Monday, August 22, 2016

Summertime Sandwiches: the BLA

No, that's not a typing error. My favorite summer sandwich is a Bacon, Lettuce and Avocado sandwich. AKA, BLA!

It's what I like to make for a quick lunch, especially if I'm going out of town for a week, and these are in my refrigerator:

I hate it when avocados go bad...they're too delicious to waste that way!

A BLA is super easy to make. In fact, it's a lot like a BLT.

Cook up some bacon, toast your bread, get the Ranch dressing out of the fridge...

Yes, Ranch dressing rather than plain mayo. It adds a bit of yummy deliciousness to the sandwich.

And then start layering - A bit of salad dressing on both pieces of toast, and then a generous helping of lettuce, avocado slices, and top with bacon.

Put the lid on (aka, the other slice of toast) and you're set to go.

Warning: this is a very messy sandwich. Don't try to eat it on the run!

Another delicious lunch I've just heard about is avocado toast. From the number of recipes available on the internet, it seems like I'm the only one who has never run across this before!

Easy peasy lemon squeezy! A slice of toast, mashed avocado, and a topping. My favorite is crumbled bacon.

Do you sense a theme here? Avocado and bacon are delicious together!

I've been doing quick lunches for the past week or so because I'm getting ready to take off to Nashville tomorrow for the First Annual Christian Fiction Readers Retreat  and the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Conference.

If you haven't heard about the Readers Retreat, go here to get the scoop!  You'll notice that some of your favorite writers are involved, and it's a day centered around our favorite people: Readers!

And then the ACFW Conference starts on Thursday.

Just imagine, an entire week (at least, Wednesday through Saturday) filled with readers, writers, and other people who love books. Doesn't that sound like a dream come true?

Since we just got done with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (ten days of not leaving home to head up into the Hills) and I'm getting ready to leave for the rest of the week, my husband and I HAD to make a trip up to some of our favorite places on Saturday.

I ignored my new office and the paint-less walls, the vacuuming and weeding and laundry that needed to be done, and we went to the center of the Hills, up to the Needles Highway.

This is what we wanted to do:

Our intention was to hike the Cathedral Spires trail, but there was a problem. We couldn't find anyplace to park near the trail head. Or near our alternative hiking choice in that area, the Little Devils Tower trail. So we drove and dodged other cars.

I'm not complaining, though! It's a beautiful drive....

Do you see why it's called the Needles Highway? Those granite spires....

There are narrow tunnels along the way, and the one at the top is breathtaking. Here's the approach...

Suck in your tummy when you meet those trucks!

Looks good so far, but remember - it's a one-lane tunnel.

Oops, traffic jam. Everybody wait your turn...

And if you aren't driving, be sure to look up as you go through!

The other side of the tunnel was packed with cars, trucks, pedestrians...and I forgot to take more pictures!

But here's a great video someone took during last year's Rally. They have people directing traffic during that week!

Do you see why I hate leaving home, even for the ACFW Conference? I'll still have plenty of fun, though. My roommate for conference is the best, isn't she, Ruthy?

Have a great week, everyone!

Jan Drexler loves her family, her home, cooking and just about anything made by hand. But she loves her Lord most of all.

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  1. Oh, we're huge avocado fans! We even have a mini tree but I'm afraid it will never bear fruit because by the time it gets to the right size, it will have outgrown our house which means it will DIE from the cold. So sad!

    Love thse rock formations but can I say how odd that is that there was nowhere to park? I can't imagine the crowds. Crazy. The only time we can't find parking is in downtown Portland. :O

    1. I love avocados! When my grandmother married her college sweetheart when they were both in their '80's, Grandpa Paul brought an avocado tree into the family (he lived in southern California). Every year they rode the train back to Indiana to visit family and Grandma packed a suitcase full of avocados to share. Yum!

      And yes. Crowds. After Labor Day we get our Hills back. :)

  2. I love summer sandwiches, the BLT varieties, and my fave is bacon/tomato and swiss on rye, grilled.... Oh be still my heart! And it's always better with homegrown tomatoes!!!

    This is lovely, but I can't believe the amazing coolness of the rock formations and driving through them, like sentinels lining the way. AMAZING.

    1. "on rye, grilled..." Oh, that sounds delicious!

      Except for the tomato part. I grew up with parents who both loved coffee and fresh tomatoes, but I never learned to like them. I always figured I was adopted ;)

      And you can see why that area is called "The Needles" can't you? It's a beautiful drive, and we hadn't gone that way for almost a year. So lovely. Going up there refreshes my soul.

  3. Messy sandwiches are THE best!

    Avocado toast is BIG here. I saw a thing where various cities were labeled by a food they were known for and NYC got Avocado toast. Seriously? Not Nathan's hot dogs or Famous Ray's pizza or.... well, you get the drift. Yeah, Avocado toast.

    We're getting a new refrigerator. I finally had to admit the old one could not handle this summer. Sadly, I sent my husband off with all our bacon to store with other things in a friend's empty frig.

    1. My husband read your comment last week and said, "She needs a new refrigerator!" I'm glad you took his unasked-for and unheard advice! You'll enjoy cold food again!

      And I had never heard of avocado toast before! (Shows you how much I pay attention to the NYC foodie culture!) I couldn't believe how many different ways there were to have it. I loved my bacon creation, though!

  4. Ohhhhh-you're going to both the reader's retreat and the conference!!!! I'm so jealous and excited. Hoping for tons of on-the-spot reporting from Carrie and friends. :-)

    I'm afraid I've limited my avocado eating to guacamole so I think it's time to branch out. Maybe grilled tomato avocado and cheese on spelt bread? Yum.

    1. Yes, both! I'm super excited! Wish you could be there. We'll be singing the song of your people...

      And your sandwich idea sounds yummy!

    2. I knew your husband was right, but it's so frustrating because it's only when it's super hot outside. Otherwise it's fine.

      But the new one arrived today and I love it.

  5. Jan, what is there NOT to like about this sandwich? I mean bacon (read BACON!), avocado... This is a meal fit for a king. Or a queen. Ah, heck, it's just perfect for me. If only I had grabbed an avocado when I was at the store this morning. Grr...

    1. You're right, right? I mean, BACON! How can we go wrong?

  6. Jan, I was planning to get a little more work done before I took a break for lunch...but it's not happening. This looks so yummy! Hope I have avocados and bacon in the house :-). Those photos are amazing! I would love to visit that area some day.

    1. You'll have to make a trip to the Black Hills, Laura. Everyone needs to stand at the foot of Mt. Rushmore at least once in their lives.


      I hope you found your avocados and bacon!