Sunday, August 2, 2015

Toasted Ciabatta with Turkey, Provolone and Red Onion

I find Sunday afternoon to be comforting,  yet challenging.  After a good sermon and some fellowship, topped off by our wonderful Bible class, I just want to come home, relax and be with family. 
  But after a morning of church service and Bible study, everyone is,"starving"!  Here's where the challenging part comes in!  We all want something good to eat, but unless I've thought ahead (and gotten up extra early to put something in the slow cooker) it's not going to happen.  I do have a few really quick and reliable Sunday favorites.  These recipes have simple ingredients and require very little prep or clean-up time!  You can also stretch them to include an extra person or two on the spur of the moment.
  On Sunday, I like to look around the table and see my husband and sons' faces.  As our sons have grown up, this has become a treat rather than the usual occurance.  However, if our youngest son doesn't have plans, and our older son has Sunday off I invite him over and then we have time to connect (FaceTime is included for our middle son who lives in Illinois).  This is part of the comforting aspect of Sunday.  (We've even found a way to play board games to include all three sons using FaceTime!)
  As you enjoy your Sunday, here is the recipe for my toasted turkey sandwiches.  Just add a vegetable tray and fruit plate and lunch is served!

1.  Slice ciabatta rolls in half (got these at Walmart deli).  Then spread one half with butter  and top with very thin slices of red onion.  Top the other half of the bun with a thin slice of Provolone cheese.  Place on baking sheet in a preheated oven (400 degrees).  

2.  When the roll is toasted and the cheese has melted, take the baking sheet from the oven.

3.  You are ready to add deli turkey breast, tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise!
I told you it was easy!!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Best Fruit Salad Ever!!

My friend, Cathy, brought this wonderful fruit salad to a church gathering and everyone was commenting on how good it was.  I was impressed that the sliced bananas in her salad didn't turn brown!  She was very nice to share the recipe.  This one is a great cold summer dessert. I like a little Cool Whip on top to make it extra pretty!
  When I fixed this recently, I was out of bananas and so I substituted fresh blueberries.  I really like it both ways.

Fruit Salad

1 container frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, semi-thawed
1 can peach pie filling
Halved red and green seedless grapes
Sliced bananas
Fresh blueberries (optional)
Cool Whip for topping

Stir together.  Serve chilled.  Top with Cool Whip.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Baked Potatoes in Your Crock Pot!

If you like baked potatoes in the summer (or anytime!) here's a great way to make them.

1.  Scrub and thoroughly wash your baking potatoes-any kind, I usually fix half regular baking potatoes and half sweet potatoes.

2. Rub the skins with oil and a little kosher salt (optional).  Wrap each potato individually in foil.

3.  Layer in your Crock  Pot and put on High setting for several hours until tender.

They turn out perfectly...and no hot kitchen!