Fancy Sandwich Friday October 2014

It’s time for Fancy Sandwich Friday again, and this time I thought I’d show you a sandwich bento that is super easy to make.  A few simple tools, some bread, cheese, and sandwich filling is all it takes to make this cute jack-o-lantern pocket sandwich

Here are the tools I used to make this sandwich bento ( click on the pictures to learn more) :

You’ll notice there is a rolling pin in the tools picture – that’s because I’m using gluten free bread, and it helps a LOT to lightly roll out the bread slices before putting them in the sandwich press. First I put the bread slices in a sandwich bag and microwave them for just 30 seconds to soften and warm the bread. Then I use the rolling pin to gently press and slightly roll out each slice. This really helps to make the bread hold together – gluten free bread is notorious for turning into a pile of crumbs!

The rest of the sandwich is very easy – I just filled it with tuna salad, added the top slice, and followed the instructions that came with the sandwich press to seal it and cut off the crusts. Then I used cheese and the cutters shown above to create the jack-o-lantern. ( I ended up using the mouth cutter from the R&M skull set, even though I didn’t show it in the photo)

Then I simply added some orange slices, veggies, and dip and packed it all  in an easy lunch box. Easy and fun for an October lunch!

Now it’s your turn – show us your fancy sandwiches! I’d love it if you have any fall or Halloween  sandwiches to share, but really, any fun or fancy sandwich will do! If you’re new to Fancy Sandwich Friday, you can read about it on my Fancy Sandwich Friday info page.


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Fancy Sandwich Friday – September 2014

Fancy Sandwich Friday is back for the school year! Every first Friday of the month from September until May, you can come here and link up your sandwich posts if you have a blog, or just find a lot of great ideas for making sandwiches all in one place.

Are you new to the whole Fancy Sandwich Friday thing? Since it’s been a while (okay, a really long time) since I’ve done a Fancy Sandwich Friday link-up party… I’ll tell you how it got started, what it is, and what you can do about it:

Fancy Sandwich Friday got started a couple of years ago when my son and I were having a funny conversation about a YouTube video. The guy in it says, “Care for a sandwich? It’s a very fancy sandwich”. We decided to showcase as many fancy sandwiches as possible on my blog, and invite everybody to contribute. You can read all about that, and see the video here on my Fancy Sandwich Friday page. If you click on that link, you can also read a detailed description of how to join this link-up ( and again down below).

Meanwhile, here’s a little bit about my fancy sandwich:

This lunch contains some chips, Laughing Cow cheese, and grapes with a leaf cut from a thin slice of carrot.
Below that is my fancy little squirrel ham and cheese sandwich, which I made using a squirrel cookie cutter from this set from Ikea.

Next to the squirrel are some acorns made from two ends of a turkey hot dog attached to two mushroom caps. I secured them with toothpicks and cooked them in a pan with a little worchestershire sauce.

After they were done, I removed the toothpicks and replaced them with these cute leaf and ladybug picks, which you can find out more about by clicking the pictures of them right here:

   

Psst! One more thing – in case you’re interested, you can buy that cloth napkin with the leaves and acorns in my Etsy shop  :)

Now it’s your turn! Show us your fancy sandwiches!

 Here’s how it works:
  If you’ve got a blog, I’d love it if you’d link up one (or more!) of your blog posts – present , past, or even the distant past that features a sandwich in some way. A bento with a cute sandwich, or a great recipe for a sandwich, or a great tips for packing sandwiches in lunch boxes, etc. If it’s about a sandwich, it’ll work!

  Just copy the URL of the blog post that you want to share, and click on the little blue button that says   ” add your link”  at the end of the current Fancy Sandwich Friday post. Then follow the simple instructions.  You will have all weekend ( until Sunday night) to add any of your links before the linky party closes ( it will show how many hours are left right next to the Add Your Link button).





Fancy Sandwich Friday February 2014

It’s the first Friday of the month, and now that I have a working computer again, it’s time for Fancy Sandwich Friday!

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please read all about it here: Fancy Sandwich Friday info.

Today’s lunch is gluten free ham and cheese sandwiches; carrots and daikon radish cut with a crinkle cutter; cucumber, tomato, blackberries, and kiwi. And for dipping, homemade ranch dip.

If you have ever used gluten free bread, then you know why I’m so proud of my little sandwiches! GF bread is notoriously crumbly and can be very stiff unless it’s microwaved. But this can be overcome with a few little tips:

1. microwave the bread in a sandwich bag or covered container ( to hold in the steam) for 30 seconds for cold bread, or 1 minute for frozen bread.
2. place the warm bread on a flat surface, like a cutting board, and roll it with a rolling pin. You can roll GF bread more vigorously than you can wheat bread, as long as it’s warm. This helps to press the holes in the bread together so there’s a better surface on which to imprint the design.
3. Cut the top of the sandwich first, press the design into the bread ( press fairly hard) and set it aside. Here’s the sandwich cutter set I used for this lunch:

 

4. Cut the cheese, ham, and bottom portion of the bread separately with the cutter, and sandwich it all together, adding a dabs of mayo or whatever else you want to hold it together. Here’s how mine looks from the side:

As you can see, pressed sandwiches are pretty flat. But they taste yummy and look very cute in a lunchbox!

  Now it’s your turn! Show us what you’ve got – I can’t wait to see your fancy sandwiches! Like last time, I have decided to leave this linky up throughout the weekend so you can come back and add more – you can never have too many fancy sandwich ideas, and if you have more than one, we’d all love to see them!









thanks for the visit :)

Fancy Sandwich Friday, October 2013

Today is Fancy Sandwich Friday – Halloween edition! If you are new to FSF, you can read all about it here, on my Fancy Sandwich Friday page. The first part tells how this linky party came to be, but if you want to know how to join in, scroll down to where it says “here’s how it works” and follow the simple instructions so you can add your link at the end of this post.

Today’s lunch really tested that old saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention”.  I woke up this morning wondering how on earth I was going to make a fancy sandwich this time. My brain was completely out of ideas, and my fridge was almost out of sandwich supplies. So I took out my container of Autumn bento cutters to see if it would spark anything, and inspiration struck!

I used my Halloween linzer cutter to make what turned out to be some very fancy sandwiches after all! This is one of the most versatile tools I own – I use the individual shapes as mini cutters all throughout October and some into November. They are metal, so they cut through even hard vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes with ease, but I’ve never used the linzer cookie cutter part – until today! I made mini sandwiches, and spread them with the odds and ends of what I had in the fridge:
ghost = ham, cheese, mayo
owl = peanut butter
black cat and with hat = peanut butter and grape jam
pumpkin = peanut butter and apricot jam

Another thing I should mention – when I made these little sandwiches, the cut-outs that came from them were such perfect little pillows of cuteness that I decided to make them into Halloween croutons. I sprayed them with butter, and sprinkled garlic powder on them and toasted them in the oven at 325 degrees. Here’s how they looked, and on a salad with some ghost cheese made with the same linzer set:

Everyone in the house came over to see my little sandwiches and to my surprise, they all thought they were cool :) My husband was the one who got to  take this lunch to work, since they were made of regular bread and he’s not allergic to gluten. Here is where you can buy this wonderfully versatile little cutter, along with some other linzer cutters I have and use all the time:

And I just saw this adorable Christmas set that I don’t have, but I think I really need now…

Also in this lunch – peach slices and apple slices cut with a fall leaf cutter, and broccoli, radish slices, and a mini jack o lantern made from a teeny orange tomato with nori details made with this punch:

  Now it’s your turn! Show us what you’ve got – I can’t wait to see your fancy Halloween sandwiches! Like last time, I have decided to leave this linky up throughout the weekend so you can come back and add more – you can never have too many fancy sandwich ideas, and if you have more than one, we’d all love to see them!

The Return of Fancy Sandwich Friday! September 2013

 Now that the school year has started for most of us, it’s time to bring back Fancy Sandwich Friday! For those who are new to this link-up, you can learn all about it here, on my Fancy Sandwich Friday Page.  My sandwich lunch is from the movie ” My Neighbor Totoro”. A friend of mine brought my attention to this wonderful Etsy shop, WarpZone where they make the most amazing cookie cutters! You can find all sorts of themed cutters from books, movies, sci-fi, anime, etc. It’s a fun shop! I got some Totoro cookie cutters, and used them to make this sandwich lunch for my son:

I’m definitely going to be using these cutters a lot – they are so much fun! Also in this lunch are olives disguised as “soot sprites”, and some cucumbers, ranch dip, and watermelon cubes.

Do you like the background fabric? It’s one of my bento bags that I sell in my Etsy shop, Beneficial Bento. I have several new bento bags, with more on the way soon – come check them out!

And here’s a movie trailer  so you can learn a little more about Totoro:

Now it’s your turn! Please link up any posts you’d like to share that include a sandwich lunch, recipe, or any other great sandwich info. If you aren’t sure how to do this, read more here – Fancy Sandwich Friday Page  and follow the simple instructions.

I’ll be leaving this up over the weekend as well, so if you want to come back and add more great sandwich lunches, do it! We all love to get new ideas for packing fun lunches, so the more the merrier!



Fancy Sandwich Friday March 1, 2013

Wow – March really snuck up on me this week! And Fancy Sandwich Friday did too!

If you’re wondering what Fancy Sandwich Friday is, you can find out all about it here.

Today’s lunch is just a good old American style lunch: ham and cheese sandwich, potato salad, veggies and fruits, and a brownie. I promise it’s a clean brownie – high in protein, low in sugar and fat, and full of fiber. ( Don’t tell my kids – they just think they taste good)  I made my sandwich qualify as a “fancy” sandwich by cutting it with a flower cutter, scoring lines on it with a knife, and topping it all off with a jewel pick :)

 Now it’s your turn! Show us your fancy sandwiches!
    Here’s how it works:
  If you’ve got a blog, I’d love it if you’d link up one of your blog posts – present , past, or even the distant past that features a sandwich in some way. A bento with a cute sandwich, or a great recipe for a sandwich, or a great tips for packing sandwiches in lunch boxes, etc. If it’s about a sandwich, it’ll work!

  Just copy the URL of the blog post that you want to share, and click on the little blue button that says   ” add your link”  at the end of the current Fancy Sandwich Friday post. Then follow the simple instructions.  You will have 24 hours to add any of your links before the linky party closes ( it will show how many hours are left right next to the Add Your Link button).

 
   If you want to see past Fancy Sandwiches, click on this button:
Beneficial Bento



Fancy Sandwich Friday, February 2013

Well hello! It’s nice to be here again. I’ve lost my camera charger (sob!), so I haven’t been able to take any photos for over a week now. I’m currently using my son’s camera which is pretty good, as long as the rubber band that holds the batteries in place doesn’t get in my way, lol! It’s high time I got a new camera…

Anyway, Fancy Sandwich Friday is back for 2013! If you’re new to my Fancy Sandwich Friday, you can read about how it works and the story behind it by clicking  here.

Today’s lunch is for my husband, whom I love very much! We’ve had a pretty weird past two weeks, with sickness, plumbing problems ( which are not quite fixed), a broken dryer ( which we think is fixed now), and other annoyances. Last week  he brought me home a bouquet of roses with a note saying “I know it’s been a rough week”. He is so sweet, so I made him this heart sandwich lunch (above) full of hugs and kisses :D It has ham and cheese sandwiches, orange slices, strawberries, cucumbers, and take a look at that gorgeous purple cauliflower! (I go nuts for purple vegetables)

The rest of us get similar lunches, but they don’t have hearts and cute stuff:

Everyone’s kind of excited to try the purple cauliflower – we’re dipping it in ranch dip made with greek yogurt!

Now it’s your turn! Show us your fancy sandwiches!
    Here’s how it works:
  If you’ve got a blog, I’d love it if you’d link up one of your blog posts – present , past, or even the distant past that features a sandwich in some way. A bento with a cute sandwich, or a great recipe for a sandwich, or a great tips for packing sandwiches in lunch boxes, etc. If it’s about a sandwich, it’ll work!

  Just copy the URL of the blog post that you want to share, and click on the little blue button that says   ” add your link”  at the end of the current Fancy Sandwich Friday post. Then follow the simple instructions.  You will have 24 hours to add any of your links before the linky party closes ( it will show how many hours are left right next to the Add Your Link button).

  If you want to see past Fancy Sandwiches, click on this button:

 

Beneficial Bento

Fancy Sandwich Friday December 2012

Today is Fancy Sandwich Friday! Today I made a snowflake sandwich – which is just a humble ham and cheese sandwich topped with cheese cut with my awesome snowflake cutter set. I LOVE this very versatile set of cutters, and I’ve never even used it for cookies. It works so much better for cheese! Here’s a link to where you can buy one:

Also in this lunch is broccoli salad topped with a bell pepper star with a radish santa hat and nori face, and some grapes and carrots.

Now it’s your turn!  Show us your sandwiches!  (If you are new to Fancy Sandwich Friday, you can read all about it here.)

Fancy Sandwich Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

Today is Fancy Sandwich Friday, and I’m ashamed to admit it, but – I forgot!! Some of my BBFs ( blogger best friends) had to remind me! Thank you, friends :)

Today’s lunch is only slightly a sandwich lunch. I adapted a recipe that I saw at Iowa Girl Eats – corn dog mini muffins. I successfully made it gluten free, and I used Applegate Farms hot dogs so they’d be a little healthier.

They remind me of little pigs rolled up in blankets, so I made  sleepy faces for them out of nori and ham :)

To go with the muffins there’s broccoli, pomegranate seeds, and blackberries. Inside the blue sauce cups there’s mustard and ketchup, and I have some cheese and tomato on a hot dog pick.

Now it’s your turn! Show us your sandwiches! Click on the “Add your Link” button below, and follow the easy instructions to add your sandwich link. For more info, I have a page about all about FSF here. ( also … ignore the out of place description of FSF below – I can’t seem to delete it!)

thanks! BTW, since it’s late in the day, FSF will go until Saturday at midnight. So if you know someone  who also makes a cool sandwich, pass this info on so they can post their link here!

Fancy Sandwich Friday, week 6

 It’s baaaaaack! It is the first Friday of the month, so that now means – Fancy Sandwich Friday has returned!  And just in case you’ve missed good old Mr. Timn, here he is again in honor of this day:

  If you are new to FSF, I have a  FSF Page, and it will describe the whole thing, and what you need to do to participate.
  For my sandwich today, I have a very simple lunch. But if you take even a regular sandwich, cut it in half, and put it in a bento box – it automatically becomes fancy :D
  I decided to add a little something extra this month – on one of my favorite sites, EatingWell.com,  there is a great group of healthy sandwich recipes put together in a slide show. Here it is:
  Now it’s your turn!
If you have a blog, I’d love it if you would share one of your posts that includes a fancy sandwich. Just copy and paste the URL of the post you want to share, click on the ” Add Your Link” button at the end of this post, and follow the simple instructions.
  A big THANK YOU to all of you who have participated in the past – I love all the creative ideas you’ve shared!


thank you!