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Monday, June 30, 2008

How very domestic!

Aprons. Aren't they great? I feel so very domestic when I have one on.
But I've never had a truly cute apron before.
All my precious newlywed girls get them for their weddings and from their registries.
I hosted a shower here for Claire last semester, and a flood of college girls entered my house wearing darling aprons! I was a little outraged...I mean, most of those girls don't even cook yet, and THEY had cute aprons! I spend hours each week in the kitchen, and I didn't have one!
I keep trying to convince each of my engaged girls to put just one thing on their registry for me, but no one's done it yet.
BUT....finally! My sweet Amanda got me a super cute apron!
I think I'm going to wear it everyday. You might see me at church with it on.
It's way cuter than any of my clothes.
Here's a recipe to go with this domestic post. It's a good one that even my kids love!

Mozzarella and Ham Stromboli
To make the dough: If you don't have a bread machine, you can buy a tube of French loaf bread in the section with the biscuits, etc. Use a little flour to unroll it.
If you do have a bread machine, this is so good!
Use the recipe you have for pizza crust dough. Then take the dough out and unroll it onto a cookie sheet into a giant rectangle to fit your pan.

Sprinkle 8 oz. of Mozz. cheese on it
And lay out slices of deli ham
Roll it up from the long side up, jellyroll style.
Pinch the sides to seal, and lay it seam side down.
Then brush 1 T of melted butter on top
Sprinkle grated or shredded Parmesan cheese on top
I also sprinkled a little garlic powder
and snipped our fresh rosemary on top. So good!!!!!
Bake at 350 for about 20-25 min. until a little brown on top.
I serve this with fresh fruit salad.

We had this on Saturday, and it was so good! Adding the fresh rosemary from our herb garden was awesome!
We also made homemade doughnuts on Sunday morning! I often make doughnuts from canned biscuits...you know just poke a hole in them and fry them for a minute in some oil on the stove. But we were out of canned biscuits, so we made a biscuit dough from Bisquick and made them that way. It was so good! (I added sugar to the biscuit dough.) I make a glaze for them with a mixture of powdered sugar and milk.
We had farm fresh eggs with that from our friend, the amazing homemaker herself, Mrs. Kyle McVay! If you want to know about living and shopping frugally and all things homemaker, check out her blogs. She also sews her own cute aprons. Now that's domestic! She came to my house last week for a church gathering and brough me some homemade bread and farm fresh eggs. Even a large duck egg! I ate that one. It was pretty exciting. It was the largest yolk I've ever seen in my life!
Give the stromboli a try, and tell me what you think!


Anonymous said...

So, so so cute!!! Well done, Amanda! If there is anyone who needs a super cute apron - it is you, Jenn! PS Taco soup was sooo yummy and a huge hit! :)

The Kramer Family said...

I love aprons!

I wear mine all of the time. It is so nice to have things stored in the pockets that I use all of the time.

I figured that people who have 'normal' 9-5 jobs wake up and put their uniforms on. So, I wake up and put my uniform on. It is amazing how much more suited up I feel to go about my day.

Love ya!

lisasmith said...

So cute...and totally domestic!
The stromboli thing, you can use roast beef and mozerella and have a french dip sandwich or use pepperoni and mozerella and make pocket pizzas. It's a great recipe! Also one of our favs.

Jon & Sally said...

you are seriously TOO cute!
i'll try my hand at that stromboli! we'll see how it turns out with my version of those ingredients!
always looking for a good recipe! thanks for sharing!

Marcus and Meg Asby said...

Jenn! I totally have that apron.

When we make the trek down to College Station, I'm going to bring my apron and we can cook something together. And take pictures.

Anonymous said...

I love APRONS! I have two really cute ones.... have not worn them though! Hmm maybe I should pull them out! ;)

p.s. IT IS A BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

oh the comment above is me.. JODI! ;)

Amanda said...

I am so glad you love your apron!! I seriously had to hide it from myself, because every time I saw it, I wanted to give it to you. Especially every time you would say "I want a cute apron". I was so glad your birthday finally came!! I have one too, so you and Meg and I should take a pic together!

Kathryn, Michael & Alex said...

You look so cute!!

The stromboli is really good with shredded chicken also.

teresa said...

You don't know me, but Julie Sargeant is a dear friend of mine and her blog led me to yours. Which led me to your stromboli recipe, which I want to try, but more importantly I began to discover that we have bunches of stuff in common.
1. I graduated from Baylor in'81 -speech path also!
2. I am from Baytown and your dad was my youth choir director! Yes, that was a long time ago!
3. My sister babysat for your family after I went to Baylor.
4. I hosted a medical mission child from El Salvador this spring and visited your husband's office with her.
5. I teach PK now! I previously taught 1st grade and was Julie's team leader.
6. I have a heart for orphans.
7. We have a one in a million friend in common.

I just put two and two together and more things started adding up. It was so fun for me. Sounds like you are doing great! I want to say hi to your dad. If you want to e-mail me tlankford@bryanisd.org that would be great! Teresa

Jennifer Bacak said...

That's so cool Teresa! Thanks for commenting!

Emily said...

Yay for aprons! I have one and it just makes cooking so fun! I can't wait to try this recipe. If it is a Jenn recipe it is sure to be one of our favorites!!

By the way, you totally look like like a cute, college girl in your apron:):):)

Also, I think you should just put everything you make each week on the blog. I have guests this week...and am racking my brain as to what to cook for them...maybe some strombolli.

Love you!

Kellie Myers said...

Move over Martha or Betty....here comes Jenn!
Cute apron too!

The Vann's said...

Cute apron! I love it!
We can't wait to see ya'll this weekend! It's been way too long!!
Love you,