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I’m just going to write.

I’ve been putting off my first post of 2012 because I’m kind of a perfectionist about some things. I’ve been thinking about ways I want to evolve this blog and I haven’t posted because I haven’t fully figured out what changes I want to make. But I think I’ve realized that that’s ok. It’s my blog and it can be whatever I want it to be! It doesn’t have to be, and won’t be, perfect. Ever. So I’m just going to write!

That being said, Happy New Year! The boyfriend and I had a wonderful long weekend. We got a great deal on a new TV, filled numerous trash bags of clothes for donation, took down holiday decorations, and relaxed a lot. I also made a really yummy appetizer on Sunday that we had while we watched the Patriots game. And it’s so ridiculously easy!

Pepperoni Roll Ups
Recipe from Dinner with the Donnells
– 1 can crescent rolls
– pepperoni
– mozzarella cheese (I think shredded melts best, but string cheese works too!)

Just lay out the crescent rolls on a cookie sheet, top with 3-4 pieces of pepperoni, sprinkle with as much or as little mozzarella as you like…

…and roll ’em up! I kind of stretched the dough to seal off the ends, but nothing oozed out anyway. You might want to do this if you add more cheese. (Shout out to my brother – thanks for the new cookie sheets you gave me for Xmas! They’ve already been used many times!)

Then just bake according to the crescent roll instructions, until they’re nice and golden brown.

Mmmmm. Check out that gooey cheesy goodness.

These were so good! Not the healthiest in the world, but super easy to make and very yummy. The boyfriend’s exact words were – “These are basically heaven.” He’s a meat and cheese kinda guy. 🙂

Dinner tonight was leftover potluck pasta bake, which I’ll post the recipe for this week, and a big batch of our favorite kale chips!

What did you do for New Year’s? Did you take advantage of any sales? 


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Go-to healthy snack- kale chips

Tonight’s pre-dinner snack was one of the boyfriend and my faves – kale chips. Every time we have these, I still have to remind myself that I am eating a green leafy vegetable because they are SO GOOD. Salty, crispy, garlicky – they’re as good as a potato chip, I promise!

Just wash and pat dry a few big leaves of fresh kale (or use a pre-cut bag from Trader Joe’s!)…

…rip off the leafy parts until the stalks are bare…

…and toss the leaves lightly with olive oil. Not too much or they will get soggy, but enough so there’s a light coating – about a teaspoon or two. Transfer into a baking pan and shake on salt and pepper. Then you can really add any seasoning you want. We always add a healthy coat of garlic powder, and sometimes parmesan cheese.

Then bake at 350 degrees (or, if your oven is on crack like mine, 325) for about 10 minutes or until they start to get crispy around the edges. My camera isn’t the greatest and wouldn’t focus enough to portray the crispiness accurately, so here’s Kath’s pic of a finished chip.

I swear, you will start to CRAVE these. And you don’t have to feel guilty because you’re getting your veggies in! And yes, family, Bob eats these and LOVES them! 🙂

What are your favorite healthy snacks?


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