Smoked Panini Goodness

Remember the Griddler Neal got for his birthday? Well, we christened it Monday night and It. Was. Awesome!  There are so many different panini options, but Neal and I decided to create a “Smoked Panini”.

On top of sourdough bread we added smoked gouda, smoked havarti, smoked ham, and spicy mustard.

With a little spritz of non-stick cooking spray, the panini sandwiches were ready to go!

I was SO sleepy Monday night, as you can tell by my bags but the panini definitely lifted my spirits!

On the side, Neal and I split some tomato and basil soup.  The cheese on the panini was so smokey and gooey and the ham was warm and sweet.  The only thing missing… veggies!  I wish this sandwich had some tomato in it or something.  Next time Neal and I want to make a tomato, basil and mozzarella panini with a balsamic reduction. Can’t wait!

Last night after work I headed on over to Weight Watchers for my weekly weigh in.  I stepped on the scale and guess what… I stayed the same weight!  YAY!  I am honestly thrilled to have stayed the same weight during the holidays.  I’ll take it!

Weight Watchers Update — Week 8 Results

Starting Weight: 229.4 pounds

Week 8 Results: stayed the same weight! (weighed 226.6)

Total Weight Loss: -2.8 pounds

Once home I made the most amazing dinner.  I boiled some pasta and then sauteed garlic and fresh spinach with a little olive oil.  After draining the pasta, I mixed it all together and threw in some Parmesan cheese.  I forgot how much I LOVE this dinner.  I use to make it all the time.

After dinner, I got the itch to bake again so I whipped up some chocolate and butterscotch chip oatmeal cookies!  I suck and didn’t take any pictures, but here is the recipe.

Ashley’s Chocolate and Butterscotch Chip Oatmeal Cookies

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup butter softened (2 sticks)

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1 bag chocolate chips

1 bag butterscotch chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

Combine four, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.  Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in a separate large bowl until creamy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Gradually beat in flour mixture.  Stir in chocolate chips, oatmeal, raisins, and cinnamon.

Now I used a LARGE scoop and pushed each dough ball down slightly before putting the tray into the oven.  Because the cookies were so large, I baked them for 15 minutes.  It was also important to allow them to cool for about 5 minutes before removing them from the tray.  The oatmeal makes them very chewy, so you have to allow them to cool before moving them.

Today’s Meal Plan

Breakfast – 2 slices of bread, Peanut Butter, Jelly, 2 clementines, and coffee (9PP)

Lunch – Holiday Lunch (not sure what we’re having)

Dinner – Mystery Menu (something at home– I need to use up what I have around the house… kinda boring)

Today’s Workout Plan (#20daychallenge)

40 minutes elliptical and weight lifting with Liz after work

What’s your favorite kind of holiday cookie?


  1. Lauryn says

    Ya’ll’s sandwiches look GOOD! Id love to see a pic of your pasta dinner. What kind of pasta do you use? I am all the time looking for quick easy meals like that! And yay for you not gaining at your weight in!! Good job! Fave cookie would probably be the ritz peanut butter crackers that I cover in white chocolate. They.are.amazing!!!

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