Wow – super glad I got my workout in this morning, as it’s currently 80 degrees with 30 mph wind gusts! 8O It’s times like these when I’m glad I don’t live in 1875. Love ya’ Laura Ingalls, but I couldn’t hang in the wind. You know how much I hate it, and I’d get too annoyed with it whipping in my face, whilst working in the fields, and such. ;)


In other news, remember when you told me what your favorite sandwich was? I was completely inspired by your ideas, but reader Melissa’s comment caught my attention with her description of a homemade Turkey Artichoke Panini from Panera. I made a tiny adjustment – used grilled chicken breast instead of turkey – and immediately put it on my meal plan for this week. Tonight, I got down to makin’ it!



This sandwich is incredibly easy to make and only has 3 ingredients!

1. Artichoke hearts. Drained and sliced in half.

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2. Spinach Dip. I wanted to buy the fresh kind from the deli, Ben wanted to make our own – but we both compromised when we discovered this bad boy at the store. Normally, I would never buy anything like this in a jar, but the ingredient list/nutritionals looked semi tolerable.

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We decided to give it a whirl and it’s actually good…really good! On this sandwich and tortilla chips. Lots and lots of tortilla chips!

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3. Grilled Chicken. So often, people assume grilling is a man’s job – I heartily disagree. Women can grill just as well as men. I actually love taking on the responsibility. It makes me feel so, “I am woman – see me grill!” ;)

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To make my ‘wich, I hollowed out a ciabatta roll, slathered on some spinach dip,


layered on my grilled chicken breast,


topped with some artichoke hearts,


and pressed with my Griddler!


6 minutes on high did the trick.


After my sandwich came out, I threw on a bundle of asparagus that I had trimmed of its woody bottoms.


Let those go for another 2-3 minutes,


and you’re good to go!


Yowza, this was good! Crunchy bread, creamy insides and so.much.flavor!! Plus, when you break it down, the whole thing costs a mere fraction of what it’d cost at Panera.


I did love the artichokes more than the chicken, though. I actually picked it out from the second half of my sandwich. It was kind of making me nauseous!? Guess I’ll stick to steak as my protein of choice for the time being! ;) 


Chicken aside – everything else worked wonderfully together. The tangy artichoke and creamy spinach dip were perfect mates.  Normally I like a thick slice of gooey cheese in my hot sandwiches – but the dip was a perfect replacement.


Oh, if you can’t tell, I’m pretty much obsessed with these plates. They’re from the Better Homes & Gardens collection @ Walmart!


This was an easy, 20-minute weeknight dinner. You can’t go wrong, peeps. Thanks for the inspiration Melissa!


I just remembered that my Mom got some fresh rhubarb from a friend that she offered to share with me, so it looks like I’ll be facing the wind after all, to go and pick it up from my parent’s house.

I think I’ll give biking there another whirl…it can’t go any worse than it did last time…right?!



Are there any foods you just can’t bring yourself to eat because of it’s texture?

MUSHROOMS. Nope, can’t do it! Oh, and mushy strawberries. Disgusting.