Panini's Are Proof Carbs Make You Happy. And Smarter.

I have to say, pounding out a post a day is hard.
Like, haaaard.
I am one to stick with things so I will finish out the month.....only 17 more posts.....
But I miss only posting once a week, in my setthebarlow blogging fashion.
And this weekend was just, ehhh.
Mid February is also haaaaard.
We are still 6 whole weeks from "spring".
I say "spring" because "spring" in Chicago is still like "winter".
But atleast it is official.
And I can start running.
Because I am starting Jillian over since she pulled a Nancy Kerrigan on me last week.
Couldn't move.
For two days.
Running never did that to me.
If she does it again this week, I am taking her dvd into the driveway and running over it with my car.
Yeah.
"Spring" needs to get here.
Fast.


On to something that makes me smile.
Food.
These sandwiches.
Ohhhhhhh.
Let me show you my award winning photo first.

 



OK I am a little excited.
Because you can actually see the gooey cheese.
See, I don't have one of the fancy cameras that a lot of bloggers have.
Mine is pretty crappy.



Yes.
This is where the magic happens.
I took this bad picture because I wanted you to see the stain all over my display.
It won't come off, been on there for months.
But I love this camera because I have had it the longest since I started the blog.
I have had this one for almost a year and a half.
So as ugly as this guy is and as unprofessional as it looks, it takes the best pictures.

OK enough about the picture.
But really, doesn't that panini look amazing?

I love me a good panini.
Panera has good ones (the Frontega Chicken is my fave) and there is a local deli that makes amazing sandwiches just five minutes down the road.
But panini's are kinda pricey.

Recently, the hubs was cashing in rewards points for his bank and had enough points to get many different things from a catalog.
So we picked a panini maker.
Best. Decision. Ever.



Sorry for the bad instagram pictures.
When you are blogging and on a mission, it is much easier to instagram than take a picture, upload etc.
In short?
I am lazy.
Damn NaBloPoMo.



So this winter, to make it go a little faster and because we love to eat, we have declared every Saturday afternoon, Panini Saturday.
We don't really call it that out loud.
But we do eat Paninis most Saturdays and they are so good.

And I also started making bread in the bread maker Saturday mornings in prep for the paninis.
I have a speed making setting on my maker and it only takes an hour to make.


Here is our recipe for homemade paninis:

-thick bread (I use homemade because it is so much cheaper than getting it at the store)

- deli lunch meat (we usually do turkey)

- deli cheese (any flavor is good)

- Dijon mustard

- red onion

- you could also use tomato, mayo or anything else you normally like to eat on a sandwich with exception to lettuce. Lettuce isn't a good panini ingredient because it wilts.


This is where it can be fun with the kids.
Have them assemble their own sandwiches the way they like it on a plate.
Use your panini machine according to the instructions.
Basically you will preheat it and add butter (we use spray butter) to get it ready.
We spray both sides of the panini with spray butter (or stick margarine) then cook according to the instructions.
Usually only about 5 minutes a side.
Make sure to press down to get the panini thin.

Now if you don't have a panini maker, there are many other ways to create a panini at home.
You can put your sandwich on a fry pan and use the bottom of another fry pan to press down.
Or you could use a foil covered brick and press down as well.

See? Panini Saturday is fun!
But ya know what?
Margarita Sunday is even better......

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