little foodies: pizza

Images by Small Fry Contributor Alyssa Vincent Photography.

Cooking with kids is a topic we are excited to explore in our new “Little Foodies” series each month! Our boys enjoy it so much, and we love finding delicious recipes that they can get their hands on. We’ve found if they play a part in the process they also can’t wait to eat it, which gives us opportunities to introduce them to new ingredients and cuisines! Case in point: Our Juicing 101 post, (yep, that’s Hayes drinking beets.)

Photography by Alyssa Vincent

For this month’s Little Foodies adventure, Culinary Crafts had us over to make every kid’s favorite: pizza! Chef Marco Niccoli showed us the ropes, alongside his darling sous chef and daughter, Luna. We all had a blast!

Marco set us up with the most beautiful gourmet ingredients for our pizzas. Fresh mozzarella, salami, Italian ham, short rib, sun dried tomatoes, zucchini, artichoke hearts, butternut squash, arugula, fresh tomatoes, carmelized onions and garlic infused oil to top it all off. Are you hungry yet?Photography by Alyssa Vincent
Here’s how we did it:
1. Flour your cutting board and lightly spread out your pizza dough.

2. Use a rolling pin to spread it out about the width of a soccer ball for a personal sized pizza.

3. Toss in the air with the glee a la Quinn Rammell and sheer concentration of one Dash Christensen.
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4. Once your dough is rolled out you can either top it with a tomato marinara, Alfredo sauce, or garlic infused oil.
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5. Once you’ve selected your toppings it’s ready for the oven! Marco’s tip: leave off all fresh greens like arugula or watercress so they don’t burn!

6. Stick the pizza pies in a 400 degree oven for 8-10 minutes and enjoy!
Photography by Alyssa Vincent

 We’re so grateful to Marco and Culinary Crafts for hosting us and creating such a memorable afternoon for us and the boys. If you need the best for your next catered event, Culinary Crafts is it! They’re food is always beautiful and always delicious.

Also, huge thank you to Alyssa Vincent for these gorgeous images. She is unbelievable, right?

all-natural geometric art project

Today on Spoonful we’re sharing a super fun art project we did with the boys. We used all-natural paints, water soluble paints with pigments derived from fruits and vegetables, so we really let them go to town with this one! See the full post and instructions here.
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easy patched leggings

We are huge fans of the inexpensive leggings at Target, Wal-Mart and the like, but the downside is that so is everyone else! If you want to make your little one’s leggings a little bit more special we’ve got a few upgrade ideas for you!
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We scooped up the Circo brand styles at Target and dug around in our fabric scrap pile for coordinating fabrics. With a little fabric glue, you’re good to go!diy, knee patches, leggings, kids
We cut out the scraps in circles and triangles and spread an even coat of glue over the patch. (If you have iron on fabric on hand that would be equally awesome!)
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Here’s three more pant upgrade posts you might like:
1. 5 Minute, 5 Step, $5 Leggings.
2. DIY Stamped Pants
3. Tie-dye heart leggings

drive-in birthday party

Birthday parties can quickly become a real money pit, so when we see awesome themes and activities that don’t break the bank we just have to share! Our friend Andi, of Idaho-based Andi Marshall Photography pulled off the most darling Drive-In party for less than $50! Here’s how she did it:
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Upon each guests arrival, they each got a box with all of their car’s sticker decals and tickets for buying treats at the concession stand. You can buy the printable PDF file here. They spent time decorating their cars and exchanging tickets for movie theater style confections.

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They had five tickets each to spend on a variety of delights like: lemonade, popcorn, licorice, smarties and animal crackers. And Bonus! Pretty much mess-free.
kids, birthday, drive in, car, diyGuest then took their filled snack boxes back to their cars and watched the show (a 20 minute episode of Curious George.) Then after the screening, Olive opened presents and they sang and ate cake and ice cream. At just about one and a half hours long, the party was just long enough for kids to enjoy themselves and short enough to avoid those party melt-downs.
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Here’s Olive the birthday girl!
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While the party required some preparation time in advance for cutting out the cardboard for the cars and the sticker decals, Andi loved how simple and smooth the party went from start to finish. Doesn’t it look so sweet! We’re sure it was a huge hit.
Head here for Andi’s photography, and darling Instagram account (those darling kids!) @andimarshall
Photo credit: Cindy Worwood
Sticker Decals designed by Spencer Marshall of Marshall Brand Advertising + Design
Need more birthday ideas? Here’ a Peach Picking First Birthday and Super Hero Training!