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Fruit Pizza

Fruit Pizza is one of my favorite desserts!

It’s a wonderful dessert during springtime or any other special time of year, say like the upcoming holidays!  🙂

On this particular Fruit Pizza I used fresh strawberries, bananas, and kiwi but you can use your favorite fruits.

 

fruit pizza

FRUIT PIZZA

1 pkg. (16.5 oz.) refrigerated sliceable sugar cookies, sliced
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
4 cups assorted cut-up fruit (kiwi, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, drained canned mandarin oranges)
1/2 cup apricot preserves*
1Tbsp. water

HEAT oven to 375°F.

LINE 12-inch pizza pan with foil; spray with cooking spray. Arrange cookie dough slices in single layer in prepared pan; press together to form crust. Bake 14 min.; cool completely.  (I used my Pampered Chef baking stone for bars and my cookie crust got a little crisp. If you don’t have a stone you can use any 9×13 baking pan similar to this.)

Using a handmixer, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer until well blended.  Spread over crust.

TOP with the fresh sliced fruit.  Mix preserves and water; brush or spoon over fruit.  Cover and refrigerate  overnight.  (*I usually use Smucker’s Sugar Free Apricot Preserves.)

TIP-How to quickly soften cream cheese:  Place completely unwrapped package of cream cheese on microwaveable plate.   Microwave on HIGH for 10 to 15 sec. or until slightly softened.

 

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Cream Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Peppers aka Poppers!

Previously I posted my recipe for Poppers.  In fact, it was one of my first foodie blog posts!  I’ve posted several recipes since then and hope you’ve enjoyed them.

Here’s another way to make poppers.  They’re delicious and naturally low carb!  Instead of wrapping the stuffed peppers in bacon…add the cooked bacon to the cream cheese stuffing!

Easy-peasy!

 Here’s what you’ll need…

oops!  Forgot to include the bacon.


Soften the cream cheese and add the rest of the ingredients.

Stuff the peppers and place on a baking sheet.  Sprinkle with the

parmesan cheese.

yum-yum!

I’m one of those cooks that rarely ever measures anything so it does make

it hard to pass on the recipe.  But, looking at my

previous Poppers recipe, I’d say I used about

the same amount of ingredients.

Poppers

Jalepeno peppers (cut open and remove all seeds)

8 oz cream cheese

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

seasoning such as Soul Seasoning or Seasoning Salt, garlic, Old Bay, etc

2 green onions, sliced

6 -8 slices bacon, cooked, drained, crumbled

Parmesan cheese

Mix the cheeses.  Add the seasonings, onions and bacon.  Fill the peppers with the mixture and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Place on a foil lined pizza pan or baking sheet.

Bake in a 375º oven for about 20-30 minutes.  Keep a check on them after 20 minutes and bake until the peppers look done and the filling is all melty and gooey.   Cool and enjoy!  I served these with Ranch Dressing.

In case you’re wondering about my readers…here’s the results! Apparently readers from all over enjoy low carb and Southern cooking!  Thanks to all who participated.

Canada – 2

Florida – 2

West Virginia-2

Georgia-1

Hawaii-1

Indiana – 1

Kentucky – 1

Mississippi – 1

Pennsylvania – 1

Texas – 1

Washington – 1

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Bacon-Wrapped Lil’ Smokies

Yum, yum!  When I saw these on 2 different sites, I just had to make me some!  Anything wrapped in bacon…can it get any better?!

When these came out of the oven, I had to share!  So I quickly snapped a shot with my cell phone and uploaded it even quicker!

Make these and soon.

I made them like my friend, Grace, but since I didn’t have the Sugar Twin Brown Sugar (she’s right! it is very hard to find!), I used Splenda and added some spices…like garlic powder, bbq seasoning, and some Cajun seasoning I had on hand.

These would be great for a Super Bowl Party! or have them for breakfast with a low carb biscuit and cuppa Joe, like me.

Happy Sunday to you all!

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Holiday Goodies!

I know Christmas is close and I’ve been so busy in the kitchen,

I’ve had very little time to actually post what I’ve been cooking.


Soon I’ll have a post on the candies and cookies I’ve been making,

but in the meantime … these are some of the dishes

I made for the Thanksgiving holiday.


Glazed Applesauce Nut Cake


Cappuccino Mousse Trifle from Taste of Home


Cherries in the Snow

1 (8oz) cream cheese
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 (12 oz) tubs Cool Whip
1 can cherry pie filling
1 angel food cake

In large bowl mix cream cheese with milk, sugar, and vanilla.  Blend with hand mixer.  Fold in Cool Whip.  Slice cake and tear into small pieces. Layer ingredients in punch bowl.  First – cheese mixture, cake, cherry pie filling – layering until all mixtures are gone – cherry layer on top.


Aunt Mary’s Easy Chess Pie


 

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

1/2 stick butter
1 large pkg. frozen chopped broccoli
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 c. milk
1 (8 oz.) jar Cheez Whiz
3 c. cooked white rice
season with salt and pepper to taste

Cook the rice until done, add the butter, stir and set aside.
Cook the broccoli in a large pan until done.
Add the soup, milk, cheese and rice. Season.
Pour into a greased casserole.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes.

Corn Spoon Bread from Deep South Dish


Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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What have you made over this holiday season?



Cuban Sandwich or Hot Ham

I saw a recipe for a Cuban sandwich the other day and it looked

so good!  I thought I’ve just got to make one of those,

so one day while home on lunch I threw

this together.  It was quite tasty and I will be

making this again soon.


As usual, there is a twist.  My mom always laughed at me ’cause if

I don’t have it, I’ll substitute something for it!  🙂

This sandwich is made using my low carb biscuit for the bread

and unfortunately I had no pork roast, so maybe I should

just call this a Hot Ham Sandwich?!


I really didn’t use a recipe (but I will give you a link at the end)

and used more of a process, so I will overwhelm you

with pics and how I did made it.

I thought the sandwich photographed nicely and I couldn’t

chose just one picture to share, so that’s why I’ve posted

several different angles here.


I made up my biscuit dough and actually fried it up like a pancake.

It made 2 good size pancakes or fried bread.

I sliced one of the “pancakes”  into and flipped it over and spread

mayo on both “crusts” of the bread.  I then layered

sliced ham, cheese, and pickles, sprinkled with sea salt and

smokehouse pepper and assembled the sandwich.  I proceeded to

spread with butter and toast on both sides since I don’t own

a sandwich press.  Yummo!


It was great as a quick lunch.  Also, this sandwich would make a

great party appetizer when cut into smaller pieces

or served along with soup would be dinner!

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Here’s more on the Cuban Sandwich:

Celebrate Cuban

Taste of Cuba

Latin Food at About dot Com

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Ham Pecan Pinwheels

I love appetizers and this is one of the best roll-ups I’ve tried in a while!

I got this recipe from a friend who got it from Taste of Home, my favorite cook book!  I’m so glad she shared this tasty recipe.   I served these at my daughter’s birthday party, at her request.  She is a garlic lover and loves these pinwheels.

pinwheels

Ham Pecan Pinwheels

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 8 to 10 slices deli ham
  • 1 package tortillas (I used lower carb tortillas)

In a bowl, beat cream cheese, mayonnaise and garlic until smooth. Stir in pecans. Spread about 3 tablespoonfuls on tortilla, add a ham slice.

Roll up tightly; cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Cut into bite-size rounds.  Yield:  several dozen depending on how wide you cut them.  🙂

*I used Mission Carb Balance tortillas to reduce the carbs.

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My daughter is loving photography.

In fact, I’m having to hunt for my camera lately.

She loves taking pictures out doors.

She caught her cat posing one day and snapped a quick shot.

She loves the vintage sepia look.

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Heavenly Yeast Rolls

A few years ago, my hubby bought me a bread machine for my birthday.

I was thrilled!  There’s nothing like the smell of bread baking in the oven.  There’s a satisfaction of being able to bake your own bread.  When I bite into a warm yeast roll fresh from the oven, there’s a certain sense of accomplishment.

I went on a search for the perfect yeast roll.  This recipe was the best and easiest and with a name like Heavenly Yeast Rolls, what could be better?!

Heavenly Yeast Rolls

1 cup milk
1/2 cup softened butter
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups bread flour
2 eggs
2 1/2 teaspoon rapid rise yeast

Place the  ingredients in your bread machine in order recommended by the instruction book and use the dough cycle.

Remove the dough from the machine and knead gently on lightly floured surface.

Divide and shape into 24 – 30 smooth round balls.  Place the rolls about 3/4 inch apart on a greased cookie sheet.  Cover with a cloth and allow to double in a warm place.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 18 minutes.  Brush them with butter after baking to keep the tops soft.

*You can also substitute 1 cup of wheat flour for one cup of the bread flour for wheat rolls.

Optional: Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese before baking (see first picture.)

Serve with butter and jam.


More regular and low carb Bread and Roll Recipes that might interest you:

Kevin’s Low Carb Dinner Rolls

Low Carb Sandwich Rolls

Easy Dinner Rolls

Pioneer Woman’s Dinner Rolls

Linda Sue’s Dinner Rolls


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