NEWISH RECENT HOTNESS: Family Homemade Pizza Nights.
Okay, I'm perhaps overstating the "homemade" part. We use pre-made frozen dough from Whole Foods. We dump canned tomatoes in the food processor with a handful of bagged pre-peeled garlic and some olive oil for the sauce. Top with cheese, pepperoni and oregano. Bake on a cookie sheet at the highest temperature your pathetic electric oven can crank up and CLEARLY you will be immediately transported to a rustic pizzeria in Italy. Or maybe just to that pizza joint at the airport. Close enough.
I am not, however, exaggerating the "family" part. We get pretty super into it. We may or may not have special outfits.
Complete with accessories.
Ezra is always nice enough to lend Ike one of his non-pizza-specific aprons.
(What? Don't all four-year-olds own multiple aprons?)
Family Homemade Pizza Night is strictly pants-optional, however.
As for Noah...
Once upon a time, getting him to touch something like raw pizza dough or pepperoni would have been unheard of. So was getting him to help in the kitchen, willingly. Pressure! Instructions! Expectations and blenders and all kinds of squishy things!
It's all different now.
Super different now.
Not to mention we did have a very special guest of honor over recently, someone Noah wanted to impress with his pizza-making skills extra badly.
Who is now known, around these parts, on Family Homemade Pizza Nights, in a much less formal capacity.