Getting Ready For Gameday

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I have said on more than one occasion that we aren’t exactly what one would call “sports fanatics“. However, that doesn’t mean that we shrug off game day fun. We’ve even been known to host a game day party on more than on occasion! For us game day isn’t about the results of the game as much as it is being with friends and family. 

Okay, maybe that isn’t being completely honest …

I adore spending time with the ones I love, but I also love the game day food too. Finding a way to mix those is so important for me. I love to find a way to offer my guests something good to eat without spending half of the game in the kitchen preparing snacks. And when I think game day snacks, I think pizza. Anyone else? Pizza is food that speaks to the heart and brings us together. From the biggest fans, to the novice who can barely follow the game.

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Margherita Grilled Pizza

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If you know me well you know that I love food. Pizza happens to be among my favorites, especially summer pizza. Yes, summer is the time that the pizza is grilled, the toppings are fresh, and things simply just taste better. It must have something to do with the state of euphoria that only summer can bring. Today I want to share my recipe for one of our very favorite pizzas, ever!

The perfect summer pizza. Try this grilled margherita pizza today!

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Grilled Pizza {Recipe}

 Today I want to share with you one of our favorite family meals.
















A few weeks months back I mentioned that we made grilled pizza. I received so many comments asking how we did that or how good that sounded that I knew I needed to do a blog post about it. So here I am finally writing it all down.

Pizza is one of our family favorite meals. It is affordable, easy and everyone loves it. I usually make this pizza in the oven but in the summer months the least thing I want to do is crank the oven up to 400 degrees for an hour to make dinner. So I tried grilling the pizza and the results have been amazing.

Pizza Crust Recipe
Any crust will likely work with this method but this is the one we love.
It makes a great thin, crispy crust.

4 Cups flour
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 heaping tsp yeast
1 heaping tsp salt.Masa flour (for rolling the crust out later)

I simply throw everything in the mixer and let it do all the work for me for about 5-8 minutes.


Place in a lightly oiled bowl and let rise until ready to use. I generally do this about 1-2 hours before dinner. 

Before rising
After rising
When you’re ready to start dinner go turn your grill on. I light every burner and turn them all down to their lowest setting then close the lid.
I usually divide my dough up into 3 pieces. This recipe will make 3 large pizzas, 4 medium pizzas or 6 small pizzas. Roll it out to your desired thinness. We love a good crisp crust so I typically go as thin as I can without tearing the dough. You may find it easier to lightly flour your work space before you begin.
Once the crust is your desired thinness generously sprinkle one side with masa flour. This will  be the side you lay down on the grill and will help to keep the dough from sticking.
Dough rolled, grill clean and hot your ready to cook.

Gently and carefully pull the dough off the counter. The less flour you use, the more difficult this will be. The dough will want to pull and stretch a bit and you obviously don’t want holes in your pizza.

Once the dough is up here is my fancy method for taking it out.









I am sure you could use a paddle or baking tray but I just lay it on my arm and go.

Since we are going for a good crispy crust I always find it best to pre-bake the crust a bit. I put it on the grill for 1:30 seconds to 3 minutes (time depends on the size of the pizza).

Another important note is to always keep the lid closed!



With the crust done we are ready for sauce and toppings.


Aldi garlic salt is my secret pizza ingredient. It is the last thing I put on every pizza I make and boy does it make a huge difference. The husband can even tell if I happen to forget.
With the toppings on I take the pizza back to the grill to finish baking. 
It will bake with the lid closed for about 5 minutes, give or take a bit. When the cheese is melted and bubbly I know it is done.
Before grilling.


After grilling
And there you have it, grilled pizza!
Simple, delicious, and a crowd pleaser.

Let’s not forget to mention that clean up is a cinch and your house isn’t 80 degrees when your done. 

Home made pizza in the summer just got about 10 times better. 
I hope your family loves it as much as mine does. 


It’s The Little Things/ Summer Fun!

I think this is the first week that it really feels like we are on summer vacation even though we have been out of school for almost 2 weeks now. Partly because the weather is once again warm and sunny the other part is I have finally got everything from last year all wrapped up, put away and organized. I even started and completed next years lesson plans (patting myself on the back for that one)!

Yesterday we enjoyed a fun summer day, I can’t wait for more days like this to follow.

First up was Pizza with Mimi and Papa!

After lunch we came home had our “quiet time” It is what used to be nap time. Sadly they don’t ever sleep anymore so we have our own down time so we (I) get a chance to de-stress. 

Next we headed outside for some sprinkler fun.

Yup, I can’t wait for more summer days.

I could definitely get used to this!

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It’s the little things /Pizza Sunday

 At our house we love us some pizza, and I mean LOVE!

My favorite part of pizza has to be that everyone eats it. I don’t have to worry about Emily not liking dinner, or begging the kids to eat more of their food. I make it, we eat it, and everyone is full and happy at the end of the meal. This is how I wish every meal would go, sadly that is not always the case. So much for my unrealistic, naive expectations of the picture perfect family dinner every night. 

About a year or so ago I started making Pizza on a regular basis. That changed to being almost every Sunday night and some how that morphed into what we now call “Pizza Sunday”. This is our weekly family time that we can always count on. Everyone has a job and pitches in to get dinner done.

I love that on Sunday nobody asks “Mom, whats for dinner?” X 50 instead they excitedly squeal in their high pitch voices “It’s pizza Sunday” They know it is our night, they look forward to it and they love it. 

It isn’t fancy, overly structured or glamorous. It is just about being a family and being together. I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to end the week. 

Does your family have a weekly tradition?

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