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Dessert Pizza Recipe!

Fruit Pizza 6

Image by yanajenn via Flickr

For all those looking for a little fun around the kitchen. Here’s an idea that’s sure to please everyone!

Ingredients
1 tube plain sugar cookie dough
8oz cream cheese
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Any fresh fruit- namely blackberries, strawberries, mandarin oranges, red grapes, bananas, kiwi and blueberries

Directions
Spread tube dough on pizza pan and bake at suggested temperature until golden brown. While baking, whip up “sauce” mixture. Combine all remaining ingredients and mix until blended well. Spread on cooled cookie. Slice up assorted fruits (leave the blackberries and mandarin oranges whole, slice grapes in half and strawberries into generous slices), and spread as densely as you like across the top. Cut into pizza slices and serve!

Serves 6-10 people

Loving Chocolate!

I was feeling a little chocolate deprived earlier today, so I thought I would share this amazing brownie recipe with you!  I’m not sure where it comes from but my aunt is the one who originally shared it with me.  And so the legend continues…

“Real Fudge Brownies”

1 cup butter or margarine, 4 squares unsweetened chocolate, 2 cups sugar, 4 eggs, 2 tsp vanilla, 1.5 cups flour, 1 cup chopped walnuts optional

-Grease a 9×13 pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt chocolate and butter in pan on stove-top, remove from heat and stir in sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla, be careful not to over-beat.  Stir in flour (and nuts or etc.) and spread evenly in pan.  Bake for 30 minutes or until fork comes out clean.  Do not over-bake.

“Real Fudge Frosting”

6 tbs margarine, 6 tbs evaporated milk, 1 & 1/3 cup sugar, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 4 large marshmallows (or 5 if you want extra creamy)

-Mix butter, sugar and milk in a heavy saucepan.  Heat slowly until mixture is boiling.  Once mixture reaches rolling boil, let it cook another 1 minute.  Remove from heat and immediately add chocolate chips and marshmallows.  Beat mixture with mixer until spreading consistency (note that if you add an additional marshmallow it will take longer to reach desired thickness).  You can easily frost brownies when they are just 5 minutes out of the oven- frosting will thicken to fudge-like consistency once spread on brownies as well.

These brownies are fantastic, and I will say that the frosting is well worth the effort!  It is not so super-sweet that it takes away from the flavor of the brownies, but because it is basically a quick & thin fudge it adds another whole layer of flavor on top of the most decadent brownies you will ever enjoy 🙂

If you try the recipe, be sure to let me know how they turned out!

Blog Launch

A little bit about me-

I wanted to start a blog for several reasons, among those my desire to help people, share what I’ve learned, organize my thoughts and find friends.  Despite that, what actually inspired me to start one is how many times I’ve been laid off in the last year, and the strong need to not feel worthless while I sit at home, 5  months pregnant, waiting for my life to make sense again.  You’ll have to forgive me if there are parts of the site that don’t function quite right as I am still trying to figure out the ins and outs of “blog appearance”, but I am going to try and separate my posts into categories to make navigation a little easier since I plan to be sharing information on multiple unrelated topics.

What I need from anybody out there who might be reading this is input!!  If there’s something missing from the site that you’d like to see, or you simply have advice/criticism, let me know!  I will begin blogging officially later today, if I can get everything set up before then 🙂