Monday, February 11, 2013

Lunch.

I made this for lunch today:
It's a "no crust" pizza (low carb) recipe that I found on Pinterest!

It was good! It's not really like a crust. It's more of an egg/cheese layer. But it was good!

I made a "buffalo chicken version", so I added that to the recipe. 

Here it is:



Where's The Crust Pizza
 
Crust
1 (8 oz) package of light fat cream cheese, room temperature
2 eggs
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Topping:
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
toppings - pepperoni, ham, sausage, mushrooms, peppers

OR

Kraft light three cheese dressing for the sauce
Grilled chicken with Franks Buffalo Sauce
With Feta!

Preheat oven to 350.

Lightly spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. With a handheld mixer, mix cream cheese, eggs, pepper, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese until combined. Spread into baking dish. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow crust to cool for 10 minutes.

Spread pizza sauce on crust. Top with cheese and toppings. Bake 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

The battle is His.

This has been such a neat week. The Lord is working in so many people around me and it's so inspiring!
Makes me want to
and tell Him, thank you.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My new fav!

Russ requested cookies for this snow day! So I jumped at the chance to try a recipe from the cookbook I have checked out from the library right now, "Cook's Illustrated - The Science of Good Cooking"!
The instructions are very particular and there are fun paragraphs explaining the details of WHY you do certain things certain ways! I love this cookbook.

You start with "browning" the butter. This was a first for me! Even on my SLOW glass top stove it browned REALLY fast! But didn't burn! yea me!

 I decided to grab my camera to post about these cookies! And couldn't find the lens I wanted so I decided to put on my lensbaby.  It makes things crazy.  I like it.  It hides the mess too.
 I am sorry if it makes you dizzy.

 You really get to baby the liquid mixture, letting it sit then stir, then sit then stir.
 I am not a patient cook.  But with a Cherry Pepsi, my camera (and crazy lens) and time on facebook with my phone.

 This is out my kitchen window.  The birds LOVE the bushes and trees out my kitchen window since my sweet neighbors feed them all winter. I love my neighbors.
 The recipe is not quite as large as the toll house version, but it made 20 medium sized cookies and ......


 Two jumbo, for my monkeys. 
 Well, actually one monkey turned them down and asked for BOXED beef stroganoff. 
He isn't much for cookies and chocolate. I am not sure he got ANY of my DNA.  He also only eats when he's hungry.  Strange monkey.

So, back to the cookies.  They are CHEWY! They are not cakey.  They are rich, and they are scrumptious!

I think they are my NEW FAV! The browned butter totally changes the flavor and if you like it there is no mistaking it! The recipe said these are best with dark brown sugar, but all I had was light. I can tell they would have a deeper flavor with the dark but oh well! They are still WAY good!

Ultimate Choc Chip Cookies

Avoid using a nonstick skillet or pan to brown the butter; the darker color of the nonstick makes it difficult to gauge when the butter is sufficiently browned.

1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
 14 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg plus 1 large yolk
1 1/4 cup semisweet choc chips (I used a bag of ghirardelli chips/chunks)
3/4 cup nuts (optional)  - my boys don't like them in cookies :(

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat to 375 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour and baking soda and set aside.
2. Melt 10 (not 14) tablespoons butter in skillet over med-high heat. Continue cooking, swirling pan constantly (my arm got tired), until butter is dark golden brown and has nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Transfer browned butter to large heatproof bowl. Add remaining 4 tablespoons butter and stir until completely melted.
3. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, and vanilla to melted butter; whisk until incorporated. Add egg and yolk; whisk until mixture is smooth with no lumps (about 30 seconds). Let stand for 3 minutes. Whisk 30 seconds. Repeat this process twice until it is thick, smooth an shiny.  Using a rubber spatula stir in flour mixture just until combined, about 1 minute. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts, if using.
4. Roll 3 tablespoons into balls and place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
5. Bake one sheet at a time until golden brown and still puffy and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft, 10-13 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Transfer sheet to wire rack; let cookies cool to room temperature. (They seem to bake more on the sheet as they cook so centers are done.)

I didn't include all their fun explanations of why these details are so important!You will have to check out the book for that!

I would post a link but I don't have the bandwidth to even pull up the amazon page this blessed snow day.  *smile* They did stop their gaming/netflix stuff long enough for me to upload these photos!

Happy Snow Day! And happy cookie baking!


Thursday, January 10, 2013

The last four days were kind of a blur.

 We still ate a lot more fries. 
And the hotel had these gigantic donuts. (Half price after 7 p.m.)
And they had an ice cream shop.
That shop is the reason I didn't lose weight 
despite walking what seemed like 100 miles on this trip. 
It was worth it. I think. Maybe.
 Univers*l Studios here we come!
 While Russ recuperated in the hotel room, the three of us headed straight for more roller coasters. 
 This was Daniels hair after the ride.
 I can't believe I rode this! I had a headache that day.
The coaster made it worse. 
*smile*
 Not gonna lie, my eyes were closed for the first part.
You get to pick your own music for the ride. 
I picked Evenescence.
I don't even remember hearing it. 
There was screaming. 

 This ride started off fun.
But then my head slipped off the head rest, and nearly snapped right off.
I was too scared to enjoy it after that. 
I think I would have liked it.
The tropical climate was heaven to me. 

Steamy and hot at times.
 The greenery and flowers and trees were so beautiful!
 TOGETHER!
 Sooo glad to have my Rusty with us for the last few days there!

(If you are noticing that Russ always sits by Daniel and Jedd by me.....
yep....

they refuse to sit by each other.

That might be for the best.
 Univers*al Studios is just as nice and beautiful and as Disney.
 It's smaller, so there is less to do, but it is sooo nice to be so close to everything!
 Just this lush garden between our hotel and the parks.
I loved it! 

 What does 4D mean?

It means your seat moves with the movie and you get sprayed with stuff.


Not exactly my kind of date but since the boys were tired one afternoon Daniel and I went out on some rides just the two of us! 
TO CRUSTYLAND!

I didn't make it back to the other park with my camera.  
At univers*al you have to put your bag in a locker for a lot of the fun rides, so I didn't take it to that park the day we were there.

There was so much I would have loved to show you!

TheSeuss Landing area was sooooooooooo neat!!! 

Here is someones video of it off of youtube: 


 Our last day there we headed to the ocean, so we could show it to Rusty!




 Daniel rented a board.
 He discovered it is much harder than it looks.
 But he managed to coast a little on some waves.







That's it y'all.  

Well, there are more photos. 

But these are my top picks to share!

Hope you enjoyed it!

Leave me a facebook comment if you did! 

Not sure if anyone is even reading these!

But at least I can use it as a journal of sorts!

Off to our next adventure!

Our lives our never boring!

That much I can tell you!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

DAY 8 has finally arrived!!!! Crank up the band. (They're wiped!)

It's GAME DAY!

Look closely.



 Here they come!
 Black and Gold!
 There's my Russ.
 Would you believe, they were so tired that they...
 climbed up and
 ...some went to sleep! Poor things.
Time for the game!
 South Carolina Gamecocks! (I know!)
 And Michigan - ummm... Wolverines? (their chants were just "go blue!")
 Love the patriotism!
 Love the fly-over!
 And these dudes!
Skip to HALF TIME!

Here they go!
 20+ HS bands, 2,000+ on the field!

There he is!!!

Second yellow guy with the one brass tuba!




 THEY DID AWESOME!
 More photos and video will be posted on facebook!

Remind me next time I'd look thinner without the big phone in the the pocket. *smile* 
I would also look thinner if I didn't stand next to that bean pole boy! *smile*