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Monday, July 28, 2014

The sun finally came back to the BC coast , not as warm as it was but still, it is warm.

I read something this morning that really struck me. Though it is something one of my cousins posted for the NA and AA members, I found in my mind that it also suits some of us with weight problems After all, Drugs and Alcohol are addictions, as well as food is for some., though not all of us.

I have asked permission to copy and it was given, so see what you think..

"Having relationships without barriers, ones in which we can be entirely open with our feelings, is something many of us desire. At the same time, the possibility of such intimacy causes us more fear than almost any other situation in life.
If we examine what frightens us, we’ll usually find that we are attempting to hide an aspect of our personalities that we are ashamed of, an aspect we sometimes haven’t even admitted to ourselves. We don’t want others to know of our insecurities, our pain, or our neediness, so we simply refuse to expose them. We may imagine that if no one knows about our imperfections, those imperfections will cease to exist.
This is the point where our relationships stop. Anyone who enters our lives will not get past the point at which our secrets begin. To maintain intimacy in a relationship, it is essential that we acknowledge our defects and accept them. When we do, the fortress of denial, erected to keep these things hidden, will come crashing down, enabling us to build up our relationships with others."

How many of us hide behind our large size? Use it as a shield to protect ourselves from emotions that we don't want to face? Become the jovial clown of the group/class/ family, to hide those feelings we have of vulnerability? What is the first thing we turn to, when we are hurt, upset, extremely happy?

Just as substance users learn to turn to drugs and alcohol to hide or make themselves feel better, some of us learned to turn to food instead. Unlike those in NA and AA, we can not enter this fight against addictions by simply abstaining from drugs and alcohol, we have to learn to live with food daily. We have no choice in the matter.

Some of us manage to control this addiction and face our relationships with others. And some of us, facing the relationships are harder or impossible to face, for one reason or another. And fewer still, find a relationship that cancels out all the negativity that surrounds the addiction of overeating.

My experiences govern me to believe, relationships - past, present and future, are the center hub of most obesity problems, though certainly not all of them. I have counselled enough people to see the common threads running through their lives.

Self imagery... I can hear someone say, that is not a relationship problem. Oh but it is! It is the relationship you have with yourself. And it is more often than not caused by people close to the person that repetitiously states things that lower the self esteem....

For instance , my four half brothers saying things all through my early are a slob, you are ugly, no one will want you, you will never have any one love you and so on. Even after they move away from the family home, the words still echo in your head and heart. And as life proceeds, their predictions have taken root and grown because now, you find yourself an adult. And as an adult you realize, no man want to marry you. You grow old remaining alone, with no special people in your life....their predictions have come true and you are forced to believe their words

And so how did I come to grips with all this? I ate. I kicked those people out of my life as soon as I could, but I already had the problem, Even though I have fought against getting heavier, and I watch every mouthful I eat, I am not winning. Not sure that I will ever win, as the dragons, as I call them, are many. And they have the power if resurrection on their side. I slay them but they return, just as powerful as when I first beat them.

Another relationship that a lot of people do not consider a food. Yes, we have a relationship with food. It's awful being in a dysfunctional relationship with food. I would compare it to regrettable flings in my past, but those flings didn't last very long. Food and I have been breaking up and making up since childhood. The worst part? Our affair is completely one-sided.

A keeps a list of food rules on her fridge. "Just a few," she says. "No sugar, no white or fried food, no dairy, no gluten and no carbonation. I do not eat beef. In my opinion, that sets you up for a fall when your stomach starts grumbling and you're forced to deviate from your well-laid eating plans. Result? You cheat on your eating plan, another one of your relationships, if you will. Then what happens? You abuse yourself, you slander might as well have a boyfriend or husband that beats you up because you are more vicious to yourself.

Sure, I could go on with this theme of relationships and the overweight. Many people will probably deny this view I have and do you know what? That is okay. Because I denied it for many, many years...and maybe in some ways I still do...because I am still a big person, and still fighting within this relationship I have with my fatness and the foods I eat. All I can do is try, every day, to beat down the dragons from the past, try all the time to convince myself they are lies and not to believe, and lastly, watch the choices I make with my foods intake

Thanks for coming by to read, for being out there, to listen, and to support me. Have a terrific day. God bless emoticon

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TOPSBEAR 7/28/2014 9:32PM

    I did not get too much accomplished today. Yesterday I had swept and washed all the floors( kitchen, living room bathroom and bedroom) By the time that was done my wrist was really achy and complaining.(I had done them the day before as well, but after 2 months of not doing them it took more than one sweep and wash to get them looking nice again) I guess two days in a row was too much for it .

The sun has returned , though it is distinctly cooler than it had been before the rains came. I have not had to put on one of the 6 fans I had going before the rains.

I did work on blocking out a painting to do, it is taking longer than I had hoped to get back to painting, but not much I can do about it.

That is about all in my neck of the woods,have a peaceful evening emoticon

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IMAVISION 7/28/2014 6:15PM

    This has given me lots to ponder, Bear!

My mind is already doing a lot of "grasshopper jumps" as I consider my thoughts on this subject. emoticon

Time will tell if I will try to put whatever I come up with in a typed comment. emoticon

Its been a cool day here --- supposed to get increasingly cooler throughout the week. I am okay with that.

We had a very heavy rain last night --- with absolutely no forewarning that it was on its way. emoticon It was welcomed; however, it would have been nice if we had known ahead of time that it was headed our way, as my energetic MrV spent a lot of time & energy making sure everything got a good soaking in the late afternoon. That's life! emoticon

My "always on the go" MrV is busy putting the new brass headboard on the new bed in the upstairs guest room. It is really lovely looking & will give that room a bit more elegance for those who will eventually be using it.

I have spent a lot of today on correspondences --- feels great to have them done; however, there are still a few that I need to see to. Tomorrow is another day to work on those.

Right now, I am feeling a bit drained & just want to take it easy for a bit before it is time to prepare our evening meal. I had considered making a large pot of my homemade split-pea soup emoticon --- thinking that it would hit the proverbial "spot" with the cooler days promised --- however, I just did not have it in me to follow through with that idea. Again --- tomorrow is another day! emoticon

I hope that your today has proven both productive & blessed, Bear!

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TOPSBEAR 7/28/2014 5:28PM

    emoticon Why do we let them?

well, for me, when I was younger, I let them because I craved having their "love" and affection, even when that was not what I was getting. I kept believing if I was the perfect sister, they would come to love and care for me. After all, we were family, weren't we? Isn't that the way it is supposed to be?

I did everything and anything I could to try to get my half brothers to love me. I did anything and everything to keep peace in the family. I bit my tongue rather than speak out against these abuses. Which in turn, made me turn to food to soothe the raging beast that was locked up inside.

I was into my 30s before I realize, it was never going to happen and quit trying...quit trying to win their affections, quit trying to have a decent relationship with them, quit trying to be a good sister. They never accepted me as a sister in the first place, so why did I care what they thought all those years?

When my mother died when I was 40, that was when I finally got the nerve to break the tie and divorce myself from them so that I did not have to hear it anymore. Life became instantly more peaceful. But I still battled the dragons that were born in the world that was, and probably always will. A lot of years of brainwashing before I broke out.

Before that, I could not find the nerve as they were the sunshine of my mothers life, the idols on the pedestals. I had it rough enough looking after my mother without adding the one thing that would have antagonized her any more than she already was...that thing being refusing to associate with my half brothers.

So, if you were anything like me, you probably put up with these hurtful people because you still strive for their affection OR it would hurt your parents for you to disassociate from those people.

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DSBRIDE 7/28/2014 3:09PM

    Wow! I saw myself with you in the relationship with food. What you said is so true. I've been wondering for years just why people are so mean. What is it that they have to lift themselves up while putting you down. Just because they are family does not mean they have to Ike me or even bother with me but why do they have to constantly hurt me? And a bigger question is why do I let them?

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summer over already?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I am beginning to think summer is over already. The summer heat came in the beginning of July... then in a blink of an eye, just as some of the locals were starting to complain( darn them) mother nature seemed to listen to them... the clouds rolled in, days cooled off and the rains started to fall....and fall

The sun has tried hard to break through on three days of the last 9 days, but it is not making it.

This morning, it has become cool enough that I have had to turn on some heat...THAT does NOT make me happy.

The forecast has been promising sunshine to the tune of 80 degrees for the last 3 or 4 days... I have been so hopeful.... but nope, not happening

The water bomber has stopped parking at our airport. A good sign for the area in terms of fires.

For a place that is labeled the sunshine coast, a place that gets the most sunshine hours per year for Canada, a place has been labelled the hawaii of the north.....what is going on here????

Days are getting shorter already...will summer come back?

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IMAVISION 7/26/2014 8:28PM

    Just stopping in with a quick emoticon, Bear. Sure do hope your have enjoyed your day. We were up & going early & feel great about the productive day we "Visions" put in. Thankfully, we have no plans for this evening --- that is except to enjoy time for just the two of us. As much as we enjoy spending time with friends, it is such a pleasure when we have a Friday or Saturday night for ourselves.

We are going to watch an episode or two of the "Rockford Files" & then call it an early night. We are both tired, although content.

God bless your Sunday, Bear!

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SLIMLILA 7/25/2014 8:57AM

    NO, NO, NO! I refuse to believe that summer is over, I'm just getting ready for it..... We did get rain overnite, and it's only 18 with some muggieness, but the grass needed it.
Sending you sunshine and warm wishes... I do agree, having to turn on heat in July....No way!!!! Bad enough from Sept to June!!!!

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IMAVISION 7/24/2014 2:43PM

    Oh, surely you have some more summer days ahead, Bear! emoticon

It is a funny thing --- I look forward to Fall; however, some of my all time favorite days of the year are the Indian summer days of that time of year. Here's hoping that your summer days aren't gone for good --- however, in the event that they are, may your area have lots of Indian summer days ahead --- before Winter sets in again.

The days you just described put me in mind of a summer we had about eight years back --- it felt like Fall all summer long --- unreal --- we actually put the heat on to take the chill off & had fires in the fireplaces. I was surprised when a good friend, who had grown up in this area, pointed out that all the summertimes of her youth & those up until about the time we moved here, had been like that summer. I thought I remembered our first summer here being a lot cooler & with way more rain; but then I considered that that first one here might have just seemed cooler & wetter, because we had move from the three-digit summer heat of our part of the Lone Star State --- Texas.

It is pleasantly warm under our piece of the sky --- any warmer & I would be wishing that I could send you a few of our degrees. emoticon

We Vision's have been enjoying a laid back, while still productive, morning. That being the type of day I most enjoy. We have one more "must do" chore for the day & then will call the rest of the day totally our own. We need to put the shower curtain & liner up, so we can run the water in the new shower stall. The workman will be here tomorrow to put in the accessory that they had sent the wrong one for & the company wants us to "use" the shower stall to make sure all is well with its installation. They just called late yesterday to suggest that to us.

We have chosen the perfect shower curtain to go with the newly painted walls. The walls are the color of coffee with a lot of cream in it & then the shower curtain is a mixture of that shade with a light brown mixed in --- the bath mat a cream color --- so everything goes well --- they will be sure to soothe one's senses.

God bless!

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club chat, july 23

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Not much to report today, as there were not many members in attendance. It was election/ installation of officers day, so rather than get nailed into a position, most of them stay away on this day. It is expected, as it happens every year, so the same few of us, do the same jobs.

I, personally, lost 8 lbs, which negates the water gain of last week. So I am ok with that. the rest of those that came, showed little losses and even smaller gains.

So we installed the officers, and did the paperwork for everything. Short discussion to see how people were doing with the 8 week challenge, which led to frustration. So far, seems only myself and Ima, who is doing it online, are doing it. Hopefully some of the others will start noting things in this week...

After the meeting I went grocery shopping. Got home and put everything away. decided I wanted veggie chow mein for supper so got that going and is now just sitting.

I have done too much with my wrist so I will cut this short and go rest it

hope you all have a good day

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TOPSBEAR 7/24/2014 4:56PM

    elected Offices for TOPS:

inted Offices:
Head weight recorder
Assistant weight recorder
Audit committee- needed once a year

Games person - initiates challenges and games for the group ( as this group doesn't care for this we dont have one)
Sunshine person - welcomes guests and new members, remembers birthdays and other important days for each member
Installation person - needed once a year

I actually prefer the meeting in my home, then everything is at my finger tips, when questions are asked. When we met at another building, I had 2 big bags (ledgers, daily program stuff, 50/50 tickets/money, club draw, ect) and the scales that I had to lug back and forth, as well as find rides back and forth. It is a lot easier at home.

No one lingers after the meeting. We prefer not to do tea and coffee, and food is not supposed to be served at the meeting (though I know some clubs disregard this) Graeme is the clock watcher LOL, He lets everyone know when it is time to wind up simply by closing his weight recorders books lol At least that is how it seems.
I am usually winding it up anyways unless it is a really good discussion going on, and if that is the case, his book stays open lol Kind a funny actually

I have asked him a few times if he would like to be leader but nope he is quite happy with being the weight recorder

The new decor of the guest bathroom sounds lovely! and How fortunate that the shower curtain fits in beautifully emoticon

and yes, the "new " exercise does not have to be something you do all week, just needs to be something not in your normal routine for exercise. dancing for 10 minutes with Mr V could be one. If you go somewhere to pick fruit or veggies, a farm or something, that could be another. Making preserves, could be exercise if you make a lot. packing jars, preparing the food, lifting in and out of the canner ect is all moving! Walking backwards on the treadmill, yes that is certainly different lol, not sure I would be able to do that one very well!

Like I said, just something that is not your usually in your exercise routines. raking leaves and sweeping the patio would even count!

Have yourself a wonderful day God bless!

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IMAVISION 7/24/2014 4:10PM

    First, let me say, that I am so surprised that the group seems to be resisting the challenge. I thought it might be something to spur everyone on. It has me determined to see it through --- to the best of my ability --- meaning I know that I won't be doing the photo with me holding a TOPS news. I am still trying to come up with an exercise that I have never done before --- at first, I was thinking that I would be required to keep up for a week --- but then it doesn't say it has to be for a whole week. Hear my loud sigh of relief! emoticon "The gang" have given me any number of suggestions --- the least likely being to walk on the emoticon backwards. emoticon

What are the offices for the group, Bear?

I can't imagine that any offices to do with a small TOPS group would be that demanding of personal time or effort --- that is, other than that of leader of the group, with it's weekly demand of having a program ready, &, of course, in your case of having the group "invade" your home each Wednesday morning.

I am always of two minds when offering our home for meetings --- it is nice to not have to travel to another location & then be home already at the end of the meeting --- however, hosting is more demanding than simply showing up at another location. And, at times, there are the one or two who stay on well past what is a reasonable "after the meeting" visit. emoticon I guess, bottom line, I would prefer to host in the Winter & not host on good weather days.

I have held several offices in several groups over the years (& turned down the "honor" of a few); however, the one office I will never willingly take on is that of Treasurer. I do not want to be responsible for emoticon that does not belong to me --- be it fifty-cents or five hundred dollars!

We got the shower curtain & liner up --- it looks as if it was purchased for that room --- I chose it originally for the upstairs guest bathroom, but decided not to use it in there, so it has been sitting on a closet shelf waiting for it's time to be of use. I got it wrong when I said it has some light brown to it --- it is actually a light cream color with a slightly darker cream color to it. The heavy lining is also a shade of cream. Very pretty!

God bless!

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TOPSBEAR 7/24/2014 12:00AM

    thanks ladies but it is not a big deal as it is just the water weight from last weeks gain. technically, as far as I am concerned, I didnt lose a thing. just a glitch with my kidneys and the heat last week

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SLIMLILA 7/23/2014 10:49PM

    Woohoo!!! Way to go with the 8 lbs. Our humidex was 40C today, so my leg was swelling after being down only a few min. at a time, may just take my anti-inflammatory tonite.

And this heat has been making me feel sick off and on most of the day... too hot for me.

Rest well, my friend.

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DSBRIDE 7/23/2014 5:39PM

    Congrats on the 8 lb loss! That's fantastic!
Take care of yourself, it's so important to let bones mend properly. Hugs!

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Tea sandwiches 101, part 2

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ok, here are some more tea sandwich recipe ideas, a little more involved than yesterdays blog about the same. I do not always go with the standard or traditional tea sandwiches, as you may find out on this page (if you did not really notice on the previous page)

For one thing, when you cater events, you need items that will make people remember you, in this case, non traditional but tasty fare, if you want to cultivate more people to your customer base. I do not cater very often anymore, but I am still known for the menus I have put before my clients, family and friends. I do still get requests from family and friends to come out and do an event for them, for which I am happy to do.

Do not be nervous to try other breads types, there are many out there to choose from. Wheat, white, sourdough, pumpernickel, rye…the choice of bread is yours. Or, for a creative checkerboard effect, use one white slice and one wheat per sandwich.

Just remember,, spread butter (or flavour change, whipped cream cheese) right to the edges of the bread you choose, and always cut off crusts and make sandwiches, 1 to 2 bite sizes

Anyways, on with the sandwiches!

You can be inventive. Sometimes, I will see mini pita pockets, appetizer size. These work beautifully for presenting a new flavour to your tea sandwich tray.
This is a small open face morsel

3 cups hummus
12 mini pitas, if these are not available, try using thin cut light rye bread, cut in triangles
Chopped olives
Cherry tomatoes, cut in half

Cut the pita pockets in half and fill each with about 2 tablespoons of Hummus. Top with chopped olives and a half tomato. You can also use the scoop tortilla chip, as an appetizer rather than a tea sandwich

This one is very tasty but a little more involved to make.

2 cups chicken, either cook and process or used canned and mashed)
1 1/2 cups unpeeled red apples, chopped (or 1 medium)
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced, chopped
1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons green onions, thinly sliced
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons lime juice
1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon curry powder

Combine chicken, unpeeled red apples, dried cranberries, celery, chopped pecans. Combine mayonnaise, lime juice and curry powder; add to chicken mixture and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Butter your bread and cut to shapes. I like to cut each slice of bread with a small heart shaped cookie cutter for weddings otherwise whatever shape you wish; top with small piece of lettuce leaf (baby spinach leaf works well too) and and a dab of chicken salad.

Turkey with a difference

8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 - 1/3 cup minced scallion (white and green parts) depends how oniony you want it
1 loaf raisin nut bread
12 - 16 slices smoked turkey breast (thin slices) minced
fresh basil leaf
raisin bread

Mix the cream cheese, minced, smoked turkey and scallions together ahead of time so the flavors can blend. Spread your bread with all with a thin layer of butter and then a thin layer of cream cheese, mixture. Place the basil leaves randomly on top. Top with buttered bread. Wrap and refrigerate until the cream cheese is cold and firm, cut the edges off the the bread. Cut the sandwiches into whatever shapes desired. Also makes an interesting addition onto the sandwich tray

Herbed cream cheese

4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
1 cup parsley, chopped
1 cup mixed herbs, chopped (basil, tarragon, rosemary, etc)

Combine all ingredients and blend well. Spread butter on bread choice, then spread filling over half of the bread slices. Top with second slice of bread, cut off crusts and cut to triangles

Ok this next one is a time involved one, but is so worth it!

Cheese and Pear

2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup gorgonzola, crumbled
2 tablespoons heavy cream
8 slices raisin pumpernickel bread (thin slices)
2 pears, peeled and thinly sliced

Combine the cream cheese, Gorgonzola cheese and cream in a bowl and mix to blend well.

I make these for a bridal showers and for eye appeal, I leave them as open faced, though if you want to, you can put a slice on top and cut as you would for a closed tea sandwich. I use a 3 inch heart shaped cutter to cut the bread, and spread the hearts with the cheese. Then use an unpeeled red-skinned pear and fanned three thin slices on a cutting board, cut them with the heart cutter, then placed them on the sandwiches. I drizzle honey over the pear. There was really very little waste and the sandwiches were as beautiful as they were yummy.

Mixed or Plain Seafood

3/4 cup soft cream cheese
1/4 cup chives, finely chopped
20 slices bread (of your choice)
2 cups mixed seafood of your choice or use all one type, finely chopped (prawns, crab, shrimp or lobster)
1/2 cup Hellman's mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
salt and pepper

Combine the cream cheese and chives, spread the mixture onto one side of each slice of bread. Mix the remaining ingredients together in a small bowl, then evenly spread the mixture over 10 of the bread slices. Top with the other 10 slices, remove the crusts, and cut.

Walnut Sandwiches

14 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
1 tablespoon green bell pepper, minced
1 tablespoon onion, minced
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3/8 teaspoon nutmeg, grated
white pepper

In a large bowl combine first 4 ingredients (cream cheese - bell pepper) and stir in the onion, lemon juice and nutmeg. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Spread one side of each piece of bread with butter or one long slice if you want to roll this one for a pinwheel. Looks nice as a pinwheel, though I do not put anything in the center of this one. Top with second buttered slice of bread or roll up. Cut off crusts and cut to shape desired. Also makes an interesting addition onto the sandwich tray

Confetti Tea Sandwiches

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
16 cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons Hellman's mayonnaise
1 cup carrot, grated
1/2 cup cucumber, peeled, finely diced
1/2 cup purple onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, finely chopped

Combine lemon juice, softened cream cheese and mayonnaise in a medium bowl and mix until very well blended (I used my hand mixer). Depending on how you like your spreading consistency, you might wish to add more mayonnaise, but don't make it too wet. You don't want sloppy sandwiches. Don't forget the veggies will release some water into it as well once this sits a bit. Add the vegetables and stir by hand until well mixed. Refrigerate until ready to use. Butter both pieces of bread before assembling to prevent sogginess. Cut off crusts, cut to 4 squares
Can also use this mixture as a topping on a cracker. Very colourful.

Here is another popular "outside the box" sandwich that I have used

Nut bread sandwich

9 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup orange juice, plus 2 tablespoons orange juice
3/4 cup chopped cranraisins
24 slices nut bread (thin slices)

Blend the cream cheese with an electric mixer on slow speed for about 1 minute to soften it up. Add the orange juice and raisins to the cream cheese and stir with a spoon to mix. Spread the cream cheese spread on 24 thin nut bread slices to make 12 sandwiches. Thinly trim the bread crusts off the sandwiches. Make two diagonal slices across each sandwich to make 4 triangular sandwiches. Also makes an interesting addition onto the sandwich tray

I love Spinach dip, so this one is inspired by my love of that flavour

Spinach Sandwich

3 green onions, finely chopped
10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained well (or chopped fresh, I have done this either way)
3 ounces bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 packet ranch dressing mix
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sour cream

Combine all ingredients. Spread thinly on buttered bread to make sandwiches. Cut off crusts and cut into squares or use a cookie cutter for shapes.

Herbed butter and smoked salmon sandwiches

Herbed butter :
1/2 lb unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon scallion, white and green parts, minced
1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced
1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, minced
1 teaspoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground

1 loaf dense seven-grain bread or 1 loaf health bread
8 slices smoked salmon

For the herb butter, combine all the butter ingredients in a mixer and beat until mixed, but do not whip. Lay out bread and spread them all with a thin layer of herb butter. Place smoked salmon. Top with another slice of bread, butter side down. cut off crusts and cut to triangles

Artichoke Sandwiches

2 (14 ounce) cans artichoke hearts, in water, drained, chopped
1 1/4 cups Hellman's mayonnaise
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a medium bowl, stir together the artichokes, mayonnaise, onion powder, garlic powder, dried parsley, and cayenne. Season with salt and pepper. Butter bread, spread with filling. Cut off crusts and cut to ribbons

Of course, fillings don't have to be limited to dainty tea sandwiches lol You can make regular sandwiches for family and friends, if you want. Most of these fillings will last in the fridge for several days, and some, actually even taste better when left for a day or two before using!

Like I said yesterday, there are endless combinations to use. Sometimes, it just takes a little thinking about what flavours to pair together. I remember my mom when I made the spinach sandwich the first time....But that is dip she exclaimed..and it turned into one of her favorite sandwiches for a lunch. You just never know...

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TOPSBEAR 7/23/2014 9:30PM

    Favorites....depends on the day emoticon Thats the beauty of tea dainties, you make a variety and have a bite of this and a bite of that lol

I do not often eat bread these days. I have had one loaf in the freezer for almost 4 months, so thats how rare I eat bread.

A "sandwich" for me these days is either made between to leaves of romaine lettuce, or mustard and a slice of cheese between two deli slices of some type of protien choice (or maybe rolled in a slice a ham or something like that)

It is a long and rainy day, and has been for a couple days. The sun had tried to return a couple times over the last couple days but has ot made it yet. Maybe tomorrow...

Nice that picture are being shared with you of fun in the sun moments emoticon and that they are evoking fond memories for you. I am missing our lake and cabin as well, but with the rain, not so much right now lol
My cousin does not take me there as much as he used to. He started ripping up the floats where the boats park several years ago, to rebuild them. It is taking forever because he procrastinates, as well as his new wife of the last 7 years , drags him off to do stuff at her own cabin farther up the same lake.

I used to go up by myself when his dad was alive, but my cousin won't allow me to be there alone. Figures I will hurt myself or burn the place down or some stupid thing. But no matter I refuse to walk the logs to get to shore anyways, so until he finishes up the floats I wont go up anyways

enjoy the evening god bless emoticon

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IMAVISION 7/23/2014 6:09PM

    emoticon so very much, Bear. I especially appreciate your taking the time to type this blog, knowing that you are still dealing with the weaker wrist.

I read them through & tried to choose one that sounded like it would be a favorite --- quite frankly, I couldn't choose just one --- they all sound so scrumptious. emoticon

I wonder if there is one that you favor most?

I have enjoyed a productive day --- got some homemade tomato with meat sauce made this morning emoticon & have been making changes around our home --- just to shake things up a bit. One thing I have done is to take a small round table from our room & put it in the downstairs guest room, where it sits next to the loveseat. I like the look of it in its new location; however, I rather miss it being in our room. Still, I believe it more useful down there. It wasn't something we used, other than to dispaly photographs on. Those photos transferred with the table quite nicely, so I was not doing a proverbial "Rob Peter to pay Paul!" deal. emoticon

I forgot to share that my exercise for this week (for the challenge) is to add additional repetitions of stretching to my normal routine. So far --- so good! emoticon

It is quite warm our way --- right at eighty-degrees emoticon --- we got out early for some time in the early morning emoticon. I got a load of whites out to dry on the solar dryer (as a SP friend calls the clothesline).

Our veggie garden really hasn't picked up very well after the heavy hail. Still, we give it loving care & live in hope that it will come back in a most beautiful fashion & supply us with some lovely veggies.

Our youngest Grandblessings are spending the week at the lake, so we have been receiving lots of delightful photos of their fun in the sun days. Actually, seeing the photos does two things --- first, brings back memories of my younger days, when I was blessed with such fun on two different lakes up north --- second, makes me wish we were there with the little ones enjoying their delight in everything.

God bless you, Bear!

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TOPSBEAR 7/23/2014 12:12AM

    lol yes Lila , I did, took me a long time to as I had to keep taking breaks.
Glad you thought they sounded good

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SLIMLILA 7/22/2014 11:23PM

    YUM!!! I have to print out this blog and the previous one, these recipes are too good to lose... You reminded me I have a bottle of artichoke hearts in my cupboard, I'd forgotten about... and spinach is coming on sale now too... Oh the possibilities...
Sure gave your wrist a good workout with all this typing too!!

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TOPSBEAR 7/22/2014 2:48PM

    you are welcome

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NEED2MOVE2 7/22/2014 2:33PM

    sounds yummy thanks

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Tea sandwiches 101 (lol)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

As I have had a few people ask me, I will give a page on the making of tea sandwiches.

These fancy little sandwiches are quite easy to make, even though they look finicky to make, the fancy part comes more in the presentation of them, more so, than the types they are. Presentation comes in types of cuts, for lack of a better way to say it in short.

Pinwheel sandwiches are the only ones that you have to think ahead for, as you have to ask the bakery to slice the loaf of sandwich bread long ways down the loaf, instead of the regular sliced cut.

You will also need both brown and white loaves cut this way, especially if you plan to make ribbon sandwiches as well. (brown bread, filling, white bread, filling, brown bread or vice versus) Generally, the rule of thumb is if you make 5 sandwiches on white, you make 5 on brown.

Always, if you want to be professional, use real butter, not margerines. You can whip it to go further. Spread butter on the inner surfaces right to the crusts of all sandwiches, because this is what will prevent your tea sandwiches from becoming soggy from the fillings.

Make the sandwiches the day or evening before the event, but do not cut any of them until just before the event. PLace theem back in the plastic bags neatly, seal and store in the fridge. All rolled sandwiches, wrapped each roll snuggly in Saran wrap and store in fridge over night. This will help your sandwiches to cut a lot nicer and hold shape once cut as well.

Always cut the crusts off, just before cutting shapes for the platters. Cut in squares, triangles and strips are most popular and least wasteful. Some use small cookie cutters for circles, hearts, and so on. Depending on your event and how fancy you want to be, if you don't mind the wastes.

Fillings should never be spread thicker than the slice of bread, You do not want the sandwiches "oozing" the fillings, once they are cut.

Simple combinations for rolled sandwiches:
(all start the same, spread long slice of bread with butter, then the filling (cheez whiz), with a line of something for the center (olives). Start rolling around what you chose for the center and roll to the end of the slice, wrap in Saran. In the morning, unwrap, slice off the crusts, and cut to 5 or 6 pieces, viola! pinwheels!)
cheez whiz and green olives
peanut butter and banana
herbed cream cheese and gherkins
cream cheese and marachino cherries
egg salad and thin strips of red and green peppers or canned asparagus spears
salmon and gherkins or dill pickles
cream cheese mixed with chopped nuts and dried apricots in the center
canned asparagus spear alone

The combinations are endless and are only limited by your imagination, for any of the sandwiches.

Simple standard fillings, do not make them too "wet" :

Mashed canned flakes of chicken, bit of mayo and celery
Mashed canned ham, cream cheese
Mashed salmon and finely chopped green onions and celery
Mashed egg and bit of mayo
Cream cheese and mixed chopped dried fruits
Mashed canned turkey, bit of mayo and drop of liquid smoke
Mashed canned ham or spam, green relish
Thinly sliced cucumber with herbed cream cheese
Cheddar cheese (especially of children are present)
Ham filling and cheddar

Again, the list goes on...

Some seriously different flavoured fillings:

Veggie filling

1/2 medium cucumber, chopped (put on paper towel squeeze lightly, to soak wetness)
1/2 medium-size red bell pepper finely chopped
1 1/2 carrots, grated
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon Hellman's mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix well.

Pineapple filling

8 ounce can crushed pineapple
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise

In a pan, combine pineapple, flour, walnuts and sugar. Cook over low heat until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool. Mix in mayonnaise. Cover and cool overnight in refrigerator.

If you want to be a little more finicky, you can make small open face sandwiches. Butter bread, cut off crusts and cut into triangles and squares. Don't bother spreading filling, just a small lump of filling in the center and top with something for instance - chicken salad with a mandarin orange segment on top


crab or shrimp salad with a small piece of avocado or thin slice cucumber
salmon with a thin slice of cucumber
liverwurst, dijon mustard, small slice of red onion
Spread peanut butter on white bread. Layer chopped cooked bacon and sliced banana on top.
BLT- Mix 1/3 cup each mayonnaise and finely chopped cooked bacon; season with pepper. Spread on toasted white bread. Sandwich with sliced cherry tomatoes and baby greens.
Chicken salad with a slice of granny smith apple

again the list is endless

There is some ideas for you.Hopefully that helps when you need to make some tea sandwiches.Think flavour when trying to decide what to make. These sandwiches should be one or two bites of BIG flavour, though I know some people try to keep them on the quiet bland taste. Sometimes all it needs is a pinch of cayenne pepper or a bit of something else that makes the flavour brighter, if you know what I mean.

That is all I can think of for now as my wrist is starting to ache so I must go Take care

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TOPSBEAR 7/21/2014 10:00PM

    lol you two! you are so funny, the pair of you thanks for making me smile emoticon

If my wrist is up to it in the morning I will continue then

god bless

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SLIMLILA 7/21/2014 8:14PM

    WooHoo! There we have a great mini cookbook....

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IMAVISION 7/21/2014 6:50PM

    I am ready for advanced tea sandwich instruction, any time you feel up to sharing more of you priceless knowledge, Bear. emoticon

God bless!

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TOPSBEAR 7/21/2014 6:31PM

    thanks ladies emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/21/2014 5:39PM

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BABYSOX 7/21/2014 5:02PM

    Reading this made me hungry. They sound delicate and delicious.

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TOPSBEAR 7/21/2014 2:08PM

    glad it was helpful to you. Let me know if you want more intentsive ideas and recipes as this is easily something I can provide a lot more of

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IMAVISION 7/21/2014 1:41PM

    I emoticon sincerely, Bear! Such a super blog with wonderful ideas for making the tea sandwiches.

I have already cut & pasted this for copying & sharing.

Yesterday, Sunday, was my day for a serving of bread & I totally forgot to indulge, so technically I could make one of these for practice & enjoying. emoticon Will I do that or save the idea for next time we have "the gang" over & practice on tea sandwiches for them? I just don't know!

emoticon again, Bear!

Be blessed!

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