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Turkey and Pepper Panini

I love my Panini machine and we try to use it as often as possible. The other night we made these


So good. The younger kids don’t care for pesto, or red peppers so they got a more bland version.

serves 3-4

1 8×12 inch slab herbed foccacia, edges trimmed
5-6 tablespoons fresh pesto
8 slices roasted turkey breast
1 8oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained
4 oz. pepperjack cheese (about 3-4 slices)
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt & fresh ground pepper
Heat panini press to HIGH. Trim off the ends of foccacia and cut in half to create a sandwich. Spread half of pesto on each side. Top one side with 4 slices of turkey followed by a layer of thinly sliced red peppers, pepperjack cheese and a final layer of 4 slices of turkey. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Top the sandwich with the other piece of bread and brush both sides of sandwich with olive oil. Place sandwich in panini press and grill for 10-15 minutes until the cheese melts & starts sizzling. Cut into 4-6 pieces and serve.

I can’t remember the last time I did an iphone dump so here we go

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These are in no particular order

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Just a mix of this and that over the past few months. Cole and Soph made apple rings.

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Like that time Blake and I hung out with Peter.

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That Hud- big heart eyes for that dog.

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That beach is Mexico. Seriously- if you haven’t been you have to go.

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I upload my insta pics and print them 2×3 like this for Project life.

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Headed to Florida with a stop in Nashville. A new pup, that stayed behind with Austin’s girlfriends parents who took amazing care of him. When we came back he was potty trained and no longer chewed on hands! He also would sit for treats.

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So recently I started rereading my blog. I started from the beginning. I am now to Chapel Hill. SO bittersweet seeing my kids so young. And Chapel Hill…. I really did love it there. The timing was just wrong. Very fortunate we made the choice to move back here as most likely Andy would have lost his job when the company he worked for was taken over. It all works out the way it is supposed to. Still hoping someday tho….

Hannah - Okay. I commented on your blog several times through the bloglovn app …but I don’t think they actually posted. That’s weird. I always feel a surge of posting once I look over old posts. It reminds me why I do it.

It’s so much easier when they are little. why is that? They are really cool as they grow up.



Hudson’s parents live on a farm in Indiana. They are true farm dogs. They live outside or in the barn and pretty much do what they want. Like reproduce. 🙂


Hudson was part of their 2nd litter and this little dude was from their 4th.


The kids have been begging for another Golden so Hud would have someone to play with. Shiloh and Zoey are both 11 years old. And have no interest in playing. Just sleeping.


SO when we found out that they had puppies again we went back and forth on it.


Back and forth and back and forth. Chatting with the owner. Finally Andy said, “I’m pushing send” on a text that said we would take him.


Hudson has the best personality of any dog we have had. So we thought it would make sense to get his sibling. Of course so far they are total opposites but have been playing non-stop since he came home a few weeks ago.


Lots more pics to come- love how he is checking out the garden we just got planted. He’s such a fun little guy!

Susan/Gramma - Love the garden. What’s been planted??

Chicken and Asparagus Pasta


Made this pasta dish for dinner and it was so good!

Chicken and Asparagus Pasta

1 12 oz box Bow Tie pasta
2 cups chicken, cubed
1 bunch asparagus ends trimmed and cut into 4
½ cup chicken broth
½ cup reserved pasta water
1 TB olive oil
2 heaping TB minced garlic
¼ tsp. onion powder
¼ tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
red pepper flakes pinch of
4 oz cream cheese
⅓ cup half n half
½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and saute your chicken for approximately 15 minutes.
Cook pasta according to directions on the package. In the last 5 minutes of cooking, add the asparagus to the water. Drain and set aside while reserving a cup of the pasta water.
Once chicken is cooked add minced garlic, onion powder, garlic powder, basil, oregano and red pepper flakes to the skillet. Saute for 5 minutes.
To your skillet combine the broth, half & half, cream cheese and half of your parmesan.
Add pasta and asparagus to your skillet and stir until well combined. If pasta seems too dry, add reserved cooking water a little bit at a time. Stir over med heat until desired consistency. Add salt, pepper and extra Parmesan to taste

Hannah - This looks crazy good. I’m mildly obsessed with asparagus right now…and pasta all the time.

And just like that

She’s eight.


Susan/Gramma - It is amazing how fast these 8 years have gone by. We love this girl so much. (And what cool big brothers she has!)

Hannah - She is so pretty. I can’t get over her being such a big girl. I know it sounds ignorant but is never fails to shock me at how quickly time goes by.