If a Picture is Worth 1,000 Words…


Call me a geek, but I can’t get “It’s a GREAT – DAAAayyy to beee alive!” out of my head!

Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Sorry but I can’t help it. We’re having the loveliest, drive-with-your-windows-down weather we’ve had in weeks, and I even stopped to smell the roses unidentified small white flowers at my parent’s house today after work!


Look who I found on the back porch…


Mom and Dad – straight chillin’ – with some cold bevs. Pepsi Max, if you’re wondering (they’re hardcore.) ;) My Mom just got home from being out of town for several days and let’s just say my Dad is more than happy to have her back. He was sort of a hot mess without her.

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Ok, I was too. I missed my walking buddy!


The trees lining their street are really coming into bloom so I stopped to take an updated “Spring” picture of their progress on my way out. I just need one more, in the thick of summer, then I think my series will be complete!


We’ve got Fall (I actually need another Fall one – last year the leaves changed and fell too quick to really capture how gorge their street gets,)




and the season that shall not be named.


ahh, nature. :)

Came home to whip up a dinner that literally needs no words to describe how ridiculously, over-the-top INSANE it tasted. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I think this pretty much says it all…

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Warm pretzel bread with melted gruyere, caramelized onions and peach-apricot spread!

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OHEMGEEEEE – I can’t even begin to describe the lusciousness that was this ‘wich!! I nearly ate the whole thing before I finished snapping photos of it! ;)


I started with a loaf of Trader Joe’s Pretzel Bread. If you don’t have a TJ’s in your area, don’t fret. I know of another local grocery store that also carries pretzel bread, so yours might too.


I split the roll in half, carved out the insides to make room for the fillings, then spread one half with The Gracious Gourmet’s Peach-Apricot Spread.


This stuff is beyond yummy. Bursting with flavor for only 15 calories a Tablespoon – and take a look at the ingredient list:

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Apricot jam would do, in a pinch, but this stuff is really special!


On top of the spread I added a few slices of gruyere cheese. Like cheddar cheese, this stuff is made to melt.


On the other half, I stuffed tons of caramelized onions into the pocket I had made. You can never have too many caramelized onions, if you ask me.


I actually made my onions on Sunday night, to save time. I started by combining 1 large onion and 1 Tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, then gradually lowered the heat, stirring often, until my onions went from this…


to this…


to THIS. Mmmmhmmm. :)


The stuffed sandwich went onto a foil-lined baking sheet and under the broiler.


I caught it just in the knick of time,


then swallowed hard when it came out of the oven. Droooool!


The flavors and textures in this baby were off the charts!! Sweet, chewy onions, gooey, melty cheese and tart apricot-spread on a soft & squishy pretzel.


Sweet & savory has never, EVER tasted so good!


So good that I devoured too fast and got a stomachache. :(


I’ll recover. :)


At least I hope I will. Ben and I are off on a looooong run/walk to soak up all this sunshine. Here I go!

See ya’!


What are your favorite flowers?

Mine used to be gerber daises, then it was lilacs, but now they’re PINK PEONIES a la my wedding bouquets!

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