Stephanie cooks: Stuffed Pizza Rolls

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Two words for you - YUM.MY.

I guess I should apologize for posting two recipes in a row, but seriously, this was so good, I just couldn't not post it.  I originally heard about the recipe from Pink Sass, then headed on over to Our Best Bites (another fabulous recipe site, if you girls haven't found it yet) to get the scoop.

The only bad thing about this recipe is that it didn't leave any leftovers for my lunch today.  It's a sad day for Stephy.

Stuffed Pizza Rolls

What you need:

  • 1 roll refrigerated pizza dough
  • 1 block mozzarella cheese (cut into 1/4" sized squares)
  • pizza toppings of your choice (cut into bite size pieces)
  • olive oil or melted butter
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • garlic powder
  • dried Italian seasoning
  • marinara/pizza sauce (for dipping)

How to make it:

  1. Preheat oven to temperature specified by pizza dough (mine was 425 degrees).
  2. Roll out pizza dough onto lightly floured surface (approx. 12" by 8").
  3. Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut the dough into 24 squares.
  4. Place cut mozzarella and pizza toppings on each dough square (no sauce - the sauce is for dipping)
  5. Wrap the dough of each square around the toppings, pinching the edges so no toppings seep out.
  6. Place all dough balls onto a round, greased baking dish.
  7. Brush the tops with olive oil or butter, then lightly sprinkle with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.
  9. Serve with warmed marinara or pizza sauce.


(Are you noticing my go-to salad that seems to appear in almost every picture?  I make it when I need a quick side... spinach, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, and Italian dressing.  YUM!)



Stephanie cooks: Crunchy Onion Chicken & Skillet Potatoes

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Oh my goodness.  Please tell me that you guys have checked out the new blog I mentioned a week or so back, Here's What's Cooking.  If you haven't, do yourself a favor and click on over.  Pick any of the recipes and make one for din-din tonight.  You won't be sorry!

I made Crunchy Onion Chicken and Skillet Potatoes last night and let me tell you... it was heaven in my mouth.  Seriously!  You can get the recipe HERE, or, because I love y'all, I'll post it right here for you as well.


Crunchy Onion Chicken

What you need:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 cups French's French Fried Onions
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • salt and pepper

How to make it:

  1. Crush onions and flour together in zip lock bag
  2. Pound chicken breasts with meat mallet between 2 pieces of Saran Wrap
  3. Dip chicken into egg mixture, then sprinkle with salt and pepper
  4. Dredge chicken in crushed onions
  5. Place on baking pan and bake 400 degrees for 30 minutes, or until cooked through


Skillet Potatoes

What you need:

  • 4-5 medium potatoes
  • 2 T. butter
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 3/4 c. shredded cheese (Colby Jack or cheddar)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt  & pepper

How to make it:

  1. Scrub potatoes with veggie brush until clean, then cut into cubes or thick slices (I peeled them b/c the kids don't like the skin)
  2. Melt butter in skillet over medium high heat. 
  3. Add potatoes and seasonings.  Brown potatoes in butter, stirring often.
  4. When potatoes are browned, pour milk over top.
  5. Lower heat to simmer. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender (approx. 15-20 min.)
  6. Sprinkle cheese over top and allow to melt.





Let's talk pigskin

Monday, October 26, 2009

It's no secret that I love NFL football.  The Cowboys are my team, but I watch every game that's on.  And I'm starting to get irritated.

First of all, let's discuss the new "hit on a defenseless receiver" penalty.  Because my issues are many, we'll go with the bulleted format:
  • Um, defenseless?  Isn't there an entire team of players on the field?
  • Isn't it the job of the receiver to pretty much be out in the open (as far as the rest of his team is concerned) so he can catch the ball?
  • What exactly is the opposite of a defenseless receiver?  Can someone give me an example? How does this receiver become un-defenseless?
  • Don't those receivers get paid millions of dollars to catch balls and then either run with them or hold-the-heck on to them as they get pummeled to the ground?
  • Hey receivers, if you can't stand the heat, get outta the kitchen.

Second, let's talk about "roughing the passer."  Since when did quarterbacks become so important that you now can't play football around them?  They are on the team, right?  They do want to play, right?  They do get paid millions of dollars to play this game that they so love, right?

Now I certainly don't want anyone to get hurt, but when a defensive players' sole purpose on the roster is to sack the quarterback, how can you expect him to stop and think, mid-tackle, about where he's going to come in contact with the quarterback?  This is ridiculous!!  This is grown-up professional football, not peewee football!

The NFL sees it like this: "If a defender dives at a quarterback's legs or makes any sort of contact with his head, he likely will suffer the consequences of a 15-yard penalty for roughing the passer and/or a possible fine."  This is absurd!

Lastly, I can't help but bring up the "helmet-to-helmet" penalty.  Again, I certainly don't want anyone to get hurt, but HELLO!!  This is professional football!  When these guys are tackling, they're not worrying about where their helmet might hit in the process.  They're just tackling!

Last Sunday, a Ravens player was penalized (and later fined) for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a Bengals' receiver.  The receiver lost his helmet in the hit, but immediately jumped to his feet and continued on.  After the game was over, this receiver used his Twitter account to ask the NFL Commissioner not to fine the Ravens player, saying, "it was a clean hit, it's part of the game." 

See?  Even the players think these rules are absurd.  Before you know it, watching NFL football will be more like watching the Nutcracker than a professional football game.



Let's get down to Bid'ness!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

We have been busy girls and we wanted to share a few things with you today!!

First, please remember that not only do we offer web and blog design, we also do graphic design!! This is GREAT news for you because with the holidays right around the corner, you're gonna want to get a head start on your holiday cards for friends and family!!

Here are some examples of our work:


 
 


If you'd like more information about ordering your own Holiday Cards (or any type of Photo Card), click HERE to get started!

We also wanted you to know that we also do Custom comp cards!! A comp card (composite card) is essentially a models’ business card. By using Blogalicious Designs to design your card, you will no doubt make a great first impression! Here is an example of a comp card that we just did for an on-going client:


 


And finally here are a few sites we've completed over the past few weeks...

Here's What's Cooking: This is a site we did for one of our great friends from church. Steph and I have known Carolyn for years and have ALWAYS LOVED her food. It's about time she started a site sharing her menus! I'll be going every Monday to her site for dinner ideas for sure!!!




CupCake FabuLous: This was a re-design for a previous client. Meleah came to us a while back for a blog with navigation and recently changed up her logo so she needed her site to reflect that change.  We got to work and voila!!




The Purple Pug: This is an awesome website where you can order party supplies, invites, decor, etc.Kristy   decided she needed a blog to talk about all the cute stuff she creates. If you're in the market for party themed creations, this is the place to go!!




Staci's Heart: And then there's Staci (you know, the other half of the Blogalicious Duo)! She thought she needed a new look... whatcha think??  Super cute, huh???





Weekend Recap: Day 4

Friday, October 23, 2009

Monday morning I woke up and got the kids off to school.  Izzy and I headed to the gym for one last workout since she leaves on Tuesday morning.  (I had to get in one more training session!)

It was another good workout, I must say!  And pretty fun, too.  At one point Izzy started counting in French and I had no idea what she was saying.  At least she was counting her own reps and not mine or I might still be going! 

After the gym we headed home to get ready for an afternoon of shopping.  We found some great deals at Old Navy and she picked up a super cute dress at Target! No one will have that one in Canada, right Izzy?  We tried to find me the pan that she swears by (I have the worst pans that burn everything!), but turns out it's a Canadian pan.  Boo America!

Then it was off to grab the kids from school and home to get dinner ready.  Monday night was a treat because Izzy wanted to cook for us.  Now, you know all those recipes I post where I say "1 jar spaghetti sauce"?  Yeah, Izzy doesn't cook like that.  Right in front my very own eyes, I watched her make homemade pasta sauce.  And again, it was like heaven in my mouth.  Seriously.  I need to pause and reflect.

Take a look:


See?  It was so good we couldn't even get the camera out fast enough!  Thanks for dinner Izzy!  It was soooo YUMMY!

After dinner, Izzy played Star Wars with Taylor on the Wii.  He had been asking her to play all weekend and then he would decide to go outside and play with his friends instead, but now, it was almost bed time, so he had no choice.  I think Izzy even beat him one time!



Now, we'll see if Izzy gets home with this, but we gave her a Dallas Cowboys jersey.  We thought it would be appropriate to help her remember her time in Texas and her time with us. Granted, they're not her  favorite team, but she says they're her second favorite, so we'll go with it.

 

Personally, I think it looks great!  :)

Thanks for coming to visit, Izzy!  Next time, we're going North.  Eventually, we'll have to show our children that snow is not just something you see on TV.




The God of This City

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wednesday morning I turned on the news and learned about Somer Thompson, the 7 year old Florida girl who vanished on her less-than-a-mile walk home from school earlier this week.  I saw her mom on The Today Show pleading for anyone who might have seen her to call the Sheriff's office.  She just wanted her baby girl back.

Since I had just said goodbye to my two children as they walked up the street to the bus stop, this was especially hard for me to watch.

Thursday morning, when I turned on The Today Show, I heard something that no parent ever wants to hear: they had found Somer's tiny body in a landfill.  As I watched Somer's mom on TV, the tears began to run down my own face, thinking about my own children... waiting at the bus stop.

What is wrong with this world?  Our children aren't even safe at school.  They can't walk to school. They can't even play in their own neighborhood.

On my way home from work I was listening to some of my favorite worship music and "God of This City" by Chris Tomlin came on.  Take a listen...





I'm so thankful, yet again, that God gently reminds me that He is in control.  Even in the midst of horrific circumstances that we can't comprehend, He is God.  I choose not to live in fear, because my God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power! (2 Tim 1:7)

God, I thank You that You have overcome the world and that we don't have to live in fear.  I lift up the Thompson family and ask that You would surround them with Your peace - peace that passes all understanding.  Help them to know that You love them, even in the midst of this tragedy.


Weekend Recap: Day 3

Sunday morning we took Izzy to church.  We've told her about our church before so that was one of the things she wanted to do while she was here.  It was a great service and she really enjoyed it.

We came home and Joey grilled hamburgers for lunch.  Izzy ate... spinach and grilled chicken salad. We all watched football - because that's what we do on Sunday.  Lucky for us we got to watch the Giants get their tails whooped!! 

It was a great afternoon made even better when Izzy remembered that she owed Joey some of her famous nachos from a lost bet during last years football season.  She even promised to eat some.  This made Joey very happy.  Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of these famous nachos because they were like heaven in my mouth and we ate them too quickly to get a picture.

Score one for the Canadian.

Then we had got to watch the Patriots annihilate Tennessee.  It was so bad that they switched it to another, more competitive game.  Izzy was very happy for her team.

Next up?  Pumpkin carving.





 

 
Yes, that's Taylor holding his nose.  He couldn't stand the smell of the pumpkin so he sat there holding his nose just watching the process.

Then Ashton drew the face.

 

Daddy did the carving.

 

And Izzy did the touch-up work.  She couldn't stand being able to see the pen marks on the pumpkin so she busted out the 409 and the carving knife to clean it up a bit.

 

Funny story... After the Mexican food last night and the nachos during the game, Joey and Izzy decided they needed to go for a run.  This was Izzy trying to get up the stairs after that run.  Ha ha!!

 

Another funny story... I wanted to roast the pumpkin seeds with butter, cinnamon and sugar, but I wasn't exactly sure how to do it.  Let me tell you how not to do it: Don't coat them in butter, then sugar and cinnamon, then bake them.  They'll just caramelize in the oven.  In case you're wondering.

So we're cleaning up, washing the pan, and dump them down the sink, because they're nice and, um... burnt, and I guess I forgot to turn on the garbage disposal.  Not good.  An hour or so later Joey was unclogging the pipes beneath the sink.  OOPS!

 

At least he looks darn good doing it.  LOL. 

Good times, good times...



Weekend Recap: Day 2

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Saturday morning, I woke up to this:



And seriously people, by this time, Izzy had gone for a run, stolen our Dallas Cowboys yard plaque (inside joke - she's a Patriots fan), showered, gotten dressed... and I think it was only 8 o'clock!  She's a machine, people!  A machine!!

She told the kids she wanted to make crepes for them, and if you think they would let her forget that, then you don't know my children.  She also brought pure maple syrup straight from Canada for the crepes.  It was delish!!!



Of course, after that, we had to hit the gym.  I was super excited to workout with Izzy because, you know, she looks like this:





... and I, well, don't.  I did make her promise that she wouldn't kill me.  And she didn't.  We had a great workout, I loved it, and I can still walk and lift my arms!  LOVE HER!!

Then we headed home, showered, dropped the kids at Joey's grandparents and went to the fabulousness that is La Cantera mall for just a bit.  We hit up Forever 21 and got some great things, then we went to Target on our way home to get ready for the evening.  I know, you're thinking, why in the world are you wasting your time at Target (well, if you're honestly thinking that, then you don't me, do you?)?  Well, did you know that they DON'T HAVE TARGET IN CANADA???

I know.  It's a travesty that anyone should have to live like that so we went to Target several times while Izzy was here.  And she was grateful.  Very grateful.

That night we went downtown with some friends to get Izzy her first margarita (I KNOW!!) and some very necessary Mexican food.



 

 

The margarita(s) was a hit and so was the Mexican food - including the queso.  YUM-MO!!  My thinking is that if I can get her to really like all of this fabulousness that she can't get in Canada, maybe she'll move :)  I know, it's quite a ways to move for good Mexican food, but hey, a girl can dream, right?

So after dinner we walked on the Riverwalk, because you haven't been to San Antonio unless you've walked the Riverwalk, and Joey and Izzy had to have ice cream.  So we stopped at Marble Slab.  (See how happy they are?)

 

Izzy joked that the only thing she's bringing back from San Antonio is 5 lbs. but that's not true.  She got this super cute dress, way cute skinny jeans at F21, and a gorgeous necklace too! 

Ha ha!!  I kid, I kid!!!  Seriously, I don't think this girl can gain weight if she tried.  She ran every morning and other than the BBQ and Mexican cheat meals, she ate spinach and grilled chicken salad the whole time she was here (no matter what we were eating!).  Her discipline is amazing!

Stay tuned... more tomorrow.



Weekend recap: Day 1

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I'm a bit sad today because I dropped Izzy off at the airport this morning.  We had so much fun this weekend, so to keep me from getting depressed, I thought I would relive the weekend in pictures.

Wanna tag along?  Of course you do!

I picked Izzy up at the airport on Friday afternoon.  We had never met in person, only on our blogs and through my business, but we both felt like we had known each other forever.  When I pulled up at the airport I knew it was her because she immediately started jumping up and down.  And I knew I loved her! LOL

We (we'll she) loaded up her 100 lb. suitcase (and I'm not sure that I'm really exaggerating all that much) and headed to get the kids from school.  They were so excited to meet Izzy.  Ashton knew Izzy was a fitness model and competitor, but she was also convinced that she was a TV/movie star(no matter how many times I told her otherwise), so she couldn't wait to see her pictures in magazines.  I had warned Izzy ahead of time, so she was prepared with previous magazine shoots that she had done to show Ashton.



After the "show and tell" with Izzy's pics, she had some gifts for the kids.  She's honestly one of the nicest people I've ever met.  And the kids adore her!



 

The winter Olympics will be in Canada in 2010, so she thought these would be nice gifts.  And the kids have worn them everyday since they got them.  (Actually, I'm not sure Taylor has taken his off at all!)


Although Izzy's fitness lifestyle requires her to maintain a fairly strict diet (and "requires" is not really the right word, it's her lifestyle, and she enjoys it - it's just who she is), she was definitely prepared to have a few cheat meals during her visit to Texas!  So we took her to have her first brisket sandwich!




She was pretty excited...  They don't have brisket in Canada.  LOL



 

 

After we gorged our selves on Texas BBQ, we headed back to the house where Taylor wanted to initiate her into the world of the Wii - Guitar Hero.



She obliged, of course, and had fun!  She loves kids and Ashton and Taylor absolutely adored her.  Just wait until you see what I woke up to on Saturday.  :)



Epic fail. And Stephanie cooks: Italian Chicken

Thursday, October 15, 2009

My week has not been the greatest.  There has been no one particular thing that has made it the worst week ever - and granted it, it's not been the worst week ever - but it's like the week is out to get me.

I went to grocery store on Sunday like I usually do and picked up what I thought would get us through the week.  Monday I had the day off and when I went to make dinner, I realized that I didn't have quite enough chicken, but I figured I could make do.  When Joey was scraping the bottom of the dish looking for protein, I realized I could not make do.

Tuesday, Joey left the Academy earlier that usual and offered to make dinner since I had a horrible headache.  I set out all the ingredients for spaghetti, but found that I only had half a bag of noodles.  I figured it would be enough since I don't eat many noodles and the kids don't eat much period, but again, I was wrong.

Last night, since I couldn't think of anything else to cook, I decided on breakfast for dinner.  I was planning on making homemade waffles, but we had nothing else to eat with it, so I ran into Walgreen's and grabbed some bacon on my way to pick up the kids.  They were super excited when I told them what we were having, but then they asked if I bought any more syrup because we only had a tiny bit, and then that "nasty sugar free stuff that you and dad eat".  (Are you seeing a pattern here?)  So I went home, sent the kids to finish their homework and play, and what did I do?  I mixed the sugar-filled syrup and sugar-free syrup and the kids were none the wiser.  Thank you very much!  Score one for mom.

Then later on last night I was gonna get to cleaning the house because my friend Izzy is coming from Canada to visit this weekend (cue squealing!), but when I went to get the scrub brush to clean the shower upstairs (since it's only inhabited by people under 9 years of age), it was gone!  (It must have walked off with our maid, whom I miss dearly, obviously!!)  That was all I could take, so I thought

I was about to burst into to tears from every little thing that had gone wrong this week, but I didn't figure my husband needed a crying woman on his hands, so instead, I plopped down on the couch and decided to just watch some TV.  I turned on last weeks DVR'd episode of Mercy, but it wouldn't play for more than 5 seconds without pausing.  Really?  I figured that was my cue to just put my jammies on and call it a night, but Taylor was watching Star Wars in my bed.  I'm hoping today will be better, but if not, I know tomorrow will, because that's when Izzy gets here!

WOO HOO!!!

Now, onto that Italian Chicken!  Yum-mo!!

What you need:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, fat trimmed off
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled, diced into 1" squares
  • 1 can french style green beans
  • 1 can whole kernel corn
  • 1 package Italian dressing seasoning (like to make Italian salad dressing from scratch)
  • 1/2 butter, melted

How to make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut chicken into strips and place in the bottom of a 9x13 glass baking dish.
  3. Cover chicken with diced potatoes, green beans, and corn.
  4. Mix Italian seasoning with melted butter and pour over top of the chicken, potatoes, beans, and corn.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.




I'm about to step on some toes.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Before I start, let me just make sure everyone is aware that I am NOT, I repeat NOT, racist in any shape, form, or fashion.  I'm married to an Hispanic man (although, admittedly, you'd never know by looking at him) and have friends of many different races.

Now, on to my post, on my blog, with my opinion...

Last night I was watching Monday Night Football with my (Hispanic) husband and the NFL had dedicated the evening to Hispanics in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Before the game began President Obama gave a brief speech about Hispanics, their heritage, and... (honestly, I don't know what else, I tuned him out).  Then there was Enrique Iglesias singing the National Anthem.  And to top it off, after the game had begun, when the first penalty flag was thrown, the referee announced the penalty in Spanish.

(If you think you'll be offended, this is where you should stop reading.)

I'm sorry, but are we in America?  Like I said, I'm not racist, I'm married to a Hispanic man, but even my Hispanic husband was irritated beyond belief!

Here's the deal: We do live in America.  And in America we have what's called the Declaration of Independence.  And that Declaration of Independence states that all men (humans) are created EQUAL.  So please tell me why we spend so much time magnifying our differences?  What is the purpose for a month of "Hispanic Heritage"?  Or "Black History"?  I'm not saying that it's not pertinent to our history as Americans, but it is just that - HISTORY.  And we all learn about it in history.

And there is no "white history month".  And I didn't have the opportunity for an "all-white scholarship" when I went to college.  That would have been racist, right?

I just don't think you can have both.  It seems that people want equality, but they also want special treatment as well.  They still want their special scholarships, month-long "histories", etc., yet they want equality.

How can we be equal - like I believe we are, like we should be, like America was created to be - if we keep drawing lines?


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