As you all know, family is incredibly important to me. I love the quote, “No other success can compensate for failure in the home” and we definitely try to live by that at our house. I love that Manwich has started, “A Case of the Mandays with Manwich”. It’s the idea that if we can just take one day a week, Monday and try to eat together and play together as a family we will create stronger bonds within our families, and ultimately stronger schools, citizens, communities and a a stronger society. Seriously.
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Are you Raising a Contributing Member of Society?
I’ve talked before about 6 ways to raise a happy and confidant child, and I truly believe that it’s not about being a perfect parent, but about raising our children in a way that they can become their best selves, feel confident without the need for outside flattery, and be honest, hardworking members of their community. In the end isn’t that what really need more of in the world today? This Marriage and Family Fact sheet has a ton of great statistics on why families are central to the success of the world.
Families That Play Together Stay Together
I realize that not everyone has children, and that this is something that I’m ultra passionate about, but I’m pretty sure that a stronger family unit never has had negative affects on anyone. Lately we’ve been trying to play together more as a family. Once a week we have a yummy dinner, a little family counsel (we’ll discuss this at another time since this is already so long) and play time together. Each member of our family gets to take a turn picking an activity and we all do it no matter what. P’s activity lately has been hide and go seek. I don’t think it’s the game as much as laughing about how excited Little C is to play. In fact, that hour or two that we do this is a real hoot for all of us. It’s fun to watch the kids help each other and everyone drop everything just to be with each other. And guess what? We’ve actually had less bickering between the little ones and more help around the house.
Are you Willing to Have Your Own “Manday”?
So, what do you think? Are you willing to take one night a week to just be together as a family? Unplug from your devices, turn off the tv, enjoy a delicious meal together and create a stronger family?
We were and for one of our nights we decided to let the kids pick dinner and then all of us work in the kitchen together. The girls picked grilled cheese sandwiches and we had an absolute blast building our “Ultimate Grilled Cheese”. I used the original Manwich to create and Italian sausage sauce and it was DELICIOUS!! We then chose more favorite ingredients from each family member, cheeses, guacamole, bacon, caramelized onions, sauteed peppers, mustards, mayonnaise, and salsa. YEAH. BUDDY. It turned out ridiculously amazing, and we had such a fun time.
By the end of the night we were stuffed to the brim, and happy as a clam.
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Sometimes you just need a night in with the family and comfort food. This is the ultimate grilled cheese loaded with everything you could ever want in a perfect sammy.
- Texas Style White Bread
- Bacon, Cooked
- Caramelized Onions * see note
- Sauteed Peppers
- Colby Jack Cheese, sliced
- butter for grilling
- 1/2 Lb Mild Italian Sausage
- 1 Can Original Manwich
- 1 Clove of Garlic
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Basil, chopped
- In a large skillet, over medium high heat, add the Italian sausage and cook until browned and no longer raw, breaking up the meat as it cooks, about 6-10 minutes. Add the garlic and basil the last minute of cooking and cook for the remainder. Add the Manwich sauce and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Spread a layer of Manwich Italian Sausage sauce over one slice of bread. Top with caramelized onions, peppers, and guacamole. On another slice, place the cheese and bacon. Press the two halves together and butter the top of the sandwich.
- Heat a grill over medium heat and place the sandwich butter side down. Butter the new top of the sandwich and place a lid or second skillet over the sandwich to trap in the heat. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden and flip the sandwich replacing the lid once you've turned it over. Cook until golden and the cheese is melted, serve immediately.
Caramelizing onions is not hard. Just slice the onion, drizzle a little olive oil or butter in a pan over medium heat, add the onions and turn down to low. Let the onions slowly cook until golden.
*This is a sponsored post for Manwich, but the recipe, ideas and opinions are my own. I was provided the product and giveaway as well.