Sous Chef Sunday: Big Mac Pizza

A delicious dinner the kids will love and that will call to the kid in all of us is this big mac pizza recipe. It’s fun and it’s easy, and it brings all the flavors of your favorite fast food burger to the table served on a crisp pizza crust.

Big Mac Pizza

Wanna add some ‘wow’ into your family’s next pizza night? Our Big Mac Pizza is sure to do the trick.

The sons could not gt over the fact that it tasted just. like. the sandwich. It’s pretty epic. The whole concept combines two of their most favorite things: fast food & pizza.

And Mom’s actually letting them have both? IN THE SAME NIGHT??

They were on cloud 9, and I’m pretty sure if they’d floated any higher they would’ve floated away.

You don’t have to go super fancy just to change things up a bit. This big mac pizza is a fun twist, but it’s still family friendly, and easy to assemble.

And I’ll let you in on a little secret I discovered during the making of this dish. You wanna get the kids in the kitchen fast?

Want them to actually want to help you fix dinner? WITHOUT complaining?

Put the words ‘big mac’ in the name of whatever you’re having. Problem solved 🙂

Big Mac Pizza 2

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Big Mac Pizza

This fun homemade pizza has all the flavors of the classic fast food burger that you love. It's delicious and sure to be a hit with parents & kids alike!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 231kcal

Ingredients

  • pizza dough homemade, store-bought, or pre made will all work
  • Olive oil if you’re using fresh dough
  • Thousand Island salad dressing
  • 6-8 slices of yellow American cheese
  • 1/2 – 3/4 lb. ground beef
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Shredded lettuce
  • grape tomatoes thinly sliced (optional)

Instructions

  • In a medium sized skillet, brown the ground beef. Season the meat with salt and pepper, to taste. Drain the cooked beef and set aside.
  • For pizza dough, lightly grease a pizza pan or large cookie sheet. Pat or roll the dough out into pan and lightly drizzle some olive oil over the top of the crust and then bake the crust for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  • Top the pizza crust with Thousand Island salad dressing and just like you would with sauce, use a lade or the back of a spoon to evenly spread the dressing out over the crust all the way up to the crusts edges. Top the spread dressing with the American cheese slices, and don’t worry if they don’t completely cover the entire pizza. Top the cheese with the ground beef. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese evenly over top of the beef.
  • Bake the pizza at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the pizza to cool slightly, about 2-3 minutes, before cutting it into slices.
  • To serve, top the cooled pizza with shredded lettuce, tomato and additional Thousand Island, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

recipe adapted from Love Bakes Good Cakes

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 702mg | Potassium: 69mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 581IU | Calcium: 533mg | Iron: 1mg

 

Cake Batter Monkey Muffins

After almost 5 years, we’ll probably only two where he’s paid attention, the youngest son has finally grasped the concept of birthdays. Yes, you have one once a year.

He’s also gotten down not just the names of the  months of the year, but there order and that there’s not a random sequence to them.

Yes, your birthday is in August. Yes that’s after June and July.

So naturally for the past, oh 3/4’s of a year or so, ha know since the day after his birthday last year there’s been a count down to his next big day this August.

He now introduces himself to people with his name, quickly followed by the fact that he’s now 5 & 3/4.

Cake Batter Monkey Muffins

Our everyday birthday cake banter has really had us all craving just that. But that’s a ways away.

So I figured who needs to wait and wait and wait all the way until their special day just for a taste of birthday cake? Not us, not anymore. Not when we can have cake batter monkey muffins anytime of the year.

Not to mention, what morning isn’t just a wee bit brighter with a naughty little bit of cake for breakfast? Some days the sons can have their cake, and eat it too! We’ll just save the homemade butter cream frosting for the party part.

Cake Batter Monkey Muffins 2 

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Cake Batter Monkey Muffins

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 187kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 can jumbo refrigerator biscuits NOT flaky
  • 1 cup funfetti cake mix dry or yellow/vanilla cake mix with some sprinkles mixed in
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Vanilla Frosting

Instructions

  • Spray a muffin tin/cupcake pan generously with cooking spray.
  • In a small pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Transfer the melted butter to a small bowl and add the vanilla. Stir them together, and set it aside.
  • Add the cake mix and brown sugar to another small bowl, and stir them together until evenly incorporated.
  • Using a pair of kitchen shears, cut each biscuit into four pieces.
  • Working with four pieces of dough at a time, dip them into the butter mixture, coating them completely. Using a fork or slotted spoon, remove them from the butter mixture (allowing any excess to drip off) and transfer them to the cake mix bowl. Coat each piece completely in the cake mixture. Place four coated pieces into each muffin tin, repeat the process until all eight tins are full.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden, and the centers appear set being careful NOT to over bake them!! Allow the cooked muffins to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before running a butter knife carefully around the edges and removing them from the pan.
  • Place a dollop of frosting on the tops of the still-warm muffins and top with sprinkles.These are best served warm, but can be reheated in the microwave for about 10-20 seconds and served within one day.

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 233IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

recipe adapted from Chef In Training

Breakfast Eggrolls with Sausage Gravy

We’ve said it before, and well say it again. And probably again, again at some point in the future. We love breakfast. Any day, anytime. For actual breakfast. For lunch. For dinner. We also love egg rolls. Because… eggrolls. If you’re even remotely a fan of breakfast, then you need these Breakfast Eggrolls with Sausage Gravy in your life.

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‘O Christmas Tree’ Pancakes You’ll Flip For

For both kids and the adults, Christmas morning is a culmination of all the anticipation of the holiday season, and all the preparations that got you to that moment, that makes everything feel magical. But in all the excitement of  the kids who’re waking up, parents running on fumes of sleep, spending time with family and opening gifts, you still need to eat. But, not everybody wants to cook. I still think Christmas morning breakfast should be as special as the day itself. In my case, it’s also got be quick to prepare or easy to make-ahead so I’m not stuck in the kitchen away from the rest of the family for half of the morning. This right here, fits the bill.

 O Christmas Tree! snack for the kids

Pancakes. Breakfast Sausage. Whipped Cream. M & M’s. What do all these things have in common? They all make up this fun food idea that kids will go ga-ga for.

This isn’t only for Christmas morning though. It’s also perfect for any day leading up to the big day. If you’re a morning person, you can easily have this on the table and enjoyed before the school bus arrives. If you’re anything like me and the mornings have you stuck at the cross roads between hectic and harried, no worries. This makes an awesome after school snack too. Options, I like options. 🙂

‘O Christmas Tree’ Pancakes You’ll Flip For

O Christmas Tree Pancakes

favorite pancake batter
green food coloring
M&M’s
whipped cream
sausage links

Directions

1. To make, heat a flat griddle until warm but not too hot. If you heat the pan too hot, the pancakes will brown too quickly and you will lose the color.
2. Cook pancakes, as many as desired. One regular sized pancake will make one Christmas tree.
3. Once the pancakes are cooked on both sides, cut them into quarters using a pancake cutter.
4. Layer the pancakes on a plate starting with the top and making three layers.
5. Cook the sausage links and add one, halved length-wise, for the trunk of the tree.
6. Arrange some M&Ms for the ornaments and add a whipped cream ‘star’ and you’re ready to serve.

Christmas Tree Pull Apart Bread

Are you like me? Are you filled with Christmas spirit all month long? Do you try to bring a Christmasy something into each day and/or meal for your family? Well, if you don’t I highly recommend it. If you do, you can probably vouch for how a little bit here or there, magically gets everyone in the Christmas mood. It’s like magic, and as a Mom, it’s a beautiful thing to behold. There’s no question we all love bread in th is family, and I try to have some sort of option (if it’s appropriate) with our dinners. Knowing I’m trying to slip a little holiday cheer into pretty much anything and everything right now, I figured why make dinner rolls or a plain loaf of bread, if I can put a pull-apart Christmas tree on the table?

 Christmas Tree Pull Apart Bread 1

At the grocery store, I had seen a tree-shaped cake pan, and I thought it would be pretty cool for baking bread. Then I thought about it some more and figured that I could make a free-form tree shape instead. Making and then using cheese-filled dough balls, the sons and I created a Christmas tree shape with our loose interpretation of a star on top. We needed some green and used some dried parsley flakes for that, but if you’re feeling more traditional sprinkle some rosemary on top. Rosemary’s much more Christmas tree like in texture anyway. I figured at least a few of our seems would leak filling during baking, but wasn’t overly concerned. The sons decided that it worked perfectly because our tree had snow on it too!

Christmas Tree Pull Apart Bread

 Christmas Tree Pull Apart Bread

1 can (13.8 oz) refrigerated pizza crust, or pizza dough
4 oz cream cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella
2 tablespoons butter
1/4-1/2 tsp garlic powder
2-3 tbsp dried parsley or fresh rosemary
1 cup warmed marinara sauce for dipping

Directions

1. Lay out, or roll out depending on if you’re using refrigerated pizza crust or actual dough, pizza dough onto a cutting board and stretch to a 10 x 15 inch size. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into 28 equal squares. In a bowl, combine cream cheese and shredded cheese, stirring until evenly combined.
2. Add roughly one tablespoon of the cheese to each dough square. Seal the seems and then gently roll the dough in your hand to form a ball. Place the dough balls on a cookie sheet in a Christmas tree shape as shown in the picture above. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 – 17 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
3. In a small pot, melt the butter and stir in the garlic powder. After removing the pull-apart bread from the oven, brush the top with butter and sprinkle with your herbs. Serve pull apart with warm marinara sauce for dipping.

Snowman Milk Bottles

So remember when we started this whole 12 Days of Christmas thing? Remember my little pre-apology just in case life got in the way of a post or two coming your way? Well, it was bound to happen and it finally did. (Although we did have a solid six day run before that. Yes!)

Long story short: Son # 4’s allergies got the best of him. Zyrtec kicked his allergies butt and dried up excessive amounts of mucus. And backed them right up into his ear which culminated in an ER visit narrowly avoiding a burst ear drum. Now that we’re all back to normal, we’re ready to resume our regularly scheduled programming. And back to the Christmas craftiness we are. In 3 … 2 … 1 …

I’m about to show you something really cute.

Like really, really cute.

And it’s so simple! Just a few supplies, and you can have an adorable Winter milk jug ready for the kids, for guests, or even for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Snowman Milk Bottle

Also, it’s Christmas time, and that means it’s also (unofficially) cookie season. And you can’t have cookies without milk. It’s just one of the unwritten laws of dessert. So whether you’re throwing a Christmas party, hosting the family baking day, or just enjoying some much needed qt with your cuties, having milk on-hand is a must, and what better way to serve it than this?!

Snowman Milk Bottles

milk bottles, I happen to own a set, but Starbucks Frappuccino bottles would work perfectly too
felt, I used red but any color would work
black buttons
straws
glue gun

Directions

1. Cut a strip of felt. Snip the ends of the strip of felt to resemble a scarf.
2. Tie the strip of felt around the neck of the bottle. Arrange the ends so they both lay flat. If needed apply some glue to the bottom strip and press the top down onto it to secure.
3. Glue two black buttons onto the midsection of the glass.
4. Fill with milk, insert a straw, and you’re ready to impress!

Candy Cane Fruit & Cream Cheese Danish

Candy canes are very famous holiday treats that everyone loves. Well, most everyone. I’ve never been a big fan, but they’re like a holiday staple or something. Like the rock hard, year old candy in Grandma’s Christmas candy dish, or the fruit cake. That being said, I couldn’t resist the idea of a candy cane-inspired breakfast danish for Christmas morning last year.

Totally easy to throw together too, so I didn’t have to miss a single moment, or capturing one, that morning. It was so good, that nobody minded finishing it for lunch either. It was the perfect thing to sit back with, well that and a strong cup of coffee, to finally relax and just enjoy the sons’ joy last year. This is definitely going to be a repeat item this year.

 Candy Cane Fruit & Cream Cheese Danish

Candy Cane Fruit & Cream Cheese Danish

Candy Cane Fruit & Cream Cheese Danish 2

2 cans of crescent rolls
1 8 oz package cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 can cherry or strawberry pie filing

For Glaze (optional)

Powdered sugar
milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

1. Set two roll sections aside for candy cane stripes. Lay out remaining crescent roll sections in the shape of a candy cane making sure to overlap the edges slightly. Use a knife to cut out your candy cane shape. Mix together your cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Spread on top of your candy candy shape.
2. Spoon pie filling on top of cream cheese filling.
3. Using the remaining two roll sections, cut off long strips and lay them out on top of your filling to create a candy cane look. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the bread is golden brown.

Glaze:
Mix together ingredients alternating between powdered sugar and milk until desired consistency is obtained.

Drizzle over baked candy cane and enjoy!

Olympics Themed Party Ideas

Get ready for the Olympics, get the whole family excited, and learn a thing or two about other cultures with a couple fun Olympics Themed Party Ideas.

In honor of the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, here are two simple ideas to do with your kids to celebrate and help them feel connected to it all. And no, it’s not too late. You’ve still got another week to enjoy these sweet and simple treats. Shoot, does a party always have to be at the beginning anyway? Have a going away party for the Olympics to celebrate the great games and events over the last week and week to come. Go against the grain. You just might be creating a new tradition or find your snazzy ‘bid the Olympics adieu’ party idea suddenly trending.

I know I mentioned these are simple ideas. Just how simple? Two ingredients each. That’s it. Barely any assembly required. Lazy Mom status. That’s how I roll. At least today anyway.

The Olympics Themed Party Ideas

Gold Medals for your Champions

4 Sons 'R' Us: edible 'gold' medals

Adorbs. Totes McGoats.

Cut a fruit by the foot in half and gently bend until the ends are brought together. Slap an oreo onto said ends and there ya go. You’re ‘gold’en!

Olympic Torches

4 Sons 'R' Us: edible olympic torches

For quality control purposes, I would suggest not actually consuming ice cream cones and cheetos together, but the sons are weird and didn’t listen to my advice. No surprise there though. What could Mom possibly know that they don’t? Ok, rant over…

I, sophisticated as I am, ate my cheetos first and then (after making sure the inside wasn’t powdered orange) added a scoop of ice cream to polish off my cone. I didn’t tell them there was ice cream? They’d already eaten their cones? There aren’t anymore cones?! Oops. 😉

Back to the torches. These make the perfect edible, and adorable ‘toast’ to the Olympics. As son # 1 said, “It’s our ‘shout-out’ to Sochi.” So if you missed the boat like I did  and didn’t usher the Olympics in with style this year ((or even if you had your ducks in a row and had your Olympic party when things actually started on Friday), bid them a fond farewell with these fast, fun treats.

The World’s Easiest Cheeseburger Sliders

I’m definitely a foodie at heart. I come from a long ling of women who love good food, and I’m pretty sure I’ve done my job of instilling that same feeling in my boys.

While normal sized food is always great, there’s just something about food in miniature that I just can’t help but adore. It’s just so cute and fun.

Not to mention, with four growing boys, two growing teenage boys who inhale food like vacuums, it’s often a whole lot less messy. With those things combined, sliders are a huge hit with this mom.

Still, it was a wee bit time consuming to have to shape each petite patty by hand. Then I stumbled on this genius kitchen life-hack, and BAM! Mind.Blown. This easy cheeseburger sliders recipe, literally, is for making the world’s easiest sliders ever. Ever.

4 Sons 'R' Us: The World's Easiest Cheeseburger Sliders

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Easy Cheeseburger Sliders

All the flavor you love in a full sized cheeseburger, these fun sliders make for perfect finger food that kids love. They're perfect for lunch or dinner, and great for entertaining a crowd especially when grilling season is over.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 305kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground sirloin
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pkg sweet dinner rolls
  • 6 slices cheddar or American cheese

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees.  In a bowl, combine beef, bread crumbs, onion, and salt.  Gently press mixture into a 9-by-13-inch pan so that it makes one large patty of even thickness.  Use the tines of a fork to poke holes throughout the meat.  
  • Bake for 30 minutes.  As it bakes, the meat will shrink away from the sides and liquid will accumulate around the edges of pan.When fully cooked, remove the pan from oven (keep oven turned on) and carefully drain off the liquid.
  • Top the meat with an even layer of sliced cheese; return pan to oven for about 2 minutes or until the cheese melts.  Remove from the oven and allow to rest for a few minutes.
  • Cut into 2-inch squares (or the size of the buns used), making 12 mini- hamburgers.  Serve with dill pickle slices and ketchup.

Nutrition

Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 688mg | Potassium: 432mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 208IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 247mg | Iron: 3mg

A Candy Cane Craft: Teddy Bear Sleds

I used to look at candy canes and see one of two things. A. cute, simple, and in-expensive tree decorations, or B. something gross I wouldn’t eat and would most likely collect dust in the Christmas bin until next Christmas. Boy, was I missing out! Still inexpensive, candy canes are great for Christmas-time crafts, like these adorable Teddy Bear Sleds. Who wouldn’t be tempted to eat these sledding teddies? They’re just so adorable. The youngest son loved these, so much so that he wouldn’t even eat his for a whole day. He’s never not eaten candy IMMEDIATELY. That’s never happened before, like not in the history of ever.

4 Sons 'R' Us: Teddy Bear Sleds

These little guys are so ‘bear-y’ cute! Sorry, I couldn’t resist 🙂

4 Sons 'R' Us: Teddy Bear Sleds

They’re almost too cute to eat. Almost.

4 Sons 'R' Us: Teddy Bear Sleds

A Candy Cane Craft: Teddy Bear Sleds

fun size snickers bars
mini candy canes
mini teddy grahams
chocolate frosting

Directions

1. Attach candy canes to the sides of unwrapped candy bars, using frosting, to look like sleigh rails. Let dry.
2. Again using the frosting, attach 1-2 teddy grahams to the top of the sleigh. Let the frosting dry again.
3. Enjoy your sleigh-riding teddy bears!