We have a great list of books lined up, including Stuart Little, Mary Poppins, Faraway Tree, Pippi Longstocking, and Dr. Doolittle. Hey, ever noticed how many of the greatest children's books ever written are British? Yup, there's a reason it was part of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies. You may think you love books, and reading, but just like so many other things in life, sharing it with your children will take it to a brand new level. Reading to them when they are little is great fun, but it was always a little bit hard for me. I read so fast that reading out loud is a bit tricky for me, my eyes get ahead of my mouth and I stumble a lot. I still loved it. Watching my son take books so very, very dear to my heart and discover them all on his own... It has joined "Mommy, I love you" and Joe always bringing me dandelions in my top three favorite things about being a mom.
On to food!! So, have you ever seen or heard about something in popular culture that everyone is completely into, and steered clear of it for that very reason?? Examples: Fifty Shades of Grey, Twilight, two-toned hair, Justin Beiber, Facebook... Anyone?? Or is that just me? I fought Facebook and Twilight soooo hard, but my sister-in-law finally put the book in my hand, and my favorite YW leader ever was the reason I finally gave in to Facebook. (Love you Sister Hinkson!!) Well, I remember shortly after I got married, I kept hearing mentions of this person/phenomenon known as "The Pioneer Woman." I heard it enough that I swore I would stay far, far away. This could only be a velveeta-drenched, casserole-and-jello-salad-toting bunch of nonsense. No thank you!! Well, don't I feel silly. The woman has a TV show and multiple cookbooks now, and I have finally discovered why. Sigh. Me and my individuality, gets me in trouble sometimes. Last week at the cabin I went through about 60% of her recipes, and found quite a few gems! Including this one, which is totally worth sharing, trying, and repeating. Calzones! Now, what is usually wrong with homemade calzones? Too watery, too doughy, not cooked all the way through... I've never had a good one. Till now! These are dead easy and super yummy. We made them at the cabin and will make them again. I halved the recipe, 8 small calzones was perfect for us for one meal.
Calzones (adapted from The Pioneer Woman) makes 8 calzones
8 frozen, unrisen dinner rolls (Rhodes work great!)
1 lb Italian sausage
1/4 tsp Italian Seasoning
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup whole milk ricotta
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup shredded parmesan
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 egg, beaten
marinara/pizza sauce for dipping (we got jarred pizza sauce, it was great!)
Place frozen rolls on a baking sheet to thaw. Cover with a tea towel and let thaw and rise for 2 to 3 hours. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.