Hello everyone. Patricia Davids here.
The holidays are over and the hectic chaos that was your life, and mine, leading up to them, has become calm and serene. Right? Okay, maybe not so serene, but it has slowed down. I don’t know about you, but this time of year is probably my least favorite. The weather usually turns bitter, effectively grounding you to the indoors except for the necessary excursions. If you are anything like me, this time of year is also the tightest. I’m not just talking about my waistband either. Let’s face it, a lot of us go over budget during the holiday season and spend most of January playing catch-up. Now I’m no financial expert, but I do know one of the best and easiest ways to cut back is to stop eating out for lunch. Sandwiches can get boring. The same old ham and cheese, PB&J and turkey can become a bit redundant. Fear not though, I’m going to share a couple of Amish inspired sandwich spread recipes to liven up your next sack lunch. Enjoy!
Ham Salad Spread
2 cups ground or chopped, cooked ham
2 stalks celery
1 ¼ teaspoon mustard (paste or dried)
¼ teaspoon onion powder
½ cup of mayonnaise
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 large dill pickle
Coarsely chop ham, celery and pickle, by hand or food processor. Add remaining ingredients, mix well and spread onto bread of choice.
Bologna and Cheese Spread
1 small onion
3 slices of cubed bologna
2 sweet pickles, diced
3 or 4 small, crushed crackers
½ cup shredded cheese (any variety) I use cheddar or Colby
Enough of your favorite dressing to make a spread
Mix all ingredients until you get a creamy spread. Apply to bread of choice.
Substitute your favorite meat or change things up and see what kind of WOW you can add to that boring old sandwich. Right now I’m about to fix some ham salad spread.
USA Today Bestselling author Patricia Davids grew up on a Kansas farm with four brothers. After college she began a wonderful career as a nurse. In 1973 Pat wrote a letter to a lonely sailor. Little did she know her talent with words would bring her love, marriage and motherhood.
An avid reader, Pat longed to write a book, but put her dream on hold as she raised a family and worked in an NICU. It wasn’t until 1996 that she began writing seriously. Today, Pat enjoys crafting emotionally satisfying romances where love and faith bring two people together forever.