LAUGHING THROUGH MIDDLE AGE...and Monte Cristo Sandwiches
Jul. 30, 2010 1:46 pm
Updated: Aug. 21, 2010 3:45 pm
Nothing like your girlfriends, food and laughter to get you out of your own head. My husband is a complete introvert....so happy to be squirreled away with books, papers and his laptop and just emerge for food once in a while.....not me, I'm a people
person and when I try to stay in the house for days on end...even with good intentions of getting many needed projects done...I'm the one that becomes squirrely!....I start to feel out of sorts, start to get snarly and even Bud Wilson...my sweet but lively
puppy gets on my nerves....this is my cue to seek out my women friends to chatter the afternoon away with.....so very,very good for the soul!
It's no easy task to round up friends in the summer. Kids are home and need attention..college kids returning home have constant emergency needs for your car, summer vacations..etc etc....but luckily 3 of my friends were up to pool time and lunch on the deck.
I love the way chatter begins the moment women enter the room. We seem to always have things to say. Today we talked about our college kids and their boyfriends/girlfriends...and how we start to become attached to these potential mates for our kids.....you
try not to, but there they are...around you all summer and you find yourself feeding them, worrying about them driving home...and before long, you're attached and wondering what will happen if your son/daughter breaks up with these people who have now woven
themselves into your life. We talked about how we find it interesting to watch our kids discover what relationships are all about...how they handle conflict...how we see ourselves in them...and smile, or cringe! We talked about what will become of our kids
and their careers....would theyeven have one after we have spent the bank educating them. We talked about politics....we talked about health care...and aging parents...we talked about gardening and decorating, new books we've read and art festivals...........I
just love my women friends, they are energizing.
I broke away from the chatter long enough to whip up some Monte Cristo Sandwiches....I guess not too popular in the Mid West since it seemed they were a new concept to my girls......Maybe just an old recipe because I haven't made them in years and can't for
the life of me think of why they popped into my brain!
Anyhow, a great afternoon and just what I needed to perk me up.
Here's the recipe for Monte Cristo Sandwiches....a really quick meal idea.
Make a sandwiches using soft bread...like buttermilk bread or potato bread...light rye.
Put Honey mustard on both slices....then ham, then cheese...close the sandwiches.
Assemble...a shallow dish with 4 eggs and 1/2 cup milk
Melt butter in 1 large or 2 frying pans...enough to generously coat the botttom
Dip the whole sandwich into the egg mix...one side then the other...just like french toast and put into the hot butter..
brown on one side and flip...put a lid on to make sure all the eggs cook...brown the other side
watch the butter doesn't burn.
Remove and cut in half
I served this with watermelon slices, mini carrots and red pepper hummos.
So Good!....and takes under 20 minutes.