Thursday, December 18, 2014

52 sandwiches #52 (!) turkey, stuffing, & cranberry panini

When my friend Denise and I went to Starbucks the other day, they were advertising this holiday turkey and stuffing panini. I thought to myself, "I must make this sandwich for my 52 sandwiches project!" This will be the last sandwich I will be making as part of my project (but I like sandwiches so much I will likely be sharing new sandwich recipes here from time to time).

Several sandwiches ago, I made a turkey and cranberry sandwich somewhat inspired by Panera's turkey and cranberry flatbread. It was tasty, but not quite the flavor I was looking for. Taking the best from the sandwich at Starbucks and the best from the sandwich at Panera will, I think, produce one, phenomenal sandwich. I had to put it to the test.
52 sandwiches no. 52 (!) turkey, stuffing, & cranberry panini
First things first, I made Panera's cranberry mostarda. I cut the recipe in half, but you can use the full recipe if you'd like. See the recipe here.
To make the mostarda, combine a 1/4 c. of cranberries, 1/2 tsp. of thyme, and about 1/3 c. of water in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 3 min., stirring occasionally. Next, add 1/6 c. of sugar (sorry I'm working with 1/2 measurements), 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard, 1/2 tbsp. of white wine vinegar, 1/2 tbsp. of lemon juice, 1/4 tsp. of salt, and 1/8 tsp. of pepper. Simmer for another 3 to 5 minutes, stirring regularly. In a small bowl, combine 1/3 c. of water with 1 tsp. of cornstarch, then add it to the saucepan. Cook for 1 to 2- stir until thickened.

Second things second, make your favorite stuffing. I made it from a box. Boom.

To make this sandwich, preheat your panini maker. Spread the cranberry mostarda on one side of your flatbread. On the other side, spread your prepared stuffing. We're working from the outside in. Next, add your turkey (I got mine from the deli), spinach, and gravy (store-bought is easiest). Carefully put your sandwich together. Press your sandwich in your panini maker until golden.
52 sandwiches no. 52 (!) turkey, stuffing, & cranberry panini
Then, you know what to do. Eat. This sandwich was phenomenal, and that's a fact. ;)

** I am attempting to make I made 52 sandwiches. Read more about how this project got started here. See all the sandwiches I've made here.**

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

workspace wednesday: summer book update

workspace wednesday
(Again, sorry for the bad pictures. The lighting hasn't been good in this rainy weather).
Remember last week I said that one side of my dinner table was covered in December Daily supplies and the other side was covered in summer project life supplies? Well, this past weekend my sister and I hosted a birthday party for our soon to be sister in law at my house. (I'll be sharing pictures soon). I finally had to clean up my table. (The horror! The horror!) I didn't want to put away my stuff because I was still working on it. I had pulled embellishments, paper, stamps, etc. from my "serious storage" for each project and restoring them wouldn't make sense. I needed them grouped together in a transportable, messy, but organized fashion. Does that make sense?? I remembered I had these 12x12" plastic drawers from a bin I used to use to house my paper. I had those drawers set aside no longer in use when I realized I could use them for my "messy, but organized/transportable" storage. I used 2 for December Daily and 1 for my summer project life book. I put them in my bedroom for the duration of the party, so our guests would be horrified by the true state of my messiness. I pulled them back out yesterday and now my table is getting to its original state of being. Anyway, I thought I'd share that tip just in case you need to hide the true state of your craft mess for company, too. ;)
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Yesterday, I worked all morning on my December Daily book (so I could share week #2 with you yesterday- deadlines help me get things done!). I was able to utilize those drawers to put my Dec. Daily supplies away, and now I'm working on my summer project life book. I finally cropped all my pictures. I have all of the journaling spots ready to go. All that's left is to actually journal, date, and embellish. If I got serious about it, maybe I could be done by next week! (Sometimes I get overly ambitious. Don't mind me. ;)
workspace wednesday
Well, enough rambling. Back to work!

Happy mess-making! (and plastic bin storing for company! ;)

See other Workspace Wednesday posts here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

december daily 2014: week #2

december daily 2014: week no. 2
Here we go. Week 2. Look at me- keeping up. I should have pressured myself to post once a week for my summer book. I might've been caught up if I had. Ah well. There's always next year. ;)

The second week of December included days 7 through 13. This is day 7, which is included on a layout I shared last week:
december daily 2014: week no. 2
First things first, sorry for the glare in these pictures! I moved next to a window because it's gloomy here where I live (we need the rain, so it's okay). I thought that would help get better pictures, but maybe it didn't. Second things second, remember I had forgotten to print the picture for day 6? Elf and doughnuts? Ringing any bells? ;) Anyway, there it is.

Moving on. On day 7 Jesse helped Meilani build a base-isolated building for her science class (I had to look it up, too). Jesse had too much fun with it. I will be sharing a picture and her grade in the book when she gets it back from her teacher. Anyway, they spent all day working on it. I shared a picture Jesse took of them at Home Depot the other day. (He took them while I went to a Zumba class. ;) The picture quality isn't the best, but oh well. It's the memory that counts.

These are days 8 and 9 on the left side of the layout:
december daily 2014: week no. 2
On day 8 we made up for 2 days of advent activities because day 7 was spent building a base-isolated building. We made cream cheese swirl zucchini bread (delicious) and began working on pet shop pockets. (I'll be sharing more details about that soon).
On day 9 Jesse, my sisters, brother-in-law, and I went to a Christmas concert. It was beautiful. The girls spent the evening with grandma (my mom) and worked on a secret Christmas project.

These are days 10 and 11 on the right side of the layout:
december daily 2014: week no. 2
On day 10 we went to Evie's Christmas concert at school. I love her everyday sass. Glad I captured it here.
On day 11 we had a long, busy day. We had festive, Little Debbie's Christmas tree shaped red velvet cakes for dessert. I included the cheesy, but festive packaging in my book. ;)

This is day 12 on the left side of the layout:
december daily 2014: week no. 2
On day 12 I went to another concert only with my sisters this time. My sister Jasmine took that randomly blurry picture of the concert (I love randomly blurry pictures).
Week 2
This is day 13 on the right side of the layout:
december daily 2014: week no. 2
On day 13 Jesse took Lani to a veteran's tribute event. She helped serve lunch. (She's in an awesome club at school. They volunteer at various community service events). Later in the day, he took her and her sisters to a special children's church service. (I was party prepping for my soon to be sister-in-law's birthday celebration the next day). Again, the pictures aren't the best quality (Jesse should ask Santa for a phone upgrade this Christmas). It's the memory that counts I keep sayin'. ;)

Yay to keeping up!

Sources:
Felt heart embellishments, alphabet stickers, post-its from Jo-ann's $1 spot; Kellie Stamps' days of the week acrylic stamp set, "nom nom" wooden stamp; Sunshine Edition Project Life Core Kit; chipboard alphabets/numbers, post-its from Target's $1 spot; DCWV paper stack; mug, wood veneer from The Little Pink Studio; Martha Stewart office labels, tags, and designer paper; Me and My Big Ideas cards; A Flair for Buttons; Freckled Fawn resin stars, wooden veneers, and arrows; adhesive gems,  black archival ink from Close to My Heart; stamp from Michael's $1 spot; Fiskar's 12" cutter; Pilot razor point black pen; American Crafts' slick writer marker; tacky adhesive circles; glue dots. To note: some of my supplies and embellishments are old and likely retired and/or I don't remember where I got stuff from, but if I missed something, ask in the comments and I will do my best with figuring out the source. I respond to most comments and questions within the comments section.

See week 1 here or browse this year's December Daily here.
See my my other December Daily books here: 2013 and 2012.

Also, be sure to visit Ali Edwards for December Daily inspiration.

Monday, December 15, 2014

31 things i've done before I turn 32

31 things done before 32
A few years ago I made lists of things to before my next birthday depending on how old I was that year. If I was 29 turning 30, I would list "29 things to do before I turn 30," for example. Spoiler: I didn't do well with that. It was hard to say what I'd be interested in doing towards the end of the year at the beginning of the year. For the past few years I've been making a list of monthly goals instead. It makes more sense because I'm more likely to know what I'll be interested in doing on a monthly basis. Every year I get better at accomplishing the goals I set out to do. I'm learning how to prioritize my time and how big tasks can be broken down into smaller tasks, which are then easier to accomplish.

I am turning 32 at the end of this week. (I will be doing a 32 favorites giveaway. Here's my 31 favorites giveaway and here's my 30 favorites giveaway. Be sure to check back for that later this week). I've looked over my accomplished goals for this year and am happy to share a list of 31 things I've done before I turn 32. :)

1. Revamped my workout routine
See here.

2. Dressed my vegetables differently in attempts to eat more of them
See here.

3. Began phase 1 of decorating our home
See here.

4. Completed a 4 week activity challenge
See here.

5. Went on a date (well several dates) with Jesse
See here.

6. Painted
See here.

7. Journaled
See here.

8. Read
See here.

9. Did the "100 Happy Days" challenge
See here.

10. Embraced the present moment and been flexible
See here.

11. Grown a vegetable garden
See here.

12. Incorporated daily, fun summer break activities for my girls
See here.

13. Documented our activities (well, at least started! ;)
See here.

14. Went night swimming
See here.

15. Routinely began putting makeup on in the morning again (#haggardmommyalert)
See here.

16. Did a 15 day green smoothie challenge (not 30, but that's okay)
See here.

17. Went thrifting
See here.

18. Read (another book)
See here.

19. Planned a surprise birthday party for my dad
See here.

20. Used pumpkin as an ingredient in a smoothie
See here.

21. Made time for myself
See here.

22. Picnicked
See here.

23. Cleaned every nook and cranny of my workspace
See here.

24. Took walks in the evening
See here.

25. Tried a new hot beverage
See here.

26. Got up early on the weekends
See here.

27. Completed the 3 of the 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home challenge
See here.

28. Tried a new class at the gym
See here.

29. Worked on my December Daily
See here.

30. Began celebrating my little people's half birthdays
See here.

31. Completed my 52 sandwiches sandwiches project (I will be sharing sandwich #52 this Thursday)
See here.

I'm ready for my next set of tasks, 2015. ;)

Friday, December 12, 2014

five on friday

five on friday // cream cheese swirl zucchini bread
Late (late!) post today, but I'm determined to share 5 inspirational links from this week with you. :)

1. "I’ve got a job to do and that job is to take better care of myself and hopefully shed a little of the love handle in the process. I don’t feel sorry for myself. I don’t feel like a victim. But I can do a little better and that’s what I’m going to do." That's an excerpt from Cathy Zielske's honest article "A Number That, Surprisingly, Inspires."

2. "Most of us are kind, good natured, fallible people who occasionally misjudge our audience or fail to think before we speak. When that inevitably happens. . ." Two Sentences That Can Make Just About Anything Better by Sarah Von Bargen. Pssst. It involves the words "I'm sorry."

3. With the last of the zucchini from our garden, we made cream cheese swirled zucchini bread from Chelsea's Messy Kitchen this week. We really liked it.

4. I tend to dress down because I figure the events I'm attending require casual wear. I can get behind Laura Gummerman's advice though Dress For The Holiday You Want (Not The Holiday You Have).

5. I'm still talking about morning routines. A morning routine improves the quality of my days. I happily keep coming across articles discussing this topic. This week I read 7 Morning Rituals to Empower your day & Change your Life by Gilbert Ross for Lifehack.

Hope you have a good one!