Wednesday, October 6, 2010

October favorites

Fall has finally come to Alabama. Finally.
The summer of 2010 may have been the hottest summer of my life to date.
So I am thrilled that cooler temperatures have arrived, that the leaves are starting to change, and I can pull out my scarves and cardigans from the back corner of my closet.

The new season also brought a few new hankerings and miscellaneous things that have been tripping my trigger.

1. Apple and cheese grilled sandwiches
This picture is from the Real Simple issue that sparked the idea ... mine looks a little different. I take two pieces of sourdough and sandwich thinly sliced apple, sharp cheddar, and a little spicy brown mustard between them. Then I spread a little spreadable butter + olive oil on the outside and grill it up in a skillet. One word... DELISH!

2. Iced Coffee
I know, I know. Iced coffee seems like a drink I would enjoy BEFORE the temperatures cooled off. But I recently discovered the ease and simplicity of making this delicious drink thanks to Joy's Hope... and now I am smitten (and a little hyped up on caffeine!).
I will say that I think the Starbucks Via packets have a bit better flavor and dissolve more easily than the Nescafe version... but the Nescafe packets are SO MUCH CHEAPER so I will try to embrace Taster's Choice whole-heartedly. (Words my mama never thought she would hear me say.)

3. Jesus Calling
This is an awesome daily devotional. It has been sitting on my shelf for a while until I was reminded of it recently by a friend at Capstone Church.
Really good stuff. Really good. Go buy a copy.


Amy said...

Great sandwich idea. I'm definitely going to borrow it? Is there a type of apple that is best? And, I love the devotional book. One of my favorites!

Deb said...

I think I made it most recently with Braeburns... but I would go with your favorite kind. I love Jonathans but couldn't find them when I was at the store.

Julie @ Joy's Hope said...

I'm really, really, really trying to like the Nescafe version. Trying. But it is not going well. Help!!!! The one that I tried today tasted like feet and poison. VIA, you made me a snob!!!

missy said...

I have read your blog for a while. I was linked from Jodie Allen's blog a while back, and we seem to know a lot of the same people. Anyway I am coming out of stalking and formally introducing myself to you in the blog world #1 bc I love your blog and I have prayed for your family. #2 I have been obsessed with jam and cheese sandwiches the past couple of weeks. Toasted whole wheat bread with your favorite jam or jelly, sharp cheddar, I like to add toasted pumpkin seeds, and a hint of kosher salt. DELISH!!! I also just started Jesus Calling, very good reading.
Missy Lang

Gina Dankel said...

Thanks for the devotional tip. Have to try the apple sandwich. I've got Jonathan apples from eckert's sitting on my counter--just need some cheddar.