Summer Veggie Grilled Pizza

It’s been a pretty rad few days around here for numerous reasons.

First of all, I haven’t worked since Saturday. Technically speaking anyway. I did stop in yesterday for about an hour to take care of a few things, and I have checked email periodically, but I haven’t been scheduled to work since Saturday. This is well with my soul.

Secondly, Mother’s Day.
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The boys and I drove to my parents house late Sunday morning with no plans other than eating some food, drinking some drinks, and hanging with the ‘rents. And that, we did.

MOMosas with mom.
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There were also a few unpictured bloody Marys.

My mom loves being in the kitchen even more than I do, but since it was her day and all, I decided to take over her kitchen and do the Mom’s Day cooking. I worked until 9:00 on Saturday night, which made for very little meal prep time so I turned to my two most-trusted kitchen geniuses, Kristin and Annie for quick and easy recipes to cook for mom.

I settled on Fresh Margarita Chicken with Mexican Quinoa and BLT Panzanella.

It was all pretty delish!

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My mom and I had a bonus Mother’s Day on Monday when we were able to meet up for lunch and a little shopping. World Market was on the itinerary. I snagged two of these cute, summery pillows for our otherwise neutral couch. The hubs isn’t a huge fan of floral patterns, but Fielder likes them soooo, we win!

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Monday night my co-workers and I dressed up like superheroes and Bowled for Kids’ Sake.

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While all Great Dane locations took part in the fundraising and bowling, my location took the fundraising prize (more than $3000 donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters) and definitely had the most team spirit!

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I was up bright and early this morning to wash our bedding and clean the bathrooms. While putting the sheets back on the bed, I made a funny discovery.

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Four different pillow cases! Oops! The matching sets are around here somewhere…

The weather took a major turn for the better around here, with beautiful sunshine and temps in the 80s so it was a top knot and maxi dress kind of day.
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The day just kept getting better when I got a check from my insurance company in the mail. No, not a bill. A check. FROM my insurance. We get partial reimbursement on office co-pays. How cool is that?!
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I made a trip to Trader Joe’s and got a pretty good haul for $47.
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We made a trip to pick up plants for our awesome new raised garden (my handy hubby built it, see it back there on the right?) and for flowers for the crappy, old planter that came with the house. A storm was brewing while we did our planting, but it was a beautiful night nonetheless.

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I’ll get into more detail about our garden as it starts to grow a bit.

My day was pretty jam packed, but I managed to spend some time slicing veggies for the fabulous pizza we noshed on for dinner.

Summer Veggie Grilled Pizza
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I suggest you make this pizza. STAT.

You’ll need:
1 zucchini squash, quartered and thinly sliced
1 yellow squash, quartered and thinly sliced
1 orange bell pepper, de-ribbed, seeded, and thinly sliced
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
handful cherry tomatoes, halved
olive oil
pepper and garlic salt
your favorite pizza crust
your favorite pizza sauce
shreedded Italian four cheese blend
handful mixed greens, torn into small pieces
2 fully cooked spicy chicken sausages

Directions:
Place prepared vegetables in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with pepper and garlic salt. Place lid on bowl and shake to combine. Place in refrigerator for an hour or so.
Place veggies on vegetable grilling pan and grill for about 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare pizza crust as directed. Roll out on 12-inch pizza grilling pan, sprayed with cooking spray. Spread a thin layer of pizza sauce on crust. Sprinkle with mixed greens. Sprinkle with as much cheese as desired. Top with veggies and chicken sausage. Add more cheese, if you please. Grill for 10-20 minutes, until cheese is melted and crust edges are brown.

*This recipe is totally customizable to fit your household tastes. You could omit the chicken sausage to make it vegetarian. You could omit the cheese to make it vegan. (I used Trader Joe’s pizza crust, which is vegan.) I also used TJ’s pizza sauce, cheese blend, and jalapeno chicken sausages. It was seriously SO good. I already can’t wait to make it again. I had leftover vegetables too so you could probably even make two pizzas with these ingredients. I’d maybe add another chicken sausage or two though.

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I served ours with little berry salads, dressed with a drizzle of agave and olive oil. J went back for seconds on both pizza AND salad. Win!

What have you been up to? Is it summery where you are? Our weather has been downright wacko. Saturday night I went to bed with socks on. Plus flannel pants and t-shirt AND a sweatshirt. Today, it’s so hot we considered switching on the A/C. I’m holding strong on keeping the windows open, but I can’t pretend I’m not somewhat fearful of a repeat of last year’s night visitors.
*Note: I just realized I ended numerous sentences here with prepositions. Alas, I am much too lazy to re-diagram them at the moment. Three days off is exhausting!

P.S. My mom is the best.

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