It’s house buying week, y’all !
This past weekend as our area hosted the annual Parade of Homes, it dawned on me that while participating in last year’s tours, we narrowed down neighborhoods and began to think seriously about building.
6 months later we made a decision and signed a contract with our builder of choice.
And now, nearly 7 months later we’re closing on that house!
It’s been exciting, overwhelming, and downright exhausting but overall, it’s been a really fun experience too.
When you tell people you’re building a house they tend to warn you about going over budget and they say things like “oh, well I hope you two are signed up for marriage counseling”.
I’m happy to report that our arguments were few and we avoided counseling altogether.
The over budget thing, in my opinion, was completely unavoidable and I’m equally happy to report that we did much, much better than others I know.
With that being said, building/buying a new house is expensive and while I would loooooove to surprise my husband with a fancy dinner/date night on the town, it’s just not feasible when you’re getting prepared to ante up the down payment and crazy closing costs.
Therefore, with the help of Tony’s Pizza I surprised my husband with a lunch date picnic in our backyard.
I made a super simple apron to go with my “Pizzeria Style Day Date” vibe and converted my patio table into our lunch retreat.
I am SO blessed to be married to someone who works so very hard to provide for us and also remains supportive of my career decisions regardless of how much money it brings into the household. He has built me (maybe not him specifically) the home of my dreams and I am beyond grateful.
I love him.
And I love me some pizza too.
With a little creativity you can easily “fancify” your store bought pizzas and show your guy (or girl) you are thankful for them.
Individual beer buckets to keep your drink cold and telling them so sure don’t hurt either.
I kept things super simple with some bread sticks and mason jar caesar salads.
It’s no surprise that I love salads in jars, and when entertaining outside they make things a snap.
If you are noticing my Tony’s Pizza box is Pepperoni but my pizza is not it’s because honestly, I like the Supreme pizza but tend to pick off the sausage. Not sure why I don’t like sausage on pizzas. I eat it in gumbo. I eat it in pasta. But for whatever reason, I pick it off my pizza. Weird, I know.
So I bought the Pepperoni (and a Cheese one because I LOVE cheese) and added bell pepper and onions.
I also added the mini size pepperonis because, well, I had them on hand after making these guys:
Aren’t they the cutest little bite sized pizza slices you ever did see?
They were for my dogs.
Individual pizza cookies for the hounds.
I told them they could be included in the pizza picnic IF they agreed to dress the part.
And pretty sure Milo had a treat in his mouth at this very moment, thereby, agreeing.
The weather was beautiful, the pizzas were crispy and delicious thanks to their brand spanking new recipe using real cheese and real tomatoes, and the dogs now think I walk around with pizza cookies for them all day long.
If you are looking for a fun, inexpensive date with your special someone you can hop over to Wal-Mart (while supplies last) and save SAVE 75¢ on any TWO (2) TONY’S® multi-serve pizzas (11.04 oz or larger).
Here’s the link: Tony’s Pizza Coupon
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I encourage you not to frown on the frozen food aisle.
With a little bit of effort you can jazz up your date night and save yourself from slaving in the kitchen.
You’ve got much more going on than whipping up homemade pizza dough while you’re supposed to be packing.
Which reminds me…..
Now, if you’ll excuse me I need to go box up all this picnic stuff for the big move!
Here’s the Pizzeria Style Treats for Dogs recipe in case you were interested.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp dried basil
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup low fat milk
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup Mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup mini pepperonis
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly spray a cookie sheet and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the wheat flour, dried basil and oregano.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and stir in the milk and water. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until combined. Knead the dough into a ball on a heavily floured surface. Use more flour if needed to reduce the stickiness. Roll out to ¼ to ½ inch thickness. Cut the dough into small triangles.
- TIP: I used a small sundae cone cookie cutter and cut off the rounded top. My dogs need small treats. You can also use a biscuit cutter to make circular pizzas if you'd prefer to give your dog a personal size pizza!
- Top your pizzas with the mozzarella and mini pepperonis. You know your dog- less is more.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese begins to brown.
- Cool completely on a wire rack before serving.