News On The Compound

My youngest brother, Nate, gave our new living quarters a name, The Compound. We thought is was an appropriate name for our little dwelling of two families living under the same roof.

Our days have been filled with sweet little mixtures...

bulk lunches...

and making use of space...

This last week has been full of drama. My sweet curly-haired niece brought home a sweet little fever-cold-cough combo, and was kind enough to pass her sweet little illness around to the rest of us. I've been making tea, handing out tylenol, and trying to get everyone as comfy as possible. Although I loved sitting out under the two am stars with Vitali to loosen up his cough in the cool night air, I am grateful to finally get some sleep.

The real drama happened at Brother Lee's birthday party (forgive me for not having pictures, I was way too stressed). My darling redhead decided to experiment on his younger cousin by pushing her to see how far she could fly. The problem was that there were wooden steps at the end of her destination. The other problem was that she went face first into wooden steps. Lets just put it this way; there was gasping, screaming, and a whole lot of blood. The emergency room wasn't necessary, but she was left with nasty teeth marks in her toungue and plump little lips when the damage was done.

Fresh air has been our friend this week, along with disinfectant wipes.

We are getting a lot of rest and hoping for a healthy week here at The Compound.

The Compound wishes you good health!...and a yummy lunch recipe...

If you like grilled cheese as much as I do, than you'll love this happy little bite of goodness.


sliced wheat or sourdough bread

thinly sliced red onion

chopped cilantro (or whatever herbs you prefer)

sliced cheese of your wildest dreams (I dream of sharp cheddar or mozzarella, my sister dreams of fetta)

Dijon mustard


aioli sauce:

1 cup mayonaise

2 Tbs. sour cream

1 Tbs. lemon juice

2 tsp. red onion finely chopped

1 Tbs. cilantro finely chopped

2 cloves fresh garlic

salt and pepper (to taste)

(Mix aioli ingredients together and adjust to your tastebuds)


Heat pan. Place sandwich ingredients onto sliced bread. Thinly spread ketchup and dijon mustard inside of bread. Thinly spread aioli sauce on the outside of sandwich, place in pan. Heat sandwich until cheese is melted and bread is as golden as the sunsets of California. Enjoy!


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