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Fun is the word for me in 2016! One way I'm trying to have a little more of it is by bringing fun back to the dinner table. So far I've made recipes like individual French bread pizzas, tater tot casserole, and taco Tuesday pizza (my wife's fave). But, I needed more ideas to keep the fun going. So, I asked and you way more than delivered. Thanks for all the great suggestions. Here are my Top 5 of the recipes I received. And congrats to the people who submitted the Top 5, they're each getting a copy of the brand new CD from the Newsboys! Here are the winners, plus I'll share a couple of my recipes below...

b2ap3_thumbnail_mini-pigs.jpgMini Pigs from Tami in Middletown

Really easy to make...Get a couple packages of Little Smokies and a couple rolls of crescent roll dough.

Unroll the crescent rolls leave them in the rectangle shape and close the seams then cut into 5 strips and then cut them in half and then wrap each piece around one of the links. Put them on a cookie sheet and throw them in the oven at the temp called for on the crescent rolls package for about 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with sauce of your choice. Very easy, filling, and fun!


Michelle Smith's Grand Pizzas

Get one roll of refrigerated large biscuit dough (like Pillsbury Grands). Roll out each biscuit into a personal sized pizza shape. Then add pizza sauce (or hey, spaghetti sauce works too!), cheese, and everyone gets to add their own favorite toppings. Bake at the time and temp suggested on the biscuit packaging and enjoy!


b2ap3_thumbnail_Chilli-Cheese-Dog-Pizza.jpgChilli Cheese Dog Pizza from Janelle in Springfield

Use a store bought crust, cover with a can of Chilli (Janelle loves Ray’s Chilli), top with cheddar cheese and sliced hot dogs – bake at time and temp on crust packaging… then top w/ mustard & chopped onions and dig in!



Taco Pie from Mary in El Paso

Spray your 13x9 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray and preheat oven to 375.

Roll out a roll of crescent rolls in bottom of pan and cover with 1-lb of browned hamburger meat mixed with the taco seasoning. Next layer on sour cream and then shredded cheese. Bake for 20 minutes. Top with crushed up Doritos after the pie has cooked for 10 minutes. YUM!


Italian Surprise Meatloaf from Karen

b2ap3_thumbnail_Italian-Surprise-Meatloag.jpg1½ lb ground beef

1 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. oregano

1 egg

¼ c. diced onions

¾ c. cracker crumbs

¾ c. pizza sauce

1 c. mozzarella cheese


¾ c. pizza sauce

½ c. mozzarella cheese

Mix ground beef, pepper, oregano, egg, onion, crackers and ¾ cup pizza sauce together. Form into 10X12 inch rectangle on waxed paper. Sprinkle on 1 c. mozzarella cheese. Roll as jelly roll and seal ends. Spray 9X13 pan with PAM. Place loaf, seam side down, in pan and bake one hour at 350o. Remove from oven and pour off grease. Pour ¾ cup pizza sauce and ½ cup mozzarella cheese on top. Bake 15 minutes more. 


There ya have my Top 5! Thanks to everyone who sent me ideas. I seriously don't know which to try first, although my daughter was super excited about rolling out her own personal pizza. Oh, and here are two of my recent recipes to share:

Meaty Tater Tot Casserole

-Bag of tater tots

-2 cups of cheese

-4 pieces of bacon cut up and cooked

-3/4 of a package of packaged deli ham cut up

-3/4 of a cup of deli turkey cut up

-Mix and bake at 425 for 40 minutes


Taco Tuesday Pizza

-Brown 1lb of ground beef and add a package of taco seasoning

-container of Pillsbury pizza dough, open and spread out on cooking sheet

-spread on can of refried beans

-then spread a 1/2 can of enchilada sauce (you choose the level of spiciness)

-spread taco meat

-add 2 or 3 cups of cheese

-add cut up tomato on top

-Cook for 15 minutes at 425

Top with black olives and sour cream if desired and serve 


I hope some of these ideas will bring more fun to your dinner table in the near future. Now, let's eat!!!

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