There’s nothing like grilling pizza over open flames with friends on the 4th of July. That’s right, to celebrate this great nation’s independence Tess and I joined a couple of our dearest friends Adam and Micki to grill homemade pizzas. Enjoying some pizza on a beautiful summer evening feels like the perfect way to catch up with good friends.
We’ve also come together to give cheers to a milestone in the girls growing essential oil empire (They sell and lead teams for Young Living essential oil products, good stuff). After a lot of hard work Tess hit the silver rank within the company and Micki hit gold, which is pretty darn cool in the essential oil business. I’m very proud and happy for them both.
Celebrating my own pizza milestone.
Along with the girls I too feel I’m about to a experience a benchmark moment in life as I’m about to grill my first pizza. I stand back and watch in wonder as the first crust hits the grill. Dancing flames kiss the bottom of our hand stretched oil-ladened dough.
Adam is the pizza-grilling veteran among us, he is also a pizza-lover extraordinaire (like me) and director of corporate operations for Toppers Pizza (he loves pizza so much he made it a career, respect). I grow excited as I listen to him explain his plan to execute three delicious pizzas over the open flame.
“It’s all about the olive oil” he insists as he applies a coating to a pizza crust awaiting its turn to hit the heat. He also reveals that cooking both sides of the crust is the real secret to crispy homemade grill fired pizza.
Gathering for some grilled pizza.
I was blessed with a lot of quality friends and family time over the long holiday weekend and such interactions felt long overdue. As the years go on, hangouts seem to happen less and are more challenging to organize as schedules quickly fill up.
Pizza is a great way to connect with our favorite people. Pizza can provide the perfect motivation and excuse for us to get together. Pizza offers a great way to maintain our relationships, build new ones, and celebrate life’s victories.
Use pizza to connect.
It’s as simple as inviting your best friend to a new pizza place or throwing a pizza party for your whole crew. Pizza is the perfect food to cheer us up or celebrate our accomplishments.
With some quality social time all the effort and hard work we put in all week feels worth it. At the end of the day, it’s all about the people we share our pizza with.
What pizza taught me:
Staying physically and mentally healthy is very important, but equally important is keeping healthy relationships. Everyone loves pizza, so use it as a tool to connect you with those you cherish the most.
What I’m eating: Grilled homemade pizzas:
- Pepperoni and sausage with fresh mozzarella.
- Buffalo chicken pizza with fresh mozzarella, blue cheese crumbles and diced buffalo chicken pieces on a ranch base.
- Mushroom and fresh mozzarella on a white sauce base, topped with pesto drizzle.
What I’m reading: Deepok Chopra “Creating Affluence”
Photo Credit: Micki Oldenburg
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