I’ve missed you guys while on vacation last week! That meant no new posts. Thank you for all of your kind notes checking in on me. I can totally relate that checking certain blogs is part of my daily routine and when they are on a hiatus my day is thrown! It’s great to be back.
And with the time away, we’re due for a February review. Here’s everything we made.
No Bake Cheesecake / Blue Cheese Sausage Meatballs with Raspberry Glaze / Quick Baked Potatoes / Pear & Gorgonzola Galette
Classic Muffins / Lemon Poppyseed Muffins / Blueberry Muffins / Chocolate Chip Muffins / Banana Walnut Muffins
Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips / Strawberry Fruit Salsa / Stromboli
Oscars this Sunday! Oscars this Sunday!
Those exclamations betray my true level of involvement. I’m not very in touch with Hollywood. Of the many movies nominated in various categories, I’ve seen a grand total of five. And four of those five are only nominees for visual effects (Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit, Iron Man 3, and The Lone Ranger.) Regardless, we make a predictions sheet, assign some points to categories, and there you have it we’ve made a game out of it. Kind of like a pre-March Madness thing for thespians that is done in one night.
Last year, David trounced me. He researches who is favored to win. I vote with my heart (whatever that means). My picks for the big categories:
Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave (This or American Hustle, I think. And American Hustle is too star-studded and kind of expected, so I hope for 12 Years to take it.)
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club (Alright, alright.)
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine (The only other nominated movie I’ve seen. And Lady Galadriel rocked it out!)
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club (I want to vote for Jonah Hill, but my head won’t let me. I want to beat Dave. Maybe I don’t vote with my heart after all.)
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle (People can’t get enough of this woman. I feel like it’s really assumed she’ll win, so an upset would be exciting. I like Lupita Nyong’o. That’s based only on her fashion choices because that’s all I know about her.)
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity (Whatever!)
We like pizza night. And Dave might like calzone night even better. But, I think the fastest of all might be stromboli night. Calzones are involved to prep, which is fun if it’s one of those friday night-type deals where making the dinner is also part of the entertainment. If you don’t have time for a homemade calzone right now and haven’t tried a stromboli – it’s time.
2 pounds pizza dough
6 slices salami
6 slices pepperoni
1 and 1/2 cups mozzarella
Pizza sauce for dipping
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll dough into a large rectangle. Arrange salami, pepperoni, and mozzarella inside.
Roll dough into a log. Pinch and tuck the sides underneath the rest of the roll. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- 2 pounds pizza dough
- 6 slices salami
- 6 slices pepperoni
- 1 and ½ cups mozzarella
- Olive oil
- Pizza sauce for dipping
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Roll dough into a large rectangle.
- Arrange salami, pepperoni, and mozzarella inside.
- Roll dough into a log. Pinch and tuck the sides underneath the rest of the roll.
- Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
With the dead of winter starting to get to me, I had to shake off the snow and make this fruit salsa (if of course, you kind find some strawberries that aren’t entirely white in the middle!) This is a light and fresh snack that is the perfect amount of sweet served on yesterday’s cinnamon sugar tortilla chips.
STRAWBERRY FRUIT SALSA
Makes about 3 cups
2 green apples, peeled and diced
1/2 lemon, juiced and zested
2 kiwis, peeled and diced
1 pound strawberries, de-stemed and diced
1/2 pound raspberries
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Stir together apples, lemon juice and lemon zest to prevent browning. Add kiwis, strawberries, raspberries, and brown sugar. Mix well and serve on cinnamon sugar tortilla chips.
STRAWBERRY FRUIT SALSA
- 2 green apples, peeled and diced
- ½ lemon, juiced and zested
- 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
- 1 pound strawberries, de-stemed and diced
- ½ pound raspberries
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Stir together apples, lemon juice and lemon zest to prevent browning.
- Add kiwis, strawberries, raspberries, and brown sugar.
- Mix well and serve on cinnamon sugar tortilla chips.
Adapted from Spend with Pennies.