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Build-Your-Own Pizza Party

by Meghann on July 31, 2012

Pizza party time!

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It was my turn to host the girls for our book club discussion this month, so I invited them over for a make-your-own pizza party. I bought the dough, sauce, and cheese, and invited everyone to bring their favorite toppings to share.

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Stephanie was sweet enough to bring beer. She knew Cigar City Maduro was my favorite from reading the blog. Love her. :)

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We drank beer and each prepped our own personal pizzas.

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It was fun seeing everyone’s different tastes shine though.

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I went the sweet and savory route with mine. The base was a pesto basil sauce layered with thin slices of peach, goat cheese, walnuts, and fresh basil.

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Out of the oven, I added a handful of arugula and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

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The pizza was amazing. Loved the addition of the peaches, next time I would add a touch of honey as well. Yum.

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We all gathered around the table and got down to book discussion time.

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This month’s book was Blueprints for Building Better Girls by Eliss Schappell.

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Blueprints for Building Better Girls delves into the lives of an eclectic cast of archetypal female characters—from the high school slut to the good girl, the struggling artist to the college party girl, the wife who yearns for a child to the reluctant mother—mapping America’s shifting cultural landscape from the late 1970s to the present day. Its interconnected stories explore the commonly shared but rarely spoken of experiences that build girls into women and women into wives and mothers. In revealing all their vulnerabilities and twisting our preconceived notions of who they are, Elissa Schappell alters how we think about the nature of female identity and how it evolves.

I really, really wanted to like this book (in fact, I was the one who suggested it), but I just could not get into it, and neither could the rest of the girls. The book is a collection of 8 short stories, where each story focuses on women in various stages of life. All of the characters and circumstances are loosely linked, but for the majority, each story is separate from the next.

I really enjoyed a couple of the stories, but couldn’t get into the rest. They were a little drawn out and, as I finished one story, I didn’t feel the pull to start the next.

However, Courtney did bring up some interesting points when we discussed the narrative behind each story, and asked how we see our own narratives being written. I know my narrative when I was 17 would be a whole lot different than at 27. And I could see various defining moments in my life standing out over the rest. I wonder how a collection of short stories from the defining moments of our lives would read?

After we finished our book discussion, we flipped on the Olympics to cheer the USA Gymnastics team to…. (I won’t give it away. ;) )

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Klondike Bars were handed out for dessert. :)

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We also watched some pretty awesome things happen in the pool. We should have been having Olympic viewing parties since day 1!

Alright, time for bed.

Good Night!

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sana July 31, 2012 at 11:25 pm

I am so in love with the olympics! SO COOL!

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2 Miranda @ Biting Life July 31, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Pizza party and book club… sounds like so much fun! It’s been a long time since I’ve made pizza. This made me want to do it again soon :)

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3 Army Amy* July 31, 2012 at 11:57 pm

What book are y’all going to read next?*

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4 Meghann August 1, 2012 at 10:11 am

We haven’t decided yet! I’ll post about it when we do. :)

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5 Laura @ sweatingforit August 1, 2012 at 12:27 am

A personal pizza party sounds like so much fun! I’ll have to remember it for a girls’ night.

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6 Kayla @ Keep Moving Forward August 1, 2012 at 12:36 am

I just made pizza at my place too! Perfectly delicious activity!

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7 Candice August 1, 2012 at 1:02 am

Yum! pizza and girls nights are the best!

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8 Liz August 1, 2012 at 1:13 am

What’s your next book club pick?

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9 Meghann August 1, 2012 at 10:12 am

We haven’t decided yet. I’ll be sure to post about it when we do.

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10 Hayley August 1, 2012 at 1:14 am

Those pizza toppings look so delicious!! I never would’ve come up with that combination, but it definitely is something I want to try next time I make pizza. Thanks for the great idea! Also I love Klondike bars, I feel like a little kid whenever I eat one :)

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11 Khushboo Thadani August 1, 2012 at 1:23 am

This sounds like such a fun book group- love the idea of make your own pizza party!

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12 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope August 1, 2012 at 7:04 am

Personal pizzas for a party is such a good idea! I love that! :)

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13 Cait's Plate August 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

Individual pizzas are such a good idea for a group :)

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14 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 1, 2012 at 9:36 am

I love when we do make your own pizza at my house! It was so much fun to have little control over your dinner and get to be creative!

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15 Becky @ runfundone August 1, 2012 at 9:53 am

Peach on a pizza? Sounds amazing! I want to try!

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16 Courtney August 1, 2012 at 10:19 am

Sounds like a fun party! Your pizza looks incredibly good :)

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17 Katie Cummings August 1, 2012 at 10:53 am

I would warn against “Girls in White Dresses” it also is short stories loosely tied. Thank you for sharing what you’re reading! What did your group decide to do next?

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18 Meghann August 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

I’ve read “Girls in White Dresses” and also wasn’t a fan. We’re still deciding on what to read next. Not sure.

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19 Emily N August 1, 2012 at 11:02 am

That seems like a pretty good dish to go with book club. I wonder if I can get some gals together to have one!

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20 Laura August 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

that peach pizza looks amazing. this is the best kind of party especially to appeal to everyone’s tastes. i’ve done this a million times and always is a success!

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21 Allison @ Running Through Red Lights August 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Your pizza toppings look amazing! I think I know what we’ll be making this weekend! ;-)

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22 Eliana August 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Your pizzas look delicious! Did you make your own crust? If so, what recipe did you use? It looks super fluffy and tasty LOL Thanks in advance!

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23 Meghann August 2, 2012 at 9:49 am

I bought the pizza dough from Publix. They sell it in the bakery section, any dough I would ever try to make doesn’t even come close to how good theirs is :)

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24 Marissa August 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm

GAH! KLONDIKE BAR!

Sorry. This is a really random comment. But I just wanted to share the fact that I jumped out of my skin when I saw that thing. They scare me… one night of staying up way too late and playing truth or dare with a bunch of people can create some very strange phobias. Haha. ;)

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