Monday, July 11, 2022

Lonely Less: Poetry Monday


Dijon Chicken Pretzel Sliders, beer and mustard chicken are paired with ham and spicy cheese, warmed on pretzel slider rolls. | recipe developed by | #recipe #sandwich


Poetry Monday's once a week.
I bet you know which day.
I don't participate every time,
But today I've come out to play.

My friends assign each week a theme,
Loneliness is what they chose.
Now it's up to all of us,
to put our thoughts into prose.
Lonely Less
Some enjoy the solitude,
others not so much.
For me, depends on that one day,
how much sleep I've had, and such.

You can be lonely in a group,
as well as when it's just you.
Loneliness is more how you feel,
than who's within your view.
But you can change your attitude,
the head space that you're in.
Or phone a friend, see family,
both such an easy win.
Nothing quite prepared me, though,
for moving far astray.
No friends at all, nor family,
New England, far away. 

We were truly all alone
to us, the Midwest, strange.
Fitting in, quite a tough goal,
for this was no small change.
But . . .
Something that I've found, you know
that food, it's love to me.
And if you make enough to share,
seems lots of friends you'll see.
Dijon Chicken Pretzel Sliders, beer and mustard chicken are paired with ham and spicy cheese, warmed on pretzel slider rolls. | recipe developed by | #recipe #sandwich
Dijon Chicken Pretzel Sliders

However . . .
Dijon Chicken Pretzels Sliders,
were really just so good,
wasn't sure there'd be enough,
to share here, in my hood.
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Dijon Chicken Pretzel Sliders      


Printable Recipe

9 pretzel slider buns
6 oz cooked chicken, chopped
1/2 cup beer
3 TBSP brown sugar
1/4 cup dijon mustard
9 slices black forest ham
2 1/4 slices pepper jack cheese  

*NOTE: This recipe works well if you make the chicken in the sauce a day ahead of time, cover, refrigerate, and heat up when ready to make the sliders.
*Over medium heat, whisk together the beer, brown sugar, and mustard in a saucepan. Cook and stir until it comes to a boil. Add the chicken, return to a boil, then reduce the heat and allow to cook for 3 minutes, stirring now and then.and continue to cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, shred the chicken. You can cover and refrigerate at this point or continue with the recipe.
*Grease an 8 X 8 baking dish. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
*Lightly toast the slider buns. Arrange the bottoms in the baking dish.
*Fold a slice of ham onto the bottom of each bun. Cut the slices of pepper jack into quarters, and place 1/4 slice onto each piece of ham.
*Using a slotted spoon, spoon the chicken mixture onto the cheese, then add the tops of the buns.
*Cover the pan with foil and bake for 20 minutes, just until warm.




  1. Yep. Food is love and makes us less lonely when shared!

  2. Yum those look delicious. I'm always a message away!

  3. During the four years my husband was in the military, we found a way to attract people - food! And fortunately, he's an excellent cook. I agree with you about loneliness.It's a state not a place. Some of my worst loneliness has been when I am around people. Maybe it's because I'm an introvert and a bookworm.

  4. If you feed them, they will come. That's true for friends, and it's true at church as well!

  5. If you cook it they will come.....

    1. Yes, they will, and if you do it right, they'll be back too.

  6. I love it when you come out to play! You are so right. You can be lonely, even in a group. It definitely is a state of mind. Well done, Karen! And those sliders look absolutely delicious! A question: What can I substitute for beer--we don't have any here...

    1. I'd substitute apple cider for the beer, let me know if you try it.

  7. Oh goodness. those look really good.


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