June 19, 2011

Tribute to Dads - Happy Father's Day!

June 8, 2011

Easy Grilled Pizzas

We've been enjoying flatbread pizzas on the grill this week!  After my sister told me how easy pizza on the grill can be, I had to try it out!

flour tortillas, pizza/pasta sauce, mozzarella, your choice of toppings, and olive oil

Heat your grill to medium.  Brush both sides of your tortilla with olive oil.  Let the tortillas heat on the grill with the cover closed for 2-3 minutes or until grill marks appear on the bottom.  Then, flip your tortilla and begin to add toppings.

Let the tortillas sit on indirect heat with the cover closed to allow cheese to melt over toppings.  We made  cheese, pepperoni and BBQ chicken (add BBQ sauce and chicken with mozzarella). 

That's it!  Your own flatbread pizza - in 5 minutes!

My kids love them, too!

Thanks for the great tip, Amy...love this new summer staple!

June 6, 2011

Birthday Yummies

My littlest man turned TWO yesterday.  That is a crazy time: when the baby of the family turns two.  Wow.  Up until Wednesday, I still wasn't sure what we'd be doing to celebrate...I'm an up-to-the-last-minute kind of gal lately.

We decided on a small gathering of family on Saturday, with another small family gathering coming up later this month.  It was low key and I made almost no work for myself.  And, I realized that Bennett really couldn't have cared less!  He loved his special day just the same as if I had gone crazy with decor, cleaning, and a fancy cake.  Simple is good!

I baked some cupcakes in ice cream cones Saturday afternoon.  They were awesome!  They are perfect for little hands to eat, able to hold onto the cone as they dig into the cake and frosting.  

We baked a few normal cupcakes and one giant cupcake for the birthday boy!

To bake the cupcakes, I just follow these simple instructions from RealSimple.com:

Bake your cupcakes directly in the ice cream cones. Fill 24 flat-bottom cones two-thirds full with cake batter. Place the cones in a high-sided 9-by-13-inch baking pan and bake in two batches at 325° F for 30 minutes. Let cool, then frost with two 16-ounce cans of frosting. You can have your cake and eat its holder, too.

Any overflow around the top of the cone, I just cut off with a sharp knife before frosting.  I used Betty Crocker's Fluffy Whipped Frosting for a light, creamy texture and it was great!

The only other cool thing I did for the party was make fruit kabobs!  What a fun, summery way to serve fruit.  I will definitely be doing this for all our summer gatherings!

Happy 2nd Birthday to the Benny!

June 5, 2011

The Big Project

Painting in our little house is a big project.  We have tall ceilings and crazy parts to reach.  But, we have needed to paint for years and years and years...
Colors are hard to choose.  

But, since Sherwin-Williams was having their paint sale over Memorial Day weekend, I was determined to find a color and purchase the paint at the discounted price.  Our test strips went from this...

to this.  In one afternoon.  Whoa.  That's a lot of paint samples.  But, it was worth it because we decided on the perfect color!  Yahoo!  Now...just for the time to paint...hmmmmm.

Which color do you like, mamas?