Spinach & Mushroom Pizza

I love making homemade pizzas. I personally just buy the pizza dough from a local Italian shop and it cuts the prep time in half. I made this pizza and the dough wasn’t cooperating, so the crust totally came out wonky. I still had to share because the flavors were awesome. This is also my first time making a video while cooking. It’s new to me, so I’m learning as I go! 🙂

Spinach & Mushroom Pizza

Ingredients:
1 fresh pizza dough
8 oz sliced mushrooms, sauteed to remove moisture
10 oz fresh spinach
1 cup Italian shredded cheese
4 oz fresh mozzarella, diced
1 T grated Romano cheese
1 T + 2t olive oil
1/2 T Italian Seasoning
2 t garlic salt

Directions: Preheat oven 425°. Roll out pizza dough to your desired thickness. Use spray oil on a large cookie sheet and add the dough. Pierce the dough all over with a fork. Par bake the crust for about 8 minutes.

Remove the dough from the oven and assemble the pizza. Drizzle 1 T oil over the crust and use a brush to completely cover the crust. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the crust. Next layer with spinach and then top with mushrooms. Next add the fresh mozzarella. Sprinkle the Romano and Italian seasoning over the top. Lightly drizzle oil on top and bake in the oven for another 10-12 minutes depending on how crisp you like your pizza and how thick your dough is.

Once pizza is done remove from oven and sprinkle with garlic salt. Cut and serve.

Cheeseburger Cupcakes

These little cheeseburger cupcakes are so fun to make. This post isn’t going to be recipes for these little cute cupcakes. It’s just going to simply explain how to assemble them.  I made these for my favorite little people.  My niece and nephews a while back, when they were a few years old.  They are 12, 10 and almost 10 now.  These are very sweet, they are more for the look, but the kids didn’t eat much of them back then.

I got such a kick out of making these.  When I put them together I actually bought some of the stuff and made some of the components of this cupcake.  Take a look below how to make/assemble them!  These would be perfect for a BBQ!

Cheeseburger Cupcakes

Bun: Yellow cupcakes (unfrosted) either homemade or store bought
Burger: Brownie Bites
Cheese: Melted Marshmallows with yellow food coloring
Ketchup: Red Frosting ( Just put along the edges, so you can see it)
Lettuce: Coconut flakes with green food coloring
Seeds: Rice Cereal

Directions: To assemble these adorable cupcakes, cut the yellow cupcake in half. Add the brownie bite to the bottom half of the cupcake.  After melting the marshmallows put over top of the brownie bite.  Add a little bit of red frosting (just to the outer area so you can see it.) Next sprinkle on the coconut flakes.  Top with the other half of the cupcake and add a few pieces of rice cereal to act as the seeds on the bun.

 

Potato Skin Bites

I love being able to take left overs and turn them into something else.  I’m not a huge fan of left overs unless it’s something DELICIOUS!  I made these potato skin bites from left over baked potato!

I think this is going to be my go- to way to make these potato skin bites now.  I will probably bake the potatoes a little less next time!

Next time you want a fun bar food, try these! Or if you have a left over baked potatoes they work wonderful!

Potato Skin Bites

Ingredients:

2 potatoes, partially or fully baked
1-2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or any kind of cheese)
6 slices cooked bacon, chopped
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
2 t salt
2 t pepper
1 T olive oil

Optional Toppings:
Sour cream
Green onion
Hot sauce
Ranch dressing
Guacamole/Avocado

Directions: Preheat oven to 400. Drizzle olive oil to a baking sheet.   Slice the potatoes about 1/2 inch thick and add the baking sheet.  Sprinkle potatoes with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.  Place in the oven or 15 minutes.  Check the potatoes after 10 minutes.  (Cook times will vary depending on how par-cooked your potatoes are) If they are crispy enough for you, remove from the oven and complete the following steps. If you like them crispier let cook a bit longer.

Once potatoes are cooked to your liking, remove from the oven.  Add about a tablespoon of cheese (more or less if you want) and then top with a few pieces of bacon.  Place back in the oven another 10 minutes so the cheese melts and gets all gooey and delicious!

Remove from the oven and top with optional toppings above. And enjoy!

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Cinnamon Cream Cheese Balls

Who doesn’t like an easy recipe for something sweet. I made these for a breakfast item, like a cinnamon dount stuffed with cream cheese. But the more I think about it you can really eat these anytime. Add some chocolate syrup to dip it in and it can be a dessert.

These are really simple to make and can be a fun recipe to make with kids. Take a look and give it a try!

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Balls

Ingredients:

4 large canned biscuits, cut in 4s
1 stick butter
1/2 -3/4 cup granulated sugar
2-3 T cinnamon
1/4 cup nuts, finley chopped (optional)
6 oz cream cheese, cut in 16 pieces

Directions: Preheat oven to 375°. Add a piece of cream cheese into a piece of biscuit. Roll up into a ball, making sure the seams are pinched together tight. Complete with all of the biscuts. In a bowl mix together cinnamon, sugar and nuts (if using), melt butter in a second bowl.

Next roll the balls into the butter and then into the cinnamon mixture. Continue with all the rest of the balls. Put on a baking sheet about an inch or so apart. They will puff out slightly. Bake in the oven 17-20 minutes. (Note: oven tempatures will vary)

Remove from the oven and serve warm.

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3 Fun & Easy Baking Ideas For Kids

I have 1 niece and 2 nephews who are my entire world. My niece, Gianna is 12, my nephew Anthony is 10 and my nephew Michael is 9 and will be 10 in a few months.   I love them so much. I enjoy the time I spend with them.  I’ve been cooking with them since they were young. I’ve been making pizza with them since they were in diapers.  I still remember making a pizza with my niece and nephew and my niece saying ” The more cheese the better.”  I asked her where she got that from and she said, “From you Auntie Julie!” My heart just about erupted.

I try to do fun things with them when I’m with them. I want them to have the experience and to look back when they are older and remember these times.  My niece, Gianna who is the oldest has really been into baking.  Auntie Julie is not really a baker, I can teach her how to make a beef wellington, or a killer taco but baking has never been my forte.  However, we have been trying.

I’ve kept it simple, we’ve used boxed cake mixes (hey don’t knock it, lol) we’ve just done different things.  The first cake we did was a gravity cake.  That was so much fun.  Then the 2nd one we did was a piñata cake.  You know where you stuff candy into the cake and then cut it open and candy comes out.  Most recently we did ice cream cone cupcakes, this time we made homemade buttercream. (Yes, we did make that from scratch.)

My niece loves to bake more then my nephews.  Gianna’s brother, Anthony gets involved sometimes but isn’t as into it as she is.  I’m going to show you the cakes/cupcakes we made and put how we made them below.  Next time I think we may try French macarons. My niece loves them!

Gravity Cake:

1 box cake mix, your choice on flavor
Ingredients for cake mix
2 container frosting, your choice on flavor
1 box of your favorite candy
2 heavy duty straws

Directions: Make cake according to the box, for 2 round cakes.  Let the cakes cool completely.  Stack the cakes and add some frosting in-between the cakes.  Completely frost the cake.  Add candy pieces of your chose on the top of the cake, to make it look like the candy is coming out of the box.  Next, add the straw to the side of the cake and add frosting to the straw and add some candy on the straw.  Add the box of the candy at the angle.  See picture below.

Piñata Cake:

2 boxes of cake mix,your choice on flavor
ingredients for cake mix
3-4 containers of frosting, your choice on flavor
big bag of unwrapped candy
sprinkles for decoration, optional

Directions: Make cakes according to packages. Make 2 round cakes for each box of mix. 4 layers total.  Let cakes cool completely. Using a narrow cup or glass cut a hole in the middle of each layer. Make sure the wholes match up.  Next stack the layers on top of each other making sure to add a layer of frosting to the middle of each.  Next pour the candy into the hole and make sure to fill to the top.  Add a cut out piece of cake to the top of the cake.  Next completely frost the cake.  Decorate how you’d like.

When you cut into the cake the candy will fall out like a piñata.  See picture below.

 

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes:

Ingredients:
1 box of cake mix, your choice of flavor
ingredients for cake mix
24 ice cream cones
1-2 stick butter
1-2 cups powder sugar
1-3 T milk
Food coloring, optional

Toppings: Optional
sprinkles
cherries

Directions: Mix up cake mix according to the box.  Add the cones to a muffin tin.  Fill up the cone 3/4 of the way full. About 2 T per cone.  Bake. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Make the simple buttercream with 1 stick of butter and mix with a mixer slowly adding in the powder sugar.  Add in the amount of sugar you prefer based on how sweet you like it.  Add in milk if you need to thin out the buttercream if it gets to thick.  Note, once you start to work with the buttercream it will soften.

You can separate the buttercream into different bowls to color it with food coloring.

 

 

My favorite little people and I at Christmas 2019!

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Puff Pastry Hot Dogs

Talk about a fun appetizer or quick fun dinner. These puff pastry hot dogs are quick to make and simply delicious. This is sure to be a hit at any gathering. You can cut the hot dogs in half to make smaller ones vs the full hot dogs. Check out the recipe below.

Puff Pastry Hot Dogs

Ingredients:
8 hot dogs, any kind
1 sheet pre-made puff pastry, thawed but cold
1 egg
Sprinkle: coarse salt
Mustard for serving

Directions: Preheat oven 400. Roll out puff pastry to make it slightly bigger. Pat dry the hot dogs. Using a knife or a pizza cutter cut into half inch strips. Using 2 strips of the puff pastry wrap the hot dog, slightly overlapping. You can also just use thicker strips of the puff pastry if you’d rather. Place on a greased baking dish.

Once all the hot dogs are wrapped place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes for the puff pastry to slightly chill again.

Whisk egg in small bowl. Remove the hot dogs from the refrigerator and brush the puff pastry with the egg and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake in the oven 20 minutes until golden brown. Serve immediately with a side of mustard.

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