Friday, April 13, 2012

The blues and grilled cheese sandwiches

I’m still sad.

My heart still feels heavy and my emotions are still raw. Less than a week has passed since the loss of our sweet Scooter…I know it’s understandable to feel this way, but that doesn’t make it any easier.

There has been a serious lack of motivation happening around here. I’ve basically been doing only what I have to do, which means anything with a deadline. Otherwise, I find myself staring at the computer.

I’ve tried to cook but end up not finishing the task. Beets were roasted and then transferred to the fridge instead of into the dish I had planned…frozen pizza made an appearance instead. Fish was defrosted and then not used…take out was ordered that night. There was a dinner of microwaved baked potatoes, and even that seemed like a whole lot of work. And last night? Top Ramen. Yes, that Top Ramen. (I will admit that Top Ramen drenched in butter and Sriracha is one of my guilty pleasures. Mmmm.) 

Anyway, you get the picture. Not a whole lot of blog-worthy meals going on. So bear with me while I basically mail it in with a link to my grilled cheese sandwich recipes. Because it’s April, and April is Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month. The food world really does make up a lot of holidays, huh?

Grilled cheese sandwiches actually do kind of deserve their own month…there is a whole lot of goodness happening there. And they have always held a special place in my heart because I am instantly reminded of my grandma and my after-school trips to her house. It was always the same: a simple grilled cheese and The Flying Nun on TV…happiness on a plate.

These versions are a bit different from the slice of American on white from my elementary school days, but any grilled cheese is fine by me. Check out my recipes for Spicy Southwestern Bacon, Philly Cheese Steak, and Apple-Fig Grilled Cheese Sandwiches here.

And if you’ve got any extra motivation, send it my way…


  1. This looks really yummy! I love that melted cheese!
    Have a nice day

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  2. Chin up, Karen. Your heart will heal over time.

  3. Sorry for your loss, it must be really tough. Your grilled cheese does look fantastic though!

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  5. Try not to be too hard on yourself. Pets are members of the family, plain and simple, and people should understand that their deaths deserve the same amount of respect and grief as when a person dies. Let yourself grieve. We'll all be here to support you!

  6. So sorry to hear about you loss. Pets really are members of the family, I know because I've had to put down two in my life. Take joy in the good memories and knowing you gave Scooter a better life.

    As for the grilled cheese sandwiches...they look divine. I'd eat one right now. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Aww I am so deeply sorry for your loss :( I totally understand how much pets are a part of the family and I'm sure this is so hard for you. I bet this delicious grilled sandwich cheered you right up though, looks delicious!

  8. Mmmmmm, what a great twist on a grilled cheese! I am in love with this - dinner, I have a notion.

  9. I did not know it was grilled cheese month! Great excuse to whip of some cheesy-good sandwiches like these.

    I'm so sorry about the lose of your cat, Scooter.

  10. These look so good...especially the one with fig jam and apple!! Sorry you're having such a hard time with the loss of Scooter...our pets certainly are our babies, and it's always hard to say goodbye. Be kind to yourself...grief takes time. When I lost my Spot after 13 years, it was months before I started to heal. Only recusing Lucy as a kitten the next year helped my heart to fully heal.

  11. Comfort food like your lovely grilled cheese is perfect for your hurting heart...simple yet delicious. Thinking of you~

  12. Thinking of you :) And loving your grilled cheeses! This is my favorite comfort food...when I'm upset and nothing sounds appetizing my husband makes me a grilled cheese, cut into fourths. I don't know what it is, but it fixes so much!

  13. I'm sorry you are so sad, Karen. My hugs to you. Grilled cheese is a good way to beat the blues! Buzzed.

  14. I am so sorry for your loss. These grilled cheeses look wonderful, hope they gave you some comfort :)

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