Friday, May 22, 2009

Good to the Last Drop

I've been on a smoothie kick lately. It's an easy way to get fresh fruits into my diet, and it helps me with my sugar cravings. I'm not the only one who likes smoothies though...
Mmmm, good to the last drop!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Making Pita Bread

I used:
2 c whole wheat flour
1 c all purpose flour
1 c water
3 T olive oil
2 t yeast
2 t salt
1/2 t sugar

I put it all in the dough cycle on the bread machine to mix and rise. Then I made them into flat disks in the same way you would make tortillas by hand. I was supposed to divide it into balls, then let them sit, then make the disks, the let them sit again. Seems like a lot of resting to me! (Lazy pitas, get to work! : ) Hee, hee!) So I didn't do that...and they turned out yummy! I even made a couple into little pizzas for lunch, and they were a hit!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Making Cleaning Easy

I tried this new idea to make cleanup a breeze. I have a squirt bottle of homemade green cleaner on a hook in my bathroom and cloths to clean with in a basket on the back of the toilet. When I need to clean something, all materials are at easy reach, and cleanup takes just seconds.

Nice for cleaning up kid messes. I would have to say things get cleaned more often this way.
Who needs Clorox wipes?

Friday, May 1, 2009


Oh my, these were so good! Here's what I did:
First, the stuffing...ground beef, boiled potato chunks (mashed into mixture once everything else is done cooking), mushrooms, tomatoes(one or two), green onion, garlic, cumin, achiote (annatto, not sure if that gives flavor or just color, but it's in a lot of Latin dishes, so I put it in), salt, and quite a bit of ground ancho pepper, and water from the potatoes so it wouldn't be dry
Next, the dough...I used 2 1/4 c. flour (mostly whole wheat, but a little unbleached, next time I may try it all whole wheat), 1 1/2 t. salt, 1 stick of butter in small cubes, mix that together with fingers, leave it a little chunky(or I guess a mixer would work too, but the recipe said with fingers), in another bowl mix 1 large egg 1/3 c. cold water, 1 T vinegar, blend together until it's workable(add a tiny bit more flour if needed), I did them by hand, but you could use a rolling pin or tortilla press too
Finally, the sauce...a bunch of green onions, a couple cloves of garlic, 1/4 c lime juice, some cumin, 1/8 c sugar, 1/2 c vinegar, salt, and I added some water (I don't know how much, I just put some in the blender because it didn't seem like enough liquid.
And here they are: I had a lot of the meat mixture left, so I made more today...ohmigosh they were delish! They took forever to make, but totally worth it. Next time I think I will make the stuffing the day before, and the empanadas the next day, because that worked well today having it all ready, and just mixing up some dough. I will be using that sauce for other things because I love it!