Another special Friday night at my house and this time it was Ritz cracker pizzas. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Ritz Cracker pizza, it's pretty simple. Put 1/2 a teaspoon pizza sauce on top of a Ritz Cracker and then put whatever topping you want. We chose a simple cheese and pepperoni. To make it easier for me to keep track, each child had his or her own pie tin to put their individual pizzas on. One chose just to add cheese; another cheese then pepperoni, then cheese; one chose to cover half of the crackers with cheese, the other half with pepperoni; one chose cheese and then pepperoni; and the last one chose pepperoni and then cheese. The ideas were as varied as the children. The most important part was that it was of their own making. The only rule was to try not to get too much of the cheese on the bare pan since it just ended up burning before the cheese on the crackers was melted. I just put them in the oven at 325degrees for 10 minutes and checked them from there until the cheese was melted. You can melt the cheese in the microwave too. I chose the oven because a couple of the tins were metal.
The other fun part of making your own pizza was putting on the pepperoni, which is very precise as follows: Put one piece on cracker, put one piece in your mouth, put one piece on cracker, put one piece in your mouth. If you follow these directions, you won't need to use as many crackers. We ended up using all the crackers because I was eating as many Ritz crackers as I was making pizzas. Fortunately, we had enough pepperoni and crackers that everyone was able to get their fill.
One hour later, popcorn! Since it was movie night there had to be popcorn. Surprisingly, they each ate a good portion popcorn, too. Do you ever put M&Ms on your popcorn? My daughter-in-law taught me that trick when I moved to Iowa. Best added while the popcorn is warm. Cookies finished off the night.
We've tried French bread pizza, English muffin pizza, and the ever popular Ritz Cracker pizza when the boys were growing up. Shrimp is another delicious topping. I think I'm ready to make another pizza.
While I was looking through the Kids National Geographic for some games, I found a snow leopard jigsaw puzzle. You can create your puzzle in 12 pieces or choose a higher number. I ended up choosing 78. I like jigsaw puzzles and had fun seeing how quickly I could complete the puzzle. Took me 24 minutes 32 seconds. So you might think, "That is 25 minutes she will never get back." That's true, but sometimes we need to waste a few minutes and relax. I could try it again with another puzzle to see if I can beat my time, but I don't think it is about the time. It was watching the puzzle come together and the satisfaction of hearing the click each time a piece fit. As soon as you grab a piece, it orientates so you know the direction it goes in. That makes it easier then a paper puzzle you do on a table. Next time the grandchildren come over, I'll introduce them to this site. Looks like that will be tomorrow since there is no school.
I'm making the list for tomorrow. I asked the girls what they would like to do. I have two tomorrow. My 9-year-old granddaughter said, "I just have to ask the question, grandma. Is rock climbing out of the question?" "Yes, rock climbing is out of the question." She's been missing visits to Colorado now that I have moved to Iowa. With a rainy day expected, we will have plenty to do without rock climbing.
Any other ideas for individual pizza?