Apparently it’s National Grilled Cheese Month, and today is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. While some people may question the validity of this “holiday”, I say it’s my new favorite one to celebrate. Why are people not making a bigger deal about this? I’m talkin’ “Happy Grilled Cheese Day” cards, holiday parties, someone write a song about it, make a tradition where everyone only eats grilled cheeses all day. I think I’m really on to something. If anyone would like to join me in my efforts to make National Grilled Cheese Day 2015 one of the biggest holidays of the year, it would be greatly appreciated. Until then, I’ll just share with you one of my new favorite comfort food recipes in hopes that you’ll spread the Grilled Cheese Day joy.
When you’re in Seville, you see “NO8DO” literally everywhere. On cars, on poles in the streets, in the pavement. It’s Seville’s motto given to the city by King Fernando III in the 13th century, and it’s so incredibly fitting. It means “No me ha dejado,” or “Seville, you have not left/abandoned me.” And since I left Seville after studying in 2011, I’ve thought about the city almost daily. No exaggeration.
|La Catedral & La Giralda // 2013|
You know those mornings when you want that sweet donut but also the salty bacon, maybe a croissant, and then some fruit because you’re obviously trying to be healthy? Or is that only me? I just want ALL the flavors ALL the time. Is that too much to ask?! No, it’s not. So I threw some savory/sweet goodness into a muffin and called it breakfast. Add a cup o’ coffee and a couple dollops of butter, and you’ve got a good morning.
The one frozen food I have seriously always loved are hot pockets. I remember eating them as a kid, and definitely as a freshman in the dorms. And maybe like one time last week. So, I decided to make a healthier, “adult” hot pocket version, aka a calzone. It was so good!
Because we want to help cure any Monday blues you might have and because we love you, we’re doing an Instagram giveaway! And, oh, the places you’ll go if you win!
Up for grabs is:
- $100 Southwest Airlines giftcard to help you get your travel on.
- Bottle of extra virgin olive oil – a necessity in our kitchen.
- Williams-Sonoma pizza pan – since a stone would be a little difficult to ship, we scouted for the best lightweight pan and we found it! This pan will help you achieve crispy crust like you would on a stone, and can also sustain heat up to 550 degrees, which is key for perfect pizza.
To enter, all you have to do is follow us on Instagram and like the giveaway post! Pretty simple.
If you want to increase your chances of winning, you can do so with the following additional entries:
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xo, Kelsie & Lexi
For years my mom has had the absolute best spinach and artichoke dip recipe…perfect for parties. Instead of devouring a bag of crackers and an entire dish of the dip for dinner, I decided it’d be more acceptable if I made it into a proper meal. *Just add pasta*. This is a quick 30-minute-meal, has a bit of a kick, and you can always throw in some chicken or bacon to bulk it up.
Who says eating healthy isn’t exciting?
Me. I do. I say that. Almost every day. Except for last night when I made these delicious mini chicken and spinach meatballs and served them with whole wheat penne and some simple crushed tomatoes. AND I did it in like 30 minutes.
I just got back last week from an absolutely amazing trip to Utah with Justin and his family. We were in Park City skiing for the majority of the time, and thanks to American Airlines overbooking, Justin and I got to stay an extra night in Salt Lake City and scored $1,000 in travel vouchers between the two of us. YES.
So, let’s continue our perfect pizza dough search. It’s really, really important. I know last time I vowed that Neapolitan is the best, which I still stand by, but this time, I made a little bit of a thicker crust, and it was absolutely delicious, too. And I loaded up with a ton of cheese, so maybe that had something to do with it.