Did you know that it’s Ovarian Cancer Research Month? Electrolux is donating $200 to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund for every washer/dryer pair purchased. Also, Kelly Ripa has partnered with Electrolux to bring you Kelly’s Virtual Sleepover.
Please join the Sleepover at kelly-confidential.com. When you do, Electrolux will donate $1 to OCRF and participants are entered for a chance to win a new Perfect SteamTM washer and dryer from Electrolux. This pair offers the most capacity to help you shoulder any load, plus, with just 15 minutes to wash and 14 to dry, the laundry is done in no time.
It’s a wonderful cause, and only takes a second to join!
The Sleepover Menu
Stuffed Pretzel Bites
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup warm water
1 packet instant yeast
1 tsp salt
Thin sliced ham
Cheese slices cut into pieces
1 1/2 tsp sugar
6 cups water
2 tbsps baking soda
Cornmeal, for dusting
2 tbsp mustard
1 tbsp honey
Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the cup of warm water. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. Add the salt to the flour in a stand mixer; add water and yeast. Mix on low (1-2) for about a minute until combined. Remove from the bowl and knead on a floured surface until it’s smooth. Toss around in an oiled bowl, cover and let it sit for about an hour.
You could also refrigerate overnight and get the same results or better – FYI – found that out by accident. This dough loses its mind in the fridge.
Pinch off portions about 2 inches in diameter, smooth out and fill with ham and cheese then fold ends together.
Preheat oven to 400°.
Bring 6 cups of water to a boil; add baking soda and reduce heat to medium low. Add the pretzel bites to the water about 3-4 at a time for about 10 seconds on each side. Remove and let them rest on paper towels.
Arrange on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, but keep an eye on them. Mix honey and mustard together, serve as dipping sauce.
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp Lawry’s seasoned salt
1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 small jar pizza sauce
1 3 oz can sliced black olives
Preheat oven to 350°. Spread the cream cheese, basil, oregano and seasoned salt into a 9″ pie pan. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, then the pizza sauce, and finally add the other half of the cheese and olives. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with bread sticks, pita chips, or whatever isn’t nailed down.
6 cups Rice Chex
1 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
Microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered for 30 seconds or until it can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal and stir to coat. Pour into gallon sized zip lock bag; add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
But I promise it won’t make it that far.
Cherries with stems, in cherry juice
Pour about 2 tbsp cherry juice in a glass filled with ice. Pour 1/2 can Sprite over the cherry juice and garnish with a cherry.
My good friend Lishia also came to hang out. She has a wonderful talent – she does nail art!
Everybody got pedi’s….
Then it was movie time!
It was a great sleepover! We had delicious food, had fun being silly girls, and of course, getting our nails done.
If I could offer any sleepover tips:
- Be prepared – when inviting guests request they bring things that will make it easy on everybody – sleeping bags, pillows, etc.
- Have plenty of food! Plan recipes ahead of time and have a good variety of snacks. Offer a sweet snack (they will want them), but limit them. Lots of sugar will disrupt their sleep and they will wake up extra hungry (maybe extra early too!) because it will cause a dip in blood sugar.
- Make your expectations clear up front – about when messes are made, who will be expected to clean them up, etc.
- Plan for breakfast. Since we made several recipes for dinner, I made an early morning trip to Panera Bread for a big box of assorted bagels and a few different cream cheeses. It made for an easy morning when everyone was packing up.
Thank you Foodbuzz and Electrolux!