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Homemade Pretzels

Homemade Pretzels

My kids love Wetzel’s Pretzels in our local mall.  Sometimes, as a treat, we will split a bag of pretzel bites and share a frozen strawberry lemonade.  But they are, in my humble opinion, a bit spendy.  So, I looked up homemade pretzels on Allrecipes.com and found a relatively easy recipe that looked like I could handle it.  The first time I made it, it was okay.  The second time was a disaster, and the third time they were really good.  I don’t follow the directions at the end to make them into pretzel shapes, I just make them into pretzel bites.  It’s much easier and they taste just as good.  Although they aren’t as perfect and uniform as the ones in the mall, they sure do taste good.  This recipe makes 2-3 dozen bites, depending on what size you make them.  Don’t forget to add the pretzel recipe to your recipe box while you are at Allrecipes.com so you can find it easily next time you have a carb craving. ;o)

 

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Spinach and Artichoke Dip

The following recipe comes from Carrie’s friend, Calista.  Calista is a fun coworker, full-time student and young lady learning how to be more “womanly” through trial and error in the kitchen.

‎2 8oz packs of cream cheese (I used Neufchâtel Cheese instead for less fat)

1 clove garlic

1 tbsp chopped onion

10 oz of frozen spinach (i just used a whole 16 oz bag)

3/4 cup half and half (I used nonfat half and half)

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2/3 cup Monterrey jack or colby jack

1-13 oz can of artichoke hearts chopped

 Blend the half and half and cream cheese first, then pour the rest of the ingredients in and then put it in the crockpot on high for hour-hour and a half, or until warm 🙂
Serve with your favorite tortilla chips or warm breadsticks
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Breakfast Bars

The following recipe comes from my friend, Emily.  I love that you can customize it to your tastes.  I don’t care for fruit, but I’ll add lots of nuts, and maybe some chocolate lol  Emily is a mom to two little girls and loves to bake.  I know I’ll have more of her recipes in the future 😀 

I always wanted a GOOD but healthy breakfast bar, so I developed my own recipe. This recipe is very easy to customize and change for everyone’s/anyone’s preferences. It looks difficult because there are so many ingredients, but that’s why they are packed with so much goodness. They taste good enough to be cookies, but at least you are getting some healthy stuff with it. I keep them around for cookie cravings.

 

1st Mix the following:

1c. Crisco/Margarine/Butter (Whichever you want, I soften the butter)

1c. Splenda/Sugar (You could probably use less)

2Tbs. Honey

2nd Mix the following in a seperate bowl- THEN add to the first bowl:

1c. Applesauce

1tsp Vanilla

1 Egg

2 Egg Whites

3rd Mix the following in a seperate bowl- THEN add to the above mixture:

2c. Flour

2tsp Baking Soda

2tsp Cinnamon

1tsp Salt

1 1/2 c. Instant Oats

1 Box Granola Cereal (I usually buy Cascadian Farm: Fruit and Nut Granola 13.5 oz)

–If you want to add fiber powder: I use benefiber and add about 1/2c.

–If you want added potassium, there is a salt substitute called “Nu Salt” that is potassium cholride. I add 1Tbs.

–You can also add ground flax for more fiber and omegas. I add about 2/3c.

The Extras- Add any/all of the following to your taste (Possibilites are endless):

1c. Dried Apples (or chopped fresh apples)

1c. Craisins/ Raisins/ Cranberries

1 Banana (pre-mash it)

Peanuts/Almonds/Pecans/Cashews

Blueberries/Strawberries/Rhubarb (If using frozen fruit, wash it in warm water and drain well before adding)

Pour (or plop!) it onto a sprayed cookie sheet, and spread to cover. This recipe will cover 2 sheets 13×9. I put wax paper over it and press it to spread it.

Bake at 375* for 15min.

Use a pizza cutter to cut once cooled, and store in airtight container. I plastic wrap mine individually and freeze some.

ENJOY!

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