Thank Goodness for the Earl of Sandwich

I want to thank John Montagu the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Yes he had a gambling issue.  But it is because of this issue that the sandwich was born.  He hated getting up from his gaming table so he asked to have something he could eat with his hands while he played and the sandwich was born. The great thing about sandwiches is there are no rules for making them.  You are the master of your creation.

I recently spent a weekend with my wonderful Wine Women of West Virginia and one of the women prepared a brie and pear sandwich. It is an adult grilled cheese and it is simply divine. The secret is the bread.  You need to use a good quality whole grain bread.  Wegman’s and Safeway bake their whole grain breads right in the store so try one of theirs if you live close by.  The only thing I added to this wonderful sandwich is craisins.  I think it adds a nice touch.  Maybe next time I will put craisins and walnuts.  Again no rules.

I have loved sandwiches my entire life. Growing up it was what was in your lunch box or brown bag. The microwave was not available in the cafeteria and it was too much work for me to make a salad.  My Mom made sure that both my brother and I learned to make our own lunches. Sandwiches were a quick and easy thing to make.  After all anything tastes great between two pieces of bread.

I remember one of my favorite sandwiches was a grilled cheese sandwich that could be purchased in the cafeteria in my elementary school.  They didn’t actually grill the sandwich it was baked but it was so good.  In High School I was always watching my weight and my go to sandwich was iceberg lettuce on wonder bread.  It doesn’t sound all that great now but it worked in High School. The best part was that it was about 160 calories.

When I found this book I was intrigued.  I mean three hundred sandwiches is a lot of sandwiches. There are some good options in the book.  Some are your standards but others make you think hmm that’s an interesting combination. If you need ideas you may want to take a look at this book.



In the summertime when the weather is fine


It is summer. It is hot.  This year we have not been able to take a beach vacation. Sad I know. My deck is a toasty 99 degrees no thank you. I thought of getting one of those kiddie pools but there are no kiddies home this summer and I don’t need a mosquito magnet. Thank you very much.

I really haven’t been in the mood to tackle anything deep or meaningful.  What I mean by meaningful is non-fiction or fiction with a heavy duty theme like death and dying.  I seemed to have gravitated towards those this past year.  I have that in real life who needs to read about it right now.  So I have been reading romances and thrillers which I have found to be extremely satisfying.

I have read some that were good and some that were ok.  I will share them with you. You make your own decision.


Ketchup, It’s a Food Group Right?

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I kind of know Ketchup is not the best condiment  in the world for you but I love it.  I can’t help it. For awhile it was practically its own food group in my book. I put it on just about everything.  In fact as far as I was concerned food did not really taste good without it.   I even put it on Prime Rib.  All you foodies out there stop gagging.

In High School I was always trying to lose or maintain my weight so when I wasn’t eating dill pickles and diet coke for lunch (no I WAS NOT PREGNANT) I ate a lettuce sandwich with ketchup.  I realize know that I could have saved myself even more calories had I not used the ketchup but I needed a little incentive to eat the sandwich.  I never could actually bring myself to skip a meal.

Check out this person’s Seven reasons You should not Eat ketchup.  Let me say I only agree with one reason from this article and that is the sugar content. In one tablespoon their is 3.7 grams of sugar.  On the bright side it has 54 mg of potassium and no fat. But unlike the what is stated in the article the smell of ketchup is like perfume and I love it on hot dogs. I guess everyone is entitled to their own opinion.


Book Bingo

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While I was browsing I found what they were calling Book Bingo. It is a bingo card that I think is a great tool to help you mix it up a little when you are choosing books.  I read a lot of fiction but lately I have been more open to other reading possibilities.

That is why I love this form.  It is like a challenge.  I am up to the task.  I have attached the link for all of you so you can join me as I fill in all the boxes or at least some of the boxes.  Happy reading.

Romance Gotta Love It!

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I am not much of a romantic but my husband is so I win.  He takes great pains to pick out a great valentine card and my favorite candy for valentines.

So try to get in the spirit of the month that has come to be associated with love and has a day dedicated to love I thought I would spend the month of February looking for a good romance novel.  I don’t particularly like Harlequin romances. I am sorry if offended those who do like them.  I also generally stay away from romance novels that have really sexy book covers since they usually are short on story.

Romance novels that I like have to have a good back story and good strong characters. Novels like that seem to be hard to find. Especially the good story part.  So If any of you would like to recommend one I am open to suggestions.

And will I am thinking about books I think I will be focusing on Mysteries in March. If you have read a good one let me know.

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Mozart In the Jungle


Ever since I can remember classical music was played in my house.  My Mom loved music and had some great pieces.

When I was in college I stumbled into this music appreciation class and fell in love with Mozart. My special favorite was Symphony in G Minor K 550.  So much passion.

I got lucky.  When my daughter was in third grade she came home and asked if she could play the violin.  I said why not and it turned out that she actually could play.  One of my favorites that she would play with her group was the Bach Double Violin Concerto.

I am an amazon prime member and until recently I only used my membership on things delivered to my house.  That all changed when amazon started music streaming at no extra charge.  Then I discovered prime video.  I binged watched Mozart in the Jungle. Imagine my delight when the show won awards at the Golden Globes.  If you have amazon prime and have not watched this show yet, watch it.  If you don’t have prime check it out.
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