After this we're getting pizza

Pizza is a major major priority, so when there was a weekend together for the first time in FOREVS a pizza night was the obvious answer. However when the decision to make pizza is made then pizza is the only thing on the brain...so it's necessary to fill the time with something else. We decided to get a little active and go hiking...(thanks sister for the bomb water bottle). 

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We were off to the Coralville Reservoir - Woodpecker Trail - Linder & Squire Points area. I've been wanting to try this area out for some time now and an 80 degree weather day was agreeing with us. 

The hike was amazing, there were little pockets that looked out onto the lake - which we turned into adventure opportunities. There are also little "workout pods" throughout the hike so we got to sneak in some abs, pullups, etc. After skipping some rocks and Ethan climbing a tree, we called it good and headed back to make the za! 

We already decided on our go to for two pizzas - one massive original cheesy pie as well as a smaller bbq chicken. 

This was the third time that we have made this pie, its pretty basic. 
1. Make it huge
2. Cover with freshly shredded provolone & mozzarella
3. Bake it hot (520 for 8 minutes to perfection). 

Every time we have attempted to make it, it just keeps getting better and better. This time, we used all bread flour and let it rise in a warm oven for 3 hours. The dough consistency was PERFECT - Ethan thinks it was due to when he fermented the yeast it melted right into the beer. The dough was airy and bubbly but held it's density from the bread flour. Also cheesy goodness always wins. 

This bad boy came to fruition after I made bbq chicken thighs in the crockpot last week. The flavor was so on point that we knew it would be even better on a pie, and let me tell y'all its easy as pie (sorry...I had to). We threw an onion, chicken thighs, chicken broth, and bbq sauce (we've been hooked on Cookies bbq) and let it cook on high for 3 hours. I typically cook everything on low for about 6, but we were in crunch time. We stuck with our typical pizza sauce, just not as much, topped with sliced mozzarella ball, shredded chicken & onions and a little shredded mozzarella (leftover from the first pie). This sucker took about 8 minutes too and then topped with some more bbq sauce and fresh basil...from our tree that Ethan is doing a damn good job of keeping alive. 

We were in full agreement that these were our best pizzas to date...but I think we say that every time. At this point, I'm unsure if its factual or if we are just that infatuated that we fall back in love over and over again. Either way, I'm okay with it. As always we polished these off followed by pints of Ben & Jerrys and 2 glasses of wine (Ethan had milk...ew) because...

Calories don't count on the weekend...right?

A Pizza My Heart

Valentine's Day is a day to spend time with those that you love, so with no questions asked Ethan and I decided a pizza night in would be the perfect date night. Without knowing what kind of pizza we wanted to make and the grocery store still in our future, we made some of the dough first thing in the AM so it could rise all day. We tend to change something up each time we make our pizzas, this time we went with all bread flour instead of mixing in any all-purpose like we normally do

10 hours without food (if you know me, you know I eat every 2-3) and arms full of grocery bags we couldn't have been happier to come home to a bowl full of rising dough. 

First pizza was a classic margherita - our go to sauce, slices of a mozza ball, and some grated parmesan. 

Second pizza was huge doughy platform (seriously so much dough), dusted with garlic butter and endless shredded mozzarella & provolone.  

In light of Valentine's weekend, we decided to go hot hot hot and cook these at pizzas at 520.  

The first pizza was topped with more grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil. The second didn't need a single finishing touch - it was perfect the way it came out of the oven. 

We think that this cheesy pizza was our #1 creation. Since the dough had risen all day it had this great chewiness as well as a hint of garlic within every single bite. We took the few minutes to take our necessary pictures and then it was time to devour.

A pizza perfect Valentines Day with my two true loves