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We have busy lives. I feel like a broken record when I say that, because I say it all the time. But, it’s true. The handsome hunk is in the military, which on the best of days has an unpredictable schedule. Then, of course, he is a golden boy over achiever who also helps me with my business, has his own side business, and is a volunteer firefighter. Like, dang. And, then I have a hectic and chaotic schedule myself at times. So, like I said, our lives are busy. And, there is probably a 99.99% chance that your life is busy too.
There are jobs, and kids, and adult responsibilities like going to the gym, fixing that leaky whatever, changing the oil in your car, and buying kale to name a few. Not to mention trying to keep the home nice, clean, and laundry folded. Then you need to maintain a social life, keep up with friends, family and make sure you’re making time for your hobbies. It’s a lot!
But, relationships are important, family time is important, and making room in your life for that is important. Which is one of the reasons we love date night at home. Yeah, sure, date night out is great. But, sometimes, you just need a little R&R, in your own home, with your person, and homemade pizza.
The way to a man’s heart is through is stomach after all. And, let’s be honest ladies, that is generally true for us too. Making homemade pizza is an incredibly fun, and romantic way to spend an evening together. Intentional time with your love, and cheesy goodness. What could be better?
What I love about date night at home is how relaxed it is. Still dress up just like a dinner out. It is a date after all and should be treated as such. Making it special is the difference between date night at home, and just another Tuesday evening. Since, you’re at home, you can be much more silly and fun than you can be in public.
At homemade pizza night anything goes! Sometimes we just want a good, classic homemade pizza with extra cheese and really high quality pepperoni. Other times we want to go a little wild and crazy with our pizza toppings. One time we made a lavender goat cheese and arugula pizza that was out of this world!
A trick I learned from my girl Erica over at Whimsical September is honey on the crust. Trust me, it’s a game changer. The little hint of sweet with the savory pizza is a downright magical combination. It totally elevates your homemade pizza date night at home. Oh yeah, you fancy girl.
When it starts getting chilly outside, cooking together inside feels so warm, cozy, rustic and hygge. In the summer months you can take the party outside and cook the crust on the grill.
Pizza dough is crazy easy to make, but if you feel like cheating a little, you can find premade dough at the grocery store. I suggest this over the premade crusts, as the premade crusts don’t taste as good. But, if you’re doing this with kids and want to cut down on the mess factor, they work great too.
What are your favorite pizza toppings?
Homemade Pizza Dough
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 1/4 tsp active yeast
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbs olive oil
- tomato sauce
- seasoning of choice
- toppings of choice
- In a stand mixer with dough hook, combine warm water, sugar, and yeast.
- Let the yeast mixture sit for a few minutes until it becomes a little frothy. About 5 minutes.
- Once the yeast mixture is ready, turn mixer on low and slowly add the other ingredients, except honey.
- Mix until it forms a sticky ball.
- Then remove the dough and knead it on a floured surface.
- Put dough in a greased bowl. Let sit for 1 hour to rise. Dough should double in size.
- Preheat oven to 425
- Roll out dough, use honey to brush the crust.
- Bake for 5-9 minutes, just to start the crust baking.
- Top with tomato or pizza sauce, seasoning, and toppings.
- Bake for an additional 5-9 minuets until the crust is cooked through and cheese is golden brown.