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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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How WE Unwind

It’s time to relax! We all need to! We clean, change, cook, repeat… all day! We are happy to do it, but sometimes we just need to recharge! So, a few of us have shared what we do…

  • Kelsey ~ Getting out of the house for a bit is what really re-energizes me! Whether it’s browsing Marshall’s &Target, or even grocery shopping. I feel like a brand new person when I’ve had an hour or two out of the house. I rarely spend money on these trips, and if I do, it’s usually some cute little clearance item I found for less than $10. So that’s my inexpensive way to unwind. 🙂
  • Joy ~ A few evenings a week, I soak in the tub! After the baby is asleep, I’ll grab a book I’m reading and take as long as I want in there! It is SO relaxing! And, another thing I love to do is use this homemade, inexpensive sugar scrub on my feet. Click here for the recipe! It has kept my feet soft all summer long!
  • Tascha ~ I also enjoy getting out of the house for a little while. It is not a regular occurrence, but I enjoy thrift-store shopping and can come home with new outfits for the girls for less than $5-6 most times… and once this summer John watched the kiddos so a friend and i could go shopping together! it was soo much fun. Whenever I am able to leave the house for a couple of hours, I always come home with a renewed energy to tackle SOMETHING-be it an entire room or just get clutter picked up. During the school year our church has Ladies Meeting once a month and that is uplifting-getting to spend some time just chattin’ with whomever is sitting near you and hearing a devotional and eating some yummy food I did not cook!
  • Rachel ~ I don’t know about you all but I LOVE pictures! So, a couple of nights a week after I put the kids to bed, I grab a Dr. Pepper & hop on the computer to organize & edit pictures. This is such a relaxing time for me! I chuckle at all the fun we’ve had & enjoy the sweet memories we’ve made during the day or on our day trips with Daddy. It also helps me remember how blessed I am to have the family God has given me. And besides the cost of the Dr. Pepper – it’s free! 🙂
  • Heather ~ I love to go anywhere by myself.  I like to go to the stores that no one else in my family likes.  Those include Ross, Goodwill, & Hobby Lobby.  I don’t usually spend money either…except maybe a stop at Starbucks 🙂
  • Jennifer ~ I don’t take nearly the time for myself like I should. But, anytime I can either go grocery shopping, thrift store shopping, the library or a yard sale by myself for a couple hours, I take that time to enjoy the quiteness of the moment.  I love, in the evening, to read after the kids go to bed.  But, even in the midst of the busy-ness of the day, if I can have a nice smelling candle lit (the happy smell and cheerful flicker will lift your mood instantly) and some calming nature music playing in the background, that helps to quiet my spirit throughout the day.  Pretty simple, but it works for me! ♥
  • Heidi ~ I too LOOOOOVVVVEEEE to get out of the house. I’m thankful that at least twice a week either on my honey’s day off ill run some errands or one evening a week I walk across to my neighbor’s house (a girl I grew up with and go to church with…some of you know Nikki Gardner, her sister;)…we chat & have coffee. I also love to read. I can lay in my bed and read all night if I can…ha!
  • Alicia ~ Things can be very hectic and busy at our house. We are always on the go. So, my favorite unwinding days are days that we call “pajama days”. We don’t get dressed and we watch movies and just hang out together. We hide the van, ignore the phone, and close all the blinds so people will think we are gone! I enjoy those days to let me just breathe and slow down and not have to think very much and just snuggle my kids. We also enjoy going to a park as a family. Jimmy and I sit and snuggle and watch the kids play. That is very relaxing for us.
  • Niki ~ Mine are pretty similar to many others….my basic unwind at the end of the day is to get on the computer and browse for a little while….FB, Pinterest, something fun 🙂  I enjoy reading and a hot bath, but the bathroom is between the kids’ bedrooms, and if I go in there and try to take a bath while they’re in bed, it seems to always wake them up, and I end up more frustrated than relaxed! For something a little bigger, I really enjoy just being by myself – going to the library or a little shopping (even window shopping), going to Caribou Coffee!
  • Jeri Lynn ~ Before I even had children, I found myself needing to unwind from my busy schedule. I spoke to an older lady that I respected who encouraged me to take time to relax with a hot bath. I tried it, and it became a relaxing routine remedy. Add a favorite drink.. Add a book..  In very challenging times, I’ve found that I must listen to Christ-honoring music that points my mind to Him instead of my weakness. As a mother of nine, “Quiet. Alone. Time.” are precious words. This usually occurs when all are sleeping, which time gets later as teens near adulthood. Leaving the house to browse a store or library is enjoyable when planned ahead. Emergency unwinding may include my perceptive husband realizing it would benefit the entire world for him to take everyone to the park after I’ve been on solo duty for 13 non-stop hours for days! 😉 And he is a fun Dad who is usually ready for an adventure at any moment. It is a good thing to figure out what helps you unwind that you may be able to serve with a refreshed spirit.

And there you have it! Relax!