Tuna Roll


  • 3 pieces white or whole wheat bread
  • Tuna salad
  • Carrots, cucumbers, red peppers cut into thin strips


  1. Cut the crust off each slice of bread and roll out as thin as possible with rolling pin.
  2. Place the long side of the rolled out bread closest to you.
  3. Thinly spread 1/3 of the tuna onto 1/3 of the bread – lengthwise.
  4. On top of the tuna, arrange some carrots, cucumbers, and pepper strips – making sure not to overstuff the roll (a little goes a long way).
  5. Starting with the side closest to you (the filled end) tightly roll and press to seal into a roll. ( dab a little mayonnaise across the end of the roll to act as a glue, sealing the roll)
  6. Cut the roll into 4 even pieces and repeat with the remaining bread and tuna.

Makes 12 pieces

Checkerboard Lunch

  • Supplies
  • White bread
  • Pumpernickel  bread (whole wheat can also be used)
  • Choice of sandwich filling
  • 2” cookie cutter – optional
  • Black olives
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Toothpicks


  1. Using your cookie cutter or knife, cut out squares from both breads. Make into sandwiches.
  2. Arrange sandwiches on a platter in a checkerboard pattern alternating the white and pumpernickel breads.
  3. Place olives and tomatoes on toothpicks and arrange on checkerboard.


Use the crusts and “scraps” from the bread to make your own homemade croutons.

Watermelon Drink Dispenser

Looking to add some fun to the drinks department by your next barbeque, try this original watermelon drink dispenser. For this project, I requested the help of my father – in –law who is as “handy” as they come, to figure out how to construct this project. A trip to his favorite store (Home Depot) and a couple of simple instructions later, we had a functional drink dispenser. But handy or not, this is a cinch to make and is sure to take center stage athg your next BBQ.


What you’ll need

  • large seedless watermelon
  • sharp knife
  • ½ inch hose bibb (available in the plumbing section of Lowe’s, Home Depot etc.)
  • PVC-to-faucet adapter that will screw into the back of the faucet (3/4 x ½ flush bushing  spig x rfpt)
  • Rubber O-ring that fits the back of the faucet (optional – a precautionary measure to assure no leakage)


  1. When choosing a watermelon look for one that is (relatively) flat on bottom.
  2. Slice the top of the watermelon, and using a large spoon or melon baller remove the fruit. Pour out any excess juice from the bottom of the melon.
  3. A few inches from the bottom of the watermelon, cut a hole slightly smaller than the spigot.
  4. Gently screw the faucet in the hole.
  5. Inside the melon, carve away a little more fruit from around the back of the faucet (not too thin, or you may go through the rind) to make room for the screwing adapter.
  6. Screw on the adapter (optional – slide the O-ring onto the back of the faucet).
  7. Test for leaks by filling up the melon with water, and turning on the faucet.
  8. Fill up “dispenser”  with drink of your choice.

Red Light Green Light 1-2-3

It’s not only adults who like an original presentation – kids love it too! Here are some ideas that are “out of the (lunch)” box” that are sure to make the “same old same old” so fresh and appealing.


  • 2 slices of bread
  • Choice of sandwich filling
  • Lettuce
  • Yellow pepper – diced into small pieces
  • Cherry tomato – sliced
  • Apple corer


  1. Spread sandwich filling onto a slice of bread.
  2. Place tomato slices on the top third of the bread, the yellow peppers in the middle, and the lettuce on the bottom third.
  3.  On another slice of bread, punch out 6 holes (3 on each side) with an apple corer.
  4. Place on top, and cut in two so you create two traffic lights.