Perfect Sandwiches for College Football and World Series

Do you remember the movie, Mermaids? Every meal was just a bunch of appetizers. That’s not a half bad idea.

sandwiches 2These sandwiches are super easy and perfect for watching college football.

I’m more of a baseball fan, although I have taken a liking to watching a certain college team from Texas get beat (even though it doesn’t happen very often.) Let’s just say their quarterback’s head is a little too big for his helmet. Or his belt buckle is a little too big for his britches. And I’m from Texas!

Anywho, these sandwiches are super easy and de-lish!


1 stick of butter, softened

2 teaspoons poppy seeds

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon Worchester sauce

1/2 onion, grated

couple of dashes of salt

package of dinner rolls or Hawaiian rolls

package of ham lunch meat or Sunday ham leftovers

package of Swiss cheese slices (about 12 slices)

Mix the first six ingredients together in a small bowl. Slice the rolls horizontally sandwichesand spread the mustard mixture on both sides (tops and bottoms) of the rolls. Place 3-4 ham and cheese slices on the bottoms and put the tops of the rolls back on.

Wrap the sandwiches securely in foil and bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Enjoy! What’s your favorite appetizer?
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Simple Rosemary and Pizza Dough Appetizer & Middle Schooler Appreciation, Part II

I got this recipe from the FoodNetwork website when I was looking for an appetizer idea to serve at Christmas. (I altered it a bit.) It was a HUGE crowd pleaser, even with picky eaters. Now I make it as a side to meals because it’s so simple.  Enjoy!

Rosemary and Pizza Dough Appetizer/Side


refrigerated pizza dough

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (my new special ingredient in just about everything)

2 tablespoons each of chopped Rosemary and Oregano

sea salt to taste (for me, that’s 1 1/2 teaspoon)

1/4 red onion, very thinly sliced (you can increase this)

Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface. Place the dough on a cookie sheet that has been brushed with olive oil. Mix all the above ingredients, except the onion, and then brush half of it on the pizza dough. Let the dough set for an hour. Press dents in the dough with your finger and top with the red onion slices. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, until golden. Remove from the oven and brush the remaining oil mixture on top.

I know I have a winner when my son asks if he can take leftovers for his school lunch.

I made this the other night to help my son recover from the humiliation he experienced at school that day.

In January, his schedule changed a bit at school and so did his routine. The other day he discovered why the bathroom at school he’d been using didn’t have urinals. That’s right…

…he has been using the Girls’ Restroom for  a week.

His favorite bread (above) went a little way in helping him recover from the look he got from the girl who was washing her hands.

This should earn another vote for Middle Schooler Appreciation Day