Friday, June 25, 2010

Grilled Portobello Sandwich

This is what I made myself for lunch today. Not the one in the picture. I got that from All Recipes, where I found this recipe. I seen it a few days ago. And I knew that I just had to make it. I know that Paul wouldn't be too over the moon about it. So I waited until he was working. And that was lunch. It was delicious! And gigantic. I can't believe it.

I made the entire recipe. And figured I could have lunch for a few days. I ate 1/8 of the total recipe for lunch. And it was really good. But it was a lot of food. Just keep that in mind. Happy Friday! ♥E


1 red bell pepper
salt and black pepper to taste
1/2 cup olive oil
4 portobello mushroom caps, cleaned
4 slices onion
4 Kaiser rolls, split
4 teaspoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon roasted garlic, mashed into a paste (optional)
4 ounces buffalo mozzarella, thinly sliced
4 slices tomato
16 fresh basil leaves, divided


1.Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.

2.Place the red bell pepper onto the preheated grill, and grill until the skin is completely charred on all sides, 10 to 15 minutes. Place the pepper into a plastic bag, seal the bag, and let the pepper cool. When cooled, remove the charred skin, slice the pepper into quarters, and remove the seeds. Thinly slice the pepper and set aside.

3.Mix salt and pepper into the olive oil in a small bowl. Brush the smooth side of the mushrooms with the seasoned oil, and grill, oiled side down, until the mushrooms show grill marks, about 3 minutes. Brush the gill sides of the mushrooms with more seasoned olive oil, flip the mushrooms, and grill until the mushrooms are softened and juicy, about 3 more minutes. Set the mushrooms aside and keep warm.

4.Lightly grill the slices of onion until softened and lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side. Spread the rolls out onto the grill to toast, about 1 minute. Mix the mayonnaise and roasted garlic in a bowl.
5.Spread each roll with garlic mayonnaise, and make each sandwich with 1 mushroom cap, 1 ounce sliced mozzarella cheese, 1 slice of tomato, 4 basil leaves, 1 slice of grilled onion, and 1/4 the roasted red pepper slices. Repeat for remaining sandwiches.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pretty Little Liars

Lola kept talking about this new show. And because we have similar tastes, I decided to check it out. I really like this show. I know that probably sounds nuts. It's probably targeted at pre-teens. But it's cute. And I like to see what the girls are going to be wearing. Their styles are all unique. But they wear some nice pieces. There you go, a new favorite of mine. ♥E

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I Might Be Crazy...

Today I went looking for a baby shower gift for my friend Sandy. She's expecting her 1st baby, a girl, in July. And I found this, and bought it. Not for Sandy. But for me...

An up close view of "Love Bird."

And the entire set.

And before anyone asks, no we're not expecting. We're not even trying to get pregnant. Mom, please don't get all excited. I'm not sure what came over me. But I spent $250 on this cute set. Because I liked it. And with my luck, when Paul and I do decide to try for a baby, we'll probably just have boys.

The only thing that makes me feel real good is, I got a super good deal. Because there was a great baby sale going on. But now what? I guess I'm going to have to store it away until we decide to grow our family. But isn't it adorable? ♥E

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Mother's Cucumber Salad

After Lola's suggestions, I finally decided to check out Gooseberry Patch's weekly free recipes. They have great recipes. A new free one every week. And here is the one for this week. It sounds good. And I'm definitely going to try it out. ♥E

Mother's Cucumber Salad

3 to 4 cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
3 T. salt
2 t. sugar
1/2 t. onion powder
1/4 t. celery seed
1/4 t. pepper
1/4 c. cider vinegar
optional: 1/2 c. sliced red onion

Place cucumbers in a large bowl; add salt and enough water to cover. Cover and shake to mix salt. Refrigerate several hours to overnight. Drain cucumbers, but do not rinse; return to bowl. Stir together sugar, onion powder, celery seed, pepper and vinegar; mix well. Pour vinegar mixture over top of cucumbers. Add onion, if desired. Cover and shake gently to mix. Serves 6.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Do you ever watch Bones? Like I mentioned here, we didn't watch a lot of TV for a long time. Many years actually. So I'm not up-to-date with a lot of popular shows. But I'm slowly catching up.

I couldn't sleep on Saturday night. It was a bit annoying actually. I was awake all night. And well into Sunday morning. Instead of waking up Paul, I headed downstairs and watched some TV. One of the shows was Bones. And it is really a good show!

I checked out the TV schedule, and I will definitely be watching more episodes. Just not at 4AM on Sunday mornings. :) I'm also going to keep my eyes open for the Bones DVDs when they go on sale. I really like this new show. ♥E

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Best Lemonade Ever

We're really enjoying the time at home. It's not really a vacation from work for Paul. But more of a "regular" work schedule for Paul. He's working from Monday-Friday. And we're not traveling. We also have the weekends off.

Therefore, I've decided to focus a lot more on being a "Happy Homemaker." :) Starting with jazzing up what we're eating and drinking. Paul has been enjoying the last few weeks. New recipes. And I found this yummy one on All Recipes.

It's really yummy. And if I hadn't decided to juice all the lemons, I might make this way too often. But it was a bit of work. Either way, it was delicious! But I'm thinking this good be a nice treat a couple of times a week. ♥E


1 3/4 cups white sugar
8 cups water
1 1/2 cups lemon juice


1.In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.

2.Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.