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