First things first… You guys are amazing. I had the best time reading through all of your comments and words of advice about what to pack and what to eat during my upcoming trip to Europe. You now have me craving gelato, pizza, blueberry steak (!?), crepes from street vendors and croissants. I can’t wait!
You should all know that I plan to bathe in gelato! YUM!
I also want to say how much I appreciate the time many of you put into sharing so much in the comments section. I plan to make a master list of places to visit, food to try and things to pack for my trip based on your suggestions. Stay tuned for a post dedicated to what I’ll be packing once I get my butt in gear and figure out what to bring!
This evening was spent outside! Ryan and I arrived home from work at almost the exact same time, changed into our play clothes and headed outside with Sadie for a walk around the lake.
Before we left, I placed several Italian sausages in the oven to bake while we were out.
Once we returned from our walk, the sausages were ready to be cut up into slivers and placed on top of some cheese. Yup, it was pizza night in our house! (I blame your comments about all of the delicious slices of pizza I must try when I am in Italy for sparking this craving!)
The base of the pizza was a pre-made Boboli thin pizza crust that we picked up at the grocery store using a coupon from the company.
I’m going to be 100 percent honest when I say I’ve seen these pizza crusts for sale for years but have never bought one because they just looked kind of “blah” to me.
Well, I was wrong. So, so wrong!
After topping the pizza crust with marinara meat sauce, spinach, shredded cheese and Italian sausage and baking it for 8 minutes, we had a hot semi-homemade pizza that tasted fantastic.
In Ryan’s words, “This is how pizza crust is supposed to taste.” He was speaking in reference to the pizza dough we’ve purchased from the Publix deli that somehow always ends up too thick and heavy.
This pizza crust was doughy on the inside, slightly crisp on the outside and not overly thick.
Plus, once we finished eating our pizza we felt satisfied and not like we weighed 5,000 pounds. Pizza win!
Dessert tonight was COOL.
I combined the following:
- 1/4 cup of chia seeds
- 3/4 cup of almond milk
- 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
- Small spoonful of sugar (1 – 2 tsp.?)
I let the mixture sit while I was at work all day and this evening I enjoyed a thick bowl of chocolate chia seed pudding!
The seeds softened and thickened in the almond milk overtime and the texture reminded me a bit of tapioca pudding. It was really tasty!
I think this chia seed pudding would make a fantastic breakfast if combined with some peanut butter, granola and bananas or fresh berries. So good!
Now that my belly is sufficiently full, I’m off to pack my lunch and spend some time on the couch with Ryan and Sadie. (Any ideas as to what I can make for lunch tomorrow using leftover Italian sausage?)
Enjoy your evening!