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I’m so very thankful to have made it through another week. Yay! You work all week, up and at ‘em bright and early. Maybe not bright, not even light out. Big D is out the door before the sun peeks, causing him to wake the diurnal creatures from their nests and cozy homes. Weekdays are merely stepping stones anyway. Weekends are meant for shaking it all off and playing hard.
Playing hard is really a relative phrase in this house. “Painting the town red” has evolved to a “turning the sheets down” type of early for our weekend. I can’t play hard, nor can I hoot with the owls anymore. I’m losing my youthful rapid bounce-back ability the next morning. It’s definitely not caused by late nights of
binge drinking overindulgence in adult beverages, or dancing til my feet scream. Nope. We left that all in the past, where it will probably stay. Heck, I can’t even stay up on movie nights half of the time, minus ONE glass of red. And if I do happen to stay up until, say 11:00, I am a slug the next day. No, not slimy and icky. Sluggishly slow. And tired. I even use the word “hung-over” to describe my exhaustion the next day. And not one drop was had.
What have I managed to do this week? Well, let’s see…
Speaking of staying up til 11:00…I went to a girls’ night out in Wilmington, at The Melting Pot; $20 for all you can eat cheese and chocolates? $5 glasses of wine? I definitely did not have a hard time making that decision. I really enjoyed the cheese and chocolate. It’s definitely a good place for your close girlfriends. You have to be comfortable with the intimacy of the experience. Ie. sharing the dipping cheese and chocolates, reaching over each other’s plates, dripping all over…nobody will judge you on your etiquette here.
I have two kids with three different extracurricular activities, and I happened to miss two of those this week. Normally, I’m good at keeping these things at the fore front of my brain. I don’t know what happened this week.
Now I am sitting here waiting for Big D to come home. I haven’t gotten to that moment where it’s merely minutes before he arrives, but it’s funny when that time comes. I slowly start to feel relief trickling through me as the clock ticks and tocks down to the second he arrives.
I’m always waiting and ready for that text to come through. “Headed home” Same text every day, but Friday it means the commencement of our weekend.
Traditionally we have pizza and a movie every Friday. The only two things that change are the movie that is picked and the dessert. Sometimes the kids pick it, sometimes we do because they can be indecisive. Kids? Nooo…
I’m not sure about the movie, since Big D usually handles that. My main role in this tradition is to get the pizza going. We make the pizza instead of ordering out (though that’s been known to happen). I will go and buy the crust and I will make my own sauce. Semi-homemade works for us.
I honestly don’t know why I keep putting off making my own crust. I think I just prefer it this way. One less step in the kitchen and we get the sauce that I like.
I have made the pizza sauce too many times to count. It is delicious. It tastes better than any other sauce I have found on delivery pizza. I even throw out the pre-made sauce packets if they come with the pizza crust kits. Seriously, it is that good.
If you can dig up most of the ingredients from your own garden, it’s even better and more cost-effective. I used my own basil for this recipe. There are tips on making and storing the sauce in the freezer! I’ve done this ten times over.
Kids and Big D like root beer so we buy that for a drink. I know! It’s rare that we keep pop in the house. (I’m from the midwest) I bought a 2L of cream soda today for $.68 at Walmart. Can’t beat that!
I usually make the kids’ pizza with cheese only. Then I get experimental with ours! This particular pizza has kale, bell peppers, banana peppers, and pepperoni. Delicious!
|[Update: I finally began making my own crust!!!]|
What I really wanted to share with you is the homemade pizza sauce that I make for our pizzas. I was given a book called “The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making” by Alana Chernila, and it is a must-have if you like to make your own foods and snacks. I have pulled this book out so many times, I may need to buy a second copy. Check it out!
And for the most amazing sauce…
Pizza sauce recipe:
28oz can of tomatoes
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp oregano (or 1 tbsp fresh)
1 tsp dried basil (or 1 tbsp fresh) I like to throw in extra leaves
1/2 tsp dried red pepper flakes
5 tbsp tomato paste
Combine and blend in blender until smooth. Keeps well in refrigerator for up to 5 days, or 6 months in a freezer.
If you end up making this sauce over and over like I do, do yourself a favor and plan ahead. Measure out the seasonings and put it all in little plastic zip baggies. I make several at a time to keep in a seasoning basket in my cupboard. Whenever I need to make the sauce, I just pull out a baggie, the canned tomatoes, and the tomato paste and get blending. Super easy.
Do you make your own pizza crust or homemade pizza sauce? Tell me what you think, if you try this!