I know the song says it’s “just another Manic Monday,” but for me Tuesdays are the worst. For some reason, I am always much more tired on Tuesday than Monday. Today was no exception; I just couldn’t seem to get it together all day long!
This pretty much sums up my feelings about Tuesdays in general. I hate that!
Fortunately, my friend and co-worker Jessica texted me last night to see if I wanted to run after school. Thank goodness I made a running date, or I would have been tempted to come straight home and lapse into a couch coma! Since Jess and I are in the same running group, it was easy to decide on our workout. We met up right after school and off we went! Four miles and four 80-yard strides later, I was a winded, sweaty mess! That’s right, sweaty–it was almost 55 degrees and sunny! And get this–the forecasted high on Friday is 75*!!! WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
Can I get a what what?!?! February in Central Virginia is right up my alley!
After our run, I finished up a little school work and headed home for a simple, early supper. Now, I would usually refer to this meal as “dinner,” but I’m pretty sure you have to call it “supper” when you eat at 4:30!
I was originally planning on a Mozzarella & Strawberry Jam panini, but sadly, my fresh Mozz was no longer fresh, so I had to improvise! Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the fabulously fancy, uber-gourmet . . .
Peanut Butter & Jelly Panini!
Yep, it had to be a panini tonight because I was missing this guy:
You got it! It’s my Griddler! I got this for Christmas, and it has been life changing. OK, maybe not life changing, but essential for sure!
So I think we all know how to make a PB & J, no?
But mine is special. I put it on this chewy ciabatta.** Be sure to pronounce that with an accent a la Giada–love her, BTW!
**Single girl tip! I buy a whole loaf of day old ciabatta (it’s half price!), cut it up into individual portions, and throw it in the freezer. Then I always have it for sandwiches or garlic bread and it doesn’t go to waste.
Seedless strawberry jam (cuz I totally hate crunching down on a seed in my jam!)
And some crunchy peanut butter!
A note on the word, “C-H-U-N-K.” I hate it. Like, a lot. Even just looking at it spelled out like that on my screen is kind of grossing me out. And to hear it spoken? I shudder. It makes me heave. Seriously, I get physically ill. It almost prevented me from buying this peanut butter. Many a jar of salsa have been turned away because of this phobia. ICK ICK ICK!
I know. I am insane. It’s just a thing I have.
Moving on . . .
To give my panini a little extra somethin’ somethin’, I made a little sugar crust on the outside. Wanna see how? Thought so.
Spray the top of your bread with some cooking spray.
Then, pour some sugar onto a plate.
Suga . . . oh honey honey . . .
Pulling myself together now. Toldya I was tired!
So then, flip your sprayed sammie over and dunk it in the sugar, coating evenly.
Until it looks like this:
Onto the hot Griddler!
Five minutes or so later, you’ve got a creamy, crunchy gourmet PB & J!
Look at all that gooey goodness!
And the sugar caramelizes to make a creme brulee-esque crust on the outside! O.M.G.
I am seriously pondering having another one . . .
We’ll see if my self control holds up! It’s iffy.
For the time being, I’m off to do a little stretching. It was hella-windy today and it felt like we were always running against it, so my legs are feeling tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!
A Q for you . . .
What’s the best meal you’ve improvised lately?