More Father’s Day Fun + A Quick, Healthy Pepperoni Roll Appetizer

This weekend we had a lot to celebrate.  My father-in-law, my dad, my husband and my brother-in-law all came over to our house to celebrate Father’s Day.  It was also my mom’s birthday weekend.  We don’t get to see my husband’s parents often, so it is a special time for my daughter and my niece to have them in town for a few days.

IMG_1214Since there were ten of us, we decided that the easiest way for all of us to casually eat was for us to host a Father’s Day cookout.  The weather couldn’t have been better.  We spent a majority of the afternoon on the patio enjoying good food and drinks.

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My favorite go-to quick, healthy, finger food appetizer is a pepperoni roll made with low fat crescent rolls.  How is easy is this?  Just a few ingredients:

  • Low fat crescent rolls (in the refrigerated section)
  • Low fat mozzarella cheese
  • Turkey pepperoni
  • Dash of oregano, red pepper flakes, basil
  • 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil

Set oven to 375 degrees. Roll out dough onto a baking pan to form a skinny line (approximately 3 inches wide and 12-16 inches long).  In the center of the line, place a line of pepperoni and top with cheese.  Fold edges over to seal the pepperoni and cheese.  Spread olive oil on top of pressed edges.  Sprinkle oregano, basil and red pepper flakes on top.  Cook in oven for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve as is or with marinara sauce.  So easy and good!

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My daughter is finally starting to eat finger food, so we gave her a little taste of the soft dough to “gum on” (since she doesn’t have many teeth).  I think that she approved!

IMG_1261Since I was the one behind all of the photos for the day, I didn’t end up getting a picture with my dad, hence why the picture below is of my dad and I right before we walked down the aisle at my wedding.  I don’t want to seem cliche sharing a bunch of pictures of my dad on this special day, but I do want to tell my dad that I love him and appreciate him more now that I am a parent myself (because I know he reads this).

481020_10101234980920193_575689915_nEven though we all got together for a cookout on Saturday, we also gathered on Sunday for breakfast (that’s right, all of us).  Flying biscuit here we come!  The most kid friendly, quick and delicious place to go for breakfast in Myers park.  My daughter actually behaved and had some quality snuggle time with her dad.  I hope that they are close as my dad and I are when she is older (actually, I have no doubt they will be).

photo 2-70I asked my husband what he wanted to do on Father’s Day, and he said that he wanted to go for a bike ride (while his parents watched our daughter).  What a great day to do this!  We utilized the greenway and also made a small grocery shopping trip out of it.  We haven’t ridden bikes much since we had our daughter, so I have not been able to share what a great casual hybrid bike that I found on sale last year in the offseason.

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I found this Specialized (that’s the brand) bike at Bike Source in Park Road Shopping Center.  While I was there, I bought this nifty basket to put on the back.  Get this.  It is removable and acts as a grocery basket when I go into the store.

photo 4-40Part of living a fit life is finding ways to be active outdoors.  If you have the time, getting out on a bike to do errands is a perfect way to enjoy the weather and get a little exercise in.

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