Roasted Chick Peas Wednesday, Dec 19 2012 


It has long been on my to-do list to make roasted chick peas. Seems like such a yummy, healthy homemade snack! Once I did them, I wondered why I waited so long. They’re quite easy! πŸ™‚

I’m not going to give you amounts, as I just estimate. It’s simple enough. πŸ™‚

Roasted Chick Peas

Cooked chick peas (either you cook your own from dry, or drain some from cans)

Coat your chick peas with oil, sprinkle with salt and optional seasonings*. Spread on a cookie sheet. Bake at 400F for around 25-30 minutes, shaking them around occasionally, until dry and crunchy. Watch them towards the end to make sure they don’t burn.

*Seasoning of your choice: garlic, onion, seasoning salt, cayenne pepper, curry, chili, etc

Bacon Cheese Stuffed Bread Saturday, Sep 29 2012 


I’ve seen a few recipes for this type of stuffed bread floating around on Pinterest. One night, I decided to indulge and try it. πŸ™‚ Β Yum! Very good, and a definitely treat. πŸ™‚ Β I basically followed this recipe, with a few tweaks. I also didn’t measure how much cheese or bacon bits I used, just until the bread looked stuffed enough. πŸ˜‰

Bacon Cheese Stuffed Bread

1 unsliced loaf of breadΒ (round is preferable)
8-12 oz cheese, thinly sliced or shredded
3 oz bag bacon bits
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1 Tbsp Parsley, optional
Using a sharp bread knife cut the bread going both directions, being careful not to cut through the bottom crust. Place cheese and bacon bits in between cuts. Sprinkle butter over bread. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Wrap the entire loaf in foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes. Unwrap. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Homemade Salami Friday, Sep 21 2012 

Years ago, my Mom found a recipe for homemade pepperoni, and we made it quite regularly. We loved eating it plain, on crackers, or on pizza.

About four years ago, I decided to try a couple variations of it, a summer sausage and a homemade salami from Tammy’s Recipes. I fell in love with the salami recipe, and that’s the main one I’ve been doing every since.

So, if you’re looking for healthy homemade meats for easy lunches (great with cheese slices and crackers), to send on school lunches, or on pizza, make sure to try this yummy recipe! πŸ™‚

The only thing I do different, is that I like them to be cracker size, so I make 10 rolls from the recipe instead of 3 like the recipe says. πŸ™‚

Apple Nachos Saturday, Jan 7 2012 

Apple Nachos

Peanut butter
Chocolate syrup
any other topping! πŸ™‚

Wash and slice apples. Spread on a plate. Warm up peanut butter in microwave (not too long!), so that it drizzles easily. Drizzle chocolate syrup. Sprinkle with coconut and nuts. VoilΓ ! Delicious! πŸ™‚

Pumpkin Bread Monday, Sep 5 2011 

I love pumpkin bread! I made a bunch of this bread to bring along as snacks when we went camping, and we really enjoyed it!


Pumpkin Bread

1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin, mashed
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cup spelt (or wheat)
3/4 cup white flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup nuts, chopped

Cream oil, sugar and eggs together. Add pumpkin and milk. Mix together dry ingredients, add to wet ingredients stirring only until moistened. Over stirring causes a dry bread. Pour into greased bread pan. Bake at 350F for 1hr or until a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

Let cool in pans for 10 minutes before taking out and placing on cooling racks. This is important, as the bread will break if taken out too soon. Not that I know. πŸ˜‰

Granola Bars Thursday, Apr 28 2011 

These granola bars are delicious and healthy! The left granola bar, in the above picture, was made with ground flax, small dried apples, mini (very mini!) marshmallows, and mini chocolate chips. A favourite for children! The one on the right was made with ground flax, almond pieces, dried apples, and dried cranberries. Very delicious!

Granola Bars

3 cups oats
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
4 tsp vanilla
1 cup extras, such as dried fruits, flax, mini marshmallow, mini chocolate chips, etc
Place oats, pecans, coconut and wheat germ in a pan and toast at 350 for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring often.
Melt honey, brown sugar, butter and vanilla on medium heat. Add the “extras” to the oats. Pour the melted ingredients over the dry and mix until all coated. Line 9×13 pan with wax paper; pour in granola mix. Press down with another wax paper. Let cool (about 2hrs). Turn pan over and cut into bars. Wrap individually (or place a few in ziploc bags) and store in the fridge.Β You won’t regret making these! πŸ™‚

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