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Breads and Snacks for This Week

Here are the breads and snacks that I’ll be making for my family this week.

Whole Wheat Cheddar Crackers from weelicious.com

I am super excited about this site.  I just discovered it and it quickly became my favorite resource for cooking wholesome foods for my children.  I can’t wait to try my first weelicious recipe this week!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (they were stingy with their pictures, so you’ll have to click to see how gorgeous they look)

Yes, please.  I don’t care that Fall is over.  Pumpkin spice lives forever in my house.  My 4 year-old is a huge fan of “bars”.  It’s his go-to afternoon snack and a favorite grab-and-go breakfast for my husband.  I’ve been purchasing organic versions, but they are expensive.  So this week, we make our own.

English Muffins

Don’t these look amazing?  I am a huge English Muffin fan – particularly very toasted with cream cheese on one side and a jam on the other sitting next to a cup of coffee.  Since I discovered my annoying soy allergy, these have been off the list.  I haven’t found any that pass the test.  I jumped for joy when I came across this recipe on tastespotting.com (a fun site for finding recipes).

Multigrain Bread

This is a non-bread machine multigrain.  I have not had much luck lately with bread in the bread machine.  It comes out dry with a hard-as-rock crust.  This one gives me hope.  It looks moist and fluffy and is begging for some butter right from the oven, though I’ve been known to overcook some bread in my time.  We’ll be lucky if this one makes it to sandwiches.


Happy Pinning

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There’s nothing like a little time with Pinterest to bring you right up out of the dumps.  I’ve heard about it for a while, but didn’t think much of it until a friend sent me a link.  I’ve discovered a world of fun through “pinning”.  And, I’m proud to tell you, I don’t just pin em’, I actually do this stuff.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Homemade Oreos – These are really easy and taste so much like real ones, especially the next day.

Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chips – I’m not sure why they didn’t just call these Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies.  I don’t know why I care.  They are so good that the name really doesn’t matter.  Sweet and salty combinations are really winning me over these days.  These cookies will be your new go-tos.

Baked Penne with Chicken, Broccoli and Smoked Mozzarella – This has replaced lasagna as a fancy eat-in meal.  It’s easy and delicious and impressive-looking.

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup – Though this is listed here as a vegetarian dish, I’m not a vegetarian.  So, I boil some chicken to add to it. I learned a VERY handy little trick (also from Pinterest) for shredding chicken that I use for this soup.  Cook the chicken, toss it in your KitchenAid for about a minute and you’ve got instant PERFECTLY SHREDDED chicken.  Isn’t that beautiful?  Awesome trick for burritos and chicken salad, too.

I recently visited the allergist for a skin test and found that, in addition to 62 other things, I am mildly allergic to soy.  I’m not sure if you’ve ever paid much attention to just how many things have soy lecithin as an ingredient, but I’m here to tell you – it’s a LOT.  In an effort to feel my best, I’ve gone to making a lot things instead of buying them.

Ranch Dressing – Seriously, I will never buy the crap in the store again.  Hid.den Valley has got nothing on this stuff.  I made it in about 3 minutes in a huge plastic stadium cup with my hand blender.  It’s so fresh and wonderful.  I find myself pouring it on everything.  Tonight – baked potatoes.

Pizza Dough – I’ve made my own dough before, but this recipe so far is my favorite.  I go half and half with white and wheat flour and it’s really good.  Minimal effort as well, but make sure you allow time for the rising.

And, I don’t like to put just anything on my hands/face/body.  I found this little idea and was making it a short time later.

DIY Hand Soap – I imagine you can use just about any soap you like.  I used Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap with much success.  And, it seems like a special treat for Christmas because all our hand soap smells like mint.  For about $8.00 I made a whole gallon of the stuff.

I found a ton of road trip games for our trip to NYC with 2 small children that was a life saver.

Spent too many hours out of my life making this tree for our mantel. I mean, seriously, sometimes one must consider how much one’s own time is worth.  Yes, the tree is cute, but if my time is worth $30/hour (which may be a deal), I could have purchased quite a few cone-shaped mantel trees for that price.  I don’t love crafting quite enough for this one.

However, I did spend about 10 minutes making these ornaments with my children and I’ll forever remember how small they were this year when I hang them on my tree.

If you, too, are into the pinning – give me a follow and I’ll do the same.


No Milk = New Project

Yesterday was a busy day.  I’ve really had to make peace with not being able to keep an exact schedule now that I have a 2 year-old in tow at all hours of the day, who may or may not take a nap in the afternoons.  I had all the best intentions and made every effort to be able to go to the grocery store, but it just did not happen.  So this morning we had no milk.

Jeff actually prefers cereal to every other breakfast food.  He’s teaching his son this, too.  I chase the cereal deals at the grocery store each week with my goal being to get a box of cereal for $1 or less and I have pretty strict standards for cereal.  It must be made with NO enriched flour and it cannot contain any high fructose corn syrup. (On a total sidenote, I got Kashi cereal for .75/box a few weeks ago by stacking competitor store coupons, manufacturer coupons and a great sale–it’s normally over $5/box.  Score.)  The boys get a little twitch if they don’t get their choice of cereal from the cereal bar in the mornings.

But, this morning we had NO MILK.  No milk means no cereal.  No cereal means we search for other breakfast options.  This morning the only backup options were a stale English Muffin or frozen bagels that I had purchased without reading the ingredients: enriched flour, partially hydrogenated soybean oil AND high fructose corn syrup.  3 STRIKES!  So, we end up eating these really yucky bagels.

In my bloggy reading just after breakfast, I came across today’s project!  Homemade bagels from Kristen at Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker.  They look simple enough and I have all the ingredients.  I forgot often that it’s so EASY, cheap and much more HEALTHY to make things on your own.  Today we have a project.  Equally as enticing are the 13 ideas to add some zip to cream cheese.  Oh the yumminess.

This project fits right in with my weekend find.  New flour to try–Eagle Mills White Whole Wheat Flour.  It promises to be smooth and useable wherever white flour is called for.  Whole wheat flour is always a great idea, but the texture of most whole wheat flour can be a little gritty.  Two weeks ago I made homemade graham crackers with stone ground wheat flour and it was just WRONG.  Carter seemed to like them, but Jeff and I agreed that the texture was way to close to dog biscuits.  Bleh.

What do you like to make?