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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Pepperoni Pizza Pull- Apart Bread

So... I was checking out a bunch of party links and I came across a recipe for Pepperoni Pizza Pull Apart Bread from Just A Taste. It looked awesome! Like make-your-mouth-water & your-stomach-growl awesome. I've seen several variations of the pull apart breads - from savory to sweet - and decided it was time to check this stuff out!

Mine didn't end up being quite so  pull-apart-y, but it still tasted awesome. There are a few things I would do a little differently next time, like it says to roll out your dough, put all your toppings on, and then trim your dough into straight edges, discarding the scraps. I'd rather trim my dough first, then put on my toppings so I'm not wasting toppings on pieces I'm throwing away. It's not a lot, but still, I'd rather trim first and then top. Right?
I used pepperoni, pepper jack, mozzarella cheese and black olives.

Then you cut your dough into strips, stack your strips and cut those into even squares. I found it a little tricky to stack my strips, so my pieces don't look the prettiest in the pan. They're kinda ploppy-loppy. That's my word for plopped in and lopsided. LOL

It has a short rise time at this stage, then you bake it. Half way through baking, you slather on some garlic butter. Mmmm.... it smells so good, you just want it to be done right now! But, soon it is....

See, it's not real separated, more like a loaf. But dang, it tastes delish!

And you still get to pull it apart!

Have you made any pull-apart breads? If so, do you have a savory or sweet preference?

Check out the full recipe at Just A Taste!

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Quick & Easy {No Yeast} Cinnamon Rolls

Personally, for breakfast I'm not a sweet eater. I like my eggs & potatoes. But, my family loves cinnamon rolls and for the convenience of having them, I occasionally buy the Pillsbury/store ones. It seems lately that whenever my kids want them, I don't have any and they don't have the patience for me to make the usual homemade ones. Alas, I finally came across a recipe on food.com that said they'd be ready in under and hour, and after reading all the numerous comments, I took into consideration the ones that I thought would be worthwhile and came up with a version of the recipe that sounded good. But, I was wrong. They ended up being soooo good! They are almost like a pastry as they practically melt in your mouth! This will definitely be my go-to recipe for my kids "on demand" cinnamon rolls. I'm going to try and freeze some to keep on hand and see how they hold up. I will update you later on that one.

Like the post name indicates, there is no yeast involved, no rise time. So, these come together to be oven ready in however long it takes you to measure up your ingredients, combine them and roll the dough out! I didn't get many pictures because it does go fast....

The dough is somewhat sticky, so make sure you use lots of flour when rolling out your dough. Roll up tightly on the long side. You can see some chunks in my filling, I sprinkled some Heath bits on top. Next time I'd use mini chocolate chips. 

I had to dig around in 2 different bathrooms before I found some dental floss that was plain and not mint to cut my rolls. Using floss really helps for a clean cut and they don't get squished like when using a knife. I got 9 regular sized cinnamon rolls out of this recipe and a few "ends" that I just threw in there too. 

Just whip up the glaze as they bake for 20 minutes and you have some absolutely delish cinnamon rolls! Mmmmm... don't they look great?

After cooling a few minutes, drizzle with glaze... and prepare to amaze! ;)

Quick & Easy {No Yeast} Cinnamon Rolls (printable version)

1 cup brown sugar
4 tbsp softened butter
3 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 F. Combine all and mix well in a small bowl. Sprinkle approx 1/4-1/2 of the filling in the bottom of a pan (I used an 11x7 glass pan).
2 cups bread flour
2 tbsp sugar
3 tsp baking powder
shake of salt
1 egg
3 tbsp softened butter
3/4 cup milk

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl. (I used my KitchenAid mixer.) Add egg and mix well. Cut butter in, mixing well and gradually add milk until mixed well. Transfer dough to a well floured work surface and roll out into a rectangle. Spread remaining filling over the dough and roll up tightly on the long side. Using plain dental floss, cut your rolls into approx 1/2"-1" rolls, depending how many you want and how big. (I did mine about 1"). Set into your pan close together. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool about 5 minutes before glazing. You can use any recipe for a general glaze or the one below.

1 cup powdered sugar
1/8 cup milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract

Combine all ingredients until you reach your desired consistency, adjusting as you go along. Drizzle over slightly cooled rolls.

Enjoy!! The roll on the left is the one that is inverted from being on top of the filling in the bottom of the pan. The one on the right is right side up. Are you drooling? ;)

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Clipboard Photo Displays

My daughter and I recently did our basement living room area makeover on the cheap - like under $125. Our basement walls have dark paneling so we wanted to paint it and make it brighter down there. So after painting, we needed to have some decor (which up to this point has been pretty much non-existent), and I had come across a post for these DIY photo clipboards from Love Grows Wild. I thought it would be a good way to take up a lot of room on an empty wall since I could do the 3 kids and one of my hubby and I. Another thing that appealed to me is how easy it is to change the photo since I do like to change pics of my kids frequently.  LGW had done hers in all stained wood, but after just getting rid of all the wood look, I decided to paint mine the same color that we had painted an accent wall. I am really pleased with how they turned out! Even my hubby, who doesn't really comment a whole lot on my projects, really liked these. I did do 4 painted and 2 stained. I like the look of them both! I will find a home for the stained ones other than the basement.

I went to my local Home Depot (I'm sure Lowe's or Menards would have the same) and picked out a 1x12x6 board of better pine that was just a little over $6. I kindly asked the lumber guy to cut the board for me into 6 equal pieces. That was so handy! (another reason my hubby liked them so well - because it wasn't him that had to cut the wood!) 

Then I stopped at Hobby Lobby and bought the clipboard clips. They can be found in the scrapbooking section. They were $5.99 but 50% off at the time, but you can always use a 40% coupon if they aren't on sale. They look like this and come in a package of 12:

I had my paint, my pre-stain/stain/conditioner and foam brushes already at home. I also planned to use my soda can tab as my method of hanging it, and I wasn't convinced of her way of super gluing the clips on - in my opinion that just doesn't seem like it would hold very long, especially if I plan to frequently open them up to change the pictures. So, I scoured my hubby's workroom for some screws and came up with some small enough to fit the holes. 

So I first sanded down my boards and the edges where the lumber guy cut. 

 Then I painted 2 coats (for the stained ones I did a coat of conditioner, 2 coats of stain and then the finish.)

After my paint was dry, I sanded down the edges to look a little worn. I did the same with the stained boards.

Then I measured the center of the top for the hanger. I used an upholstery tack (that I already had) to affix the tab, using a hammer to securely pound it in.

Then I measured 1" from the top and marked at 3.5" and 7.5" for the 2 clips and screwed those in. 

Now I was ready to clip my photos on and hang up!

The wall above the couch....

The project total cost for out of pocket:

1"x12"x6' board (into 6 pieces) $6.13
Pkg of 12 clips $3.00
6- 8x10 reprints from Sam's Club $8.96
No expense for paint, stain, sandpaper, soda tabs, screws, foam brushes & upholstery tacks. 
Total: $18.09 divided by 6 boards = $3.02 each.  

Wow, what a great gift to make someone too!

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