It’s Friday! In the McHale house Friday means Pizza night.
I don’t just mean occasionally I mean EVERY. FRIDAY. NIGHT.
It’s an institution.
Seriously, Curtis grew up having pizza on Friday nights, a treat (usually Smarties) and a movie. That was just how his family celebrated the end of the week.
Funny how somethings stick!
We have also had pizza on Friday’s since we got married. It’s just one of those family traditions from his family that stuck. It is earth shattering around here if we don’t have pizza on Friday night.
Really I mean if we’re going out for dinner for some reason on Friday night it had better be somewhere that serves pizza, it’s that important.
Friday night pizza has evolved for us over the years. In the early years we often ordered delivery – the whole point was definitely not to have to do any work! We’d also rent a movie back in the days when Blockbuster Video was still around.
Then we started buying frozen pizza – again still no work. Canflix entered the scene which was a subscription based movie delivery system – the DVD’s were delivered to our door via Canada Post, we would watch them then mail them back for more.
Now as we’ve changed the way we eat and enjoy food I’ve started making the pizza from scratch. It’s SO much yummier that way. I actually created my own dough recipe which fits my small Pampered Chef pizza stone perfectly. I’ve made so much pizza over the last few years that unless I am quadrupling the recipe or something like that I don’t even get the recipe card out.
Oh, and movies, we live in the world of Netflix now. Friday nights are always exciting for the kids because we have a no TV on weekdays rule around here (for both kids and adults) so Fridays are the first night that they get to watch TV. We let the kids sit at their picnic table in the living room with their choice of show or movie and plug in from 5-bedtime (which is around 6:40 so it’s really not that long).
It’s my favourite night of the week.
E especially likes when I make my own sauce. We found a recipe in the Weelicious cookbook that we have for pizza sauce and it’s great – lots of veggies, no sugar or additives, and I can season it however we want. It’s always a big hit!
Friday is one night when Curtis and I can sit at the table together and have dinner uninterrupted. It’s like being on a date. The kids are entertained, and we get one evening a week to ourselves without leaving the house. It’s glorious.
Friday has also become our favourite night to have guests.
I know sounds funny, but pizza is always a winner. I make it often enough that for me it’s a low-stress meal, and it’s fun to sit around and connect with friends over a yummy treat.
It has taken me a long time to feel comfortable having friends visit our home. Not because I don’t think we have a nice home but because our home is fairly small. When you add a couple more adults and a handful of kids it can be overwhelming. It’s taken me a long time to get over it, accept it as it is and love on our friends the way I want to.
As we’ve been more adventurous with hosting friends on Friday nights a dream has grown for future Friday’s.
One day when we have a bit more space I hope to see our pizza night morph into an open invitation for our friends to join us. I would love to see a dozen people sitting around my table laughing, loving, and living life together on Friday night.
A house full of kids, adults, friends and family would be perfect.
Oh, and in case you’re interested, here’s my pizza dough recipe:
Makes 1 thin crust pizza on Small Pampered Chef pizza stone
Cook: 400, for 15-20ish min.
- 2 1/4 tsp quick rise yeast (1pkg)
- 3/4 c warm water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 3/4 c whole wheat flour
- Cornmeal (optional) to keep pizza from sticking to your stone/pan
- Dissolve Yeast in water, add other ingredients.
- Knead dough until smooth and elastic (I use my Kitchen Aid mixer and the dough hook)
- Place dough in greased bowl turning to coat, let rise about 1 hour or until doubled (I rarely let it rise that long, usually I make the dough, and let it rise while I prepare my toppings, shred cheese etc, then put it on the pan)
- Spread on stone, top, cook asap, or freeze for future use!
- I cook until the cheese has slightly browned, this usually produces a nice crispy crust, less cook time will make it softer, as will a lower temp.
So if you don’t have plans for dinner tonight maybe give it a try! Good luck!