If a Picture is Worth 1,000 Words…

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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!

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Look who I found on the back porch…

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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!

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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!

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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,)

Fall

late-Fall,

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and the season that shall not be named.

Winter

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! ;)

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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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…

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to this…

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to THIS. Mmmmhmmm. :)

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

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I caught it just in the knick of time,

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

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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.

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Sweet & savory has never, EVER tasted so good!

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

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I’ll recover. :)

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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’!

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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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