Weekend Grilled Sandwich(es)

There is nothing like a great sandwich. Since we don’t eat a lot of meat we do not make sandwiches often. This weekend however we feasted on sandwiches more than once and they were fantastic and yes vegetarian!

This is heaven on a cloud of ciabatta. Yes a cloud…

I think some folks think ciabatta is heavy, but when baked right it is light, airy and just feels like a cloud when you press it. Hubby made the ciabatta using the recipe from “The Italian Baker” and it was magnifico! If you don’t have a baker in the house buy a good quality ciabatta for this sandwich.

Let’s make it!

Heat your grill to hot! I grill at a very high temp – 600 – 700 degrees. Heat to where you are comfortable.

  • Slice zucchini and/or yellow squash lengthwise about 1/4″ thick.
  • Slice a red pepper into pieces. I cut my pepper into 5 nice pieces that would lay on the sandwich after grilling.
  • Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Toss on the grill (I use a grill pan with small holes so I don’t lose anything in the process).
  • Grill for a few minutes on each side.

Towards the end of grilling cut the ciabatta lengthwise to open it up. There were only two of us eating so we cut the size of the bread appropriately for 2 sandwiches. Brush the bread with a little olive oil and pop on the grill for a couple minutes on each side.

Assemble!

  • Spread fresh (if you have it) or store bought pesto on the ciabatta.
  • Layer the veggies
  • Add a bit of sliced purple onion
  • A slice or two (or more, don’t be shy) of fresh mozzarella takes the sandwich over the top so get cheesy!

We served this with Italian Potato Salad – which is basically red potatoes with balsamic, olive oil and a bunch of fresh herbs. It was sooooo yummy!

We dined outside with a good red wine and believe me when I say it was GREAT!

Notice I did not give amounts on any of the ingredients. Since it is a sandwich it is up to you! Use whatever you think is reasonable for whoever is indulging (then add a little) 🙂

The next night we made paninis with the ciabatta on our griddle and added grilled large portobello mushrooms, red peppers, chipotle mayo and swiss.  Hubby made baked beans and it was again a feast. We were so excited to eat another sandwich, that I forgot to take a picture!

And what would a weekend be without a good breakfast sandwich? Eggs, peppers, mushrooms, pesto, avocado and mozzarella on the ciabatta. Many of these ingredients were left from the evening sandwiches and it was a great way to not waste!

Enjoy and happy unleashing with sandwiches! What are your favorites?

FGU

Life Happens

It has been so long since I have sat to blog. But as they say “Life Happens.”

March, April and May brought a variety of things that life brings– family connections, travel, laughter, death, illness, sadness, joy, upheaval, and well just a feeling for many weeks that things were out of my control.

I guess deep down I know things are out of my control. I know there is a higher power, that I choose to call God, that is in control of my life. I also know I have choices and so do others. And sometimes choices and simply life brings a feeling of being out of control.

I am back home now after several weeks of coming and going. The peace here at home is welcome and refreshing. I also acknowledge that doesn’t make everything simply “go away.”

But it does mean I am trying to get back on schedule, look forward and regain some control on those things that are within it.

With that being said, I am happy to be back blogging. I have some yummy food blogs to share, a little day trip to share, a special gift that I received to share, and of course my green babies and gardening happenings!

So hang with me as I get back into it. I have missed you and we will chat again soon.

Until then smell the flowers along the way.

Sunflowers in South Georgia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Unleashing life today!

FGU

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #243

Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

It doesn’t matter whether you are a first timer or visit weekly; I am glad you stopped by! This is a great place to share what you are up to and to brag a little.

I am always inspired by what is shared here. I loved the quiet, peaceful post from Mid-Life Blogger last week, Be Still. She found herself without electricity and truly made the most of the day in stillness and enjoyment of her surroundings. I think we all need a “Be Still” day every once in awhile. Thank you for sharing!

And we had pretzels and refinishing and multiple entries on chickens and eggs and yummy goodies and well just so lots of good stuff to look at. Thank you to all that participate. You make Fridays so much fun!

So let’s do it shall we? Time to hop!

Share a post about what your inner and outer farmgirl is doing and feeling this week. Brag on yourself and your skills! Share what being a farmgirl means to you; you don’t have to live on a farm to be a farmgirl! 😉

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart -MaryJaneButters



Jack and the Tomato Stalk – Part 2

Below is my first blog on my little tomato in the basement experiment. If you have not read it please do. BUT for those that have, my little tomato is turning red! I am so excited! The plant is still getting blossoms and soon may be able to go outside again and I may get a BLT soon.

Part 1 (published 2/14/17)

So we have all read Jack and the Beanstalk but I have my own stalk growing to the ceiling in our basement!

Although most areas of the United States treat a tomato plant as an annual it is actually a perennial in its native environment which is Central and South America. If those are terms are confusing, an annual is a plant that has a life cycle from germination of the seed to production of new seed within one year and then dies. A perennial‘s life cycle is two years or more.

Last year while cleaning out our garden of its 80+ tomato plants, there was one tomato plant that was thriving in its pot on the deck. We had a very late frost so it had been outside for several months – it was started from seed in February and it was October and no frost yet.  I wondered if I brought it inside, placed it near my grow lites and kept it from frost if it would survive the winter. Would I get tomatoes? Would it simply survive and I could move it back outside in the spring and get tomatoes from it in the summer? Would it simply whither and die in a few weeks?

After being inside for a couple of months I saw flowers. Then I wondered if pollination would occur. Tomatoes don’t need bees to pollinate but they are not true self pollinators. They typically need wind or assistance from a pollinator or an animal. Animals can create enough vibration and movement for pollination. Inside I did not not have any of these available near the tomato but thought I would try it anyway.

The plant is growing and growing as you can see. Honestly I have forgotten which tomato variety I have in this pot and the tag is no longer legible. It is obvious that it is indeterminate – it is viney and tall. If it was outside it would be growing in all directions and sprawling in all directions. In our basement, it is now between the joists. I told hubby we would have to cut a hole in the basement ceiling to allow it to continue to grow.

I have recently, to my pleasure, discovered a tomato! I hope it will ripen under these lites and I will be able to figure out which variety I have here. Can you see it in the picture below?

If the plant continues to grow and thrive I will pop it back on the deck in the spring and see if it continues through the season.

The experiment has been really fun. I may bring more tomatoes in next year if this is successful. Do you think I will be eating a fresh tomato soon?

I will let you know!

Happy Unleashing your experiments!

FGU

 

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #242

Happy Friday & Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

It has been a busy and fun week. We started with a three day weekend in Cincinnati celebrating my hubby’s birthday AND simply relaxing. After our kitchen project we took some downtime. Even though we were traveling we spent a lot of time sleeping, playing Yahtzee and watching basketball– some of the things we haven’t done much of lately! It was so much fun.

Midweek we had church activities and this is my first full week back to work full-time in a few months. So it has been a good week but it has flown! How about you?

We had some fun blog entries last week. A new one that I noticed and loved was Farm Life in the Italian Mountains. She is living my dream life! Wonderful blog and pictures also.

potato plants

Take a little time today and visit Italy with Chandra. Thanks Chandra for posting!

So you may not be in Italy this week but you are probably doing something interesting in your world! Take a few moments and share what you are up to.

This is a blog hop so join in and have a great Friday!



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #241

Happy Friday and Happy Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood! We have 70’s today and I will enjoy because storms are coming tonight and we see 20’s and 30’s again over the weekend. February weather always leaves you guessing!

I planted my first green babies this week. That makes me giddy!

We also finished our kitchen!

This has been a 2 year project. We totally gutted it, hubby made most of the cabinets, we moved doors and windows and well it has taken us awhile. BUT Tuesday we got the last of the countertops! I will have to share some before and after pics in an upcoming blog. It is wonderful and was worth the work. 90% of the time the work was fun to do together. And we have survived a couple of these kitchen remodels now so our marriage must be rock solid!

OK— last week there were several great entries on the hop. BUT how can you resist chocolate chip cookies that someone has made THREE times in a week. Oh yes they must be good and we all must try these! Thank you Tami from A Creative Homemaker for sharing!

Let’s get hopping shall we? Have a great weekend whatever you do!

Here’s some simple guidelines:

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

I am happy to journey with you again this year; so glad you are here.

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #240

Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

Spring is coming! Tulips popping through are a good sign.

I bought organic compost this morning and I am ready to start seeds this weekend. Does it feel like spring this morning in your neck of the woods?

Let’s get to the hop!

What are you up to?  How’s your crafts? Animals? Let’s go to hopping so you can share what you are up to!

Here’s some simple guidelines:

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

I am happy to journey with you again this year; so glad you are here.

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #239

Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

We finally got a dusting of snow this week. It has been a mild winter so far. I say that knowing that Feb and March can bring some winter storms so I am not counting us home free yet!

We have been remodeling our kitchen for almost two years now. We are on the back end and almost done! We completed our peninsula last night and it is waiting the granite top. It is due to be installed on Feb. 21! I am beyond excited to see the completion of this soon.

You can see I have already started playing around with what I might want on it. After the top is one I will post pics of the entire thing.

What are you up to? Have you started any seeds yet? I am about 10 days out from starting that. How’s your crafts? Animals? Let’s go to hopping so you can share what you are up to!

Here’s some simple guidelines:

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

I am happy to journey with you again this year; so glad you are here.

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters

 



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #238

Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

Welcome back to our friends here and welcome to all that are new! I can’t wait to see what you are up to.

Last week I shared that I was doing an inventory of seeds. Inventory = order more seeds (of course). I got them all this week! I am very, very excited. In a couple of weeks some of these will get their start under the grow lights.

Last week on the hop EmmaFrancisathome shared her meal plan.  I love meal planning and using ingredients on hand and only buying what is missing. Less waste and a plan after a busy day is ALWAYS helpful. Check out her menus; plus she has a link to previous week’s plans. Thanks for sharing your blog!

Let’s get to it! Please join the hop!

Here’s some simple guidelines:

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

I am so glad you are here.



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #237

Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

If you garden like I do, this is the time of year that you are leafing through seed catalogs and surfing the web for seeds and well more seeds! I have finished up my seed inventory and have marked the items I need more of. Next step is sitting down with some tea and catalogs!

Yes that is a spreadsheet in Excel. You can’t take the geek out of a gal!

What are you busy with this week? Brag a bit (or a lot!) on yourself and share your blog and pictures!

Let’s blog hop!

Here’s some simple guidelines:

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

I am happy to journey with you again this year; so glad you are here.

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters