Why Pizza Night is a Tradition We Never Miss

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It took awhile, but there’s finally a chill in the air.

I’m finding myself discovering old/new comforts in the midst of fall. I enjoy the smoky smell to the air – and we’re firing up our own pellet stove, after six months dormant. I’m digging out my flannel shirts and fuzzy sweaters and embracing this new season. We have dates on the calendar for pumpkin patch photo shoots, Thanksgiving weekend fun, and even frosty train rides to meet Santa. This season is ON! It’s also a season of change, and even more so than usual. Now we have school more than a month underway – and we’re almost up to two months! The kids are flourishing in school and we have attended back to school night and Scarlet’s track practices. We’ve gotten our flu shots and we’re about ready to hunker down for the cold.

There are some things that are new every year, and we relish the changes. We find better ways to heat our home. We carve better paths of snow to sled down the driveway. We learn something new every year from our annual winter trip to Florida and make the next year the “best yet.” I guess it keeps getting better! Sometimes we take a new trip or snuggle away for the weekend while the kids are at their grandparents, and often we institute a new dinner theme night. We do soup night, or rainbow salad night. As you probably know, we also enjoy the things that stay the same, year after year. PIZZA NIGHT!

And yet, it’s exciting every time. I first fell in love with Ellio’s Pizza when I used to babysit three kids. I’d make the pizza for them and watch them enjoy it, but rarely got to eat some of my own! I never wanted to feel that way so I asked my mom to buy it. It’s a staple dinner item where I’m from (New Jersey) and I’m happy to see it’s here in Massachusetts too! My kids fell in love with Ellio’s Pizza easily. Des will eat almost anything and he LOVES cold pizza in his lunch. So whenever it’s a weekday after pizza night, I put a wrapped, delicious rectangle of pizza right in his lunch box. Scarlet is pickier with her pizza, like a good daughter of a Jersey girl, but she fell in love with Ellio’s frozen pizza over the summer in one sitting.

It’s that good!

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Ellio’s Pizza is also holding a special $10,000 scholarship contest! How can you win? In 500-1,500 characters, describe why your child (age 6-12) is a “Phenomenal Kid.” For full details, visit http://ellios.com/PhenomenalKids

With everything changing faster than I’d like, it’s awesome to make one thing stay the same. I have raised my kids with some permanent fixtures in our lives – routines and traditions that feel good and celebrate being together. I love to think about the fact that we’ll be doing this same thing years from now, and they’ll probably do an Ellio’s Pizza Night with their kids one day. And I like the way we all know it’s coming, and we get excited. Here’s why it’s a tradition we NEVER miss:

1 – Pizza Night holds a cozy time for us to be together during the colder and busier times of the year.

2 – Pizza Night helps us clean out our fridge! On Pizza Night we clear out the produce from the produce drawer and the leftovers from the previous week. This rocks! More nutrients, and a cleaner fridge to start a new week.

3 – Pizza Night allows us to explore new tastes. Why is this uniquely convenient, satisfying and fun snack/meal option helping us explore? Easy! It’s available in two different crust types – Original Crust and Sicilian Style – and there are eight total flavors. That’s a new variety every week for eight weeks. Not shabby! Also, Ellio’s frozen pizza uses only the freshest ingredients, with 100% real cheese and no artificial flavors. Here in the Northeast, it has a long-standing history!

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Dr. Oetker USA LLC. I received compensation for this post, however all opinions stated are my own.

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What’s your favorite fall tradition?

Pumpkin Patch Treats

These pumpkin patch treats are PERFECT for your fall gathering or party, or just the perfect kid-friendly treat to make on a crisp autumn weekend. Enjoy

Well, I super duper have a lot to say. It’s been.. a week. Isn’t it always?

I will have a longer, more personal post tomorrow morning. Right now I really want this post to speak for itself. Can you say adorable? I know you can, but can you please associate it with the wonder of Pumpkin Patch Treats! What else to say except that my kids think this is even better than sliced bread, and they love sliced bread. And I have been meaning to write about these treats but October is passing through like liquid and I absolutely have to share now that there’s still time. Make them for pumpkin picking day! Make them for Halloween! Or make them just for the weekend. You have earned it! Don’t pass go!

Pumpkin Patch Treats

Ingredients

1 pkg. Hostess Suzy Q’s
1 pkg. Chocolate Graham Crackers
One Container Vanilla Frosting
One Container Chocolate Frosting
1 pkg. Candy Pumpkins
8 Wood Craft Sticks
8 Round Wood Pieces (sold at craft stores)
Green Candy Shreds
Black Marker
Glue Gun

pumpkin patch

Directions

  1. Crush one package of the graham crackers.
  2. Spread the chocolate frosting onto the Suzy Q cakes, and sprinkle a layer of the crushed grahams on top.
  3. Color the vanilla frosting green and put it in a plastic baggie. Place a few pumpkins on each cake and make some curly leaves/stems from the pumpkin to the dirt with the green frosting.
  4. Write the word pumpkins on each round wood piece and glue each one to a craft stick using a hot glue gun.
  5. Stick a sign into each cake.
  6. Sprinkle a little bit of the green candy shreds in a few spots to look like grass.


These pumpkin patch treats are PERFECT for your fall gathering or party, or just the perfect kid-friendly treat to make on a crisp autumn weekend. Enjoy #ad

Enjoy!

These pumpkin patch treats are PERFECT for your fall gathering or party, or just the perfect kid-friendly treat to make on a crisp autumn weekend. Enjoy