dinner in 30 minutes · Fast meal · summertime

Kentucky Hot Brown

Oh, how I have loved having all the fresh tomatoes this summer!  There are a few things I crave when I know a fresh tomato is in the house; one is a BLT on sour dough bread.  I took care of that craving a couple weeks ago.  Another yummy dish is a Kentucky Hot Brown.  If you’ve never had one, think of it as a BLT with turkey slices and cheese sauce added.  It is heavenly!  As you can imagine, however, it is a little on the fattening side. 

~Enter Cooking Light…

They have a lightened up version of this yummy Kentucky favorite, and it’s just as good as the more fattening version.  Okay, even if you don’t have fresh tomatoes lying around, go buy a tomato somewhere and make this for supper!  I had roasted a turkey breast a couple weeks ago and stored slices in the freezer marked, “Turkey Breast slices for Hot Browns.”  So, this recipe was in the back of my head for a few weeks! 

Sauce:

1 1/2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extra sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard  

Remaining ingredients:
12 (1-ounce) slices white bread, toasted
3 cups shredded cooked turkey (about 6 ounces)
12 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato
5 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Preparation

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. To prepare sauce, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; stir in flour, salt, paprika, and pepper. Cook the mixture 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk. Cook 3 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add cheddar, Worcestershire, and mustard; stir with a whisk until smooth. Keep warm.
  3. Arrange toast on a large baking sheet. Arrange turkey evenly over toast. Drizzle sauce evenly over turkey; top each toast slice with 1 tomato slice. Sprinkle evenly with bacon and Parmesan. Broil for 7 minutes or until thoroughly heated and lightly browned. Serve immediately.
Kentucky Hot Brown

If you need a couple recipe suggestions for fresh tomatoes, here’s a recipe using Cherry Tomatoes. This ravioli is so delicious! Of course you can’t beat a good ol’ Tomato Sandwich on white bread, spread with mayo and Cheddar cheese slice!
What is your favorite way to eat fresh tomatoes?

Refreshment · summertime

Live Each Day of Your Life

One year I made a greeting card for my son-in-law’s birthday and wrote on the inside,

May you live every day of your life.” 

Some folks just don’t know how to do that.  Do you?  It simply means to get the most out of every day – to enjoy the moment! Do you know how to do that or do you merely slug your way through each week and each month of the year? Do you know how to seize the moment? My husband is so good at this and he helps make our days so enjoyable because of it!

If you’re not following what I’m talking about, here are a few examples ~

  • Take a nap when a rainstorm brews up
  • Stop for ice cream when you’re on your way home from church
  • Enjoy a free outdoor concert on Friday night instead of staying home to watch television
  •  Make a run to get french fries – even though it’s after 10:00 pm! 

A good way to give you some ideas for living every day is to look at what the National Days are and take your cue from them.  This Thursday is July the 1st. Listed below are some National Days for the month of July:

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July 1 – National Creative Ice cream Flavors Day – You could whip up a batch of homemade ice cream and try a new flavor!

July 4 – Of course we know it’s Independence day but it’s also National Barbecue Ribs day! Don’t grill hamburgers!

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July 6 – National Fried Chicken Day – Go out for your favorite version of fried chicken!

July 10 – National Kitten Day – If you’ve thought of adopting a kitten, today would be the day to jump on that! Or you could visit a pet store or just buy a special toy for your cat!

July 15 – National Cow Appreciation Day – You could:

  • Make chocolate milk for your children
  • Take them to Chick-Fil-A where cute cows pictures are everywhere!
  • Cook hamburgers or steaks out on the grill

July 17 – National Peach Ice Cream Day – You could:

  • Make your own homemade ice cream
  • Stop in and order your favorite flavors at an ice cream shop
  • Buy a half gallon and a box of cones at the grocery store and invite friends over

July 22 – National Hammock Day – Dig out the hammock and set it up in a shady spot!

My twin sister and her granddaughter know how to enjoy the hammock random style!

July 24th – National Tell an Old Joke Day – You could:

  • Take your children to the library and let them check out joke books.  Let everyone find one to share at suppertime

July 24th is also – National Amelia Earhart Day – Why not go to the airport and watch planes take off and land?

July 29th – National Lasagna Day

July 30th – National Cheesecake Day

July 31st – National Father-in-law Day – Do something special for your father-in-law today!  If nothing else, just give him a call and tell him you appreciate him!

So, go ahead and live today, Friend!  The Lord gave you this day.  Honor Him in all you do, and enjoy the day He made. The greatest joys are eternal ones, found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Without Him all of life is simply vain. When we know Him we have fellowship with our Savior, times in His Word and prayer, Scripture memory, and fellowship with believers, to name just a few of the eternal joys!

I’m looking into creating a holiday of my own – National Comment on a Blog Day.  It’s today!  So why not stop in and say hello and tell me you were here! It might not make your day special, but it will sure be a blessing to mine!  =)

Thanks for taking time to read!  I do appreciate you so!

I hope you’re making plans to be refreshed in your local church this Sunday. As my husband told someone this week, “You can’t practice all the One another’s if you’re not with one another!'”

Live today!

salad · summertime

Summertime Salad

With summertime comes light refreshing meals. I’m going to share a salad recipe that we LOVE. It calls for pears, which are really good in this, but blueberries, blackberries or strawberries are delicious additions; we’ve tried them all!. One great thing is that it only has 6.3 grams of fat. The dressing is so good, but made with only a small amount of oil. Try it and tell me what you think! This recipe came from Cooking Light

Pear, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette
You can make and refrigerate the vinaigrette up to a week ahead.
Vinaigrette:
1/2 cup canned whole-berry cranberry sauce
3/4 cup orange juice (about one orange)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger (I didn’t have this and it was still good)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Salad:
Salad greens of your choice (anything but head lettuce is good)
2 Cups sliced peeled pear
1 cup slices red onion, sliced into rings
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
6 teaspoons coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
1. To prepare vinaigrette, place first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl, stir well with a whisk.
2. To prepare salads, divide the lettuce evenly among 6 salad plates. Divide sliced pear and onions evenly among leaves. Top each serving with about 1 tablespoon cheese and 1 teaspoon walnuts. Drizzle each serving with about 2 1/2 tablespoons vinaigrette. Yield: 6 servings
Enjoy!
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Cleaning · refreshment at home · summertime

Back Porch Refresh

Now that things are warming up, we are spending more time on our back porch once again. This is an outdoor room that we just love and use a LOT! But like every other room, it needed a spring cleaning! I was amazed at how much better everything looked after I scrubbed down every inch of this space. Not sure why I’d never considered the need for a deep spring cleaning out there! Oh, I always wiped down the tables and wash the linens, but it needed lots more!

The rug and the concrete nearly sparkle now, but they were caked with dried worms and debris!
  • First I pulled everything out of this space except for the swing.
  • Using the hose, I gave the concrete slab a cleaning, using the spray nozzle on high. I had to go over it several times to remove all the dried worms (!), and bird mess!
  • Using soapy water, I washed down all the chairs, the swing, the posts on the porch, and the siding on the house.
  • I sprayed both sides of the outdoor rug. It looks brand new (see picture below). These outdoor rugs are worth the price! They really take the weather and all the elements well! I got mine at Lowe’s.
  • The glass door was washed.
  • All the summer toys were inspected, and then either put back in place or were pitched to be replaced.
  • My swing cushion is on its way to the laundry mat this week.
  • I added annuals to my containers.

Everything looks and feels so clean and inviting! I only wish I had taken a before photo, but I hope that my “after” pictures will inspire you to scrub down your porches, too!

I am looking to replace the cushions on my furniture. We store them away during the winter, but they have a weird feeling that doesn’t wipe off. Do you have outdoor cushions that you love? I’d be so thankful for your suggestions!

Later this week my front porch will get the same treatment! Do you need to refresh your porches for summertime?

outfits · summertime

Keeping your outfits classy when it’s hot outside

It’s mid July and it’s hot and humid in the south! While we all realize that thinner summer clothes are necessary for the temperatures, we need to be mindful to keep those summer outfits classy. That does not mean we have to be dressed up on casual days, but keeping things appropriate and tasteful is the name of the game.

1. Keep it cool and covered

When tops or dresses are thin or low cut, layer a thin tank top underneath. They can be found at Old Navy, Target, Walmart…lots of places! I have them in many colors. Just make sure they’re not too scooped to cover what needs to be covered. I’ve heard of women wearing them backwards in order to achieve that!

Outfit- Thin white top with white tank and white jeans. I love adding a pop of color in the shoe when I wear white. For a tailored look, If the top is flowing like this one, make sure the pants are slim and straight.
The tank underneath keeps this top from being see-through and too low in the V, as well as under the arm.

2. Undergarments should stay under!

Keeping it classy means wearing proper styles of underclothes that do just what they say and stay hidden under your clothes. Make sure your bra straps are razor back when you wear necklines or sleeves that are cut in. Again, wearing a tank top under can help hide your straps.

Again, wearing a tank under this top kept things underneath.

3. Add lighter Accessorizes

Don’t neglect accessories just because it’s hot. Wearing thin, layered chains is really a great look right now and they’re also not as hot as some necklaces can be. Find staggering lengths to wear together.

I have on three layered necklaces at varying lengths that added some style but no heat!
This little necklace would also be perfect in a hot day.

Another great addition is statement earrings as another way to accessorize your outfit, but forgo the necklace so you won’t have the Gypsy look! 😉 Also, as in the white outfit above, even your shoes that add a pop of color act as your accessory!

Summer outfits are fun, colorful, and can still keep you classy and cool!

Do you need to refresh your approach to your summertime outfits? What addition will you make?