I make a mean meatball calzone!

November 24, 2010 at 3:28 am (Uncategorized)

We had some leftover meatballs from my brother’s birthday party the other day and decided to use them up in some calzones.  Oh man, they were good!

Crust

  • 3 cups flour (I used half all purpose and half whole wheat)
  • 1 Tbsp rapid rise yeast
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp sugar (I like a sweet crust, but you can totally adjust this to taste)
  • Dried herbs (like basil and oregano)
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 cup warm water – 110 degrees

Mix everything together and knead 5 minutes.  Let it rest a few minutes while you get your filling ingredients together.  Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Filling

Use anything you want.  This could be a great way to use up some extra leftovers.  In mine, I used about 1/2 cup marinara sauce, about 20 meatballs and a couple of cups of shredded mozzarella.

Assmebly

Divide up your dough.  I made 4 big calzones, but you could easily do one huge family size one or 6+ smaller ones.  I haven’t tried this yet, but I think the extras would freeze well.

Roll each piece of dough into a circle about 1/4 inch thick

Put your filling onto one half of each piece of dough. Leave a gap about 1/2 an inch around the edges.  Fold the dough in half to cover the fillings and pinch closed around edges.

Arrange your calzones on sheet pans about an inch apart.  I baked them on a low shelf in the oven to get the bottom nice and crisp since there’s a fair amount of moisture inside them.  Bake 15 minutes.  Enjoy!

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The perfect winter drink!

November 23, 2010 at 8:29 pm (Uncategorized)

We’re having a total winter blast here in the northwest.  Junior and I have been housebound today, and we needed a fabulous, warm beverage.  I’m digging what I came up with.

First of all, you NEED this tea.  Celestial Seasonings’ Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride is amazing.  I bought two boxes last year.  Even though I tried to ration it, I ran out in June or so.  I’ve bought three boxes already this year and I’m planning to keep stocking up until it’s no longer in the stores!  I’m assuming you already know the fabulosity of this tea and have some in your kitchen.  If not, I feel quite sorry for you, but don’t worry.  It’s still early in the holiday season; you can probably still find it!

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 3-4 tea bags of my favorite tea (I’m sure this would be lovely with something else, but I loved how this one turned out)
  • 1 cinnamon stick (just use ground if that’s all you have)
  • Sugar, to taste
  • Splash of vanilla

Combine everything in a small pot.  Turn it to low and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Then enjoy.

Besides the fact that it tastes wonderful, it smells absolutely enchanting.  I have a feeling I need to buy a LOT more of this tea!

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3.5 months left!

November 15, 2010 at 8:23 pm (Deuce, Family, Junior)

Holy Cheese!  Where has the time gone!?  I think it’s just been hitting me in the last few days that about one season from now, I’ll be a mom of two.  TWO KIDS?!  And two boys at that.  Last night Hubs and I were laying with Junior on his bed, “eating” a snack of Junior’s play food, and wondering how we’ll manage to give Junior the love and attention he’s used to when his brother arrives.  Hubs looked at me and said, “How are we going to do this with two kids?”  Of course I know it’ possible.  Millions of families have done it and we’ll survive too, but it’s getting so hard to picture splitting my time between a toddler who thrives on our attention and a needy newborn.

Junior loves to help and I imagine that’s going to be a good way to keep him involved and engaged in all the work that comes with a new baby.  On the other hand, I fear making him feel like he’s working.  I don’t want to make him feel like his brother is a burden.  I know we’ll all adjust and it will all work out.  Who knows, maybe I’m making too big an issue with it.  Maybe Junior will adjust just fine, without a struggle.  Wouldn’t that be nice?

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Simple deliciousness

November 10, 2010 at 6:18 pm (Food)

Last night I was supposed to bring some snacks for a get together with my local moms’ group at 7pm.  We walked in the door at home at 6:10.  It had been a hectic day and I didn’t have time to get anything done earlier, so in less than half an hour, I threw a couple of things together and they turned out great!

Cookie Cups

All you need is sugar cookie dough, blueberry preserves (or any kind you like) and cream cheese frosting.  I grabbed everything from the store, but you could totally do them from scratch.

  1. Press a little bit of dough into each cup of a greased mini muffin pan.  I used a ball of dough about the size of a marble for each one.  Pop it in a 350 degree oven for about 9 minutes.  Let it cool 5 minutes and pop out the cookie cups.  Allow them to finish cooling before moving on.
  2. Put about 1/2 tsp of preserves into each cup.  Those old baby spoons are perfect for this part!
  3. If you have a pastry bag, pipe the frosting over the tops.  If not, just glob a little on the top of each one.

That’s it!  They’re like mini blueberry cheesecakes!  Fabulous!

Marinated Veggies

About 8 cups of hard veggies (carrots, broccoli, celery, bell peppers, cauliflower, etc) cut up, 2-3 cups apple cider vinegar, 2 Tbsp minced garlic, dried herbs (use whatever you have on hand, I used about a TBSP each of basil and oregano).

Just mix everything together in a zipper type freezer bag.  Toss it around a bit to mix everything up (put the kids to use on this one!).  Then pop it in the fridge for a while.  The longer it marinates the stronger the flavor will be.  They had good flavor after an hour, but were delicious after about 2 or 3.

My favorite thing about these was the lack of lots of extra fat.  I love carrot sticks and ranch dressing, but its a little disheartening to realize how many calories are in the dip.  With just some vinegar, herbs and garlic, you get tons of flavor without a bunch of junk.

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