Mini Food, Big Taste!

Isn’t mini food cute?  For some reason it just is more fun to eat than normal sized food.  Is it because we can tell ourselves that we are eating mini calories?   For you Jim Gaffigan fans out there it’s like eating muffin vitamins!  If you don’t know who Jim Gaffigan is and you have no idea what I’m talking about then just shake your head and move onto the yummy food below.  :)  Or watch him on YouTube, laugh, and then come back and look at the yummy food below.

For this recipe if you want to use a premade mix such as Bisquick you certainly can, but in our house we like to make our own baking mix and it is really fast to throw it all together.  Here is the recipe we use:

– 2 1/2 cups flour
– 1 1/2 Tablespoons baking powder
– 3 teaspoons sugar
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup (or one stick) of softened butter
– Milk to texture

Mix all the dry ingredients together and then add in the butter and milk.  When adding in the milk you want the batter to be a little bit thicker than waffle batter.  Thick but still spoonable.  (It’s my recipe, I can make up words.) 

After you’ve made up your batter, whether using homemade or Bisquick, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray.  Put a large spoonful of the batter in the bottom of each of the tins and place a pepperoni on top of the batter.

Place a spoonful of spaghetti sauce on top of each of the pepperonis.  (Pepperonis is a really odd looking word by the way, and I didn’t even make that one up.)

Add a handful of mozzarella or parmesan cheese onto the sauce …

and cover with  an additional pepperoni.

Pour one more spoonful of batter over the top completely covering all the filling.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the batter comes out clean.  As you can see the top of these don’t really brown so if you wait for them to be golden brown the sides will most likely have burned.   My other tip is to make sure you put in enough filling.  If you don’t put in enough your pot pies may be a little dry.  But when you do it right (and it isn’t hard to get it right) they come out so tasty!

This recipe was a big hit with my husband and it was really easy for him to take the leftovers to work the next day.  You can reheat them in the microwave or if you’re able pop them into the oven for 5 to 10 minutes to reheat. I like them reheated in the oven better. These freeze really well too and can be thawed out in the fridge in a day or on the counter for a few hours.  Since this recipe was a keeper we’ve experimented with them and found some variations we really like as well.

Using the same batter and layering method I put together a filling of shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, frozen veggies, and a spoonful of gravy.   Tasty!

The fiesta version was also a favorite of my husband because he LOVES spicy food.  We had some leftover taco meat so I used that with some cheddar and pepper-jack cheese, salsa, and jalapenos.

I think you could put just about anything in these nifty little pies- its a great way to use up leftovers.  You can download the PDF recipe page here.

I do have a quick question for you, dear readers.  What format do you prefer for the recipe download?  Do you like it to be the size of a recipe card or do you print off the whole page and put it in a binder?  Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

 Brieanna

August Visiting Teaching- LDS

First things first….its August!  What???  Where is time going?  Okay, moving on…

The Visiting Teaching message for August is called Taking Action in Time of Need and it talks about one of my favorite things about the Relief Society and Visiting Teaching Program: the blessing and duty that we have to look out for one another and use our time and talents to serve each other.

You can print the handout to take to or mail to the ladies you visit teach. Want to learn more about the visiting teaching program?  Visit here for more info.

Brieanna

BBQ Gift Basket

My man loves to grill, especially during the summer and spring months.  If the man in your life also likes to fire up the ol’ BBQ then this is a great gift idea.  Not only is it fun but it will definitely come in useful the next time you bring some Filet Mignon home from the store.  (or in our case whatever is on sale at Costco.)

A picnic style basket or a metal tub works great as the base.  And there are lots of possibilities for the inside:

  • BBQ Sauce (obviously.)
  • Basting Brush
  • Seasonings & Spices
  • Grilling Utensils
  • Apron
  • Potholders
  • Burger Molds
  • Meat Thermometer
  • Tenderizer
  • Grilling Cookbook
The gift tag can be downloaded here in a PDF.

Brieanna

Printable Pantry Labels

The secret to a well run kitchen is a well organized pantry.  At least in my opinion.  I hate those times when I’ve been in the middle of making a meal and I go to find the next ingredient and realize I don’t have any.  But on the flip side I LOVE opening up a cupboard and seeing everything neat and organized with a label to keep it in its place.  There is something about an organized pantry that can make you feel like you can conquer the world, all from inside your kitchen.  And cute labels?  Can’t go wrong!  I’m so excited to share my latest Etsy item with you, a set of 72 Printable Pantry Labels!

There are 6 different designs to choose from and each set comes with 72 (yes 72!) labels.  8 sheets are labeled with the most common pantry items and the 9th sheet is left blank.  You can add in your own text if you have any kind of editing software or you can hand write the items.  Let’s take a look at the six different styles to choose from:

Retro in Red

Country Chic

Black & White
 
Brown & White

Modern Bloom

Vintage Circus

And these labels can be used for more than just the kitchen too.  Don’t forget that once you own the files you can print them over and over again and using the blank sheet provided you can create labels for the craft room, bathroom, child’s room, basically your entire house! 

There are a couple of different ways to use these labels.  You can print them on regular cardstock and attach them to your canisters/boxes/bins with double sided tape or tie them on.  You may choose to laminate them as well.  Or you can print them right onto sticker paper, available at any place like Walmart or Target.  Pretty easy and you’ll be on your way to getting organized!

These labels are priced in my shop at $14.50 which is less than $0.20 a label.  But because I love my readers so much I have an introductory special for you!  Use the code PANTRY1 to receive 25% off your order and the price will go down to just over $10.00!  It’s a deal!

This code will be good for one week and expire on August 3rd.  So hurry on over to the shop to get your label set!

Brieanna

Making Marshmallow Flowers

Do you watch Cake Boss or Ace of Cakes or any other amazing cake decorating show?  They blow my mind.  I don’t know how they even begin to learn their decorating skills or how anyone can eat all that fondant after it has been rolling around in all those hands for days and days.  I always think about that.   Am I the only one? 

Well if you are a beginner like me than this simple method for creating marshmallow flowers is perfect.  It is easy and can still give beautiful results!

Supplies needed: Marshmallows, sprinkles, melted chocolate or frosting, scissors.  You can use any size marshmallow you want- mini marshmallows will make little delicate flowers.  The ones pictured here are the jumbo size.

Cut each marshmallow into thirds if using the jumbo.  You might only be able to get two petals out of each marshmallow if you’re using a smaller size.  When you cut the marshmallow it will automatically point at one end giving you a perfect petal shape.

The cut side will be sticky now too.  Dip it straight into whatever color sprinkle you desire.

 

Using dollops of melted chocolate or frosting attach the petals to each other.  Plop a big dollop in the center to hold it all together and cover with additional sprinkles.

 
 

These are really pretty on top of cupcakes, sheet cakes, round cakes, cookies, etc. and can be made in any color!

Brieanna

Summer Seaside Shelf

There is an unfortunate lack of holidays in between the Fourth of July and Halloween which leads to a dilemma when it comes to decorating my holiday shelf.  I suppose there is Labor Day…maybe I could decorate with some union contracts?  Eh, Probably not.

So since there is no longer a holiday to decorate for I instead decked out the shelf with scenes of a beachy summer day.

Whenever I add a new look to the shelf I always start by shopping around my house and I can usually find almost everything I need to pull together a new vignette.  There is no need to go out and buy a lot of things every month or two.  Instead see what you already have and and think of ways you can use objects differently than you normally would.

This rope net is actually a bag that some ornaments came in from Ikea.  Normally I don’t keep packaging materials, but this one was unique and I knew I could figure out a way to use it. 

 In the end I only bought two things at the Dollar Tree- a package of four blue candles and a bag of seashells.  Two bucks ain’t too shabby!

I made a small banner by cutting some pennants out of paper and gluing them onto a piece of ribbon.  The ends of the ribbon are just taped on the backside of the mirror.  The texture of the wicker baskets is perfect for a sea side look.

And underneath some sea shell scrapbook paper was just right for the frames.   I save all the little pictures I use in the frames in a folder in my file cabinet.  I can always reuse them and storing some paper hardly takes up any space.

Sea shells, blue skies, sand, and the ocean.  I’m thinking a trip to the beach is in order.

Brieanna