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If you know me at all, my love for Target is absolutely no secret. I lived in Vermont for a few years – where there is no Target – and it was pure torture. Now I have at least three within a 10 miles radius and it’s glorious. I do more or less all of my shopping there (Target Red Card, FTW!) because they have everything I’m looking for. Food? They have it. Clothes? Yeppers. Movies? They have that, too. And luckily for me, that worked out perfectly when I needed to pick up the latest Disney Pixar film: Inside Out!
Did you see it when it was in theaters? I saw it opening weekend and I was head over heels in love. I laughed, I cried, I laughed again… it was absolute perfection. There’s a reason people have called it the best Disney Pixar film to date – it’s freaking phenomenal! I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the DVD/Blu-Ray release and on November 3rd, the moment finally arrived. I took an early lunch at work just to go pick it up as soon as possible that day because I was worried it would sell out, and thankfully that wasn’t the case.
When I walked in the store I made a quick left and immediately found the movie on an end cap. “Well… that was easy”, I thought to myself. That took all of 30 seconds, so I still had the rest of my lunch hour to wander around the store (which is basically my favorite thing to do in my spare time).
As I walked around, I started thinking of stuff I could do for a fun movie night with an Inside Out theme. I found all the supplies I needed, and then some. Spoiler alert: I may have gotten a little carried away.
Making it through the rest of the workday was… rough. The movie and all my movie night supplies were sitting in my car, calling my name, for another 6 hours. But, I made it! When I got home, I completely ignored a package sitting on my porch and the voicemail on my phone as I ripped open the movie because I have zero self control. Did you know that if you buy Inside Out at Target, you can get 20 minutes of exclusive Target content? It has deleted scenes and bonus content where… well, I’m not going to ruin the surprise. Just go pick it up at Target and thank me later when you’re laughing hysterically on your couch.
Now let’s talk about what I decided to make for my themed movie night. One of my favorite parts in the movie is when Riley and her mom go to Yeast of Eden and Anger exclaims, “Congratulations San Francisco, you’ve ruined pizza!” What pizza is it that, well… angered Anger? Broccoli! And since that happens to be a favorite of mine, I decided that was going to be the main event. Well, you know, aside from the movie.
I knew I was low on pizza ingredients (and frankly, free time), so I picked up a package of Archer Farms Whole Wheat pizza crust and a jar of Archer Farms Basil Pesto sauce. It was the best decision I could have made because it turned what could be a multiple hour process into a 15 minute process.
First preheated my oven to 350° F while I opened the package of crusts and placed one on a baking sheet.
Then I poured about half the jar of pesto onto the crust – that was just enough for me, but you could certainly add more or less depending on what you like.
I spread it all around with a rubber spatula, making sure it was evenly distributed. I also added about a teaspoon of oregano.
Next I added 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese.
I chopped up half a head of broccoli (which was about 2 cups) and added that on top. I also added a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
I popped the pizza in the oven for 12 minutes – the crust was golden brown and the broccoli was a little crisp. The cheese was all melt-y and the smell was heavenly. Freshly baked pizza has to be in my top ten of favorite smells.
It’s just so good… the crust is the perfect thickness to support the ingredients on top and the broccoli blends perfectly with the pesto and cheeses. Riley’s emotions might hate it, but I sure don’t!
Like I said before, I got a little carried away. I decided that the pizza wasn’t enough, and that I need all the snacks and desserts. First, I made “hockey pucks” by dipping some Market Pantry Birthday Cake Creme Sandwich Cookies in chocolate.
Check out the picture above – you see the little red dudes to the right? It’s Anger! I didn’t give him a mouth yet because I wanted the opportunity to try out different expressions to see how hilarious it would be (to me).
Next up, I made some Core Memory cake pops! All you have to do to make these is make a cake with your favorite mix, add in a tub of your favorite frosting, and then form them into balls. Freeze them for a bit and then dip them in a bowl of candy melts and you’re done! To make the tie die effect, just melt two colors in separate bowls and then take a spoon to gentle swirl a small amount of one color into the other. I ended up with some Joy + Fear, Joy + Sadness, and Disgust + Fear. Cute and delicious!
I wanted to emulate Bing Bong in some fashion, so I decided that ice cream cones dipped in pink candy melts with scoops of strawberry ice cream and pink cotton candy would do the trick. Plus, a nice little royal icing flower for his lapel!
I added some jelly beans, along with Simply Balanced Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips and Archer Farms Mild Pineapple Peach salsa to round it all out, and I loved every last bite!
How are you going to celebrate the DVD/Blu-ray release of Inside Out at Target? Tell me in the comments, or follow myself and Target on Twitter and tweet about it using the hashtag #InsideOutMovieNight!