pizza with Djalali Cooks & national margarita day

happy friday, gang! honestly, didn’t i just say that about a second ago? where is this week/month going? not that we mind February to become a distant memory since most of the country was hit hard with a wintry blast of snow, ice, and freezing temps. but friday is here once again, and do i have a fun post for you today! many of you know my daughter-in-law kelly launched a blog that whips up delicious recipes. it’s called opens in a new windowDjalali Cooks. if you haven’t gone over to say hello, i hope you will today. the two of us are collaborating on a blog post that’s dishing up not one but two yummy pizzas. both are easy to make, and if i do say so myself –  delicious. don’t worry; oscar still makes a cameo appearance. ollie too! so come on in enjoy photos of kelly’s gorgeous kitchen ‘cuz today it’s all about pizza with opens in a new windowDjalali Cooks and a special treat National Margarita Day.

when my kiddos were growing up, friday was always special as we would load up the car, head to our local pizza joint then mosey on over to our local video store. every week like clockwork, we kicked off the weekend with pizza and a movie. it was great fun to watch the boys scour the video shelves for the latest and greatest release. sometimes, it took quite a bit of deliberation on their part to make the final decision. is there ever a wrong choice with a movie? good, bad or in between it’s a rare day when i don’t watch a movie from beginning to end. as you can imagine, there was always a vigorous debate when we arrived home as to which movie lined up in the queue first. memories of mine, mine, mine come to mind… it warms my heart to watch kelly and aj continue that tradition, and now she shares pizza and a movie every week on opens in a new windowDjalali Cooks. kelly, what movie are we watching this week?

pizza with Djalali Cooks and national margarita day

one of my all-time favorite pizzas is Mediterranean pizza. it’s a healthy choice and so easy to make, especially with the help of Trader Joe’s. the pizza dough is pre-made! easy peasy. then i purchased organic chicken breasts, Bella mushrooms, spinach, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, feta cheese, and mozzarella cheese. honestly, you can mix and match any and all of your favorite ingredients to put this pizza together. after the pizza bakes in the oven, top it off with chopped parsley. can you say delicious?! stop by opens in a new windowDjalali Cooks for kelly’s pizza recipe.

Mediterranean Pizza


  • 1pizza crust
  • spinach
  • kalamata olives
  • artichoke hearts
  • mushrooms
  • chicken breast
  • onion
  • feta cheese
  • mozzarella cheese
  • parsley


  1. bake pizza crust in a 450-degree oven for 8-10 minutes

  2. drizzle with olive oil

  3. assemble ingredients on top of pizza crust

  4. bake pizza for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is brown

  5. chop parsley and sprinkle over baked pizza

don’t forget to head over to opens in a new windowDjalali Cooks for kelly’s pizza recipe, step-by-step instructions, and a movie recommendation.

cheers to the weekend! thanks, kelly, for sharing your kitchen with us today.

yes, it’s National Margarita Day! if there is one cocktail i like above all else, it has to be a margarita. through the years on the blog, we’ve whipped up our fair share of frozen or on the rocks margaritas. all i can say is use fresh ingredients, a good tequila, Cointreau, and you are good to go! my favorite just might be a jalapeno margarita. as far as glassware goes, if i make frozen margaritas, i serve them in the jumbo margarita glass. on the rocks go into an old-fashioned glass. either way, you can whip up a big batch of margaritas and have them at the ready in a pitcher.

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Jalapeno Margarita


  • 2ouncestequila
  • ½ounceElderflower liquor
  • ¾ouncelime juice, fresh
  • ¾ouncehoney
  • 1slice jalapeno, for garnish


  1. For the salted rim, take a lime wedge and coat the rim of a rocks glass. Dip in margarita salt, rotating until coated.

  2. Combine all ingredients (except for the ice) in a cocktail shaker. Stir until honey fully dissolves into the cocktail.

  3. Add a cup of ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Pour straight into the old fashioned glass with the (now crushed) ice from the shaker. Garnish with a lime wedge. (for less heat, don't shake the jalapeño into the cocktail, only add as garnish and stir).

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guess who decided to join us for fridays with oscar? yes, ollie is making a cameo appearance today. notice how none of us are looking at the camera at the same time. gotta love working with animals! or maybe it’s me?

everyone always thinks ollie looks mad. at least that’s what my readers think. but if you are looking for a good-natured, chill, and friendly cat that loves to hang out with its family, a Maine Coon cat is for you.

today’s ootd is casual and fun! it all starts with leopard jeans (old, similar opens in a new windowhere, opens in a new windowhere, and opens in a new windowhere) and a opens in a new windowbobble stitch sweater from opens in a new windowTalbots last seen here. a opens in a new windowdenim shirt and platform loafers (old, similar opens in a new windowhere, opens in a new windowhere, and opens in a new window here) complete the look. don’t you just love friday and the casual ease that comes with it?

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oscar, ollie, kelly, and i wish you a lovely weekend! enjoy pizza night.


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  1. Susan wrote:

    5 stars
    That’s right Oscar, look away when hooman Mom holds Ollie. Or is that a small lion? Lol. Not to worry Oscar dear you are #1 with me.

    Posted 2.19.21Reply
  2. The picts in this post are great,esp. the blak aligator and your maine cat-who looks like he is about to take flight. Love the ears. Enjoyed both posts,great Ideas and what fun to do a share-blog. I have really enjoyed Paula’s recipes. Get good review here at home! don’t let her stop. Stay warm and safe!

    Posted 2.19.21Reply
  3. Terry wrote:

    I follow Kelly on Instagram and she is such a creative cook. Love her kitchen and haircut!

    Posted 2.19.21Reply
  4. Judi wrote:

    Hi Beth
    While the food looks great and your pets are adorable, I am most impressed with that kitchen
    Beautiful and the Wolf range I have one but this is even better, bigger. Also have a couple Boos blocks and the pizza cutter. Fun to see others using the same.. The entire look of what I can see in that kitchen is great!

    Posted 2.19.21Reply
  5. Catherine wrote:

    Kelly’s hair is really cute on her!

    Posted 2.19.21Reply
  6. Eve wrote:

    You know in spite of how beautiful you two look and what a great kitchen, Ollie stole the day. What a great looking cat.
    I remember when we called them pizza pies.

    Posted 2.19.21Reply
  7. Deanna wrote:

    Great post with Kelly! I’ve tried a couple of her recipes, and they’re doable and delicious! So happy that you have such a wonderful relationship with your DIL. And that she is honoring the Friday family pizza and a movie night. Traditions make me smile. National Margarita Day? Gotta get on it! Never realized Ollie was so big! Your four legged kids are gorgeous….like you! Oh… and pizza cutter look good too.

    Posted 2.19.21Reply
  8. Julie Mycock wrote:

    5 stars
    Hi Beth, lovely recipes and nice to see Kelly too. You all have a lovely weekend too, our Pizza night is tomorrow xoxo Julie from England 🇬🇧

    Posted 2.19.21Reply
  9. Maureen Donnelly wrote:

    Gonna try the recipe. Thr both of u look so Beautiful.Love Kelly Hair cut.

    Posted 2.19.21Reply
  10. Christi S. wrote:

    Love a good margarita . Yum! So happy to see Olli today. We had a Maine Coon, Little Arnie Schwartzenkittie (HUGE paws). What a love bug! Oscar is one handsome dude, but being a cat mom, I love seeing Olli. Stay warm!

    Posted 2.19.21Reply
  11. Lauren wrote:

    Kelly’s kitchen looks huge in these pictures… is really that big or does it just appear that way? Both of the pizzas look delicious!

    Posted 2.19.21Reply
  12. Andrea wrote:

    Excellent pizza, Kelly! I have a pizza dough recipe that makes two, so I just freeze one for just such an occasion! I tried your method of prebaking, and then olive oil prior to finishing – wow. I couldn’t tell the difference between yours and restaurant! My husband loved it. Thanks for sharing, Kelly!

    As usual, Beth, your cocktails always speak to me 😉. Maine coon cats are hilarious, Oli looks like he might have taken a sip and discovered Nirvana 🤣.

    Your posts, as always, full of fun, keep me sane. Stay safe – we need your kind.🎁

    Posted 2.20.21Reply
  13. Jan wrote:

    I really liked Kelly’s hair! It looks so cute on her. I love the recipe idea, too. Your outfit is just adorable, so cheery!

    Thank you,

    Posted 2.20.21Reply
  14. CIndy Smith wrote:

    Your post today brought back fond memories of Friday’s when we too would have our pizza & movie night. The pizza’s look delicious & a margarita is my favorites cocktail also. Loved to see your fur babies. Ollie looks so much like my Marley. Really liked your green striped top in the pics with Kelly

    Posted 2.20.21Reply
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