bring it on

eat your way through the game…

Pepperoni Mozzarella Bread


  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 ounces sliced pepperoni
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


  1. Cut loaf of bread in half widthwise; cut into 1-in. slices, leaving slices attached at bottom. Brush butter on both sides of each slice. Arrange pepperoni between slices; sprinkle with cheese and parsley.
  2. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 18 slices.



1 1/2 sticks (or 3/4 cup) butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 (3.4 oz) package instant vanilla pudding
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
2-1/4 cups flour
1-2 cups chocolate chips (or whatever you like)


  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Stir together flour and baking soda and set aside
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together
  • Add in pudding package and beat until well blended
  • Add eggs and vanilla
  • Add flour mixture slowly until well incorporated
  • Add chocolate chips or whatever add-in you chose
  • Roll into 1″ balls and place on greased baking sheet
  • Bake at 350 F for 8-12 minutes

 Good to the Last Bite Sandwich


  •  8 slice(s) peppered turkey breast thinly sliced
  • 8 slice(s) deli salami thinly sliced
  • 8 slice(s) prosciutto ham thinly sliced
  • 8 slice(s) Black Forest deli ham thinly sliced
  • 8 slice(s) Swiss cheese thinly sliced
  • 4 Mezzetta banana waxed peppers, drained, seeded, and sliced in strips
  • 1 cup(s) Mezzetta deli-sliced roasted sweet bell pepper strips, drained
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Sandwich Spread:

  • 2 Mezzetta deli-sliced tamed jalapeño peppers, drained, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup(s) jalapeño jelly
  • 1 tablespoon(s) fresh chopped mint or 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1 loaf(s) bread (Italian or focaccia), cut horizontally
  • 2 tablespoon(s) butter at room temperature


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring jalapeño jelly and jalapeño pepper to a boil, reduce heat, simmer 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir mint in until blended. Pour mixture in a small bowl, set aside to cool for about 5 minutes.
  2. Heat a sandwich grill or a heavy skillet.
  3. Slice bread horizontally; cut the middle of the bread out, leaving 1/2 inch both top and bottom slices.
  4. On both flat sides of bread brush on the sandwich spread; layer sandwich as follows: turkey, salami, prosciutto, black forest ham, cheese, banana peppers, roasted bell peppers, salt, and ground pepper.
  5. Close sandwich and cut into 4 equal pieces. Brush top of the sandwich with butter, set sandwich, butter side down in the sandwich grill or skillet.
  6. Brush butter on top side of bread and place a large heavy skillet on top of sandwich (or a brick wrapped in foil) to evenly distribute weight and cook until nicely browned and the cheese is melted, turning once, 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
  7. Repeat for the second sandwich.

Jalapeno Cream Cheese Poppers


  • 1 (8oz.) block of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup minced jalapenos (or 1/2 can, drained, if that’s easier for ya)
  • 1 tube of regular crescent rolls
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a cookie sheet
  2. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and jalapenos – mix well and set aside
  3. Open your crescent rolls (don’t separate them) and lay them on a piece of tin foil
  4. Separate long ways on the perforation, so you have two long sheets of crescent rolls with 4 rolls each in them
  5. Pinch the remaining perforations together on each of the two sheets (use a rolling pin if necessary) to make two continuous crescent roll sheets
  6. Divide the cream cheese mixture and spread evenly over both crescent sheets
  7. Roll them up like a hot dog (or from the short end), to make a long cream cheese/crescent roll – do this for both crescents
  8. Cut each cream cheese/crescent roll into 12-16 pieces, depending on how big you want your poppers to be
  9. Place each one, standing up, on your cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 11-13 minutes
  10. Enjoy

who knew?

football rules for dummies…

NFL Beginner’s Guide to Football –

football for fun…

  1. Plain Dealer ‎- 2 days ago
     All the trivia, hoopla and more surrounding the Super Bowl from the  in a northern climate, the way God intended football to be played.

cold weather blues

Adding insult to injury this winter has been exceptionally cold and since sunshine exposure and warm temperatures have the greatest positive affect on your mood nothing is going to make this winter any better, but if you’re miserable and cold here are a few things you can do to help cheer yourself up.

  • stay on a schedule with enough rest, being cold wears you out
  • getting enough sleep in cold weather is very important
  • exercise, good for your mood
  • find a way to get as much exposure to sunlight as possible-try sitting next to a window on a sunny day if it’s too cold to go outside

Blame your nastiness on the weather. Warmer temperatures lower anxiety and skepticism and more hours of sunshine increase positive thinking. High levels of humidity make it hard to concentrate and increase fatigue and sleepiness. Spring is coming…

Read more: The Weather and Your Mood |


Dear Mom, I had really good grades in school and won awards, but now that I am looking for jobs I feel like I am nothing special. What can I do?

You’re right, it’s great that you stood out in school, but school and the real world are very different places. What they have in common is that you have to work hard to be special in each one. In school you were told what you have to work hard at, but in the real world don’t worry about being special, you have to set your own priorities.  Work the hardest at the things that are the most important, but don’t forget about the things that are just fun.

unpaid vs paid

Dear Ask Mom, I have one more year of graduate school left and I don’t really want to do an unpaid internship this summer. I can’t exactly afford it and I would rather get a paying job even if it’s not doing the kind of work that I want to wind up doing as a career. What should I do?

It’s a tough choice. If you need the money to live on then you really have no choice and you must get a paying job even if it won’t help you get a real job after you graduate, but a good unpaid  internship can change your entire career. Try to find an internship that has the real possibility of leading to a job, not an internship where they only want free labor with no future. Make sure a future job  beyond the internship is one of the things that you discuss at any interview.

pop it

I like football a lot more with warm popcorn…try some new flavors

 Popcorn Ingredients

  1. oil (olive or other)

  2. popcorn kernels

  3. seasoning


  1. Pour enough oil into the pot to coat the bottom and heat on medium-high heat until the oil shimmers and it’s hot enough to pop the kernels.
  2. Add enough popcorn kernels to make a single layer on the bottom of the pot. Reduce the heat to medium, and put the lid on the pot. When you hear the kernels start to pop, hold on to the handles (use the potholders), and shake the pot over the heat  while the popcorn pops.
  3. When the popping slows down so that you don’t hear a pop for 10 seconds, take the pot off of the burner, and turn off the stove. Don’t worry if you hear a few more pops coming from the pot.
  4. Take off the lid, and dump the popcorn into the serving bowl. Sprinkle a seasoning mix on the popcorn, and toss it with your hands.
  5. Add some flavor: Italian- Add a handful of grated parmesan cheese, a sprinkle of garlic powder and a sprinkle of mixed Italian herbs to the popcorn. Sugar and Spice- Add a shake of cayenne pepper, a sprinkle of garlic powder, a shake of celery salt and a dash of salt. Mish Mash- Mix in a handful of peanuts, a handful of chocolate candies, and a sprinkle of salt.Make up your own- add a sprinkle of nutritional yeast, (found in health food stores), and a sprinkle of salt and…

hands down good

this is so good to know…

go to and check out Hand Guide to Portion Control

cooking secrets

Chefs’ secrets:

1. Read recipes in full before starting to cook.

2. Use the right tools. 

3. Choose in-season ingredients. This will save money and you’ll have food with the best flavors.

4. Don’t always peel all produce. If you have tender very fresh produce leave the peel on and eat it.

5. Time spent prepping will save a recipe disaster.

6. Prep pans too.

7. Make extra. 

8.  Cook more “one pot” meals. Fewer dirty dishes, and they usually freeze and reheat very well.P

9. Plan for the week. 

10.Roast at a higher temperature. Use 400 instead of 350, it saves time and tastes better because it won’t dry out.

11. Saute vegetables before adding stock or water to make soup. 

12. Grate Parmesan cheese at room temperature.

 The Kitchn has a lot more good tiips…

moving on

Dear Mom- I hated my last job. I hated the people, the work, I didn’t get paid enough and I got fired. I know I have to list it on my resume, but what should I say about it when I get an interview for a new job?

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. As tempting as it is to tell someone every rotten thing about your last job DON’T. Change the subject by asking a good question about the job you are interviewing for or spin your answer by giving a non-answer, “it wasn’t a good fit, but I learned …” . This a perfect way to say something good about you without trashing them.

interviews are always good

Dear Ask Mom, I am going crazy looking for a job. I had a couple of possible interviews, but they were at a bad time and kind of far away. What can I do to find a job?

Are you kidding, there is no interview too far away or at any time that you should not go. Go to the interview and make a great impression. Don’t ever complain about where it is or how long it took you to get there. That doesn’t mean you should take the job if it is offered to you, but every interview is a good opportunity to meet people. Try to get them to help you get a job even if it’s somewhere else. Make as many connections as you can and a job will happen.