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Monday, December 12, 2011

Neck Pillows and Tasty Toasted Cheese

Good morning and happy Monday!  I am scrambling to get finished with handmade gifts, finishing touches, holiday baking and scheduling my last couple of get togethers to exchange gifts.  Also, I have to send a gift to California this year now that a dear friend has moved so I have to get that in the mail(note to self!).  This is such a wonderful time of year but it is easy to feel a little hectic. 

I have pictured above the two neck pillows I made for my co-workers.  I love mine so much, I thought they would make awesome and practical gifts.  I was able to make these with 2 fat quarters a piece and some matching ribbon and fiberfill.  So far I have made four of them, all with quilter's cotton.  I wonder if they would be better with home decorator weight fabric.  I will have to make one and see.  At any rate, they make reading in bed or watching tv on the couch so much more comfortable.  The girls loved them.

  I also had to share a new take on a classic.  I was watching tv and saw a show that featured toasted pimento cheese sandwiches.  I had to try them so I headed to the grocery store, trying to remember what was in them.  I am only able to tell you what I used.  You can play with amounts because I did not follow an exact recipe.  I used shredded pepper jack cheese, shredded mild cheddar, a jar of chopped pimento with the juice, a dash of Green Tabasco, a dash of cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and mayo.  I mixed it together and toasted it between sliced bakery Italian bread.  It was awesome.  I served it with tomato soup.  I love how gooey it got and it had a little kick.   You could always substitute plain jack cheese for the pepper jack to tone it down slightly.  It is a keeper for sure.  This would be perfect for a Christmas brunch.  It really takes grilled cheese and makes it ready for prime time!

I hope everyone has a great week.  Today my grade level is throwing a "frost and decorate your own Christmas cookie" party.  I hope my co-workers enjoy themselves and remember the days when that was an important part of Christmas.  It signalled the beginning of the holiday for me when I was a kid.  Take care.  Nancy


  1. Your pillows are beautiful, I have enjoyed looking around your past post. I have just found your lovely blog through the blog on Sunday link wonderful to join in. I'm now following you hope you visit me and follow back so nice to find new friends to catch up with. Have a great day.
    Always Wendy

  2. Lovely pillows - I'm sure they will be well recieved gifts! And your cheese sandwich looks and sounds yummy!!

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  3. Yum! I love a good variation on the ol' grilled cheese!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  4. Oh my! Your version of grilled cheese sounds incredible. I can't wait to try it. I actually have a jar of pimento in my pantry.

    Pinning on pinterest. :)

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  5. love the cheese! looks so yummy! Would love for you to come over and link up to my Tasty Tuesday party!

  6. Love pimento cheese! What a great idea to have it as a grilled cheese :-)

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  7. Those sound way better than a plain grilled cheese for sure.

  8. Hi Nancy,
    I've been wanting to make those! They turned out really cute and i think a decor fabric weight would hold up better. I'll have to make one and we can compare..tee hee
    Happy New Year!
    New Blog: cottage corner

  9. Hi there. I have been wanting to make some of these pillows. Do you have the pattern you can share? I would really appreciate it. Thanks.