Our friends Erika and Josh had a facebook giveaway frenzy because they were moving across the country to Florida. I was sad to see them go, but glad to scoop up some fab freebies! The first thing I scored was a Beaba Babycook. They had used it for their son Oliver, but it is good as new. I have heard that it simplifies baby food making, but it doesn't make very much at one time. However, it was free, so I was glad to take it and try it out, eventually.
The second thing I snagged was a pizza stone. The day after we got it, we made pizza for the first time!
We went the easy route: pre-made dough from Trader Joe's, jar sauce, shredded cheese, and tomato and basil from the garden.
First, we put the stone in the oven to preheat. Don't worry, it's clean, just very loved.
Then, we stretched out the dough on our lightly floured pizza peel. I got this one at Target for around $8.
Next came the sauce...
And then the cheese...
And then our toppings.
The transfer into the oven didn't go as well as we had hoped. We needed more flour under the dough. We eventually got it on the stone, though.
After around 20 minutes, we had pizza!
We tried one more with wheat dough and stretched it out a little more to make the crust thinner. We topped this one with spinach, red onions, and jalapenos.
The pizzas were delicious, but the crust was just too thick. Next time, we'll divide the dough in two and stretch it really thin to try to get that yummy crispy thin crust. I also want to try it with fresh mozzarella. Yummm...
Have you ever made pizza at home? What are your favorite toppings?