Pepperoni and Cheese Stuffed Pizza Balls!

Hey All!

Hope everyone is having a great day!

I was craving something different and had found a great recipe for Stuffed Pizza Balls.

Chances are you most likely have all of the ingredients on hand as well!! (At least I know I always do hehe :))

I am also going to share the link of where I found this great recipe.

What I will do is give you the quick rundown of the recipe, but for more details, and for how to roll the balls up, you can watch the video that is in the link.

Enjoy!

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So here is what you will need:

Butter Mixture:

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Pizza Rolls

  • 1 (16 oz) can Pillsbury Grands Original refrigerated biscuits (8 biscuits)
  • 4 oz Mozzarella cheese, cut into 8 equal cubes
  • Pizza sauce
  • 8 pepperoni slices
  • Grated parmesan

The recipe says you can make these pizza balls with italian sausage but at this house, we prefer pepperoni. I will be trying them out with italian sausage one day though…. One day.

As you saw in the above picture, I use a cast iron pan when I make these. But you can use a round baking dish just as well.

For the butter mixture, I usually buy the box of butter where the sticks are prepackaged in ½ stick portions, so I melt two of those in a small dish for about a minute in the microwave. Once I take it out (careful, that dish will be hot) I add in the garlic powder, salt, dried basil and oregano and mix it really well. Then I pour a little less than half of the mixture into the pan and then I leave the pan and the dish on top of the stove while I preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

During that time, I take out the biscuits from the container and separate them on a plate, and working one at a time, I flatten out each biscuit and then stuff it…. Slice of pepperoni, some pizza sauce (not too much, it will cause an issue), a cube of cheese, and another slice of pepperoni. Then I pinch the biscuit into a ball and place it pinched side down into the cast iron pan.

When I am done with all 8 biscuits, I mix the butter mixture up and then pour it over each ball and sprinkle some parmesan over each one and then pop it in the oven for about 20 minutes.

Now because I don’t want anyone to burn themselves, after I take the finished product out of the oven I let it sit for a minute or two and carefully take each ball out one by one and arrange them on a plate and then serve with pizza sauce on the side.

Really easy to make, and it is really quick too. Very little prep work as well, which is great!

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Here is the link to where I found this recipe, where there are also many other great recipes as well. Try them out!! I know I am!! :) Click here for original recipe!

Bon Apetit!

– Isabella

 

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I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

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“There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger that both, that of women.” (pg 24. I Am Malala)

Two short single sentences, yet such strong, powerful words. These are words that have been not only written, but also spoken by the young female Pakistani activist who was shot as a young child, by a male with a little too much power. I say the term male, because any man who shoots a child, is no man at all. I am sure many would agree with me here.

The story of “I Am Malala” is one that has been told in the most honest way possible. The book tells us the story of what began as what was a normal day in Pakistan. Malala and her friends were in a school bus heading home when it was ambushed by the Taliban, and Malala was shot in the face, because the Taliban had given her a death threat for fighting for the right to an education.

Her story is powerful, as it tells of her recovery, but also of her non stop courage to continue fighting for children’s rights as well as for women’s rights, particularly in her home country of Pakistan.

Malala had a special relationship with her father, as he is the one who pushed her to fight for what she believes in. And she does just that. When she was shot by a Taliban gunman in 2012, neither Malala nor that gunman knew what would happen afterwards. Malala survived, but she not only survived, she became stronger, and she continues to fight for what she believes in.

I loved this book. From beginning to end, I could not stop reading it. I even put aside many other things I had to be doing just to read this book. I recommend it to anyone and everyone. I also think this book should be at the top of the list of all schools, as I know some of the books on the lists in Chicago even I wouldn’t pick up. This book though, is a total must. I read this book while in my 20s, but imagine the thoughts that a high school teenager may have. The impact this book may really have on the youth of today’s society, it could really help bring out the activist in many a person.

I for one, am and always have been all for women’s rights, as well as rights to a proper education to anyone who wants it. We all know what is going on in the word these days, and this book is a prime example of it.

“But I said, ‘Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow.’ Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.” (pg. 136. I Am Malala)

Yet another line that I found to be concise in choice of words, yet the message is loud and clear. We, as humans have a drive to learn, and that is what we should be doing. Learning.

I think it was Confucius who said that learning never ends. And I think it is very true. We really do never stop learning. Just because the highest degree is on the wall, does not mean that your time of learning is over. We learn every day.

Just think about it, what did you learn yesterday? Last week? Last month? It can be as simple as finally learning the right way to hold a clampless curling iron, or as complicated as figuring out how to solve a problem in a new way. The point is that learning never ends, for anyone.

Now, back to I Am Malala. If I were to rate this book, it would without a doubt, be a 5 star book. A book that everyone should read, multiple times even. I know it is on my list of books to reread.

Hope everyone is enjoying their days, and staying warm and cozy if you are in Chicago and you know that we are in the city notorious for having all 4 seasons in the same day.

If you have any suggestions for books for me to read and review, send the titles my way!

And don’t forget to subscribe so you can be notified of when I put up a new post!

– Isabella

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Review of my New Kindle Paperwhite!!

Hello Everyone!

Hope we are all having an amazing 2016 thus far! I know I am! :)

So much has happened in my life the past year that I had to put my blog on hold for a while. BUT, I am back and I have a lot planned for entries and the like.

Now, one of the things that did happen for me, was the awesome Christmas present that I received. A new Kindle!

 

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This is the 6th Generation Kindle Paperwhite 6’’ High Resolution Display (212 ppi) with the Built-in Light and access to Wi-Fi.

I have only been using it since Christmas Day 2015, and I know it is now near the end of March, but let me tell you, I love it!

While there was nothing wrong with my previous Kindle, the battery was starting to die out on me, not holding a charge like it used to. So I had stopped carrying it in my bag and kept it by my bed for the most part for some reading before falling asleep.

This new Kindle though, seems to be a bit lighter than my previous one. Which makes sense, I mean come on, there is no keyboard, and it is entirely touchscreen. With the exception of one button, at the underside, that is for turning it on and off.

The screen size, is still the same, so nothing has changed in terms of size in that department. There is no more keyboard (it is onscreen when needed) so the overall size is reduced as well, making it very comfortable to hold in one hand.

Now let’s talk about that backlight! I find it fascinating, that I can finally read in bed, without looking for a light source for my book. The new Kindle has a backlight, but it does not cause any strain on the eyes, like an iPad or Surface would when reading books. It is a soft light too, so even if you are with your significant other and they are sleeping, you can read without a problem and not worry about waking them up at all. Big plus in my book!

As for the organization aspect, I am still trying to figure out a new system, as my old one doesn’t work so well anymore… this new Kindle is connected to the “cloud” so I have all my books from my old Kindle saved there. But I will find my system soon enough.

I purchased a case for the Kindle shortly after opening the gift up.

I went to my trusty Amazon account, and purchased a Mint Green Inateck Paperwhite Cover with Auto Sleep/Wake function. And the ease of popping the Kindle into the back cover really made me smile. It is sleek, and sturdy and oh so comfy and cute. I mean look at it!

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Now, while I get some reviews together of some of the many books I have read in the last few months, I am also reading a trilogy at the moment, that will have a review as well. If you have read the 50 Shades series, then stay tuned for this review, as it is a bit of a comparison.

As always, I love LOVE suggestions for books to read, me being the bookworm that I am. ;)

Have a great day everyone!

     -Isabella

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Welcome to tailormylife.com!!

Hello and welcome to tailormylife.com!!!

I started this blog to share my experiences not only as a young woman becoming an adult in Chicago, but as a young woman who is, as the title indicates, tailoring her life to a vision she has set for herself.

In this blog, I will share my experiences with things in everyday life. Whether it is a recipe I tried out that came out successfully, or a book review of the most recent book I read. Might even throw in some movie reviews and comparisons if I read the books. I also plan on sharing any tricks and ideas that I might come up with that make my sometimes hectic week a little easier to manage.

Mostly, I intend on sharing my journey as I “tailor” my life- career wise, and personally, as I leave behind my college days and enter the world of adulthood.

I am also always open to suggestions on posts that readers would like to see and read about.

Thanks for visiting my page, and please subscribe so that you can join me while I “tailor my life”

– Isabella

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