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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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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

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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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club chat, july 16

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Not a good day in house today! All of us gained today, unfortunately. But I suspect it is water weight for most of us. It has been so hot and after listening to the chatter while waiting for everyone to finish up with weighing in, no one was over eating....if anything were undereating, as it is just to hot to eat.

But we can say anything we want, the only proof of water weight is when suddenly it flushes off by the following week to show maintains or lower.

We finished the paper " Mirror Mirror" this week. It was stated thatrace comes into play as well. Generally Black and Asian women have a more positive body image tha the Caucasian women, although this did depend on the degree to which they accepted the beauty standards of the dominant culture.
Black women with high sefl esteem and a strong sense of race identity rated themselves more attractive than photographs of supposedly beautiful white fashion models
Another interesting ethnic fact was found in Mexican immigrants to America. Those that came to America before they were 16, had problems with ideas of body image, while those that arrived after they were 17 were less affected

Again TV and Magazines rated high in the most influence on the body imagery a person has. The article did go a step further in claiming that it is mostly the ads and commercials at fault, more than the actual programming. I tend to disagree, as I think it is the whole package deal, the programs as well as the ads and commercials.

I also related about a friend of mine. A few years ago now, a friend was trying out for television newscasting. They told her she got the job BUT she had to lose some weight and then keep it there. They would be weighing her every week to be sure she met the requirement. If she gained weight, she would be fired.

I was horrified. But she wanted the job so badly. She was always starving herself and trying wacky diets. She wouldn't listen to reason at all.She became addicted to weighing herself after each time she ate anything, which, of course, showed a gained, she just ate! She stayed with it for several months, but sure enough, the day came when she put on weight and she was indeed fired. Couldn't fight it cause it was in the small print of her contract as well.

I was not surprised when they fired her. I knew it would come.ANYBODY that deprives themself of ANY foods they love, is set up to fail sooner or later, doesn't matter whom you are.

Moods come into play as well, which also I think is a given. You feel low or in a bad mood, you attack yourself and find more things to be negative about your own body. Women especially, have body image distortion and often see themselves as larger than they actually are.

If you are teased about your flaws in your appearances , especially your size and weight when you are a child or teenager, the image of your body may have becomes permanently disturbed
Also if as a child, touch deprivation, meaning little or no hugging or being held.

People in stable long term relationships have a more positive body image than singles.

Then there is all the eating disorders and such. Too many to list each one individually. And also the more serious side of the issue, as it can lead to death. I will lump the bodybuilding sport into this catagory as well as it can have the same results.

Excessive exercise, drugs, starvation, purging, are all part of the eating disorders and the more serious side of this issue. I am glossing over these as these need to be tending by proper educated people

Next week we are starting on a series to do with Men and their body image. I am expecting a real different view, that that of Women and their body image that we did awhile ago.

have a good week everyone!

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TOPSBEAR 7/21/2014 5:04PM

    thank you for sharing my tea sandwich blog, that was very kind of you.

As for the workman using another bathroom, - my guess is, he probably had the water turned off to that bathroom, so that he could work in there. I know my cousin turned off all water to the bathroom when he took out the tub and installed the walk in shower, so I would assume the same proceedure would be done for the work you were having done.

Jeans- many people like to wear jeans, and denim is a very good fabric for long wearing. There just suit some body types better than others, and because of that fit better for wearing.

Personally, and I suppose it is because I have longer legs and a longer waist than most people of my height, just about all jeans are either too short for me or fit me like low riders no matter what cut they are. I do not care for low riders especially in jeans as they have no give in the fabric. I find them very restrictive as well. It is all about personal preferences emoticon
I put a pair on and look like I have instantly gained about 30 lbs! Ugh! lol That is my biggest reason for not wearing them.

Some people look positively wonderful in jeans! I have wished , many times for such a body as that.But alas, they make me look like the pillsbury dough girl crossed with Ms humpty Dumpty,



I will stick with my leggings and other stretchies lol they look better on me anyways. Good thing we are all different and like different styles as it would be pretty boring if we all liked the same stuff!

Have a terrific day , God Bless!

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IMAVISION 7/21/2014 3:08PM

    How wonderful to have the cast off --- I can imagine the sense of relief that gives you, Bear.

I am happy to hear that you are feeling better & that it seems that, in all likelihood, it was not due to concerns with your kidneys. \o/ Praise the good Lord! \o/

I took the liberty of making a blog sharing your blog for the tea sandwich recipes. I thought that a lot of work for you to go to (typing the blog out with a still weak wrist) & believed it would be a good idea to share it in, yet, another place --- with the hope that more folks would become aware of it.

Our day is proving to be a cool one --- after my early morning shower, I decided on jeans (yes, I am one who enjoys wearing jeans on occasion) with a medium light summertime top. It still feels a bit nippy, but warmer than if I were wearing a house dress or shorts. I do have a light sweater coat out & ready to put on if I feel the need.

An aside here --- jeans are comfortable to me; however, my liking for them stems more from the fact that when taken straight from the dryer no or very little ironing is necessary. emoticon

Interestingly enough our delightful eldest feels as you have shared before --- she does not even own a pair of jeans, were our charming youngest enjoys wearing them for comfort & for style (never to work though). My beloved MrV has only recently worn jeans on very rare occasions. I don't know what it is that has never particularly appealed to him concerning wearing jeans. They fit him well &, in recent months, he has agreed that they are comfortable & warm. Actually, I think he looks great in them & that reaction is not due to their saving me the ironing time! emoticon

The new shower stall is being installed as I type this, so hopefully we will have that project completed today, if not tomorrow at the latest. The interesting thing is that the workman asked to use a different bathroom, when he had need of one, so upstairs he went to another guest bathroom. Why he couldn't use the one he is working on is a mystery to this gal. Maybe he had tools or materials in the way?

I am so looking forward to having that work completed --- I hadn't felt at all antsy about it during the wait for the work to begin; however, now that it has begun, I desire to see it completed in record time. emoticon MrV just told me that they had sent the wrong accessory for one part of the new instalation, so that already means that they will have to make a return visit to instal the correct one. emoticon Not the worst thing in the world to have happened; however, they have had weeks to get everything right for installation day & still did not manage getting it right. emoticon

God bless!

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TOPSBEAR 7/20/2014 2:46PM

    I think I am in the land of the healthy once again, as all signs of queasiness have faded away now. I had stopped taking two pills for the last few days to see if it was a reaction to those, so now I guess I had better reintroduce them and see what happens, but I really don't think it was the meds as I have been on these two before.

It is trying hard to be a sunny day though a cool sunny day at the moment. There are still clouds around and the sun shines in spurts and starts, but it is supposed to be clear again by tomorrow

I am slowly building strength in my right wrist, it too, will take some time, but it will come. The cast is gone, not sure if I had told you that. A relief, getting rid of that heavy clunker of a thing.

Enjoy your Sunday hope it is filled witih peace and many blessings on this fine day

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IMAVISION 7/20/2014 1:21PM

    Actually the guest bed that was in that guest room was older than the ten years it was in that room. My cherished Mom-in-law had purchased as part of a really fancy bedroom set, just about a year & a half before she died unexpectedly of a heart attack (just six years after my beloved Father-in-law went off to heaven in the same matter).

We had no use for the set, but decided that we would save it for our youngest --- when she eventually had her own home. By the time she was in that position, she found that she, too, had no need for it --- so it was in storage, until we decided we could use it after all. We use the double dresser with full mirror & night stand in the guest room with a lovely deep bookcase that my MrV made & a round table over, by the window, in the guest room. Then we use the chest-of-drawers to that set, in the walk-in closet in our master bedroom.

I am not sure why my Mom-in-law decided to purchase the new set --- she did the same with living room furniture. Maybe she was tired of the older pieces. We were surprised that she went for a queen-sized bed --- probably she choose it for the same reason we went to queen-sized originally --- it came with the set of furniture she liked best. The bedroom was certainly large enough to hold it --- actually, her bedroom was lovely --- very lovely. I still miss her, don't you know?

God bless your day, Bear!

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TOPSBEAR 7/19/2014 2:17PM

    So far the fires are not near us, They are on Vancouver Island. Hopefully, there will be no fires here this year.

Just keep being a good patient and keep that foot up and the cast should come off when it is supposed to emoticon

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SLIMLILA 7/19/2014 1:38PM

    Great blog and the comments were very informative and thought-provoking as well."
Interesting on the change in our "touch" with everyone hugging these days, and also hearing "Luv you" all the time as well. With my sis' and nieces here lately, you hear it every time they talk to someone on the phone etc. I have never heard it from my parents and I don't know when siblings started doing this. But my niece says it to everyone she speaks with every time she speaks to them. I almost think it is a substitute for actually showing any true emotions and it is overused. Just me maybe!

Sorry your kidneys are acting up again Bear. I am finding it too hot to eat lately, I dont' think I have ever experienced this phenomenon before though I have certainly heard of it. Would have been perfect weather to go walking on the beach, but alas, not to be this summer. My dd that is getting married on Aug. 16 will be here Aug 19, I really hope this cast comes off on July 30 when I get the x=ray, so that I can build up some strength again before they get here.. all in God's hands..

I didn't realize the fires were so close, is there any risk to where you live?
Back to my purple baby hat knitting... stopped and had a tea with Darlene and a talk... Brenda is coming over sometime today too. Cleaned up my kitchen, so it still looks nice after getting Darlene to come clean up with me. Feels so nice...

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TOPSBEAR 7/19/2014 1:36PM

    today, I am feeling better than I have been , while still not 100% . Still feeling a tad bit queasy, but not feeling like I need to run to the bathroom every couple minutes.

I must say it is a relief to start feeling some better.

It is distinctly cooler today, ranging somewhere in the 60s by my estimation. It has rained during the night and is still a bit dampish looking outside....the day is brightening though

We sorely needed the rains but I have doubts that it rained enough during the night, I have also got doubts that we will see more rain today.

A guests bed that is only 10 years old, wow, that would feel like a brand new bed to me! lol I bought my bed in 1981, but it is not showing any wear, lumps, bumps or sags. "course I do keep a half inch thick foam matt on top that perhaps helps to protect it from wear.

Take care and god bless

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IMAVISION 7/19/2014 11:26AM

    Again, I am saddened to hear that you are not feeling up to par & am lifting prayer on your behalf, Bear! May you find yourself feeling better in record time!

I, too, hope that the water weight that you have dropped stays off your frame, bringing you great results at weigh-in come Wednesday morning.

Last night, we slept on the new bed in the guest room & both gave it excellent reviews. I teased my MrV with the fact that it just might result with guests finding it so comfortable that they never leave. emoticon Actually, I thought that the old set that had been in there for some ten years was very comfortable, too. However, my MrV judged it time for a change. He is insistent that we supply guests with the very best that we can possible offer. emoticon

Our day is another cool one --- just sixty degrees at the moment --- although I am sure it will warm up as the day moves on. We have the whole day to ourselves, with plans for an evening spent with "the gang". I have absolutely no set plans for how to spend the minutes of this day --- I will take each moment as it comes.

I will be sending you a private note with some great Vision family news that I so want to share with you.

Well, that is a wrap for this time, Bear!

God bless you & touch your body with His healing hands!

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TOPSBEAR 7/18/2014 3:55PM

    I am still not feeling very healthy right now. Queasiness still lives in my stomach, and lots of running to the bathroom. Still not a sign of vomitting though it has felt like I would or should. I checked the scale this morning I have already lost the almost 8 pound gain and some more since weigh in. That verifies to me that it was a water weight gain. Sure hope I can hang on to the loss for next week.

Definitely cooler today, though still sunny. Forecast is calling for rain over the next few days, then the temps are going to go soaring again. As it is supposed to be raining right now... there does not appear to be any rain forthcoming this afternoon, unless it rolls in quickly.

Just having another easy but quiet day
take care

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IMAVISION 7/18/2014 1:44PM

    I think it must be "Goodie Time" --- so will be sending you my comments with a Goodie.

God bless you, Bear!

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TOPSBEAR 7/17/2014 5:05PM

    I guess the challenge completely slipped my mind as finishing that paper and following with the discussion was high on my list of need to dos. The challenge will be for the next 7 weeks as the 8th week has already passed.

Sorry about that

There is a heck of a wind come up, though it is still really hot out around these parts. "our" water bomber has gone to assist fire fighting on Vancouver Island, as a big blaze sprang up there over the last couple days. It is raging high and wild as the winds are not helping with it. It is far enough away that we are not smelling the smoke from it...yet.

Water and fire bans are now in affect....though their will always be people that ignore those.
The water is back to restrictions of usage only on odd or even days , predetermined by the last number in your address. My neighbor to the right of me, is one of those that ignore water rules. Every morning when I wake, there is water running down the road from his driveway to the road drain in front of my house. He waters his place all night long, every night. The only green lawn in the whole neighborhood. Guess he thinks he can get away with it because he hides behind a row of big trees along the front of his property (but I can see from my windows at the back of the house)

I am not feeling too healthy today. Really queasy stomach. Not sure what it is all about. Perhaps with the water weight gain of yesterday, this is my kidneys reminding me they are still here. They have been doing so well the last almost 2 months, tend to forget they are a problem at times....

I actually do not see a change in the near future of the affects of body imaging. I have noticed that more and more, the fashion designers are choosing more and more females that look more of the slender male physique.

And, also of note, I see more and more of the male gender, crossing over to the female gender. Becoming quite a trend these days, with these men taking hormones to develope a female body plus having the surgeries to augment the said hormones.
I have always been a live and let live person but sometimes I wonder what is really happening here.

These men are becoming the "ultera feminine" women do not seem to want that image any more.

I do like and do wear dresses, but I see more and more women that state they do not own a dress or will not be caught dead in one. I think I must be a throw back or quite a few women in the group have stated that they will not wear a dress or skirt unless they really feel they must...

I asked why they felt this way. They preferred to wear jeans day and and day out. Easier to move in they say. and they feel they look good in them...huh....

I hate jeans and though I do have a pair, I think I have only worn them 2 times out of the ten years I have had them. Sure I do wear leggings on occasion through the winter, for warmth, and generally top it off with a long dress like shirt or sweater, if not an actual dress. I just feel totally sloppy and fat in Jeans...and they do make me look fatter than I am because of the way they fit me. Not eveyone has the body to wear certain clothes.

Just a few interesting observations....

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IMAVISION 7/17/2014 3:27PM

    emoticon with you, Bear, in that all the images put out on television & movies have added to negative influencing of young girls & women in how they choose to view their own bodies. It is all so very sad that we allow ourselves to be influenced in such ways --- especially, since those same models & actresses are made up & have perfect lighting to enhance --- not a real projection of what they truly look like. Not to mention many, many have had plastic surgeries to change what they were born with or the air brushing that is done to images the in photographs we see in magazines & on billboards.

I remember hearing a model/actress on a talk show saying that the huge photo of her on display behind the stage had been touched up --- even to the point of having shaved inches off her hips & thighs. I appreciated her honesty. That was a emoticon moment for me in realizing that magazine images could be, & probably often were, deceptive.

I have since seen before & after being made up photos and photos before & after plastic surgeries of actresses & have been totally surprised with the difference --- at times it is hard to believe that the photos are actually of the same women. Same holds true for when they are photographed in "real life" situations, where they aren't made up by make-up artists & hairstylists or have special lighting.

I am not surprised with the shared fact that "black women with high self esteem and a strong sense of race identity rated themselves more attractive than photographs of supposedly beautiful white fashion models". I personally believe that many of the models look painfully thin --- unhealthily thin. I believe that a truly beautiful female form has some curves to recommend it.

I hope that eventually the media will "get real" & allow women with some meat on them be in front of the camera in newsrooms. The airline industry finally smartened up, when they stopped demanding that flight attendants weigh less than a certain low weight. emoticon

I was surprised that the challenge wasn't discussed during the meeting. Is it something the group does not wish to participate in?

We have had a lot of rain as of late & yesterday we had a good fifteen minutes of heavy pea-sized hail --- it did a lot of damage to plants. We are praying that the plants come back after that relentless downpour of ice!

God bless you, Bear! See you thinner!

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