Monday, April 4, 2011

White Pizza, Why I Don't Bake, & My 'Problem' with Online Shopping

First, a recipe! Yay! I know I've been slacking in this department lately and I blame work really. I am not someone who has enough 'pantry staples' to throw together a blog worthy meal at a moments notice. I also tend to forget to defrost my proteins when I'm running around in the mornings, that's a whole other issue.

Anyways, I digress. A couple of weeks ago I blogged my homemade pizza recipe that is perfect for chowing down with a beer in hand. Today's pizza is more wine-worthy. This is another super-easy everyone makes it meal, but I had my camera and I made it thus you get to read about it.

Key #1 the thin pizza dough - it makes a TON of difference

Key #2 - the light alfredo sauce - it's super flavorful and low in calories

Everything else you can play with

1 - Pre heat oven to 350 (or according to package directions)

2 - cut chicken (I used tenders about 1/2 a pack) into bite size pieces and place in saute pan with sliced mushrooms and thawed frozen spinach (I would have added sun-dried tomatoes but I discovered that mine we sadly a bit too dried out) - saute until chicken is cooked through

3 - your pizza dough will instruct you to precook it for about 5 min. This is really important so do it. Before you do though, sprinkle it with garlic salt and italian seasoning.

4 - after it's precooked, spread about 1/4 of the jar of sauce on the crust (I've found the key to homemade pizzas is that you don't need nearly the amount of sauce you think you do)

then cover the sauce with chicken mixture

cover that mixture with low fat mozzarella and parmesan cheeses

5 - Bake about 8 min more and enjoy with a glass of vino!

Second, why I don't bake .... sigh

My mom stopped by with this super cute Easter cookie decorating set, now what I should have done was taken it straight to my friend Michelle who is a baker extraordinaire and let her use it. Instead, I baked.

Do you see the cute cookies on the package?

Well there's a recipe on the box to make these cookies but I thought, eh, I'll just get pre packaged cookie dough ... this is the aftermath...

bunny ... (the stamping completely vanished when baking)

egg ...

for some reason the teal one's worked a bit better

eventually I gave up ...

In my defense, the bug thought they were tasty if not adorable

Ok, well now that my inability to produce baked goods is out there, let's talk about my inability to resist internet shopping. Do you have amazon mom? It's crazy good deals plus free 2-day shipping ... on EVERYTHING. yeah. And Zulily? please, if I had a girl, I wouldn't be typing this because we would be cutting the internet to try and pay my credit card bill.

Here are some recent purchases -

the first I need opinions on, I got this purse for like $40 on Zulily and the color is quite a bit brighter than I expected, and than I can capture in this photo - thoughts?

Plates from Zulily

Lunchbox from Amazon (what? he's starting preschool in the summer - oh wait until you see the back pack from Etsy I ordered!)

cookie cutters to make lunches 'fun' - the interwebs promise me if his sandwiches are shaped like dinosaurs he is much more likely to eat them *shrug*

Ok - finally - my husband ROCKS and now our screened in porch serves a purpose! As of Saturday, it can contain the big dogs! YAY! And as soon as that small section at the end is finished it will contain the baby and Corgi. I'm super psyched (can't wait until it also keeps bugs out - small details)


  1. Your pizza is fancy and gourmet and pretty! LOVE to cook with fresh mushrooms! And sugar cookies are my nemesis...I have never been able to roll and cut. {which is probably a good thing since I could eat 750 sugar cookies without batting an eye!} Thanks for posting WIMM!

  2. Beautiful blog and photos! Love it!


  3. I am definitely going to try out that pizza. It looks super yummy.

    Oh and don't worry about the cookies. I have decided that perfect cookies are for the birds! In our house we just eat the dough (with sprinkles of course).

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