Monday, November 7, 2011

Pizza Rolls

If you are looking for something fast and easy for lunch, dinner, or a snack this is it! It is the easiest recipe.... heck you don't even have to just kind of put it together, throw it in the oven, then eat it! Pretty much just as easy as calling your local pizza place and just as good! The best thing is you can change it up and put whatever fillings you want.... especially for those picky eaters.... *clears throat and looks away*


1 Can of crescent rolls
24 Pepperoni Slices
1-2 Cup(s) of  shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 Tbsp of butter
Pinch of salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning
Parmesan Cheese (optional )


1.) Preheat the oven to the the temperature according to the can of crescent rolls
2.) Open the can and separate the crescents. Place 3 pepperoni slices on each crescent, then sprinkle about a 1/4 cup or less of the cheese on the crescent, roll it up like a usual crescent roll, and place it on the cookie sheet. Continue until you have finished all the crescent rolls.
3.) Place in oven for 9-11 minutes.
4.) Melt butter in microwaves for 30 seconds to 1 minute, mix with salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
5.) When rolls come out of the oven, brush with butter mixture, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
6.) ENJOY!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Nutella Tacos

If you love Nutella like I do... you have to make these! They are really easy and you only need 5 ingredients.

Originally Melissa D' Arabian calls these Petite Nutella Pochettes... however that just does not roll off the tongue so easy. So when I made these after dinner one night for my husband and mother in law, some how the name nutella tacos came up... which shortly turned into 'Nu Tacos'. The Dough is so easy to make and would be great for all different kinds of fillings of your liking! These little dessert tacos are delicious and addicting!


 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature

 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 

2 cups flour 

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chocolate-hazelnut spread (recommended: Nutella) 

Water, as needed 

1/2 cup confectioners' sugar 

Special equipment: 3-inch fluted biscuit cutter


1.) In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese together until light and creamy. 2.) Add the flour slowly until the dough forms. Do not over-mix! Shape the dough into a ball and cover. Let the dough rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
3.) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
4.) On a lightly-floured surface, using a lightly-floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch fluted biscuit cutter, cut out as many circles as you can. Form the scraps into a ball and reroll to make more circles.
5.) Fill each dough circle with a small spoonful of the chocolate-hazelnut spread. Dip your finger in tap water and spread on the edge of half the circle to help create a seal. Fold the dough over to create a crescent. 
6.) Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Cool, then sift the confectioners' sugar on top and serve.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Pizza with Bacon and Onions

It is a known fact that if you live in Savannah, Ga and you want pizza everyone tells you to visit Vinnie's. While Vinnie's does have great pizza.... Casey and I both agree we love Mellow Mushroom pizza better.... yum! I of course always order the same thing, exciting pepperoni pizza.... and maybe if I am up for it... add bacon (my favorite all time food). Casey on the other hand always orders their buffalo chicken pizza. Problem is if we ever crave or want to go to our favorite pizza hot spot we must drive downtown, find parking, walk to restaurant ( we sound lazy)... but sometimes you just aren't in that mood and to make it worse you are starving!

So I decided hey... lets try this whole make pizzas at home! Turns out it was a success! This one gets the hubby approved stamp! He loved it! He even said we don't even have to go to Mellow anymore... but for some reason I felt he was being a little extreme... and nice. :)

3 slices of bacon (cooked and crumbled)
1/2 a small onion thinly sliced
1 package of pizza dough ( and whatever it calls for.... mine required water and oil )
2 tablespoons of ranch dressing
4 tablespoons of your favorite buffalo sauce/chicken wing sauce ( a little more for drizzling )
2-3 Chicken breast
1 cup of mozzarella

1.) Make pizza dough according to directions (use their oven temperature). Spread dough on pizza sheet/cookie sheet.
2,) Cook bacon, drain, then cook onions in bacon grease until tender.
3.) Cook chicken with salt and pepper until done. Then Shred. Add 2 tablespoons of buffalo sauce to shredded chicken until all chicken is coded with sauce.
4.) Mix 2 tablespoons of ranch and 2 tablespoons of the buffalo sauce until well mixed and spread on the pizza dough.
5.) Add chicken, then mozzarella, bacon, and onions to the pizza dough. Drizzle with the buffalo sauce and put in the oven for 15-18 minutes (follow your pizza dough instructions).

*This recipe was so simple and easy to make and soooooo worth it! Next time I will double the dough and some other things just so Casey can have more for left overs.... one of the best parts of having pizza!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Banana Chocolate-Chip Muffins

Casey and I both absolutely love bananas. That means an actual banana or anything banana flavored! However every time I buy bananas at the grocery store I can never use them all up and eventually they go to waste. This past week was no different. I had bought bananas and of course had a couple left over so I found this recipe and decided to give it a try.... I mean bananas AND chocolate....put it in a muffin and call it breakfast.... sounds good to me! 

1 stick butter, softened (or 1/2 c. butter)
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. sour cream
2 bananas, mashed well
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (6 oz.) pkg. Nestle's semi-sweet chocolate morsels
Paper muffin cups
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with paper liners.2.)Cream the butter and sugar with a mixer. Add eggs and mix well.
3.)Dissolve baking soda in the sour cream. Let it "rise" for a minute, then add it to the butter and egg mixture. Mix well with beater on medium speed. Add bananas and blend in.
4.) Add flour and baking powder together. Mix in thoroughly, but no longer than necessary. Add vanilla. Stir in chocolate chips by hand. Fill muffin cups. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Recipe makes approximately 1 1/2 dozen.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pizza Puffs

Source: Stephanie Cooks 

So I kind of love pizza. I could probably eat pizza for a decent amount of time before I would get sick of it. So when I saw these on one of my favorite food blogs... I instantly bookmarked it. This is a great recipe to make for a snack or light lunch to get you through the rest of the day until dinner. I also thought about making these when I make Italian style dishes instead of the common garlic bread.... just an idea.

3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup whole milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. garlic/onion powder blend
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup pizza sauce or your favorite dipping sauce

1.) Preheat oven to 375o. Grease a 24-cup mini muffin pan.

2.) In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder; stir in the milk and egg.

3.) Stir in the cheese and seasonings and let stand for 10 minutes.

4.) Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, about 25 minutes.

5.) Microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping.

* I have a big kid here, I just used my regular muffin tin and doubled the recipe so that it filled all 12 muffin tins! I also added about 10 minutes to the oven time because I used the big muffin tin!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

Okay okay it is beginning to look like all I cook (and eat) around here are sweets.... but when I saw this on one of my favorite food blogs I instantly thought of Casey. Casey loves Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! Bake it in a cookie, and what is not to love? I, on the other hand, am not the biggest fan of peanut butter. It just seems to dry my mouth up and just make me want to chug a drink down. 

Well I made these about a week ago, and they kinda have been sitting there.... waiting for someone to eat them. I thought once Casey knew I was making these he would have ate these right up. Instead they are sitting in the pantry not being touched. Come to find out, Casey had to go out on a job, but before he left he had a few and thought they were delicious! Of course he didn't tell me this until after he was out of town, so I thought they were a disaster! Come to find out he is now craving them and can't wait to get home! Hopefully too see us and not just the cookies :)

The funny thing about this situations is ever since Casey and I have lived together, I have been the one to cook. Of course at the beginning I wasn't very good at it and maybe cooked chicken for every meal. Needless to say Casey just ate whatever I cooked and that would be that. He would never voice his opinion or make any kind of suggestions, or even tell me if it was good or not. Finally I put my foot down and I wanted some feedback.... negative or positive. Well it has taken a while but finally he will tell me his opinion, and sometimes he waits forever to tell me.... like now for instance... I finally hear he loves these Peanut Butter Cookie Cups after a week! Oh how I love that man!

1/2 cup sugar, plus extra for rolling dough
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1 large egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, removed from their wrappers

1.) Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
2.) Beat together sugar, brown sugar, shortening and peanut butter. until blended. Add eggs, milk and vanilla. Beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to peanut butter mixture. Beat well.
3.) Grease a mini muffin tin. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and push firmly into muffin tins.
Bake 6-8 minutes, or until cooked through.
4.) While still hot, push a mini Reese's into the cookie. Place back in the oven for 1 minute.
Allow to cool in the pan 15-20 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack.

Friday, August 26, 2011

M & M Cookies


Well here it is... my first pregnancy craving- M and M Cookies!!! I am pretty sure out of all the cookies this recipe made, I ate about 99% of them in the matter of days. Nothing like yummy, warm, and soft homemade cookies fresh out the oven! Yum! I can't wait to make these with Madison (Baby in my belly) some day, I can just see her putting the final M and M's on the top of the cookies before they go into the oven..... umm ..and maybe a few for snacking on too!



1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup butter (2 sticks)- softened
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups candy-coated milk chocolate pieces


1.)In a large bowl, mix sugar, eggs, butter, and vanilla thoroughly. Add flour, salt, and baking soda to creamed mixture. Blend well. Add 3/4 cup of M&M candies. 

2.)Drop dough by teaspoonful onto cookie sheet. Slightly push a few candies on top of each dough ball with remaining candies.

3.) Bake at 350F for 9 to 11 minutes, to your liking. 

* I made mine with the Mini M &M's because that is what I had on hand!