Staying on Task this Summer and Garlic Cheese Bread Recipe

This Garlic Cheese Bread recipe is a great side served with almost any main dish or salad! Great for barbecue season, too!

Garlic Cheese Bread

‘Life is a gift, every last particle of it, and the way to handle a gift is to be grateful’
– Philip Yancey

Happy Friday, Friends! Life has been full, fun, exciting, on the go, even exhilarating lately (this camping trip to the coast, and this camping trip (our favorite Oregon Campground), and this camping trip to the river wedding, Abby’s graduation … to name a few), but I’m also way behind on so many household chores and my to-do list is LONG. Ugh. I sort of feel like I’m losing ground, so I’m going to share 6 simple things that I’m going to do this week to get myself back into the organized groove and ready for summer.

6 ways to stay on task this summer.

1. Daily tasks. Make the bed every morning. Read, give thanks, pray and exercise! Decide what’s important and what is not. Get my work done by 5 pm so I can enjoy the warm summer evenings! Some days I never leave the house. These are my work-put-my-head-down-and-get-it-done days. If I know ahead of time that I have a plan, I will say no when other invites come up. It’s all okay … you can’t do everything and sometimes no is the best thing for us.

2. Do 3 small chores a day. For example, sweep the floor, clean 1 bathroom, vacuum or do something that is noticeable (that makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something). Oh, and mowing the lawn counts in this category as well. I hate it when my house gets out of control. Period.

3. Encourage and thank others. Encourage Abby to get her graduation thank you notes done, and in the mail! Also, on the same level of encouragement and thanks, think of a friend who I haven’t heard from in a long time and send a quick text. It’s that easy!

4. Work in the yard and garden. Weeds, weeds, and weeds. And the garden? The raspberries are bursting on the vine … (sigh). We don’t have a hired gardener so it’s a lot of work with this yard and pool!

5. Enjoy dinner parties with friends both in our home and with several invites we’ve received. I learned a long time ago to not overcommit to too many social engagements. In fact, my husband sort of helped me years ago to put the brakes on overcommitting and stretching myself thin. But we do have 2 dinner invites this week and I will NOT cancel them. We will be spending time with great people, friends who we need in our lives. Eating with others has become very important to me and my husband. Life is delicious, and dining with some of our best friends is how we enjoy it even more!

6. Get my RE work done. Yes, I’m a full time blogger and I make a living off of my blog, so I have to stay organized, on top of my work, keep a plan, take photos, and cook a LOT. Which–all of this I love. I’m so thankful that I can work from home, and at the same time enjoy the passions that make me happy when I share them with you!

 

The gift of gratefulness.

Lastly, “Life is a gift, every last particle of it, and the way to handle a gift is to be grateful.” The best thing for me, when I feel overwhelmed and tired, it to take control of the things that I have control over, and then cover it all with a heavy blanket of gratitude. Fight the feelings with the gift of gratefulness. It works every time!

TILLAMOOK CHEESE

Tillamook Cheese (from Oregon!)

Sometimes I receive some pretty sweet gifts by UPS or in the mail. Yesterday these awesome “Tillamoo” pool-side snacks showed up. We’ll put these to good use this summer.

Garlic Cheese Bread.

And, we love Tillamook Sharp White Cheddar Cheese! So much, I used it in this yummy Garlic Cheese Bread recipe that I’m sharing today.

Garlic Cheese Bread

This is easy to make. I’ve found that everyone loves cheese bread!

Garlic Cheese Bread

For me, it’s taking the time, just a few extra steps, to make the bread that I’m serving have a little PIZAZZ.

This will indeed add pizazz.

Garlic Cheese Bread

Oh, and which dinner did I serve this bread? This one – so good! :) With my Dad and Ginny! They came and enjoyed a salmon meal with us on a Sunday afternoon. I’m thankful for and appreciate my Pop, in so many ways!

Enjoy! and Happy Father’s Day weekend to all the great dads out there, including my Pop!

How do you bring things back around when life starts feeling a bit out of control?

Garlic Cheese Bread

Garlic Cheese Bread Recipe

Yield: serves 4-6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup shredded Tillamook Smoked Black Pepper White Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 loaf of french bread or baguette (1 loaf cut in 1/2 lengthwise)
  • Chopped fresh chives for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine garlic, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and mayonnaise together in a bowl. Salt to taste.
  3. Spread mixture over the bread. Bake in preheated oven for 15 - 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Garnish with chopped fresh chives.

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Garlic Cheese Bread Recipe

4 comments

  1. So good Sandy….the post and the bread…lol. I was just looking at my planner going…”well, I didn’t get much done that was on my list”. I did a lot, but not what was on my list. Like you said, life is busy and for me it’s about prioritizing, knowing what to let go of, what has be done and trying to remember to take time to enjoy all that is around me. I need to do a better job being disciplined and focused because I get easily distracted and pretty soon the list is still there but not checked off.

  2. Great post! This bread looks so yummy!

  3. Thanks for the comforting garlic bread recipe, as well as the timely suggestions on how to be most productive this summer. I definitely need to: 1) write out a daily schedule, 1) stick to it, and 3) celebrate my small successes.

    Happy Sunday
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