Nerf Wars – Recipe: BBQ Chicken Stromboli


Last night, this is what unfolded in our house.

All things were quiet and calm, when suddenly I heard things erupting, in a playful way.


Led by their papa, they had chosen teams, and a Nerf war quickly ensued.


Since it was already two against two, I opted to take pictures…

Until my boys begged me to join their team.  Sean and Summer were getting the best of them, and I could not have that.


So, I did what any good momma would do, I told the boys to follow me, and we took cover behind Dakota, our sweet dog.  Because, I knew that, even though Sean would shoot bullets at us, he would never harm Dakota.  He did not like it, but it worked…


Until he realized that he could go behind us.

So, we took cover in Ethan’s room and started throwing all of the soft balls at him that we could find.  And, it worked…


Until I captured Summer, and she just fell apart, partly because she was tired, partly because she wanted to win so bad, and partly because she was feeling bad for not being on my team.


So, we called it a tie and cleaned up.  And, for the remainder of the night, Summer kept asking me if I would switch teams and be on their team tonight, while Gabriel would look at me like, “There is no possible way that you can do that.”


I love that they both want me on their teams.  I can only hope that they will all three always know that, no matter what, I am always on their side.




Much like the Nerf war game last night, this BBQ Chicken Stromboli was also something impromptu that I just kind of threw together.  I remembered seeing Lauren’s Stromboli over at Lauren’s Latest and thinking that I had not made one in a very long time.  So, I decided that it would be a perfect Sunday night dinner.  And, the result was fantastic.  We all loved it.  Well, Summer liked the bread…but she does not always get a vote in what food is actually fantastic.  If four out of five of us like it, then we call it a definite thumbs up.

BBQ Chicken Stromboli

BBQ Chicken 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

Chicken, shredded

Philadelphia cooking cream cheese

BBQ 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 cooking cream cheese 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 chicken. I used leftover baked chicken. You could also use cooked, diced chicken breasts.
  14. Drizzle a generous amount of BBQ sauce on top of the chicken.
  15. Cover with cheese. I used a pizza cheese mix, but any cheese would work.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Remove from the oven.
  19. Brush it all over with the melted butter, and sprinkle lightly with the kosher salt.
  20. Cut into slices and serve with ranch dressing for a dipping sauce.


If you have not visited Lauren’s blog, you should.  She has amazing recipes mixed with a side of humor.  I absolutely love reading her posts.

I shared this recipe at Bizzy Bakes, Lil’ Luna, The King’s Court, Polkadots on Parade, This Chick Cooks and Lady Behind the Curtain.


Beautiful Days – Recipe: BBQ Beef Slider


We had a three-day weekend, and it was great.  The days were beautiful, my parents were in town, and the littles had so much fun.

As always, they went to the store with Nonna and Gran.  And, when they returned, they had surprises from the store.  This time they were in the form of these huge balls.  I busted out laughing and grabbed my camera when I saw them.


They immediately made their way to the trampoline where they jumped and played with their new toys.




I love watching the way that they can be so free with absolutely no worries in the world.  Jumping in the trampoline with huge balls definitely brings out the unicorns and rainbows.  Magic in its purest form.




While we did not have these BBQ Beef Sliders this weekend, it would have been a perfect weekend for having sliders on the picnic table in the backyard, watching the beauty of littles jumping and playing unfold in front of us.

BBQ Beef Slider

BBQ Beef Slider

I found the inspiration for these sliders from The Pioneer Woman, and adjusted the recipe for my family.


2 pounds ground beef



2 tablespoons butter

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

2 gloves garlic, minced

3/4 cup cooking sherry

1 cup BBQ sauce

1 jalapeno, sliced, optional

Sliders rolls (I made these, and they were amazing)


  1. Add about 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper to the ground beef. Mix the spices into the ground beef, adding more or less, depending on your family's preference for salt and pepper.
  2. Form the patties into small patties that will be sized appropriately for a slider. I was able to get 10 or 11 out of the 2 pounds of ground beef.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat, and add the patties.
  4. Cook for about 5 minutes on one side, flip, and cook for another 5 minutes on the other side. You do not want these burgers to be too done because they will cook again later in the sauce.
  5. Line a plate with paper towels, and move the patties to the plate to drain the excess grease.
  6. Reduce the burner to medium, and add the butter.
  7. Once melted, add the onions, and cook for about 4 minutes.
  8. Add the cooking sherry and BBQ sauce, and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  9. Reduce the heat to medium low, place the hamburger patties into the sauce, and cook for another 5 minutes. You can leave the patties into the sauce for longer. Just make sure that you turn off the heat because the sauce will continue to reduce.
  10. Place a hamburger patty and some of the yummy juice into a slider roll with some fresh jalapenos (optional).


I shared this recipe at 33 Shades, Blessed with Grace, Mandy’s Recipe Box, Permanent Posies, Nap Time Creations and Chef in Training.

Football Fever – Recipe: BBQ Beef Sliders

I had a busy day, and while it is often easy for me to get caught up in my to-do list and what I need to get accomplished for the day, I am trying to remember that there is a time and a season for all things.

A time to work.

And, a time to play.

Today, my girl wanted to play.  I had promised her a mall date, and I could not handle the thought of disappointing her.

So, while she patiently waited for me to do some cleaning for the arrival of our new washing machine, I sprinted through a house-cleaning session.

Note – The arrival of the new washing machine brought great excitement to the house.  It is all about the simple things.  Even without the picture, I think that I will look at that washing machine from now on and remember the look of excitement on their faces as they watched the first load of clothes spin around.  Priceless.

Then, she eagerly helped me make cookies for some very special teachers.

I was so glad that I stopped to smell the roses for my mall date with my little girl.  It only lasted an hour, but it was the best hour of my day.  To sit across from her and see her smile was the definition of peaceful, joyful contentment.  Watching her share real rides on the machines at the mall with a little girl who was just pretending to ride the rides was heart-warming.  It is those moments that I value the most about being a mom.  Yes, the house needs to be cleaned and meals need to be prepared, but the time that I take to spend with my littles is what I will remember 10, 20, 30 years from now.  I know that I will continue to do all of the daily and weekly things that go into taking care of a home, but I also know that there will be more mall dates in our future, too.

So, the reason that I was hurrying so much to get everything done today is because I knew that something special was on the agenda for tonight.  We are a huge football family, and, after many months of waiting, college football season has arrived.

I try to do things to celebrate game days.  Even though our team is not playing tonight, I wanted to do something special to kick-off the season.

I put together a quick and easy meal for tonight. Since I had planned to just celebrate football season on Sunday when we play, I had not planned a celebration dinner for tonight.  I started thinking about what I had on hand, and I immediately new what I wanted to do – BBQ Beef Sliders.

BBQ Beef Sliders

BBQ Beef Sliders

The rolls (sliders) were very slightly adapted from the "Favorite Rolls" recipe in Gluten-Free Cooking Made Easy



Roast, cooked and shredded - I used this recipe. We had it the other night, so I had the leftovers in the refrigerator. I think that this one would be a great one to try, as well.

BBQ sauce



1/2 cup lukewarm water

2 teaspoons yeast

2 tablespoons sugar plus 2 teaspoons sugar

1 1/4 cups soy milk

2 cups brown rice flour

1 1/2 cups tapioca flour

2 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum

1/2 cup potato starch

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup canola oil

2 eggs


  1. Place the shredded beef into a pan.
  2. Add some water and BBQ sauce, and simmer for about 30 minutes. The amount of beef, BBQ sauce, and water that you need is according to your preference. The water just helps thin it out a bit because the BBQ sauce is so thick.
  3. Sliders
  4. Preheat oven to 170 degrees, or “warm” setting.
  5. Place warm water in a small bowl and sprinkle yeast and 2 teaspoons sugar onto it. Set aside.
  6. Microwave milk for about 1 minute, until hot.
  7. Combine flours, 2 tablespoons sugar, xanthun gum, potato starch, and salt in a large bowl or in the bowl of your mixer.
  8. Add yeast mixture, warm milk mixture, oil, and eggs into dry ingredients. Beat at high speed for 3 minutes. The dough will be more like muffin batter than a bread dough.
  9. Place foil liners in a cupcake pan. Scoop a generous amount of the dough into each liner using an ice cream scoop.
  10. Turn the oven off, and put the muffin pan inside to allow the rolls to rise. Let rise for approximately 20 minutes for rapid-rise yeast, and 30 minutes for regular yeast. Remove rolls from the oven.
  11. Turn heat up to 375 and bake for 20 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and take out of the foil liners to cool.

We cut the rolls in half and spooned some of the BBQ beef inside.  They were delicious!

Nonna made these adorable shirts for the littles.  They will wear them tomorrow for College Colors Day.  For us, it will be Maroon Day!

Gig ‘Em!