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Make Your Own Baked Tortilla Chips

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Don't use the canola oil in the video, which is GMO (genetically modified) plus contains a poison, use a healthy oil instead like olive. Use a spray can of olive instead of the brush shown in the video.

Also to make them like Chipotle's chips, sprinkle the chips while still hot with lime juice - I do this before baking, if you do it after you have to already have the lime juice ready and be poised and ready to go, take out one tray at a time and sprinkle immediately while still hot to prevent the juice from making them soggy. You have to sprinkle the lime juice immediately while the chips are still oven temperature, so that the juice sizzles off and the lime flavor remains. A minute later and it will make the chips soggy.

I'm going to make these chips and homemade guacamole for TexMex Thursday. I have farmers market tomatoes for the guacamole.


I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the floodwaters destroy all life.
Genesis 9:13 - 15

I love rainbows. Almost as much as butterflies. Rainbows are a visual reminder, a visual aid, that God keeps his promises.

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JANC319 9/3/2010 3:29PM

  Thanks for the easy chip recipe.
I think the process of making them would keep me from eating too many at once.

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    I love rainbows too and homemade tortilla chips.

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SUNNY332 9/2/2010 7:02AM

    Thanks for the recipe.

Last night was our last study of the Psalms and we ended with the last Psalm.
I just loved it and thought of you when we read vs. 6.

Psalm 150
1 Praise the LORD. [a]
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.

2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.

3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,

4 praise him with tambourine and dancing,
praise him with the strings and flute,

5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.

6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD.

Sunday is a special day for me as I will be receiving the Right Hand of Fellowship (official welcoming) at my new church.

Hugs to you, Sunny

I am off for a Girls Weekend but will be home on Saturday. Take care!

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DEVORA4 9/2/2010 5:10AM

  Is it really genetically modified? A shocker for me

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Wed 9/1

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

"How Are Things At Home" by Janet Paschal

in memory of those we miss

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Psalm 90:12
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

Today is the 244th day of the year; there are 121 days left in 2010.

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Today is:

-*- September 1st - What will we accomplish in our personal lives and goals, our health, and our SparkJourneys in the next 4 months?

-*- Did you know this is National Mushroom Month?
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-*- Calendar flipping day - I celebrate the simple joys in life. I love calendars, and I love calendar flipping day. I received a pink Gerber Daisy, an American Painted Lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis) on a black-eyed susan, and from my N.V.Peale calendar a beautiful wooded picture with mountains in the background. The message was very apropos for me, for this time of year, for my goal-setting contemplation, and for my current status and situation in life:
"It takes a struggle, a goal, and enthusiasm to make a champion." Wow.

-*- Happy Hump Day. It's Wonderful Woo Hoo Wednesday. Core ST and walking, job hunting, followup calls to my sister from yesterday's phone mtg, and search for car title.

-*- Fridge cleanout day, online grocery lists, meal planning, leftovers, and some extra chores, leftovers from yesterday.

If I found the Iowa car title today or Thurs, then I could be legal before this weekend and have Maryland September tags, new drivers license, and emissions test. That would be so wonderful. If I get a chance today I'm going to ask the folks at the express MVA (they can't do much there so they don't have long lines) what to do if I can't find it, as I looked it up on Iowa's DMV and they said it takes 4 weeks by mail. I think my only option is to keep searching . . . wish it was an in-state title and then it would be so simple.

Well I'm signing off for the battle. Have a great day every one. Kick off emoticon your new month and make it a great one.

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    I hope you can find that title.

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PLAYBLUES22 9/1/2010 2:24PM

    Sweetie, you are on a roll now go out there and kick butt

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A*L*P* 9/1/2010 9:53AM

    Good luck with the title!! Sounds like you're a busy gal!!

BTW, I LOVE mushrooms! Yummy!!!


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SUNNY332 9/1/2010 8:47AM

    So glad you found the title.

Go out and be FEARLESS today, my friend.

Hugs, Sunny

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Tuesday Random Thoughts

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Today is Terrific Tuesday, upper body ST (wall pushups) and walking, job hunting, a bunch of errands tonight.

I made LadyIrish's breakfast tacos this morning and man oh man were they delicious.

This morning I already called, emailed, and looked up many places for my sister and her cancer situation, doctors, and juicer. Listened to three MP3s of Dr. Coldwell, never heard of him before, and he said just a cheap Jack Lalane juicer is fine and that he's had them all, even the $1,500 ones, but he recommends just go ahead and get the Jack Lalane and he has no monetary relationship with them. That was a relief for me to hear a no-nonsense and strong recommendation as I am a novice at this alternative stuff, at least when it is life or death seriousness. (See Aug 17th blog for update on my sister.)

I moved from Iowa to Maryland and am still looking for Iowa car title, so I can get Maryland tags, and the tags expired 7/31 so I'm paranoid to drive the car. Need the title, then can get tags, drivers license, emission inspection, and be legal. Can't wait to get legal again.

Today is the last day of August. I dread weighing in the morning I think I've gained and may have to move the tracker. Maintaining will be a win, unfortunately. And at my weight, maintaining is UNACCEPTABLE.

Today is the last day of August. Sept 1-22 is Transition Time and Indian Summer. Summer is over, and Autumn begins with the September Equinox which occurs on September 22, 2010 at 11:09 pm EDT.

If I make my weightloss goal for Sept my reward is I'm going to take a long weekend to drive north to the New England states, I'll drive north up the coast and see the fall leaves. I will do it on a shoe string and just pay for gasoline, but it will still be a treat, a really neat reward as I've always wanted to see the New England foliage.

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    I hope you find something that helps your sister.

Can you not get a copy of the title from the state?

I would love to see the New England Fall too. I have never been there.

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SUNNY332 8/31/2010 4:28PM

    You will find the title after you apply for a lost title. That is what happened to us. Life - isn't it fun?

Take care and hope you do get to make that trip. That would be wonderful.

We were in the East last fall and loved seeing all the wonderful colors. This year, we will be in Arizona at the Grand Canyon so don't think the colors will be the same.

Hugs, Sunny

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LINDAB111 8/31/2010 2:59PM

    You don't have to go all the way up to New England to see the wondrous fall colors. North and Central Pa and most of upstate New York (A little closer for someone in Maryland) have just as beautiful a show and perhaps is a little less crowded.

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JOYCEMARIE9 8/31/2010 12:24PM

    Lucky you I have always wanted to see the fall colors in the New England states too but somehow I am still here in Iowa. Enjoy your time out there.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/31/2010 11:40AM

    There is a non-profit called "Cleaning for a Reason." They provide three free housecleanings for people with cancer. I found them when my dear cousin was sick. They are wonderful people. You may want to get on their website and see if they provide services in her state. Have a good day.

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A Great Blog About FlyLady

Monday, August 30, 2010

The part in 1st paragraph about a cult made me laugh outloud.

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_MAOMAO_ 10/18/2010 1:56AM

  I love the cult comment, also. emoticon

Have you read Sink Reflections? Do you consider it worth picking up, on the cheap of course?

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    You gotta love flylady. LOL.

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A*L*P* 8/31/2010 12:28PM

    Thanks to YOU I am hooked on Flylady!! emoticon I am loving it, too. She has some great common sense ideas on organization. Not that my house is horrible but I could stand some good organization that's for sure! I am a closet gal, I will shove it in a closet sometimes to get it out of view! I have taken on her swish and swipe, my kitchen sink stays shiney and I am doing a load a day to keep Mt Washmore away, lol!

Thanks for sharing!!!

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RANGERRUNNER 8/31/2010 9:29AM

    I love FlyLady! I have her books and love them! I don't really have clutter like some of the folks she helps, but I don't want to either! And I know me, I could easily have clutter! AND I have a shiny sink!!!!

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JANC319 8/31/2010 7:51AM

  I struggle with FlyLady, yet I keep trying. Her ideas are sound and since setting my emails to the daily digest, I am not so over-whelmed by them.
I'm not home enough hours in the day to complete all the tasks, so I just work in the zone as much as I can and generally get more done than if I hadn't.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 8/30/2010 7:37PM

    I love Flylady. I'm just a little off the beaten path with her right now, but have maintained a few habits that I've formed.

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    I emailed that article to a friend the same night it came out.

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 8/30/2010 1:56PM

    I recently read an article about a woman in Las Vegas who disappeared. Search and rescue teams couldn't find her. Four months later her husband found her feet sticking out of a floor to ceiling pile of junk. Her house was so full of junk, animals, and rotting food, that even the search dogs who came in the house did not find her body! She could have used some advice from FlyLady.

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SUNNY332 8/30/2010 11:55AM

    What a nice blog about The FlyLady.

Have a great day.


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SLIMMERJESSE 8/30/2010 11:49AM

    Thank you for your thread information. I read it and joined that team. Appreciate your help. I had added you as a friend a long time ago, but somehow the site wasn't registering it, so I added again. Have a wonderful day.

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Batchcooking and Recipes

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Today is Sabbath Sunday, administration day, Sept budget, coupons, weekly plan overview in Franklin Covey, and walking, worship, and wings of praise.

For the last two weekends I've neglected to batchcook. Part of this is ok because I'm still eating on organic baby lettuce that I got on sale at Safeway. But I dislike not having some go-to meals and salads in the fridge. Makes it too tempting to eat crap, though I have used up alot of leftovers, and have used up some canned goods I won't be replacing (because I'm eating healthier now), which is good.

So this third weekend, like it or not I needed to spend some quality time in the kitchen. First I washed, peeled, and sliced bags of whole carrots into sticks, celery bunches into sticks, cauliflower heads into florets, and broccoli into spears.

I picked over, washed, and dumped into a crockpot a bag of dried garbanzo beans to make hummus with. Soak one day, cook the next, and make hummus on the following. I love the crockpot for beans. Beans for Dummies. Foolproof.

I'm not giving up on homemade legumes even tho the carbs are high. Beans are so nutritious and good for diabetics that I eat them 2X a week (I'm trying to dodge Type 2).

In the other crockpot I made Mimi Wilson's pizza sauce recipe.

Last night it was cool so I got some boneless chick breasts previously bought on sale and frozen, defrosted them, and divided them into thirds: roasted herb flavor, lemon flavor, and buffalo flavor. I marinated them & baked them off. While they were baking I made chicken broccoli noodle casserole using 2 cups cubed previously cooked poultry from the freezer; when the chicken breasts came out the casserole went in.

I shredded carrots with the Salad Shooter for use in green salad, and to make carrot raisin pineapple salad with.

While the Salad Shooter was still out I sliced pepperoni, mushrooms, radishes, and olives (touch tested them first to make sure no stones had been missed that would tear up the Salad Shooter), then changed cones and shredded cheese.

Then I made a quadruple batch of albacore tuna salad since I'm using it alot on green salad and am tired of running out. It is my regular recipe which also includes granny smith apple, onion, celery, garlic powder, black pepper, sweet pickle relish, mayo, and a squirt of mustard. I blend it all with an electric hand mixer; it does an excellent job of breaking up the tuna chunks without any help or work from me. When I learned how to make tuna salad it was from a lady who blended the dressing/egg part separately before adding it to the tuna/veggie part, but let me tell you a secret that is totally unnecessary!! Now I just save steps and mix it all in the same bowl together.

My tuna salad is not at all creamy. I don't like it creamy. Creamy = lots of mayo. Yuck. I am mayo-adverse. Others have told me the consistency I make it is just right for making tuna melts in the (toaster) oven. I believe them but tuna melts are something I don't do. They might have been politely saying it is dry. Which is exactly how I like it; meaty tuna salad with a little bit of mayo, as opposed to a sloppy mostly mayo salad with a few bits of tuna thrown in. I haven't bought organic mayo yet so this is the unhealthy stuff. Yeah it's lite and all that but don't get me started on how unhealthy regular-even-if-light mayo and miracle whip and the like are - another prepared food made by the unhealthy food manufacturers with a long ingredient list you do NOT want to read. Boy have I changed. I am looking forward to organic mayo.

My tuna salad is crunchy due to the pickle relish and the finely diced onion, apple and celery. The savory, snappy flavors of garlic, mustard, pepper and onion are a lovely contrast with the mild sweetness of the apple and relish. Smooth, crunchy, savory, and sweet, all in one bite: I love my tuna salad, even though yes I'm saying so myself.

In addition to the tuna salad, my original thought was to make tabouli. Did you know tabbouleh is spelled and misspelled at least 5 ways? I use dried mint when I have some, which makes it very refreshing, but don't have any, so I left out the mint and used the cumin in Ellie's recipe, and added more parsley than what's shown in her video. Traditional tabbouli as I learned it is heavy on the fresh parsley. I have had traditional Lebanese, and traditional Israeli; I prefer the bulgur cooked as Ellie shows it, which is the Israeli way I learned, and I prefer the heavier parsley dosage which is the Lebanese way I learned it. However I cheat and put the parsley in the mini food chopper, I don't do it by hand, and I use curly it's my fav.

So I diced some tomatoes and cucumbers while on the phone with a friend. I seeded the cukes but not the tomatoes. Filled up a bowl so had to start another bowl, which I filled up with diced green and red bell pepper, and diced red and white onion. I used up all the cukes and peppers I had on hand, and most of the tomatoes. I divided the bowl of diced toms & cukes in half, made one half into tabouli salad, the other half I made into Israeli salad. Didn't have any zataar seasoning or cubanelles for the Israeli salad but it is still delicious.

I still had enough peppers and onions for salad toppings for the week, to make pasta garden olive salad with, and for homemade pizza toppings for tonight's dinner.

Tuna Salad

Israeli Salad

Video of Ellie Krieger's Tabouli Salad, 3+ mins

Ellie Krieger's Printable Tabbouleh recipe

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

And how was your weekend?

Dark Kite Swallowtail (Eurytides philolaus)

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LOSLUWOM 9/3/2010 9:56AM

    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!! You have motivated me to get in the kitchen and start chopping, cooking....

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/29/2010 10:28PM

    We had a quiet weekend. The food sounded wonderful. I'm not a big mayo fan either. Most people use way to much. I want to taste the tuna, not the mayo.

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PLAYBLUES22 8/29/2010 1:08PM

    Sweetie, you are after my own heart, batch cooking is right up my alley, thank you for the great recipes, it was so very kind of you emoticon

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SUNNY332 8/29/2010 11:41AM

    I love tabbouleh so apprecaited the recipes.

Sounds like a very successful day for you.

Have a Blessed Sunday.


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DEVORA4 8/29/2010 11:28AM

  as an Israeli I can truthfully say your receipes were exactly right,

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AMILXTWO 8/29/2010 11:27AM

    I love to batch cook on the weekend. My only problem is since it is just my husband and me, the left overs don't always get used up (but not enough to freeze)so I have to eat them or throw them out. Sometimes this is a very hard choice. I really hate throwing away food, but I don't need the extra calories. :( emoticon

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LIFES*2*SHORT 8/29/2010 10:32AM

  I pre-made a veggie lasagna yesterday... and I thought that I had ambission. lol Way to go!


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