Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cookie Pizza Cake

I just want you to know. I love chocolate, especially when it is paired with peanut butter. I am a Reese's peanut butter cup girl. They are my very favorite! I have been making this lovely Cookie Pizza Cake for a few years now and I decided to share it with you today . I had a dream recently that I came home from a long day out of the house and this was waiting for me in my kitchen! Pretty sweet dream, even better dessert in real life!

Cookie Pizza Cake
1 package refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
1 package chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients needed to make cake
1 cup vanilla frosting
1/2 cup peanut butter
1-2 Tbsp milk
1 container chocolate frosting
Chocolate peanut butter cups, chopped

Preheat oven to 350°. Press cookie dough into greased 12 inch pizza pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Cool for 20 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely. Prepare cake mix. Fill greased 12 inch pizza pan 1/4-1/2 full with batter. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes on wire rack in pan. Remove and cool completely. Combine vanilla frosting and peanut butter in a small bowl.. Gradually stir in milk, 1 Tbsp. at a time until it is a spreadable consistency. Place cookie on serving platter. Spread with peanut butter frosting. Place cake on top of cookie. Trim to match the cookie. Frost top and side of cake with chocolate frosting. Garnish with chopped peanut butter cups.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

California Turkey Sandwich

I was thinking about sandwiches earlier today. It is picnic season and I am trying to make a mental list of different things to make for picnics. I first had this tasty sandwich many years ago when my dear friend Beth made it for me. It is really yummy and different from the usual ham and cheese.

California Turkey Sandwich
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and mashed
1/4 cup onion, chopped
2 tsp. lemon or lime juice
1/4 cup mayo
1 small garlic clove, minced
Salt to taste
1/2 cup sliced black olives
Sliced tomatoes, lettuce, onion
Sliced deli turkey
Slices of Pepper Jack cheese
Sub rolls

Mash avocado with onion, lemon juice, mayo, garlic and salt. Mix well. Spread on sub rolls. Top with olives, cheese, turkey, tomato, lettuce and onion

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Refreshing Fruit Salad

One of the best things about spring/summer is the availability of  fresh fruit. It makes me happy! Here is a very simple way to make a fruit salad.

Fruit Salad
Please use what amounts you like of the fruits you and your family enjoy. I used: strawberries, mangoes, kiwis, blackberries, pineapple, mandarin oranges.
1 large orange, zested and juiced
2 limes, zested and juiced
Place fruit in large bowl, stir in zest from the orange and limes, and pour the orange and lime juice over the top. Gently stir the fruit until everything is coated with the juice. 
That is it. Simple and nothing hides the yummy fruit!