough bread that needed to be used before it went moldy. So, I decided to make pizza. I figured I could track down some pizza like toppings somewhere in the kitchen. You have to use what you’ve got some times. I managed find some toppings and it turned out great!

Speed Racer is a big fan of just about any kind of pizza and I did not want to go out to get ingredients. It was far too cold outside and we were still in our pajamas. I like lazy pajama Saturdays and easy pizza. I hope you enjoy this pizza.

Sourdough Bread Pizza

Ingredients



A loaf of Sourdough Bread (or any loaf of bread you like)
Pizza Sauce (I use Contadina Pizza Squeeze)
2 Cups of shredded Mozzarella cheese
And Toppings (Use what you’ve got)
Frozen Meatballs
Canned Mushrooms
Sliced Jalapenos (We use Mt. Olive)

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 


Slice your sourdough loaf in half. Lay the two halve, cut side up, on a cookie sheet. Spread pizza sauce on both halves. Prepare your toppings if you need to.
I took about 10 frozen meatballs and microwaved them until they were completely thawed. Then I cut them into fourths.


Put the toppings on top of the sauced bread. Cover all of your topping with the shredded cheese. Since some of this pizza was for Speed Racer, I left off jalapenos from a fourth of the pizza.
Bake your pizza for 15 minutes. 


If your cheese is not golden bubbly, try using your broiler for a little while longer. But keep a close eye. It’s easy to burn something with the broiler. Ours turned out just the way I like it.



Speed Racer loves pizza! I always cut up his pizza using out FunBites cutter. I love that thing. It’s super easy to use and it cuts pizza into perfect pieces for our son. 


If you have a 2 or 3 year old, I recommend getting one to try out. They have all sorts of shapes available. 

Here are some from Amazon if you are looking. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Star Wars Gingerbread Cookies and Christmas Wrap Up


Before Christmas we were busy getting ready and enjoying all of the holiday festivities. Since Speed Racer is two he’s beginning to enjoy Christmas, even if he’s not quite sure how it works. We had Advent calendars and visits to Santa Claus. We enjoyed Christmas specials and Christmas cookies. Speed Racer discovered that he likes to go shopping. It was a wonderful, busy month before Christmas. And even blog posts that I started went unfinished because I was more focused somewhere else. But that’s not really a bad thing. It just makes this post a little late.

Christmas Eve and then Christmas Day came. Both were full of presents, family and food. Speed Racer thinks Christmas is quite a wonderful thing. Now the difficulty lies in explaining that it only happens once a year.

The day after Christmas, Speed Racer and I traveled back home to visit his great grandparents. It was our very first trip home without my husband. “Daddy has to work” is a most common phrase, now that he has a new job. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just another change.
Speed Racer and I enjoyed the evening with the grandparents and aunt and uncle that were visiting. We went to dinner and did some shopping. It was a wonderful time. But the next morning I woke up feeling awful. I couldn’t touch the lovely breakfast grandma had cooked for us. Speed Racer wouldn’t eat either. Then grandma said it was starting to sleet outside.

Blurg. I got us ready and packed up the car. Grandma sent me with a couple of bottles of 7 Up. I’m sad that our visit home ended that way. I drove two hours across the state. Speed Racer and I were both miserable and the rain, then sleet, then snow, then heavy snow were no comfort to me. Speed Racer slept part of the way, thankfully.

I am thankful for my mom and step farther. I was able to walk in the house and they took care of Speed Racer and everything in the car. As the day went on and we didn’t improve we decided to go to Urgent Care. It was a good thing we went. We were diagnosed with the Flu. I am very thankful for Tamiflu and nausea medicine. Speed Racer is, too.

It’s been a few days and we are starting to feel better. So I finally feel like and have time to write this blog post. It’s a little late but I’m happy to post it because I do feel better and Speed Racer is feeling better. A two year old with the flu is a scary thing.

This Christmas there were some gifts we got to open early. For instance, the advent calendars, Speed Racer got to open one with mom and one with dad each night. Dad’s advent calendar was a gift from my mom and it was a Star Wars Lego Advent calendar. It’s pretty cool! Some of the Lego guys made some great props for my cookie pictures.

My husband gave us an early Christmas gift of Star Wars cookie cutters. As I said, I intended to finish this post long before now but I got busy. So, this is actually an after Christmas story and a Christmas cookie post mashed together. So…on to the Christmas Cookies!


Do you like gingerbread? Some people find most gingerbread recipes too strong. Do you like Star Wars? Who doesn’t? It’s better than gingerbread and you can have Star Wars all year round, while gingerbread is generally considered seasonal.

But put the two together and it’s great Christmas fun!
Now, the cookie recipe I used is not my own. It came from Kelli’sKitchen and is called A Kinder Gentler Gingerbread Man Cookie


Well, I suppose you can make a Darth Vader gingerbread man a little kinder and gentler. I do really love these cookies and they are even better when in the shape of Star Wars characters.



I’m not going to post the cookie recipe here. You’ll have to go to her blog to get it (the link is above). Just look at what you can make! They are an incredible addition to any holiday gathering. Maybe even for New Year's Eve!

Looking for these cookie cutters or advent calendar? No problem!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fantastic Cheesy Potato Soup and Christmas Shopping


Are you still Christmas shopping? I have been. I mostly shop online, though, so I don’t mind. As long as the gifts arrive before Christmas I’m happy. It’s easy to make my Fabulous Cheesy Potato soup with some basic household ingredients while shopping online. *Note* I don’t recommend peeling potatoes and using a laptop at the same time.

So what are your top Christmas gifts for you family this year? If you are still looking for last minute ideas, that can be easily ordered online, let me share my top gifts with you. Maybe you’ll find something you like.

For Speed Racer



For my Husband


For my Mom



I have eaten this potato soup most of my life. My grandmother used to make it and now I do. In fact, I make it for her now. It is one of my favorite soups and it’s really easy to make. You can make a lot or a little. If you like the potatoes firmer, don’t cook them as long.

Fantastic Cheesy Potato Soup

Ingredients 

About 10 Russet Potatoes (peeled)
2 cups of milk
Salt
Pepper
2 lb block of Velveeta (cubed)
Crumbled Bacon (optional)

Directions


Peel and cube the potatoes. 


Put in a large stockpot and cover with water. Throw in some salt. Bring the pot to a boil and allow it to boil until the potatoes begin to soften. 


Turn the heat down to medium and pour in 2 cups of milk while stirring. Add salt and pepper to taste. I like mine peppery. Allow to cook a little while longer.

Meanwhile cube your Velveeta.
Turn off the burner and stir in the cubed Velveeta. You can also throw in any odds and ends of cheese that you want to get rid of. Allow all of the cheese to completely melt before serving.



Garnish with crisp crumbled bacon. You can also throw some chopped green onion on if you like.  
Enjoy! And happy shopping.
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