$50 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway from #flatoutpizza

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Remember my Flatout Pizza Party from last week? Want to make some flatbread pizzas of your own?

Today I’m giving away a $50 gift card to Wal-Mart and a great Flatout gift package, all wrapped up in a nice, zippered, reusable bag.

To enter, leave a comment with your favorite pizza toppings. For an extra entry, subscribe to Vanderbilt Wife via e-mail or RSS feed and leave me a comment telling me you did.

Thank you to theMotherhood, Wal-Mart, and Flatout Bread for sponsoring this giveaway. US mailing addresses only, please. Winner will be chosen on Thursday, November 1, 2012.

Pizza Party and Pumpkin Painting with #flatoutpizza

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Earlier this week I was excited to throw a pizza party on our back patio. We live in a dorm on a high-school campus; but right behind our apartment is this lovely brick patio. And check out the view!


So we gathered a bunch of our on-campus friends and tried out the new Flatout Bread Thin Crust Flatbreads. They come in three yummy varieties: Spicy Italian, Rustic White, and Heritage Wheat.


Apparently the Spicy Italian is no joke. I was warned it really was quite spicy. I stayed far away from it, but my friends gobbled it up!

To make pizzas, you prebake the flatbreads for 3-4 minutes. Then add toppings and bake for another 4-5 minutes or so.

So as party prep, I prebaked. Even with it being an hour until they went in the oven, the flatbreads were still just right when they came out! Nice and crispy. I provided a whole bunch of cheeses, sauces, and toppings and let everyone go to town. (That’s my homemade pizza sauce. And that pesto, while not quite as good as homemade, was really excellent!)



I thought those were jalapenos. They weren’t. I think they were serrano chiles. I about killed my husband with them. Oops.

Everyone agreed that while the flatbreads made for a different pizza experience, you could really taste the flavor of the toppings. Everything I set out was devoured, so I think that makes for a good party! Here are our creations.


Mother and daughter! Daughter had just cheese. Mom had mozzarella, herb feta, olives, tomatoes, and mushrooms. The kind of thing we never get to eat at home because of the kids!


My husband’s on top: mozzarella, feta, pepperoni, tomatoes, chili peppers. Friend’s on bottom: fresh mozzarella, mushrooms, and pineapple. An exotic combo!


I thought this was cute. A husband and wife picked almost exactly the same things without knowing. Pesto, fresh and shredded mozzarella, pepperoni, and tomatoes. His just had mushrooms.


My beautiful creation: pesto with fresh mozzarella, herb feta, and a little bit of olives on Harvest Wheat. Perfect!

I was too busy eating to take pictures of Round 2, but I think the boys went to town on the BBQ sauce and everything else. Almost everything was gone by clean-up time!

My theme was Halloween Party, so I added a few seasonal touches.




We also let the kids do pumpkin painting. I had intended for them to make really adorable Tiger pumpkins with felt ears and pipe-cleaner whiskers. But once they got ahold of the paintbrushes they just went to town. Oh well.



(Libbie did start by TRYING to paint stripes on her pumpkin!)

We really had a blast and everyone loved the pizza. Stay tuned – next week you’ll have a chance to win your own #flatoutpizza prize pack and a $50 gift card to Wal-Mart so you can have your own party!

Thank you to theMotherhood, Flatout, and Wal-Mart for sponsoring our party. While this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. 

Secret Recipe Club: Homemade Pizza Sauce

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pizza sauce

Welcome to another installment of the Secret Recipe Club! My assigned blog for this month was The Pajama Chef. I was REALLY excited, because I have seen many recipes from Sarah’s blog during my run with the SRC.

As always, there were tons of recipes to choose from on The Pajama Chef. (P.S. Sarah is studying to be a librarian. You know how I feel about books, right?) I finally decided on homemade pizza sauce.

The sauce jumped out at me because it originated at Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures and Lynn is a good blogging buddy of mine. She had never led me astray, and this was no different!

We love homemade pizza around here, and having a great homemade sauce is the icing on the cake! This sauce is nice and tangy from the vinegar, and I love all the herbs. Mine sat for about 5 days before I used it, which really allowed for it to marinate. Perfect!

I didn’t make Sarah’s cornmeal crust … mostly because I didn’t have any cornmeal. I fell back on my favorite Pioneer Woman perfect crust. But I did try one deep-dish style according to Sarah’s instructions. YUM!

Homemade Pizza Sauce


  • 28 oz. tomato puree
  • 1 1/2 c. water
  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 T garlic powder
  • 1/4 c. red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tsp. salt


Combine all ingredients except salt in a large mixing bowl. Add 1 teaspoon salt and taste. If it needs more, add about 1/2 a teaspoon. (I used the whole 1 1/2 teaspoons. I like salt, what can I say?)

Use on homemade pizza immediately, or refrigerate up to a week. Freeze any extra in a ziploc bag for later use.


David’s reaction to the delicious sauce on this pizza? MMMMMM.

David likes pizza

Added to the Pizza Blog Hop.