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Christmas Tree Pizza Bites


I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We had a great time and the food was so good. (Pat on my back for making my first Christmas dinner. I’ll post some of those recipes later.) We were pretty simple on our dishes, but the one thing that I really enjoyed wasn’t actually made by me.

Andy wanted to have something to snack on, brought this recipe home and said, “I want to make this.” Which really means, “I want you to make this… Please.” And of course, knowing it was cheese and bread, I was on board. Come on, pull apart pizza bread. It has to be good.

However, right before I was about to make it with him, I sliced my finger open with my new knives (Christmas present, I wasn’t paying attention.) So Andy was pretty much on his own (his mom helped, though). Between the two of them, they came out really good, and it even still looked like a tree!

Christmas Tree Pizza Bites

1 can (13.8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated pizza crust
4 oz, or half brick, cream cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella
2 tablespoons butter
1 clove garlic, minced very fine
1/2 tablespoon dried basil
1/2 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 cup warmed marinara or pasta sauce, for dipping

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Merry Christmas


I’m not quite sure why, but at six o’clock this morning, I was wide awake. Apparently my mind knew that it was christmas. So here I am, before the sun is even up, blogging because I can’t go to bed.

I can’t even snoop on the gifts because the living room has been wrapping papered shut. So sad.

So happy early Christmas, everyone! (Ps, that wreath picture is of the one I made this year. Leopard print, yay!)

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Holiday Postcard – Hide Your Cookies


I got a little silly the other day with everything seasonal. And those of you who have checked your mail lately might have noticed a pretty interesting postcard come through, this is the back story. (My grandfather actually just thought it was an ad from a local business. Turns out I’m that good.)

Let me back up. I’ve always been one for Christmas. I’m the one who encourages people to those Ugly Sweater Parties and to sew on more tinsel and ribbon. I decorate wreaths with my friends, getting hot glue gun burns along the way. I even make peppermint cookies, hot cocoa, fudge, cake, candies, and martinis – because, isn’t that the way it should be?

So I begged my my photographer friend, Andy from Perfect Perceptions, to take my picture for my holiday card this year that I would be designing. When he showed up, I don’t think he knew what he was getting himself into, because what he saw was this: a 26-year-old holding a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie the size of her face and sporting a Santa hat, more than enough ornaments to cover a tree, and the Elf soundtrack on the counter sitting and waiting to be played.


“So what’s the theme?” was the response – with smirk – that I got.


Of course, my idea of Christmas might seem a bit tacky, but I don’t care. So I turned this shoot into a Christmas Wonderland. (At one point I shredded up cotton balls to make snow. Note: they do not blow like snow when you huff and puff at them in your hand. Makes for a horrible picture.)

However, I did end up with a bunch of great pictures. (Which he fabulously edited for me!) And then I designed one of my most favorite cards to date! So silly, but so fun! Couldn’t have been happier with how the pictures came out!

Let’s just say that among the comments I got back were: “You’re a brave soul to send those into the mail.” “I can’t believe you did that.” and “That’s the best thing I’ve ever seen!”

Hehe. Successful Roni designed postcard! On to my other holiday endeavors!

Voila! My card (yes, it says “Hide Your Cookies,” on it.):