Easy Homemade Calzones

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Easy Homemade Calzones are made with fresh, store-bough pizza crust and whatever meats and veggies you’ve got in the fridge!

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Today has been the perfect mix of business and pleasure!

Business: Early morning meeting with my web developer.

Pleasure: Mall run for new shoes!

I tried these Banana Republic Shey Sandals on at the beginning of the summer, but put them back on the shelf as they cost $120. $120!!! Frugal Frannie here has a hard time paying anything over $60 for summer shoes.

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Well I decided to pop into Banana while strolling through the mall this morning, and randomly found these puppies in my size and on final sale for $37.49!!! That’s nearly 70% off – I was SO jazzed! :D

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Business: Mid-morning meeting re: new freelance gig.

Pleasure: Crammed Calzones for lunch!

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Yeah! I rolled out some leftover dough from my grilled pizza the other day, then stuffed it chock full o’ goodies and baked it ’til it was golden brown.

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I started by pre-heating my oven to 350 degrees and flouring a big flat surface.

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Then I rolled out my dough, which had been coming to room temperature for 20 minutes, into a big circle ’til it was nice and thin – about 1/8″, or so.

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Next I added my toppings which – ok – were the same as my grilled pizza. Waste not, want not! Pesto,

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chicken sausage,

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artichoke hearts,

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cherry tomatoes,

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green onions and goat cheese.

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I piled all my toppings on one side of the dough, pulled the other side over like a big, pillowy blanket,

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then rolled the dough onto itself in a twisting motion to seal.

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Snug as a bug.

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I transferred the calzone to a non-stick sprayed pizza pan (you could use a baking stone or cookie sheet) then sprayed the top with more non-stick spray and made a few slits on top with a sharp knife to let the steam escape out of.

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Baked in the oven for 25 minutes…

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and voila! I’ve never made calzones before and was totally tickled with the end result!

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The crust was soft and chewy,

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the insides were piping hot and bursting with bold flavors and textures.

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My favorite was the cherry tomatoes that burst when I took a bite. So sweet! :D

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Business: Sweeping the house and doing the laundry.

Pleasure: Painting my nails while watching an Awkward mini-thon (what a hysterical show!)

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This is Teenage Dream by OPI, and – ok, the sparkly pink is a tad, well teenage dream, but whatevs.

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It’ll be fun for a couple of days – plus it makes me feel like Midwestern Barbie. ;)

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Business: Taming my wild email inbox.

Pleasure: Making Fluffernutter Cookies!

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I included these uber-soft, crazy-rich, 3-ingredient delights in last week’s Friday Favorites post, and have been thinking about them every day since.

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I found myself with all three ingredients at home today – marshmallow fluff (leftover from Twix Balls,) peanut butter and an egg – so I finally gave into temptation and whipped up a half batch.

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These cookies are dense, rich and absolutely smashing with a hit of ice-cold almond milk!

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Dunked and devoured!

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See how creamy??? :D

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Business: Well…nothing, really. I haven’t had a Friday where I didn’t do anything in a really long time – so I kind of milked it this afternoon!

Pleasure: Spending the evening at my parent’s house. My brother and his girlfriend are in town for the weekend, so we’re celebrating tonight with a(nother) family BBQ!

TGIF! :D

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Has your day been more business, or pleasure?

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