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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Bacon, Heirloom Tomato, and Grilled Cheese Sandwich

While at the grocery store, I zeroed in on an heirloom tomato display.  I knew I wanted to purchase one, but wasn’t sure what I wanted to make.  I thought about my favorite ingredients – bread, cheese, tomatoes – and decided to make my version of a BLT…minus the “L”.  Grabbing a loaf of artisan piccolo bread, 2 different cheeses, and bacon, I headed home to cook.  I sliced the bread into hearty slices and drizzled with olive oil.  I pan seared them and then added some fig balsamic.  Next step- cheese!  I shredded the main cheese called Ruth Kase Grand Cru (which is a cow’s milk cheese made in Wisconsin and melts wonderfully).  On top, I shredded some pecorino with truffle to add a little flavor twist.  Both cheeses topped the bread, followed by the heirloom tomato slices and bacon.  I added a little cheese in between the layers to help “glue” the sandwich together and cooked in the pan until fully heated through.  That little tomato inspired a delicious sandwich!

Ingredients:

  • Heirloom tomato
  • artisan bread
  • variety of cheeses (pick your favorites!)
  • bacon
  • olive oil
  • fig balsamic

ingredients

Gathering the ingredients

sliced bread

Hearty slices

fig balsamic

Adding the fig balsamic

cheese

Layer of cheeses

tomatoes on top

Heirloom tomato slices

bacon

Bacon!

cooking up

Grilling it up – it may look burnt, but it’s just the fig balsamic

ready to slice

Ready to slice

ready to eat

Time to dine!

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Fiery Sunset

Single photo kind of day….

fiery sunset

Look Up

I was walking under a cluster of tall trees and looked up. Lots of interesting patterns, shapes, shadow, and light.

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After the Storm (or Before the Next?)

I took a walk today in lovely weather – sunny and warm.  What a welcome feeling after the snow, ice, rain, then wind that Portland experienced in the last week.  A few shots that I captured during my walk…

cloudy sun1

trees and sun

cool bark

Tin Can Transformation

Every time I open a can of veggies or soup, I think about the many project ideas I’ve seen on Pinterest.  After collecting a bunch of cans, I thought it was time to give one of the projects a try.  I was drawn to the visual on one pin I found.  However it didn’t have a project associated to it.  So I made up my own version based on the inspiration.  The finished products can be used to store office supplies or make-up brushes or anything you can think to store in them.

Supplies:

  • cans in various sizes (or all the same if that is the desired end result)
  • decorative papers (or tissue paper)
  • Glue
  • sponge applicator
  • Rub’n Buff in antique gold
  • metal brads (if desired- or any other decorative items)

original pin can

Original Pin inspiration

supplies

Cans and the papers to cover them

glue

Use the sponge applicator to apply glue to can

base paper

Cut paper to size and wrap around can- I used a two-handed twisting motion around the can to ensure that the paper adhered completely & applied extra glue at the overlap seam

paper stripe

Adding the center band

paper completepaper on all 3

The brown center band applied

adding gold

Applying the antique gold Rub’nBuff – I love this stuff!

gold accents on can

Adding the metallic finish to the top and bottom edges and blending on the paper

gold paper flowers

I made paper flowers that are finished using the antique gold and metal brads

small can complete

I glued the paper flower direct to the finished can

cans complete

The completed trio

cans in use

The completed cans in use

medium can complete

Etsy Shop open for business

I have started to post my finished projects in my Etsy shop.  The embellished frames and wall hanging hoops are all listed.  I will be listing my yarn wrapped bottles and felt animal wall hangings soon.  If you have some time, stop by and check it out.

esty shop

https://www.etsy.com/shop/uslennar

Sunny Day

Saw the sun pushing through the clouds today on my walk and snapped this photo. Just felt uplifting.

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