It is a tradition around here that every Friday night is Pizza and a Movie Night. This has evolved over time, it started out as a going out event, we would catch an early show and grab some dinner (this was when we only had one child and lots of eager babysitters). Then as Maya got older and Wren came along it became a stay at home night where we would order a pizza and rent a DVD. Now that we are living on a one income budget, we either borrow a movie from the local library (they have a pretty decent selection, believe it or not) or we get something from Netflix and make our own homemade pizza. There is even the occasional blanket fort that is built in the living room and popcorn every once in a while.
Maya looks forward to this night all week long. I don't think it has much to do with the movie or the pizza, but for her, its more about the special family time that takes us out of the ordinary day to day. In fact, we all love this tradition and I love that it has evolved into something thrifty.
Our made from scratch, whole wheat pizzas are much healthier than the delivery pies we used to devour. And they cost a fraction of the price. Simplemom.net is a great resource for all kinds of thrifty advice, and their post on pizza making got me started in this money saving direction. These days I mostly use a whole wheat pizza crust recipe (follows) with Tsh's recommended homemade pizza sauce. So yummy!
This beloved family tradition now cost us less than $10 a week! Compare that to the roughly $50.00 spent going out for dinner and a movie or even $30.00 for ordering delivery and renting a flick. Oh, how I love thriftiness!
Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
2/3 Cup Milk
1/4 Cup Oil
1 1/4 Cup Flour
3/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt
Pre-heat oven at 425 degrees.
Mix Dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add milk and oil to dry ingredients. Stir with fork until mixture forms a ball. Mix with hands and then knead 10 times on a lightly floured surface. Press into a 14 inch pizza pan. Add toppings and back at 425 degrees for 12-14 minutes.