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From Me to You with Love

Happy Valentine’s Day my loves!  If you’re celebrating with a significant other tonight, enjoy! If not, I hope you plan on doing what I am and treating yourself to a delicious dinner of some sort and a glass of wine.  Said delicious dinner has not yet been decided on, but fear not it will be fantastic.  I finally got my shit together, so here’s the recipe I said I was going to post yesterday.  Whining about Live Fit shall resume tomorrow.

When I was younger, one of my favorite after school snacks was pizza rolls; or pizza bagels, or really anything that resembled pizza. Also, if we’re being completely honest with one another there were a few years there in college when I lived off the super sized bags of Totino’s Pizza Rolls.  Anyway, now, I couldn’t tell you the last time I picked up a box of those delicious goodies as they’re not really helpful to my ever permanent fight with my jeans to fit.

However, after my sister’s visit I was left with a plethora of ingredients that included turkey pepperoni, mozzarella, pizza sauce, and wonton wrappers, and I thought to myself, “I bet I can make my own damn pizza rolls.”  So make my own damn pizza rolls I did, and it was easy, delicious, and I’m guessing a lot more kind to my hips, thighs, and ass.

The process was relatively simple, and the only real tips I would offer up are to make sure the sides of your rolls are sealed really well so the sauce doesn’t explode out, and maybe chop the pepperoni a little smaller and DON’T OVERFILL.  This recipe made 24 pizza rolls, and I’m not going to tell you how many I ate between Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening.

Better than Your Favorite Frozen Pizza Rolls
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese
20ish Turkey Pepperoni
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp Basil
1/4 tsp Oregano
Pinch of Pepper
1/8 cup Parmesan Cheese
24 Wonton Wrappers
Small cup of water

Preheat oven to 450 degrees, and line a baking sheet with foil/parchment paper and spray with non stick spray.  In a large bowl add the sauce, mozzarella cheese, and spices.  Cut the pepperoni into quarters (or even smaller bite size pieces) and add to the bowl.  Stir to mix all the ingredients together.  Place a small spoonful of the mixture into the middle of the wonton wrapper, wet a finger and trace a line on three corners.  Fold the wonton wrapper in half connecting the dry corners to the corners you just wet.  The water acts like a glue and seals the wonton together.  Place the rolls onto your prepared cookie sheet, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and mist with cooking spray.  These will cook for 20-25 minutes depending on your oven.

I’d tell you to wait and let them cool so you don’t scald your mouth, but I think such a warning would be pointless.  So just enjoy the shit out of them and deal with the burnt mouth later.  Smooches!

Another Day Inside

Well I was seriously hoping for a delayed opening today, but the freezing rain the news was calling for didn’t really end up freezing on anything so here I am, on time.  As you already know, my weekend was completely uneventful and spent in my house crafting.  I am a nerd.

Yesterday was also spent in the house, only instead of making crafts, I made food.  First on the agenda was Egg Muffins for breakfasts this week.  Since the holidays I’d kind of gotten away from preparing all my meals and was frequenting the omelet station in the cafeteria all too often.  I made my Egg Muffins the exact same way I made my Egg Bake, just in a muffin tin instead of casserole dish.

First order of business was to cook up the 10 pieces of bacon and chop up the garlic and peppers.  Once the peppers were diced nice and small I added them to the bowl where I had 10 eggs whisked and waiting.

I cut the bacon up put the pieces in the bottom of the muffin tin.  I only meant to do 10, but apparently I forgot how to count, so there’s 11.  This ended up working out fine, because I had enough egg mixture to fill 11.

Two pieces of sharp cheddar on top of the bacon, then I scooped the egg mixture on top.  The cooked at 325 for 20 minutes and puffed up and overflowed nicely.

An easy and delicious breakfast to get me through the week!  After my breakfasts were prepared, I also made dinner for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  I picked up the ingredients for sausage, onions, and peppers last week at the store, so that’s what was on the menu.  I made it the exact same way as I posted here, except I kept the chicken sausages whole and ate a nice crusty sandwich.  Delicious.

Alright, well try to have a good Monday!  I can’t believe it’s already the end of January.

Taking Advantage of DC

Yesterday, in an effort to have a productive Sunday, Adrienne and I decided to take full advantage of the things DC has to offer and once again hopped on the metro and headed into the city.  Three stops later we were at our destination and braving the rainy gray day to head to the Newseum.

As a former Journalism major in college, I was totally geeking out with excitement over this.  The Newseum has been on my list of places to visit in DC since I found out it existed.  It totally lived up to my expectations, and we spent almost four hours exploring the six floors.  With exhibits featuring 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina I found myself choked up with emotion, and having to hold back tears.  Then there was the Sports Photography exhibit with featured photos by Walter looss that made me want to break out my camera and really learn how to take pictures.  I could have spent hours in the News History Gallery with the collections of historic magazines and newspaper stories.  I almost shelled out $40 for the hardcover book featuring every photo to ever win the Pulitzer Prize after exploring the gallery.  The Newseum has officially become my favorite museum, and I can’t wait to go back again.

East German Guard Tower from the Berlin Wall exhibit

West German side of the Berlin Wall, the East German side was completely blank

Great quote

Wall of 9/11 Front Page Stories

Part of the satellite tower that fell

Awesome quote in the 9/11 exhibit

Seriously recommend checking out this museum if you are ever in DC, there is so much to read and see and it is so interesting.  In fact, if you’re in town and going, invite me!  I want to go back!  After our day at The Newseum, Adrienne and I made our way back to the metro, Newseum umbrella souvenirs in hand (the rain really picked up while we were inside) and then it was over to the grocery store to do our shopping for the week.  When we finally got home, I got right to business in the kitchen making some dinner for the two of us.  My favorite, Parmesan Crusted Chicken stuffed with Asparagus and Mozzarella Cheese with a Lemon Poppy Seed Sauce.

brocoli and Rice Au Gratin

So good and a perfect Sunday night meal to end the weekend.  After dinner I sat on the couch with a glass of wine, in front of the fire, watching White Christmas.  It was a fantastic weekend in VA and DC and I can’t wait until the next one!  Also, I found out I got into the DC Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, so it looks like I officially have another race to look forward to and train for 🙂  Who else is running?!

I woke up this morning to a dusting of snow covering the grass and cars, it was so pretty!  I also am completely scatter brained today and left my work computer sitting in my living room.  Luckily I have training from 1-5 pm today and there is a computer I can use until then.  Sigh, haha, one day I’ll get it together.  Happy Monday!