Grilled Bacon and Tomato Sandwiches

I’ve been pulling out recipes tucked away lately, deciding to try some new dishes. While some have been absolutely horrible, there’s been others which were really good with some tweeking.

A new favorite of ours is “Grilled B&T Sandwiches”. The original recipe title was Lasagna Sandwiches, but I have no idea how they thought it was anything like lasagna. This was more of a cheesy BLT, minus the lettuce. Either way the kids LOVED it!

What you’ll need:

Sandwich bread
Bacon
Tomato, sliced
Sliced Mozzarella cheese (I bought a brick and sliced it)
Sour Cream (about 1/2 c)
Onion (about 2 TBS, or one slice)
Butter

Mix the sour cream and onion together according to your taste. Spread on bread. Cook bacon and add at least 4 slices to each sandwich, followed by 2 slices of tomatoes and one slice of cheese. Butter the outside of the bread and cook in pan on med heat until cheese is melted (this part is similar to cooking a grilled cheese sandwich)

The original recipe had us melting the butter in the pan and then grilling the sandwiches, but the bread was much too soggy in some places. Best to cook it like you would a grilled cheese sandwich, putting the butter directly on the bread so it cooks right.

These were absolutely awesome, and we’ll be adding it to our regular recipes!

Sewing Halloween Costumes

Yes, we are getting close to that time of year again! I couldn’t be more excited, since it’s my favorite holiday. Halloween is coming soon! Hurray!

This year, my daughter tells me she wants to be a “dead bride”, which she came up with on her own (she’ll be 6 in a few weeks). I am so very proud. *sniff*

Now I could go out and look for a costume, but why do that when I can just make it? For the last week or two, I’ve been working on the dress and snagging the accessories when I see them.

The pattern for the dress – Simplicity 5645, in case you want it – was a little more expensive than I wanted it to be ($5.97, although it was still cheaper than the ‘real’ costume patterns), but that’s alright, because we decided to make more dresses with the same pattern.

To go with the dress, we picked up white gloves for a buck, cob webs as a veil for 75 cents, and white face paint with fake blood (I forgot how much those were, but I’m sure it wasn’t much). The fabric for the dress was cheap, costing us only $1.50 for 2 yards. Would I use this fabric for anything else? Probably not, but it’s perfect for a costume (real flimsy, almost sheer, white fabric with a glitter glue design of flowers – yeah, costume is all it is good for).

In all, we’ve spent less than $15 for her complete costume, with the bulk of the cost in the patter which will be used again.

Now we just have to figure out how to make a zombie out of the other kid, and we are good to go.  *GRIN*

Try Something New for Dinner

No worries, I’m not throwing any recipes on you. Nope, I think we all have enough for the time being. I don’t know where they all came from, but my drawer is absolutely stuffed with various meal ideas (and for some reason, an abundance of dessert recipes I will NEVER make).

That’s why I decided to do something last night that was long over due. I sat down with a small stack, pulling what I thought we might try over the next week or two. But I didn’t stop at just pulling out a few recipes – I wrote down a list of ingredients we would need as well.

See, this is how we get into a rut. When I go to the store, I rarely take a list. Most of our favorite recipes I know by heart, and can remember exactly what I need. For example, if I think “I’ll make pizza sometime this week”, I’ll pick up a few bags of cheese (even though we ALWAYS have some type of cheese on hand), pepperoni, and whatever else trips my trigger (sausage, hamburger, whatever…..based on what I feel like making). The crust I make and the sauce too, usually out of Italian diced tomatoes we always keep on hand as well.

Well, I’m tired of making the same thing. I’m also tired of picking up various meats (like chicken breasts), thinking “I’ll figure out something to make with this”. Not a bad idea, but I always end up making the same thing based on what we always have in the  house. *YAWN*

So that’s why I sat down last night and made a list. What’s funny is, I didn’t have to write down a whole lot of “extra” ingredients, since I already had a lot in my kitchen. But I’m excited to try these new recipes, and possibly share a few we liked!

How Clean Is Your House?

No Tidy Tuesday Tip today – my house is still being worked on and new carpet is going in next weekend. The house is in pieces still, so cleaning is somewhat of a lost cause right now.

What I thought we’d do instead is leave today open for discussion. The question is, how clean is your house? Don’t be afraid to be honest, because I’m sure mine would put yours to shame even if it wasn’t under construction.

Let’s hear it!