Marriage Mondays | Date Night In & Grocery List for 2

September 4, 2017

Happy Monday! We’re kicking off our Marriage Mondays series again with a delicious and simple date night in shared by Kate from The Everyday Hostess. 

I’m such a fan of everything Kate does, and this date night is definitely one you’ll want to plan soon! I mean, who doesn’t love pizza, and who doesn’t love an affordable date night?! She and Landon have prepped everything from the grocery list to the directions to make it simple and sweet for you and your love. Enjoy! 

Dallas is a great place for date nights, whether you’re a faithful foodie or simply a beginner in exploring the bevy of craft-food options.

But sometimes, even in the trendiest of culinary culture, a night in can be the most intimate and the most economical date night! We love to experiment in the kitchen — after all, what’s better in a marriage than a fun challenge together that ends in a (hopefully) tasty result?! — so cooking dinner at home is something we look forward to.

Plus, a date night in yoga pants is a win in Kate’s book!

Some readers might be thinking, “Well that’s great, but I’m not very savvy in the kitchen.” And that’s totally fine. We aren’t talking bacon-wrapped filet mignon here (although Landon wishes we were) and it’s not like Gordon Ramsay is going to judge the finished product.

In fact, one of our go-to recipes for a fun night in is homemade caprese pizza, and you won’t believe how inexpensive and easy it really is with just a few simple ingredients and short steps!

Homemade Caprese Pizza

Grocery List:

  • 16oz. Pizza Dough (We like Trader Joe’s Garlic and Herb Pizza Dough)

  • 1 Tbs Olive Oil

  • 6 oz. of Pesto

  • Fresh Basil

  • 1 Heirloom Tomato (thinly sliced)

  • 12 oz. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

  • Balsamic Reduction (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Layer a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  3. Remove your pizza dough from the package, place it on the parchment paper, and stretch or roll out the dough using a rolling pin into a 10in. circle (roughly)

  4. Drizzle or brush the dough lightly with olive oil followed by the pesto.

  5. Tear a few basil leaves and sprinkle on top of the pesto.

  6. Distribute the tomato slices evenly over the pizza.

  7. Add the mozzarella cheese and sprinkle evenly over the pizza to your liking.

  8. Place the pizza in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is golden and cheese is bubbling.

  9. Remove pizza from the oven, drizzle your balsamic reduction over it and enjoy!

This is just one of our favorite recipes, but when it comes to homemade pizza, the world is your oyster! You can get as creative as you want, but the key is to find a combination of ingredients you both like. Then the experiment will be fun!

We’ve also ventured into barbecue chicken, buffalo chicken, chicken artichoke (wow, we must really like chicken), breakfast pizzas and several others! We enjoy crafting a recipe for the next homemade pizza, but if your mind is in weekend mode and you don’t want to do much thinking, head to Pinterest and search pizza recipes. Always a good place for inspiration!

Most of our pizza concoctions cost less than $10 to make. Throw in a bottle of wine and maybe a frozen yogurt run and you’ve got yourselves a quality date night! It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of things — or even your Facebook feed or what’s on the TV — but it’s important to always find time just to talk. Dinner at home is a built-in project and one-on-one time. Some of our best conversations come over a homemade meal and a glass of wine on our balcony, and some of our best laughs have come while whipping up a meal.

We highly recommend mixing a homemade meal into your dating schedule (yes, you should still be dating your spouse!). If you’re not a pizza fan, or you’ve tackled that challenge and want to try some more, find us at The Everyday Hostess and ask us some of our favorite recipes!

Happy cooking!

Landon & Kate Haaf

The Everyday Hostess


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