Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas Eve, Eve!

Morning people! I actually woke up before 10 today! Gettin' my day started with a few phone calls from friends was nice. One from one of my best buddies in Sedona, AZ, and one from my long time friend Chris here in TX. We have big plans for this evening! Chris and I used to run around together in college when he was Rodeo buddies with a guy I used to hang out with in high school. Turns out, Chris and I got along a lot better than my high school friend and we kept in touch over the years. He is picking me up this afternoon and carting me over to Ft. Worth for a night of drinkin' and dancin' at the Ft. Worth Stockyards. Quite possibly my favorite place to go dancing in the world! Click HERE to check it out. I am so excited!
Needless to say we wont be driving back to Dallas tonight, so Chris will drive me home in the morning, then it's time to get things ready for christmas eve bbq dinner! :) Oh, today's lunch fare: Mini Deep Dish Pizzas.
Once again, a pack of crescent rolls. Some pre-made pizza sauce. I use the kind in a squeeze bottle. Some FRESH mozzarella. Mini pepperonis Shredded cheese. (your choice) Just smash out the crescents in the muffin tin. It won't be pretty. Who cares? Squirt about a tablespoon of sauce in the cups. Sprinkle as many pepperonis as you want on the sauce. Top with a nice slice of mozz. Sprinkle with the cheese blend. Pop in the oven at 350 for like 15-20 mins, just like the casserole from yesterday. You don't have to worry about the center being cold because I took them out when the edges of the crescents got brown and the cheese on the edges were crispy and the center was like MAGMA! Enjoy!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Suzy Homemaker.

I tend to get in the baking/cooking mood when I come home. This trip is no different! (Not to mention my new obsession, )

I created a baked potato casserole today out of some leftover mashed potatoes I found in the freezer. Super easy.

I had about a cup of mashed potatoes, maybe a little more.
Half a cup of shredded cheese.
2 big thick cut strips of bacon, cooked.
Half a can of reduced fat crescent rolls. (Reduced fat. LOL why??? Who knows.)
I chopped up the bacon and mixed the potatoes and cheese in with them.

Preheat your oven to 350, not 375 like it says on the rolls. I did this because I was worried about the crescents being cooked and the potatoes being cold because those little guys bake up so fast.

Line a little greased baking dish with Crescent rolls. Plop in the potato mixture. I left enough crescent rolls hanging over the edges to bring them over the the top about an inch all the way around. Then I sprinkled some more cheese all over the top and edges of the crescents. Put it in the oven for about 20 mins, just watch it, when the top of the crescents get nice and brown and the cheese on the edges are crispy, it's done!

This is what it looks like. And it was freaking delicious. 
The only thing that I suggest is that you warm the potato mixture on the stove before putting it in to the crust. Mine was hot as hell on the edges and just warm in the center. Which was ok with me because I was starving. I think warming it before hand will eliminate the temp difference.  Other than that, it was great!

I am still laying low at home. I didn't even get out of my pj's today. It was awesome. I love vacation. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas to me!

It's official! I am home in Dallas, TX for Christmas! I flew in last night at 9:30pm. My brother picked me up and immediately took me to Taco Bell, then home to my parent's house. It's pretty chilly... it was 36 degrees this morning... Whew! Yesterday was my 29th birthday, so Jeff is taking me out for drinks some time while I'm in town but I was so exhausted yesterday I didn't feel up to it. Maybe tonight but I'm still tired. Mom even put the tree up for the first time in 3 or 4 years. :) YAY! Merry Christmas y'all!