Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dinner and Dessert Idea

Calzones

There are so many different possibilities when it comes to making fillings for calzones. At first I was going to lay out the ingredients and let each family member make their own. Instead I just made 4 calzones with different fillings that we could all share.

The Crust - this was a pretty good recipe although I might try a different recipe next time. You can use any kind of pizza dough.
1 T yeast
1 T sugar
1 C warm water
1/4 C olive oil
1 t salt
3 C flour
Mix yeast, sugar and warm water and let stand for 5-10 minutes. Add 1/4 C olive oil and mix together. Add salt and flour and mix well. Add flour 1 T at a time until dough is no longer sticky (I didn't need to add any additional flour). Cover and let rise for 1 hour. Punch down, divide into four sections. On a floured surface, roll each section into an 8 inch circle. Spoon filling onto one half of circle. Fold dough over filling and pinch to close and seal calzone. Transfer to cookie sheet that is covered with cornmeal, flour, greased or I used parchment paper. Brush with egg wash (one egg, whisked). Bake at 400-450 degrees for 20-30 minutes until browned.

Filling ideas: Below are the four fillings I used. The recipes aren't exact because I just kind of improvised. But the options are almost endless and there are a ton of ideas online - BBQ chicken, Parmesan chicken, broccoli and cheese, philly steak, etc.

Pepperoni and Cheese (for the kids): tomato sauce (I just used store bought spaghetti sauce), mozzarella cheese and pepperoni

Spinach (my favorite): spinach and garlic (sauteed in olive oil until wilted); mix with ricotta cheese and 1 egg, salt and pepper

Ham and Swiss: ham, garlic, swiss cheese and tomatoes (next time I will leave out the tomatoes)

Combination: tomato sauce, pepperoni, peppers, onions, tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella cheese


And for dessert...
Banana Cream Pie from the Lion House Bakery cookbook. I tried this last night. It was quite a bit of work but totally worth it! I also hate to admit that I abandoned making homemade pie crusts as soon as my mom introduced me to the Marie Callendar frozen pie crusts. So I cheated in that regard.

My friend's lovely blog gives great instructions. Including this great idea: instead of putting bananas in the pie where they inevitably turn brown - just make a cream pie and at the time of serving, slice bananas on the top with a dollop of whipped cream. Yummy!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Parting With a Little Piece of History...

Anyone who has known us over the course of our married lives has no doubt been introduced somewhere along the way to "the entertainment center". Wes built it about 13 years ago, shortly before we moved to Pennsylvania. It was his pride and joy and he couldn't resist showing it off to visitors. Who could blame him? Solid wood, pocket doors, adjustable shelves, etc. It was pretty impressive. It has been in every home/apartment that we have ever lived in - and often a conversation piece. It has served us well.

But the time has come to say farewell to Weston's creation. As we enter the world of flat screens - the piece doesn't work for us anymore. So as hard at it is for Wes to part with it - the time has come. So we took some pictures and shared some memories. Just this evening it was picked up for the school garage sale fundraiser. Wes sadly said, "Well...that's the end of that."

This is the center piece:



These are the shelves that went on either side:


It's ok if you want to laugh. Our entertainment center was a joke among many of our friends. I think they were just jealous!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Looking Back....April 2004

We were enjoying the balmy climate of the "Bay Area." Three yound kids. One small apartment. And our Russain friend named Nika.





Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Introducing....

Our newest addition:
Shakira!
She's a 5 foot long Red Tailed Boa Constrictor. Our neighbors are moving and needed to give her up. We never thought we would own a pet like this but when the opportunity presented itself we felt like we couldn't pass it up!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Interesting...

I have a sitemeter on my blog that I check occasionally. It's kind of silly because I have so few readers but I did recently discover something kind of interesting. Of course most entries into my site come through my blog address. Besides that, there are 3 blog posts that attract at least 2-3 hits every day.

By far I get the most hits on the post I did on Tasha Tudor.

In second place is my post I did on the Craftsman 8/26 - the industrial sized snowblower we inherited from Weston's grandpa. It was meant to be a joke but a couple of commenters actually thanked me for posting instructions!

In third place is my post on Addie's school project Shoes Around the World.

Nothing really exciting about this post but I thought it was interesting! Thanks for letting me share.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Milestones

Some exciting things have been happening around our house lately...

No more training wheels!

Lost another tooth

Big girl bed

Hopefully the last time I have to train someone to use this!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Eggs

Continuing our annual family tradition, here are our decorated Easter eggs for 2010.
My dad even joined in the fun
A cartoon face and a beehive (commemorating her entrace into Beehives)
An Advil tablet and Yoda
A painted egg and a princess
Her very first egg!
My night sky
Papa's bikini babe jumping off the diving board


You can see past eggs HERE and HERE.