Healthy, yummy, crunchy, EASY, Pita Chips!!

 

Here’s a real easy one and a good one. I ran across this idea while looking up recipes for diabetics. Pita chips are SUPER easy to make, and really really good! They even happen to give you that fiber that your body needs. This recipe has it all , all right! AND as a bonus, if you are on weight watchers,  1 pita, which is 16 of these chips, are only 2.4 points!  I LOVE my carbs, I HAVE To have them. I have an oral fixation for crunchiness too. These pita chips take care of both of those. Not to mention they are quite addictive.

So here’s how to make them…..

 

Preheat your oven to 350

 

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Now Start with a bag of Whole Wheat Pita’s

 

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Slice one in half

 

 

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slice it again, going in the other direction (think pizza)

 

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Keep doing this until you end up with 8 pieces

 

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If you have a nice big butcher knife like me, then you can save time by cutting more than one pita at a time

 

 

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Now fold open each piece, this will be easy to do since its hollow inside

 

 

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and tear them apart at the seam. Wallah, two pieces, ready to become chips!

 

 

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Now spray a pan or cookie sheet with non stick spray. This is what I use if I’m not baking. It also gives you the HEALTHY oils and fats that your body needs. This is great stuff

 

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Place all your pulled apart pieces in the greased pan (see where this is going ?)

 

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Now LIGHTLY  spray your pitas with the olive oil again , don’t make them soggy. (note: if you do not have olive oil spray you can skip this step, it works without it too)

 

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Sprinkle your favorite seasonings onto the pitas (the olive oil spray helps the seasonings stick, but if you didn’t use the spray you’ll still get flavoring, don’t panic) I happen to use garlic salt,  I love garlic and its oh so yummy, but any seasoning will do.

 

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Bake for 7-8 min. they will be hard and have started to curl , and some pieces will have browned

 

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let chips cool for a few min. and there you go! Healthy, yummy, crunchy, Pita Chips!!

 

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 ENJOY!

Favorite thing Friday – Nesting bowls

This installation of Favorite Thing Friday is about….

NESTING BOWLS

I love nesting bowls. Its becoming an addiction. I have been planning this post for over a month now, but wasn’t sure when it would ever get posted because I keep adding to my collection. I was surprised to see that one of my very favorite bloggers “PW”  made almost this exact same post just the other day! We even have some of the same bowls! Too cool. Maybe this will be a start of some sort of Bowl Lover Movement or something. Ooooor maybe not. But back to the topic. 

I love bowls. I love COLOR.  I love Colored bowls! I love NESTING bowls! bowls with spouts! bowls with lids! and if your really lucky, bowls with Rubber bottoms! Ooooohhhhhh aaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!

In my personal opinion, you can never have enough bowls. Especially for cooking. But the fun doesn’t stop there! oh no, we use bowls for millions of things! dog bowls, bowls to hold glitter, popcorn bowls, cereal bowls, bowls to hold leggo’s, the list goes on and on! But when you are cooking, bowls of all sizes truly are a MUST! It certainly makes or breaks my cooking experience. If I can’t find a proper sized bowl for the task it throws a wrench into my whole cooking experience and brings my whole process to a screeching halt. Not that that will ever be a problem for me anymore with my ever growing collection of bowls 🙂

Let me share with you some of my favorites! (fair warning, this post is very pic heavy so please be patient!)

 

We’ll start with a set that has it all;  a handle, a spout, they have gorgeous COLOR, they nest, and have RUBBER on the bottom to prevent movement and slipping!

 

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Aren’t they beautiful?? Yes bowls can be beautiful! These “batter bowls” have such gorgeous spring colors. I purchased them “like new” on Ebay. I really really wish I knew who made them, as there are no markings on them that say where they originated from, and they are such wonderful bowls, I would love to have a back up set! But alas, I’ve never seen another set like them. Don’t they make you get excited for spring??

 

 

 

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These are fun “terra cotta” looking bowls. Bold lucious colors, they nest, which is very important, as I would not be able to store all of these bowls that I have if they didn’t nest!  These also have RUBBER on the bottom! which is an excellent feature when cracking eggs! I purchased these from Good Ol’ Wally World. Love love love these bowls!

 

 

 

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These were a fun little find. I got these at Target in the dollar spot section! I couldn’t resist the purty colors and for only one dollar! They don’t look it here, but they are large mixing bowls and are big enough for popcorn for the whole family!

 

 

 

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These are also a Wally World find. There are only two, but they nest, and they are elegant enough for company. The bigger one is huge, its actually the largest bowl I have. The pics really don’t due justice the the bowls’ size. Great for a nice big salad!

 

 

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These are my “pinch bowls” they are from Pampered chef, and are adorable handy little things! I use them to pre-measure vanilla and spices and things of that nature when I get ready to start a recipe, oooh and they each have their own lids! very awsome.

 

 

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Yet another Wally World find. These nesting bowls are special because not only are they Purty, but they each have lids, AND they are stainless steel inside. Very handy bowls. I would have taken a pic of them nesting as well, but the little green one currently has leftover icing in it. I Know right, leftover icing, who can imagine that?

 

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These are 10 glass nesting bowls. I think there is a size here for just about anything and everything! Most of them are great prep bowl sizes, while the largest 3 or 4 sizes are mixing bowls or serving bowls. The smallest bowl is so tiny, its just the cutest thing. It’s probably the reason I wanted the whole set, for that one cute little tiny pinch bowl, lol. Purchased at Walmart, at a great price for so many bowls!

 

 

 

The following bowls were an awesome find indeed. I ran across these bowls on Ebay, and the price was just too good to be true! In fact it was, the seller made an error in the auction and was auctioning off two for the price of one. He was nice and honest enough to honor it, So I got two sets for an awesome price! I’ve got one of them put aside and am considering using it as a giveaway soon if I can bare to part with them. So stay tuned if you want a chance to win a set of Free bowls! More free giveaways coming soon too!

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Aren’t they so purty?

 

 

 

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Here is a fun set! Its a batter bowl with matching prep bowls. Found on Ebay, purchased “New – never been used”, and I’ve never seen a set like it before! PLUS a suprise bonus, the prep bowls are also MEASUREING CUPS!  Bonus! and a fun pattern to boot!  Ohh and it also has the cutest little pinch bowl too! Just adorable.

 

 

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These bowls are actually our eating bowls. We use them for cereal, soup, and ice cream mostly. I wanted to include them because I love their color. they are great bowls.  

 

So those are my favorite bowls!

 

Here are the bowls that are next in line to join my kitchen!!

 

 

 

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I’m Waiting until these great batter bowls get back in stock, LOVE the colors , and the second set I can see myself totally using in the fall! They both have handles, pour spouts and RUBBER on the bottoms! Whoot! Great prices too!

 

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This is a set of nesting mixing bowls by Pyrex. The print is called Woodland. It was made in the 60’s and is very hard to find! They are very heavy too so shipping is pretty high. I know they aren’t my usual flashy colorful style, BUT I am a lover of  BROWN and I already have the matching set of Casserole dishes. I’ve seen several sets of these that have the princess handles on them, but I’d prefer the nesting set without handles. So on I search!

 

 

 

 

Here are a few bowls that I would  like to have!!! 🙂

 

 

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Ohhhhh these bowls are LOVELY. They are from Williams-Sonoma and retail for $160 . Yikes! That is the only reason these sweet bowls are not sitting in my kitchen right now !

 

 

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All of these sassy bowls can be found at Target.com , oh my aren’t they all just YUMMY! mmmm mmmm mmmmm, I want, I want, I want them all!

 

 

 

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Ahh more Kitchenaid Cook for the Cure product! These bowls are pretty in Pink, large, and are for a great cause!

 

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Aren’t these little bowls Purty! These would be so much fun to have in the kitchen

 

 

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 Saw these on ebay, they are so pretty but pricey. Wish I knew where they originate from

 

  

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Do these bowls really need an introduction?? I mean come on, thy are COW PRINT! with Pink! These are so ME! Too bad they are hard to find and are a bit more than I want to spend on bowls at the moment. But they are sooo cute!

 

 

 There are so many wonderful bowl sets out in the world today. I couldn’t believe how expensive they can be! I left most of the high dollars ones that I like out of this post, because frankly I seriously doubt I’ll be seeing any of them in my kitchen any time soon.

 

So there you have it, My name is Judy and I’m a nesting bowl ADDICT!  🙂

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Banana Banana Bread

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BANANA BANANA BREAD

 

Theres so much banana in this bread it needed to be said twice! This is a yummy recipe with loads of banana and cinnamon, its just mmm mmm good! throw some butter on there and your in banana heaven!

 

Lets get started:

 

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Cast & Crew:

all-purpose flour, baking soda , salt, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs, overripe bananas (these could have prob. been aged a little more for extra sweetness but I couldn’t wait any longer 😉

 

 

 

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grease pans. I always use Baker’s Joy, as I always say, Its God’s gift to baking! I also prefer to use mini loaf pans as well as mini cupcake pans. I prefer small servings as opposed to one big loaf. But that’s just me 🙂 It’s also easier when you are giving them as a gift or taking them to the office

 

 

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in a bowl, start with 2 cups of all purpose flour

 

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add 1 tsp baking soda

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and 1/4 tsp salt, mix together

 

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In a seperate mixing bowl, start with 1/2 cup butter (one stick softened)

 

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Add 1 cup brown sugar

 

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Cream together

 

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Now mix in 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp vanilla, and then turn the mixer off

 

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slice up 5-6 bananas in a cup or bowl,

 

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and mash them up, this will give you aprox 2 1/3 – 2 1/2 cups of mashed banana, give or take. the more the merrier in my eyes 🙂 if you have less banana it will still work, but it won’t be as sweet, and it will be slightly less banana-y , but it will still come out as banana bread 😉

 

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go back to the creamed sugar and beat in 2 eggs

 

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now beat in your mashed bananas until well blended, turn off the mixer, you are now done with the mixer.

 

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it will look like this

 

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now add in your flour mixture AND……

 

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HAND STIR mixture together just enough to moisten, do not over mix

 

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and it will look like this!

 

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Spoon into greased pans

 

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Bake at 350 , aprox 18 min for mini’s and one hour for large loafs

 

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cool on wire racks and wallah ! Warm yummy Banana Banana Bread!

Enjoy plain or with some lucious butter !

 

INGREDIENTS

 2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas ( aprox 5 – 6 bananas)

Optional drizzle icing:

3 tbs brown sugar
1 tbs water

DIRECTIONS

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
2 In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Add cinnamon & Vanilla, mix. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Hand Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten, do not over mix. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
3 Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Mini loafs & Muffins take aprox 18 min

St. Patty’s Day Sugar Cookies

 

Since today is St Patty’s day I decided to whip up a batch of shamrock sugar cookies last night to celebrate.

 

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So lets get started!

 

 

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Start with 1 1/2 cups of softened butter

 

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Beat in 3 cups of White Sugar

 

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Beat in 4 eggs

 

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Add 2 Tsp Vanilla extract ( I always use clear vanilla so as not to change the color)

 

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Beat well

 

 

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Fold in 5 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, & 1 teaspoon salt .

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I mixed this by hand because if you over beat it will be crumbly.

 

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I then let my mixer SLOWLY stir it for a few seconds to make sure everything was well mixed together

 

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And it will look like this. Now COVER and REFRIGERATE for at least one hour. Longer if you can. The longer you refrigerate the less it will fall apart and spread while baking.

 

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Pull out some dough and let ther rest refrigerate, you don’t want the dough to become warm. Roll out to between 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. I used parchment paper and POWDERED SUGAR instead of flour to prevent sticking.

 

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Cut into shaped and place on pan. I ALWAYS spray my pans with Baker’s Joy first, its God’s gift to baking.

 

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Bake at 350 for aprox. 7 min. the cookies in this picture were the first out of the fridge so they spread a bit as they prob weren’t cold enough. the other batches were refrigerated longer, so they held their shape a lot better

 

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AFTER COOLING I outlined the cookie with Royal Icing. Let dry for 5-10 min until hard

 

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I then flooded the cookies with green icing, and wallah! Shamrock sugar cookies!

 

 

Sugar Cookies

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
3 cups white sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS

1 In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2 Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on sugared surface (sprinkle powdered sugar on parchment paper ) 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheets.
3 Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

* Store in air tight container if you want them to stay soft, otherwise they will be a crispy cookie *