20 July 2015

Grilled Cheese with HillShire Farm Naturals

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media® and  Hillshire Farm®but all my opinions are my own. http://my-disclosur.es/RgFrEH

Raise your hand if you loved grilled cheese as a child? I did... and I still do as a adult! But the only thing is I'm over is the simplicity of a basic grilled cheese: boring white bread and American cheese. That's good for the kiddos but we are adults here and we deserve BETTER! 

Jonathan and I are always looking to upgrade the classics. This recipe came purely out of being a little creative at our local Safeway. One way I upgraded to adulthood is by adding a lunch meat to my grilled cheese. And not just any old lunch meat but HillShire Farm Naturals: Black Forest Ham. I'm a huge fan of ham in my grilled cheese and with Hillshire's lunch meat, it takes it to the next level. 

The meat is cut a little thicker with deep rich flavors. The best part of their lunch meats is they are 100% Natural, 100% Delicious and now 100% Guaranteed. Speaking of guarantees, Hillshire Farm® is offering a “Love It or We’ll Eat It” Guarantee for those who try the product. They will donate a lunch to someone in need if you “Love it” or provide a rebate.

Another way we upgraded this classic was by using a smoky sliced Gouda cheese and thick cut sourdough bread. You can easily change the cheese to anything that's good at melting, Muenster, Provolone, Havarti, Swiss, etc. Choose your favor, as long as it isn't sliced American cheese, unless your feeding the kiddos, of course! 

Additionally, you can save $0.75 on any ONE (1) Hillshire Farm Naturals® Black Forest Ham {I used this in the recipe!} or Honey Roasted Ham with the digital coupon available through the Just4U online portal. Expires 8/9/15. (While Supplies Last). Just head over here, create a account through Safeway's Just4U and collect your coupon for this delicious lunch meat!

Grilled Cheese with
HillShire Farm Naturals

By Alexis Sanchez


3-4 Slices HillShire Farm Naturals Lunch Meat {Black Forest Ham Used in Recipe}
2 Slices Sourdough Bread
2 Slices Gouda Cheese {or any melting cheese}
2 Tablespoon Softened Butter


1. Begin by turning on a pan on medium heat and spraying it with cooking spray. I used a flat grill pan to get the grill marks but you can use any pan you have! 

2. Assemble your sandwich: Spread the butter on one side of the sourdough bread. Lay that flat on the pan, next add a layer of cheese slice. Next comes the HillShire Farm Naturals Lunch Meat, make a layer of ham. Top with another slice of cheese and butter the last slice of bread and put on top.

3. Let the bread do it's magic, check on the mark and when it's slightly toasted, flip the sandwich careful using a spatula.

4. Continue to toast the bread, make sure the cheese is melting inside. Once it's grilled to perfection, remove from heat and slice in half. Serve with your favorite tomato soup {I love a tomato and roasted red pepper blend!} or on it's own, either way ENJOY!

07 July 2015

TPT Seller Challenge: Week 1, 2, 3!

When I first saw the "TPT Seller Challenge", I was beyond excited and ready to jump right in. With my new beginnings starting in the fall, I knew I wanted to give my TPT store some love this summer to prepare for my new "position". I kept seeing everyone's posts on Instagram about their makeovers, I kept thinking about what I wanted to change in my store and getting excited about the changes/challenges. Well, reality sunk in, and realized I didn't have time (yet) to sit down and work on these challenges until about last week. A few days after getting out of school, and moving my entire classroom to storage, I started the summer institute of my graduate program for three straight weeks, 8-4. I'm thankful for the TPT Challenge ladies for letting people jump in at any moment! :] 

I decided to change the covers of one of the series I started creating this year, 3rd Grade Weekly Homework Packets. You can read all about how I use them in my classroom here. I loved the covers I had before hand, they were similar to each other, colorful but very busy. It was hard to see that it was for 3rd grade unless you really looked at the cover. Another thing I've recently fell in love with was square covers (I'm working on changing all my covers to square now!) so I knew I wanted to change them so they were square.

I'm in LOVE with my new covers. Everything cleaner, brighter and straight o the point. You can now noticed that is is 3rd grade right away and what it covers inside at a glance. The covers are all unified which will help me when I continue to make this series in Kindergarten through Second grade. I'm hoping to wrap up the rest of 3rd grade soon so I can focus on other grade levels. :]

I've put together a sample/freebie you can snag (it's one week free!) to try this out in your classroom!

Debt: Who doesn't want to pay off debt? I'm SO close to finally tackling some big debt I've had for a while and will probably do a happy dance when I zeros. Next up after that is tackling my student loans, but I'm not too worried about those, they are my badges of honor. :]

House: After I tackle the above, I want to continue to save up for a home! I can't wait to call something my own.

Travel: I'm dreaming of traveling around the world. I would absolutely love nothing more than to jump on a cruise ship for a couple of months and sail away. One day, I hope!

Designing: I've been blessed this year with the growth of my designing business, Laugh Eat Learn Designs. I've worked with some amazing people (I can't wait to meet you in Vegas this week!) and look forward to my future clients. I really hope that with going part time, I can focus more on my creative side and continue to grow my small business!

Milestones: I would absolutely LOVE to reach a TPT milestone. It may take 5 years to get there, but I would embrace that success at any moment.

Lastly, my master piece! I've been wanting to create a new series of organization for teachers so I created these easily editable calendars. Each of these come with two versions, color copy and printer friendly. They are completely editable in PowerPoint (something we are all familiar with!) and with simple directions and fonts used. 

The best part of these calendars is that I will continue to update the calendars year after year. So for $5 (or $3.50 if you buy them on sale now!) you will continue to get a adorable calendar every year! I've also included in the file a print and go copy of each version of the calendar. I currently have 4 patterns but my hope is to continue to make a couple more! What would you like to see: patterns, colors? Let me know your thoughts! :]