Monday, July 25, 2011

Birthday Girl

One decade old:

She went out to eat with her grandparents.

Yummy cheesecake!

Yummy strawberry shortcake!

I wish I could've helped eat that dessert. What wonderful memories she made with her grandparents.

My Shadow . . .

for posterity

Friday, July 15, 2011

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

My children loved these delicious rolls for lunch, and we had fun making them, too.

Here's the recipe for the pizza dough, but you could buy it already made.
3 c flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. olive oil (or cooking oil)
1 c warm water
1 pkg. quick activated yeast
1 tsp. sugar (optional, but we used it)

Dissolve yeast in warm water and add teaspoon of sugar, stir until dissolved. Add this to flour, salt and oil. Stir until well blended. Knead dough for 5 minutes, then let rise covered for 20 minutes in a warm place.

After crust has time to rise a little, form crust for pizza on a greased cookie sheet. Use your pizza cutter to cut the dough into squares. In a small bowl combine 1 tsp. of garlic powder, 1 stick of soft butter and 1 Tbsp of Parmesan cheese. Spread garlic mixture over the rolled out dough squares. (Save the extra mixture for garlic bread on spaghetti night.) Layer pepperoni slices (We used turkey pepperoni.) and mozzarella cheese on each square. Of course, you could be creative with anything else you want to insert in the roll.

Fold up the corners and pinch closed.

Bake in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 15 minutes. Let cool and eat. We made 8 rolls with this recipe. Yummy!

Looking back I think it would taste nice with a little Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top of the dough, but my children said not to change a thing.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Resting before the Party

How in the world does he sleep like that?
It looks like it might hurt, but they are perfectly content.

The Party: Milkshakes with Friends
We had a ball.

Monday, July 4, 2011

July 4th, 2011

More photos as promised:

This one was found in the middle of an "electrical farm."

May America make God our Lord.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Patriotism Alive and Well

Over the next couple of days we will post evidence that patriotism is still alive in the United States of America.

As we rally round the flag let us never forget the cost of freedom.
The Concord Hymn
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set today a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.

May America bless God!

Birthday Lunch

Wish I could say I made it, but I didn't. No recipe today, folks. The best part about this is, if you think you would like to eat this, too, you can get it at Red Robin. Grandmom and Grandpop spoil the birthday girl.

I tried to spoil her as well, but you tell me which dessert you would pick?
The chocolate wave (below) or apple crisp (above). Answer truthfully, I promise I won't get upset.