if:table {july 2014}

As I mentioned last month, I really have no idea what I’m doing.

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What I do know, however, is that this is EXACTLY what I want to be doing.  This was our second dinner together.  Kathie wasn’t able to make it this month so we had a new face at the table.  This brought up all sorts of questions, the biggest one being:

If we miss, will we lose our spot?

I haven’t really thought this through in detail.  For now, the answer is no.  Everyone will continue to be invited.  The ladies had all sorts of great suggestions what we should do if/when our table becomes too big.  But that’s not an issue right now so we’ll just take it a month at a time.

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As I’m writing this though, another great idea comes to mind => get a bigger table!  I long for a table that seats 12, with a bench AND an eclectic mix of chairs.  Turns out another gal had a similar dream and finally has a home that can accommodate her grand table.  [MAJOR table envy on my part.]  Another gal just ordered a handcrafted barnwood table from an incredible local business that uses the money from their table sales to feed starving children in Swazi.  (You’ll find their purpose statement HERE.)  They have a gorgeous selection of tables HEREI love, love the idea of our dining room table being attached to such a powerful story.

We dined on one of my family’s favorites:  Saucy Ham Sandwiches [recipe below].  Throw in some frozen grapes, Lay’s Wavy Potato Chips, and Popcorn Salad (another family favorite) for the almost-perfect summer meal.

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Dessert is what made it perfect.  I whipped up a batch of Butterscotch Potato Chip Cookies (note: I used butterscotch chips instead of chocolate chips in this recipe) over the weekend and served them with a scoop of Salted Caramel Gelato for some pretty killer ice cream sandwiches (my latest kick).

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We talked about our favorite summer traditions as adults and children, making the most of important relationships, loneliness, being real, being yelly, the book Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst, and so much more.  Who knew gathering over a meal and sharing stories could be this much fun. 😀

And as promised, the recipe for Saucy Ham Sandwiches.

Saucy Ham Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. Hawaiian dinner rolls
  • 1/2 lb. sliced ham
  • 1/2 lb. sliced Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 T. yellow mustard
  • 1 T. poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Slice rolls in half lengthwise. Layer ham and cheese on bottom half. Replace top rolls.
  2. Melt butter, stir in Worcestershire and mustard until blended. Spoon mixture over rolls.
  3. Sprinkle with poppy seeds.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes (watch closely to prevent burning).
  5. Cut into individual sandwiches and serve.
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