About Me

I'm a stay at home mother of 2 adorable children, a daughter of the King, a loyal friend, and a Martha Stewart trainee. :-)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Recipe Swap: Snacks - The Healthy

Pita Crisps

This recipe is easy. If you like the pita chips that you buy in the store, you'll love these. I buy the pita bread at a local bread outlet or Trader Joe's. The Pita Crisps end up costing a lot less than buying a bag of pita chips. You can vary the seasonings to suit your family's preferences.

Preheat oven to 350 F

3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
Pinch of salt
Pinch of freshly ground pepper
3 whole wheat pitas, each cut onto 8 wedges, then separated at "seam" to make 16 triangles

1. In a small bowl, combine oil, garlic, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Brush mixture lightly over "inside" surface of each triangle and place, brushed-side up, on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.

2. Remove from oven to wire rack. Allow to cool before storing in airtight container. Enjoy plain or with a healthy dip.

If you decide to make a big batch of these, they hold up very well in the freezer. You can crisp them up by putting them in the oven on a baking sheet and baking or broiling for a few minutes. Just make sure you watch them! :-)

For a couple perfect hummus recipes to dip these Pita Crisps in visit Beans & Rice or Changing Seasons.

For more healthy snack options, visit the Natural Mommy.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Menu Plan Monday ~ February 25

Here goes my first post for Menu Plan Monday. I'm new to this group. I've been planning Menus for our dinners for a couple months now. I love it.

Monday- Cross Rib Roasts were on sale @ Raley's. Buy 1 get 3 items for free: one bag of salad mix, one 5 lb. bag of potatoes, and one loaf of french bread.
Since I do laundry and cleaning house on Monday's, I try to make something simple or a freezer meal. So I'm making Country Pot Roast.

Tuesday- Tuna Casserole

Wednesday- Wacky Mac Pasta w/ four cheese Alfredo sauce and chicken breasts cut up and sauteed & some type of veggie (my daughter picked this dinner)

Thursday- Kickin' Chicken Chili
This recipe is from Better Homes and Gardens Dinnertime Easy Slow Cooker Recipes.

Confetti Beef Skillet

Saturday- Pizza Pasta Casserole
I'm probably going to split this recipe into 3 casserole dishes. Bake 1 and freeze the other 2.

Sunday- I'm going to make one of my freezer meals. I'm not sure which one. Depends on what sounds good.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Rainy day

Ahhh I LOVE the rain. My husband and I cleaned out the garage today. He's going to be building a workbench. Luckily the first couple of hours it did not rain. The kids were able to ride their bikes up and down our court. My daughter was singing Zombie by The Cranberries at the top of her lungs. Then my son started copying her. It was adorable.

We accomplished a lot. Threw out a ton of junk. Anything else we don't need or want, we're giving away or taking to charity. So we have that stuff set aside for family and friends to pick up or for us to drop off. Yeah!! :-)

I wish I could hear the rain, but all I can hear is the fish tank. I'm relaxing on the couch now. My back aches. Massage time! I can actually get to my massage table in the garage very easily now. Time for that trade Momma.

Now my very near future projects are as follows:

1) organize my pantry(I'm down to 1 pantry cabinet in the garage instead of 2)
2) organize my kitchen(this won't be a big project since I recently organized it)
3) to clean out 2 closets in the house
4) organize my sewing supplies
5) start some sewing projects(one at a time preferably)

I really want to do #5 first, but I'm trying to prioritize. I know if I started sewing I would not accomplish the other projects anytime soon. :-(