Sunday, June 30, 2013

Pinterest Review: using Rhodes dinner rolls to make personal pizzas

We like to make homemade pizza, but it rarely happens because making the crust infuriates me to no end.  I always end up getting to the point where I just can't take it anymore, and call Jeff to finish the job while I chill out.

So homemade pizza is a rarity and a special occasion at our house.

But a visit from Kiaj is also a special occasion, and when she mentioned that was what she wanted, I knew we would make it happen.  I had recently seen on Pinterest that you use a Rhodes dinner roll to make individual pizzas.  And guess what...  it worked!!!

Check out the original blog about it here.

Just let your dough balls thaw, and go to town.

We had 5 people, and boy are those balls of dough small, so I pulled out 2 for each person.  It ended up being like an assembly line.  Parchment paper, lightly oiled dough, rolled super thin, baked for 4-5 minutes, then call the people in to dress their pizza, put in the oven for 10 minutes or so, with it on broil at the end (for the nice dark cheese look that I love so much).  Not everyone ate at once, but that was okay.

Next time, I think I'll cook the pizza dough ahead of time, maybe a bit of garlic salt or other seasoning on the dough.  That way more pizzas can fit on each parchment paper (which then goes on a cookie sheet, of course), and it's less labor intensive for the cook.

This is definitely a trick that I'm putting up my sleeve for the next time we make pizza.

What toppings do you like on your pizza?  I had a whole lot of different toppings ready for people to use on their own individual pizzas.  Sautéed vegetables, cooked sausage, pepperoni, shrimp, goat cheese, sauerkraut.  All good things.  I also like grilled pineapple on pizza.  That night I made my pizza with sautéed vegetables, pepperoni, and goat cheese.  Mmmmmm......

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Deja Vue and Dreaming the Future

Yesterday was a 7PM retirement party at work.  I am the chick who plans and executes parties.  So I was there.

There were some people from work (the breakroom was full), plus the retiree's family (her children plus her son-in-law have all worked there, so kind of a reunion of sorts).   Her grandchildren are her life so it was great to have them there with her.  It was nice.

At one point I decided that the ice cream cake was making too much of a mess, so I moved it onto a disposable table cloth and got out the Clorox Wipes to clean that table.  Then it happened.

I was cleaning at work and a baby cried.  I dreamed that about 3 weeks ago.

And it freaked me out.

I stopped dead in my tracks, and an employee asked what's wrong.  I told him and he said "That's what you get for being born on the cusp."  He and I share a birthday, so he knows that our birthday is where Cancer and Leo collide.

Does this ever happen to you?  I mean, is it normal to say, "wow, that was a weird dream because if there's a baby at work, I'm either holding it or talking to the parent, not cleaning" and then 3 weeks later, BAM!, the dream is now real life.

The other thing that happens way too often is Deja Vue.  I have no idea how to spell that or how to add an accent onto the correct letter, but what I'm talking about is feeling like you've experienced something before.  It happens way too often to me.  And when it happens, I try to do something to make it stop, but it just continues!  Seriously!  Come on!  Just quit it already!

So, tell me, does this happen to you?  Do you have a birthday "on the cusp" between two signs?  Is this something that's just going to keep happening throughout my life that I'm going to have to get used to?

Pinterest Reviews - desserts made with boxed cake mix

Ah, the 15th of the month.  Payday for me.  Or, well, yesterday was payday since today is a Saturday.  Let's try on this new "Pinterest Reviews on the 1st & 15th" format for size, shall we?

As I had mentioned before, I signed our family up for Fellowship Team at church, which means every 8 weeks I have an excuse to bake obscene amounts of deliciousness.  We had to trade our week as we couldn't be there this past Sunday, so exactly 2 weeks ago today, I spent the day baking.


 In bowl, dump dry cake mix, eggs and pie filling. Stir together until well mixed. Bake in greased 9x13, 350 degrees for 35 minutes or test with toothpick for doneness.
 NOTE: Pair flavors of cake mix and pie filling. Apple filling with maybe butter pecan cake mix. Cherry pie filling with a devil's food cake mix, etc. I enjoy a pineapple cake mix with blueberry filling.
 FOR AN EXTRA INCH TO THE HIPS: Chop room temp cream cheese into chunks. Poke the chunks randomly into the batter after pouring it in the baking pan. Make sure the cheese is in deep. Continue to bake. I do this with a strawberry cake mix and strawberry filling and also the blueberry filling.

I saw this recipe before I went to store.  Knowing we had a box of double fudge chocolate cake mix, I picked up a mixed berry pie filling.  I baked it while I was getting ready for church, then frosted it with cream cheese frosting at the church.  I think next time I will use fewer strong flavors.  You could barely get the fruit flavors because all you tasted was the cream cheese or chocolate (not a bad thing, of course)!  Maybe a vanilla cake mix with apple pie filling and Cool Whip frosting with some nutmeg sprinkled on top?  Mmmmm...  

2 Ingredient Lemon Bars
I've made this recipe before, more than 5 years ago (I remember that because it was before I moved into the condo), but I didn't remember that I'd tried the recipe until after I made it.

Mix one can of lemon pie filling and one box of angel food cake.  Bake 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  When I pulled it out of the oven, then I remembered that I had made it before.  Because it was the amazing shrinking cake!!!  It had pulled away from the sides and kept doing it.  It was good, but super duper sweet and not something I would make for the purpose of taking somewhere for others.  It could be a good base though, to some sort of recipe including maybe strawberries and whipped cream...  If you do something like that, let me know!

What's up for the next addition of Pinterest Reviews?  Well, there are some "mexican casseroles" that I've been wanting to try.  Maybe that will be on the menu this weekend!  Check back on the first of the month to see how it goes!