Early Release – Recipe: Meat Lover’s Stromboli


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Today is an early release day at school, which means that it is almost like a day off, minus the fact that we still had to get up early.  But, we do get to pick up the boys at noon and have the entire afternoon to eat, play, and relax.

I think that we will enjoy the beautiful day outside, have a yummy snack, and play soccer.


To finish off the day, we just might have this Meat Lover’s Stromboli.  Several weeks ago, I shared this BBQ Chicken Stromboli.   We could not decide which one we liked best.  They are both delicious and perfect after a relaxing, fun day at home.

Meat Lover’s Stromboli

Meat Lover’s Stromboli


Stromboli Crust

1 cup warm water

1/2 cup warm milk

1 teaspoon active dry yeast

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

4 cups flour

1/3 cup olive oil

Stromboli Stuffing

1/4 pound hamburger meat, browned


Pizza sauce

Pizza cheese

Stromboli Topping

1/4 cup melted butter

Kosher salt


    Preparing the Dough
  1. Sprinkle yeast over the warm water and milk mixture.
  2. Allow to sit for about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add the salt, sugar, and flour, and mix with a dough hook.
  4. While continuing the mix, gradually add the olive oil.
  5. Knead with the dough hook for about 5 minutes.
  6. Spray a bowl with cooking spray, and add the dough to the bowl.
  7. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise for 60-90 minutes.
  8. Preparing the Stromboli
  9. Preheat oven to 450, and spray cooking spray on a baking or pizza sheet.
  10. Prepare a working space by sprinkling flour on it.
  11. Pinch off a large ball of the dough, and roll out into a rectangle.
  12. Spread a layer of the pizza sauce on the dough, concentrating it in the center and spreading out but not too close to the outside edges since you will be rolling those over.
  13. Add the hamburger meat and pepperonis.
  14. Cover with cheese. I used a pizza cheese mix, but any cheese would work.
  15. To roll, I took both sides and just clamped them together, while pinching the sides together all the way down. Once it was closed, I rolled it down and folded the sides.
  16. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, checking to make sure that the top is not too brown. If the top is getting too brown, but you do not feel like it is ready, you can cover it loosely with foil and cook another few minutes.
  17. Remove from the oven.
  18. Brush it all over with the melted butter, and sprinkle lightly with the kosher salt.
  19. Cut into slices and serve with pizza sauce and/or ranch dressing for a dipping sauce.


I shared this recipe at Permanent Posies, This Chick Cooks, Lil’ Luna, The King’s Court and Lady Behind the Curtain.

Happiness Is… – Recipe: Cinnamon & Sugar Breakfast Pizza


Happiness is seeing how excited my boys were to pass out treats to their friends at school.  It is the little things that help them to understand, by being the happy gift-giver, that it really can be better to give than to receive.



Happiness is watching 5 children, aged 4-11, playing happily together on our couch.

PhotobucketHappiness is having a sister who is also a neighbor, friend, and school nurse…and who loves my children dearly.


Happiness is pizza night by the fire.


Happiness is celebrating the end of the soccer season with a party.


Happiness is finding a doctor who wanted to determine the root of Ethan’s health problems…and was as amused by Ethan as we are.  More on that in Ethan’s Progress Report tomorrow.


Happiness is Friday, weekends, and sleeping in..especially when I wake up to adorable sleepy faces wanting to snuggle in bed.


Happiness is creating a yummy breakfast pizza that was devoured by my family.


Cinnamon & Sugar Breakfast Pizza

Cinnamon & Sugar Breakfast Pizza


Pizza Dough

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

5 tablespoons butter

1 cup buttermilk


1/4-1/2 cup melted butter

1/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons cinnamon


1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla


    Setting Up
  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Spray a cookie sheet or pizza pan with cooking spray.
  3. Preparing the Dough
  4. Sift together all of the dry ingredients.
  5. Cut in the butter, using a pastry blender or your hands.
  6. Add the buttermilk, and gently mix together.
  7. Place the dough in the center of the pizza pan or cookie sheet.
  8. Roll out or press out into a circle.
  9. Adding the Toppings
  10. Pour the melted butter onto the dough. Start with 1/4 cup, and add more if there is not enough to soak into the dough.
  11. Sprinkle on the cinnamon and sugar.
  12. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the crust is lightly browned.
  13. Preparing the Glaze
  14. While the pizza is baking, mix together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.
  15. The glaze should be pourable, so add more or less milk, depending on the consistency.
  16. Finishing it Up
  17. Remove the pizza from the oven.
  18. Drizzle on the glaze.
  19. Serve warm and enjoy!

Have a happy weekend!

I have shared this recipe at Mom Trends, Ladybird Ln, EKat’s Kitchen, Whipperberry, Jane Deere, and Designs by Gollum.

Happiness Is… – Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Pizza


Happiness is Red Ribbon Week.


Happiness is Caramel Apples for snack.


Happiness is seeing a picture that takes me back in time (note the foot position).


Happiness is Pizza and Movie Night…because…it is FRIDAY!


The pizza dough makes 2 large pizzas or 6 personal pizzas. The topping ingredients in this recipe are for 1 personal pizza. To make a large pizza or more personal pizzas, just double the pizza topping ingredients.


  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce
  • 1 tablespoon green onion tops, chopped
  • 4-6 ounces Colby Jack, mozzarella, or cheddar cheese


  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Pizza dough

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


Pizza Dough

  1. Sprinkle yeast over 1 1/2 cups warm water
  2. In a mixer, combine flour and salt.
  3. With the mixer running on low speed (with paddle attachment), drizzle in olive oil until combined with flour.
  4. Next, pour in yeast/water mixture and mix until just combined.
  5. Coat a separate mixing bowl with a light drizzle of olive oil, and form the dough into a ball.
  6. Cover with a towel and allow to rise for 1 1/2 hours.

Preparing the Sauce

  1. Add feta cheese and whipping cream to a sauce pan.
  2. Cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes, allowing to boil, until thickened.
  3. Remove from heat, and it will continue to thicken slightly.

Preparing the Chicken

  1. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to frying pan, and heat over medium high heat.
  2. Add chicken, sprinkling with salt and pepper, while it cooks.
  3. Cook for 7-10 minutes, until no longer pink.
  4. Remove from pan and drain on paper towel-lined plate.
  5. Once drained, put the chicken in a bowl, add the sauce, and stir to coat all of the pieces of chicken.

Putting It All Together

  1. Preheat oven to 500, and prepare cookie sheet or pizza pan by spraying lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Remove dough from the bowl and roll or press out onto cookie sheet or pizza pan.
  3. Add about 3 tablespoons of the sauce to the dough, spreading around to make it even.
  4. Sprinkle about 1-2 ounces of cheese on the the sauce, to make a very fine layer of cheese.
  5. Add the chicken, making sure to include all of the excess sauce.
  6. Sprinkle another 2-3 ounces of cheese on top of the chicken, and top with the onions.
  7. Bake for 14 minutes.

Have a Happy Weekend!

I have shared this recipe at Jane Deere, Designs by Gollum, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Simply Sweet Home, 30 Days, Whipperberry, Ekat’s Kitchen, Ladybird Ln, Six Sisters’ Stuff, Be Different Act Normal, I Heart Naptime, and Tidy Mom.