Romano Buns

If you are looking for a quick sandwich type dinner, this is it!  These are perfect baked in the oven and even better cooked on the grill or right on the side of a bonfire.  These are a must for our camping trips and as a dinner when we are cooking on the bonfire.

They are like a melted ham and cheese with a buttery rich mustard flavor.

I don’t really measure anything but it’s simple ingredients:

Sliced deli ham (use a good one)
Swiss Cheese
Mustard (any kind you like)
Butter softened
Chopped Onion
Poppy Seeds
Sandwich or Hamburger rolls

Mix mustard, softened butter, and onion in a bowl
Place 2 slices of ham and a slice and 1/2 of swiss cheese on the roll
Place a tablespoon of the mustard mixture on the inside of the roll
Close the roll and spread a little extra mustard mixture on top and sprinkle with poppy seeds
Wrap loosely in tent style in aluminum foil

If baking bake at 350 for 10 minutes to let the cheese melt and the roll get crusty.
If cooking in the fire set on hot coals for about 8 minutes

The roll gets crusty, the cheese and buttery mixture melt into the roll and you have a delicious quick lunch or dinner!

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Easy Breakfast

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I know they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s just not my favorite.  I am not a huge breakfast foods person and this is going to anger some, but I do not like bacon.  Yes, I know that’s horrible, but I can’t help it.  Funny thing is, pork is my favorite meat.  Give me a pork chop for breakfast and I am happy. Pork chops, pork medallions, pork tenderloin, ground pork, pork shoulder, pork butt, anything but bacon!

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While it’s not practical for me to gnaw on a pork chop at my desk, these oatmeal yogurt jars are a perfect grab and go breakfast!  They also make a great lunch for the kids.

There is no “real” recipe for these.  I make them many different ways layering a small handful of oatmeal on the bottom, a layer of any flavor or plain greek yogurt on top, another layer of chopped fruit, some fresh cherry juice from our canned cherries if we have a jar open.  Keep layering until you reach the desired amount you want to eat making sure to end with the yogurt on top of the oatmeal.

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Store in the refrigerator overnight.

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And when it’s finally the time you feel like eating breakfast (or the kids have lunch) you have a very filling, healthy meal at your fingertips!

Lunch Tip

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A small bowl of colorful berries is a great way to get those extra vitamins into the kids during their busy day.

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The reusable containers help to keep “green” and fit perfectly into lunch boxes.

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Some homemade soup, favorite snack, and nutritious dessert to compensate for the sugar drink make for a very kid friendly lunch packed full of vitamins and the energy they need!

Being Green 2

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These sandwich wraps are a great investment and a great way to get rid of all those pesky sandwich bags!!  I have used the first set I purchased for 2 years.  My son recently “lost” his, as in probably threw it in the garbage at school in a rush to get outside to play after lunch, so I had to purchase a new set.

I have seen these all over in supermarkets and department stores.  However, I believe these are the best around.  They are a little pricier from here but when you factor in my first set is over 2 years old, these are a worthwhile purchase.

I bought them from:   One Step Ahead.

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When they get dirty they can easily be wiped off and once a week I soak them in hot soapy water and scrub the outside with a sponge as needed.  When done, I hang them to dry.

I have used them for sandwiches, buttered bread, and rolls and never had a problem with them drying out.  The food is always fresh!!

Caprese Salad

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A nice light salad is perfect for lunch or dinner on warm days.  Tonight I decided to make a caprese salad.  Most places leave the tomatoes whole, but I like to chop it all into nice size chunks and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.   This was a great side to serve with our leftover Pork Roast (recipe here). 

Tomato season is right now so get those tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and balsamic vinegar and give this is a try.  Chop it all or slice it and drizzle with the balsamic.  You can add some fresh ground pepper if you like.  You can also chop it very fine and serve as bruschetta on crusty bread.  It’s a great summer food 🙂

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Egg Salad

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Egg salad is a favorite of the boy in our home.  I try to steer clear of processed lunch meats as much as possible.  He does not eat eggs unless they are in egg salad or deviled eggs.

Yesterday he asked me to make some egg salad for his lunch after collecting eggs from the chicken coop. 

Here is our recipe:

Hard boil your eggs (I hard boil them by placing them in a pot with cold water and a teaspoon of salt making sure the eggs are covered.  Bring the pot to a boil and turn the heat down so they are simmering setting the timer for 12 minutes.  Remove from the heat and immediately run cold water into the pot until the pot is cold.  Let the eggs sit in the cold water for 5 minutes and then peel).

5 hard boiled eggs

1/4 cup salad dressing or mayonnaise

1/8 tsp. salt/pepper & garlic powder

dash of yellow mustard

Mash all

Refrigerate for an hour until it’s cold

Then you can add whatever you like.  Some of our favorites include:  green olives, pimento, shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce or tomato. 

This is a yummy sandwich on warm summer days and in the winter in a lunch box!!

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