Monday, December 19, 2011

Tis' the Season to Put Stuff in Jars...

We do small gifts every year to hand out at Mr. B's family Christmas.  Last year was the House Seasoning.  This year I thought about doing a refill, but decided to go with something different.  I saw this idea on Pinterest and we both agreed that it would be perfect.  They were super easy and turned out pretty cute.  Unfortunately, I didn't test out the labels on the jars before I printed and cut out 24 of them.  I realized a little late that they didn't fit so well.  Next time I'd do a smaller label.  Other than that, I wouldn't change a thing.  Enjoy!

Scent of Christmas in a Jar
Your label can read:

Pour contents into saucepan on stove top and simmer on low heat, add water as needed.

Refrigerate to keep fresh.

Items Needed Per Jar:
1 pint jar
2 slices of lemon
1 lime slice
2 slices of orange
3 cinnamon sticks
3 bay leaves
2 Tbsp whole cloves
a dash of fresh ground nutmeg (Optional)
Red Food Coloring (Optional)

Place ingredients in pint jar and fill with water, that has been colored red (if desired).  Attach lable and decorate as desired.

Rose Cake

I saw a BEAUTIFUL Rose Cake on i am baker a while back & just knew that I would one day attempt it.  This past weekend we celebrated my AMAZING Grandparent's 60th wedding anniversary and it seemed to be the perfect occasion.  (I love how it almost mimics their original wedding cake.)  I feel so blessed to have them in my life!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Weeknight Dinner: Pepperoni Roll-Up

How busy is December?!?!  With night after night of running here & there, sometime dinner gets pushed to the back burner.  The next thing you know you've had several consecutive nights of fast food & take out.  A couple of nights ago I was working late and I picked up the phone to call Mr. B to see what he wanted me to pick up for dinner.. again.  glad he didn't answer, cause it got me to pause for a second and realize I could take a few extra min to whip up a quick and tasty dinner.  In fact, need a little help?  Type "quick and easy dinner" into your Pinterest search bar - that's what I did.  You'll find plenty of ideas, like this one...

These Pepperoni Roll Ups were so easy & Mr. B loved them.  I could probably put pepperoni in anything though & he'd love it.  The great part about these is they are so customizable!  You can use a variety of different options for the dough, but I followed another bloggers lead & went with bread dough.  I got the Pillsbury Simply French Bread in the refrigerator section. I rolled it out and cut it in half.  One can made two rolls. 

Once rolled, simply rub a little olive oil on one side and sprinkle some Italian seasonings and garlic powder.  Coat with a small amount of pizza or marinara sauce.  Add a layer of desired toppings - I used Mozzarella, Parm, pepperoni, sliced mushrooms & diced pepperoncini peppers - and roll 'em up.  Place on a baking sheet.  rub the tops with a little more olive oil & bake at 350 for about 30 min.  Serve with a side a marinara for dipping.  Enjoy!