Sunday, July 31, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Please excuse the messiness of the above plate, but this pizza was so yummy, we almost ate it all before I realized I had not taken a picture! As you know, I love trying new pizza recipes and this one was so easy, it was hard to believe that I hadn't come up with it sooner! I started as I usually do, with a Freschetta crust(or Boboli-whichever you prefer and can find). Then I covered it with shredded mozzarella. I washed and thinly sliced Campari tomatoes and placed them all over the top of the cheese. I then drizzled the tomatoes with sun-dried tomato vinaigrette but I was thinking next time I would maybe use a balsamic dressing. If you beat me to it, let me know how it was! Sprinkle liberally with grated parmesan cheese and bake according to the crust directions. It was particularly delicious. I call it my tomato pizza(very creative on my part!).
I hope everyone has a great week ahead and is enjoying beautiful weather wherever you are. Take care. Nancy
Friday, July 15, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
We went to our local Olive Garden several weeks ago and my youngest ordered a pizza. It was good(he let us all sample) but very expensive for what it was. I knew I could recreate it at home and sure enough, I did! I thought mine was even better(tooting my own horn!) and it was super easy. Just buy a crust like Boboli or Freschetta and buy a jar of Alfredo(I got the parmesan garlic Alfredo). I used rotisserie chicken breast meat that I had shredded and shredded cheese blend. Spread some sauce on the crust, top with chicken and cheese. Bake according to crust directions. Warm some of the sauce to serve alongside. Unbelievably good!
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
I know-the words made me swallow hard! Happy 4th of July everyone. I hope you all get a chance to get together with family and friends or do whatever you want to do on this beautiful Monday(you can tell I am on vacation!) I wanted to share this decadent and easy dessert with you. This cake almost qualifies to be on 5 Ingredient Fix with Claire Robinson on the Food Network(I love that show). Let's get started: Preheat your oven to 350 and spray a 9x5 loaf pan with nonstick spray. In a large bowl combine a 16 oz. pound cake mix, 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, and 2 eggs. Beat with electric mixer 30 seconds or so. Add 3/4 cup chocolate milk and beat for 3 minutes more. Stir in 1 whole package (12 oz) mini chocolate chips. Pour batter in pan and bake for 65-75 minutes. Cool on rack. Frost as you would like. I made a cream cheese frosting but a purchased can of fluffy white would also be good. It was very good but very rich and it tasted better the next day. It was easier to cut the next day also! Enjoy!
My husband used our cedar siding on the walls when we went to vinyl siding. I love the rustic, woodsy feeling. We have several seating areas as you can see by the pictures. We also have a dining area and the cupboard next to cute bench(also made from a picture by my talented hubby and painted by me) holds swimsuits and towels for our pool which is pretty much right outside the windows of this porch.
When I furnished this porch several years ago, I mistakenly thought that because there was a roof on this porch and walls, the sun would not fade anything that wasn't directly in the window. WRONG! My cushions are all faded. I may replace them one by one, but I kind of like the cottage feel they have. I wash the cushion covers every spring at the beginning of the season and they are getting more comfortable and lived in. I like that welcoming feeling. What I didn't like was this
Have a great day and take care. Nancy