Pensacola Friends

This photo shows the emotions of our visit to Pensacola. It was wonderful seeing our dear friends, cooking with them, having the girls, play, but goodbyes are always difficult.

I have a lot of fond memories of cooking with Sharon. This visit we tried some new recipes together. 

This one was a definite keeper.

Cheesy Cauliflower "Bread" Sticks. 

4 cups cauliflower “rice”
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning 
Marinara sauce for dipping

Begin by turning 1 head of cauliflower into “rice.” An average head of cauliflower should yield about 4 cups of cauliflower “rice.” 
In a large saucepan, heat one inch of water until it boils. Add in the cauliflower rice, cover with a lid, and allow it to steam for 4-5 minutes. 
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Use a fine mesh strainer to drain the cauliflower. Allow it to cool for a few minutes, then place the cauliflower “rice” in a clean dish towel and squeeze as hard as you can to remove any excess water.
Once the cauliflower rice is drained really well, dump it into a large bowl. To the cauliflower rice, add 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 1 egg slightly beaten, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried basil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. 
Stir the mixture well. 
Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it lightly with cooking spray. 
Spoon the cauliflower mixture onto the pan and use your hands to form it into a 8 1/2 x 11 inch rectangle (eyeball it- think piece of paper size) 
Place in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or even longer until the crust is golden brown and firm. 
Remove the crust from the oven and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes. Then top the crust with remaining 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, and 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning. 
Return the pan to the oven and bake for another 7-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. 
Cut into “breadsticks” and serve with warm marinara sauce for dipping.

EJ still had a fever when we arrived so the girls didn't get as much playtime as they would have liked but fortunately we figured out the cause of the fever before we left and they still got to have some girl time together.


Little brother had fun joining in:)

We took them to the National Naval Aviation Museum (seemed even better than when we left) and they had a blast running around under the aircraft.

And EJ got to celebrate her 4th birthday a few days early with her bff. EJ was thrilled with the princesses on the cake.

The visit was just another reminder of how much we would love to return to Pensacola some day. No matter how long we are away I know our friendship with these dear friends will always remain.

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