Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The "B" Word......Baby!

    I am without a doubt certain that many newlyweds have experienced what I am about to talk about. I am talking about the big "B" question. "When are you guys you going to have a baby?" We have not been married for 2 months yet and I have been asked this question several times by people on both sides of the fence, those saying "go for it" and those wanting us to wait. The truth right now is, We do not know!

    Babies are the next big thing after walking down the aisle and finding a place to settle in to. So it isn't out of place or weird for people to want to know this information but I do find being asked quite annoying sometimes. While Aaron and I have "settled down", we are not quite ready to retire to our home 24/7 with a couple of little ones running around and driving us nuts! Not saying that being a parent means you can't do anything but it does limit some things. Our spontaneous nights of going to the movies, out to dinner or a bar without having to find a babysitter would of course be nonexistent as well as the future trips I am planning for us to take (he doesn't know anything about these trips

    Aaron and I have had this discussion and are excited about being parents in the near future. We both grew up in single households so we are really looking forward to raising our children together. Now don't get me wrong, there are some days when I come down with baby fever and I want to procreate right on the spot but there are a few things that snap me back. I work in childcare so I deal with screaming babies ALL day so that puts a damper on my baby dreams I also think about ALL of the costs; formula, car seats, crib, clothes, shoes, daycare and so on and while I am sure Aaron and I would make due with a little one, it would be beneficial to us to wait just a bit longer. So for those looking for a little baby girl or boy Dogan, not just yet, HOPEFULLY!!!

Tuesday Night Dinner: Italian Bread Pizza!!!

I didn't get home last night until almost 9pm and hubby wasn't home yet so I wanted to hurry up and make something for him to eat for dinner. We went to Wal-Mart on Monday night so I picked up a few things and one of them was a loaf of Italian bread (it was only $1.29). I had made these mini pizzas before for my mom, dad and sister and they were a hit so I was pretty sure he would like them. I really like making  them because they are extremely easy to make and in less than an hour they are ready to be served! These mini pizzas also make a great party dish as well. Here is what I used and how I made them.

Italian or French bread
Pizza sauce (I used the Ragu brand last time)
Cheese (any flavor of course, hubby picked cheddar)
Toppings (we both love pepperoni pizza)

1. Cut bread into slices (as thin or thick as you would like them).

2. Spoon sauce onto each pizza. I made 21 pizzas and used the entire jar. If you want your pizza to be very saucy, it would be best to buy 2 jars.

3. Sprinkle as much cheese as you want! I love

4. Add toppings and set pizzas in the oven at 350 degrees.

**For a soft crust, cook pizzas for about 15 minutes. I like my crust a bit hard so I cook them for about 25-30 minutes

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cultural Dinner Night!

So, Aaron & I have been married for a little over a month now and we are finally settled back into our normal lives, only to be uprooted again when we move into our apartment next Anyways, the first couple of weeks of our marriage I was brainstorming some date night ideas for the future (sounds a little silly, I know).  I wanted to find some things we could do outside of home as well as at home.  We literally went out every weekend for the 1st month of our marriage and dinner and show costs definitely add up so, I really wanted to find things that could be done at home. During my research I compiled a giant list and I will be posting them on a separate post.

There was one really cool idea that I did come up with that I wanted to share. Since I am now a wife, I have taken up the new hobby of cooking. I have always liked the idea of cooking dinner for myself and my family but I never really cooked at home, I am more of a baker. Anyways, I thought it would be cool if hubby and I could have a dinner date at home featuring food from a different culture (once a month). I decided that I will look up a dinner and dessert from a specific culture and prepare it as best as I and we will have a nice in home date night. I ran the idea by him and he of course said yes! We were trying to compile a list of different cultures/regions of foods that we would like to try. Now, I have book idea how these things should taste so that makes it a bit difficult but I think we will have fun with it anyway! We are waiting until we move into our own place to start up this date night and I cannot wait. I have no idea what will be on the menu for the 1st night but I will keep you posted!