Monday, April 14, 2014

Stromboli With Marinara Dipping Sauce

Stromboli (From Southern Living)

1 16 Oz. Loaf Frozen Bread Dough, thawed
1/2 lb of Meat (I use any combination of Pepperoni, 
            Hard Salami, Sliced Ham, Turkey Pastrami - 
            whatever you have on hand.)
1/2 tsp. Dried Basil, divided
1/2 tsp. Dried Oregano, divided
3 Oz. Provolone, sliced
1 Cup Mozzarella, shredded
2 Tbs. Butter, melted
1 tsp. Cornmeal

Place bread dough on a lightly greased baking sheet; pat to a 15 x 10 inch rectangle.  Arrange the meat slices lengthwise down the center.  Sprinkle with half of the dried spices.  Arrange the cheese on top of the meats.  Sprinkle with the remaining herbs.

Moisten all edges of dough with water.  Bring each long edge of dough to the center; press edges together securely to seal.  Seal the ends.

Brush dough with 1 Tbs. butter.  Sprinkle with cornmeal, and carefully invert.  Brush top remaining butter.  Bake at 375* for 20-22 minutes.

Marinara Dipping Sauce

2 Cans Fire-Roasted Tomatoes
2-3 Cloves Garlic, minced
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
1 tsp. Sugar (optional)

In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil briefly; then add the garlic.  You only wish to sweat the garlic, not brown it, so only cook it in the oil for about 10 seconds.  Add the tomatoes and the sugar.  Let the sauce cook down until thickened.  If you are in a hurry or if you want a less chunky sauce, use a hand blender to puree the tomatoes.

The wonderful thing about this meal is you can make the sauce ahead of time, and you can thaw the bread loaf in the refrigerator  for 1-2 days.  Once the bread loaf is thawed, this is a pretty quick meal to make.  

This is definitely a family favorite.  I hope you enjoy!


Friday, March 28, 2014

Postcard - Easter Bunnies Stole the Eggs

I didn't plan to post this many postcards in a row, but it is tax season and I am married to a CPA.  It is also soccer season and my behind is logging some time on the bleachers watching my oldest boy play for his team.  And so, the time to take pics for the blog is escaping me, and I am left with sharing another postcard.  However, it is Easter time and these turn of the last century graphics are very lovely.

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Postcard - Chicks and Violas

 Happy Friday!

I hope you don't mind the little chick 
Easter cards I've been sharing.
They're so cute!

I'm going to add some to a spring wreath I made, 
so wanted you to have them too.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Postcard - Easter Chick

Here is another Easter postcard with a cute little chick.



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Postcard - Easter Girl and Chick

I have some really cute Easter postcards 
I'll be sharing over the next weeks.
This is one of my favorites.

 It was never mailed, but is marked
March 27, 1910.

I really like it in blue toile.  So cute!

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

$ Tree Candlesticks/Vases

I made these candlesticks for Valentines Day this year, but never got around to posting them.  You can find similar versions all over Pinterest and Blogland, so I didn't figure mine would be missed.

However, I've had a lot of fun using them in different ways so I thought I'd share an idea or two.

Spray painting the candlestick before gluing the pieces together with E6000 glue really added a nice touch of color.  I'm actually surprised how many ways I can use them in hot pink.  I think a red set is next on my list.

I love to use fillers I already have on hand like......dried peas, candy, moss, colored water, dirt.......and these colorful pony beads!  They remind me of jelly beans - which I think I will eventually replace them with.

Also, notice the hair bands I put around the base.  This is an easy way to add some fun color, but it also creates a great place to tuck a flower or glue something, since I really don't want to glue permanently to the glass.

For Valentines Day, I partially filled them with conversation hearts and a candle.  I think the egg is pretty cute for Easter, too.  My next idea is to see how they would look with Minnie Mouse cake pops for my grandbaby's birthday.  I think they could make adorable centerpieces!  When I get that far, I'll come back and post a pic.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Tamale Pie

Need a recipe for dinner that is quick, easy, and makes great leftovers?  Give this Tamale Pie a try!

The friend who gave this recipe to me said it was from Pampered Chef. 

1 lb. Ground Beef (I use Turkey)
1 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
7 1/2 oz. Canned Tomatoes, crushed and drained 
          (or Rotel for more heat)
16 oz. Can Refried Beans
16 oz. Picante Sauce
8 3/4 oz. Can Whole Kernel Corn
1/2 C. Green Onions, sliced
1/4 tsp. Cumin
16 oz. Cornbread Mix, prepared (I have substituted Greek Yogurt for the eggs in the mix
           with very good results)
1 C. Shredded Cheese

In a large skillet, brown meat with garlic powder; drain.  In a large bowl, mix meat with remaining ingredients, except cornbread mix and cheese.

Spoon the meat mixture evenly into bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Fold cheese into prepared cornbread mix.  Top meat with cornbread and cheese mix.  Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.  Let stand 10 minutes.  Serve with salsa and sour cream.

Wasn't that simple?  
You'll be surprised how easy, yet tasty this Tamale Pie is.

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