Buffalo Chicken Pizza

buffalo chicken pizzaSo maybe this is the best pizza you have ever seen? It will be the best you have ever eaten- Or so help me, I will go to Buffalo, NY, home of the original “Buffalo Wing” and taste-test all the Buffalo wings in the city…I would do that for you.  For you…I would.

This may not be the same as a greasy bone-in crispy skinned buffalo wing- but it is a really close second.  I am sort of in love with Buffalo wing anything.  Being a central NY native, I was practically raised on Buffalo wings.  My mother didn’t put one in my mouth before she fed me a bottle or anything, but  I had many a teenage moment in the local pizza place waiting for my order to cook… Youth is so wasted on the young!  Anyhoo…

I still crave the flavor, but maybe I am getting old… the heavy feeling in the pit of my stomach after a meal of wings or buffalo sauced pasta or dip or anything with lots of cheese and goo- I don’t miss. If you are lightening up your meals, but crave a Buffalo wing every now and again, like I do- make this! It will hit. the. spot.  {The spot by your taste-buds I mean}.

The recipe:

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Yield: 12 slices

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 store-bought dough (or you can make your own)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 cup cooked chicken diced or shredded
  • 1/3 cup of Frank's Red Hot Wing Sauce
  • or make wing sauce with:
  • 1/4 cup Franks (Regular) Hot Sauce with 2 Tbsp. melted butter.- YUM
  • 1/3 cup pizza sauce (or just jarred marinara)
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced scallion
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded low-fat mozzarella or mild cheese
  • Blue cheese dressing (optional)

Instructions

In a half sheet pan, spray and spread the dough out evenly.

*NOTE: If you have never worked with a store-bought bagged dough, just take it out of refrigerator and the bag to let it rest on a floured board for 5 minutes. Stretch or roll it to the shape of your pan in one layer.

Sprinkle garlic powder and pepper evenly over the top.

Mix the wing sauce and the pizza sauce in a little bowl. Spread the thinnest layer of this all over the pizza. With the remaining sauce, add in the chicken and mix until the chicken is coated.

Layer the chicken on the pizza in one layer. Sprinkle on the celery and scallion. Cover with cheese.

Bake at 400* on a low shelf for 15 minutes or until the bottom of the pizza is light brown and the top of the pizza is bubbly.

Cut into 12 squares. Serve with blue-cheese.

Notes

I have used blue cheese crumbles instead of mozzarella melted on top- really good- and very authentic Buffalo-Wing taste!

http://hardlyagoddess.com/buffalo-chicken-pizza/

I usually make homemade pizza atleast once a week- either with store-bought dough (in the deli area) or make my own (which on a Friday after work, is just not happening).  During Lent, I would not make this on a Friday night obviously, as my family wouldn’t be able to eat it, but on a Saturday night…or during the day? Yup.

Pretty easy:

buffalo chicken pizza

Try it.  You will agree or I will go to Buffalo…

Barbecue Chicken Mini-Meatloaves

chicken mini meatloaf

My kids hate meatloaf.  The picky eater doesn’t really like ground meat, so this is the recipe that the grown people love. A lot.  And I missed making it – err, eating it anyway.

In an effort to appeal to the kids, I made the meatloaf into miniature size using a cupcake tin, and l surprisingly like the mini-meatloaves a lot more than regular meatloaf.  They are perfect portion control, and I feel like the meal actually looks more appealing myself this way rather than a loaf of greasy meat!

I was inspired by Pinterest of course, where I stumbled upon a couple of cutesy recipes that make meatloaf “cupcakes” where the frosting is actually mashed potatoes.  Sorry, but I think that is gross.  Like, mixing my mental expectation of a sweet cupcake… with ground meat.  Not good. So I didn’t do that.  I left it just chicken topped with BBQ sauce and served it with store-bought sweet potato fries– on the side!- and a vegetable.

BBQ Chicken Meatloaf

Raw meat…I know. My apologies!

Here is my meatloaf recipe made into mini-size- though you could just make it tradionally in one pan and serve that way too, though you would cook it at 350* for a full hour or more until done!

Barbecue Chicken Mini-Meatloaves

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 cup regular bread crumbs
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1/2 tsp. ground garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small can tomato sauce (8 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup favorite barbecue sauce

Instructions

Spray a muffin tin, and set aside.

Mix all the ingredients except the barbecue sauce together.

Shape the meat into 12 small mini loaves, into the muffin cups.

Brush the barbecue sauce on top of each loaf.

Bake at 350* for 45 minutes or until they are fully cooked in the center.

http://hardlyagoddess.com/barbecue-chicken-mini-meatloaves/

 

In Defense of Audio Books: 3 Good Reasons to Listen-Up

This post contains affiliate links.

Do you read audio books? I should re-phrase.

Do you “read” audio books?

Ha! There are some, and I was one, who believe that audio books aren’t the same as paper books.  It isn’t really “reading” unless you read in paper format…or maybe kindle, or ipad format too… In defense of audio books, I’d like to tell you a few reasons why I like them:

Reason #1

I also have a commute that is over an hour- radio gets pretty old, so audio books have been a great way to pass the time.  Instead of radio talk shows or the same songs played endlessly, I get to feel productive, and that I have used my few hours alone in a way that doesn’t feel wasteful.

Enter the book that I just finished:

It was the The Dog Stars (Vintage Contemporaries), which was really very good- quickly bringing me to my next point:

Reason #2

I never would have read this paper version of this book.  I have a long list of paper-only books that I want to read, so most things outside of this list, get put on a “read later” list that I just never seem to get to.  If This “B” list has any titles that I can listen to on an audio book, than I will.

In fact, by listening to it, I think I liked it more than I probably would have, had I been reading it on paper. By listening to someone read you a book- you are a passive participant.  You can just let the reader control the pace and the way the content moves ahead.  If I read a paper book, and it is paced slowly, I just give up, not having the patience to wait to see how the story progresses. Especialy if the book is a hugely long one…those are my favorites to listen to, since I don’t have the time to ever finish reading a good, long, book in paper form. {sigh}

Reason#3

This is sort of part of #2, but more about the reader.  If you get an audiobook where you don’t like the voice of the reader (the person whose voice you will hear for the very long commute), it is absolutely painful!  I usually stop listening to the book.  I know I just said that having someone read the book to me is one of the reasons I like audio books, so I will explain why I include this.

The Lacuna: A Novel (P.S.) by Barbara Kingsolver

Now for the reasons above, I have never read this paper version: it’s on the B list of books that I want to read in print, too long, and not as current a title as I need to keep up with my reading these days!  BUT the audio book’s narrator is Barbara Kingsolver.  I love when the author actually reads their own audio book! When this happens, they read at a cadence and pace that they originally intended when they were writing the book which is really nice.  You get to be pulled in really well, because the author is so interested in their own story!  I am surprisingly loving this book, when I have tried to pick the paper version up three different times, and could never get it going…

So these are 3 good reasons you should try an audio book on your next long car-ride or trip.  I am sure I can think of lots of other good reasons, but really I just like finishing a book.  Whether I read it in paper or audio really isn’t the point anymore for me, although I do make note of it on my Goodreads list, so I can keep track of what format I read it in.

I do still have my print book want to read list: (see widget on my sidebar)

Do you follow me on GoodReads?

Check out my books : https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7696982-barrie

If you are like me, and can’t remember ANYTHING that you have read or are reading, than GoodReads is an online place to put your memory for all of these books. It is social in that you can “connect” with others or see what your friends are reading.  You can see what I have read, or am reading now, and then if I review it, you can see that too.

To see what I am reading, you can follow me- Let me know if you join! I love hearing what other people love to read or recommend!

I hope you will try an audio book too!

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Twins Birthday! Celebrating 5 Happy Years!

twin birthday Twins are awesome.

They wake up every morning looking for each other, and always have their brother’s back.

In the beginning, when we didn’t know which twin was which (It is true! And common with identical twins- I am not a terrible mother!) we painted their toenails a different color.  In the hospital, we had little A and B caps on them to tell them apart, but as soon as we took one off, we were totally lost.

People are still constantly getting them mixed up, and we are too, if we aren’t careful.  But it has been so fun to see their individual personalities grow, and watch them become their own people.

If you can’t tell from my stellar pics, we had a NinjaTurtle theme, if you can call napkins and a cake decorated like Ninja Turtles, a “theme”-

ninja turtle cake

…and we went bowling:

boys bowling

This was the first real friend-party for them, and we still kept it small with their cousins and just three other friends there- Needless to say, they had a blast and loved their party and the attention all on them.

5 years later, if mistaken for his twin, one boy will tell you EXACTLY which twin he is!  They fight just like all the kids do- but they always have their best friend at an arms length to play with…They are truly a wonderful pair who keep us on our toes, and we are so happy for our little buddies.  Happy Birthday guys!

twin jam

Twin Jam

 

 

Menu Plan Monday: March 22-28

menu plan mondayAre you ready for the week ahead?

Me either.

That’s why I am posting this on a Sunday- Because I need to go shopping for the week, as many of you might do on Sunday- Not a Monday… So technically, this is “Menu-plan-Sunday”. Erg.

Shopping with two twin boys is not ideal.  Either is shopping with four kids who are hungry and fighting.  You know that image on the web of a mom with a tantruming child, and the caption is “Don’t worry mom, I know how you feel” ?…Yep. Multiply that by two. ‘Cuz twins are two.  Two tantrumers, two people asking, “Can I get this?” Two little hands and mouths touching every last germ on that car-cart with one wheel, that you biceps are doing their best at to push that d#@m cart in a forward direction…

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shopping_cart_with_seating_for_3_kids.jpg

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shopping_cart_with_seating_for_3_kids.jpg

I try to shop alone.

It mostly doesn’t happen, and it’s not always terrible, but sometimes it is enough to take the wind right. out. of my sails.

But my dinners are ready to go- I just need to shop for them to make sure that I won’t have to run out during the week at all.  You see how I like to plan ahead to NOT shop all week long?!

We have the boys’ birthday this week and MoonDog’s Birthday is Friday.  So two dinners will probably get moved around so we can celebrate with a different meal, but atleast I will have ducks in row as “just in case” meals.

Here it is:

March 22- 28

  • Stuffed Shells
  • Baked Chicken Legs
  • Black Bean Soup, grilled cheeses, veg-tray
  • Pasta, chicken-sausage, veg
  • Tacos
  • Oven Baked Pork Chops

You can also see the other recipes and meal plan for the entire month for some good meal ideas.  Once again, I am linking up with two other sites, Orgjunkie.com &  Jill Conyers.com for meal plans too.

Orgjunkie.com

Orgjunkie.com

 

 

 

To our health, ladies! What’s On Your Face?

This is a repost of a write-up I did way back when- But I rewrote it, since I thought it was still relevant, since I keep finding out how gross my cosmetics and shampoos are for me!  Some lessons are meant to keep learning, I guess!

Found some new things to read online today:

Not Just a Pretty Face
Women’s Voices for the Earth
Campaign for Safe Products

These are old, but great links to read about the importance of knowing what ingredients go ON and around your body.  As I’ve said, I am no holy-roller on the environmental roller coaster… but I do like to wear the seat-belt and play safe.  The more I am reading, the better equipped I am to make some good choices for the health of my family and myself.

My favorite cosmetic site, is the safety database of Skin Deep®.

It is from the Environmental Working Group and lists all the bad-stuff for your skin.  You search by ingredient or product name to get the potential hazard scorecard for the item.

It’s not always what you think.  Several of my “natural” products scored very poorly on the scale, while my dollar-store run of the mill products did much better than I expected.  The key is to read your ingredient list (yea right!) or use products from better know brands that are approved by the campaign for safe products.

Anyhoo- Check them out,.  Your products, I mean.  I think you will be very surprised regardless of what you find! Also see my post about their app for your phone!