Friday, June 21, 2013


It's FRIDAY!  And the first week-end of the 3-Day Season.  A big shout out to my grandpa, Larry, and sister, Kamie, for volunteering four days of their time to crew the San Francisco walk.  I'm so proud of you both!
1. Pesto, Recipes, and Random Conversations with my husband.  It's possibly the best thing (sauce-wise) ever!  If you have an amazingly, green-thumbed husband like I do, then you are lucky enough to have a large supply of fresh herbs to choose from.  My basil plant was getting a slightly...errrrr...a lot out of control this week so I decided to make a few batches of pesto, and hence came the delicious Seared Chicken Caprese Panini we had for supper last night.  (For the many of you who have asked me to start food-blogging again, here you go. :) )

I could seriously just eat it with a spoon.

Bill wasn't home yet to grill the chicken so, I pan seared it.  You could also use broiled chicken.

I'm pretty sure the first time I ever ate Caprese Salad (tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil) was because my Sister-In-Law's mom, H, made it.  She is the most amazing cook EVER!  Needless to say, I was hooked on it from that day on.  And adding it to a chicken sandwich makes it all the more delicious.

Pop the sandwiches into your grill pan, and top with your press lid.

I had planned on making soup for supper last night, and I think that Mr Price was a bit disappointed that we didn't have it as a side with the sandwich.  Case in point (excerpt from our conversation)
Me: Running to the store to get soup.
Bill:  You should drive, it's a long ways.
Me: What???
Bill: sarcasm.
Me: OH. (I should have known)...because I said 'running'.
Bill: Ding, ding, ding!!! Correct!
Me: Did you know that the sentence 'The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog' uses every letter of the alphabet.
Bill: Yes, I did.  Same as 'Facetious' has every vowel in order.
Me: What object is most choked on by Americans?
Bill: Probably pen tops.
Me: That would make sense, but no.  It's toothpicks.  We should start eating oranges...I read that half an orange a day reduces your risk of heart attack by 50%.
Hours later....
Supper is done.
Bill, reflectively, staring at his plate: I thought you were going to the store to get soup.
Me: I got the stuff the for these sandwiches.
Bill: Oh!
  (Really, I just got so excited about the mozzarella that I completely forgot about the soup.  I'm owning the wife fail.)
Later that night, I look over at Bill's Macbook screen to see him scrolling through list of random facts.
Me:  No wonder you already know all the useless information I try to tell you!
Bill:  Yep, and I retain it all.
I'm not so sure that's a good thing. lol
2. Quirks. A week or so ago, I posted a picture on Instagram of Ava modeling a big, fluffy garden hat at Lowe's.  My friend, Margie, commented that she wonders where Ava gets her 'larger than life' personality.  It could not possibly be a reflection of me.  Nope.  No way.  lol.

During a late night Target run a couple nights ago, while Bill (in true form) was checking out gardening supplies/seeds, I found these awesome gardening shoes.  Which totally matched my yoga tank...and were attached with a string that you can't see in this picture but were only allowing me to spread my feet apart that width.  Bill may have mentioned - through laughter - that he wouldn't be caught dead in public with me with those shoes on.   
Hmmmm....but he's completely okay with being seen in public with me in my yoga attire.  Hahaha.
3.  Life Lessons.

This has been a HUGE life lesson for me this past year.  My life truly began when I realized that love matters more than ANYTHING else.  Suffice it to say, I've never been more happy.
4.  Facetime.  The girls are with their dad, and I am so, so, so thankful for Facetime and getting to see their faces during our weekly chat sessions.  It makes the time apart so much more bearable. 
5.  Dates.  I had forgot what those were.  With the girls at their dads for half their summer break, Bill and I have been taking advantage of being able to have date nights, date lunches, etc. 
What are you all thankful for this week?  What were your 'Roses'?
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  1. That sandwich looks delicious; the mozzarella has me drooling! I'm thankful for Facetime, too. I don't use it very often, but it's nice to see my hubby's face when he's gone on a trip.

    Enjoy your weekend! :)

  2. Hi Casondra,
    So nice to meet you. I'm visiting from Susanne's. Love those kinds of conversations. I sometimes communicate with my husband using only song lyrics. I just might have to do a song lyric post. You have managed to make me so hungry with that delicious looking sandwich. OYE! Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. I'm hungry too - that looks awesome!

    We love facetime here too as my son and his wife live in the UK. So very different from when my husband and I lived away. We called our parents on the phone once in a while - it was so expensive and we were students.

    Hope you do start a food blog - or include recipes. I love trying new dishes.

    happy weekend!

  4. This FFF was just like having a conversation with you, Casondra - so personable and fun!

    Caprese Salad is quite delish, my Italian friend, Geri, makes it sometimes when I come over. I will mention to her about your sandwich idea. My mouth is watering too.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. I so know what I'll be making for supper one night this week, except mine will be good ol' Costco brand bottled pesto. The sandwich looks mouthwatering delicious!

    Love that quote!

    Don't ya just love those little strings they put in the shoes? How they expect one to get a feel for walking in the shoes is a mystery.

  6. I LOVE caprese salads...I would not have thought to make these sandwiches though. They look GREAT! I've never made homemade pesto but i AM growing basil in a deck container this summer. I was cracking up at the conversation you put here between you and your hubby. ANd gotta love Target shoes with the strings...LOL hope you're having a great weekend

  7. Hey, that sandwich looks amazing! Yes, start food blogging again! These conversations are great. I'm glad you are saving them ;-)