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Tuesday
Oct302012

Pesto Pizza With Cream Cheese

I love pizza, yes I do! I love pizza, how about you? I am not overly picky about where my pizza comes from. I just love it.

Way back in 2011 I went with some friends to Big Pie In The Sky Pizzeria in Kennesaw, Georgia. You might have actually heard of it if you watch the show "Man Verses Food." They have a HUGE pizza called the Carnivore. It weighs like a 11 pounds and if you and a friend eat it in under an hour it's free. However, if you do eat that pizza, I recommend you get your stomach pumped because you just consumed 5.5 pounds of pizza. Gross.

At any rate, back to my story, Beardface and I went to eat with our friends Tricia and Sarah. We had the most delicious pizza ever. It was made with pesto, a blend of Italian cheese and topped with creamed cheese.

I've been hankering for that pizza. But alas, Kennesaw is now an eight hour drive away.

So what's a girl to do? Make it herself!

What you'll need:

A pizza crust, click here my recipe

About a cup of pesto sauce. If you're feeling particularly ambitious you can make your own. But if you're like me you can just buy the Classico brand at Publix and call it a day.

1 - 2 cups Italian blend shredded cheese

Eight tablespoons cream cheese (I recommend creamy goat cheese if you can find it)

Spread out your crust in a pan. I sprinkled mine with parmesean cheese, minced onions and basil.

Bake at 350 for about eight minutes.

Add your pesto.

Sprinkle with cheese, yo.

Dollop with cream cheese.

Pop in the oven and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Then fall in love with the greatest pizza ever.

Don't forget to head over to Romance on A Dime for Take It On Tuesday.

Tuesday
Oct232012

Ranch Shrimp, the easiest recipe ever

I love shrimp. Love, love, love it. It's one thing I like about living so close to the gulf. Shrimp!

I was hankering for some shrimp Friday night. So I decided to go to my easiest shrimp recipe ever. This is even easier then my Idiot Proof Shrimp.

Just combine the little guys with a little dry ranch mix and olive oil and in a flash you have dinner.

Let me be clear about one thing. I actually hate ranch dressing. It's slimey and smells bad and I think it is gross. But dry ranch mix for dips and such? I love that stuff. Love it!

What you'll need:

1 pound shrimp peeled and deviened

1 pack dry ranch powder or 3 tablespoons dry ranch mix

If you don't have any dry ranch mix click here make your own.

Extra virgin olive oil

Heat up your oil in a pan over a medium heat.

Add your shrimp.

Sprinkle with ranch mix.

Cook until super pink.

And that's it. It takes about 8 minutes from start to finish.

We paired our with an apple and walnut salad over romain lettuce. For a great dressing, click here.

Don't forget to visit Betsy at Romance on a Dime for Take It On Tuesday.

 

 

Thursday
Oct182012

Fall Cookie Ideas sure to please!

One of my favorite things about Halloween (and Thanksgiving) is making cute cookies. My little boy is too young to help bake, let alone eat a cookie.

But there was a season in my life that I worked as a nanny. One of my favorite things to do with the kiddos was make cookies.

Taste of HomeHalloween Cat Cookies: This is a fake and bake recipes that uses premade cookie dough with some super cute decorations.

Spookie Ginger Bread: This is so simple. You just take a basic gingerbread recipe and pipe on icing to look like a skeleton.

Property of Spencer and HillaryOreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie: Oh my. You can only make this once a year. It just sounds way, way, way too addictive.

Monster Cookies: This is an old classic. And who doesn't love an M&M in a cookie? Here is an even easier recipe that requires zero effort.

Cake Mix Candy Jar Cookies: And don't forget you can make this cookie with leftover Halloween candy!

Do you have a favorite Halloween cookie?

Wednesday
Oct172012

Pork roast and sweet potatoes slow cooked in Apple Butter

Let's sing: "I made an apple butter roast and some sweet potatoes..." You know you heard Flo Rida in your head.

Ah, Flo Rida, he has made such a musical contribution to his generation, said no one ever.

Last week I made one of Jason's favorite dishes- a pork roast and sweet potatoes slow cooked in apple butter. It's super simple and super tasty but feels super decadent.

It's a three ingredient meal and you have to love that!

Photo credit. 

What you'll need:

One medium sized pork roast (boneless or bone in, it doesn't matter)

4 cups apple butter- I reccomend making your own using this technique. Then you can control the sugar content.

3 large sweet potatoes, diced

Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray.

Add your sweet potatoes.

Put the pork in the pot. And cover with apple butter. You can add a little bit of water if you want, but you don't have to. Turn the slow cooker on low and cook for about six hours.

It is truly delicous and a great fall meal. You could even save it for Christmas.

What's your favorite fall meal?

For some more really great fall recipes and ideas visit Romance on A Dime and Works For Me Wednesday.

Thursday
Oct112012

Apple butter, the easy way

Photo by Stetted'sPhoto credit. 

Tonight I am making a special pork roast that requires apple butter. But yesterday when I went to the WORLD'S WORST TARGET they had no apple butter. So I just got apple sauce and I hit the internet for an apple butter recipe. 

It was so simple all I needed was a jar of unsweetened apple sauce and some cinnamon. I dumped it in the slow cooker last night and this morning I had apple butter!! Win for everyone!

Here is another great recipe.