Sunday, April 25, 2010

Prom 2010

I thought I would share a few pictures from daughter #2's prom.

Daughter #2

Best Friends

The Troops

My Princess


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Veggie Pizza

PROM is finally here!

Today is daughter #2's prom.  She is going with a group of 11 highschoolers, 9 girls and 2 guys.  We are taking pictures at one of the girl's houses at 5:30 pm.  When the kids head to dinner after pictures are concluded, we parents are having hors d'oeuvres.  I decided to make something I've had countless times before, but I've never actually made-- Veggie Pizza!  I found a few different recipes and kind of put them all together to make my version.


16 oz crescent roll (2 cans)
16 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 package dry ranch dressing (1 oz.)
¼ cup mayonnaise
½ cup green pepper, chopped
½ cup red pepper, chopped
1 cup broccoli, chopped
½ cup green onions, finely chopped
½ cup carrots, finely chopped
¾ cup cheddar & monterey jack cheese, shredded


Unroll crescent rolls and pat into a 15 ½ x 10 ½ x 2 inch cookie pan. Bake for 10 minutes at the temperature indicated on the package. Let cool

Mix cream cheese, mayo & dry ranch mix.

Spread over the cooled crust.

Fresh veggies of your choice! Any raw vegetables work nicely.
Mushrooms!  As you know, one of my favorite foods!

Chopped red & green peppers.

Chopped mushrooms & carrots!

Chopped green onions
Chopped brocolli florets.

Sprinkle chopped vegetables and cheese on top of crust spread with cream cheese mixture.  I gently pushed the veggies into the cream cheese mixture.

Cut into small squares and serve.



Tuesday, April 13, 2010

It's What's For Dinner! Grilled Asparagus & Top Sirloin Steak

Tonight for dinner we grilled steak and asparagus.  It was heavenly!  It's been ages since I've cooked fresh asparagus.  I'll be doing it again soon while it's still in season.

In a platter, drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.  Salt and pepper.  Roll asparagus over and over until coated.  Grill until slightly tender, but still firm/crunchy.

This was so good!

Top Sirloin!  I drizzled each side of the steak with olive oil (just a little bit) and then rubbed in steak seasoning.

Steak seasoning (Sam's Club) and Asian Sesame dressing for my.....

...salad!  Steak, romanine lettuce, fresh mushrooms, green onions, crumbled feta cheese and All Seasons Asian Sesame dressing!

It's what's for dinner!



Monday, April 12, 2010

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

Recipe from Cathy over at

I made these for Daughter #2 and 6 of her closest friends tonight as they worked on their team t-shirts for track.  They received a 'thumbs up' from the girls.  I thought they were pretty good even though I made them with whole wheat flour (we were out of regular).  I think they would be even better with white flour.  We will definitely try these again.


3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup whole milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
4 ounces pepperoni, cut into small cubes (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup pizza sauce
2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 24-cup mini muffin pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella and pepperoni; let stand for 10 minutes.

Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

Microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through, then stir in 1 Tablespoon basil. Sprinkle the puffs with the remaining 1 Tablespoon basil. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping.



Sunday, April 11, 2010

Chicken Fajitas!

We made chicken fajitas for dinner tonight.  They were so very yummy!  Recipe adapted from Cooks Illustrated.

  • ⅓ cup juice from 2 to 3 limes
  • 8 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1½ teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, minced
  • 1 Tbsp southwestern chipotle seasoning (optional)
  • 1½ tablespoons minced fresh cilantro leaves
  • table salt and ground black pepper
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1½ pounds), trimmed, pounded to ½-inch thickness (I did not do that this time)
  • 1 large red onion, peeled and cut into ½-inch strips
  • 1 large red bell pepper, quartered, stemmed, and seeded
  • 1 large green bell pepper, quartered, stemmed, and seeded
  • 8-12 (6-inch) flour tortillas
In a gallon size ziploc bag, mix together the lime juice, olive oil, garlic, Worcestershire, brown sugar, jalapeno, southwestern chipotle seasoning, cilantro, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¾ teaspoon pepper. Scoop out  ¼ cup marinade; set aside. Place the chicken in the marinade; refrigerate 15 minutes or longer.  (I marinaded for 2 hours.)

Brush both sides of the onion rounds and the peppers with some of marinade mixture; salt and pepper.  Preheat gas grill for 15 minutes; scrape the grill grate clean with a grill brush. Leave one burner on high heat while turning the remaining burner(s) down to medium.  Remove the chicken from the marinade and place it on the hotter side of the grill; discard the remaining marinade. Place the onions and peppers on the cooler side of the grill.

Cook the chicken until it’s well browned, 4 to 5 minutes; using tongs, flip the chicken and continue grilling until it’s no longer pink when cut into with a paring knife. Cook the peppers until spottily charred and crisp-tender, 8 to 10 minutes, turning once or twice as needed; cook the onions until tender and charred on both sides, 10 to 12 minutes, turning every 3 to 4 minutes.

Slice the bell peppers lengthwise into ¼-inch strips and place them in a bowl with the onions. Add 1/2 of the remaining marinade to the vegetables and toss well to combine.

Slice the chicken into ¼-inch strips and toss with the remaining reserved marinade in another bowl.

Serve with the warmed tortillas, shredded cheese, guacamole, sour cream and diced tomatoes.

Mine was a chicken fajita bowl (minus the tortilla) except it was on a plate!



Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter Cookies

So sorry it's been so long between posts!  Things have been a bit crazy.  Hopefully, I'll be back to regular posting soon.  Here's what I was up to today!  Easter Cookies!  Enjoy!

Have a wonderful Easter holiday!