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Epic Fail Fall Cake

Epic Fall Cake

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It all began when I was perusing the Martha Stewart dessert site and I spotted the most colorful cake I had ever seen. It was called the Super Epic Rainbow Cake.

Of course in true Krista fashion I decided immediately I was going to make this super epic cake but with the colors of fall instead of rainbow colors. What better way to begin the season than with a super epic cake? That’s what I told Arielle and she replied, “but you don’t like cake. Maybe you should make recipes you want to eat.” Nah, someone will eat my cake, the fun is in the challenge of making it. That’s what I thought.

I watched Martha’s video. I went to Whisk’s Kid’s page and printed out her directions. Then I went to Publix and bought all the ingredients. Did you ever have one of those days where you felt like everything you did ended up in frustration and there’s really no reason for it? You woke up perfectly happy but as the days events unfold you realize you would have been better off sitting on the couch reading a book. Labor Day was one of those days for me. I woke early and worked on my new blog with Eric. We sat for hours trying to design the header and it wasn’t happening. We discovered we both need to improve our visual spatial intelligence. When given all the tools and skills to decorate, we have trouble seeing where everything should go. Finally, we decided it was time to walk away from the computer and we went to our separate gyms to run and refocus.

As soon as I got on the treadmill, a man I hadn’t seen in a long time came over to talk to me. I didn’t want to be rude, so I took out my earphones. He decided I was going to be his sounding board for all that is wrong in politics. I hate talking politics. I also dislike constant complaining. The negativity that surrounds a barrage of complaints permeates through my skin to my heart and feels like a weight bringing me down. This man wouldn’t stop so I added two sentences to show him I wasn’t going to join in in his bashing, blaming session. Two calm nonchalant sentences meant to show him that not everyone thinks the way he does. Suddenly, a loud voice to my right startled me. A stranger who was listening from the treadmill near me, loudly spoke up after hearing what I said. He was one angry, angry individual who needed to run on that treadmill instead of walk in order to get rid of all his hostility. I had that jumpy energy surge through my body, I smiled, threw my hands up in the air and gave a little speech about how I came to the gym to work out and I certainly didn’t want to upset anyone… everyone is entitled to their own opinions… blah, blah, blah. Meanwhile I’m thinking, how is this happening? What a day I’m having. I just want to run three miles and then make my epic cake.

Now, since I had trouble visualizing exactly what I wanted on the new header of my blog, I decided to use colored pencils to design the layers of my fall cake.

A good example of someone lacking visual spatial intelligence. (I'm no artist.)

Arielle and and her friend chose the winning color combination. Even though I was still feeling a lingering uneasiness about my day, I decided to stick to my original plan. It was around four pm. when I pulled out all the ingredients.

White Cake Ingredients from a coconut cake recipe... See Whisk Kids recipe

If you want to make the epic rainbow cake, click on Whisk Kids link above. She’s already listed all the steps. I’ll show you some of my pictures.

Maroon 5 is on the radio and I'm dancing and mixing.

I can alternate flour and milk while mixing and taking pictures. I rock!

Do I really need to line all the pans with parchment paper? Nah, that's a pain. I'll experiment and try three with and three without.

Look at all the colors of fall. This cake is going to be epic for sure.

This is awesome! I can't wait to make one of these with Valentine's Day colors.

O magazine had an interesting article on intuition last month. I read it. Did I listen when my little voice told me something was wrong. Nope. Did you spot it yet? This could be like Where’s Waldo of cooking. Where’s Krista’s mistake?

There are absolutely no egg yolks in that egg white mixture. And there was absolutely no swearing during the separation of egg whites and yolks.

Lots-o-butter!

It was around this time that I decided to take a little break and eat a tofu burrito from Moe’s.  When I returned to my baking, I was elated because my frosting went from soupy to fluffy.

Putting it all together. Hey, this looks more like a pancake than a cake.

This is when I knew. I had a sinking feeling that the mistake I made could not be undone. The cakes were not fully cooked – possibly not edible. My instinct told me to insert a toothpick and see if the batter was still sticky… I ignored it. I had cooked the cakes five minutes longer than the recipe stated. I assumed they appeared small because I had separated the batter. Opps. There was no turning back. The cake could still look pretty.

Or Not!

Note to self... self, make sure there are equal amounts of frosting in between the layers.

Whatever you do, please don’t click over to Whisk Kids page and compare our cake frosting skills.

Unless you feel like laughing.

It was ten pm. and the cake was finally done. Yep, I spent six hours baking and taking pictures of my Epic (Fail) Fall Cake. The family gathered together and Eric assured me that I was worrying for nothing. (Nice supportive husband.) Then he took a bite and said “oh.” Not what I wanted to hear after six hours in the kitchen. Soon, laughter followed.

Laughter...

Laughter...

And more laughter.

Our cat, Edison, literally made a face and ran away when Arielle offered him a piece of my cake. That’s what sent everyone into hysterics – including me.

I had great expectations on Labor Day for how my blog header was going turn out, going to the gym and making a fabulous cake. None of those expectations came to fruition. The only thing left to do was laugh at myself and know that tomorrow’s another day. And understand that I should stick with boxed cake mixes and canned frosting if I want to make a cake in under six hours. Oh, there will be another six layer cake. I’m determined that way… I’m thinking cream cheese frosting with my favorite football team’s colors. All I need is a favorite football team… Philadelphia Eagles or maybe Miami Dolphins?

Congratulations to Lisa! She won the drawing for last weeks giveaway. You’ll also be happy to know that the new blog design is almost complete. We’ve been working on it every evening and stretching our visual spatial intelligence. Feel free to let me know if you try this recipe and have more success than me. By the way, you don’t need to use parchment paper. Crisco will work just fine.

Great Labor Day Dessert!

Yum diddy, Yum diddy, Yum, Yum, Yum!

Here is the perfect dessert to bring to a Labor Day picnic. I was exaggerating a bit in the last post when I said I could eat the whole pan. It seems I had forgotten just how big and heavy the pan was.

It’s called the Democratic Dessert. It has another name, BTS. The B and the T stand for Better Than and I’ll let you guess what the S stands for. If you’re thinking squash, you’re right-absolutely right. (I’m shaking my head no as I type.)

Before I get to the ingredients, I’ll give you a couple Labor Day facts so you can impress everyone at the picnic. The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday September 5, 1882 in New York City. By 1885 Labor Day was celebrated across the country. Then on June 28th 1894 Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday. It was to be celebrated the first Monday of each September with families gathering for speeches, parades and chocolate pie eating contests. Okay, I added the chocolate. The speeches and parades part was true.

Ingredients:
1 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Butter
1 Cup Chopped Pecans
8 Ounces Cream Cheese
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
Lg. Cool Whip
Med. Cool Whip
2 3oz. Boxes Chocolate Pudding
4 Cups Milk (Use to make pudding)
Glazed Pecans, Coconut, M&M’s, (Whatever you want to sprinkle on top. The possibilities are endless… jimmies, chocolate bits, crumbled Oreos…

Step 1: Make the pudding. I haven’t made pudding from the box in years and when I saw how much pudding comes from two little boxes, I realized I’ve been spending too much on those little convenient plastic containers.

Add some gummi worms and crushed Oreos and it's a bowl-o-dirt!

Step 2: Mix the chopped pecans, butter and flour together.

Step 3: Press the mixture in a thin layer on the bottom of a 9×13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Step 4: Mix the cream cheese and powdered sugar together and then fold in the large container of Cool Whip.

Step 5: Pour all that sugary deliciousness onto the cooled crust.

Step 6: Add the chocolate pudding. I happen to notice on my scribbled recipe from who knows when, that I had written mix two and half cups of milk with the two boxes of pudding. Hmm. It was too late. I thought I was being super organized and I made the pudding ahead of time with four cups of milk. I can tell you the four cups worked fine but it’s probably even more chocolatey with two and half cups.

Step 7: As I gazed upon this masterpiece, I had a moment of brilliance. If I only had some Butterfinger pieces or chopped up Toblerone, I’d add it on top of the chocolate pudding for pure texture satisfaction. Smooth with a bit a crunch. Alas, my cupboard was bare of candy bars so I reached for the last container of Cool Whip. (Med. sized) Spread it on top and sprinkled glazed pecans from end to end.

Yummy Desserts

Check this article out on my new blog instead.

Looking for a tasty summer dessert for this weekend? Why not try Kiefer’s?

Peach ginger shortbread topped with melba sauce and homemade whipped cream

If you’re keeping up with the celebrity competition, I believe it’s a tie between Brad Pitt and Kiefer Sutherland. I counted votes from Facebook as well as comments from previous posts. Okay, I’ll spill the beans, Kiefer is my husband Eric and he’s making the shortbread again next weekend. Yipee! Lucky me. If you’re in the Cape, stop by, I’ll share. Maybe.

The rest of the celebrities true husband identities must remain hidden to protect them from husbands who don’t cook. As for Eric, well he’s been getting pretty buff lately. I’m sure he’ll be fine. In fact when I told him I was turning him into Kiefer Sutherland for my posts, he gave me his wry little smile and said, “I can take him.” To which I replied, “I’m sure you can, honey.” Have you seen 24?

Back to the desserts. Brad Pitt wowed us with two incredible peach desserts. There was the souffle.

Peach souffle with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce

And introducing: Gare Bears Peach Cobbler Wedges.

Gare Bear's Peach Cobbler Wedges with vanilla ice-cream

When I asked Brad how he made them, he rattled off ingredients and steps (many steps) so fast I didn’t get it all down. I do know the recipe included eggs, flour, cinnamon sugar, and panko bread crumbs. It was the perfect combination of warm, cold, and crunchy. Boy, I would make a terrific food critic!

Well, when John Travolta saw three desserts sitting in front of him he decided to throw in the towel. He was out of the competition. Ashton Kutcher refused to give up and presented us with peach cake and homemade whipped cream.

I believe I listened to the words “I’m so full” about a hundred million times. We glanced at the clock and realized we had been eating for four hours! Suddenly, there was a scratching at the door. Our host went to investigate and returned with the clean-up crew.

Peachy and Keen

Surprise, their names aren’t really Peachy and Keen. I write fiction in my spare time. But I won’t be writing any fiction this weekend because I’ll be too busy dancing and celebrating the fact that school starts on Monday. Just kidding. I love having my kids at home. This weekend I’ll be sitting on a bench in the shade while the rest of my family rides Sheikra, Gwazi, Kumba, and some new Cheetah ride at Busch Gardens. This blog mama does not do rollercoasters.

Have a wonderful weekend and if you see a post you enjoy, please share it with your friends.

Peachy Entrees

According to the comment section of the previous post, John Travolta and Brad Pitt are tied for first place. But take a peek at what Ashton Kutcher made for his main course.

Bronzed Blackened Grouper

Georgia peaches and vidalia onions

Lemon butter sauce

Put it all together on a bed of mashed potatoes, add some crab meat and Voila!

Brad Pitt appeared and held a piece of chicken in my face. Brad is known for his teasing ways. (I’m vegetarian) I shook my head and he smiled. It was pseudo chicken!

pseudo chicken

Brad made a pseudo chicken fajita which gave him about a hundred trillion extra points from the judge with the blog.

Peachy fajita with vegetarian chicken

John Travolta spent the morning fishing and showed up with this…

Fresh trout and some tilapia from Publix

Which he turned into this…

Fish topped with peach salsa.

Kiefer Sutherland created one of my favorite dishes. Salad! By the way, have you seen 24? I love it almost as much as salad.

Arugala, grilled peaches, sugared pecans, balsamic vinegarette with peaches and adobo sauce

Kiefer also cooked up some chipoltle glazed chicken for the carnivores in the group. I bet Jack Bauer is a carnivore.

Just when we all thought our bellies could fit no more, Brad Pitt presented us with something to clense our palates before dessert. I think this is my favorite picture. Click on it. It will make you say, “ooo, ahhh.” Or “Wow, I really want one of those.”

peach sorbet, vodka, peach schnapps, heavy cream, peach puree and a mint leaf

Wait, this is my favorite picture.

Painted by our host's mom

My next post will begin and end with dessert. I hope it’s your sweet day because they’re awesome!

Celebrity Iron Chef II – So Much Food!

It all began over drinks at Berts. Someone said, “let’s have another Iron Chef night.” And someone replied, “absolutely, great idea!” I believe those someones were the wives. Before the husbands had a chance to respond, we had chosen the secret ingredient, the host house, and the date. Each man was to create an appetizer, main dish and dessert that included peaches. The wives would taste and judge. From the opposite end of the table I heard a quiet voice say “don’t you think we should divide up the dishes, that’s a lot of food.” Nah. Guess what… it was A LOT of food! So much food that one wife found it necessary to brave the Florida mosquitos and go for a walk before dessert. Apparently, the smell of the souffle was too much for her full tummy to bear. She needed some fresh air.

The husbands were very competitive in the kitchen while the wives sat on their tushies, sipping their peachy drinks, discussing books, movies, and life. Since I’m really not sure how each husband feels about having his name revealed to millions and millions of readers, I’ve decided to give them each a celebrity name.  Also, we never did get around to the actual judging. I’ll leave that up to you. Peek at the pictures and leave a comment as to which dish makes your mouth water. If you want the actual recipes, let me know and I’ll have my agent call their agent, we’ll do lunch and I’m sure I can convince them to reveal their secret recipes. Although it may take a great deal of convincing from Brad Pitt who created his very own dessert from his peachy imagination. We named it Gare Bear’s Peach Cobbler Wedges. Wait till you see those pictures… in another post because I can’t possible fit all the dishes in this one.

Iron Chef II competitors: Brad Pitt, Ashton Kutcher, Kiefer Sutherland and John Travolta

The appetizers:

John served us a delicious grilled peach salad made of arugula with toasted pecans and grilled peaches topped with gorgonzola – except for one peach which had cheddar because John doesn’t like gorgonzola.

Brad went with a crepe filled with marscarpone, heavy cream and peach chutney – dusted with powdered sugar. On the side Grand Marnier peach syrup and sweet chocolate syrup.

Kiefer created cornbread triangles topped with sharp cheddar cheese, prosciutto and fresh peach chutney which included golden raisins and jalapenos. He left off the “Wilbur” for the vegetarians. Kiefer’s so thoughtful that way.

Ashton started out with a spinach salad with incredible candy cajun pecans, fresh peach slivers and an aged sherry vinegarette. Yum!

One last picture. This drink was Brad’s concoction. I have no idea what’s in it other than vodka, something peachy, and 7 Up. Brad kept walking around the table pouring and then disappearing into the kitchen and then he was back pouring again. Ashton took one sip and yelled, “that’s strong!” I was able to capture some of the pouring. Had to share.

Now can you see why the wives couldn’t vote? They were all spectacular. And that was nothing compared to the main dishes and dessert. To be continued…

Healthy Dinner For Tomorrow

For years I have been teased about my lack of skills in the kitchen. It’s really a simple matter of dislike. I dislike making the effort to prepare a meal when I’d be perfectly happy with a peanut butter apple, bowl of cereal or olives right from the can. Unfortunately, I’m the only one in my family who feels this way. They prefer hot meals. So my husband and I came to an agreement – he does most of the cooking and I do the dishes.

Imagine his surprise when he came home from work and saw me in the kitchen surrounded by ingredients, camera in hand. “I need more blog material. I’m making stuffed peppers but it may be awhile.” That was how I greeted him. He didn’t care. He gave the blog a big cheer and told me I really should include at least three recipes a week.

Turns out I had a wonderful time stopping and posing all of the ingredients, trying to get the perfect shot. However, it was a bit distracting. Dinner wasn’t ready until nine that night. Still everyone was smiling and not gagging after their first bite. Success!

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

  • 4-6 Bell Peppers
  • Yellow Onion
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • Baby Squash
  • 1 Cup Cooked Brown Rice
  • 1 Pound Soy Crumbles
  • 8 Ounces Tomato Sauce
  • 1-1/2 Cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Wash the peppers and slice off the top.

Dice the onion.

Put the squash inside the peppers for a creative photo. Don’t they look like they’re having a nice little conversation? “Do you think she knows what she’s doing?”  “No way, didn’t you notice? She cooked three cups of rice instead of one! I bet she’ll forget and add all three cups.”

Dice the squash and place them in a pan with the onion and garlic. Then add the rice. (One cup instead of three)

Okay, you can add the soy crumbles first and then add the rice. Basically, just mix it all together. Oh no, I forgot the vegetable broth… add that too.

And the tomato sauce.

Wait, that’s not tomato sauce. Oh, that’s when company showed up and I needed to add more crumbles. But I suggest you cook the crumbles in a second pan and then add them to your already cooked mixture. Notice the frozen crumbles on top. Oops! Take a deep breath, look out your kitchen window and say, “I can do this!” Then put on the theme from Rocky.

After everything is thoroughly cooked, fill the peppers and add cheese on top. Or if you want to get creative, layer the cheese in between the mixture. Bake for 35 minutes.

Guess what happens when you hold a camera up to a steaming pan? You get a mystical picture of stuffed peppers. I like the word mystical. It reminds me of a certain story…

Done diddy done, done, done! Wait! Go back! I forgot a step. You were supposed to whisk together some tomato sauce and vegetable broth in the bottom of the pan before you put the peppers in. I don’t think it really matters though. You could probably just stick the peppers right in there. Go ahead, give it a try.

When the peppers are complete and the family and company are all seated and ready to eat…

Make sure you take a picture of your cat, Hugo, because he’s just so cute.

Hmm, I wonder what I’ll cook next week?

Grandmom Keen’s Blueberry Buckle

Every day I think of my grandmother. A photograph will stir up a memory. Driving around the Cape I will see her favorite restaurants or the church that was her home away from home. Even though she has been gone for several years memories of the time we spent together fill me with a sense of loss that is soothed by love.

In a little green box tucked in the back of my kitchen cabinet are a collection of my grandmother’s hand-written recipes. Each recipe is on an index card and in the top right hand corner is a date and the name of the person who gave her the recipe. Many of the recipes are from before I was born. But there are a few that bring me right back to my childhood. One is from my first grade teacher, Mrs. Gray. It’s for cinnamon raisin bread baked in a coffee can. Another is a recipe for a giant German chocolate cake that we made for International Day my sophomore year of high school. Then there is my favorite no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookies and the recipe I pull out every summer. Blueberry Buckle! If you think your house smells wonderful after baking chocolate chip cookies, wait until you try blueberry buckle. Serve it warm with vanilla ice-cream and I guarantee you’ll want seconds!

Blueberry Buckle Mrs. Cole 8-2-63 (I have no idea who Mrs. Cole is but I’m sure grateful she gave this recipe to my grandmother!)
Mix and beat
 3/4 Sugar
 1/4 c. Crisco
 1 Egg

Stir In
 1/2 C. Milk
 2 C. Flour
 1/2 tsp. Salt
 2 tsp. Baking Powder
 Fold in 2 Cups of berries
Spread batter (quite stiff) into a greased and floured pan (9×9)

Sprinkle on top
 1/2 C. Sugar
 1/3 C. Flour
 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
 1 Tab. Soft Butter
Bake for 30 min. at 375 degrees



Epic Easter Cupcakes

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Cupcakes

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I’ve had several people tell me my blog makes them cry. Not sure whether that’s good or bad but I thought I’d start the new year off with a blog about something that makes me cry… cooking. Okay, I’m not really much of a crier but cooking sure makes me want to cry.

I’ve been in a cupcake mood lately and upon doing some research, stumbled on a picture of the most delicious looking cupcake I had ever seen.

    Boston Cream Pie Cupcake!

Yum!

Then I saw the woman who made them. Someone I’ve been compared to many times-Martha Stewart. When I say compared to, I mean in a very sarcastic way due to my lack of Martha Stewartness. “Yes, Martha Stewart, the yellow part of the egg is called the yolk.”

I figured if I can do one hundred push-ups, I can make a cupcake. Yes, I’m still bragging about my push-ups. I watched Ms. Stewart’s video twice and took some really good notes.

I gave myself a pep talk and pulled out my muffin pans. Three hours later my mission was complete. I had thirteen beautiful Boston cream pie cupcakes. Little did I know my adventure would attract the attention of our whole family. They were kind of in shock that I was trying something so daring. Making cupcakes from scratch and not a box. Who knew?

Even though daughter posted my little egg yolk comment as her status on Facebook, (she has like seven million friends), she redeemed herself at the end of the evening by saying “This was fun. Can I choose the next cupcake we’re going to make?” Son insisted he bring two cupcakes to school for his music teacher. What began as an intriguing project for me, ended up as quality time with my teens. I’ll cook anytime for that.

Best Grilled Cheese Ever!

Stubborn adj. 1. Unreasonable inflexible: obstinate and willful

If you live in Florida you look forward to the days when you can open up your house and turn your air conditioning off. First, because it is a reminder of why you live in Florida. While others are scraping snow off their windshields, you are sitting on your lanai in short sleeves sipping your favorite beverage and saying, “we truly do live in paradise.” Second, because after months of paying your astronomical electric bill, you finally turn off your air and watch your bill drop like your mouth when you see your son put his dirty dish in the dishwasher. It’s cause for a happy dance. So when the temperatures drop like your electric bill, turning on the heat defeats the whole purpose of turning off the air. I’m sitting here typing, my fingers are stiff, my body is shivering even with three layers of clothes and my thermostat looks like this….


On the right is the temperature I prefer. On the left, notice how the white line has given up on finding the correct temperature. It slants down from seventy to sixty degrees. It’s so cold in our house our thermostat has gone into shock.

So today, the day before our crazy schedule begins. ( I just added all our activities to my new Eckhart Tolle calendar. I filled up January through March.) I’m going to find the warmest blanket in my house and curl up next to this…

And hope that my kind, loving, talented, husband will make me this….
The Greatest Grilled Cheese Ever!

1. Thinly sliced Granny Smith apples
2. Thinly sliced onion
3. Thinly sliced cloves of garlic
Fry the above ingredients in butter on medium heat until the onion becomes translucent
Pour in a splash of Kirsch and wait until it’s absorbed-Take off stove and let cool

Butter bread on outside
Layer thinly sliced white cheddar cheese – Load up with apple onion mixture – Cover with a slice of Swiss and grill- Yum!!!!

K.D. Rausin

And Now for Something Completely Different

I hate to cook and everyone that knows me well, knows I can survive for days eating three things, salads, cheese sandwiches, and potato chips. This doesn’t please the rest of my family who like most people want to eat a variety of foods. When you add my hatred of cooking to a family with two vegetarians, one picky eater and one man who loves gourmet food-well, you have a disaster. Lucky for me, my husband enjoys cooking and has expanded his horizons to vegetarian cooking.

One dish, three of the four of us love is vegetarian chili. It’s delicious and very inexpensive to make. Sorry I don’t have any pictures. You’ll have to use your imagination. Picture a big pot on a stove:)

  • 2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 to 3 finely chopped chipotles in adobo, 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with their liquid
  • 3 cans red kidney beans
  • 1 can black beans

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. (4 on our stove) Add carrots first, then onions, peppers, and garlic and cook for 10-12 minutes, until vegetables are softened but not browned. Add chipoltes, oregano, cumin, chili powder and salt. Stir to blend. Add the tomatoes and beans with their juices and increase the heat to (7) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let it simmer (4) for 45 minutes. Eric always makes corn muffins to go with the chili. Yum-and there’s plenty to save for another day!

The Votes are In (All Three)

My husband is now calling himself a culinary genius. His Thanksgiving pizzas were a success. Yes, I hate to admit it. I ate two slices. I was all prepared to make my favorite cheese and dill pickle sandwich and then I took a bite of Eric’s vegetarian Thanksgiving pizza. It was surprisingly good.

Recipe: Crescent Roll crust- gravy-stuffing-turkey-cheddar cheese sprinkled on top- cranberry added before you eat

Vegetarian Recipe: Crescent Roll crust- Cook Roast ToFurkey with gravy and stuffing and then place on Crescent Roll dough-sprinkle cheddar cheese- add cranberry

   Meat
  No MeatReady To Eat!

 Move over Wolfgang Puck there’s a new chef in town;0

Thanksgiving Pizza?

My husband and I have rediscovered grocery shopping together. Once long long ago when it was just the two of us we would spend hours in the fancy California markets looking at all the cool fruits, vegetables and of course chocolate from around the world. As life rolled on and our lives became like race cars speeding around a circular track, we took turns shopping and grabbing quickly from market shelves.

This year I screamed, “Stop!” and magically we are back to perusing around the grocery store. Well, it’s not the fancy California market. It’s Walmart now because we have IPods, computers,piano lessons,and two college tuitions coming in the future.

One reason I love shopping with my husband is because I am free to observe and daydream. He lifts heavy bags of dog and cat food, insists on pushing the cart, pays, and puts everything into the car. All I have to do is walk and talk,two of my favorite things!

Usually I am the idea person in the family. “Hey let’s go to Europe.”- “I think we should pressure wash the house this weekend.”- “Let’s get a kayak and see where our canal goes.” But as we strolled through Walmart Eric said, “I have an idea for a pizza.” I had just eaten two eggs and toast and my stomach was churning. Now, my husband is well aware that Arielle and I are vegetarians so I cringed a bit before asking, “What’s your idea?”

“Thanksgiving Pizza!”

Eric went on to describe his new future creation. Crescent rolls flattened for pizza crust. Stuffing, cranberries, and mashed potato toppings with turkey on only half of the pizza. The look on the check out girl’s face was priceless! It mirrored mine. The more Eric spoke, the more he convinced himself that his idea was brilliant despite the two scrunched up faces before him.

I guess this is what I get for suggesting a Tofurkey Thanksgiving. For those of you who have never tried tofurkey, it’s actually pretty good. If my husband goes through with his crazy idea and actually makes a Thanksgiving pizza, I’ll be sure to post some pictures. I’ll be the one eating the Greek salad.

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