Santa Fe Flatbread

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santa-fe-flatbread

Friday nights were made for pizza – amiright?

On the Friday before we left for vacation, I was super busy packing up our things and it was way too hot to even think about baking but, being a sucker for tradition, I didn’t want to skip on pizza night so I decided to keep it light, quick and easy and put together some Santa Fe flatbreads. Not exactly pizza but definitely delicious and got the job done. 

Building the flatbreads was super easy because I used a Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Salad from Costco. There are a bunch of different varieties available but on this trip the Santa Fe Style Salad caught my eye.

bistro-bowl-packaging

The Santa Fe Style Salad comes with romaine lettuce, white meat chicken, fire roasted corn, a four cheese blend, tortilla chips and a salsa-ranch dressing. 

Speaking of the dressing…SO good. This pregnant mama has been dreaming about it since we had this dinner and I can’t wait to get back to Costco so I can buy more. And that fire roasted corn – mmmmm so yummy. Corn is one of my favorite things to put on the grill and the fact that the hard part was already done for me was perfect. 

flatbread

All of the ingredients were already prepared and portioned for me so all I had to do was spread the dressing onto my flatbread, add the toppings and serve. Dinner was on the table in minutes and pizza night was saved.  

I found the Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Salads in the refrigerated section of Costco that is near the meats and cheese. 

costco-bistro-bowl

To keep our meal light, I paired the flatbreads with a refreshing homemade blackberry iced tea. Stay tuned for that recipe soon. Which Ready Pac Bistro Bowl will you pick up next time you are at Costco?

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fresh cherry sauce

I love summertime fruit. Peaches and blackberries and strawberries and cherries and blueberries and and AND… 

…you get the picture. 
fresh-cherry-sauce

Being the dessert lover that I am, I planned this cherry sauce with ice-cream sundaes in mind. On the day that I made it, we had a friend join us for dinner whose stomach doesn’t always agree with dairy so I whipped up a quick cake so that he could enjoy the sauce too. (sounds way more impressive than it really was, I used store bought cake mix)

The sauce paired perfectly with both the ice cream and the cake and next time I think I will plan on making a cake regardless of who we have (or don’t have – more for us!) joining us. 

cherry-sauce-and-cake cherry-sauce

This fresh cherry sauce is incredibly versatile so don’t feel like you have to stick to dessert. Try it at breakfast on top of pancakes or yogurt. You can even drizzle some on top of pork chops for lunch or dinner. No matter how you serve it, your tastebuds are going to be very happy. 

What’s your favorite summertime fruit?

Fresh Cherry Sauce
A delicious summertime treat
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Prep Time
4 min
Cook Time
6 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
4 min
Cook Time
6 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups pitted cherries
  2. 2 tsp cornstarch
  3. 2 TB sugar
  4. 2 TB water
  5. 2 TB butter
Instructions
  1. Over medium heat, add pitted cherries to saucepan. Add all other ingredients and bring to boil for about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and simmer another 3 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove from heat and serve. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. This recipe is super versatile. Try on top of pancakes and yogurt or pair with pork chops for a nice summertime dinner.
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easy peach cobbler

Mmmm cobbler. One of my favorite summer desserts. It’s fresh, light and always a crowd pleaser. 

EASY-PEACH-COBBLER

I woke up yesterday with a hankering for some homemade cobbler so I made my way to the grocery store for some fresh fruit. Originally I was going to go with the mixed berry route but when I saw the display of fresh, ripe peaches in front of me my inner wannabe-Southern-Belle spoke up and my mind was changed! 

easy peach cobbler

The recipe I’m sharing with you today is so easy and versatile – I bet you already have everything you need sitting in your pantry. Clean up is minimal too (major plus) so I don’t really see a reason for you not to have this sitting on your kitchen table tonight. What kind are you going to make?

Easy Peach Cobbler
A delicious, easy peach cobbler recipe
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 medium-sized peaches
  2. 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 1 cup flour
  5. 1 egg
  6. 6 Tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Slice peaches and add to lightly greased 8x8 square baking dish
  3. Drizzle lemon juice over peaches
  4. In separate bowl, combine egg, sugar and flour with a fork until it resembles a course meal
  5. Sprinkle flour mixture onto peaches
  6. Melt butter in small dish and pour over peach and flour mixture
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes
Notes
  1. This recipe is very versatile - substitute berries or other fresh fruit for peaches
  2. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
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robin eggs milkshake

Guys, my life just got turned upside down.

Until right now [when I double checked the packaging to make sure I was spelling it correctly for this post] I had always referred to those perfectly pastel candy delights that I found in my Easter basket as ‘robbin’s eggs’.

Nope. There is no “s” at the end. They are simply ‘robin eggs’. And now I feel like that annoying person who unnecessarily pluralizes everything. Sorry, people!

Robin Eggs milkshake

ANYWAYS

After not blogging for what seems like a year, I am back. February was long (even though it was short – HA). It was full of big changes and hard decisions. But now we are back in our groove and ready to welcome spring.

And I can’t think of a better way to bring on a new season than with a delicious milkshake. Can you?

Robin Eggs Milkshake

This milkshake looks fancy but is super easy to make. Throw a few scoops of vanilla ice cream into your blender with a handful of robin eggs and some milk. That’s it! (although we did have half of a banana waiting to be used on the counter that I threw into the mix tonight)

My trick with milkshakes is to add the milk last, and pour until the milk line is about half an inch away from the top of the rest of your goodies. Perfect consistency every time. 

After blending, just throw a dollop of cool whip or whipped cream on top and sprinkle with crushed robin eggs. Voila! 

To get the robin eggs rim, I dipped the ends of our cups in Hershey’s chocolate syrup and then rolled around on a plate filled with crushed candy. Then, I placed the cups in the freezer so that the chocolate would harden and the robin eggs pieces wouldn’t fall off. 

What’s your favorite Easter candy?

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pot roast pizza

Seeing how much of the country is freezing this week, I’m willing to bet that the general crockpot population (yep, that’s a thing) is feeling the love. If you find yourself with any leftover pot roast, then I have just the recipe for you.

Heck, it was so good even if you don’t have leftover pot roast you should probably just make one now so you can make this pizza.

pot roast pizza

In our household, a good crockpot meal will last for days. But (much to my husband’s dismay) I get tired of eating the same thing for days at a time. I’m really trying to get better at this. So re-purposing our meals is key.

pot roast pizza

Last Friday morning I was preparing dough for our weekly pizza night and I remembered that we had leftover pot roast. 

It was sitting in the outside fridge and I could basically hear it crying out to me:

“Don’t forget me!”

“Ditch the pizza, use me up!”

“Alex will be so disappointed if you let me go bad”

Talk about a guilt trip. 

I couldn’t ignore the pot roast, but didn’t want to break tradition. So I put the pot roast on the pizza. Problem solved. 

Pot roast + gouda + parmesan + onion + arugula = pot roast pizza.

No one was mad. 

Pot Roast Pizza
A unique, delicious pizza using leftover crockpot pot roast
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. pizza dough (homemade or prepared)
  2. favorite pizza sauce
  3. freshly grated gouda cheese
  4. freshly grated parmesan cheese
  5. leftover pot roast
  6. 2 TB red wine
  7. 1 onion
  8. 2 TB butter
  9. 1 tsp brown sugar
  10. arugula
Instructions
  1. preheat oven to 425F
  2. shred leftover pot roast and add to skillet over low heat
  3. add red wine to skillet and allow to simmer
  4. chop onion into small pieces
  5. add butter to small pan over low heat
  6. once butter is melted, add onion and dust with brown sugar
  7. stir onion mixture until onions have caramelized and are fragrant. remove from heat.
  8. line a cutting board with paper towels
  9. remove pot roast from heat and transfer meat to paper towels to drain excess moisture
  10. roll out dough on floured surface into desired shape
  11. layer pizza with sauce, pot roast, onion and cheese as desired
  12. bake in preheated oven for approximately 15 minutes
  13. once cooled, add arugula to top of pizza
  14. slice, serve and enjoy
Notes
  1. Baking times may vary due to oven and/or dough thickness. Check on pizza intermittently to avoid burning.
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byrd food: coconut marshmallows

Mmmm…There’s nothing better than a mug full of chocolate on a cold winter’s night. amiright? Especially when said mug is overflowing with fluffy marshmallow goodness. 

homemade  coconut marshmallows

I can feel the judging eyes through the computer screen. You don’t think I know what I’m talking about because “it doesn’t get cold in Hawaii”, right?

homemade  coconut marshmallows

Well, I’m here to tell you that it does get cold in Hawaii. Sure, not below-freezing cold. But cold enough for our coconut oil to turn solid(ish). 

Solid(ish) oil = cold. It’s science. 

homemade  coconut marshmallows

Speaking of coconuts (kinda) go back to that mug of hot chocolate with me. Imagine it now overflowing with fluffy, COCONUTTY marshmallows. Ohhhh yeah. It’s as good as you think it is. And they are super easy to make! 

I’m sharing the recipe with you now, so wipe that drool off your chin and get in the kitchen!

coconut marshmallows
Yields 12
Fluffy, coconutty marshmallow goodness.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 packs gelatin
  2. 8 TB cold water
  3. 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  4. 1/3 cup cold water
  5. 2 tsp coconut extract
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1/4 tsp salt
  8. confectioner's sugar for dusting
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, pour gelatin and stir in 8 TB cold water. Set aside.
  2. Grease an 8x8 pan with butter, then sprinkle confectioner's sugar in pan to coat well.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine 1/3 cup cold water and the granulated sugar. Over medium heat, continue stirring until the sugar has dissolved (approximately 3-4 minutes)
  4. Add gelatin mixture to the saucepan and whisk until boiling. Once boiling, remove from heat.
  5. Pour saucepan contents into bowl of electric mixer and let cool (about 5 minutes)
  6. Add coconut extract, vanilla extract and salt.
  7. With the whisk attachment, beat the mixture on medium-high speed for 10-15 minutes. Just enough for the mixture to turn white, shiny and thick.
  8. Spread into your 8x8 pan and top with confectioner's sugar.
  9. Place into fridge and allow to set until ready to serve (approximately 3 hours)
Notes
  1. Want to make these extra special? Try dipping them in melted dark chocolate and sprinkling toasted coconut or macadamia nut on top!
Adapted from food.com
Adapted from food.com
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byrd food: turkey burger pizza

I love turkey burgers. And turkey burgers love me. At least, I’m guessing that’s what they would say if they could talk. Kind of a weird thing to think about, yea? Even weirder way to start off this blog post. I’m sorry. Blame my seriously sleep-deprived mom brain.

ANYWAYS.

I had a serious hankering for a turkey burger last week but it was Friday. And in the Byrd household, Fridays are for pizza. And beer. (can’t forget the beer) So I did a little bit of Googling and came across this recipe.

homemade pizza dough

sweetbabyjesus it was delicious.

Ground turkey in Worcestershire sauce (I swear that’s the secret to any good burger). Onions caramelized in butter. Cheese. Onions caramelized in butter. Homemade dough. Onions caramelized in butter. And did I mention onions caramelized in butter?!

turkey burger pizza

Do yourself a favor and make this pizza immediately. Or come over to my house so I have an excuse to make it again.

turkey burger pizza
Serves 4
Favorite turkey burger mix, but on a pizza. Hello, yum!
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 pound ground turkey
  2. 1/2 red onion, chopped
  3. 1 TB crushed garlic
  4. 2 TB Worcestershire sauce
  5. 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  6. salt and pepper
  7. pizza dough
  8. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  9. tomato sauce
Instructions
  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. in a small pan, caramelize the onion in a mixture of olive oil and butter
  3. in a skillet, brown the ground turkey
  4. add garlic, onion, Worcestershire and parsley to turkey mixture, warm for 1 minute, then remove from heat
  5. on a floured surface, roll out the pizza dough to desired thickness and shape
  6. spread the tomato sauce evenly onto the dough
  7. dress your pizza with turkey mixture and cheese
  8. slide your pizza into the oven and bake approximately 15 minutes
  9. remove pizza from oven and allow to cool slightly
  10. top with chopped parsley, slice and enjoy!
Notes
  1. keep an eye on your pie! baking times will vary depending on your oven and cooking method (pizza stone, baking sheet, etc)
Adapted from Bev Cooks
Adapted from Bev Cooks
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