Best Sandwich. Ever.

I am hoping we’ll have a string of days with no rain.  Not sure how much more rain our Fox River can handle.  Our poor neighbors on the channel have water half way up their back door, and there is just no where to pump the water.  Here’s a picture of our county – so crazy!


We only got a small amount of water in our basement this last round of rain.  This is the highest our river has ever been. Thankfully our house is high enough that the river would never reach our house.

When I got to work I was greeted with some sunflowers.  I didn’t even know that yesterday was “Administrative Professionals’ Day!”  It was nice though!  I took that picture on Instagram. Open-mouthed smile

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I ended up making a breakfast sammie yesterday.  While it looks like a lot under the muffin, it’s one of those 100 calorie muffins, and they are smaller.  I had a fried egg, 1.5 ounces of ham and 1 slice of melty Swiss cheese with some cantaloupe on the side.

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I ended up doing another spin class on my app – Cycle Coach.  It was 38 minutes long, with the cool down I ended up doing 45 minutes.  It’s really a great workout (and Beth, someday I will take a class!)  I ended up doing the Weight Loss one with Sarah.


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So with the garlic focaccia bread I made the night before last, I knew I wanted to try to make a panini with it.   (Here is a link to Autumn’s recipe – so easy, I hope you try it!)

So my sammie:

  • 2 ounces of garlic focaccia bread
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish mustard
  • 2 ounces deli roast beef
  • 1 ounce of horseradish cheddar
  • 1 piece of Romaine lettuce

I decided not to butter the bread like I normally do when I use the panini press – I thought that there would be enough oil in the cheese and bread that it wouldn’t be necessary, and thankfully I was right.

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Yep, my boss and I both gave this sammie big thumbs up, and I can see this being on a regular lunch rotation.  Thanks so much for posting that bread recipe Autumn!

I bought some steaks that were on sale.  The package had 4 steaks in it, but we can easily split a steak these days, so it ends up being $1.47 per serving.  Nice!

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I worked in a restaurant that made Steak Diane that was so good.  But it wasn’t like a brown gravy thought, it was much lighter and so mustardy.  Yep, sticking with that word!  So after a google search, I ended up coming up with my own version for two.

Steak Diane Sauce

  • 2 servings:  92 calories, 9 fat, 1.5 carbs, .2 fiber, .6 protein and 122 sodium


  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon horseradish mustard (or Dijon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worchester sauce
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste

Add all the ingredients in a small skillet, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until it starts to thicken up.   Serve over grilled steak.

Tony had just gotten home from work when I was making the sauce.  He is my official taste tester when it comes to salt, I never seem to add enough.  He tasted it and I thought he was going to throw up in his mouth!  He quickly took a swig of water, to which I said “No sauce for you!”

I, on the other hand, thought it was delicious.  It tasted rich, but it was vinegary from the mustard.  If I could have licked the pan, I would have.

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I didn’t realize until after I took this picture that I forgot the broccoli that was in the microwave.  I just threw it out this morning!

It was a full moon last night – I need to do some research on what setting I should have my camera at with my telephoto lens – I thought this shot was cool though – almost looks like the moon is sitting in the tree!

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I am just about to take a potato crusted quiche out of the oven.  I asked my boss yesterday what she had a taste for and she said “remember that egg thing with the potatoes in it – could you make that?”  I did, but last time I added shredded zucchini, but when I went to use it this morning, it was already bad – but it has chopped deli ham and Swiss cheese, so how bad could that be?  I also used buttermilk, so that should be interesting too!  If it tastes good, I’ll post the recipe tomorrow. Open-mouthed smile

Alright, time to jump in the shower and get this day going – make it a great day!

30 thoughts on “Best Sandwich. Ever.

  1. yayy for another great workout. I want cantaloupe after seeing your breakfast pictures from yesterday!! Enjoy that potato crusted quiche. Jealous

  2. Oh my, what awesome moon shots!

  3. I hope things dry up around your parts real soon! Thinking of you.

  4. Gosh I hope the rain holds off for a long time! I’m going to pass that app along to a few co-workers who love spinning. Hope you have an awesome day!

  5. findingradiance

    That’s scary to see. I used to bike along the trails along the Fox river near Geneva/Naperville.

  6. You are so good at breakfast. I need to get better at that! Growing up I lived on the Kankakee River. It’s nerve wracking when they get so high. Take care.

  7. I think you have your bosses spoiled….either that or they have you wrapped around their finger………..either way it’s a win, win situation, everyone gets fed and you come up with wonderful recipes!!!!

    • Forgot to add……..we used to live on Rand and Hienz Road, south of Lake Cook Road, just a hop, skip and a jump from your home back in 73′-76′ then we moved to Wisconsin.

      Looks like you county could be called Lake County?????

  8. Holy moly, that is a lot of water.

    The sunflowers are so pretty – how nice of your bosses to remember the day even if you didn’t, lol!

  9. That steak looks divine. I’ll have to try your sauce next time.

  10. Wow, I hope some of that water comes downstream to Kansas! We’re also getting rain but our poor river has been dry so long we need a lot more for it to even look like a river again. Sorry you guys are so bogged! So nice to be appreciated on Adm Prof Day! Those flowers are lovely.

  11. So much flooding, terrible. Hope it recedes quickly. Great looking sandwiches, both breakfast and lunch. Wish I had one of those. Very pretty flowers.

  12. Your posts always make me crave a sandwich. ALWAYS. 🙂

  13. Ha! You forgot the broccoli in the microwave and didn’t find it until this morning?!? Too funny. I don’t know that I’ve ever had Steak Diane. Hmmm . . . if I don’t buy cream (or milk), could I use almond milk? Or would that just be wrong?

  14. I think that sauce looks awesome. I am so excited because Tom has discovered that he actually really likes horseradish! I will have to try the steak Diane.

  15. That panini looks awesome! I have some horseradish mustard in the fridge that I have been trying to use up before it expires, so I’ll have to try this out!

    Also, I need to check out that app! I take spin classes occasionally at my gym, but I can’t always make it to class, so it would be nice to be able to create my own, whatever time I want to do it!

  16. We have the same flooding here. I live about a mile away from the river and it’s the highest I’ve ever seen it. The paper said it set a new record high. My house sits on a hill so I don’t have to worry about flooding but one corner of my yard is flooded. That roast beef sandwich sounds delicious, I will have to try that bread!

    • So now you have my twin sister making your lasagna soup!! Woop! For some reason she didn’t think her family would like it, but they loved it! Well, except for her one son that doesn’t like Italian sausage. 😦

  17. I can’t decide what part of this post is my favorite! I think I’ll go with your beautiful flowers.

  18. Such beautiful flowers you lucky lady! Great photos of the moon – I love that! Of course your food always looks amazing and makes me drool. 🙂

  19. […] the brain since I still had focaccia leftover.  This time I used the leftover steak from the Steak Diane.  Two ounces of steak, habanero jack cheese and romaine. […]

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