Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s 2017. Weren’t we just worrying about Y2K? You’d have been jealous of our NYE festivities. When you have two little ones and a husband who has to work, you make big plans! <insert sarcastic eye roll here>
My husband did have to work, so the girls and I hung out at home. Our soon-to-be-Terrible-Two had fits of glee and rage moments apart all day, the baby had multiple blowouts resulting in a few wardrobe changes, and my mom and I decided to brave Target for new lamps and smart bulbs. The last thing on that list was amazing! I sat at home connecting Alexa to my new light bulbs and whether via voice command or phone, I turned the lights on and off all night! That’s right – party animal! I made myself this delightful pizza (recipe at the end of the post) and as I was cleaning up the kitchen, my sink started backing up. I called my trusty handyman (aka: my mom’s other half) who came over right away (they’re party animals, too, hahaha). He fixed the sink, I put the girls to bed and started to binge watch This is Us. Winning!
I know what you’re thinking, “how does she do it?” Easy. I rarely get dressed in pants with a zipper and my makeup consists of eyeliner and mascara. Bless you, Ugg boots!
Fast forward to the first week of the year and take a peek inside our house. Know what you’d see? THE PLAGUE. It hit our house hard and almost all of us fell prey to it. Needless to say, bouncing back certainly makes me want to put a recipe like this on my meal planning list.
Now, let’s talk resolutions. I’ll be honest: I don’t have any. I always have goals that morph throughout the year and I stick to that strategy. One thing I’m looking to focus on right now is getting organized. Life with two littles can be tough, simply in the sense of having things easily accessible and ready to go. I swear it takes me three hours to get out of the house anymore. Knowing this and accepting that our “new normal” changes with each of the girls’ phases, it’s all ok. I have to be fluid and on my toes, but that doesn’t mean my life has to be chaotic.
(And this coffee cup lid explains my whole life.)
As I attempt to blog more often, I’d like to share some information with others that may help. Of course, I’m still developing recipes and trying to take photos before I devour the plate (sometimes kids don’t understand people would like to eat at a normal dinner time), but I’m also working on tips of keeping a mom’s sanity.
So without further ado, I’d like to share a pizza recipe that makes for an easy meal, especially if you’re pressed for time. It’s a cinch on a weeknight and my oldest loves it.
1. Buy pre-made dough. Trader Joe’s has some great options and it freezes well.
2. Jarred pizza sauce or marinara is a life saver.
3. Want to get “fancy”? Use BBQ sauce or cream cheese instead of pizza sauce.
4. Use any kind of meat or vegetables. I tend to have lots of random veggies in the fridge at any one time, so it can be an easy way to get rid of some things before they go bad.
5. Don’t sweat it if it doesn’t look like a restaurant’s. It’s homemade, therefore it can be rustic and simple.
6. Grab a bag of pre-shredded cheese. Freshly grated is always my preference, but let’s face it. The bagged kind is quick and easy!
- Pizza dough (store bought or homemade)
- Sauce of your choice (pizza/red, BBQ, cream cheese, olive oil, etc.)
- Pinch of salt
- Toppings of your choice
- Mozzarella cheese
- Parmesan cheese
- Italian seasoning, dried
- Preheat oven according to the dough's instructions. I love to use pre-made dough for this when I'm trying to put dinner on the table quickly, otherwise there are some amazing homemade (and easy) recipes out there.
- Roll the dough out onto a cookie sheet or better yet, pizza stone. Par-bake the dough if recipe calls for it.
- Take out of the oven and top with sauce, sprinkle with salt, toppings, cheeses and top with Italian seasoning. Bake according to directions.
- One of my favorite combinations is pretty simple: garlic cream cheese base, pepperoni and cheese. Mix together 4 ounces of cream cheese, 2-4 cloves of garlic (to taste), sprinkle of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of basil. Mix it all together and spread crust to crust on the dough. Top with pepperoni, then cheeses, then sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
- You'll notice I don't have measurements on any of this. That is simply because you can make any combination you want. When decided what's "enough", make sure the sauce doesn't pool anywhere and toppings shouldn't be "stacked" but evenly spread out. When sprinkling with cheese, it also should be in an evenly spread out and in one layer. A light sprinkling of Italian seasoning is enough - you don't have to coat every inch of the pizza.