What's for lunch? Grilled Pear & Goat Cheese Sandwich with Honey & Chocolate Mint

Friday, July 25, 2014

Grilled Pear & Goat Cheese Sandwich with honey and chocolate mint

There's nothing I like better than a quick lunch and this is it! The best part is that it seems like a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich, but kind of like you're eating dessert.

I've made this sandwich before a few times, but there's an extra little kick in this one: chocolate mint! Our neighbour is growing a ton of it and offered some to me so I snuck a couple leaves in for fun.

By the way, this is kid-approved! I made this sans-mint for Leo and Mila a while back and they loved it.

Recipe: Grilled Pear & Goat Cheese Sandwich with Honey & Chocolate Mint
  • 2 slices of bread (I eat thin rye bread from Dimpflmeier, but thick and crusty French bread would be amazing here)
  • 1.5 oz of goat cheese
  • 4-8 thin slices of pear
  • A drizzle of honey
  • A couple leaves of chocolate mint
  • Oil for grilling
  • Spread goat cheese on both sides of the bread - don't be shy! Use lots!
  • Layer the pear on one slice of bread
  • Drizzle with honey & top with mint
  • Grill!
  • If you have it, use coconut oil in your pan. It's super yummy with this sandwich!
  • I used two mint leaves and it was a tad much. I really liked it, but if you just want a taste go with one.
  • I used my cast iron pan, but I've also used my panini press which is fun because you get nice grill marks.

Enjoy and let me know if you make it!

Rustic Wooden Benches

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mark and I took the kids on a little cottage vacation in the 1000 Islands a couple weeks ago and we were traveling along Highway 2 on the way to Kingston (by mistake I might add) when I saw this sign:

Rustic Wooden Benches?! Ahhh! I pretty much got whiplash cranking my head to have a look at the benches as we were driving by and then I yelled: TURN AROUND!!!

So we went back to see what the benches were all about. We drove up the driveway to a beautiful modern-looking farmhouse (there were chickens walking around!) and down the steps came a good looking, super friendly guy with glasses in his hand.

Turns out that guy is Omar Hogbin and he makes these benches in his spare time with a couple other guys. Omar actually runs a swanky company called Model Berri and started building benches as a stress reliever. People started noticing his work and more custom orders started coming in. He makes everything from rustic picnic tables to flower boxes. As a joke he and his friends came up with the name Clutch & Joke for their little company.

Well of course we snagged a bench while we were there, which we had absolutely no room for but we made it work! When we got it home I put it in the mudroom. I had moved our other bench to the living room so we needed something for the back.

Omar doesn't have a website for Clutch & Joke, but if you happen to be traveling on Highway 2 from Gananoque to Kingston keep your eyes out for the big sign! I'm sure he'll hook you up!

The fall of summer

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I took these pictures today. Yep the fourth day of summer. There is a giant tree in our neighbour's back yard that starts losing its leaves during the first week of June and keeps going until they're gone in the fall.

What a pain in the bum.

We're out there every other day raking leaves already. The tree is sick but our neighbour hasn't had anyone in to look at what the problem is yet. The problem is that tree doctors are expensive. 

So until someone comes in, we're stuck with this. Lovely.

Speaking of pains in the bum, my Mac keeps crashing and I'm writing this from my hubby's MSFT Surface and I'm about to tear my hair out. So frustrating.

Ok that's enough complaining for one post. 

On a more fun note, some nice person nominated this blog for a Mom Blogger Award from Toronto Mom Now and I made it to the top 30. So thanks to whomever nominated me!

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