Sunday Inspiration {Stadium Food}

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Noah’s 5th birthday party was yesterday and it went off without a hitch (I’ll share details on Friday). It was sports themed so today I’m sharing some elevated stadium food.

The United Hot Dogs of America. What do you think about your state? I’m down with ours, like a giant pig-in-a-blanket.

And some more crazy loaded dogs. Buffalo dog? Um, yes please.

Lemonade, lemonade, lemonade. Made this for Noah’s party. Good stuff.

Those cinnamon roasted almonds you can get at the game? Here’s a kicked up version. Yum.

Pretzels + Pizza. Pretty much the best stadium foods.

I love getting a frozen lemonade at baseball games. This looks like an amazing variation.

I’m always down for some onion rings.

Fancy pants popcorn.

I love me some stadium nachos.

Exercise? I thought you said extra fries. Hahaha, gets me every time.

Funnel cakes are a major favorite in our house. This is a fun little twist.

*Cheese curds pictured above can be found here.

 

 

How To: Grilled Pizza

Have you ever had grilled pizza before? I’ve had it on my “to try” list for quite awhile now but never got around to it until now. And you know what? I’m kicking myself for waiting so dang long. The outside of the crust becomes crispy and a little charred while the inside stays chewy. It’s kind of the best ever.
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We love having pizza nights at home but usually steer clear of them during the summer because I don’t want to heat up the house. This is the perfect way to keep the tradition going and it’s just as easy as the traditional version.
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You’ll start by preparing your favorite dough, pizza sauce and toppings. I always double the dough and sauce recipes and freeze half. Plus, we ALWAYS have cheese. This means we can have pizza quickly on a weeknight without much effort at all. Winning.
Grilled Pizza 1
This time around we went traditional with what we already had in the fridge, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, mozzarella and sharp cheddar but feel free to top this tasty crust with anything you like. I think I might go with buffalo chicken next time around.
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How To: Grilled Pizza

1/2 recipe pizza dough (freeze other half or make 2)
Olive oil
Pizza sauce
Toppings of choice

1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Meanwhile, roll out pizza dough thinly and brush one side generously with olive oil.

2. Place dough, olive oil side down, on the heated grill and close the lid. Grill for 3 minutes then gently lift the crust to check if it has begun to brown. My grill flared up so check if any areas are burning and rotate so that the crust is evenly browned. If crust hasn’t browned and gotten grill marks, continue to grill, checking every minute or two.

3. Brush uncooked side of crust with olive oil and flip. Top pizza with sauce, cheese and desired toppings quickly and close lid. Cook for 3 minutes and check crust as you did in step 2. Cook until crust is browned and crispy and the cheese has melted completely. Remove pizza from grill and allow to sit for a minute before slicing.
How To: Grilled Pizza

Coconut Granola

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I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! We spent the weekend at my parents house visiting with them and my grandma and aunt who were visiting from Florida. We went to a family friends house the night of the 4th to light fireworks together and Hannah proved herself to be a little pyromaniac like the rest of us. Every time a firework was done she would sign “more.” Oh, and she laughed maniacally while they were exploding. That’s my girl.
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After all the food I ate this weekend, I’m thinking we need to lighten things up this week. To me, nothing is better than an easy, healthy breakfast that doesn’t require any brain power in the morning. I don’t do mornings all that well. That’s where the granola comes in. Make this up the night before and all you have to do when you wake up is pour some milk over it or layer it with some yogurt and fruit. I don’t love the texture of yogurt so I always have a good dose of granola on top to make it bearable.
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I adapted this recipe to make it clean and it’s just as good as a granola sweetened with sugar. I even sprinkled this over some strawberries (with a small amount of whipped cream) when I was craving something sweet after dinner but didn’t want to blow my day.
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It’s packed with walnuts and almonds to make it hearty and keep you full all morning. It’s great to have on hand for healthy snacking too.
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Coconut Granola
recipe adapted from Table for Two

2 cups old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
4 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Combine oats, walnuts, almonds, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Pour into oat mixture and stir until fully combined.

3. Pour oats onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 30-45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet then break up and store in an airtight container.
Coconut Granola

Sunday Inspiration {Summer Crafts + Science Edition}

Candy Land
After everything I’ve eaten this weekend, I just couldn’t bare looking at food so I decided to gather up some fun crafts and activities to keep the kiddos busy this summer. Noah is super creative and doesn’t spend a lot of time playing with toys but rather building and creating. We plan on doing lots of projects and experiments this summer to keep busy. We try to keep them simple at this point since Noah doesn’t have a super long attention span and projects are sometimes hard to do with “destructor,” aka Hannah, running around. Here’s some we plan on trying this summer.

My boys made this together and love playing with it.

We love sidewalk chalk at our house so this will be a major hit.

Food + Fun will keep the kids busy.

Sometimes I wonder if my kids are fish so all these water ideas will keep them busy for hours.

Noah loves to know how things work (How It’s Made is one of his favorite shows) so he would just love this experiment.

A marshmallow catapult. I mean, come on.

More fun, colorful science.

Total mess, but looks like a blast. Use water ideas above after….

Fun crafts to feed your favorite feathered friends.

We’ve already done this several times this summer and it’s a big hit.

Cheap and fun and cools you off.

I remember my mom making peanut butter play dough when I was a kid. Definitely becoming a tradition for us too.

Photo Friday

College Homerun Derby and Fireworks
We went to the College Homerun Derby and fireworks show last night and it was awesome as always. It’s one of my favorite days of the year.

Noah loved watching all the sluggers hit ’em out of the park and the player from UND won. His last name was Campbell, which is the name of Noah’s school, so he was pretty excited about that.

Here he is trying to catch a shirt.
College Homerun Derby and Fireworks
Here’s proof that this sweet girl takes after her mama. Savory over sweet every day!
College Homerun Derby and Fireworks
I love my goofy family.
College Homerun Derby and Fireworks
I was a little anxious that Hannah would be scared of the fireworks but instead she pointed and belly laughed for the majority of the 20 minute show. Both of my babies love fireworks so I guess I’ll keep them.

 

Grilled Honey Mustard Ham

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If you follow me on any of my social media accounts, you’ll know that my Shark Bite Cupcakes were featured on Buzzfeed Monday in celebration of Shark Week on The Discovery Channel. I’m just a tad excited about it if you hadn’t already noticed. I have always loved shark week and have even swam with them twice so that made it that much cooler for me. It feels so amazing to be recognized and validated for something you love doing.
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Ok, enough with the gushing and onto the recipe. I thought I would share another incredibly easy recipe for summer that is done in minutes. Seriously, like 5 minutes and done. We love honey mustard around here and I know if something is smothered in it, my guys will eat it.
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This recipe starts with a precooked ham, sliced thickly which is slathered in a quick, 3 ingredient honey mustard then thrown on the grill for a couple minutes to char it a bit. I love meals that take no thought or effort in the summer so we don’t have to take time away from all our outdoor shenanigans.
Grilled Honey Mustard Ham 1
A word of advice, this can overcook and get dry very quickly so just cook it long enough to heat it through and get a bit of color on it. Throw some veggies on the grill alongside the ham and you’ve got dinner done in minutes.

Grilled Honey Mustard Ham

4 thick slices precooked ham (like you would have at the holidays)
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 cup yellow mustard
1/2 tsp. thyme

1. Preheat grill to medium high heat. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, yellow mustard and thyme.

2. Brush one side of each ham slice and place sauce side down on the grill. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until grill marks appear. Brush with more honey mustard then flip and cook another 2 minutes.
Grilled Honey Mustard Ham Collage

Caprese Tortellini Salad

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In a few weeks, we’ll be driving to Colorado for our annual family vacation. Road trip with two kids, yay…. Really though they should do well since it’s not too far of a drive. The first night we are staying in Denver and going to Elitch Gardens Theme Park. We’ll be there on my birthday so I need some good family friendly restaurant suggestions. After our day in Denver we’re going to a little town about 45 minutes from Colorado Springs for the rest of our trip. Again, restaurant and activity suggestions are more than welcome.
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With the kids, we’re going to try and keep it more low key which totally goes against everything I stand for when it comes to vacation but it makes it much more enjoyable in the end. We learned that the hard way with our first family vacation after Noah was born. He was about 9 months old and we went to Chicago. I’d never been before so I wanted to see and do everything in the city. Although Noah was a really easy going baby, those kind of plans aren’t always kid friendly. He was miserable and overtired by the end of each day which in turn made us grumpy. It turned out to be a not so fun trip which was really a bummer for our first trip. I don’t know why we though we could run the way we did pre-child. And also, why we thought it would be a good idea to bring a full size stroller on the train. Seriously, we did that. I’m sure people hated us. I would have. The whole trip is funny to look back on now but man were we ticked back then.

Since we’re staying in a house in Colorado, we are going to be cooking most of our meals but not every meal. It is vacation after all! We’re planning quick, easy meals to maximize our time in the beautiful mountains. And this pasta salad is the perfect side dish for the occasion. It comes together in minutes and is even better if made the night before.
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For the homemade balsamic vinaigrette, simply place all ingredients in a mason jar and shake, shake, shake. Then chop the tomatoes and mozzarella. All of this can be done while cooking the tortellini. Boom. Throw some brats and veggies on the grill and dinner is served.

This would be great to serve for the 4th of July. And since it contains no mayo, you don’t have to worry about it sitting out for awhile. Quick side dish = more time to blow up stuff. That’s always a plus in my book. Speaking of fireworks, let me leave you with this little tip. Several firecrackers in a Sams Club size can of corn (opened completely of course) is always, always a good idea. Not that I speak from experience…..
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Did a bit of my redneck just come out?

Caprese Tortellini Salad

1 cup balsamic vinaigrette (recipe follows)
12 oz. cheese tortellini, cooked according to package directions
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
3 oz. mozzarella, finely diced

For the balsamic vinaigrette:
recipe adapted from Goodness Gracious

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp. dried parsley
2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. onion powder
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tsp. kosher salt

1. For the dressing: combine all ingredients in a jar and shake to combine. Store in refrigerator.

2. Combine the tortellini, 1 cup dressing, tomatoes and mozzarella in a bowl and gently toss. For best results, make at least a few hours in advance.