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Chef Salad with Crispy Cheese Crackers

I have decided that there will probably be lots of tomato plants lining the streets of gold in heaven.  Every time I make a salad and include the fresh tomatoes from our garden, I am reminded of God’s goodness.  There is so much yum in a summertime fresh tomato.

Last week, we had some leftover chicken which we added to lettuce and tomatoes with shredded cheese for a quick lunch.  I stirred in some Homemade Ranch Dressing and loved every single bite.

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When I told the boys we were having Chef Salad with Crispy Cheese Crackers for lunch, they weren’t super excited.  (They’d have been happier if I’d announced we were having bacon, no doubt.)

But as they worked their way through the meal, munching on the homemade crackers with their salads, even my youngest had to admit, “Mom, this is actually a really good lunch.”

Actually?  Yes, how shocking.

Whatever.  I was in the middle of eating fresh tomatoes straight from heaven.  They could say whatever they wanted.

Need more homemade salad dressing recipes?  Find them here.

High Five Recipes: Crispy Cheese Crackers

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Move over little gold fish.  There’s a new cheese in town.

Heidi emailed me a couple of months ago asking if I had a good cheese cracker recipe.  Well no, I said, but I sure do love me a recipe challenge!  It took a bit of trial and error, but I finally figured out a recipe that not only tastes good, but is SO easy.

Who knew a cheese cracker recipe that would qualify as a High Five Recipe!!  (Oh, but psst…we’re not counting the tablespoon of water in this recipe as an ingredient…because that would mean there are technically six ingredients in this cracker.  I really wanted to make this a High Five Recipe and it just would not work without a bit of water.  Just sprinkle it in and look the other way.)

Crispy Cheese Crackers

¼  cup butter, softened
¼ t. sea salt
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, room temperature
1 cup whole wheat flour
¼ t. baking powder
1 T. cold water

Use beaters or food processor to mix butter and salt until creamy.  Add cheese.  Mix well.  Gradually add flour, baking powder and water, mixing until dough begins to form a ball.  Form dough into a ball with hands.

Roll the dough into 1/8 inch thickness onto a cookie sheet.  (I find that placing the dough between two pieces of parchment paper helps me to roll them out more easily.)  Cut the rolled out dough into 1 ½ inch squares.  Bake 15 minutes at 350° or until lightly browned.  Turn off the oven and leave the crackers inside to crisp up.  Store tightly covered.

That’s all there is to it!  I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that my kids will eat the entire pan of these (before Matt and I get some) in one ten minute time frame.  They LOVE these!  So much for trying to make a snack to “have on hand”.  Guess I oughta double the recipe, huh?

Whole Wheat Crackers

Homemade Heart Crackers with Cheese and Turkey

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 cup oil (I use coconut oil)
1/2 cup water

Mix flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Stir in oil and water until a ball of dough has formed. Roll dough very thin, about 1/16 inch thickness on a cookie sheet. (I find it’s easiest to roll dough between two pieces of parchment paper.) Use small heart cookie cutter to shape crackers. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 12 minutes. Turn off the oven, but allow crackers to sit inside while it cools. This will dry out the crackers so that they become crispy.

For square crackers, use a knife to cut the dough into 1 inch squares after rolling it onto a cookie sheet.

Whole Wheat Crackers

Homemade Heart Crackers with Cheese and Turkey

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 cup oil (I use coconut oil)
1/2 cup water

Mix flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Stir in oil and water until a ball of dough has formed. Roll dough very thin, about 1/16 inch thickness on a cookie sheet. (I find it’s easiest to roll dough between two pieces of parchment paper.) Use small heart cookie cutter to shape crackers. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 12 minutes. Turn off the oven, but allow crackers to sit inside while it cools. This will dry out the crackers so that they become crispy.

For square crackers, use a knife to cut the dough into 1 inch squares after rolling it onto a cookie sheet.

Healthy Treat for Today: Homemade Whole Wheat Graham Crackers!

Here’s the promised graham cracker recipe!  These crackers are crunchy-crispy…and taste SO GOOD!  Oh, I hope you love them like we do!

Okay, and if you love the Honey Graham Cracker recipe, you’ll LOVE the fact that you can also make CHOCOLATE Graham Crackers!!!  Just add 1/3 cup cocoa to the recipe.  YUM!!!!

Whole Wheat Honey Graham Crackers

2 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup sucanat (dehydrated cane sugar juice)
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
4 Tablespoons honey
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Melt stick of butter in a pan on the stove.  Set aside.
3. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sucanat, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
4. Add the liquids: honey, water, vanilla and melted butter.
5. Stir well until a nice ball of dough is formed.
6. Cut two pieces of Parchment paper the size of the cookie sheet.
7. Lay one piece of parchment paper on the cookie sheet.
8. Place the ball of dough on the parchment paper.
9. Lay the other piece of parchment paper on top of the ball of dough.  Squish dough down a little with your fist.
10. Use the rolling pin to roll the dough between the pieces of parchment paper.  Roll until the dough covers the whole cookie sheet.

Malachi is finishing up the rolling for Mama!

11. Remove the top piece of parchment paper.  Cut rolled dough into 2 inch squares, or cut shapes with cookie cutters, being sure to separate the shapes from the surrounding dough a little.

Here’s a shot of the chocolate graham crackers
cut into squares and ready to bake.

Malachi is using little cookie cutters to make “animal crackers”!

12. Bake in oven for 18 minutes.
13. Turn oven off, but leave crackers in the oven to get crisp.
14. Remove from oven after 30 minutes to one hour.  Break graham crackers apart.
15. Store in a air tight container.

Here’s a plate of the Chocolate Graham Crackers.
(Got milk?)

My kids get SO EXCITED when I make these!  They are a GREAT snack to have on hand!  Try them and see what you think!  :)

Ideas For Food To Take On the Road

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When I was a college student traveling on our choir tour bus, we were given turkey sandwiches, chips, and an apple in a sack every day for lunch 11 days in a row.  I was grateful for the sustenance, but I haven’t looked at a turkey sandwich the same way since.  Even the cafeteria food looked good after that.

(I know, I know.  First world problems.  Don’t go all you are a spoiled American on me.  That was simply my earth shattering opening paragraph to grab your attention before I say, “Here are some non-sandwich ideas for food you can take on the road to save you money while you eat healthy.”

So here are some non-sandwich ideas for food you can take on the road to save you money while you eat healthy.  See?  See how much better that sounded after my introductory paragraph about turkey sandwich burn-out?

Consider the Traveling Casserole

 Remember the time I made a Cheesy Beef and Rice to take on the road?  It worked great, tasted great, and made for a very nice change from packed sandwiches.  If you’re only going to be gone for a few hours, consider making a casserole and taking along some paper plates.  Easy and tasty!  (A meal like Easy Noodle Stir Fry also packs well.)

Love this carrier!

Soup in a Jar

My family thought I was a little crazy when I told them I was taking potato soup to eat on the road on our way to the tournament this weekend.  What can I say?  Potato Soup sounded really good to me.  I made a full pot of soup, then filled jars and packed spoons.  Soup with cheese and raspberries was surprisingly easy to eat on the road and everyone loved it!

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Pudding Makes a Great Breakfast

We had a fridge in our hotel this weekend, so I made Tapioca Pudding and packed it up to eat for Matt and me to eat for breakfast.  It was fun!  I made a cup of coffee in the little coffeepot, then sat down with some fruit, my coffee, my Bible, and my tapioca.  This also worked great to pack the pudding in our cooler for a snack in the afternoon.  Don’t like Tapioca?  Here’s my Vanilla, Chocolate, and Butterscotch recipes. :)

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Somehow my sliced cheese made it into this tapioca picture and the soup picture above.  
It’s like I wanted to really brag about how well I cut the cheese.

Some Obvious Non-Sandwich Ideas

You’ve probably already thought of several of these, but they are worth mentioning anyway:

Freggies Rule the World

Fruits and veggies are super easy to pack and eat on the road.  From berries to apples to oranges to carrots to sliced cucumbers to mini sweet peppers.  If you do nothing else, PACK FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.  This is the only thing that keeps our stomachs happy while traveling.  Do this.

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Eating out while on the road is fun too, and our family likes to splurge on occasion!  But I always love to figure out more road trip food ideas.  So share yours!  What do you pack to eat on the road?

227 Healthy Snack Ideas and Recipes

It’s here!  The eBook that is going to take care of all your snacking needs.  Nourishing, simple, easy, and YUM – 227 times over.

227 Healthy Snacks

This book contains 59 pages full of 227 awesome snacking ideas.  These have all become our snacking staples, and they are sure to become yours too!

  • All 227 of these snack ideas and recipes can be prepared ahead of time for easy snacking.
  • More than 200 can be prepared or mixed up in a matter of a few minutes.
  • 145 of them are naturally gluten free or are recipes that can be easily adapted to become gluten free.

And how about the 78 recipes in this book?  I can’t tell you how much fun I’ve had creating new recipes for this resource!  From homemade Payday candy bar knock-offs to oyster crackers to hearty cookies and bars to several varieties of crackers and so much more – you will love these simple, real food recipes.  Just for fun, I’ve even perfected a homemade fruit snack (lightly sweetened with honey)!

227 Healthy Snacks

I am so excited for you to enjoy this resource along with me!


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Just for fun, I thought I’d share part of the recipe index this ebook includes:

Fruit and Veggie Snacks 

Apple Cinnamon Fruit Leather
Peach Fruit Leather
Apple Ring Pancakes
Sweet and Easy Fruit Salad
Hawaiian Islands Fruit Salad
Peaches and Cream Fruit Salad
Strawberry Kiwi Bowls
Asparagus Fries
Zucchini Pancakes
Cucumber Sandwiches
Chocolate Whipped Cream Topped Strawberries
Sweet Potato Fries
Cool Pineapple Cream Dessert
Orange Creamsicles
Strawberry Creamsicles

Snackin’ Dips

Super Easy Hummus
Green Chili Dip
Fresh and Quick Salsa
Spicy Sausage Chip Dip
Spicy Lentil Dip
Strawberry Yogurt Fruit Dip
Easy Nacho Cheese Dip

Popcorn Varieties

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn
No Corn Syrup Caramel Corn
Chili Cheese Popcorn
Ranch Popcorn

Muffins and Quick Breads

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
Pineapple Upside-Down Muffins
Pizza Muffin Bites
Orange Cranberry Muffins
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
Broccoli and Cheese Cornbread Muffins
Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffins

Hearty Snack Bars and Cookies

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
Caramel Oatmeal Bars
Crispy Snack Squares
Coconut Fudge Bars
Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Sweet Potato Squares
Chewy Flourless Peanut Butter Bars
Simple Baked Granola Bars
Banana Bars
Applesauce Bars
Pecan Pie Bars
Quick Snickerdoodle Bites
Strawberry Brownies
Pineapple Bars
Pineapple Coconut Bars
Chocolate Raspberry Bars
Carrot Bars
Cream Cheese Blueberry Bars
Chocolate Walnut Bars
Easy Peanut Butter Snack Bars
Chocolate Date Peanut Butter Bars
Chocolate Almond Granola Bars
Rice Crispy Balls
Honey Peanut Bars
Chocolate Peanut Butter Raisin Balls

Homemade Sweet or Savory Crackers

Oatmeal Crackers
Cheddar Pecan Crackers
Oyster Cracker Bites
Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Snackers

Healthy Drink Snacks

Morning Glory Smoothie
Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie
Green Machine Milkshakes
Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie
Cool Watermelon Chiller
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Strawberry Banana Sipper
Chocolate Whipped Cream for Coffee

Other Snack Recipes

Homemade Fruit Snacks
Cranberry Nut Trail Mix
Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites
BLT Roll-Ups
Mexi Roll-Ups
Super Creamy Peanut Butter
Quick and Easy Crepes
Cream Cheese Filling for Crepes

227 Healthy Snacks eBook

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Honey Peanut Bars ~ Like a Healthy Payday Candy Bar

Ladies and um, other Ladies (although surely there is a gentleman or three around here too):  We have a winner!

Thanks to all who put in their vote as to which of the new healthy snack recipes from our upcoming eBook we should reveal early.  It was a pretty close call on several.  I put Malachi to work making tally marks as votes came in (a great school project for him).  He had a lot of fun with it…

counting votes

Here’s how my afternoon sounded:

“Pizza Muffins are in the lead.  They’re going to win for sure!”
“Mom!  Peanut Bars have a ton of votes.  They caught up to Pizza Muffins.”
“I think Oyster Crackers are going to pull ahead!”
“It’s back to the Peanut Bars.  Why is everyone choosing that one?”

Yeah, Malachi doesn’t like peanuts.  ;)

When it was all said and done, the Honey Peanut Bars won by several votes.  Not to worry though.  Our 227 Healthy Snacks eBook is almost finished.  Then you’ll have access to all the recipes forever!  (Our goal is to have the book ready for you by Sunday night.)

I mixed up a batch of these Honey Peanut Bars tonight again, just because they sounded good.  Our older boys will probably finish them all off once they get home from basketball practice.  What a perfect post-workout/bedtime snack for them.  (With apples and cheese and whatever else they get out because…do I really need to explain?)

You should be excited to know that it only took about five minutes for me to mix these up tonight.  Their simplicity is of the many reasons I love them.  :)

Honey Peanut Bars

1 1/4 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts
1/4 cup roasted, unsalted almonds
1/3 cup honey
3 Tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter
1/8 teaspoon sea salt

In a small saucepan stir honey, peanut butter, and salt together over low heat until well combined.  Remove from heat.  Stir in peanuts and almonds.  Spread mixture into an 8×8 inch pan.  Chill for 2 hours.  Cut into bars.

Honey Peanut Bars - Better Than a Payday

Told you they were easy to make!  Go grab your simple ingredients and get busy on these bars.  You will love them as much as we do (well, everyone but Malachi).  Be watching for 227 Healthy Snacks – coming very, very soon!

Which Healthy Snack Recipe Do You Want Me To Reveal?

We are putting the final touches on our newest eBook, 227 Healthy Snacks!  See, lookie…

227 Healthy Snacks

UPDATE!!  The book is here – we are so excited!  Come check out 227 Healthy Snacks.  :)  Also our winning recipe is Honey Peanut Bars.  Be sure to check it out!

This is most exciting because who of us doesn’t need a resource full of healthy snack ideas and easy recipes?!  We all need this.  Or is your family among the “perfectly satisfied between meals” sort?  I do not even get this.  I feed my family huge meals, and we still need snacks.  I need them too.  It helps me not pass out between lunch and dinner, plus snacks enable me to finish sentences, which I find to be quite beneficial in my line of work.

During the past 14 months, I have been testing out new recipe ideas, brainstorming new snack options, and becoming very creative in the kitchen.  The results are exciting!  At a quick glance, we’ll all have almost 60 pages worth of snack ideas to draw from.  The book includes links to healthy snack recipes on my website for easy access, and best of all – 78 new, easy, real food recipes!!!

I can not wait to share these with you!!  Many have become our newest snacking staples, and shucks – I’ve even started using some of them for quick breakfasts or lunches.

My hunky editor (chill out everyone, I’m talking about my husband) is almost finished fine-tooth-combing the final draft.  Soon we’ll have the file saved an uploaded into our shop.  In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to give you just a little peek into what a few of these new recipes look like.

That’s right.  We’re only showing you a picture.  It’s almost cruel.  After you look through them, leave a comment, giving your vote as to which recipe you would like me to share here.  The winning choice will be revealed on Friday, along with the recipe, free for the taking!  Soon after, the entire book full of 227 Healthy Snack Ideas and Recipes will be ready to go (at a fun discount, no less).

So are you ready?  These are just some of our family’s favorites as I experimented my way through new snacking ideas!

1. Asparagus Fries

asparagus fries

I figured, what better way to get my family to eat asparagus than to fry it?  This turned out to be a very, very good idea.

2. Pizza Muffin Bites

pizza muffins

Wow, the flavor in these is rockin’ – like eating a little bite of pizza without all the effort it takes to make a pizza.  Plus, these are perfect to take on the road.

3. Pecan Pie Bars

pecan pie bars

These taste like heaven on a plate.  The whole family agrees.

4. Quick Snickerdoodle Bites

snickerdoodle bars

We loved these so much, declaring them to be a favorite of all our favorites – if in fact you can declare such a thing.

5. Strawberry Brownies

strawberry brownies

There are strawberries blended up in these brownies, giving these extra nourishment and the best flavor you can imagine.  It’s like eating a chocolate covered strawberry!

6. Chocolate Raspberry Bars

chocolate raspberry bars

These were a very pleasant surprise!  The chocolate and raspberry together created a fantastic flavor combination.

7. Blueberry Cream Cheese Bars

blueberry cream cheese bars

These are moist, lightly sweetened, and perfectly decadent with the cream cheese/blueberry combination.

8. Honey Peanut Bars

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It’s like a homemade Payday candy bar, only with no corn syrup, way less sugar, and much better tasting.  These are Matt’s favorite of the favorites.  SO good.

9. Oyster Cracker Bites

oyster crackers

I’ve been wanting to come up with a healthy oyster cracker recipe for years.  I finally figured it out!  Buttery, crispy, and easy too.

Alrighty, that’s just a tiny peek into what the new eBook holds.  Are you ready to make your vote?  Leave a comment telling me what recipe you want to see first, then the recipe receiving the most votes will be revealed on Friday so you can start snacking right away.  Watch for the new book early next week.  :)

Thanks for joining our fun!  Let’s hear it for your top pick!

Menu Plan for the Week With Four Different Shopping Trips – Phew!

I think I was out of town more than I was home this week.  Between basketball games and appointments, I traveled 5 out of the last 8 days.  I am a wee bit tired.  Thankfully, we were still able to eat fairly well thanks to how easy it is to grab and pack fruits and vegetables for the road.

With all my comings and goings, how did I have time to actually go grocery shopping four times this week?  It was a little crazy, but also kind of necessary.  There were amazing sale prices to be had, plus – my family eats tons and tons of food.  I’ve found that if I put out the fruit – the people will eat it.  Pounds and pounds of it, I tell you. #lifewithteenageboys

Here’s a little grocery run-down of my week.  And by the way, we also eat meat, grains, and dairy – I just get them from our food co-op or local sources in bulk, so rarely take pictures of those.  Next time I get a big meat order, I’ll snap a shot of all the frozen packages, since I know you’re dying to see them.

On Monday, we were out of almost all fresh fruits and veggies.    I went to our local grocery store, which is just a few blocks away.  I took advantage of their sale price on cream cheese (Pumpkin Cheesecake, here I come), plus picked up some fresh produce to get us through for a few days.  I found a fun deal while I was there which gave me a FREE bag of clementines with my $25 purchase.  Sweet!!!

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See that fresh coconut up there?  My 12 year old was with me and was very interested in trying it.  This week, I’ll be assigning him the task of learning how to crack that open and use the insides. :)

Tuesday I went to Walmart to try my hand at price matching.  I got avocados for just 29¢ each, honey crisp apples for 99¢ per pound, and pomegranates for 49¢ each.  I made Easy Cream Cheese Fruit Dip when I got home, and the entire bag of honey crisp apples disappeared.  #toldyoutheycaneat

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On Wednesday, the boys and I were in Lincoln for appointments.  This also happened to be the grand opening day of a new Aldi store a few blocks from our appointments.  All five of us walked the very busy aisles grabbing butter for only $1.89/pound, sweet potatoes for 33¢/pound, and many more goodies for very low prices.  What a fun shopping trip!  I won’t be able to go to Aldi often, but I will continue to use their prices on produce for price matching at our local Walmart.

aldi shopping


By Friday, we were already out of mixed greens, pears, clementines, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries.  I decided to run to our local store for deli meat and cheese for our basketball travels, so picked up more fruit and greens while I was there.

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Now here’s hoping I can stay out of the store for several days and instead work with all the deliciousness we have on hand.  Hope you don’t get tired of my grocery store pictures.  You like looking at pictures of food, right?!

Here’s what our menu choices will look like for this week:




Fruit and Veggie Side Dishes (I serve 1-4 with each meal)

I’m so thankful for all the wonderful options!  I’m also thankful I get to stay home most of this week.  I like home best.  :)

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