>> Monday, June 21, 2010
Summer is surely in full swing. And we did a lot this weekend as a result. For Father's Day, we trekked to my hometown for the Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival. It's an annual event that features a 10K race, parade, carnival, and arts & crafts show. So, it's a lot of fun. It's a yearly excuse to get together with family and friends.
Here are just some of the highlights:
Not sure why I'm waving my arms and smiling with my mouth wide open in most of these shots. However, you can gather it was a fun weekend -- most definitely. Back to the 10K for a minute. Get this: Stephen WON the 10K. It wasn't the largest field in the world (maybe 100 runners or so), but with the elevation and a finish time of 36:59 -- we're all super proud of him. I scored second place in my age group, too (50:15 -- again, this course is HARD, so no PRs here!) . . .
Did I mention it was like 80 degrees and brutally sunny the entire time? I wore my Camelbak for extra support, and I'm so glad I did.
I even made a little time for some yoga with my wonderful friend Erin.
And, of course, we can't forget Father's Day. Here are a few shots of me and my dad (who was very kind to pose for me):
But enough about me. So, what's this High Maintenance Melt? It's a copycat sandwich from my favorite hometown cafe: The Native Bagel. Sandwiches are the best -- and when you put them on a bagel (remember the apple melt???), they get even better. Add cheese? Woah.
HIGH MAINTENANCE MELT
What you'll need . . .
- A bagel of your choice, toasted
- Light cream cheese or 2 Laughing Cow cheese wedges
- 2 slices of deli cheese (I used pepper-jack, but cheddar is also good)
- 1 vine tomato, sliced
- Handful of baby spinach, divided
- Brown mustard to taste
Method . . .
- Turn your oven on to the broil option.
- Once your bagel is toasted, let it cool slightly . . . then spread on a thin layer of cream cheese (or use those Laughing Cow wedges -- I love those).
- Pile on a healthy layer a spinach, then tomato, then top with your slice of cheese.
- Put under the broiler until lightly browned and bubbly. Squirt on some mustard for extra taste.
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