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Friday, May 27, 2011

Have you noticed?

...that the publishers keep making the print in a book smaller and smaller??? I think it is a conspiracy! I first blamed Amazon and Jeff Bezos thinking they were in it to plague me with that tiny print but yesterday I went to visit my dear friend Carolien who surprised me with a book that I had been wanting to get for some time now. She bought me 'Major Pettigrew's Last Stand' at a local bookshop. Are they in on the conspiracy too??? Good thing I now have reading glasses everywhere you look in my house. *wink*

I am currently reading 'Beach Roses' by Jean Stone for my online book club's upcoming book discussion. Then I have my next read lined up to get started. So many books and never enough time for them all...

Carolien made a delicious lunch yesterday. Her youngest daughter arrived home from school in time to join us. Carolien copied some of the recipes for me as I loved both the soup (planning on making that in the coming week) and this toasted sandwich. I loved it and when I discovered I had all but the chives in the house (I substituted it with the green of a spring onion) so made it again for myself for lunch. I even had some brie which I had forgotten that I had. This is a great twist on the toasted cheese sandwich.....

Brie Toasted sandwich

2 slices of bread
1 slice of lunch ham
2 slices of brie
herb cream cheese
chives or green onion

Lightly butter the outsides of your two slices of bread. Spread a layer of cream cheese on the other side of each slice. Lay a slice of ham on the bread and then two slices of brie. Sprinkle chopped chives or green of spring onion on the brie and cover with second slice of bread. Place sandwich in a hot frying pan. No butter is needed as you have buttered the outside of the bread. Allow to fry until brown and cheese is melted, then enjoy!


Rhonda said...

Hello Heidi
I did notice a bread cookbook I got at a rummage sale recently was very light weight even though it is a hardback, and wondered if the recylcled type paper it uses is less dense maybe.
Jeff and I both have Kindles and I think they are just the nicest way to read now. Amazon offers lots of free books so most of ours are free. and the convenience of a Kindle can't be beat.
Your sandwich looks so nice, I made grilled cheese for G and E on Monday, but theres were just sharp cheddar on wheat. They did gobble them up.
Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Terri said...

I read Major Pettigrew last year. LOVED IT!
I know what you mean about the print! And my arms aren't long enough to hold things out far enough to read them! Sigh.

Deborah said...

*I agree about the print of the books. That's why I now have a kindle. I can make the print as large or small as I want. LOL

Carolien said...

Hi Heidi,

I'm sorry about the print but I must confess I like that display of glasses in different colours like that! Fun to see.
I am glad you enjoyed your tosti again!!! Next time I'll try the frying pan too, that tosti iron is flattening it too much. I bet cleaning a pan also takes less time than the tosti-iron, what a job that is ;)
Thanks for coming, I enjoyed it very much and can I see your Amish quilts one day please? (Sorry, it's me again ...)
Hope to meet you again soon & I love the hortensia!!!

Big hugs and have a nice weekend,

Jenny said...

Okay, now I know what I am having for lunch today...grins....I too agree with you about the print in books, those glasses look so familiar....Hugs from CA.

Elizabethd said...

Oh Heidi, can I come for lunch please?!

Nancy said...

Well, that sandwich does sound very good. Bet the soup also was very good. You could put chives in your garden.
Ahhhhhhhh, no, I don't think the book print is getting smaller, and I am much older that you. Maybe you need the thing known as bifocals. The do work you know.
Happy reading and quilting MY quilt. hahaha
Love you, Mom

Unknown said...

Soup sounds great and the sandwich, oh yummie.

They are doing that same thing here in Canada with the print. i've had to buy all kinds of pretty glasses just to compensate for it. I think they shrink the print so they use less paper thus make more money. It's a conspiracy!! right?

*Ulrike* said...

Try telephone books! The print in those are ridiculous! I don't think I could use a kindle as I love the feel and smell of a book. Since I just finished lunch I wasn't drooling over your sandwich, but it sure looks good!

Marsha said...

I'm quite familiar with glasses all over the house. I finally gave in (after Lasik surgery started wearing out) and now wear glasses full time. I have a kindle too and just love it but there's nothing like a real book, especially a cook book. Will have to try that sandwich, mmmmmm.

Anonymous said...

Your sandwich looks very appetising Heidi. Yes I agree print is getting smaller I had to use two magnifiers yesterday to read the print on a packet, maybe it is my age but how come I can still see to stitch on 26ct with no bother.
Have a good weekend
Hugs and Crosses,
Hazel C (UK)

DonnaTN said...

My book club is reading Major Pettigrew for our July meeting. It should be a fun book to read. I adore a grilled cheese sandwich with onion on it.

Carolien said...

Good morning Heidi,

I made the sandwich for the girls this morning (request of Sofia), in your frying pan variety. Even Valérie (who is not a cheese fan) asked for a second one, so that counts ;) And that pan is cleaned in no time, so this variety is a stayer!

Hugs, Carolien

Reginas Cottage said...

hello heidi
it sounds that you have had a wonderful time with your friend.
your sandwiches looks delicious.
yes i spread my bread with the jelly
it taste very yummie.
have a wonderful sunday my friend,
big hugs regina

Sonja said...

Goed idee om het in een gewone pan te doen. Bij mij staat het tosti apparaat nl ongebruikt op zolder...
En kleine lettertjes..ja dat probleem is bekend!