Getting Things Going

Archived | February 17, 2016 | By

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. Had the house to myself once again for the weekend, and that’s a fine thing. Mr. S and I had had an early Valentine Dinner late last week at a rather fancy place where there were seared scallops, which I love and just can’t bring myself to buy unless they’re really on sale or at a restaurant for a special occasion, and asparagus and some kind of amazing whipped sweet potatoes with rosemary and a bit of cheese. It’s been a while since we splurged, and why not, and he had a New York Strip and we toasted love in the world, and shared some crème brulee and a slice of chocolate layer cake that pretty much sent me into orbit.

With the house all quiet on Saturday, I got papers and receipts and documents in order to begin work on taxes. It’s something I put off longer and longer as our taxes grew more complicated over the years, and a few years back I decided I would shoot for Valentine’s Day as my deadline and they would be done and I could eat chocolate in relative peace. I don’t actually DO our taxes; with Mr. S’s motivational speaking job things are complicated, so I pretty much fill out a booklet with information and send it off to a CPA named Jeffry, who does a fine job putting it all in good order. Thing is, the packet is now online, and it’s daunting, and I had to lose all the info I’d entered only once some years back in order for a low-grade anxiety to kick in every time I get ready to tackle it. It’s inevitable that, each year, once I finish, I think to myself, “Now that wasn’t so bad.” It’s the getting it going that is a real challenge, and believe me, there’s a long list of things I find that suddenly need to happen first.

Like. Baking a batch of wonderful cutout cookies, pink frosting included. Washing a few smudged windows. Folding two loads of clothes. Washing the kitchen floor. Checking for expired items in the fridge. Trimming my nails. Cleaning out the lint traps in the dryer. Calling our married daughter to see how the house-hunting is going. Calling the two in college to see how they’re doing. (Stomach flu, bad. Really bad, but on the upswing.) Sorting through the pantry. Dusting the wood trim, especially that above the doors in the house. Changing any burned out bulbs and dead batteries. Napping on the living room floor for 20 minutes. Trying once again to figure out a new password for the garage door opener. Going through my clothes for those I no longer wear. Re-recording my message on our voicemail. Writing a few birthday cards and thank you notes. Clearing the hair clot from the bathtub drain (involves tools, which I like, and I usually pull out a wad the size of a small rodent). Jotting down a list of meals for when the kids are home in March on break. And about seven other small things.

And writing this, to you. Which is all that’s left. After this, there is only my tax workbook, and one more load of clothes to fold. But that can wait. It’s a load of towels, and I won’t need one til I’m done with the tax stuff, which is a small thing, really, in the Grand Scheme. Something to which I give far too much import. Small price for living my one wild and ordinary life here, in the Midwest of the United States of America. Taxes? Big ol’ sigh. Gladly. And that hot shower, even better.

Here’s a recipe for any occasion, and a sure thing if you’re entertaining or have kids around. Serve ‘em up with sweet potato fries, or some wild rice soup. Also good just before midnight with a bit ‘o mustard.

Ham ‘n Swiss Sandwiches

2 12 count packages sweet Hawaiian dinner rolls
1½ lbs Virginia ham, thinly sliced
12 slices Swiss cheese
1 stick butter
2-3 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp garlic powder or minced garlic
1 tsp onion powder or minced onion
1 tsp poppy seeds or sesame seeds

Place the bottoms of 12 rolls in each of 2 9×13 cake pans.

Place ham (two shaved slices or so) onto each of the rolls. Cut cheese slices into 4 parts and place 2 small pieces on each sandwich, and place the dinner roll tops on.

In a sauce pan, mix butter, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder and poppy seeds. Wait until all butter is melted and then brush the melted mixture over the ham sandwiches. Cover with foil and let sit in fridge for an hour or overnight.

Bake uncovered at 375 for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve hot or cold.