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december desktop calendar

December 3, 2012

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december desktop calendar

december is here! december is here! with cozy fires, christmas lists and lots of hot cocoa around i’m welcoming december with open arms. though there’s still much to do, it’s one of the most exciting times of the year. to me, it means time spent with family, wrapping gifts and reflection. what are you favorite parts about december?

oh yes, and it also means it’s time to update your desktop calendar!

december desktop calendar

to download: click on the image above, then select your preferred size (most likely, ‘original’). right click and select ‘save as desktop background’.

please note: all images and elements © bonnie christine. you may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way, but please feel free to download for your own personal use. if you share on your own blog (i’d be flattered!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

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pumpkin pizza wreath

November 4, 2010

pumpkin pizza recipe

that’s right! i roasted some pumpkins last week and have been trying to figure out what to do with them ever since!  i love using pumpkins for dishes other than sweets, and this one hit the spot. with caramelized onions, apples, sage, and spinach- this ‘pizza’ envelops you with the flavors of fall.

ingredients:

  • - whole wheat pizza crust dough (here’s one of my favorite recipes)
  • - 2 cups of roasted pumpkin puree (see recipe at step 3)
  • - 1 cup of caramelized onions
  • - 1 tbs butter (vegan: earth balance butter)
  • - 1 crispy apple (like fuji, honey crisp, etc); chopped
  • - 2 cups of fresh spinach
  • - 1.5 cups of mozzarella cheese (vegan: daiya cheese)
  • - 5 leaves fresh sage
  • - 2 sprigs fresh oregano
  • - 4 tbs olive oil
  • - fresh parmesan for the topping (vegan: leave off)

*i know this looks like a lot of ingredients, but keep in mind that you can substitute or leave out anything you like! once you have your pizza dough, you can fill it with anything that floats your boat.

pumpkin pizza recipe

step 1: roll out your dough into a long oval.  mine turned out to be about 10″ by 25″.  using a knife, cut strips about 1″ wide down each side,  just make sure to leave about 5″ in the middle to stack your goodies.

pumpkin pizza recipe

step 2: caramelize the onions. heat 1 tbs of butter in a pan and add the onion.  cook on medium for about 15 minutes stirring often, until the onions have become translucent and are caramelized.

step 3: begin stacking your goodies! spread about 2 cups of pumpkin puree first, then add the caramelized onions and the apple.

how do you roast a pumpkin?

it’s easy! preheat your oven to 475 degrees. 1-3 lb pie (or sweet) pumpkins work best.  remove the stem and cut the pumpkin in half, then remove the seeds.  place on a pan cut side up and add 3-4 tbs of water to the center of each pumpkin ‘boat’.  cover with tin foil and roast until tender, about 45 minutes.  remove from the oven, let cool and scrape the pumpkin from the skin (discard skin).  use immediately or freeze in baggies to last you all winter long!

pumpkin pizza recipe

step 4: continue stacking by adding the spinach, gorgonzola and mozzarella.  sprinkle with half of the sage and oregano.

pumpkin pizza recipe

step 5: begin crossing over your dough strips to cover the filling.  you can criss cross, ‘braid’ or just lay them horizontally.

pumpkin pizza recipe

step 6: carefully pick up each end to turn them up and around to make a wreath.  pinch the open ends to seal. tip: i’m working on a lightly greased sheet of parchment paper to prevent sticking.

step 7: top your wreath with the parmesean and remaining sage and oregano.

pumpkin pizza recipe

step 8: bake at 375 degrees until golden brown on top, about 20 minutes.

enjoy! xox, bonnie

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holiday diy magazine wreath

hi dearies! look at what i made this weekend!  a quick and easy magazine wreath that was so fun to make. you could use lots of different materials to give it a different look too- old sheet music, pages from a vintage book, even pictures!  i tried to put the seemingly endless supply of holiday catalogs to use- here’s how:

holiday diy magazine wreath

supplies:

-a few magazines (or other material of your choice)

-a stapler

-glue gun

-cardboard

i cut the cardboard out by tracing a big round baking pan then a smaller plate inside- then used an exacto knife to cut the wreath out.

holiday diy magazine wreath

while letting the glue gun warm up- you can start ripping out the pages that you want to use.  i tried using the brightly colored ones, and then some white ones to calm it down a bit.

holiday diy magazine wreath

rolling them in half, i stapled about 5 together at a time.  if you can see, i then bent back the ends to give some sort of a surface to apply the glue to.  after you have your bundles of five or so pages, start gluing them around the wreath. just be mindful of maintaining your ‘inner circle’ and i don’t think there’s any way you could go wrong- it’s as easy as that!

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