Wednesday, April 29, 2015

quick + easy | pita pizza


it's friday night. you and your husband have decided to order a pizza and watch movies (or binge watch a tv show... because let's be honest, that's what happens in our house). the question suddenly turns to what kind of pizza to order. you want something simple like pepperoni, but he wants it fully loaded. you could order 1/2 pepperoni and 1/2 fully loaded... but then his olives, mushrooms, and everything else you don't like spills over onto your half. suddenly your half ends up as 1/3 and you're left picking out olives from the rest. 

maybe that's not how it goes down in your house... but that would be the case at mine. Thomas eats everything and i am very selective. plus, i was lucky enough to develop lactose intolerance in my 20's so ordering a pizza is not really a thing at our house. (fun fact: most people don't have issues as a child, but develop the intolerance as a teen or young adult.) 

however, most grocery stores carry lactose free cheese (i use Cabot brand), so making pizza at home is an easy option! we're going for quick + easy though, so we don't attempt making our own pizza dough that has to rise. i am not a fan of the already made pizza crusts, so we use pita loafs and they work great! plus, they are the perfect size for an individual pizza! this way, we can both get the exact pizza we want without having to pick off any unwanted ingredients! 



INDIVIDUAL PITA PIZZAS

INGREDIENTS 
individual pita loafs
pizza sauce
cheese
any pizza toppings you want!

i kept it simple & just used chicken & cilantro
Thomas loaded his up with chicken, ranch, buffalo sauce, olives, & cilantro. 

INSTRUCTIONS
1) lay pita loaf with the bottom up (so you have a flat surface for your sauce & toppings)
2) add sauce, cheese, and whatever toppings you enjoy
3) bake in the oven on 350 for 25-30 minutes, until cheese is melted (the longer you cook... the more crispy the crust will be)



do you make your own pizza at home? what toppings are on your pizza?


Monday, April 27, 2015

Dixie's Corner | when a basset goes camping


a few weekends ago, i went on my first ever camping trip! i would like to point out that mom & dad have gone yurting multiple times without me! how rude. they keep saying that they have never gone real camping as a married couple. well, you know who has never gone camping ever in her life? me! so it is about time they let me tag along!

i just have to tell you - i had such a fun weekend in the outdoors! i got to hang out with mom & dad in the car, smell boiled peanuts, and they even let me roll the window down so i could stick my head out in the breeze to my little heart's content! when we got to the campground, the owners loved me so they gave me tons of hugs and pets!


i hung out in the campground while mom & dad set up the tent! dad made me a runner around some trees so i could walk freely through the campsite! he is so thoughtful. once the tent was set up, mom said it was shedding season so she groomed me with this awesome new brush & it felt so good! i always see dad give mom back massages, he doesn't use a brush but i think this was pretty close to a massage. in that case, i am a fan of brush massages!

mom gave me a new treat for my hips once she groomed me. she said it was a reward for me sitting still to be brushed. as if she needed to reward me for enjoying the brush massage! but i'm not complaining on getting a treat - i love treats! mom says these treats are made out of real chicken and i believe it because they are tasty! i may or may not have snuck another one off the table also!


i'm telling mom thanks for brushing me & that i love the way the brush feels!

then it was time to set off & explore. we saw a waterfall & hiked down a few trails. i loved climbing & exploring through the trails. there was a river near the trail we went to so i was able to refresh myself throughout the walk! outside is so cool!


after all of the hiking, i was tuckered out so i took a nap in the car. then we went back to the campsite to hang out for the night. dad built us a fire & we all hung out around it. mom was reading, dad was making coffee, and i was just chillin on my bed. when mom & dad got tired, we retired to the tent for the night. i found a comfy pillow to sleep on, but dad told me that was his pillow so i had to move.

when we woke up in the morning, dad let me hang out with him on his pillow though. i guess he shares in the morning but not at night. humans are strange sometimes. i had re-energized through the night so i spent the morning sniffing around the campsite, burying my bone, and rolling on the ground.


mom & dad packed up the campsite & carted everything back to the car. i convinced dad to let me ride in the wheelbarrow on the trip back to the campsite. he obliged & it was my favorite part of the weekend!

when mom & dad were checking out of the campground, they told me that the owners had a basset hound named Max. so i got to meet Max! he was showing off running around like a crazy basset but i got a few good sniffs in. i decided he's an alright guy! we went on one last hike before heading home & i got to hop up more rocks! man i love rock climbing! the weekend was really fun but left me tired so i napped all the way home!




WHAT YOU SEE 

we received complimentary products from Chewy.com in exchange for a review. regardless, this is my 100% honest opinion.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

crêperie + coffeehouse


have you ever heard of a crêperie? it is a place that sells crêpes, like the name suggests. i didn't know places like this existed, but was super happy to discover one in our town! they have savory crêpes & sweet crêpes, so you can basically get anything you are in the mood for. 

one night after work we got dinner to eat in the park & afterwards we walked over to the crêperie to try out some of their sweet crêpes for dessert! the only time i had ever had crêpes prior to this was when i was in Paris. i think i got a nutella crêpe every day because there were multiple street vendors selling them. those were some good times! :) 

the crêperie in our town is a cozy little place. it's a small building & their menu isn't extensive, but it doesn't need to be because everything sounds amazing! they have fresh flowers on all the tables & plants in all the windows. inside is full of exposed brick & natural light that is just pouring through all of the windows. we ended up trying the tiramisu & blueberry creme crêpes and both were delicious! it is a magical place with magical crêpes!
















are there crêperies in your town? have you ever been?