Saturday, January 29, 2011

Pizza Poppers Recipe

My boys are going to LOOOOOOOOOOOVE these!!
Stuffed Pizza Rolls Recipe from OurBestBites
1 roll refrigerated pizza dough* (or make your own)
marinara/pizza sauce
2 T grated Parmesan cheese
1 T olive oil or melted butter
1/2 t garlic powder
1 t dried Italian seasoning mozzarella cheese, diced or grated
Pizza toppings of your choice: ie, ham and pineapple, pepperoni slices, sausage, etc.
*You can use regular pizza dough, or thin crust.
Preheat oven to heat specified on pizza dough package. Usually it's 400 degrees. If you make your own dough, 400 is usually a good heat as well.
Unroll your pizza dough onto a lightly floured surface. Pat or roll the dough so it's about 12" by 8". You're going to want to cut it into 24 squares, so just eyeball it if you need to. Use a pizza cutter to slice the dough into 24 squares (bet ya didn't see that one comin' did ya?)
Place cheese and desired toppings on each square. (Note that you're not putting the marinara sauce on the dough- it's for dipping after) You guys are smart, right? Just eyeball how much. You just need to be able to enclose the toppings in the dough so keep that in mind. When all of your dough squares have cheese and toppings on them, carefully lift up each square and wrap the dough around the toppings. Pinch to make sure each ball is sealed shut and then place them seam side down in a lightly sprayed pie pan (or similar sized dish).
Brush the tops of the dough balls with olive oil or melted butter (I've used both and there's not much difference in result) and then sprinkle with the garlic and Italian seasoning and top with Parmesan cheese.
Cook them in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Keep an eye on them! Doughs vary, so I'd check them after even 10 minutes.
Serve warm with warmed marinara sauce on the side for dipping.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Cake Pops.... by Bakerella **YUM**

I am SOOOOO buying this book.... I may even buy one for you Sheri!!!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Fancy Pants Lines....

To The Moon is my favorite line but the others are just as fun.... there goes my money again!

So adorable!!! I love that shark/fish thing....

Easter 2006 ~::~Wow~::~

Here are a couple more pictures by cousin Rach.... just came across these....
Can you believe how small Landon is???
He actually had all of his teeth here!! That's amazing!!
Thank you Rachel for capturing these moments so long ago!! XOXO

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Attention Cricut Owners!!!

Warning: You may end up spending a lot of money after this post!!

To all you Cricut lovers out there.... Memory Miser has a HUGE clearance section on some newer releases and they are as low as $9.99. Just thought I'd enable my fellow crafty peeps.

Wordless Wednesday "Hands" by Rachel Tomasi

These pictures were taken by our cousin Rachel about 5 years ago.... Mason and Landon when they were itty bitty.... (sorry... this is supposed to be wordless...oops).

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What makes me happy right now....

This more than fabulous scrapbook line from
CratePaper One of my more favorite releases this CHA.....
This is Emma's Shop..... the girl line from Crate... Homemade caramels..... YUM YUM YUM.....
This very pretty rainbowy happy layout.....
Wigwam socks.... COULD NOT live in Colorado without them.....

These adorable and colorful stick pins by
This very cute purse..... must find it again.....somewhere on etsy....
Hydraulic Jeans.... saw them on my friend Tiffany and she looked absolutely hot!! :) Had to get some and now I feel slightly hot when I wear them. :)
I would love to say I was the body double for these images but I was unfortunately not available on the day of the shoot.....
The Metropolitan Kit from Studio Calico (December Release).... just makes me happy.... This cute little bat....
Cute cute cuuuuuuuuuuuute bobbin bracelet.... LOVE IT!!
Fiskar's Cloud punch.... comes in Xlarge and Large..... a necessity for any crafter.... ;)And that is it for today.... my little tid bits of happiness....

Monday, January 24, 2011

So cute.... but....

1. Would need to know how to least better than I do now...

2. Would need more little people around me to sew FOR

3. Would need more time for said activities....

But still....aren't these patterns just too cute? Find tons of cute patterns at her shop here:

Sunday, January 23, 2011


OK.... we've had the flu, dry noses, constant sneezing and snow. Obviously I haven't done a whole lot in the last 5 days. But one thing that made me feel better was to make this yummy soup....It made me think of my friend Sheri and all of her wonderful soups she had me hooked on in California. :) Here's the recipe.... it's Ina's (the Barefoot Contessa)

For the meatballs: nocoupons
3/4 pound ground chicken
1/2 pound chicken sausage, casings removed
2/3 cup fresh white bread crumbs
2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves)
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/4 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for serving
3 tablespoons milk
1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the soup: nocoupons
2 tablespoons good olive oil
1 cup minced yellow onion
1 cup diced carrots (3 carrots), cut into 1/4 inch pieces
3/4 cup diced celery (2 stalks), cut into 1/4 inch pieces
10 cups homemade chicken stock
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup small pasta such as tubetini or stars
1/4 cup minced fresh dill
12 ounces baby spinach, washed and trimmed
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
For the meatballs, place the ground chicken, sausage, bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, Pecorino, Parmesan, milk, egg, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a bowl and combine gently with a fork. With a teaspoon, drop 1 to 1 1/4-inch meatballs onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. (You should have about 40 meatballs. They don't have to be perfectly round.) Bake for 30 minutes, until cooked through and lightly browned. Set aside.
In the meantime, for the soup, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat in a large heavy-bottomed soup pot. Add the onion, carrots, and celery and saute until softened, 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the chicken stock and wine and bring to a boil. Add the pasta to the simmering broth and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until the pasta is tender. Add the fresh dill and then the meatballs to the soup and simmer for 1 minute. Taste for salt and pepper. Stir in the fresh spinach and cook for 1 minute, until the spinach is just wilted. Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle each serving with extra grated Parmesan.

Also did lots of baking and cooking this weekend for parties. Went to Jazzercise (not at all what I'd thought it would be and soooo glad I went) and got to shake my hiney with my friend Michelle. Tried the whole Crossfit thing and couldn't walk for a week.... Jazzercise was SOOOOO fun and the 60 minutes flies by. LOVE it!! I think I can keep this one up. :)

This is how I imagined "JAZZERCISE" looking.... don't know why.... couldn't get it out of my head!!And this is how these chicks look in there.... totally hot and in great shape.... SIGN ME UP!!!

One thing I have realized with my recent exercise endeavors:

1. I need to take it as slow as I need to.... (almost killed myself trying to keep up at Crossfit)

2. I am INDEED 36 years old.... no longer in high school shape.

3. I need to do something that I think is fun and that I will stay interested in....

4. I eat WAY better when I sweat my tail off for 60 minutes than when I don't....

5. I need a better sports bra.

6. I am very much 36 years old.

7. It feels good to have a great, sweaty workout.

8. Did I mention I am 36?

For some reason, I still feel like I am in my early 20's but have rapidly felt my age and the reality of being a Mom (ya know... put everyone else first before you and then wake up 10 years later to a little "extra" Kristin). So I am going for the Jazzercise thing.... I'll keep you posted on how it goes....

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday "Self Portraits" :) I know... I cheated...

Killing two birds with one stone.... so to speak.... self portrait of high school friends. Love ya girl!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Pleated Poppy....

These colors are really making me happy.... and also making me want to spend some serious cash for the girls in my life. The Pleated Poppy is just the most adorable shop.... check out some of the merchandise.... it is just sooooo perrrrrrrrty....
I NEEEEED one of these.... How cute huh?
I know I know.... more enabling... but these little creations make my heart happy and I just had to spread the word about her awesome shop....