These Freezer-Friendly Pizza Bagels are quick and easy to assemble and a delicious throw back to the bagel bites of our childhood!
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Up until now, A was never huge into swimming. Though she loves pretending to swim in the bathtub while I sit next to her singing "Wipe out!" (it's kind of our thing!) she really kind of avoided pools. This was a bit of a bummer to J and I since we both grew up with pools and spent a ton of time in them (him all year around in that gorgeous California sunshine and me all summer long!).
Well, this weekend we went to a family picnic, and all week, A kept telling us how she was going to swim on her own. I was a little skeptical, but I kept faith. The picnic was a good hour and a half away from our home and our drive landed right during prime naptime hours. So we crossed our fingers and got driving.
T drifted off pretty quickly but A did not, and once she got over all the toys I packed for her, she got super whiny and was clearly overtired. And naturally, when we were about 15 minutes from our destination she finally fell asleep. So I brought T into the picnic and J/my dad stayed in the car with the A/C pumping so A could get a (much needed!!!) nap.
An hour into the party, A finally woke and was a bit groggy and grouchy. Initially she didn't want to go in the pool but once she found out her daddy was going in she agreed to give it a shot. She was tentative at first, gingerly lingering on the top step, where the water just came up to her ankles. But with a little friendly coaxing from J, she finally got in and after that, there was no stopping her besides a small break for dinner; A was hooked!
Even though she was wearing a life jacket, she was still pretty attached to J in there until he showed her how to put some pool noodles under her and kick her feet to try a noodle-assisted version of swimming.
A was so proud of herself and at the end of the day when I asked her if she was a fish, she proudly exclaimed, "No, I was a shark!!" On Sunday after naps were over, we went to a friend's house where there is also a pool and even though it was quite a bit colder than the previous day, A had a blast and even jumped in with a bit of coaxing and the promise of a candy bar from me! While I try not to rely on bribery as a means to get my children to try things, I couldn't hep myself this time.
But A did so great and was once again super proud of herself- I see this as the beginning of a beautiful friendship between A and swimming!
Summer is coming to an end (no!) the nights are getting chillier (stop!) and school is starting once again (meh, this doesn't really effect me but still!). But with the hustle and bustle of fall making it's way into the picture, it only makes sense to try and have some quick and easy foods ready to go. Enter: Freezer Pizza Bagels.
I remember way back to a million years ago when J and I were first dating. He used to eat a ton of Bagel Bites. I can remember rolling into his apartment in Brooklyn after a long night of drinking (we were crazy kids back then!) and popping those puppies in the microwave (or the oven if J was the one doing the cooking- he's much fancier than me!). Ugh, they were so easy and tasted so good!
So I figured, why not make a little blast from the past and turn these sad bagels that were hanging out on my counter into pizza bagels that are super quick and easy to make whenever J gets the craving for pizza (which is all the time!)? And that's what I did. I am very happy to report that these took minimal time to assemble and froze up perfectly.
This is an awesome way to salvage the old bagels so that they don't got to waste. Or even just throw together for a throw-back-to-the-childhood-pick-me-up. You have the tasty sauce (like this stupid-easy Pizza Sauce!) and cheese. I added pepperoni because it's one of J's toppings of choice and but you could really add anything that you want. It's always a good thing to be prepared!
Other easy snacks to try:
- Artichoke Asiago Dip
- Apple Bacon Brie Bites
- Bloody Mary Cheeseball
- Sweet and Spicy Kielbasa Bites
- Olive and Gruyere Puff Pastry Tartlets
- Jalapeno Popper Pull Apart Bread
- Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos
- Salami Chips with a Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
- Baked Buffalo Chicken Sliders
- Meat Lover’s Pizza Bites
- BLT Bruschetta
- Shrimp with Pesto and Prosciutto
- Bagels sliced in half
- Pizza sauce
- Mozzarella cheese I used a pizza cheese blend from my local grocery store
- The toppings of your choice
Line a baking pan with wax paper (if freezing) or foil (if cooking right away).
Lay bagels on the baking pan, flat side up.
Spread a thin layer of sauce on the bagels, top them with cheese and toppings.
If baking right away, bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.
If freezing for later, put the pan in the freezer for a couple hours or until fully frozen.
Once frozen transfer the pizza bagels to a bag.
Top cook frozen pizza bagels, microwave for 1-2 minutes on high or bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees.
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