Sunday, December 2, 2012

Saving some dough...

December 2, 2012

Thank you flu bug for lingering for the entire weekend. I still don't feel up to going out to a restaurant. I am having withdrawls. I think it has been three weeks since we have gone out. Lunch today was leftover tacos (hubby), noodles (daughter and I), and a hotdog (son). Boooooring.

In the middle of the afternoon, we realized that we didn't have anything planned for dinner. No meat in the fridge. This limited us to what would thaw out quickly. Aha! There was a half a package of sausage in the freezer. See, it works out well when you only use half a pack of meat...You find the other half on nights when "there is nothing to eat". You don't miss the extra meat on pizza because you have a ton of other toppings. Pizza it is. 

The best way to make pizza is to start with the best ingredients that you can. We pulled out the bread machine and my hubby made pizza dough in it. The dough is so much better than when we used to just make the mix that came in a bag. Next step? Top it with homemade pizza sauce. I can't even begin to tell you the difference between store bought sauce and homemade. Pizza sauce really isn't very difficult to make and it is so worth the effort. 

The funny thing when we make pizza is our kids topping selection. If you ask them what they want on their side, they will say just cheese or cheese and pepperoni. However, as they hang out next to us while we chop onion, mushrooms, tomatoes, olives, and pineapple... Guess what happens. Half of the mushrooms and almost all of the pineapple disappeared! We ended up having to open a second can of pineapple. I love pizza night. Everyone gets to have their pieces tailored to what they like. It brings back memories from growing up. We would have pizza night and get to eat in the living room (and drink pop!). Although I didn't let the kids have pop, it was still a delicious dinner! I also like that other than the meat, all the ingredients are items that we always have on hand. Not too bad for being able to just grab some ingredients and throw it together. Pizza is great for nights that you don't know what to make. We have made pizza out of pulled pork and sauteed potatoes, taco pizza, ham and pineapple, etc. You can use up whatever veggies you have on hand. On those nights that you get the pizza craving, save yourself $20 and make your own. Not only will you save dough, but you will have a great dinner while creating memories.

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