My sweet family and friends hosted two baby showers for us a few weeks ago. I wanted to find cute hostess gifts that didn't break the bank! One thing that helps me, is setting a budget. Not just for hostess gifts but anything I am working on. If I give myself a limit, it's easier to reign myself back in!  Of course I started looking on Pinterest for ideas! I found a few different things that lead me to my final product. I knew I wanted to incorporate bath items in some kind of packaging with a cute tag. I started at World Market for some inspiration and who doesn't love World Market? Here is a list of items I used and where they came from.

1. Lavender bath beads - World Market
2. Loofah,  nail clippers, and nail file - Dollar General
3. Nail polish in shades of pink and rasberry - Target
4. Packaging - Michaels
5. Tags - Michaels 
6. Pink ribbon - Michaels 
7. Labels - I took a page from my mom's book and printed labels to add to the polka dot scrap book paper and tags. 

xo- Ashton 

So my sweet husband, who is the true chef in our family, asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday. Without hesitation, I said I wanted to make homemade pizza! I am slightly obsessed with pizza I have to admit. We (my husband) made the dough from scratch. He then added all the fresh fixin's! Fresh produce makes a huge difference! While he was cooking, I was snapping pictures with my new camera! Although the process was a little messy, the finished product was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend it for your next date night! 

Pizza Dough:
  • 2.5 cups all purspose flour
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 7 ounces warm water
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal, for the pizza peel

Pizza Toppings: 
  • 1 cup pureed canned tomatoes
  • 2 medium fresh garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • two large pinches of sea salt
  • 2-3 tablespoon finely grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
  • 7 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cu into cubes
  • 5-6 large fresh basil leaves
  • crushed dried red pepper flakes 

Preheat oven at 550 degrees. Prepare dough and let sit covered for an hour in order to rise. Roll flat and add sauce and toppings. Bake for 7-8 minutes. We ended up making 2, ten inch pizzas.