Friday, February 13, 2015

Sending my Love....{Happy Valentine's Day!}

Happy Valentine's Day, Loves!

I'm not super mushy, I'm not super sappy. But I do like Valentine's Day. It's fun, it's pretty, it's delicious. What's not to love??

Plus, Kaydin and I ran into some early presents from our Timmy this year.

The above was laying out on the table when we got home last night. Like she needs any more stuffed animals, but she loves him just as much as her 1,000 others! His name is Frodo the Frog. :)

After dinner we dug into dessert making our pick from each box.

My office sure has a pretty addition as of yesterday afternoon. Sending flowers a couple days early= an even bigger surprise! Two years ago they came one day early. He's so sneaky. Guess he wants the delivery man to have one less to deal with on the 14th. ;)

Who's Sallie you're asking...?? Well, yes, that's me! :) One of my many nicknames that have evolved from yet another nickname. I could make a whole post on nicknames that Tim has for Kaydin and I. maybe someday... :)

Look at that fun addition to the vase! Single rose petals. Never seen that before, but such a fun, pretty idea!

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Now I wanna take a little time and mention just because you are single doesn't mean your Valentine's Day has to suck. Don't get down on yourself! You are strong. You are independent. You are amazing!

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If I didn't have Tim, I'd have my baby girl to shower me with love. If I didn't have her, I have my friends and family. And ya know, I have myself!

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Confidence and happiness in myself! And so should you! ;) No matter what your relationship status.

The rest of our Valentine's weekend is going to involve some heart shaped pizza, maybe some Funfetti Dip, some pancakes made by Kaydin Baby, a show at the Des Moines Performing Arts Center, a nice dinner enjoyed at home (steak for me, cheeseburger request from Kaydin and a "not steak" request from Tim), and some movies.

Have a GREAT Valentine's weekend no matter who's by your side or what your relationship status is! 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Crab Rangoon Pizza

Today we're celebrating! It's baby shower day!!

Baby shower day for my friend, Nicole! I met Nicole in 2013 at the Healthy Living Summit. A group of us had dinner the first night before the summit officially kicked off and we got along great. I had a fun weekend spending the weekend getting to know a new friend.  I got the chance to spend more time with Nicole at Blend last June. Again, before the actual retreat started I saw her and Ari (I met Ari at Healthy Living Summit, too.) standing outside the resort while a bunch of us were piling into cars to find something for lunch. I spotted the both of them and jumped out of the car running to meet Nicole with a hug! She learned we were headed for food, and she was in! We crammed her in car and were off to find a lunch spot.

I guess it's only appropriate that we are throwing her a baby shower centered around food! :) More specifically pizza, brownies and other chocolate-y goodness and booze, three of Nicole's favorite things!

So now on to the recipe! 

We have a great pizza place in Des Moines, Fong's Pizza. It's an Asian/pizza fusion place. The pizzas there are great-- and creative! Unique pizza flavors like black bean with cilantro, beef and broccoli, Kung Pao Chicken, and mac and cheese make it a popular place. The pizza that's really put the restaurant on the map is their Crab Rangoon Pizza. 

It's definitely delicious, but when I tried it I thought maybe I could make it even better. I thought the filling was lacking on the pizza. That's my favorite part of crab rangoon, the creamy filling. I wanted to try a version that included lots of the creamy crab mixture.

An easy filling mixture for base of the pizza, sprinkled with cheese and then topped with crispy baked wonton strips makes this is a pretty close match but unique way to enjoy the crab rangoon flavor!

I'd seen a crab rangoon dip recipe on Pinterest in the last few weeks so that was my inspiration to create my pizza. And the final product turned out sooooo well! Yum! I wish I had another one right now! A great replica of one of my favorite appetizers that I don't have too often in pizza form. Winning combo!

Crab Rangoon Pizza

Filling makes 2 large-medium sized pizzas with a small amount of crab meat mixture leftover.

1 8oz package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup crab meat, shredded (reserve 1/4 cup for sprinkling on top)
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded (reserve 3/4 cup for sprinkling on top)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded (reserve 1/4 cup for sprinkling on top)
juice from 1/4 of a lemon
2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
1 1/2 tbsp green onion, chopped
1 1/2 tbsp chives, chopped (reserve a small amount for garnish)
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
few cracks of fresh cracked pepper, about 1/2 tsp
1 pizza crust (I use the dough from Trader Joe's)
4-5 wonton wraps, cut into small thin strips
sweet chili sauce, for drizzling
honey, for drizzling (optional)

 1. Cut the wonton wraps in small thin strips. Lay them out on a baking sheet. Spray with non-stick spray and put them in a 400 degree oven for just a couple minutes. Keep an eye on them- they brown fast! Bake for 2-3 minutes or until just golden on the edges. Set aside.
2. Stretch dough to fit your pizza pan. Bake for 5-7 minutes until just slightly brown.
3. Mix first seven ingredients (only 1/4 cup of crab meat, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and a small amount of chives) together in large bowl. Mix until well combined.
4. Spread a thin layer of the topping onto the crust. Top with remaining crab meat and cheeses.
5. Bake in 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.
6. Remove from oven and top with wonton wraps.
7. Drizzle honey and sweet chili sauce on top of the pizza. 
8. Garnish with chopped chives.

*Definitely do not skip the sweet chili sauce! It makes the whole pizza. The honey is optional but  recommended as it added just another layer of flavor among the creamy topping, crunchy won tons and pairs perfectly with the chili sauce. 

Here's the whole round-up of everyone that participated in Nicole's Baby Shower! There's some good ones in the list! Can't wait to try some of the recipes! Click on over to see the rest of the menu!

Boozy Red Velvet Hot Chocolate from Ari's Menu
Boozy Iced Coffee from The Wanderlust Kitchen
Coconut Oil Brownies from Handle the Heat
Raspberry Lemonade Champagne Punch from Eat. Drink. Love.
Chocolate Cherry Brownies from Savvy Eats
Four Cheese Pizza with Sausage and Peppers from The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Crab Rangoon Pizza from Mollie's Sprinkles of Life
Grapefruit Chia Seed Cocktail from Peace Love and Oats
White Pizza with Bacon, Basil & Tomatoes from Eating Bender

Huge shout out and thanks for Ari for organizing! Happy baby shower, Nicole! :)

Let me know what you think when you make this unique pizza flavor!