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Summer time in my family means swimming pool, birthdays, and lots of food, including pizza, fresh vegetables from our CSA shares, and plenty of desserts. Several weekends during the summer my entire family, including my brother, cousins, aunt and uncle, all travel to my parents house for some birthday fun. We normally start out swimming, then move on to dinner, and then presents and some quality family time. I love these times because we live in 3 different states but are all able to come together in the summer for family fun.
Since we don't often get a lot of time to spend together, no one wants to spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking a huge dinner. In the summer it's fun and convenient to bake a few oven ready pizzas and serve them up on the deck or poolside. DIGIORNO has three delicious styles of pizza, all of which are available at WalMart, that we really enjoy because it's easy for everyone to have the pizza they really want. There's the DIGIORNO® Design A Pizza™ Kit, DIGIORNO® RISING CRUST® Pizza, and pizzeria! from DIGIORNO®.
There are usually 12-15 people at our family gatherings so it's hard to find a pizza that everyone likes. The pizzeria! from DIGIORNO® is a thinner, crispy crust that's soft and airy on the inside with premium toppings and is popular with both my husband and mydad. The DIGIORNO® RISING CRUST® Pizza is a thicker crust and has big, juicy toppings and the fresh baked taste of delivery pizza which is a hit with my mom and my cousin.
Then there's my personal favorite; the DIGIORNO® Design A Pizza™ Kit. This is the ultimate pizza for people who like pizza their way (like me!) Each kit comes with individually packaged toppings so half of the pizza can be one way, a quarter another, and another quarter a different way. This works well when I want chicken, green peppers, and onions, my little cousin wants pepperoni, and my brother wants chicken, green peppers, onions, and pepperoni. No problem! Of course, my brother got hold of the pepperoni and made a smiley face. My cousin thought that was funny and made chicken "hair" to go on top. The two of them had a great time using the toppings to make a pizza face. I then popped it in the oven and when I took it out it looked delicious.
After the pizza is ready everyone piles their plates high, grabs a few side dishes, and sit down to eat together and share stories. It's the perfect time to talk about summer plans, my brother's upcoming wedding, and all of the summer birthdays (we have 8!). After eating we usually have cake and presents and then, if we're lucky, my dad gets out the sparklers and we light them on the patio. It's the perfect way to celebrate summer!