Happy Autumn!!

Nope, not my daughter.  The season. Autumn is here.  Yep, I said it, and it pains me to do so.  But it’s August 17, and it feels like October.  The leaves on the parkway are changing already.  By the time Autumn actually gets here, the leaves will be long changed and falling off the trees.  What the heck happened to the “dog days of summer”? What happened to 95 degrees and hoping for the sprinkler to go on?  It scares me to think what this winter is going to be like 😦

On to happier things!!!!  I’ve completely carb loaded this week and feel like a slug, even though I walked 7 miles yesterday. Not sure really why that’s a “happier thing”. Anyway, it will be a healthier diet week this upcoming week. Hopefully. The little one starts soccer practice (practicing for what, you ask?  I don’t know, since she won’t be playing any games).  OMG the drama with this coach in unreal.  Truly.  But Autumn wants to keep with it. Whatev. Back to the point.  I have to plan a few meals in advance, otherwise on soccer nights, everyone else is eating cereal.  Not that there is anything wrong with cereal! Except for the carbs. And sugar.  OK…so there is everything wrong with cereal if you are on a high protein diet.

Dee from The CSI Project   finished the editing our interview.  Listen to it here! (Hopefully! I really hope the links work!)  Technology really isn’t my strong point.  And we even talk about that in the interview.  She really did a great job!  I was nervous, please keep that in mind!!  I haven’t been on a job interview in 12 years.  Even though it wasn’t a job interview, it felt like it!

Two more weeks until school starts!!   I love love love the old Staples commercial where the Mom is riding the shopping cart around the store to that Christmas song “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”.  It is so accurate!! We received the supply list, and it wasn’t too bad this year.  We tried to go out shopping today, but the little bugger isn’t feeling well.  We got as far as Target, and she was begging to go home.  Without a doubt, you know she’s sick when she passes up shopping.

I pinned some scrapbook pages on my Pinterest page if you want to check them out!! (in case that link doesn’t work:  http://www.pinterest.com/alittleofthis14/a-little-of-this-and-that/   I don’t know what the heck I’m doing here 🙂

Yummies!!!!  So, my little one and I stopped at a local farmers market and picked up some fresh basil garlic and tomatoes.  I love the farmers market, can I just tell you that?  I made the most delicious sandwiches from Ree Drummond last night for dinner.  The ol’ man loved it and so did little miss picky pants.  Therefore you know it’s good.  I will need to try it on the now 16yo..that will be the true test! I made the homemade pesto that’s in the recipe, but I’m sure you could use the jar pesto.  And for the record, I did not add any nuts that is called for in this recipe and I added like 5 little cloves of garlic, not just one.  What can I say?  We gots vampires in these here parts!

Pesto Tomato Sandwiches

  • 6 C                Basil leaves (more if needed)
  • 1/4 C            Roughly chopped raw almonds
  • 1/3 C           Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp        Salt
  • 1 Clove       Garlic, peeled
  • 1 C                Olive Oil (more if needed)
  • 4                   Whole Ciabatta Roll, crisped in the oven, cooled and sliced in half
  • 1                   Large tomato, sliced thick
  • 4 oz             Fresh mozzarella, sliced thick (because who doesn’t like things thick?)
  1. Add basil, almonds, Parmesan and salt to the bowl of a food processor or blender.  Use a microplane zester to grate in the garlic (or use a garlic press)
  2. Start the food processor, and drizzle in the olive oil until totally incorporated.
  3. Check the consistency of the pesto.  Add either more basil or more olive oil, depending how you like it. (thick from what I understand)  I kid, I kid!  Set aside or refrigerate until needed.
  4. Spread some pesto on the cut side of both halves of the Ciabatta roll. Lay a thick tomato slice on the bottom, followed by a thick slice of mozzarella.  Top with the other roll half and serve immediately.



2 thoughts on “Happy Autumn!!

  1. essbee14 August 19, 2014 / 1:41 am

    Oooh, that sandwich looks delicious! And this weekend I had a day where cereal worked its way into all three of my meals (so carb-y! so delicious! so not-great for health!), so I feel you there 🙂

    • autumnsmom14 August 20, 2014 / 1:17 am

      The sandwich is sooo delicious. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make. Next time, I will probably just use store bought pesto though!
      “My” older kids love love love cereal. They would eat it 3 meals a day if let them!

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