five minute pimento cheese melts with crispy bacon

Do you ever feel like you’re in a rut?

But when you’re in said rut, there are also usually a bazillion and one things you need to accomplish and cross off your to-do list. It feels paralyzing. Like standing at a busy intersection, watching cars and buses zoom past,  honking their horns, changing lanes, and all you do is stand on the corner and wait. You wait for the little green man to appear, signaling it’s time to cross the asphalt road. But he’s a no-show.

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been in a rut. Mentally, that is. I feel as though life is speeding by me, yet, I can’t seem to take a single step forward. I have all of these creative ideas that I want to contribute to the world, but in my mind I have no time, not even a single second to make them come to fruition. Do you ever feel this way? Maybe my mental rut is caused by the transition from winter to summer (spring was a no-show in Denver this year. So not cool)? I put summer on a pedestal making it a time where I can accomplish the impossible. Long summer days = being more productive, and thus a shorter list.

Well, what I fail to remind my myself each year is that my expectations are too high. My list that I thought I could wrap my arms around just became the length of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Thus, my mental rut. Even though I didn’t listen to my own advice (again), I have to get out of this rut! Hence the need to do a little jay-walking.

Two things that could break a girl free from a mental rut are, cheese and bacon. Can I get a Amen? I always revert back to simple, gooey cheesy melts. There’s something about spicy cheese melted on buttery toasts topped with crispy bacon that gets my creative juices flying like the monkeys in the Wizard of OZ.

So, if you’re in a rut and have five minutes, make these melts, and dodge a little traffic. It’s good for the soul.

Five Minute Pimento Cheese Melts with Crispy Bacon


1 7 oz package pimento cheese
1/4 cup dill pickles, chopped
1/4 cup bacon, cooked, chopped
1 baguette, sliced
Tabasco, garnish
Parsley, garnish


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine pimento cheese and pickles. Lay slices of baguette on a baking sheet and top with pimento cheese mixture. Bake for about 5 to 7 minutes until cheese has melted. Remove from oven and garnish with bacon, Tabasco, and parsley. Serve immediately.

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