Neighbors

This afternon I walked out to go get a cake pan from the storage room and I had to laugh. 

Visitors

Visitors

We’ve lived in town or fairly close to people all our married life and Vince has never really had a buddy that he could do things with. Here, our closest neighbor isn’t close at all but there’s a well worn path through the woods from our house to their house. In fact, the path is so well worn now that the electric meter reader uses our path when going between our two meters.  

Back here in the woods, instead of folks visiting by vehicle and traveling across the roads, we cut through woods on our little all terrain vehicles. Vince had gone over to their house because he wanted help with siting in a new gun so Mr. Neighbor came over in his little vehicle and now they’re out in the woods and I hear gunshots so I guess they’re having fun.

Even funnier was that I had just had a shower, had dried my hair but had not combed nor did I have on makeup and I was out there talking to the neighbor. There was a time when I would not have left my house without makeup and the hair being fixed. We’ve come a long way.

When I see the picture of the our RTV and their Ranger, and I think how nice it is to have friends who are close but not that close and no one ever bothers us back here, I thank God again for sending us to Texas. Now if He would just send Chad, Nicole and Addie a bit closer . . maybe not all the way to Texas, but somewhere between here and there, I’d be real happy!  :)

Life is good and other than being a bit closer to the kids, I can’t think of anything that could improve our life right now. That’s a good feeling any time of year but especially at Christmas.

 

Warm Roast Beef Sandwiches

This morning, about mid-morning, I asked Vince if he wanted to run to Zephyr for catfish. There’s a little grocery store/gas station/cafe that served good catfish and Vince knows the cook and I was in the mood for catfish or . . maybe I was in the mood not to cook lunch and dinner. Vince said “sure” and then about 11:30, he said “Are you ready?” Honey . . do I look ready? The pajamas should have been the first clue. 

Then I thinking . . it was more trouble to get dressed and go out than it was to cook. Then Vince said “We can run by the mall” . . Saturday before Christmas .. no way!

Last night we had roast beef, carrots and potatoes in the pressure cooker so I used some of the leftover roast beef, shredded it and added chopped jalapenos, heated all that up and made more of the little warm sandwiches.

Warm Roast Beef Sandwiches

Warm Roast Beef Sandwiches

Much better than getting dressed and going out!

Warm Sandwiches

A recipe for these warm sandwiches was posted on Facebook yesterday and while I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, and it’s one of those recipes that’s going around so I don’t know the original creator of the recipe, I’m going to share my version but it’s very similar to what was posted on Facebook.

We eat a lot of sandwiches since Vince comes home for lunch every day and on cold, gray days, it’s hard to stick a cold sandwich on the table for my man, even though he never complains.  We often have soup so it’s not like the whole meal is cold but a warm sandwich is great this time of year. The tops of the rolls get crispy and it’s seasoned with your favorite spices, the cheese melts, the ham is warm . . these are easy and delicious!

Lunch

Lunch

Warm Sandwich
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Ingredients
  1. 1 package Hawaiian Rolls
  2. Thin sliced ham
  3. Swiss cheese slices
  4. Butter
  5. Garlic (granulated or fresh chopped)
  6. Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  7. 1 Tsp. Worchestershire sauce
  8. Dash of Tabasco
Instructions
  1. Use any spices that suit your taste. I have purchased chopped garlic so I poured a little of the "juice" from the garlic into the mix instead of using powdered or chopped fresh garlic.
  2. Melt the butter and add the seasonings, including the Worchestershire sauce.
  3. Separate the top from the bottom of the bread. If using Hawaiian rolls, you will need to slice them in half.
  4. I cut a slice of packaged Swiss cheese into 4 squares and put one square on the bottom, then a folded slice of thinly sliced deli ham, then another square of cheese on top.
  5. The original directions said to brush the melted butter across the top of the rolls but I just dipped the top of the roll into the seasoned butter.
  6. The original recipe said to refrigerate for 4 hours but I didn't see what that was going to do since all the seasonings were on top of the bread and weren't going anywhere so I baked immediately.
  7. Bake at 375 until the tops are brown and toasty.
Notes
  1. The only reason I could see for making these ahead of time and refrigerating them was so they would be easy to grab from the fridge, stick in the oven and then serve without having to "fix" them. They work just fine baking immediately after assembly.
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