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As of lately, I have been cooking simple, delicious and easy to put together meals for the fam since I have been traveling so much for my work. I don’t want to spend forever in the kitchen preparing a meal not spending precious moments with my boys.

A few weeks ago, we stopped by Trader Joe’s and discovered a spread that has changed the simple grilled cheese for good. So here I give you, one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I’ve ever made at home. And it just takes a few delicious ingredients:

– Thin-sliced sourdough bread
– Butter
– Eggplant Garlic spread (found at Trader Joe’s)
– Provolone
– Gouda
– Tomato soup

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If you’re not a Gouda fan, you can use any other soft melting cheese such as Asiago, Fontina, or an old favorite – Cheddar. What makes this grilled cheese sandwich so fantastic is the Eggplant Garlic spread I mentioned I had found at Trader Joe’s. A little tangy and savory, slather this on one slice of your bread and it takes the original favorite to a whole new level. Top with your choice of cheeses and then another slice of bread then grill over medium-high heat to a crispy golden brown.

And of course, what is a grilled cheese without its best companion – tomato soup? My favorite off-the-shelf brand is la Madeleine’s Tomato Basil Soupe. Heat over the stove and it’s ready to serve. I just love little shortcuts like this that make dinner so easy!

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I’m also a fan of finding new products like the eggplant spread that turn an ordinary grilled cheese into something amazing. Try it out this week and let me know what you think! Do you have a favorite way to turn the classic grilled cheese into something extraordinarily tasty?

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Several weeks ago I was able to go on a long-awaited and much-needed girls weekend. There was six of us and we had two and a half relaxing days with delicious food, drinks and all the chick flicks we could ask for. We always like to do some sort of DIY on this bi-annual occasion and making a sweet-smelling sugar scrub was just the ticket during this kid-free weekend.

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Sugar Scrub - www.ruthieandrose.com

These were so simple and fun to make – all you need are a few supplies. We picked up some cute, sealable jars from Hobby Lobby, but a mason jar you may already have would work too.

Next, grab some sugar, coconut oil (from your grocer), and your favorite essential oil to make it smell like a luxurious spa treatment. You can pick up essential oils from your local health food store if you don’t have any, but we used these. I picked out wild orange and eucalyptus for my sugar scrub – it’s a great blend of citrus and herbs, so it’s not too overpowering.

We used about one cup of sugar to every 1/3 cup of coconut oil. But if you want your sugar scrub to be a little more chunky, then use less coconut oil. Mix it all in a bowl to get just the right ratio and texture you want for your scrub, then add the essential oils and spoon into your glass jar.

We labeled each jar with little wooden tags and tied spoons (found in the crafting department of HL) to the jars for easy access. I hope you enjoy making your sugar scrub as much as you enjoy using it! It’s the perfect little R&R treat for the shower or bath – enjoy!

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