With school back in session, meals that can be whipped up quickly and still taste delicious are always needed. My favorite is homemade pizza, but since I seem to be in a back to school mood, and I needed a party-ish thing for our middle child’s birthday, I made it into a back to school pizza night – with a dessert treat just for the birthday guy.
Here are all the details:
For the placemats, I cut a large black foam board (from Hobby Lobby) into fourths.
Then I covered each with chalk.
With a paper towel, I smeared the chalk all over it.
Then I wrote in my best second grade student handwritingon each placemat. One read I will not push in line. One read I will not throw paper airplanes. Another had I will not talk in class, and the final one said, I will remember to raise my hand.
For the centerpiece, I used a potted mum wrapped in three paper napkins that were printed with the alphabet and then tied with red grosgrain ribbon. School supplies (books, chalk, eraser, and pencils) were added to the table for a few more school details.
I had some paper rulers, and they made great napkin rings.
For this simple meal, we just had our homemade pizza and Caesar salad. I had planned to make some garlic knots to have with it, but we had our Open House at school tonight, so the bread got cut from the menu.The pizza was super easy to make. Spray a large cast iron skillet with vegetable oil. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons corn meal mix in the bottom of the pan. Then line the pan with refrigerated pizza dough. Brown 1 pound ground beef in a skillet with 1/2 t. garlic salt, 2 t. parsley, 1/2 t. ground oregano, and 2 t. basil. Drain. Spread 1/2 c. tomato basil pasta sauce on the dough. Top with the browned ground beef. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper. Put 2 c. grated mozzarella on top of the beef, and then top that with pepperoni slices. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
Fresh from the oven.
Since we were celebrating middle child’s birthday (belatedly) and he is a true lover of peanut butter, I thought a peanut butter pie(complete with oreo cookie crust) would be better than a cake. (Plus we have had quite a few birthday cakes this month!)
Here is the recipe (but I forgot to add that I drizzled a little bit of chocolate sauce on it before serving.)
And that was our simple pizza night with peanut butter pie for dessert.
I hope you will enjoy a pizza night one evening soon – perhaps on this Labor Day weekend! We are hanging out here for the holiday just trying to finish up all the packing for our sons’ move. Do you have big plans as we bid farewell to Summer?
We’d love to hear!