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Grilled veggie & double cheese sandwich

One morning a few weeks ago I was sitting at my desk at work wishing I had something to eat. My stomach was groaning and rumbling, so every couple minutes I would open my drawer in hopes that something edible would magically appear. Magic did not occur that morning, so I began dreaming up a delicious sandwich. I wanted cheese, lots of cheese, and veggies. Something simple, yet gooey and tasty.

This is the sandwich I came up with. I knew we had all of the ingredients at home, so I sped home, made it, photographed it, ate it, and sped back to work, tummy very happy.

Butter one side of a piece of wheat or white bread. Place it butter-side down on a skillet over medium-low heat.

Layer with:

Provolone cheese

Cheddar cheese


Red onion (I am a red onion fiend, so I put a lot on this sandwich. I would suggest, unless you are a fiend like myself, only using one or two red onion circles.)

Top with:

Cheddar cheese


A piece of wheat or white bread, butter-side up

When the cheese closest to the pan melts, carefully flip the sandwich over. When the other cheese slice melts, remove from heat. Cut sandwich in half and enjoy! This is a good one!


More uses for pesto

This is a continuation of my original pesto post. As I continue to find more foods to spread pesto on or add pesto to or devour pesto with, I will add them here. Who knew I would fall so hard?!

Scrambled eggs with shredded mozzarella, pesto, salt and pepper. Eggs sans pesto will never be the same!

BLT with sprouts and pesto. Oh goodness, this is delicious.

Replace pizza sauce with pesto on pizzas and get creative with the toppings. You won't miss the sauce one bit!

Make a batch of tomato pesto bites for your next party. The perfect finger food!


White chili

Last Friday between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., I was a wee bit stressed. A snow storm rolled into the city just as gobs of people headed home from work for the weekend. It took me an hour and fifteen minutes to pick the boys up from daycare and get home. This is something that usually takes me 25 minutes or less. My husband was out of town for the night. The roads were terrible. I had snow in my shoes. The heater in my car was not working. Sam was extra fussy due to a missed feeding. Once at home, he had to be in my arms or else he was wailing to the point of making my ears bleed. I wanted peace and warmth and sanity.

Putting on dry socks and getting Sammy fed and put to bed helped. A friend was able to find her way to our house in spite of the storm, thank goodness, because this is just what I needed. An evening with a girlfriend. And chili.

We prepared this most delicious recipe as we chatted about the week. It was nice. The chili rocked. I could not have asked for a better snowy evening.

Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add two 16-oz. packages of ground turkey.

Cook meat until it is no longer pink.

Transfer the turkey to a bowl, leaving juices in the skillet. Add to the skillet:

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.


1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Cook and stir for 1 minute.


One 16-oz. jar mild salsa verde

Two 15-oz. cans white kidney beans (cannellini), drained and rinsed

Two 14.5-oz. cans chicken broth

Cooked turkey

Heat to boiling over high heat and then reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro and inhale deeply. The aroma filling your home will make you go, Mmmmm. Eating the chili will provide the peace, warmth and sanity you may or may not have been looking for.

Click here for a printable recipe!


Grilled pb&j

Kids are so easily pleased. Sometimes it is the simplest things that make them grin. And eat. Whenever I am serving a new food to Elijah, I make it sound really exciting. "Brussels sprOOOUUUUUUTTTTSSS! OHhhhhhh!" Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

This sandwich I did not need to make sound exciting because look at it! It looks delicious! And it is!

I love adding twists to standard foods. A grilled PB&J is so much fun. Anything to make the delicious insides gooier, right?

And it's simple. It's just how it sounds. It's like making a grilled cheese sandwich, except replace the cheese with peanut butter and jelly.

Here's another thing I like to do to get Elijah to eat when he is being finicky. He would eat an anchovy and broccoli sandwich if raisins littered the top of it.


Lightroom presets - batch editing

Sometimes I take so many pictures that I expect my camera to let out a huge sigh and then say to me, "Let me rest, woman!" I have most definitely gotten my money's worth out of that thing. I love taking photographs. Lots and lots of photographs.

The more photos I take, the more photos I have to edit. Having an already stretched-in-every-direction lifestyle, I do not have the time to edit each photo individually. This would take forever!

Reason #4,892 why I adore Lightroom: Presets/batch editing. Multiple photos that were taken in the same setting and lighting can be edited very quickly.

As always when editing, I make sure to click on the Develop tab on the upper right portion of my window. Can you see the tiny thumbnails that run along the bottom of my window in the below image? I select the thumbnail on the far left. You can see that all of the thumbnails that come after it contain the same colors and lighting. I sat in one spot and took about thirty pictures of a Santa-hatted Samson. Neither of us moved, so not much changed aside from maybe the amount of drool that dripped from his mouth.

I split my screen so that the original photo and the edited photo are both visible. I make my edits and now am ready to apply the same changes to the rest of the photos in the series.

I click on the Copy button on the lower left part of my window.

Close-up of the Copy/Paste buttons.

A dialog box appears, asking me to confirm the adjustments I wish to copy. I usually check everything excluding Spot Removal and Crop.

Once I have copied my settings, I can now select the other photos in the batch and paste the changes into them.

And with a simple click of the Paste button, the same adjustments I made on that first photo are magically applied. In a matter of minutes, I can edit 30 photos!

If only I could find a Paste button for diaper changes.