Quick, Scrumptious Sandwiches For The Busy Holidays

SHIRLEY'S KITCHEN

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Hello, Payson:

With the holidays just around the corner, the art and craft fair season has begun. This is my first year participating and my creative juices are in overdrive producing unique florals, paintings on sleds, gourds, canvas, etc. in Southwest, country and Victorian themes for your enjoyment.

It is a fact that change and new beginnings are never easy.

I am still working on it, to help with this, a friend gave me a wonderful book titled: "Who Moved My Cheese?" by Spencer Johnson, M.D.

Sometime or another we have all experienced the fear of change to the point that we stay in a bad situation longer than necessary only because it is familiar to us while change means moving forward to the unknown!

"Who Moved My Cheese?" is a simple book that reveals profound truths. It is an amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a "maze" and look for "cheese" to nourish them and make them happy.

"Cheese" is a metaphor for what you want to have in life -- whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, money, a possession, health, or spiritual peace of mind. And, the "maze" is where you look for what you want -- the organization you work in, or the family or community you live in.

It is important to understand that change happens.

Anticipate change, monitor change (smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old). Adapt to change quickly (the quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you can enjoy new cheese). Change, enjoy change! (Savor the adventure and the taste of new cheese!) Last, but not least, be ready to quickly change again and again.

For us to begin the change, we must admit that the biggest inhibitor to change lies within yourself, and that nothing gets better until YOU change.

Realize that there is always new cheese out there whether you recognize it at the time, or not; and, that you are rewarded with it when you go past your fear and enjoy the adventure.

Staying calm is very important so that we may see clearly. Listen, hear and feel (or smell the cheese) our surroundings so that we can take control of our present and move ahead into a glorious and prosperous future.

Later, we can tell people that you didn't like it at the time, but knew that the change had turned out to be a blessing in disguise and has led you to find better cheese!

Since we are busy creating and getting ready for the holidays, how about two more scrumptious sandwiches: Chicken and Almond Rounds, and a Toasted Ham and Cheese Sandwich served along with a hot cup of cocoa or tea -- a perfect meal for a cold night.

Wishing you all an amazing day -- enjoy.

Shirley

P.S.: Gentlemen: Change has no gender. At singles gatherings, ladies are showing up, but no men. Do you really like being alone that much? Let's get together and enjoy life. Let's change together!

Chicken & Almond Rounds

16 whole-wheat bread slices

Butter or margarine, room temperature

3/4 cup finely chopped cooked chicken

2 tablespoons dairy sour cream

1/4 cup chopped toasted almonds

Salt

Freshly ground pepper

About 1/4 cup red-currant jelly

1. Cut 1 (3-1/2 inch) circle from each bread slice using a fluted pastry cutter.

2. Cut a 1-inch center from 1/2 of circles to make rings.

3. Spread 1 side of each circle and ring with butter or margarine.

4. In a small bowl, combine chicken, sour cream, almonds, salt and pepper.

5. Spread circles with chicken mixture; top with rings.

6. Place 1 teaspoon jelly into center of each sandwich.

Makes 8 sandwiches.

Toasted Ham and Cheese Sandwich

2 white-bread slices

Butter or margarine, room temperature

Prepared brown mustard

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (2 ounces)

1 ham slice (2 ounces)

Freshly ground pepper

1. Preheat broiler. Spread 1 side of both slices of bread thinly with butter or margarine; spread unbuttered side with a thin layer of mustard.

2. Place 1 bread slice, buttered-side down, on a broiler-pan rack.

3. Place 1/2 of cheese on bread on rack. Top with ham, remaining cheese and pepper.

4. Top with remaining bread, buttered-side up. Press sandwich gently together.

5. Broil sandwich under preheated broiler 4 to 5 minutes, turning sandwich once.

6. Serve immediately. Makes 1 sandwich.

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