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finger foods are always fun

So, this past Thursday my church had its monthly ladies meeting. Turns are taken each month to be in charge of decorating the tables and being in charge of the food. This month we had an “English Tea” theme {and I wish I had remembered my camera… the set up was so sweet!}.

I was asked to bring a particular “tea sandwich” which I had never heard of before. It is very simple, so I put a bit of my own twist on it. And I had none to bring home!

Since I had a couple people ask for the recipe, I thought I would turn it into a blog post…:)

CHEDDAR TOMATO SANDWICHES

ingredients The ingredients are very simple:

: salt/pepper to taste {not pictured}

: mayo {your favorite brand}

: plain yogurt {I always use full-fat, but obviously you can use your preference! greek or not, really doesn’t matter}

: cheddar cheese {I used pre-shredded for convenience… and the sharper the better!}

: bread {I used a whole wheat French loaf}

: tomatoes {I used Roma as the size suited the bread slices}

: a leafy green {the original recipe called for lettuce, but I had spinach on hand, and the the shape of the leaves also suited the bread slices nicely :)}

almost forgotand I almost forgot the seasoning: herbes-de-Provence! You can use any herb combo you like, and I think an Italian blend would be tasty too; but if you can get your hands on this blend, it seriously makes anything savory taste even better!

Since I knew I was making a large amount of small sandwiches which would be sitting on a table for a few minutes, I actually sliced my bread the day before and let it dry out. These insides are quite wet, and I am not one for eating soggy sandwiches!

Instead of putting each ingredient individually on each sandwich, I made a “relish” out of the cheese, mayo, yogurt and herbs.

addedFor 2 small sandwiches–which I made for myself today for the sole purpose of taking photos for this post :)– I used about 2 tsp of each the mayo and the yogurt, and 1/4 cup of cheese and a sprinkling of the herbs plus a pinch of salt and pepper. [This was too much, and I had a bit leftover that was just delectable on the end crust of the bread. :)]

Now to assemble…

slather a bit of the cheese mixture on one piece of bread

slather a bit of the cheese mixture on one piece of bread-I could have been neater….

add your spinach leave

add your spinach leave

and tomato slices to cover --This could be a finished product right here!

and tomato slices to cover
~~This could be a finished product right here!~~

add a bit more sauce/relish to the second bread and lay on top

add a bit more sauce/relish to the second bread and lay on top

oh my... I think I'll be making some more of these soon!

oh my… I think I’ll be making some more of these soon!
~The sauce on both sides helps it stay together.~
~You can add more or less to suite your personal taste and texture preference ~

And if you’re not a mayo person, just use yogurt with some cream cheese -yum… or if you’re not a yogurt person, just use mayo; but unless you have an allergy to one of the other–I think you’ll like the combo!

I was able to get 24 sandwiches out of 2 loaves of French bread.

Do you have a favorite “dainty food” you like to make for special occasions?

Have you ever used herbes-de-Provence?

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good & useful {not perfection}

{This is a combining of two posts from my own blog. I pray someone finds some encouragement!}

So, Proverbs 31 is {mostly} all about that woman… you know the one.

 ~”The Proverbs 31 Woman”~

[we have not been very original with ‘naming’ her, have we? :)]

She is often tossed out as an unattainable super-woman. 

She is even labeled as a product of her time … not something today’s woman could ever hope to become.

I have studied these verses quite a bit… though I am not finished, and I have a series of posts about them on my own blog. Some thoughts kept reoccurring to me as I did this studying {I’m not finished with all of the verses}.

While I do understand that Solomon’s mother {Bathsheba!} is giving him advice on the type of wife he should seek, I also believe that even {if she were a real person}

~”The Proverbs 31 Woman”~

was not

~”The Proverbs 31 Woman”~

 from the very beginning…

She struggled and learned–to weave fabric and plant vineyards.

She desired to be good and useful–as a wife and mother and friend.

She was an immature girl with dreams–who grew up and matured!

She was a young married lady with lessons to learn–and she learned them.

She was a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend.

She was a sinner waiting on a Savior to be born.

She had struggles.

She knew hardship.

But what set her apart…

was her heart.

And so I wonder…

Does MY heart set me apart?

Some times, days just run together so that weeks become months before I even realize it.

Birthdays come and go.

Songs are sung.

School activities get attended.

Church services are sat through.

Laundry is washed {and occasionally put away}.

Dishes are cleaned.

Floors are vacuumed {amid the toys that are never put away}.

And then, I get up and look around and think:

“What in the world have I accomplished?”one life

Some times this truth is a conviction. What AM I doing for Christ?

And other times it is such a comfort…. I am {attempting to!} teaching my children to love and obey God and become responsible people, so that possibly they can effect a difference in the lives they come across--even while still children.

And that will last.

Some days, I freely admit, discipline and instruction are born out of frustration and not exactly done lovingly. Those days drive me to my knees so that other days become more peaceful, though not less hectic. {Sadly, many times it takes those frustrating days to remind me that I cannot do this wife and mother thing on my own!}

Remember, dear lady, no matter if you are a mother staying home to care for your children or a woman who must go out into the world to earn a wage {or a grandmother doing either of those, too!}, if you are being good and useful for Christ, your labor will not be in vain when the time comes to face the Lord.

{blessings} Tascha


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yellow lovelies… and promises remembered

God has many promises for believers in His word:

daffodil2** He will supply our need. **

[But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19]

** His grace IS sufficient. **

[And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me….for when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10]

** As a believer, we will always have a way of escape from temptation.**

[Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthans 10:13]

** No matter how bleak it looks, the Lord knows our heart and can work any situation for our good.

[Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:26-28]

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And as marvelous as these are, they are only a few of the promises found in His Word!

But I think one of my favorite {outside of eternal life} is found in

Lamentations 3: 21-23, This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.  It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

God has compassion on ME, on YOU!

 ** His compassions are NEW… every. single. day! **

His mercy prevents our very souls from being consumed by the evil one. His FAITHFULNESS to US is great!

daffodil3And as a simple reminder to me, I see these yellow lovelies every year… just when winter seems to be more than I can bare. Just when the dreariness of clouds and short days and sometimes rainy-days-on-end cause me to begin to feel hopeless that spring will ever come {even though I KNOW it will because it DOES every year!}, these little beauties poke their sunshine up right out of the ground and remind me, once again, that not only will spring come….

but God is in control… He has compassion on my soul and His mercy prevents my consuming.

He is faithful, and all His compassions are new every. single. day.

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{blessings} Tascha