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A Fierce Sandwich for Fierce Weather

You know how I wrote about gorgeous 80+ degree weather and sunny skies just yesterday?  Well last night at about 3am, I was woken up by the sounds of howling wind and rain and felt like I was going to be the star in the sequel to Twister.  Luckily, that didn’t happen.  But that type of fast change sure is confusing.  And I thought the saying was that “March comes in like a lion, out like a lamb?”  So far, April is roaring fiercer than the past month.

Now that I have grey skies and wet feet, I’m craving some comfort food.  I’ve realized that my appetite is easily swayed by the weather.  What’s more comforting than some doughy bread, butter, and cheese?  Not much, in my opinion. 

I concocted this little sandwich and will be wrapping it up to take with me for lunch today.  Just like this weather, it seems a bit confusing.  It seems that it wants to be your typical grilled cheese, but then it gets a little bit of French influence from adding jam and not-your-typical cheeses.  Even though it’s odd, it’s good, and will make this rainy day a little bit brighter.

Grilled Blue Cheese & Jam Sandwich
Serves 1

2 slices whole wheat bread
1 Tbsp. butter
1 oz. blue cheese crumbles
1 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 Tbsp. strawberry preserves or jam

Heat a small pan over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray.  While pan heats, spread butter onto each slice of bread to coat evenly.  Flip over one of the bread slices, and spread jam onto the opposing side.

Place the non-jammed slice of bread with the butter side facing down into the pan.  Top with the mixture of cheeses and then the other slice of bread, leaving the buttered side up top.  Let cook for 4 to 6 minutes, until bread is golden brown.

Flip over carefully with a spatula, and cook the other side for another 2 to 3 minutes until it is just as golden.  Remove from heat, slice, and enjoy.

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How is it already April?

The first four days of April have just about passed, and I’m still in disbelief that we’re already in the fourth month of the year!  Maybe it would help if I changed my calendar from March to the proper month.

The past four days have been very unique — I’ve gone from temperatures in the 30s and scraping ice off my car to spending my Sunday outside hiking and touring a local vineyard in 80+ degree weather.  I love the extreme weather changes that come with spring in the Carolinas.  (Not really).  But at least it’s pretty.

Highlights from the past week:

1.  I hosted 220 business school students and Special Olympics athletes for a nice dinner and drinks event on Saturday night.  Very fun and something new as I’ve never spent any time with Special Olympians.

 

2.  Yesterday morning as I opened my door to get the Sunday paper, I knew that I had to spend the day outside.  It was warm, sunny, breezy, and flowers were blooming everywhere.  So I decided to treat myself to an omelette at a local German cafe and bakery called Guglhupf, and then make a trek out Lake Jordan and discover some new hiking trails.  I got a little lost, but it was such a beautiful day to climb some rolling hills right along the water. 

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3.  Today hit the 80-degree mark.  83 to be exact.  That’s the highest the temperature has been so far this year.  Now if it wouldn’t go any higher in the next couple months… 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your Monday, and get outside!

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