Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Fresh & Easy Sandwich and Other Stuff on My Mind

It has been just too hot to cook. Meaning, I REFUSE to grill when it is 112 degrees outside and why bother turning on the grill when I could just slap a piece of meat on my patio floor and accomplish the same thing? I am also hugely pregnant, and get hot very easily, so that means that using my oven or a stove top burner on high is out of the question.

Also, the thought of any nice, cool egg or tuna salad has a problem--the mere THOUGHT or WHIFF of hard boiled eggs or tuna from a can makes me want to toss my cookies. (Sorry for the crude visual.)

I was reading The Pioneer Woman Cook's blog and found this FABULOUS alternative: The Crispy Veggie and Cheese Bagel Sandwich. Below is her fabulous photo:

Here is mine: (yes, the bagel is upside down which I did not notice until I turned one half over to assemble the sandwich.)

Let's just say that I am in Crispy Veggie and Cheese Bagel Sandwich HEAVEN. And, all of the ingredients came from Fresh and Easy. What gets better than that? (Oh yeah--eating it!) Ree politely points out that 1/2 of this sandwich is plenty. I beg to differ. I ate the whole thing, and the extra avocado and cheese I had left over. (James ate my grapes before I could wolf them down too.) Let's just say that my treadmill will be getting a serious daily workout about six weeks after Ella's arrival!!!!

OK, next topic--an infant car seat for Ella. If you have been reading my posts since the beginning, you know that I always had a problem with my Peg Perego infant car seat and stroller. So, after going through several strollers (you can read about that misery here) I ended up LOVING the Chicco Keyfit Stroller. The only problem is, I got it in orange, which is not suitable for a girl. And, not wanting to get a whole new travel system, this is the car seat I am registered for:

RIGHT--it is orange to match the stroller. (Sigh). So what's a Mommy to do? Well, on my friend Katie's blog I saw that she had an infant car seat cover (I didn't know such a thing even EXISTED) and I immediately went searching on Etsy to see what I could find. Lo and behold, I found an Etsy shop called Sassy Stork and fell in love with her covers. Here's one:

What is so great is that she makes custom covers, you just need to pick out the fabric. That's when I found these great fabrics (to go with the orange stroller) that would still be hip and girly:

The designer is Amy Butler and the line is called Lotus. If you are bored and want to spend some of the free time that you don't have gazing at gorgeous fabric, click here.

Anyhoo--I am VERY EXCITED about this car seat cover. It will be gorgeous, I am supporting handmade artisans AND Ella will be beautiful in her ORIGINAL car seat!

Ok, that's enough for now--I am off to make a bagel sandwich!


Kim said...

That sandwich looks yummy, although I'd have to replace the bagel. I love 'em smeared (or should I say "schmeared") with cream cheese, but somehow I can't make the switch to having them as a sandwich - too chewy.

You know how much I love our Chicco car seat and stroller (and the highchair rocks too!) I think the orange is OK for a girl, but those covers sure are pretty! I can see the temptation!

Denise said...

Nice! I love those patterns.

Redhead in Vegas said...

What a great idea (sandwich and car seat cover)! I have actually been looking for a cotton car seat cover for Ryan's car seat. We have a Britax Marathon and the cover that comes with it is 100% polyester. Not very cool for our horrid Las Vegas summers. Love the patterns that you chose.

Chris said...

I got excited, I thought that was a quarter pounder for a minute there...