simple breakfast sandwich.

by Janetha on February 27, 2015

in product review,recipes

i freaking love sandwiches. a lot of times i find myself having the conversation with others where we talk about if we could only eat one thing for the rest of our life.. what would it be? my answer: sandwiches. maybe it’s a cop out answer, but i think it’s a good one. they are so versatile! they are good for any meal of the day. i probably eat at least five sandwiches a week.. sometimes even ten.

my favorite dinner sandwich is something warm–like a pulled pork sandwich with swiss and coleslaw, or a mediterranean panini with chicken, feta, and hummus. my favorite lunch sandwich is always, always turkey & avocado. i will never tire of that combo. and for breakfast, my favorite sandwich is a simple ham, egg, and cheese sandwich.

i feel kind of silly sharing a recipe for a sandwich, because it’s just so easy.. but i guess that’s the beauty of it. sandwiches are easy. they are quick, tasty, and a great option.

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simple breakfast sandwich
serves one


  • one large egg
  • three slices of deli ham
  • a sprinkle of shredded cheese
  • two pieces of bread, toasted (or an english muffin.. or a bagel.. any bready vehicle will do) 


  1. fry the egg in a little butter. i like mine with the yolk broken but still slightly soft in the center. you could also scramble it.
  2. remove the egg from the pan, then put the ham in the pan to warm it up.
  3. flip the ham over, then sprinkle the cheese on top and melt it.
  4. assemble the egg and ham with melted cheese on the toasted bread.
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are you wondering where my crusts went on the bread? no, i didn’t cut them off because i’m carb conscious (hello, i love bread!).. i cut them off because these two were giving me the big eyes.

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i am a sucker. they didn’t get any of my ham, but they got my crusts.

for this sandwich, i used hillshire farms naturals lunchmeat.

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since i am such a sandwich connoisseur, i feel like i have a good background to rate this lunchmeat. i’m constantly finding ham too salty (i am one of those people who rarely salts food) and so i often buy low sodium versions. i also like a little sweetness to my ham, so i will buy honey smoked ham when buying it at the deli. i am happy to report that the hillshire farm honey roasted ham was just the right amount of salty and sweet. also, and this probably only matters to weirdos like me, it is sliced to the perfect thickness.

i like that this lunchmeat is 100% natural with no artificial ingredients or preservatives. additionally, no nitrates or nitrites have been added. one thing i appreciate about this lunchmeat is the packaging. it comes in an airtight container and then is also wrapped up inside the container. shouldn’t all lunchmeat come like that? it makes storing it so much easier–i usually end up storing lunchmeat in my own tupperware. no need with this stuff. oh, and if you don’t like their lunchmeat, you can get a 100% refund.. no questions asked. so you may as well try it!

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this sandwich is great for on-the-go.. but today i ate it at home. poor fox has RSV and we are hibernating until he gets feeling better. luckily it is a mild case and no hospitalization is required. but please keep him in your thoughts as he tries to recover!

i hope you all enjoy your weekend!


1. what is your favorite kind of sandwich?

2. what would you choose if you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life?

xo. janetha g.

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between our site and Hillshire. This could include Hillshire providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.

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try something new: cuban cuisine.

by Janetha on February 24, 2015

in recipes

i had been thinking about the delicious cuban meal my friend jenn made for us almost every day since she made it. yep, it was THAT good. it was actually both mine and marshall’s first time trying cuban food, and most definitely not the last.

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jenn passed her recipe for picadillo onto me and it’s been on my list to make for awhile now. i knew i would need a little extra time in the kitchen to figure it all out, so i decided a sunday was my best bet.

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this past sunday, i successfully made the picadillo, beans, and rice!

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we also tried to make fried bananas—that was one of the best parts of the meal jenn had made for us—but failed at that one. they turned out soggy and weird. maybe next time!

i have to share the three recipes that i made—they are so good and, actually, so easy. now that i know how simple it really was, i will be making this again and again on week nights.

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cuban picadillo
serves 4-6


  • 1 onion, diced (i used half a red and half a yellow)
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/3 cup green olives, diced
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • lots of salt & pepper


  1. sauté onion, bell pepper, and garlic in a little oil until soft.
  2. add ground beef and sauté a bit more.
  3. add remaining ingredients and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  4. serve with rice & beans, recipes follow.
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cuban black beans
serves 4-6


  • 1 onion, diced (i used half a red and half a yellow)
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans black beans
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 TB red wine vinegar


  1. sauté onion, bell pepper, and garlic in a little oil for five minutes.
  2. add a little liquid from the canned black beans and sauté until everything is soft.
  3. add beans with remaining liquid.
  4. add spices and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. add the vinegar just before serving.
  6. eat alongside picadillo and rice, recipe follows.

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garlic rice
serves 4-6


  • 2 TB oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 cups long grain white rice or jasmine rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2-1 tsp salt


  1. sauté oil and garlic in a saucepan until fragrant.
  2. add rice and sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  3. add water and bring to a boil.
  4. turn to low and cover, let simmer until water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  5. serve with picadillo and black beans.

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once you have plated everything, it’s best to just mix it all together before devouring.

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this was SUCH a delicious meal! and since many of the ingredients are similar, it was really easy to prep everything first and then throw it all together.

it felt so good to have three burners going at once! it had been a long time since i played around in the kitchen and i realized how much i really miss it. can’t wait to make this one again!


1. have you tried cuban cuisine? do you like it?

2. what was the last new recipe you made?

xo. janetha g.

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six months old.

February 21, 2015
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dear fox, happy half birthday, bug! it blows me away that you are already six months old. i say this every month, but time really does fly. another thing i say every month is you had a whole lot of growing and changing going on, and this month is no different. in fact, i think […]

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ftm series: baby merlin’s magical sleep suit.

February 20, 2015

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ask me anything: woops!

February 18, 2015

so, i have an ask me anything box on my blog and i decided to log into the dashboard because i hadn’t seen activity from it in ages. like.. over a year. i honestly forgot about the box. well, as it turns out, the questions were being asked… but the email notifications had started going […]

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a lovely weekend.

February 16, 2015

hey! monday again. they sure come too soon, am i right? instead of talking about today, which was less than awesome, how about i touch on some highlights from the weekend and pretend it’s still the here. weekends start on friday night for me, so i will start there. i did this new GPP workout […]

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friday 5×5.

February 13, 2015

it’s friday!!! let me tell you, i freaking live for the weekends. i mean, i did before, but now that i have a baby that i take with me to my full time job, we really love the weekends. and it’s in the 60s here in utah, so i hope to get outside and play […]

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ftm series: baby stuff we’re loving.

February 11, 2015

hi! i haven’t done a post on first time mom stuff in awhile, i have been slacking. i plan to do a post about breast feeding (because i have a LOT to say about it and what i’ve been trying) and a comparison about how my life has changed.. but for now, let’s talk about […]

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