Monday, June 27

Sandwich Time

The highlight of my lunch hour? Sandwich time. And because sharing makes us happy, I'm going to share my secrets to the perfect sandwich.

1. Start with a good bread. It doesn't happen to be anything fancy, but a little more than off-brand Wonder Bread please. My pick today? Some pre-sliced asiago from the clearance cart of my grocery store (this is usually a gold mine for fresh baked goods!)
Toast that bread just enough to get it crisp. Not too much, not too little. This is key.

2. Slice yourself some cheese and melt it on top of one slice of bread. I nuke it for 20 seconds in the microwave. Don't be cheap with your slices - get nice thick ones. This is no time for thin cheese. After the melting, pick up that slice of bread and get some air circulating under it - we don't want our toasted bread going soggy on us now, do we?

3. Add some meat. My preference is a smoked turkey from the deli, but I'll take what I can get (on sale). Bacon would be a welcome addition to this step.

4. Cut three thin slices of cucumber (or enough to cover your sandwich). This will give you a nice fresh crunch in every bite. Tomatoes are an added bonus.

5. The Pièce de résistance: avocado* Don't be stingy.

6. Smash those halves together and enjoy your sandwich time.

*I love avocado, but I hate how fast it can go bad. To enjoy avocado on my sandwiches all week long, here's what I do: Start by cutting off a couple inches from the top for your sandwich. Immediately wrap it tightly in some tin foil and stick it in the fridge. The next day, cut of another ring of avocado, minding the pit in the middle. Wrap it and stick it back in the fridge. You can make an avocado last for days by just cutting off as much as you need and storing it well. Yum! 

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Saturday, June 18

Happy Saturday

Hope you are all having a good start to your weekend! Curt's family came down to visit us this past week so we have been doing all kinds of fun stuff with them. Tonight my family shows up and we will do all kinds of different fun stuff with them next week :) 

On top of that I've been up to my ears in cakes at work and working very hard. I'll be very happy when I get tomorrow off to rest and relax with my family! 

I tried to post this video earlier this week but YouTube was being weird, so you get this fine Saturday morning treat. Another gem from our Aussie friends, The Paper Kites, this video is too sweet to miss.

A big storm is arriving so I am going to hunker down with a cup of tea and my sweetie. Then over to a send-off breakfast with Curt's family. Hope your Saturday is just as cozy! 

ps - Curt & I made an offer on a house early this morning so any positive thoughts and prayers sent our way would be much appreciated :) 

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Thursday, June 9


I had this jar full of Loulouthi bits that I've been slowly sewing into little chunks.

And the little chunks into bigger blocks. 

No planning, no patterns, just taking the bits as they are and sewing them together. It's freeing and fun and I am looking forward to a stack of scrappy squares to make a quilt or something.

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