Grilled Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich

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You know how you sometimes meet someone who just really leaves a lasting impression on you? Many, many years ago when I was working at the Clinique counter, I met a lady who was one of those people. Turned out she was one of Revlon’s Most Unforgettable Women. I can’t even tell you what it was about her that made her unforgettable, she just was. Today it was a little girl who was about 2. Her name was Bellamia. She was wearing leopard pants. :) She approached me when I was in line at the grocery store and said “Hi, what’s your name?” I said “Beth” and she stuck out her hand to shake my hand and said “Nice to meet you, Beth. My name is Bellamia.” We had a nice little conversation and then she moved on to the next person. I’m guessing it must take her mom at least 30 minutes┬álonger for each errand. She is destined for something big. I figure she has a future in acting, if not then definitely in politics.

2 slices Whole Grain Bread
1/2 Banana
2 Tbs Peanut Butter
2 Tbs Honey

Preheat panini grill.

Spread peanut butter evenly over 1 slice of bread. Cut banana lengthwise into 4 slices. Lay banana slices on top of peanut butter. Top with bread.

Coat outsides of sandwich with cooking spray. Cut in half and place on panini grill; cook 1 minute or until golden. Serve with honey.

Servings: 1
Calories 435
Total Fat 18.3g
Total Carbohydrates 62.0g
Dietary Fiber 7.5g
Protein 14.7g
Nutrition Grade B+

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Pimento Cheese

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I never ate pimento cheese until I started going to our scrapbooking retreats. It is always one of the required dishes there. I finally made my own. I love it! I could just eat it plain by the spoonful. I actually made it to use in a recipe (which I will post later) but there was plenty left over for me to snack on all week.

16 oz Cheddar Cheese, shredded
4 oz jar Diced Pimento, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper

Combine all ingredients just until blended. Cover and chill leftovers for up to a week.

Servings: 24
Calories 97
Total Fat 7.9g
Total Carbohydrates 1.8g
Protein 4.8g
Nutrition Grade D

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Granola

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Tonight we made granola gift jars. This stuff is addictive and really easy to make. Megan was in charge of decorating the jars. She used scrapbook paper to insert into the lid and tied ribbon around the outside of the lid. Taylor supervised while playing on the computer.

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8 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup Almonds, sliced
1/2 cup Pecans, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds, shelled and toasted
1/2 cup Sweetened Coconut, shredded
3/4 cup Canola Oil
1/4 cup Honey
1 cup Brown Sugar, packed firmly
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Salt

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Spread coconut on baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes until browned.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Put canola oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt in a medium sized pot and heat until melted, stirring constantly. Do not over cook.

In very large bowl mix oats, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds and coconut.  Stir in sugar mixture.

Pour mix into 9″x13″ baking dish and bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.

This will fill about 6 pint sized mason jars.

Servings: 24
Calories 182
Total Fat 10.9g
Total Carbohydrates 19.2g
Dietary Fiber 2.0g
Protein 3.0g
Nutrition Grade C+

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