Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Weekend Fun!

Friday night, the hubs and I had a date night!

We went to Effina's, the local Italian restaurant, for dinner.  One of their specials that night was an appetizer of fried green tomatoes, topped with an andouille & crawfish sauce.


 It. Was. Amazing.

Don't look away...just gaze upon its glorious deliciousness

Seriously, the best thing I've eaten in a long time.  We each got a pasta dish for our meal, and then shared a dessert of tiramisu and coffee.

My handsome dinner date

We also declared the night technology free (aside from our meal photos!), so it was great to unplug a bit and really spend time talking and not scrolling.

After dinner, we came home and watched TWO movies!

Relaxing is seriously the hardest thing for me to do.  I always feel like I should be doing something, because otherwise I'm wasting that free time, especially on the weekends.  However, it was great to spend a little quiet time together.

Saturday night, we made a homemade pizza for dinner!  We both love to cook, so this was right up our alley.  We got a pre-made pizza dough from Publix, fresh mozzarella, sauce, fresh basil, and pancetta.

 We let the dough warm to room temperature, then patted it out on a floured baking mat.

  Once the dough was the size we wanted, I put it on a heated pizza stone.  Next, we put on our sauce.

 A small note about the sauce....I accidentally grabbed bruschetta.  I was distracted by the mega amounts of garlic as promised by the label, and failed to see that we had not actually gotten sauce.  Luckily, we had some leftover tomato paste in the fridge, so I mixed the two together and made a delicious sauce!

Okay, back to the pizza.  After the sauce, we put on thick slices of mozzarella cheese, followed by pancetta and dried basil, and brushed the crust with olive oil.

If you've never had pancetta, it's kind of a mix between bacon and ham.  It's precooked like ham, but has the smoky saltiness of bacon.

Now the waiting...

A peek inside the oven!

Once the pizza was almost done, we switched the oven to broil to get the cheese a little brown and extra bubbly.  When it was cooked to perfection, we took it out of the oven and sprinkled freshly chopped basil over the top.

When the pizza was a bit cooler than molten lava, we were finally able to enjoy our creation. I mean really, who has the will power to wait until pizza has cooled to an acceptable temperature?  Show me a person who says they do, and I'll show you a liar.  Every one of you know you've burnt all the skin out of your mouth numerous times trying to eat pizza before it was cool.  Don't even try and deny it.

 It was sooo delicious!   Homemade pizza night is definitely here to stay!

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