There has been so much going on recently that I’ll have to combine two topics and share the others with you next week.
First, I’ll discuss Christmas Towne! (By the way, I literally just said that in my best movie trailer announcer voice.) In my former small town in Georgia, I always looked forward to a fun community Christmas celebration that occurred the first Saturday of December. It was always top-notch with special performers, amusement rides, local dancers and singers, and more Christmas cheer than can be put into words. The kick-off was a Christmas parade and the entire thing was FREE, well, except for the vendors. Last year, my daughter and I prepared a thermos full of hot cocoa and sat on the street, along with hundreds of other people, and watched the parade. Initially, I thought our move here in Alaska would end that. However, I got a surprise when I discovered an event for local communities that lasted more than one day.
Last weekend, we went to a Boy Scout camp turned Christmas Towne in Chugiak, Alaska. I thought it would be a fun outing for the family since there were supposed to be free crafts for visitors to create, reindeer, and a Santa Clause. When we arrived, we began strolling through the village to eventually get greeted by a lady. She asked us if we knew where we were going or whether we needed help. Of course, we answered that we needed help. She pointed out things that were going on in the Towne. Since we went with our neighbors down the street, we had company too, which was nice. There were definitely crafts for children (and adults) to create in the main building where Santa was located. Caris and I wanted to take a picture with Santa, which we did, but Santa ended up not being very nice. In fact, he mocked my southern accent, openly, and with a laugh. I almost allowed my good-spirit to fade away and comment how Santa shouldn’t do that, but decided it was pointless. Instead, I decided it wasn’t worth him crushing my spirits and moved on cheerfully to the next location.
After we finished crafting, we met a reindeer. Caris really enjoyed it. The wonderful lady who was responsible for the reindeer told a great story about her job as the oldest elf and intrigued us all. We also had a snowball fight! There was a huge field of synthetic snowballs that wouldn’t melt and we all spent about 15 minutes playing around with those. Another feature at the Towne was a Smores making area where anyone could spend time warming up and, if desired, make some smores. All-in-all, it was a very fun day and it was FREE!
Now, to change subjects, you know I can’t leave you without a wonderful keto recipe creation. Yesterday, I made a delicious keto pizza with a cauliflower-pesto crust. It really tasted amazing with our bacon topped side salad. The recipe is below.
2 bags of cauliflower florets
1 TBSP garlic powder
1 TBSP of your favorite pesto
A clean kitchen towel
½ cup of Mozzarella cheese
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Your favorite pizza sauce
Your favorite pizza toppings
Steam cauliflower with the smallest amount of water needed to do so. Drain. Then, put cauliflower in Vitamix (or whatever mixer you own) and make into a smooth paste like texture. (I received a Vitamix over 5 years ago from Micah and it is the best machine for kitchen creativity. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about mine. There is a link below if interested in checking it out.) Then, dump cauliflower onto the middle of a clean kitchen towel. Start getting water out of the paste. I pull together like a bag and push out as much as I can. My towel held so much water it began dripping! So, I opened it up and used some clean paper towels to get the remaining fluid off.
Next, preheat oven to 450 degrees and put cauliflower paste into a bowl. Add the garlic powder and pesto to mixture and mix well by hand. Once mixed, put cauliflower mixture onto a non-stick sprayed tinfoil covered pan. Shape the mixture into the pizza shape you like. (I always prefer a circle.) Make sure it isn’t too thin, but you definitely don’t want it too thick or it won’t be crispy. I sprinkle a little more garlic powder on it at this stage. Bake for 12 minutes until starting to look brown on edges. Take out of oven and spread a thin amount of pizza sauce onto paste. Add meat (if you want.) I added ground turkey. Then, top with a generous amount of mozzarella cheese. Bake for 7-10 more minutes, based on your oven’s cook time until top is brown and cheese looks bubbly. Serve with a side salad. Our side salad had mini bell peppers, diced boiled eggs, cheese, and bacon on it.