Have You Ever Said the Wrong Name in Bed?

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 6 weeks since I gave birth to our daughter, Avery.  It’s been a whirlwind/circus since then re-learning newborn tendencies.  What I failed to realize at the time is that on April 29, we also gave birth to a middle child.  Our 5-year old, Adrienne, who has enjoyed being the baby, had her world turned upside down some 6 weeks ago.  She has engaged in the typical attention-seeking behaviors, like sucking on a pacifier, storming out of the house in search of a new family, and penning original songs such as “Babies Can Fall Out of Trees” and “I Don’t Want You Sleeping in My (Old) Crib.”  (These are all typical, right?)   

This past week, she expressed to us her desires to be an only child – that sometimes Isabelle (our oldest) gets her way, sometimes we get our way, but mostly, the baby gets her way.  In an effort to give her special time, Brian and I lay in bed with her snuggling one night.  And then, he did it…  “We love you very much, Isabelle.”  REALLY, DAD?!?!  Timing is everything.  This couldn’t have been a worse time to say the wrong name in bed.  (I’ll start saving now for her therapy bill.)

In honor of all middle children, we offer you a recipe for a Grilled Margherita Sandwich.  To you, who are sandwiched between the overachieving older sibling and younger spoiled one, we raise our forks to you.  Cheers to my middle siblings – Brian and Tim – for any and all resentments and added therapy caused when I joined the family.  To the oldest and youngest, mark your calendars…August 12 is National Middle Sibling Day.  (It’ll probably be forgotten like those middle child baby books, but I thought it was worth mentioning…)

Grilled Margherita Sandwich

Makes: 2 sandwiches

  • 4 (1/2-inch) slices crusty Italian bread
  • 1 large garlic clove, quartered
  • 4 to 6 thin slices whole-milk mozzarella cheese (about 3 oz.)
  • 1 large plum tomato, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic-pepper seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Rub both sides of each bread slice with garlic. Place 2 slices on work surface; top each with one-fourth of the cheese and half of the tomato and basil. Sprinkle each with 1/8 teaspoon of the seasoning; top with remaining cheese and bread slices.

Brush tops of sandwiches with some of the oil; sprinkle with some of the seasoning. Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in large skillet over medium heat until hot. Place sandwiches, brushed-sides down, in skillet; cover and cook 4 to 5 minutes or until golden brown and cheese on bottom of sandwich begins to melt.

Reduce heat to medium-low. Brush tops of sandwiches with remaining oil; sprinkle with remaining seasoning. Turn; cover and cook 2 to 4 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is melted.


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