You’re One in a Minion

Happy Valentine’s Day!

To celebrate this year, I made these little minions for the kiddos in my family.Image

It was really easy because I used this printable template of the hearts.

I just colored them in with crayon, outlined them with marker, and cut them out.

As for the head lamp, I cut thin strips of black card stock (they don’t have to be perfect), and used a hole punch for the blue-grey lamp part. I had some googly eyes in my craft bin, and couldn’t think of a better time to use them. I finished these guys off by using a sharpie to make the mouth.


You could switch up the look by printing the hearts on colored paper, or using white paper and a marker for the eye.

Even if you haven’t seen Despicable Me, this is still a super cute Valentine’s Day treat. Hurrah for the return of Twinkies, which made this project possible.

White Pizza

Given how horribly cold/dreary/snowy it has been in Chicago as of late, I thought I’d post about some warm comfort food I made recently – white pizza.

We made our own dough, but usually, we’ll just buy some at the grocery store when we’re there. I really like the kind from Trader Joe’s, and I think they have a few different varieties – regular, whole wheat, and herb and garlic, maybe?
In any case, we had some fresh mozzarella in the fridge I knew we should use soon, so I thought a white pizza would be a good way to go.
Store-bought or homemade pizza dough
16 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into circles and kept out for a few hours
8 cloves garlic, minced
Olive oil
Parmesean cheese (to taste)
Italian seasoning (to taste)
To start, pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees and roll out the dough.
Mix the olive oil and minced garlic together and brush it onto the dough.
Add the mozzarella, trying to keep the layer of cheese fairly even.Image
Add the parm and seasoning to the top and bake for about 20 minutes until a little crispy.Image
Note that it’s kind of important to have the mozzarella sit out to dry up for a bit. Otherwise, your pizza will be soggy as the water starts coming out of the cheese.
You can add whatever other toppings you want – red onions, spinach, thinly sliced tomato, etc.
I just may be making white pizza this evening to warm up!

Turf Cakes

Just a quick post today to share the dessert I made for a superbowl party I attended yesterday.Image

I was so excited to get to use my new mini cheesecake pan that I got for Christmas!
I followed this recipe for mini Oreo cheesecakes  from Baked by Rachel, with two small adjustments.
1. I used 8 oz of Neufchâtel cream cheese (which has 1/3 less fat) and 4 oz of regular cream cheese.
2. After mixing together the cream cheese, sugar, and egg, I added in a lot of green food dye to make the cake art green. I say a lot, and I mean a lot. I didn’t want the green to be pastel-colored, and it took a lot of dye to make it this dark. I then added in the Oreo bits, so they wouldn’t just turn into Oreo dust from all the mixing.
If I had more time, I probably would have printed out little footballs (found here) and made them into cake toppers. Oh well, maybe next year.