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Firsts and Day #5

As a kid, my mom always made our pancakes into a Mickey Mouse shape. It was the best part of weekend mornings and I want my son to look forward to the same thing.

Yesterday, Bubba had his first pancake!

One of the coolest presents he received at my baby shower was a Radio Flyer wagon. Until now he has been too little to ride in it, but with the cooler weather yesterday, we decided to bust it out and take him on his first ride.

I may be biased, but he looked so freaking cute in it. Matching shirt? Yes, I have a problem.

I had big plans for dinner last night but got real lazy and decided we were having appetizers as a meal instead.

As seen on Pinterest, you can cook bacon in the oven with NO mess. I needed to try this for myself, and now I seriously won’t be cooking bacon any other way.

As the pinner said, the secret is to put the baking sheet in a cold oven and then turn it on. They also opted to cook it at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes instead of 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. It worked out perfectly and the bacon was crispy and delicious.

Best part? I threw away the foil and had no splatter mess to clean up!

I used the bacon for Bacon Cheddar Pinwheels, which is a recipe I make all the time, but these came out super sloppy. Since it was a last minute decision, I used regular Crescent Rolls instead of the seamless crust and that makes a world of a difference.

Here’s the recipe and pictures but usually, they look much prettier when you cut and cook them 🙂

Cover dough with (fat free) Ranch dressing
Add cheese, green onions and bacon
Pick an end and roll up
Once rolled, take a knife and cut into slices
Normally these won’t be falling apart, but they look like pinwheels after you cut them

I also wanted to take a second attempt at baked mozzarella sticks as seen on Pinterest too. The first time I made them, the pin I found said dip them in skim milk, breadcrumbs, and cook.

The result? A melted mess. The recipe below had a few more steps and I think the key step was to freeze the string cheese prior to cooking. They were pretty good (although I made them without Panko breadcrumbs because again, this was a last minute decision) and they were still good!

I didn’t really follow the measurements for this one. It was just the two of us and I only had 5 cheese sticks left so I kind of guesstimated on the amounts of flour, breadcrumbs, etc. I couldn’t get the pictures to upload but it’s simple; you dip the string cheese in three different ingredients and bake them… I have faith you can figure that out 😉

And last but not least, we enjoyed a night out at the movies! Bubba’s first drive-in movie 🙂 He fell asleep and then we enjoyed the hilarious workings of Will Ferrell and Zak Galifianakis in The Campaign.

Our family <3
Both of my babies
We made a pit stop at Walmart…

Z and I were literally crying and laughing through the whole move; I highly recommend it.

Here’s to firsts and the joy they bring 🙂

Bacon in the oven by Martha Stewart 

Bacon Cheddar Pinwheels:

1
can (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet
2
tablespoons ranch dressing (I use fat free)
1/4
cup cooked real bacon pieces or 4 slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled
1/2
cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese (2 oz)
1/4
cup chopped green onions (4 medium)
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. If using crescent rolls: Unroll dough; press each into 12×8-inch rectangle, firmly pressing perforations to seal. If using dough sheet: Unroll dough; press each into 12×8-inch rectangle.
  3. Spread dressing over each rectangle to edges. Sprinkle each with bacon, Cheddar cheese and onions.
  4. Starting with one short side, roll up each rectangle; press edge to seal. With serrated knife, cut each roll into 8 slices; place cut side down on ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake 12 to 17 minutes or until edges are deep golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm.
Makes 16 appetizers
Source: Pillsbury

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Ingredients: 

  • 12 sticks part-skim, reduced sodium mozzarella string cheese (Sargento)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 5 tbsp Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 5 tbsp panko crumbs
  • 2 tsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • olive oil cooking spray (I used Pam)

Directions:

Cut cheese in half to give you 24 pieces. Place cheese in the freezer until cheese is frozen.

In small bowl, whisk the egg. Place the flour on another small dish. In separate bowl,combine bread crumbs, panko, parmesan cheese and dried parsley.

Dip the frozen sticks in flour, shaking off excess, then into the egg, then coat with the crumbs.

Repeat this process with the remaining cheese placing them on a tray with wax paper. Place cheese back into the freezer until ready to bake (this is a must or they will melt before the crumbs get golden).

When ready to bake preheat oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with oil.

Place frozen cheese sticks on baking sheet. Spray the tops of the mozzarella sticks with a little more oil and bake in the bottom third of your oven until crisp, about 4 to 5 minutes. Turn and bake an additional 4 – 5 minutes watching them closely so they don’t melt.

Makes 24 pieces.

Source: Skinny Taste

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