Pan-Fried Brie with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Recipe

Pan-Fried Brie with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Recipe

I literally dreamed about this appetizer for like four nights in a row before calling it perfect and giving it a whirl. If you don't dream constantly about food like I do, please just act like I'm not a weirdo. Because OHMY-goodness this turned out delicious and it is totally worth the title.

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Slow Cooker Pesto Ranch Chicken

Slow Cooker Pesto Ranch Chicken

Why oh why have I not been posting recipes, you ask? Because I have been busy redesigning this website and trying to make it friendlier and prettier. And then I have been scrambling to fix mistakes because every redesign comes with inevitable accidents. Like absent-mindedly changing the url of every single post so that nobody can access a single recipe for three hours.

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Baked Brie with Artichokes, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Pesto

Baked Brie with Artichokes, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Pesto

Today was a "toughie," as my Elijah would say. We brought our oldest son to the hospital for what we thought was a routine surgery to peek on his left ear tube that didn't appear to be doing its job. We left the hospital with some unexpected news and with a much bigger surgery on our calendar.

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Tomato Pesto Bites

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I love popping a scrumptious biteful of something into my mouth. Finger foods are so much fun! Sometimes I daydream about what it must be like to have a butler wandering around my home, offering me a tray filled with delicious finger foods. He then retreats to my over-sized kitchen so my personal chef can replenish the assortment of goodies.

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Pesto Pizza

So simple, yet so supremely delicious!

Last weekend my bff Heather traveled four hours to Minneapolis for a two-day visit. Oh how I love spending time with her. She is a girl's dream for a friend. She is fun, witty and adventurous. She loves to cook and drink wine with me. She is a great listener and a supremely supportive friend. I love this girl! Whenever we spend time together, we try to squeeeeeeze as many activities in as possible because there is always so much we want to do. So, last weekend, our Friday night plan was to whip up some pesto pizzas and then head to a local Mexican restaurant for a margarita. We accomplished both goals! Wooo!

Why pesto instead of pizza sauce? Well, because Heather and I both adore pesto and because I am constantly looking for new foods to combine with its scrumptious green-ness.

Heather prepared the crusts and I made the pesto (this time with walnuts!). We compiled our ingredients and started having pesto pizza fun. We loved creating all of the different combinations. By the time we headed out for our margarita adventure, we were pleasantly stuffed!

This post is merely meant to generate ideas. Nothing is set in stone. Grab a few different types of cheese, veggies, meat, sauces, whatever you wish, and throw them onto a pizza crust. We baked ours in a 350-degree oven for about 15 minutes.

This was our first attempt. Pesto, fresh spinach, Roma tomato slices, sliced red onions and fresh mozzarella cheese.

So simple, yet so supremely delicious!

This creation is one that my husband stayed far away from because it held mushrooms atop its splendor.

Pesto, mushrooms, Roma tomatoes, fresh Mozzarella cheese and sliced green onions.

This had to be my favorite creation. Of course, anything with sun-dried tomatoes and artichokes makes me weak in the knees. Pesto, fresh spinach, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, red onion slices and fresh mozzarella.

And I sure didn't complain about this one, either.

Pesto, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, red onions and fresh mozzarella cheese.

Ok, we could have branched out much more, but these were all the ingredients we had at the time. The options really are endless! Our little pizza night has inspired me to do some more experimenting. Maybe I'll head Heather's way one of these weekends with pesto and pizza toppings in hand.