It’s the Little Things

Have you ever noticed that the little things people do for you stick in your memory? A few weeks ago Zach walked in on me standing in my closet with a flashlight looking at my clothes because the light bulb burned out awhile ago and I kept forgetting to ask him to replace it, usually our bedroom is light enough in the morning that I don’t need a light. He took one look at me and turned around, I was in hurry trying to get ready so I didn’t think a whole lot about it. Minutes later he comes back with a fresh bulb and replaced it for me in about 30 seconds, and I hadn’t even asked. I keep finding myself thinking about that and loving him more just or doing something so small for me, it took all of a few minutes of his day but it made such an impact on me.

More and more I find myself saying it’s the little things that make you happy, whether it is having a file on the closest end of the shelf at work, hitting all green lights on a drive, your mother in law making your favorite lunch for you when she knows you are having a long day, or having the girl at the café you go into from time to time remember your order before you can even finish saying hi. Don’t get me wrong when people do big things for me I appreciate it so much, but I find myself continuing to think about the little things because most of them happen without a whole lot of thought, they just happen. Zach didn’t spend days deciding to replace my light bulb, he spent seconds, but it totally made my day.

Speaking of little things, I know it’s kinda strange to say that food makes me happy, but on Monday Zach wanted to go to the store and get some French bread for sandwiches, we were wandering around deciding what we each wanted on our sandwiches. Zach was all about the lunch meat, but since I have found that lunch meat can trigger my migraines I stay away from it. I have been a fan of grilled cheese sandwiches forever, I mean bread and cheese, it doesn’t get too much better than that. Thinking along those lines I remembered of something I saw on Pinterest awhile ago, cucumber grilled cheese sandwiches, hold on stay with me, I know it sounds weird. BEST SANDWICH EVER. For real, I took one bite and looked at Zach and said OMG this is amazing. I seem to know a lot of people who grew cucumbers in their gardens this year and oh they have been delicious, so the garden fresh cucumber may have helped this sandwich be so fantastic, but believe me I will be trying it again and again eventually I will run out of home grown cucumbers. If I had any urge to garden I would be trying my hand at cucumbers next year, however my thumb is definitely not green.

Surprise, guess what I am sharing tonight? You guessed it! My new favorite sandwich! I have already made it again since Monday, I just can’t get enough! The two types of cheese, the crunchy cucumbers the toasted bread, I am hooked.

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For my grilled cheese I used French bread, cream cheese, Havarti cheese, dill weed and cucumbers. (I also used butter for the outside of the bread but didn’t think to include it in my photo)

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I buttered the outside of both pieces of bread, spread cream cheese on the inside of the slices, sprinkled a little dill weed on the cream cheese, covered it with half a slice of cheese on each side and placed the cucumbers in-between. I put the sandwiches on my Panini press for a few minutes just to toast the bread a little.

Honestly these are more guidelines than anything, you could add about anything you might like and I bet it would be delicious. I don’t necessarily recommend trying this with American cheese, I don’t think it would have the same effect. Let me know what you guys try on your grilled cheese.


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As I was falling asleep last night I was thinking about the grilled cheese I wanted to have for lunch today so when I woke up this morning I couldn’t wait for lunch time. I have probably mentioned it before but my newest obsession is grilled cheese with hummus, and the easiest/best way for me to make it is with my Panini maker. I forgot the last time I used it got messy and I forgot to clean it so here is my quick  tutorial on how to easily clean appliances such as my panini maker or our quesadilla maker. Cleaning Panini Press 1

The easiest way to keep it clean all the time is to do this after every use.

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Right after you are done making your food place a damp paper towel on the appliance.

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Close the lid on the paper towel and turn off the appliance. Don’t leave the appliance on unless you are standing there keeping your eye on it.

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Look at that, it cleaned up a lot and if you can tell the towel is actually pretty dry.

Easy right? Just remember to unplug it otherwise it is a fire hazard.

After a few rounds of cleaning my Panini maker I had a nice clean Panini press ready to make a grilled cheese. Yummy!Grilled Cheese

Wait don’t go yet! Today’s Blog is a twofer! Not only do you get a cleaning tip, you get a recipe!

I have been craving a chocolate chip muffin for weeks now and this morning I finally made myself some and let me tell you they were delicious! I was relieved because on Wednesday I tried a new recipe for the blog and it did not turn out, I will admit I was bummed especially since that was two Wednesday recipes in a row. I think after those failures it made this success that much sweeter. I found this recipe through Pinterest  on the blog Eat At Home.

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For this recipe you will need flour, salt, baking powder, butter, sugar, milk, vanilla and mini chocolate chips.

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Stir flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.

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In a Separate bowl cream butter and sugar.

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Add eggs, vanilla and milk and mix until well blended.

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Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Stir gently until just combined.

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Fold in chocolate chips

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I use this fantastic utensil to fill the muffin pan, it is meant specially for portioning in muffin pan.

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Fill muffin pan with batter and bake for 15-20 minutes.

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Look at that deliciousness! Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, grease muffin pan or use liners.

Stir flour, salt and baking powder in large bowl. Cream butter and sugar in separate bowl. Add eggs, vanilla and milk to butter mixture and mix well until well blended. Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients, stir gently, just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Fill greased/lined muffin pan with batter and bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until slightly golden on the edges and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Do you have a favorite muffin?

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I of course enjoy chocolate chip, Zach likes blueberry.

On a side note, the blog hit 100 views this week, thank you to all of you! Everyone I have told about this blog has been beyond supportive, I really cannot tell you how much your support has meant to me.