Monday, April 30, 2012

Bacon-Wrapped Pizza Rolls

Not a whole lot makes sense in this crazy crazy world. But there is one thing you can count on, Bacon-wrapped pizza rolls. Hallelujah. 
Cast of characters: pizza rolls, and bacon. This is seriously the easiest, most delicious thing you will ever eat. EVER.

Line a baking sheet with foil.

Make sure your bacon is completely defrosted, but the pizza rolls themselves are frozen. Then just do what comes natural. Wrap them pizza rolls in bacon!

The first one. Aww!

Now we're really cooking. As you can seen we extreme rolled these bad boys up with an entire strip of bacon per roll. Hindsight not too great an idea. The bacon and pizza roll cooks much better when you only use about 1/3 of the strip per roll. Can't blame us for trying though.  
Math Time. 
So if 1 package of bacon brings an average of 12 strips. And each strip can wrap three pizza rolls. How many pizza rolls can you wrap in bacon?
Answer: 36 pizza rolls

All cooked and delicious! Warning: The smell wafting from your oven will cause extreme drooling.

Bacon-Wrapped Pizza Rolls
  • 1 package of bacon (brings an average of 12 strips)
  • Pizza Rolls

  1. Defrost bacon a few hours before you are ready to cook.
  2. Preheat oven to 425.
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  4. Take pizza rolls out of the freezer and place on baking sheet.
  5. Cut bacon into thirds and wrap around the pizza roll. (You can double or triple wrap the bacon but this causes some weird cooking issues.) 
  6. Place bacon-wrapped pizza rolls in the oven for 10 minutes or until bacon looks cooked and smells like heaven.
  7. Once done allow to cool then enjoy!
Makes 36 pizza rolls.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Oreo Balls

Need to make a fast, simple, cheap dessert? Look no further!
Cast of characters: 1 package of Oreos, 16 ounces of cream cheese, white chocolate chips. Sorry for the lack of photo on this one, but it's simple enough!
Take the Oreos, place in a bag and smash away.  It is quite the stress reliever, but don't bust the bag open! Then you'll have to eat Oreo's off the floor. We wouldn't judge though.

Once nicely crumbled, place in a mixer and throw in the cream cheese.  You are going to want to mix this thoroughly.  

Next, line a baking sheet with wax paper.

Nicely mixed! At this point shape ping-pong size amounts of the cookie mix and place on the wax paper.  Once you've used up all the mixture, place in the fridge, or freezer if you are in a rush, and allow to harden up.

Once you're ready, heat up the white chocolate chips in a saucepan.

Oh sweet white heavenly goodness. Now, this next step requires some trial and error.  You can do a number of things.
1. Place a toothpick in each Oreo ball to allow for dunking.
2. Drizzle white chocolate over Oreo balls.
3. Do a mixture of both.
Guess which one we did.

Oreo Balls
  • 1 package of Oreos
  • 1 16 ounce package of cream cheese
  • 2 cups of white chocolate chips, or more if you feel so inclined

  1. Smash up the Oreos!
  2. Place smashed Oreos and cream cheese into a mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  4. Form ping-pong size balls with the cookie mix and place on the wax paper.
  5. Place in fridge or freezer and allow to harden.
  6. Melt white chocolate chips and dip Oreo Balls into the gooey goodness, or drizzle it all over.  
  7. Allow to harden then enjoy with a tall glass of milk!

Now this recipe is super simple, but we here at Second Friday were thinking of new ways to make these. The most promising one? Place a caramel candy in the center, the kind that it gooey, not hard, like a Rolo! Could you imagine it? Definitely on our must make list! 

Friday, April 20, 2012

7 Layer Bean Dip

Ohhh 7 layer bean dip. How you make our hearts sing. 
Cast of Characters: refried beans, taco seasoning, red onion (not pictured), sour cream, Mexican shredded cheese, lettuce, salsa, and green onions.

Start by mixing 1 tablespoon of the taco seasoning into the refried beans. Then really try your darnedest not to eat the beans before they become the dip. 

Layer them out all smooth in the bottom of a bowl. 

Dice up some red onion, adding as much as you would like.  We didn't want the onion to over power any other ingredients, so we only added about 1/4 of it.

Scatter the onion over the beans.

Shred the lettuce. 

Slice and dice your olives. Then eat whatever is leftover in the can like we did. 
We roughly chopped the olives that were being layered, but made pretty slices to go on top as a garnish. 

Layer the olives. Aww yeeeeah. 

Then smother is with sour cream. Making sure it's all even and pretty. 

Then seriously smother it with cheese. Like so much that you can see NO sour cream. You won't regret it. 

Add the shredded lettuce.

Then plop some salsa on top! (Sorry for the weird color of this photo.)

And voila! Garnish with olives and green onion. Then let it chill for a while in the fridge. Then devour it with tortilla chips and don't regret it.  And it's pretty tasty the next morning over a fried egg. Just throwin' that out there. 

7 Layer Bean Dip
  • 1 can of refried beans
  • 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • Black olives sliced, amount based on preference
  • 1 cup sour cream, more if you fancy it
  • Shredded cheese, amount based on preference
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup salsa
  • Green onions and olives for garnish

  1. Mix refried beans and taco seasoning together, and smooth it out on the bottom of a dish.
  2. Dice up the red onion and sprinkle it evenly over the beans.
  3. Slice up the black olives, you can add more or less depending on your own preference, and again sprinkle them evenly over the onions.
  4. Add sour cream as the next layer, if you love sour cream, add the whole bucket. Not a fan? add a smidge.
  5. Generously add shredded cheese on top of the sour cream.  Make sure everything is still nice and even.
  6. Add the shredded lettuce.
  7. Finally add the salsa and smooth it out.  Add chopped green onions and black olives as a garnish.
  8. Place in the fridge for at least an hour, serve with tortilla chips, or a fried egg!

Monday, April 16, 2012

April - A party for two

We hope you enjoyed our little interview of each other, we of course had a blast. Just wanted to share a couple more photos from the night, especially the sushi photos.
Now Kelsey had the fantastic idea to go to Costco and pick up sushi, and it was a STEAL!  
 Look at that. Three different kinds of sushi, plus some big 'ol shrimp spring rolls...

 Plus Alixx had some frozen potstickers that were cooked up to really top off the sushi platter.

Our tradition never looked so good.

Now the whole idea for this month's SF was a just relaxing kick-back for us.  We both needed a little break from the hectic in our lives, and we thought what better way then a blast from the past?

So last summer, way before SF was officially our thing, we got together and made bacon wrapped pizza rolls and oreo balls. They were delicious and super easy to make. 
We threw a party for two and due to the utter genius that was the bacon wrapped pizza rolls we created a Facebook event and invited everyone we knew.  This was over a year ago...

And this was taken this past Friday. Gone are the crazed looks, but that didn't stop us from creating another Facebook event and invite people to join us. To those who said they would come. We absolutely love each and everyone of you. 

We promise to throw an actual party soon, and we'll make our famous, bacon wrapped pizza rolls for all of you. 

Check back soon for recipes! 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Interview About Us: By Us.

Oh hey there. Well here we are... it's Second Friday. How are you feeling? We want to make this seem like a seductive intro. Are you pleased? Please read this in your deepest, sultry-esque voice. 

Anyway! So far we've feasted on sushi, spring rolls, and potstickers. 
We just made the bacon wrapped pizza rolls, and finished making the Oreo balls. Amen. 

Until our feature presentation... and 7 layer bean dip... we will entertain you with a candid interview of your Second Friday ladies. (awww yeah....)

K: hey Alixx
A: oh uh hey there, Chels... Kelsey. 
K: Oh you'd like to call me that, huh?! Remember when we played tennis? That was fun. 
A: I'm pretty sure everyone on the team hated us... we were always doing the pigeon and wookie call every two seconds. 
K: Classic us, ehh? You don't like how I'm touching your mouse pad. Maybe I should leave. 
A: D: Please don't leave! Or leave... more bacon wrapped pizza rolls for me! (Everyone should make them right now btw)
K: Never!! Where ever you go, I will most likely be there... Especially if you have bacon wrapped pizza rolls. 
A: I just want to point out to everyone reading this that we aren't saying a word to each other. Just writing back and forth and laughing. 
K: There is no way any one listening (your sleeping sister? I don't know who else...) can think we're normal. 
A: And once we publish this, everyone will know too.  You know we're big in Russia. 
K: And Indiana! So... what do you love about Second Friday? You thought I was going to type "what do you love about me?" What is it Alixx?! 
A: Hmmm, probably the... well that's hard to pin point. I love the whole idea of it. It started off as a joke and now is the best thing EVER.  What about you?
K: I love the tradition and the fact that we both love it so much. And it forces you to hang out with me at least once a month. 
A: Right back at you. Though I could always bribe you with bacon wrapped pizza rolls.
K: Oh you know the way to my bacon-loving heart, don't you? 
A: You are like a piece of glass, I see RIGHT through you! I feel I should type extra hard with all caps.., since again, we aren't actually talking. 
A: Alright back to the hard-hitting questions. 
K: I feel like a journalist. 
A: We could easily be journalists. What upcoming theme are you most excited about?
K: Well, I would love to do our summer/baseball theme. I think that would be SO fun! but of course we would need people to show up... And we would not need to ruin the food with salt. 
A: Oh salt, the bane of my existence.  You read my mind though, the baseball one is gonna be awesome. (You reading this should come. You've officially been invited.)
K: Yes, please come! Don't' make us beg like last time. We're sensitive souls. 
K: I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY YOU DON'T!!! Maybe it's because we shout at people. 
A: Very true, never a good break-the-ice moment,,,, "HEY! BE MY FRIEND!!!!"
K: I remember the first time you shouted that at me... Aww memories. You had me at "HEY!" Alixx. 
A: I'm a very persuasive shouter. But seriously first time I met you I thought.... "Wow, her legs are tan."
K: Oh I am flattered. I don't remember the very first time I met you... but it most likely just falls under the same feeling I had the first 2 1/2 years of high school... "That girl is WAY to cool to be my friend. She hates me."
A: First off, I was sitting across from you at band camp so it's not like I go around staring at people's legs. Second ya I thought the same, the whole " Oh well, too bad she's too cool to be my friend. DANGIT."
K: We were so naive. So young... 
A: Forever young, I want to be.... forever young. Sigh.
K: Oh the good 'ol days. BUT! wouldn't trade where we are and how funny we are for anything. 
A: Oh totally agree. Second Friday might never have come around plus, gave us time to get in touch with our awkward roots. 
K: Awkward is something I hold dear to my heart. Life is more fun this way. 
A: It makes a simple outing such an epic adventure. WAS THAT A YAWN?!
K: Wow, yeah sorry. I need caffeine! Seriously. I was also not paying attention to what you were writing. My b. 
A: Ouch. Want a soda? I've got some knock-off brands but they'll do the trick. Lemon Lime, Cherry Coke... 
K: Is it knock-off Cherry Coke? Because if it's knock-off, it's not Coke. It's Cola. Get it straight. 
A: Well isn't someone getting technical. Get off my back. 
K: I'm not even touching you. 
A: Touche. 
K: I think this is a good place to wrap for now. Kelsey tired. 
A: Over and out. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

April Second Friday

Thank goodness it's almost Second Friday.  Kelsey & Alixx could sure use it!  We've both been mega stressed/busy with school this semester... So what better way to spend SF than with a chillaxed night?  A night that will consist of our favorite foods and a showing of The Monster Ball Tour HBO special Lady Gaga made.  Oh and just two best friends hanging out.  Can't come fast enough!!

You know what would be super cool? If you guys shared us with your friends on Facebook. Tag us in a post (type @Second Friday and it should pop up), share one of our posts, do whatever you can! We would like to really get out there... Our blog is still a baby that is developing and finding it's place in the blogosphere.  But it'll grow up soon enough with your help! 

Oh and any one that is following Alixx or Kelsey on Pinterest can totally repin things that we pin from Second Friday! Once again, just trying to get out there.  We'll hopefully be setting up a Pinterest account for Second Friday. 

Hope every one had a wonderful Easter weekend!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Chocolate Orange Guinness Cake

Now for St. Patrick's we wanted to do a very non-traditional type theme but still keeping true to the key points. Well except when it came to dessert. We made a very traditional Irish dessert, Chocolate Orange Guinness Cake.
 Plus it was perfect for orange picking in Alixx's yard. Yea for fresh fruit!
 Cast of characters: butter, salt, orange, eggs, brown sugar, flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, and Guinness (not pictured).
 First things first, add the brown sugar and butter to a bowl and mix it! If you are Alixx you'll try and convince Kelsey to just go ahead and eat the batter. Thank goodness Kelsey reigned her in. But no matter keep mixing until light and fluffy.
 In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt...
 Baking powder...
 and cocoa powder.
Mix it all up!
 While that is going down zest your orange! 

 Add the zest to the sugar and butter mixture. It will smell out of this world. 
 First you'll add one egg at a time with one spoonful of flour mixture. Then once you run out of eggs you'll add the flour mixture a little bit at a time, adding the Guinness little by little as well. Until everything is gone. 
 Pour the mix into a pan, or two, and place it into the oven.
 Our cakes came out so so so thin. 
 Kelsey presented the itty bitty thin cake. We laughed so hard about those cakes. 
 While the cakes cool, it's time to mix up some icing! But make sure you check your powdered sugar stock. It would be horrible to realize last second there is not enough powdered sugar to make some icing. We know because it happened. 
 Alixx took her frustration out on another orange. She zested like no one has zested before. Please ignore the messy pantry.
 But no worries, if you've got some pre-made icing just add the orange zest and orange juice to the container and mix. It will smell and taste like an orange creamsicle. No joke. The orange is strong with this one. And yes, we did just say that.
 Now since we had two thin cakes we were doing it layered so there was a nice thin layer applied to the bottom cake.
 Then to the top cake!
 Then we covered it to ensure a nice smooth coating over the entire delicious cake.
 Place some extra zest on top and serve! 
Opps! Cake toppled over but it was still good! Now the cake turned out really dense. And while thinking it over we decided it probably has something to do with the cakes turning out so thin. But no matter, it was still the perfect was to end our Second Friday St. Patrick's day feast.

Chocolate Orange Guinness Cake
For batter:
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of cocoa
  • Orange zest from 1 orange
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of Guinness
For icing:

  • 1 container of plain icing (or 1/2 cup of butter and 1 cup of powdered sugar)
  • Juice and zest from 1 orange 

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375F.
  2. Cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy/
  3. In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa into a bowl.
  4. Add the orange zest to the brown sugar and butter mixture and beat in the eggs one at a time, adding a spoonful of the flour mixture with each egg.
  5. After adding the eggs, gently mix in the Guinness, a tablespoon at a time, also including another spoonful of flour with each addition.
  6. Any additional flour can be folded in gently. Blend well, but be careful not to over-beat.
  7. Divide your mixture into two well-greased pans (for a layered cake), smooth and place into pre-heated oven.
  8. Once centered, reduce oven temperature to 350F and bake for about 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Remove and allow to cool.
  10. To make icing, zest another orange and add the zest to a container of icing. Also add the juice from the orange to the icing and mix well.
  11. Once the cakes are cold spread 1/4 of the icing in between the layers and use the rest to cover the cakes. 
  12. Cut and enjoy!

    Again we would like to thank you for being so understanding with the lateness of these posts. It won't happen again. We promise!