A Cheesy Excuse
Last night, my church held the first annual "Ultimate Grilled Cheese Throw Down" where we had a competition to determine the best grilled cheese sandwich. My "Hellfire Damnation" tied for second place (I'm claiming religious persecution because of the name). After the competition, the griddles were opened up to all to create whatever combination they desired. Who knew that brie, chocolate chips, and basil could taste good together? Don't ask, OK?
The highlight of my evening came when I was sitting next to our pastor's wife. She was eating her grilled cheese sandwich, laden with a mixture of condiments and meats. She paused and commented to me that something wasn't right; something was missing. That's right, folks: in her desire to accessorize, she forgot to put cheese on her grilled cheese sandwich. (And she also made the mistake of noting her error sitting next to a blogger who finds application in EVERYTHING.)
How often do we do that with our accomplishments? We get so caught up in all of the minutiae, that we forget the main purpose of what we need to do. Often, I will start my projects with one simple question (which could have multiple answers): "This project will be successful when _____________." Then I will pull this statement out when people want to throw tons of condiments on my project plan. It keeps us focused and on track.
Think about your accomplishments. Your projects. Your relationships. Your operations. Your life. Are you forgetting the cheese? I hope not!
Tim's Hellfire Damnation Sandwich Recipe:
- Bread: Jalapeno Cheese Bread from Uncle Wendell's Bakery
- Cheese: Shullsburg Extra Spicy Hot Pepper Jack
- Mango Peach Salsa
Preheat griddle or pan to 375 degrees. Cut bread approximately 1/4" thick. Slice pepper jack approximately 3/16" thick. Thinly layer the salsa on one slice of bread. Butter outsides of bread (works best if butter is room temperature). Grill until golden brown and cheese is all gooey-melty (technical grilled cheese terminology).