Thursday, July 24, 2014

Crunchy Cheesy and a Little Weird. We're Talking Crackers, Not Me.

On our quest to become a healthier family (and shed some extra fat that been hanging around to long), I've been revamping our freezer, fridge and pantry with healthier alternatives. Since cutting sugars and breads out about a month ago, I was ready for something crunchy like a cracker to munch on. There are so many cracker recipes on Pinterest and other sites, but either I didn't have all the ingredients or it required a food dehydrator, which I do not have. is my habit, I made up my own recipe by using the others as a guide.

                                                                 Here's what I had to use.

I think they turned out quite well for my first batches. The first batch I added a little black seed as well. My 13 year old said they were "interesting", but could taste the peppery black seeds.

The second batch, I omitted the black seeds and added a some shredded cheese. This batch received a better review of, "I'm not sure I like them, but in a weird way, I do." as she spreads cream cheese on yet another one and keeps eating them.

The Handsome Hunky Man even liked them and that counts for a lot :)

What's great about making your own crackers is that you know what's in them, and you can personalize them to your favorite flavors.  It seems this recipe is going to be very forgiving and versatile, so I plan on experimenting more soon. Here's what I did today.

Flaxmeal Cheesy Crackers

1 cup flax meal (ground flax seeds)
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1/3 shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp seasoning salt
1/4 tsp paprika
3/4 cup water (start with 1/2 cup and add more if it seems it needs it)

Preheat oven to 400

Cover baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone sheet. In a medium sized bowl, mix all ingredients together to form a dough somewhat consistent of thick brownie batter. Dump batter onto parchment paper and spread it out to 1/4 inch or even thinner if you can. I used a fork to spread it all around. Using a pizza cutter or knife score into the size crackers you want. I actually baked them for about 5 minutes and then scored them and it worked great.

Bake 15-18 minutes until crackers are getting firmer to the touch. At this point, (after getting one out and testing it) they could have been ready, but I decided I wanted them to dry out a bit more, but didn't want them to burn, so I reduced the oven heat to 275 and let them sit for another 15 minutes. They will crisp up more as they cool, but since my batches were a little thicker, I wanted to give them more time to "dehydrate". This is where you can figure out what works best for you.

If you don't have nutritional yeast, all shredded cheese could be used instead. Or....leave the cheese out. Seriously! As long as you get a "dough" they basically just need to cook long enough to dehydrate.

I certainly enjoyed them while finishing up reading The Giver, with a nice serving of cream cheese and a few slices of sharp cheddar cheese. YUMMO!

Once they've completely cooled and sat on the counter for awhile and everyone has finally stopped "tasting" them, put the remaining crackers in an airtight container and then try to stop getting into them to see if they keep tasting better as they sit longer. They do. I know, because I just ate another one to find out.

Happy healthy eating!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Freezer Cooking. It's What's for Dinner.

Last week, chicken was $1.89 lb.

I bought 12 two pound packages.

Did you know I like bargain shopping? I DO!!

It appeared that NOW was the time to prep ahead and get some meals ready for the freezer, so onto
Pinterest, I went to find all the chicken dishes that looked so good when I posted them. :) After a trip to the store for a boatload of veggies, I was ready!

Today was the day. Everyone was still sleeping. I made my coffee and put my laptop on the top counter so I could start a new series on Netflix that I'd been wanting to watch but hadn't taken the time. I was a captive audience. It was quiet. No interruptions. I could chop, dice and bag while being entertained! It sounded like a great plan. Oh, but first, I had to wash everything by the sink, so I decided the show would start once I got back over the counter. By the time I had my cutting boards ready to go and had started the first episode, people started waking up. Before the first episode was over, everyone was up, getting breakfast, and.....milling around in MY kitchen space, mind you, to watch the show with me. Hmmm, why watch this on my 17" laptop screen when there is a  52" screen in the adjoining room? Rick brought the Roku up to hook it up to the big screen and, well, 6 episodes of Monarch Of The Glen later, not only did I have a successful cooking day, but we are now hooked on another Brittish tv show. Maybe that will help hold us over until Downton Abbey starts it's 4th Season in January!!! Woohoo!! Rick is SO excited!

So, here's what's in the freezer, ready to go.

I AM SO EXCITED!! Can you tell??

Precooked and ready to reheat:

(2) Chicken Pot Pies (once frozen, they will go into freezer bags to be later put into a crust)
Chicken Soup makings
Fajita Chicken w/ peppers

Ready to stir fry or throw into crockpot:

Stewed Chicken with peppers and Sweet Cooked Carrots for a side
Stir Fry chicken pieces and veggies
Hawaiian Chicken w/ veggies and pineapple
Chipotle Lime Chicken w/ veggies
Garlic Honey Chicken

We will make brown rice ahead to freeze, white rice, Wild Rice mixes, my favorite "healthier" pasta and crusty bread to go with different dishes.

So that we don't have to eat chicken every night, I did some more cooking as well. Yes, I am a bit crazy and I do tend to overdo it sometimes, but hey, I figured as long as I was making a mess.......

Mini Meatloafs are ready to freeze and I have pork neck bones cooking with pinto beans because I found a Bean's and Rice recipe I wanted to try out while reading Willie and Korie Robinson's new book, The Duck Commander Family. The rest of the pinto beans are soaking to be made into refried beans, YUM, and 2 pound of white beans have been soaking since last night for...well, I don't know yet, but I'll find a recipe and they'll be ready for me. :)

Rick just asked me what I had planned for dinner.

Umm....let's do PBJ's.

So, how about you? Done freezer cooking before and have any great tips? Please share!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013. Go.

2013. So, here we go.
I have a feeling that this year will be quite the adventure. I’m looking expectantly to see how and where God leads me. Where God leads us. Jeremiah 29:11 continues to permeate my soul as a resounding proclamation to lay my fears aside and allow God’s way to unfold before me, being well aware of His presence, His love, and His goodness.

Holy Spirit, You are the great Counselor that leads me on, with Your gentle promptings. Isaiah 30:21 encourages me and reminds me of this.  “Whether you turn to the right or the left, your ears shall hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” You, Holy Spirit, know me inside and out. It is You who breathes life into me. Job 33:4 tells me, “The Spirit of God has made me, the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” You have great plans for me, and you will always be with me, praying for me! Romans 8:27 “He Who searches hearts, know what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints, according to the will of God.” Seriously?? Now that’s just overwhelmingly exciting! The Spirit of God, actually prays for me that I will know the will of God, the Father. Wow. MY Holy Spirit prays for ME, so that I may know the will of MY Father. And, MY Jesus, MY Savior, made it possible through His tremendous love-filled sacrifice. My, my, my. That is good news!!

So, yes. 2013, here we go.

I, (we) won’t be going on this grand adventure alone. Whom or what shall we fear? No one. Nothing. This adventure will be one of transformation. It’s already begun. I feel it rising up within me right now! Oh, it’s all in my head, you say? Well, yes, actually there is truth in that. In actuality, I’m told it starts in my mind. So be it.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then, you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is. His good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A First Glimpse of Who I Am

I am a woman loved by God,living a blessed life with my amazing husband and five creative and unique kids! Because I am so loving adoringly by God,  it is my soul desire to love Him back through my life, seek out and live this life He has laid out for me every day and let His love shine through me. I love life, I love the friends God has given me and I love to laugh. And if truth be told, I'm also a self-proclaimed "Princess", although my husband says I am queen of this house.

Being Celebrated


Happy Mother's Day 2012


“Happy Mother’s Day” heard from a little sleepyhead;

A kitchen cleaned up spotlessly with nothing being said.

Flowers place in pots by grateful eager hands;

Spontaneous hugs with sweet kind words from my little boy turned man.

Worship with friends, being honored, and loving words expressed;

A chocolate covered strawberry for me, and a reminder that I’m God’s Princess.

A special meal, with sweet kids and hubby of which I truly enjoyed,

Back home to oblige me with my pictures without getting too annoyed.

Little things in themselves, but put together they clearly say,

I am a loved Momma,each and every day.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Too Many Books...cont.

Sooo...where I'm at with the books. I counted my books and came up with about 340 give or take a few, not counting our "educational" books. First step done.

Now, interestingly enough, a "glitch" has been added to my "get rid of books" challenge. In the last 2 weeks, we have had bags of clothing given to us for the girls and along with the clothes....more books!!  Over 100 books in all. Seriously? And for the most part, they are great titles! Oh boy. Hmmmm....maybe the new books will help me let go of some of the others that we don't care so much about. I suppose I could have said, "No thank-you", but are you kidding? Free books are always welcome here! Who knows what great finds you will be blessed with, right?

So.......I suppose I should start. Yep. That's what I need to do.

I've come to at least one conclusion.

At our house, books are a lot like bunnies.

I love bunnies!!