Family Pizza Night and More Thoughts on Life at the Dinner Table
For some reason every Thursday night we order pizza and breadsticks from Papa John's. Last night, however, I decided to have a family cooking night and make the pizza with the children.
Tristan making the classic pepperoni and mozzarella cheese pizza
My goat cheese and fresh basil pizza
the beauty of a convection oven... you can cook them all at once without adjusting the time or temperature
See my children loooove to make their our own pizza. Plus it gives us an opportunity to be together creating fun family memories centered around making a meal.
I didn't even get fancy. I simply used store bought refrigerated pizza dough and bought a variety of toppings. I did however make the sauce - not that it's a difficult task.
Image: Courtesy of Urban Living the Wright Way
Honestly it's been entirely too long since we've all sat down and eaten dinner
Yum! Homemade flatbread pizza, a fresh salad with balsamic vinaigrette and a glass of wine (the wine part was just for me)
I just began reading Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist. A friend of mine posted that she had read and enjoyed this book about food, family and faith and my interest was piqued. The book is basically a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships and meals that bring us together.
So I downloaded the audiobook because I knew I was going to spend the majority of my day driving and I wanted some good entertainment. The book is narrated by the author and she had me at the intro... Literally. I can't really give an accurate review because I'm only half way into it (and I promised I wouldn't review a book until I finished it). But I will say the book resonates with me on so many levels and it immediately sprung me into action.
See I'm really into reading about life around the table - family meals, entertaining, cooking, imbibing in good food and drink....
Aaahhhh... C'est amour
One of the reasons I enjoy this book so much is because she's totally without pretense. She acknowledges she's not a chef, a cookbook author, a recipe writer or a culinary expert on any level. She just loves sharing her life "breaking bread" with others around the table. Me too.
So in my attempt to encourage you to throw out the McDonald's happy meal and make a simple meal and sit down and eat it together - I would encourage you to grab a copy of Bread and Wine or check out Shauna's blog to get some go-to inspiration on all things food, family and faith.
Take care now.
Carol H. Wright