Avalanche Days and Foodie Ways

Today I had planned to do nothing. We’re talking NOTHING. It was one of those days where you contemplate whether or not to change out of pajamas. One that, even though your hair makes you look like Einstein’s twin, you’re totally okay with it. Of course, it didn’t turn out like that. (You saw that coming, didn’t you?)

For some reason, Keith got a wild notion that he was going to finish laying the floor in the closets. I know, right? It’s CRAZY talk!  I was like “Hun, are you SURE you want to do that today?” He was like, “Well, it needs to be done… so I’m going to do it.” Ugh. Sometimes I hate that he’s so responsible.

What you might not understand are the implications of this insane proposition. You see, by finishing the flooring, that means that Keith can relocate his power tools and supplies from the spare room (we call it the bunk room) to his shop. When that happens, I need to move the boxes from Taylor’s room that go in the bunk room so SHE can finish unpacking her room and make it liveable. I can also move some items from our office nook in the master to the bunk room closet where they will live. Since the office will be open, I can move the office supplies and computers so we can claim our dining room table. I would love for us to be able to eat at the table like a normal family and not continue to eat on t.v. trays in the living room like hillbillies. (“Maw… Bring me some more beanie weenie!”) … I digress.

As you can see, it’s a virtual avalanche waiting to happen here at the Brambleshire. Once one thing is moved… a long list of things can be done. I wish I could tell you that I’m such a great wife that I jumped right in and got busy. Well… um… not exactly. I DID get some boxes unpacked in the kitchen with Taylor. Of course, when I finally got those items put away, I decided that I probably should whip up something wonderful in the kitchen to be a comfort to everyone and bring them happiness. I mean, really, isn’t that what foodie mom’s do? We make things in our kitchens to nourish and comfort our family and friends… NOT to get out of the chores that we really don’t want to do.  (Just go with me on this one… lol.)

SO… as I looked around the kitchen, I found a few things that I thought I could use to whip up something yummy.  I decided to make some pizza bites of some sort. I didn’t have a recipe for anything, but, I’m all about experimentation.

I’m happy to report that my yummy and cheesy experiment turned out great. It’s good enough that I thought I’d share it with you so YOU can try it and be the hero at YOUR house. 🙂 Plus, they are SO easy to make. You can pretend like you worked really hard on them and get lots of Kudos. (Remember that old Rice Krispie Treat commercial where the mom puts flour on her face to make it look like she has slaved away in the kitchen making them? Yea… it’s like that!)

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Cheesy Pepperoni Bites

  • 1-2 cans crescent rolls (depending upon how many people you are serving)
  • garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • sea salt
  • pepperoni slices
  • mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400. Open the crescent rolls and seal edges to make two large rectangles. (Did that make sense?You know they come in two rolls with 4 triangles each. Just squish the seams together and it will make a large rectangle for each of the rolls) Then use a rolling pin on a floured surface and roll the rectangles so they are all an even thickness. Set aside.

Dice up the pepperoni slices into small pieces.

Back to the dough, sprinkle each large triangle with sea salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Just make a nice even layer of each of the seasoning.  Sprinkle the dough with shredded mozzarella cheese and then the pepperoni pieces.

Now. starting at the short end, roll the dough in a “pinwheel” fashion until it makes a log. Using a very sharp knife, carefully cut the log into 1.5 inch slices…you’re making pinwheels. (Oh, a hint: If you use a very sharp knife and “saw” back and forth to cut your slices, you won’t squish your rolls)

Now, Lay the pinwheels flat on a greased cookie sheet or a glass pie plate or something like that. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on the top of each pinwheel.

Bake your pinwheels for 10-12 minutes.  While they bake, heat up your favorite spaghetti sauce. Serve your cheesy yummy pizza bites with warm pizza sauce for dipping and soak up the praise. 🙂

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This is another very versatile dish where you can change it up to suit the tastes of your family. If you like supreme pizza, add peppers, mushrooms, onions, olives… whatever! If you want, make it with ham and cheese… or chicken and pesto sauce… or even spread the dough with apricot preserves, roll ’em, slice, ’em, and serve them with a vanilla icing drizzle. The possibilities are endless… and SO SIMPLE! Let your imagination run wild!

I hope you enjoy today’s recipe. I know my family loved it… but I don’t think it gets me out of unpacking. Ooooo… UNLESS I can make them some DESSERT!!! Hehehe…

TTFN!! (Ta-ta-for-now!)

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