Happiness Is… – Recipe: Cheeseburger Pizza

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Happiness is Fridays.  Yes, Friday is always at the top of the list. But, what is really cool is…

Happiness is your littles knowing how cool Friday is.  Gabriel came into the room last night and said, “Momma, tomorrow is Friday!”  I loved it!  I love that he knows, because of the excitement that we have put into it, that Friday is a really good thing.  It is happiness!

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Happiness is having my mom in town for the weekend.

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Happiness is Sean taking off work early so that he can help me with the Fall Festival.

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Happiness is watching my littles lick the bowls.

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Happiness is watching Ethan learn a new trick, after carefully watching his brother and sister do it for days.

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Happiness is pizza night.  Even though we had to delay it until Sunday night this week, it will still be pizza and movie night.  And, it will still be fun.

Happiness is trying different pizzas….with the pizza of choice for this week being Cheeseburger Pizza.

Cheeseburger Pizza

Cheeseburger Pizza

The pizza dough recipe makes 2 regular size pizzas or 6 personal pizzas. We usually make personal pizzas so that everyone can add whatever topics they prefer.

Ingredients

Pizza dough

Pizza sauce

1 pound hamburger meat, browned

6 slices of bacon, crumbled

1 jalapeno, diced

24-32 ounces cheese (mozzarella, colby jack, cheddar, or a combination)

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Salt

Pepper

Instructions

  1. Prepare dough according to instructions.
  2. Preheat oven to 500, and spray a pizza pan or baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Brown hamburger meat, seasoning with salt and pepper. Drain and set aside.
  4. Roll or pat out the pizza dough.
  5. Spread pizza sauce, according to how much or little you want, on the dough.
  6. Sprinkle a fine layer of cheese on the sauce.
  7. Top with hamburger meat and then drizzle on the balsamic vinegar.
  8. Add the jalapenos, cheese, and crumbled bacon.
  9. Bake for 13-14 minutes.
http://cookingformykids.com/2011/10/14/happiness-is-recipe-cheeseburger-pizza/

Happy a Happy Weekend!

I shared this recipe at Eat at Home.

Happiness Is… – Recipe: BBQ Chicken Pizza

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Happiness is having a three-day weekend.

Happiness is knowing who you are and being comfortable with that.

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Happiness is fall weather…and a chance of rain.

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Happiness is having a sister, a brother-in-law, and 2 nieces who live next door.

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Happiness is knowing that my oldest littles have great teachers.

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Happiness is a new baby nephew.

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Happiness is playing games with the littles…and watching them play games together.

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Happiness is Instragram.  A photographer, I am not.  But, I so love the joy of taking and looking at pictures.

Happiness is pizza night.

Happiness is this BBQ chicken pizza.

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Note – We usually make personal pizzas so that everyone can make their pizza the way they want it. I like to have all of the toppings out so that everyone can build it or instruct me on how they want it built. It works out great because everyone gets what they want…and that is definitely happiness!

Ingredients

Pizza dough

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 chicken breasts, cut into small cubes

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

BBQ sauce

Onions, chopped – I have used all kinds. Recently, I used the tops off of the green onions, and it was our favorite.

Jalapeno, chopped

Cilantro, chopped

Salt

Pepper

Colby Jack cheese – about 24-32 ounces, depending on how cheesy you want your pizza

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pizza dough, according to instructions.
  2. Preheat oven to 500. Spray baking sheet(s) with cooking spray.
  3. Add olive oil to a skillet, and heat over medium high heat. Add the chicken breast chunks, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until no longer pink, about 7-10 minutes. Move to a bowl and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
  4. Roll or pat out pizza dough, to make 2 large or 6 mini pizzas.
  5. Spread the pizzas with BBQ sauce. You can add as much or as little as you like.
  6. Add a small layer of cheese to the pizzas, and then sprinkle with chicken, to cover. It is best if you can get a bite of chicken with each bite of pizza. So, you want to be generous with the chicken.
  7. Sprinkle with the onions and jalapenos.
  8. Add another layer of cheese to the top, and sprinkle with the cilantro (optional).
  9. Bake for 12-14 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven, slice, and enjoy!
http://cookingformykids.com/2011/10/07/happiness-is-recipe-bbq-chicken-pizza/

Have a happy weekend!

Happiness Is… – Recipe: Pepperoni Rolls

Happiness is the 1st day of Fall.  Note – when I saw this tree, I really thought of Fall.  But, I think that it is actually just dying.  See…happiness is all in how you view things.

Happiness is Fridays.  Seriously, I love Fridays.

Happiness is two happy boys and one amazing teacher.

Happiness is Reading Buddies.  Oh, how I loved watching my two boys read together at school today.

Happiness is papa getting home early on a Friday.

Happiness is looking at the forecast and seeing a chance of rain.

Happiness is hearing the littles say things like “do you remember when…”  Summer’s latest favorite…”Do you remember when I would climb onto the counter and eat the peaches?”  Of course I do.  I remember it all.  Happiness is capturing those moments, on camera, yes, but, even more importantly, in my mind.

Happiness is hearing Ethan say, “Papa home” this morning when he saw Sean’s car in the driveway.

Happiness is (hopefully) getting Ethan’s allergies and reflux under control for now.

Happiness is Swagbucks….because it is just fun wondering when that Swagbucks sign will appear, signaling that you have won.

Happiness is Pepperoni Rolls.  They remind me of this place, which is where I got my degrees, met my husband, and became a mom.  Wow….it is where I became me.  And, happiness is knowing who you are…and…being happy with it.

Pepperoni Rolls

Pepperoni Rolls

Ingredients

Pizza dough

Pizza sauce

Pepperonis

Cheese

Jalapenos, chopped, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 and lightly spray cooking spray onto a baking sheet.
  2. Roll out or pat out pizza dough into circles, about 4-5 inches wide.
  3. Spread about 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce around.
  4. Add about 4-5 pepperonis and jalapenos (if using).
  5. Roll the dough together, pinching together, when the dough meets. Pinch and tuck the ends in so that the stuffing cannot come out.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Serve with ranch and extra pizza sauce for dipping.
http://cookingformykids.com/2011/09/23/happiness-is-recipe-pepperoni-rolls/

Have a happy weekend!