Baby's Best Friend

Caroline got some quality time with her favorite 4 legged animal on Earth, Grady, tonight. Our neighbors graciously hosted a little evening hang out at their place and we all had a great time, but Caroline was over the moon from start until almost finish (there was a general sense of being way past done and super tired at the end of our visit). Grady is our neighbor's fantastical yellow lab and he was so gentle and good with her. She wanted to throw his tennis ball for him to retrieve, pet him, and just be close to him. Unlike the cat, he didn't run away when she approached which must have thrilled her to no end; an furry friend for her to adore! It was so so sweet to see her playing with him, especially since she spends a good part of the week meandering over to their front lawn to wave hello to him from the driveway.

Caroline may or may not have also spent some time digging in their yard with her pail and shovel. Whoops. She was mystified by their fire pit and despite my insistence that it was "hot," which she echoed "haawt," she inched ever closer before settling into my lap for a brief moment. We left when she started to officially lose it and though we contemplated sleeping her in her playclothes, she was awake and alert so into her new Ariel PJ's she went. I am happy to report that after an evening of fun she fell asleep within moments of landing in her crib and we haven't heard a peep since.

As a side note we made the most amazing italian panini sandwiches tonight - recipe follows...

Italian Panini Sandwiches, Cooking Light

1 French Bread, sliced in half lengthwise and hollowed to 1/2 inch on each side
3 oz thin prosciutto
1 cup fresh mozzarella, sliced thin or shredded
2 plum tomaties, sliced thin OR thin slices of roasted red peppers
2 TBL chopped fresh basil
4 TBL mayo

Slice and hallow Bread
Spread 2 TBL mayo on each half of bread
Sprinkle basil on bottom half of bread only
Layer 1/2 cup cheese
Layer proscuitto
Layer tomatoes OR peppers
Layer remaining cheese

Put bread together, slice into 4 pieces

Grill in grill pan with weight about 3 minutes each side OR in Panini for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted

Delish, fresh, and perfect for a summer night with a cold beer and a fresh salad


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