I shared this recipe on my Instagram a couple of weeks ago, and thought I’d share here as well in case you missed it. If you’re a regular reader, you probably recognize these as I did a plant-based/vegan of them a couple of years ago. This is the regular ol’ dairy cheese version (but vegan cheese works too!). I’ve also tweaked the recipe a bit since my original post. My kids and I love making these together, and they love eating. Best of us, they are ridiculously easy to create.
Halloween Themed Veggie Mini Pizzas
INGREDIENTS 6 english muffins, halved 3 cups shredded cheese (cheddar and mozzarella)
1 slice provolone or mozzarella 1 cup pizza sauce (the plain old jar kind works just fine) black olives green olives green pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Placed halved english muffins cut side up on a baking sheet. Top with pizza sauce until covered. Top five of the english muffins with cheese shreds. On the remaining muffin, top with strips of the cheese slice, to look like a mummy. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted. Use olives and green pepper slices to make jack-o-lanterns, spiders, mummies, and monsters!
These are perfect for Halloween parties (ya know, once the pandemic ends), lunch, dinner, or just a spooky snack.
Disclaimer: These aren’t fancy crescent rolls made from scratch. These are lazy crescent rolls, aka spruced up refrigerator crescent rolls. I am always about the easy + quick version of baked goods. If you’re on the same page, this recipe is for you.
Usually a side that I serve during the holiday season, these parmesan and rosemary crescent rolls are just as delicious any time of year, especially when it starts to cool off. They’re so delicious with chili and soup, and just the perfect way to complement a fall meal.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter either in a small saucepan or the microwave. Stir in garlic powder. Open the can of crescent rolls and unroll dough. Separate dough into 8 triangles. Brush the melted butter and garlic powder mixture onto the top of each triangle, then sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Flip each triangle so the buttered side is down, and roll into crescent shape (so that buttered side is on the outside). Place each crescent onto a baking sheet, and top with another sprinkling of parmesan and a few pieces of rosemary. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve.
We make them without the rosemary and double the parmesan sometimes too. It’s fun to play around and experiment with flavors. Enjoy!
This is a remarkable bit of trail camera footage from Putnam County, Florida.
Here we have two gray foxes coordinating an attack on a flock of Osceola turkeys. They are engaging in behavior I’d expect more from wolves or coyotes. One fox harries the birds, while the other sneaks around from behind.
Although the foxes don’t catch a turkey that day, they might sometimes succeed if they keep doing this behavior.
I’ve read old accounts of gray foxes working together to hunt rabbits, but I put them away as hearsay.
After seeing this footage, I am convinced they do sometimes engage in cooperative hunting.
Gray foxes, especially in Florida, aren’t that big, and a turkey is a fighting dinosaur of a chicken. My guess is they aren’t regularly preying on mature turkeys, but they do engage in this sort of behavior to test them in much the same way wolves test elk or caribou.
Maybe I’m reading too much into this footage, but it is pretty remarkable.
I’ve always admired the gray fox. It’s a truly unique American canid, for it has no Old World congeners.
They and turkeys have been interacting for millions of years in the Southeast and Southwest, a dance far more ancient than wolf and bison in Yellowstone. And certainly far more ancient than man versus beast on this continent.
And this drama happened in the third most populous state in the union, not in some far wilderness of the West. Indeed, just a stone’s throw from the first permanent European settlement in North America.
What should you do if you see an animal out in the cold? As animal lovers, one of the most heartbreaking things to see is a helpless animal trapped in an unsafe situation. There has been growing awareness and media attention to dogs, in particular, left in vehicles in hot weather. There doesn’t seem to