Stuffed Spinach Pizza

When Danny makes something special in the kitchen - which is every time he cooks - I just have to share it with you. The rest of this post is from him. Enjoy!

This is an amazing dish and is as delicious as it looks! There is a lot of “wow” factor and yet very simple to make. No stranger to the kitchen, I came up with the idea because I love pizza but wanted something more than just crust and toppings. I suppose you could say it is inspired by Chicago-style pizza pies.  Sorry New York fans, hahaha!  So, lets get started, shall we?

2 canned pizza crusts
1-2 lbs italian sausage ( I prefer hot, but you can use whatever flavor you like)
1 jar pizza sauce
fresh spinach
shredded mozzarella cheese
shredded parmesan cheese
minced garlic
coarse black pepper to taste
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.In a large skillet (I prefer cast iron) brown the Italian sausage and set aside.Place one of the pizza crusts in a 10” deep dish pan and spread on some pizza sauce. I use just enough to cov…

The Skeleton Of A Tree In Winter

It may sound silly, but I love looking at trees. This is probably a good thing because two-thirds of our property is wooded land. While most of us would say fall is the best time for tree watching, we can see the skeleton of the trees best in the winter.

This tree, one we can see from the dining room bay window, has always been one of my favorites. It was perfectly symmetrical and full of bright green leaves - until a storm came through and took out the largest branch on the righthand side. I still love it, it just looks a little lopsided now.

Some of our trees drop their leaves completely before winter, while others hang on to them all year round. The squirrels hang out in this tree a lot, using the leaves for warmth and the seeds for a little extra nutrition.

Do you know how to tell if the nest you're seeing is a bird nest or a squirrel nest? For the most part, birds make their nests from twigs and other thin material, while squirrels use leaves. Go check out your trees and see…

You Know You're A Puppy Mama When You Say...

A Great Dane and two 8-month-old puppies in the house. It's not even 8 a.m. and I've already said...

* Seriously? Stop! * Diesel Mac! Stop chewing on your sister's leg! * We just got back inside - you don't need to go again. * Please don't bring sticks in the house. * Molly, the babies aren't chairs. Don't sit on them!

* It's a squirrel, not a burglar! * Oh look, I walked through pools of water around the dog bowls again. * We should have purchased stock in carpet cleaner companies. We'd be rich. * Off the counter. I don't care how cute you are. * Callie Dee, your brother is not a chew toy!

* Stuffing goes INSIDE the pillows! * This is the living room, not a demolition derby course! * Come here. Come here. HERE! * Now that my shoulder is dislocated, will you stop pulling on the leash? * We have the best puppies in the whole wide world.

How To Clean Your House After Being Sick

There is so much sickness going around our area right now - and it probably is where you live, too. Unfortunately, many people are just passing it back and forth between their family and coworkers. It would be nice if we could just shut down the whole state for a week, let everyone get their illness out of their system and then try it again.

But since we can't, let's talk instead about why it's so important to have our homes as germ-free as possible and what steps we can take to stop sickness in its tracks.

When someone in your family is sick, there are going to be germs and bacteria everywhere. Not a pretty picture, I know, but it puts the spotlight on how thoroughly you clean. Spreading this nasty stuff is so easy, and short of wearing a HASMAT suit, disinfecting every way you can is the best way to fight back.

So what are some simple, practical ways to keep germs at bay during and after a sickness?

1. Wash the bedding. This includes on the beds, the couch and anywhere …

Words For Wednesday - Valentine Edition


Mixed And Matched Valentine's Day Treats

Let's make this Valentine's Day one to remember by mixing and matching our sweet treats. All you need are a few baked goods in contrasting colors and a variety of your favorite decorations.  

Pull out a couple of heart shaped cookie cutters, then cut your cake in half. Cut a heart out of the top half and use frosting or jam to seal them back together. These strawberry cake hearts have strawberry jam between them and are filled with sprinkles.

You can do this with cupcakes, too. Slice the top off right at the wrapper line and use a tiny heart cookie cutter to make the opening. Cover the bottom cake with frosting and put them back together. Then you can fill them with sprinkles or colored sugar - the frosting will hold it in place.

My favorite mix and match is to use cookie cutters on both flavors of cake and swap out the parts. A little bit of frosting will seal them together and hold on any tiny hearts you want to put on top.