Sarah had an evening dinner/meeting/gathering tonight, so while she was able to have Happy Hour with us before leaving, dinner was just Caroline and Daddy.
So we had gluten-full, yeast-risen pizza that was topped with, among other things, cheese and sugar-sweetened chicken sausage. All of the above are no-no's for Mommy's diet.
During our weekly grocery shopping this morning, Caroline picked out what she wanted on her pizza: shredded Colby-Jack cheese, green olives, green bell peppers, and something called "Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage" which is flavored with apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar. All this went on a homemade pizza crust with Kroger-brand pizza sauce.
This is a combination that I probably never would have come up with, but it was really, really good.
Here's a shot from assembling the pizzas (we made two of them) before baking:
And here's the baked result:
And here are Caroline and Dixie, Jr., enjoying the results:
The pizza was a hit (though in the middle of the second piece, Caroline declared that "I've had enough peppers" and removed them from the rest of the pieces she ate). That she liked the pizza is also notable as she has for a very long time now had an aversion to melted cheese. She was initially mildly distressed that the cheese had melted on the pizza during baking, but after trying it she declared that she did like it.
We both had fun making, constructing, and eating the pizzas, so we might very well be witnessing the beginning of a Daddy-Daughter tradition for the evenings Sarah's away for dinner gatherings.
I'll try to remember to post any future ventures into pizza creation!
Caroline has started a dance/movement class this fall, having expressed a strong desire to learn ballet. She's had a great time with the class, and at this past Monday's make-up lesson, she picked out a set of tap shoes from the "Take a pair, Leave a pair" box.
If you ever need beautiful, natural portraits and you're anywhere near central new york, please see if Tina Lesley-Fox is available! I had a hard time selecting from the hundreds of gorgeous shots she captured... here are MANY. Enjoy!