We’re officially in countdown mode. Sophie starts kindergarten in four short weeks. My heart just started beating faster as I wrote that. I know everyone says this, but gosh where did the time go? I keep telling her how unbelievably fast she’s growing up, and she keeps telling me that she’ll always be my baby. I’m not sure who is actually doing the comforting during those conversations. Some amazing changes are headed our way very quickly as we begin to learn (and probably painfully remember) what it’s like to be a kindergartner. Will she make friends easily? Will she like her teacher? Will I like her teacher?? I’m already beginning to think about schedules and routines, and hoping against hope that I’ll be able to add managing homework and assignments along with my clients and other responsibilities…which to be honest I am barely able to keep those things in check as it is. I’d love to hear suggestions from others who have been in my shoes and as learned the ropes – any suggestions for helping us get ready to brave our very first school year?
So knowing all of that, it’s no surprise that I’ve been less than focused on elaborate meals and more focused on soaking up every minute I can of our last few weeks of unscheduled bliss. I have definitely seen myself trending towards quick and easy family meals that we can all enjoy together. You’ll be seeing a lot more of those here in the next few weeks, because I know there are hoards of you who, like me, are beginning to feel panic knocking on the door.
It really doesn’t get easier than this meal. I used delicious pre-baked Naan bread for the crust, made a very quick, very tasty tomato sauce, and topped it with slices of fresh mozzarella and basil from the garden – all my favorite summer flavors of an insalata Caprese. You could also skip the tomato sauce and use freshly sliced tomatoes if you have some of those in the garden as well. I really adore the flavor the grill gives this pizza. It gets slightly charred on the bottom and reminds me so much of the little pizzas we ate for lunch all over Rome many years ago. Everyone remarked on what a wonderful flavor that added. Plus you get the added bonus of lounging outside in the warm sun while dinner cooks. It just doesn’t get better than that in my book.
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