Friday, August 9, 2013

Braided Stromboli (Sandwiches)

These braided sandwiches are really, really good.  Company loves them, and you can make them a day ahead of time for no-stress entertaining.  They also freeze and pack well.

They make a very attractive sandwich platter.   Perfect with salads for a ladies' lunch or shower, and very popular at pot-luck dinners.  Definitely a family favorite!

This recipe comes from my dear friend, Jeannie Henry, but I did tweak it a little.

Braided Sandwiches (Stromboli)

1 – cup warm milk (40 seconds in microwave)
2 – medium eggs
4 – cups bread flour (all purpose white is okay)
¼ -cup sugar
2 – teaspoons salt
½ - cup butter
2 & 1/2 – teaspoons fast rise yeast (I use extra, more like 3 teaspoons)
Parchment Paper

Place ingredients in bread machine on dough cycle, with-holding 1 cup flour.  Start cycle.  Once the ingredients are slightly blended, add the remaining cup of flour.  (If you do not wait to add the 4th cup of flour, the bread machine will not be able to knead the dough properly.)  Or ... If you are familiar with bread making, you may do all of this by hand.

When buzzer sounds place dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic.  Let set in a warm area for 20 – 30 minutes.

Pour on floured surface and divide in half.  Kneed lightly and let rest 15 minutes.

Set half aside and roll the other half into a large rectangle the size of a jelly roll pan. (I make mine smaller)  Fill center with ham and cheese or turkey and roast beef and cheese, or anything you would like.  About 1 pound of meat per half.  Ham sometimes has water in it, so when I bake them I set them on a rack to cool, so the bottom won’t be soggy.

After placing meat and cheese in the middle I slice the edges about ¾ inch wide and braid the pieces over the top.  Do NOT cut the dough all the way to the meat.  Otherwise, most of your cheese will melt out of the sides of your braid.  Use tooth pics on each end to help secure the braid.  Repeat with second ball of dough.  Let rise in a warm place for 30 to 40 minutes.

Bake 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.  (Colorado Springs, 350 for 21 minutes)

Brush with melted butter while still hot.  Cool completely on wire rack.  Store in refrigerator or freezer.

Do NOT cut the dough all the way to the meat.  Otherwise, most of your cheese will melt out of the sides of your braid.

 Notice how the braid is only on top of the sandwich, not the sides.

I use parchment paper on my jelly roll pan.

Butter makes these just that much better!

The homemade bread makes these "Oh, so good!"

We often pack these for our mountain picnics.

 Hammin' it up with a roast beef sandwich.


Monday, July 29, 2013

Beautifully Modest Fashion

Top ~ McCalls 4527
Suede Skirt ~ Resale Shop

Abigail is wearing a skirt & vest from Fashion Bug that I've had in my closet for 20 years.  It's been keeping my dream alive of fitting into it again.  In the mean time, I'm happy to share.

Top ~ Christopher & Banks
Vest ~ Buckle
Skirt ~ Burlington Coat Factory

Anna is wearing McCall's dress pattern 3129.


Simply Gorgeous

Nicole ~ Beautiful Bride

Pretty in Pink & White

Hannah ~ Playful & Fun

So Pretty

♥ Love the Flip-Flops ♥

Friday, May 3, 2013

White Chicken Chili

Once again, I've gleaned another recipe from my dear friend Jeannie.  I don't know where she got this.  I've looked on-line and have found several similar recipes, but not the exact one.  So, I decided to post her recipe as she gave it to me.

White Chicken Chili is my latest favorite family meal.  It's very hearty and de-lish, especially comforting on a cold winter's day.


2 Lb. boneless skinless chicken breast-cubed
1 med. onion chopped
1 ½ tsp. garlic powder
1 T. olive oil
3 cans (15 ½  oz.) great northern beans-drained
1 can (14 ½ oz) chicken broth
2 cans (4 oz.) chopped green chilies
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. pepper
1 tsp. cumin
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
1 cup sour cream
½ cup whipping cream

In a large sauce pan sauté chicken, onion and garlic powder in olive oil until the chicken is no longer pink.  Add beans, broth, chilies, and seasonings.  Bring to boil and reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.  Remove from heat – stir in cream and sour cream and serve.

Yields 7 servings.

I like to serve this with whole grain chips.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Twists on Twister (The Game)

Our family recently got out our Twister game and had a ton of fun, but it wasn't long before we tired of following the rules.  So, we made up our own "twists" on the game and had a ball!  

We actually have two game mats that we joined together with wide clear tape.

 Holding Hands with a Partner, Using Hands & Feet


Back to Back, Arms Linked (Feet Only)

Mom & Dad Give it a Whirl

Group Effort
All Holding Hands, Facing Each Other ~ Feet Only

Same Thing ~ Only Facing Outward

It was hilarious!

Crab Walking ~ This was really hard!

We also played "Chicken" (two on a team) where one player had another on his back.  First we played, bottom players feet only, but that was too easy.  So, next game we added the top players using their hands.  This may have been the most difficult, but it got a lot of laughs!

This was great fun and a hearty work-out!