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Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizzas

2016 June 3

Happy Friday, friends! So, have you ever made Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizzas? This is one of those fun and kitschy recipes you see all over Pinterest and think, one day I’d like to make those just for fun! Well, let me tell you…I made them and they were surprisingly good.

Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizzas

First up, “watermelon pizza” which is really just a sugar cookie crust with cream cheese frosting, a row of sliced kiwi for the rind and center of strawberry and chocolate chip watermelon “seeds.” I have to say, it’s easy to make and absolutely adorable!

Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizzas

And then there is the giant orange slice made up of a sugar cookie crust, cream cheese frosting, mandarin orange segments and shredded coconut. Cut in half and this pizza looks like a juicy slice of orange!

Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizzas

These fruit pizzas would be perfect served with champagne for a fun girls night or equally as cute served pool side for a summer party.

Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizzas

While the original version of the recipe calls for a marshmallow fluff & cream cheese frosting, I chose to keep it simple with a basic cream cheese frosting instead. But by all means, fluff it up if you are into that! As for the crust, you can absolutely use your favorite sugar cookie recipe or take the shortcut I did and use a package of sugar cookie mix. Which ever way your cookie crumbles (see how I did that?) you’ll have a sweet and fruity dessert in no time.

Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizzas

Honestly, is this watermelon pizza not the cutest thing you’ve seen all day? I kinda want to throw a watermelon themed party JUST to make a bunch of these. Everyday-easy summer dessert solved!

Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizzas

 

Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizzas

 photos by Leah Bergman

Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizzas
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pkg. Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
  2. 1 tablespoon flour
  3. 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  4. 1 large egg
  5. 1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
  6. 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  7. 4 cups confectioners sugar
  8. 2 cans mandarin oranges
  9. 1 cup shredded coconut
  10. 1 package strawberries
  11. 2 kiwi
  12. chocolate chips for watermelon "seeds"
Cookie Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray two 9 inch round cake pans with cooking spray and line bottoms with a circle of parchment paper.
  3. Combine sugar cookie mix, flour and butter and mix until the butter breaks up into small pie size pieces.
  4. Add the egg and mix until it forms a dough.
  5. Divide dough in half.
  6. Pat one half of dough in the bottom of each pan with greased fingers, spreading dough so that it ends about 1/2 inch from the edge of the pan.
  7. Bake for 14-18 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove and set on a cooling rack.
  9. Cool completely. Meanwhile make the frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Beat cream cheese and butter together until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in confectioners sugar slowly, one cup at a time, on low speed until combined. Beat on high until light and fluffy.
  3. Spread a couple of scoops over top of each cookie.
  4. Refrigerate until well chilled while you prepare the fruit.
Toppings
  1. Peel and cut kiwi into thin slices. Cut slices in half. Set aside
  2. Wash and chop strawberries into small pieces. Set aside.
  3. Once the crust is chilled decorate with fruit pieces.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Adapted from Hungry Happenings
Adapted from Hungry Happenings
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Backyard Kidspaces I am Loving

2016 June 2

Our backyard is, well, how should I say this…it has potential. Isn’t that the nice way of saying that something is basically a disaster but if you put in some serious work it could be really cool? Well, that sums up our backyard. LOTS of potential. Now that we have twins, my manicured garden dreams have sort of shifted to more fun and whimsical garden spaces. Of course my raised vegetable beds won’t be going anywhere and Jason is dead set on a fire pit (oy vey) but there is plenty of room for all of that and some seriously cool kidspace. Of course, we will probably be starting off with a baby pool and tree swing, but here are just a few bits of inspiration I’m loving for the future.

Backyard Kidspaces Teepee

1/ Teepee: What child wouldn’t absolutely love to have a teepee in their backyard? It’s pretty much the modern day fort and way cooler than the old chairs and sheet business my sister and I used to use. I’m pretty sure reading books all day in a garden teepee is the stuff of magical daydreams. (photo source)

Backyard Kidspaces Heart Walkway

2/ Heart Walkway: Stepping stones in the shape of hearts…leading to the teepee of course! I mean, how adorable is this? Who wants to pour concrete this weekend? (photo source)

Backyard Kidspaces Chalkboard

3/ Chalkboard Fence: Why have a boring old fence or wall when you can have this chalkboard wall? Of course I would stock up on colorful chalk for the kiddos. Gosh I love sidewalk chalk. (photo source)

Backyard Kidspaces Colorful Flower Cans

4/ Colorful Flowering Cans: The perfect colorful backdrop to a child’s outdoor play area and if they are old enough, a good way to get them involved in watering and taking care of plants! (photo source)

Backyard Kidspaces Clubhouse

5/ The Ultimate Clubhouse: Um, can I move in? This clubhouse is too much. I mean, it even has a little picnic table out front for serving friends homemade mudpies and discussing clubhouse rules. Nifty teal slide for quick escape out the back? Genius. (photo source)

Barbecue Chicken Sliders with Mango Slaw

2016 May 26

Memorial Day weekend is almost here which means barbecues, beach days, and the unofficial start of summer! Yipee, hooray, can you smell the coconut suntan lotion already? Ok, to be honest, I’m not at all prepared for bathing suit season…but I do have a killer recipe for Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sliders with a Mango-Jicama Slaw that will make you do a happy dance and forget all about bikinis and such nonsense! Who’s interested?

Barbecue Chicken Sliders with Mango Slaw

Perfect for this long holiday weekend and good and messy like a proper barbecue slider should be. Which is why I’m partnering once again with Persil® ProClean™ detergent. It’s pretty much an unspoken law that barbecue sauce should be messy, and you need a good detergent to get that sticky out, am I right?

Barbecue Chicken Sliders with Mango Slaw

Remember THESE bright blue cocktails I made? Ya, Persil® ProClean™ got out every one of those stains after I photographed them for the blog, I’ve been a fan ever since. Which is why Persil® ProClean™ is one of my many summer essentials; right along with popsicle molds, my favorite ice cream maker, a magically flattering one-piece swimsuit that I can run around after the twins in and still look decent…they make those, right? Hey, I’m nothing if not practical about my essentials.

Barbecue Chicken Sliders with Mango Slaw

I guess I’ll get on the whole swim suit shopping mission after Memorial Day. That is, right after I enjoy these barbecue chicken sliders with extra, extra slaw. Ooh the slaw! I threw in some sweet mango, crunchy jicama, and lots of cilantro to jazz it up. I like jazzy sandwiches, especially on long holiday weekends and especially when I can wear some large mumu-like contraption and eat 4 or 5 of these babies. Trust me, you will do the same! They are just that good.

Barbecue Chicken Sliders with Mango Slaw

Happy long holiday weekend my friends! Go try this slider recipe and let me know what you think. Oh, and pick up Persil® ProClean™ before you do, it’s now available at select Target stores (yay) and online so it’s even easier to find. Happy weekending!

Barbecue Chicken Sliders with Mango Slaw

Barbecue Chicken Sliders with Mango Slaw

Barbecue Chicken Sliders with Mango Slaw
Yields 18
Barbecue pulled chicken sliders with a mango jicama and cilantro slaw.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 whole Cut Up Fryer Chicken
  2. Salt And Pepper, to taste
  3. 2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
  4. 1 bottle Barbecue Sauce
  5. 1 whole Onion, Sliced
  6. 8 whole Cloves Garlic
  7. 18 mini hamburger buns
Slaw
  1. 10 oz bag shredded cabbage
  2. 1 1/2 cups shredded carrot
  3. 1 small jicama shredded
  4. 1 mango shredded
  5. 1/2 cup Whole Milk
  6. 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  7. 1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
  8. 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  10. 1 bunch Cilantro, Roughly Chopped
Slaw
  1. Combine shredded cabbage, carrot, jicama and mango in a bowl. *You can easily shred all of the ingredients in a food processor fitted with the shredding plate.
  2. In a separate bowl mix milk, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, and cayenne. Pour over cabbage mix. Toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate two hours.
  3. Before serving, toss in cilantro leaves.
Chicken
  1. Heat canola oil in a heavy pot over medium high heat. Season chicken, then sear on all sides until skin is golden brown and some fat is rendered. Remove chicken from pot and pour off excess grease.
  2. Add sliced onions and whole garlic cloves to pot and stir around to cook for 2 minutes. Pour in barbecue sauce, add chicken to the sauce, and place lid on the pot.
  3. Place in a 300 degree oven for 1 1/2 hours, or until chicken is falling off the bone.
  4. Remove the whole garlic cloves from the pot and set it aside. Remove chicken from pot and allow to cool enough to handle. Using hands or two forks, remove the meat from the bones. Finely shred the chicken using your hands or two forks.
  5. Carefully skim off the excess fat that has risen on top of the sauce. Return shredded chicken to the pot and stir into the sauce. Reheat so that it's warm.
  6. To serve, place a good amount of chicken on the bottom half of the rolls, then a good helping of slaw. Top with the other half of the bun!
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Freutcake http://www.freutcake.com/

Barbecue Chicken Sliders with Mango Slaw

photos by Leah Bergman

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