Cheesy Asparagus Crescent Ring

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It has felt like spring all winter long in Virginia. There were multiple times in the month of January and February that we spent our days at the park with just a light coat on. Sometimes no coat at all. We got one tiny little snow that was so long ago I don’t even remember when it was. I just remember that it was small. That it was hardly worth playing in, so I told my kids they could play in the snow when the next snow storm came. I remember Mason getting so upset with me and saying that it wouldn’t snow again this winter and me telling him he was being ridiculous, “OF COURSE IT WILL SNOW AGAIN”. Up until a couple of days ago I was apologizing profusely. But now, just as I’m preparing for spring, it’s finally winter, snow is coming!

While I was picking up the “it’s about to snow” basics at Walmart, I also picked up everything I needed to make a reinvented favorite; a Cheesy Asparagus Crescent Ring.

baked cheesy asparagus crescent roll inside

When I say cheesy, I mean cheesy! This dish is chock full of cheese but the Pillsbury crescent rolls balance it out nicely. I love how easy it is to create dishes using Pillsbury crescent rolls, this crescent ring can hold just about any filling and transforms dishes for same old, same old, to something brand new and delicious.

The key to getting the asparagus perfectly cooked is to slightly cook it before baking it in the crescent ring. Bring a pot of water to boil then add 10oz of washed, trimmed and chopped asparagus to the water.

aspargus

Let cook for three minutes, then pull the asparagus from the boiling water and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process and drain. Set the asparagus aside (but just for a moment). In a large bowl combine 6oz grated Swiss cheese, 6oz grated Parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the asparagus and mix it all up!

cheese and asparagus mixture

Here’s the fun part, creating your ring! You’ll need two cans of dough. Separate into sixteen triangles. On an ungreased cookie sheet, arrange triangles in a ring so the short sides of the triangles form a circle in the center. The dough will over lap, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

make your crescent ring

Next spread the mixture around the ring!

spread around ring

Now it’s time to close it. Bring the narrow end up and around the mixture sealing on the inside of the circle and on the sides. This doesn’t have to be super pretty. Once it’s baked the dough is very forgiving. I often trimmed off the end pieces and used it to seal other areas of the dough. Since the mixture is so cheesy you do want to make sure that it’s as sealed as possible! Here’s my end result.

close the ring

Notice the bottom right has a lot of patching! That’s OKAY! Now you’re ready to pop this ring into the oven. Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees or until golden brown.

baked cheesy asparagus crescent roll

Serve immediately by slicing into triangles.

easy cheesy asparagus crescent ring

I have a confession to make. I’ve made this mixture often before but I’ve never stuffed it inside a crescent ring. I had a feeling it would be delicious but I had no idea it would be this good. I love how versatile Pillsbury crescent rolls are. You can stuff just about anything into these rings and I’m 99.9% positive it’s going to come out amazing.

Have you ever made a crescent ring before? What was in it? 

Cheesy Asparagus Crescent Ring

Cheesy Asparagus Crescent Ring

Ingredients

2 cans Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
10oz asparagus
6oz Swiss cheese, grated
6oz Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Bring a small pot of water to boil over medium to high heat. While the water is heating up wash, trim and chop 10oz of asparagus. Once the water is boiling add the chopped asparagus to the pot. Let cook for three minutes or until the asparagus is bright green and easily pierced with a fork. Drain the asparagus and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine 6oz grated Swiss cheese, 6oz grated Parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the asparagus and mix it all up!
  4. Create your crescent ring by opening two cans of Pillsbury crescent dough and separating the sixteen triangles. On an ungreased cookie sheet, arrange triangles in a ring so the short sides of the triangles form a circle in the center. The dough will over lap, it doesn't have to be perfect.
  5. Spread your mixture around the ring.
  6. Close the ring by bringing the narrow end up and around the mixture sealing on the inside of the circle and on the sides. Use any extra dough to seal the ring wherever needed.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees or until golden brown.
  8. Serve immediately by slicing into triangles and enjoy!
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It’s Just a Mug

I’ve been doing this thing lately where I make sure that all the dishes are done before I turn in for the night. I never thought that it would make a big difference in my life but it does. There’s something about having nothing (or near nothing) in the sink when I wake up. It just feels like a good start to the day. The other night while I was doing the dishes and stacking things to dry my house of cards took a tumble. Off the counter came my favorite mug, where the handle shattered off.

blessings are everywhere broken

On the surface it looks like a pretty boring not special mug at all. One side says “blessings are everywhere” and the other side says “the universe knows”. Not too long after losing Elena I found it at our local book fair. Spotting it felt like a sign from above. It was purple-the color that reminds me of Elena and it said “blessings are everywhere” how could I NOT see that as a sign from my baby girl? So of course, I bought it.

That was probably about 4 years ago and I often take that mug out and think of her. When it shattered it was just the handle. So I held onto the mug. In my mind I pictured sanding down the side and using it without the handle, so I left the broken mug on the counter. B asked me what I was doing with the mug. He asked me why I hadn’t thrown it away. I explained to him that I planned to sand down the sides and use it without a handle. He laughed at me and told me “It’s just a mug, Christa, throw it away!”.

To him, it’s just a mug. To me, it feels like so much more. And throwing it away feels like I’m throwing a piece of her away. There is very little that I have that is hers or that reminds me of her. I’m kicking myself for being so careless with it. As I sit and type this it’s outside. Not quite in the garbage can but close enough to it.

blessings are everywhere broken handle

I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away. I still want to fix it. But maybe some things just can’t be fixed.

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DIY Dryer Sheets

One of the last places that I’ve cleaned up as far as our products go has been the laundry room which is kind of crazy when you think about the fact that we wear clothes 24/7 unless you’re one of my kids. Then you wear clothes like 50% of the day. I feel like I’m always saying to K, “where are your pants?”. Where they always are. Not on her.

Where was I? Oh yes! Cleaning up our laundry room products.

I switched over my detergent to Young Living Thieves detergent shortly after it came out. It wasn’t too long until I purchased some wool dryer balls. Personally I think they work great for helping to reduce drying time and as a natural fabric softner. BUT they don’t seem to help with static. Static drives B wild. He can’t stand when I “forget” to put dryer sheets in the dryer with his clothes. I’m going to keep it super real. I never “forget” I purposefully leave them out because I know they’re not the best for your skin.

I never thought to make my own dryer sheets–I thought the wool dryer balls were suppose to replace those, but I was wrong! DIY dryer sheets and wool balls serve a different purpose. Namely, reducing static in our clothes! It is surprisingly easy to make your own and I only wish I would have done it sooner! Here’s everything you’ll need to make your own dryer sheets.

Dryer Sheets

You’ll Need:

Mason Jar with plastic lid
Muslin Cloths
1/4 cup water
1/4 distilled white vinegar
Young Living Purification or essential oil of choice

Directions

  • Pour 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup distilled vinegar into your mason jar.
  • Add 10 drops of your choice of essential oil. I really love Young Living’s Purification or Lavender for dryer sheets.
  • Put the lid on your jar and shake it up.
  • Add 7-10 dryer sheets into the mixture making sure that all muslin cloths get damp.

Pro Tip

  • I put a few “dryer sheets” in the bottom of the jar and let them absorb the water, then I take them out, put additional sheets in the jar and squeeze the excess water out of the sheets I took out of the bottom of the jar. The sheets do not have to be soaking wet!
  • I keep a pre-made batch of water/vinegar/essential oil in a mason jar on my dryer. That way when my dryer sheets come out of the dryer I can just put them in a new mixture and put them back into routine quickly.

Overall I’m really happy with this change. The clothes DO NOT smell like vinegar. The static is greatly reduced as long as I keep load sizes reasonable and/or put the proper amount of dryer sheets into the load.

homemade dryer sheets

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In the Kitchen

baked cheesy asparagus crescent roll inside

Cheesy Asparagus Crescent Ring

I'm happy to partner with Acorn Influence and Pillsbury for this sponsored post. It has felt like spring all winter long in Virginia. There were multiple times in the month of January and February that we spent our days at the park with just a light coat on. Sometimes no coat at all. We got one ... read more