- The word “pizza” was first documented in 997 AD in parts of Italy.
- The margherita pizza was created in 1889 by Rafaelle Esposito to honor the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy. The red sauce, green basil, and white mozzarella were said to represent the colors of the Italian flag.
- Pizza made its first appearance in the U.S. with Italian immigrants, but was not popularized until after WWII when American troops took their appreciation for the food back home.
- In 1962, the "Hawaiian" pizza, a pizza topped with pineapple and ham, was invented in Canada.
- In 2012, the world's largest pizza was made in Rome, and was measured to be 1261.65 square meters.
Best Pizza Places in the U.S.
Pizzzeria Lola – Minneapolis, MN
Naked City Pizza Shop – Las Vegas, NV
Pizzeria Luigi – San Diego, CA
Lou Malnati’s – Chicago, IL
Joe Squared Pizza – Balitimore, MD
Post Office Pies – Birmingham, AL
Damgoode Pies – Little Rock, AK
Frank Pepe’s – New Haven, CT
Harry’s Pizzeria – Miami, FL
Antico Pizza – Atlanta, GA
Gusto Pizza Co. – Des Moines, IA
Wichita Pizza Co. – Wichita, KS
Otto Pizza – Portland, ME
Buddy’s Pizza – Detroit, MI
Roberta’s – Brooklyn, NY
Pizza Brain – Philadelphia, PA
Al Forno – Providence, RI
The Pie – Salt Lake City, UT
Pies & Pints – Charleston, WV
These are just some of the best pizza places in the United States, but we know there’s SO many more! Use our recipe paper to write down your favorite homemade pizza recipes and comment below to let us know your favorite pizza place and where it’s at!
Want to make those New Year’s resolutions stick but aren’t sure how? Gotcha Covered Notebooks are here to give you the best tips and tricks to keep you on track throughout all of 2019. What’s even better is we have the perfect notebooks to help you do it! Here are a few that will surely help you meet your goals:
Step One: Reflect on 2018
The first step in creating a New Year’s resolution is to sit back and reflect on 2018. What went well for you, and what would you really like to improve in your day-to-day life. Decide what is going to make you happier and healthier in 2019.
Step Two: Set Your Goal(s)
Now it’s time to set your goal(s). You want to set one major goal that you can accomplish by December, but you don’t want to have this big, scary goal hanging over your head. So, set multiple small goals throughout the year that are more achievable and will get you to your end goal in December.
Step Three: Don’t Overload January
Be sure you don’t burn yourself out in January. Start your goals small, and work your way up to bigger and better goals. By starting out small, you will build your confidence as you go along achieving those smaller goals.
Step Four: Make Yourself Accountable
Find a way to make yourself accountable. There are a couple of ways you can do this. One way you can do this is by talking to all your friends and family and making it known that you are setting these goals and how you are going to achieve them. Or, grab a friend and make goals together. This will make you not only more accountable, but also help you have more fun while achieving your goals!
Step Five: Track Your Progress
Track your day-to-day progress in a planner or notebook. By doing this you’ll be able to keep your goals in the forefront of your mind as well as see your progress as you go. How fun will it be to look back on your progress notes after you’ve achieved your goal in December!
Step Six: Don’t Give Up
If you feel yourself falling behind don’t give up on yourself! Re-evaluate your smaller goals and adjust to meet your final December goal. Even a little bit of progress brings you to a better place than you were in 2018.
December is such a fun month filled with Christmas spirit, fun decorations and great get-togethers with family and friends. To help you make the most of this wonderful season we’ve put together the ultimate December bucket list! What’s even better is that Gotcha Covered has the perfect checklist paper to help you complete our Winter Wonderland bucket list!
- Home Alone
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas
- The Polar Express
- The Holiday
- Go caroling at local hospitals or retirement homes
- Help distribute food bank donations
- Contact your local United Way or Red Cross
- Visit VolunteerMatch to see other holiday volunteer opportunities near you!
We hope these tips help make your Black Friday shopping experience fun and easy this year! Check out our checklist paper, which can be featured in any notebook, to help plan your shopping this holiday.
It’s that time of year again, where the weather gets chilly and coming home to a crock pot of hot soup sounds absolutely perfect! We’re huge fans of the Crock Pot with the ease of making dinner and wanted to share some of the love with our customers by giving you our favorite soup recipes. Give these a try and let us know how they turned out!
1. Chicken Tortilla
This is seriously the easiest soup there is, and not a ton of ingredients, although you can definitely add your own twist with more! The best part about this soup is that no matter what amounts you make it with, it always turns out great. We’ll give you a general recipe to follow, but feel free to adapt as you’d like and need.
2 medium sized chicken breasts
1 package frozen corn
1 can of black beans drained
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 can of chunky salsa
5 cups of chicken broth
1/2 small red onion chopped
& fresh cilantro chopped for garnish
Add all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 3-4. Take out chicken to shred (should easily pull apart when it is done) and return to pot. Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips.
2. Creamy White Chicken Chili
This is soon to be a hearty family favorite! Again, super easy, as the Crock Pot does the work for you while you’re out and about during the day. You deserve to come home to this creamy chicken-y goodness!
1 pound of chicken breast
1 yellow onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
24 oz chicken broth
2 cans Great Northern beans drained
2 4 oz cans of diced green chiles (1 hot, 1 mild is what we do)
1 can corn drained
1 tsp cumin
¾ tsp regano
½ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
4 oz reduced fat cream cheese softened
¼ cup half and half
& small handful of fresh cilantro
Add chicken and seasoning to bottom of crock pot. Top with all remaining ingredients and stir. Let the soup cook on low for 8 hours or 3-4 hours on high. Serve with sliced jalapenos, sliced avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips.
3. Zuppa Toscana
This is our take on a classic Olive Garden favorite. But we think this one’s better, plus it’s much less expensive and you can eat it at home in your pjs! You’ll want to make a big batch of this once you’ve had a taste! Don’t forget the breadsticks for dipping!
1 pound Italian sausage (hot or mild)
1 bag Simply Potatoes diced potatoes and onions (or substitute with 1 chopped onion and peeled and cubed Russet potatoes)
2 large cloves garlic minced
½ bunch of kale (a few handfuls) stemmed and torn into bite sized pieces
32 oz chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp flour
Salt & pepper to taste
Brown sausage with garlic, then add to bottom of crock pot. Add bag of potatoes and onions. Add chicken stock (and water if necessary) to cover potatoes and sausage. Cook on low for 5-6 or high for 4. Whisk together heavy cream and flour, add to crock pot, along with kale. Cook for an additional 30 minutes until thickened.
We hope you’ll love these soup recipes as much as we do! We’re all about the experimenting here at Gotcha Covered, so please feel free to adapt and add new ingredients, but just be sure to send us pics and let us know how yummy it turned out. Our recipe paper is the perfect paper to write down all your new favorite recipes! (& if you experiment with Pinterest recipes, this paper type notebook is a must have!)
American football is a huge sport in the United States, even given its short season among other major sports. Fans gather for tailgating outside stadiums, at their local bars and restaurants, and with friends and family in the comfort of their homes. We did some investigating to find some of the coolest and FUN football facts we could find for you, from the history of the game to the popular celebrated Super Bowl.
1. American football grew out of English sports like rugby and soccer and became popular on college campuses in the late 1800s.
2. The American Professional Football Association was formed in 1920 and just two years later changed their name to the now familiar National Football League (NFL).
3. There are six teams in the NFL that do not employ cheerleaders – Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Green Bay Packers.
4. The oldest stadium still in use is Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.
5. The Dallas Cowboys are the wealthiest team in the NFL with a value of $2.1 billion and generate almost $269 million in annual revenue.
6. The Miami Dolphins are the only team to complete an undefeated season, which took place in 1972.
7. The last scoreless game was held in 1943 where the Detroit Lions and New York Giants played.
8. The first use of the penalty flag by NFL officials was in 1948.
9. The first use of instant replay on a regular basis was in 1986.
10. The first Super Bowl was held in 1967 and is the only Super Bowl to not sell out.
11. Approximately 80% of Super Bowl tickets go to corporate sponsors.
12. The Super Bowl is the most watched television event in the United States and there is more pizza sold this day than any other day of the year.
We hope you enjoyed reading our FUN football facts blog! To celebrate football season, we’re giving you 10% off all Gotcha Covered Notebooks with code BLITZ10. Don’t forget to check out all of our football designs right here. We also created a Totally Awesome Tailgating Tips Pinterest Board you should definitely check out! Thanks for reading and enjoy!
If you’re wondering “What’s so different about Gotcha Covered Notebooks?” then keep on reading. At Gotcha Covered we try our best to think of your daily needs and want to add organization and ease to your life by providing a variety of paper types to fit all of those needs. Today we are dedicating the blog to highlight all of the different types of paper offered to you when you order a personalized notebook from us.
This type of paper is perfect for kids in elementary school who may still be new to writing out full sentences.
This type of paper is perfect for older kids in middle school and high school who may be taking notes and writing rough drafts.
For kids still practicing writing out single letters or words, this paper is great for letter formation or even great practice for new cursive writers.
For the artists in your family sketch paper provides blank sheets to create your own unique works of art on each page.
If anyone you know likes writing stories and drawing pictures to go with them then the half sketch and half lined/practice paper is perfect, no matter what age you are.
Math class is made easier with graph paper for all ages in all types of math classes.
If you’re sick of resetting your password in all of your online accounts because you forgot your password, this is the paper for you. Easily tab the notebook to share with everyone in your family.
Create your own recipes and write down all of your old favorites with the recipe paper.
If you’re constantly creating to-do lists between house chores or groceries to purchase the checklist paper will be a lifesaver for you.
Whether you’re a health nut or you’re trying to get back into an exercise routine, the fitness tracker paper can help you reach those goals.
If you like to stay organized throughout the year, whether you’re a teacher, student, or just need some extra space for daily notes – the weekly planner with weekly and monthly pages is a helpful addition to your life.
As an extra bonus to our already awesome shark bite notebooks, each page is lined with a shark fin on your choice of either lined or sketch paper.
As Back to School approaches you’re going to want to check out all of the fun notebooks and planners available from Gotcha Covered. We’d love to hear from you on what your favorite paper types are and how you use each one! Feel free to comment with any ideas you may have for new paper types as well; and as always, thank you for choosing Gotcha Covered!