“Chips” and Dip: 200 calorie snack!

A few days ago mum was watching Rachel Ray and the segment was about swapping typical snacks out for more healthy choices.
One of the things they offered was for potato chips and the french onion dip.  A typical serving of chips and dip is about 500 calories!  But lets face it, eating a serving of chips is a JOKE!
Get real, people grab a few handfuls of chips and I’d guess double the serving size of dip, so if we get real about this a snack of chips and dip is well over 1000 calories!  YIKES!

Rachel Ray showed a low calories swap using sweet potatoes and non fat greek yogurt!  AMAZING!

One average size sweet potato has about 110 calories, and a small cup of nonfat greek yogurt has about 100.

Directions!

Preheat your oven to 450.

Cut up the sweet potatoes in thin strips or slices.  The thinner you slice them the more chip like they will be.  Mum said she sort of likes them like fries so she leaves them a little thick.  Spray them with cooking spray. Mum put a little kosher sea salt on her potatoes.  This is optional.

Sweet Potato, cooking spray, kosher salt

Sweet Potato, cooking spray, kosher salt

Cook in preheated oven for 30-45 minutes.
Rachel Ray recommended putting them on a wire baking sheet so they crisp on both sides.  If you don’t have a wire rack you can just turn them halfway through cooking.

Meanwhile make your “onion dip”  All Mum did was add a few dashes of onion powder and garlic powder.  She also cut up a few green onions and added it to the yogurt.

Greek Yogurt French Onion Dip

Greek Yogurt French Onion Dip


When your chips are finished cooking, pull them out and enjoy!  The dip really has the same flavor as the higher calorie onion dips.  You could use this with so many things!

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Chips and Dip

Do you have a low calorie swap snack?  If so, Mum would love to hear about it.  She’s  a HUGE snacker and is in need of these easy, quick, and most of all tasty go to snacks.

xoxo


 

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What’s for dinner Wednesday! Easy corn on the cob, potatoes, and Chicken

I decided to start doing weekly theme posts.  The first series will be “What’s for dinner Wednesday?”

I don’t know about your family but it seems as if by Wednesday, Mum hits a midweek rut.  She’s trying to stay away from fast food but it is hard when both Mum and Dad work, kids come home from school and it is just a mad house.

So she usually plans her weekly meals and by Wednesday it seems as if a struggle for something quick and easy ensues.  Plus Isabelle has ballet practice at such a weird odd hour, that it makes it even harder not to cave to the convenience of something readily available at a drive thru window.

These meals will be fast, easy, and kid friendly!

The first one is  something so quick and easy, there is no excuse not to enjoy this meal.

One of Mums favorite places to shop is Sam’s Club.  When she is there she always grabs a fully cooked whole rotisserie chicken.

This past week they also had a special on corn on the cob and russet potatoes.

Now usually making corn on the cob is a hassle for Mum, dragging out the HUGE pot, boiling the water, it takes so LONG!  However, she’s recently discovered a super easy, fool proof way to cook corn on the cob that takes literally minutes.

She has a Pampered Chef deef covered Roaster, found here.  There is so much you can do with that pan it is simply amazing!  One thing is steam corn.

All you do it put about 1/2 a cup of water in the roaster and add the corn, microwave for 15 minutes and bam. DONE!

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Along with this corn I also chopped up some potatoes and sprinkled them with corse black pepper and some sea salt.  Wrap them in foil and pop in the oven for about 45 mins.  oh so good!

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Along with the two carbs, I also cut up some cucumbers and used this wonderful spicy Mexican powder and some lime juice!

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Cut up that whole cooked rotisserie chicken and there you have it!  A Wednesday dinner, fast, simple and delicious!

 

January Project Life

Mums on a roll with her Project Life!  She’s actually right on schedule and keeping up.  WOW!  I wanted to share her weekly review for the month of January.

Week 1:

Week 1

Week 1

Week 1

Week 1

Week 1

Week 1

This first week of the year, Mum and the kids went to visit Papa and Debra in Isle of Palms, SC.  They live near the beach, and while it is too cold to go into the ocean, we did get to do a few fun things!  Papa’s house has a room under neath with a foosball table. The boys spent a lot of time down there, playing the game and on their computers.  The great thing about where they live is there are several outdoor pools but get this, they are heated!!  So even when its 30 degrees outside, the water is nice and warm.  The kids had a great time swimming in the cold!!

This was also the week of the new year.  The club house put on a little party for the children, they played games such as tug of war, face the cookie, and Pool Bingo!  They ended the day with a ballon drop and stomp.

They returned home for the last part of the week and it was filled with much relaxing, along with a few dental appointments.

Week 2:

Week 2

Week 2

Week 2

Week 2

Week 2

Week 2

This week was a blast!!!  It started out with Isabelle and Mum making cake pops!  How fun!!
Grandma came down and I got to meet her.  The kids were super excited to spend the week with Grandma.  Mum and Dad went on a mini vacation to New Orleans.  While they were gone, the Grandma put together a little neighborhood pizza party.  She also taught Isabelle a little song that also uses hands. LOVE!  Mum and Dad visited New Orleans and stayed in a house mansion on Bourbon Street called The Lafitte Guest House.  It was absolutely beautiful!  Each room was decorated with period furniture.  They visited many places, took tours, ate beignets, drank chicory root coffee, tried alligator, did a little gambling, and of course drank a little!  It is a great place to visit and Mum says she recommends every one go there and experience the city at least once!
Grandma and Mum also got to out for dinner and a few drinks.

Week 3:

Week 3

Week 3

Week 3

Week 3

Week 3

Week 3

This week started with their last day in New Orleans.  They ate some lunch at the Acme Oyster House and took the street car up and down New Orlenas. On the drive back they drove across the great river, they saw an amazing sunset!!  When Mum and Dad arrived home, they put the kids to bed and then went to see a movie.  It was called “HER” and the movie was about an advanced operating system (like windows….) that actually experiences life and learns from you.  In the movie people started “dating” their computers because the operating system actually learned how to experience life and it begins to develop a personality.
Mum and Grandma also saw a movie called August of Osage County.  It was about a dysfunctional family, but it was very wild….  On Grandma’s last night, we went to get some yogurt at 32 degrees.
Grandma had to go back to Virginia, but her flight was delayed allowing her and Mum to go out for lunch at Olive Garden.
Isabelle had ballet…
This week also was a themed week for Isabelle and Roy.  On Friday, they had inside out day and Isabelle wore her shirt and pants inside out.  She really got a kick out of that!
The weather was still unseasonable cold for Florida.  Roy had a day of soccer games over in Perdio Key.
What a great week!

Week 4:

Week 4

Week 4

Week 4

Week 4

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Week 4

This week Mum had work and JURY DUTY!  It was a great experience, Mum was not chosen to sit on the jury but she was a jury select and got to go through the process of the lawyers and judge asking questions to the jury.
Mum cooked some potato soup.
The boys spent the night out and Isabelle and Mum rented a few movies, one being Snow Queen, and spent the evening inside.
Another very cold week for Pensacola! This week it actually started raining frozen rain!  Mum took out her macro filters and caught one tiny piece of hail in the shape of a frog!  How cool!
Sean also cracked a tooth and we spend a few hours in the dental office getting that repaired.

Week 5

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Week 5

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Week 5

SNOW DAYS IN FLORIDA!!!!  For the first time, the kids got off school for a snow day!!!  This was wonderful!  Isabelle has never seen snow before.  Now to be technical we did not get any snow, more like ice.  Everything was covered!
The kids were out of school for 3 days from this winter storm.

Mum also started experimenting with more embellishments on her project life pages, so stay tuned to see these come to life over the next few weeks!!

Wood Veneer Embellishment

Wood Veneer Embellishment

Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Mum saw this pin….. yea we know what happens next right? haha  What starts out with good intentions usually ends in a complete failure, a PinterestFAIL, if you will.

Well, this one turned out great and was so super easy she said this will definitely be made several times over again.

All you do is get some canned cinnamon rolls and pop them in the waffle maker!  The great thing about making them this way is that you can do 1 or 2 at a time and save the rest of the can, lets say if you are craving a snack but don’t feel like cranking up the oven to make just ONE cinnamon roll.  Another awesome thing is that you don’t NEED your oven, so in the summer here in Florida where it can be 90+ already by 8am, this would be a great way to keep the home cool and still enjoy cinnamon rolls!  So exciting!

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Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Project Life Card Swap: Seeing GREEN!

So now that mum’s into this project life stuff she’s joined a few Facebook groups.  One group is a swap group.  Basically you sign up and swap cards with other people that have the same theme.  wow ok.

Since mum’s never scrapped a day in her life I know she was really nervous about this.  Not knowing what any terms or ideas meant in the scrap world can be bad for business!  There are more abbreviations it seems in the scrap world then in the photography world!

No time like the present to jump on in, head first.  She chose the “Seeing Green” theme for this month.  The cards are due at the end of February and since St. Patty’s day is in March, she thought this would be an easy topic for her first swap.

Off to Hobby Lobby to find some ideas.  While browsing the scrap isles, she came across a magazine and on the cover was a cute little chevron card.  PERFECT!!  So instead of blue, she just chose a green chevron and went from there!

Finished Card:

Project Life Swap Seeing Green

Project Life Swap
Seeing Green

The supplies she used were very basic.

Supplies Becky Higgins Pre-Cut cards stamp, chevron paper, tag and twine, stamp and ink

Supplies
Becky Higgins Pre-Cut cards
stamp, chevron paper, tag and twine, stamp and ink

First since she wasn’t sure how to cut a straight line, she simply purchased pre-cut 3*4 Becky Higgins cards.

Becky Higgins 3*4 Card

Becky Higgins 3*4 Card

Simply cut the chevron scrap paper a little smaller then the width and length of the pre-cut card

Cut Chevron Paper

Cut Chevron Paper

Then she used double sided tape to adhere the chevron paper to the Becky Higgins Card.

Chevron paper to Pre-Cut card stock

Chevron Paper to Pre-Cut card stock

Next, create the stamp.  I found a stamp that fit perfectly on some tags with twine.

Green Ink and Stamp

Green Ink and Stamp

Green Ink and Stamp

Green Ink and Stamp

Then she ran the twine through the card and taped it with double sided tape.

Tape twine to tag and the put on card

Tape twine to tag and the put on card

Then fix to the card and there ya go!  SIMPLE!!!

Finished Cards for Swap!!!

Finished Cards for Swap!!!

 

 

 

 

Project Life Cover Page

Long time no see!  Mums doing this thing called Project Life and has been really on a roll.

Project Life is basically a 3 part scrapbooking system that involves an album, page dividers, and cards.  You can see the options here.

She likes to look at others project life blogs, so I decided to share hers here.  She told me she wants to keep it simple.  That is the key to finishing and completing the album, she told me.  She’s never scrapbooked a day in her life before so when she started this crazy book I just sat back and laughed.  I didn’t want to blog about it fresh out of the gate because I thought she’d give up and that would be that.  Another craft project pushed in the corner.  Well its almost 6 weeks in now and she’s still going strong so I thought I’d share a little bit of her book.
Mum decided on the “Seafoam” album

Project Life Seafoam Album

Project Life Seafoam Album

Project Life Seafoam Album

Project Life Seafoam Album

Lets start with the cover page.  In project life, its set up to do 2 page, 12*12 spreads.  The cover page is ONE spread and basically is like the title page to your book.  Each “core kit” comes with a suggested layout which mum started with, but then as she searched Pinterest more and more she found some cute printable layouts for 2014 and went that direction instead.  Her page is a mix of printable cards and the project life core kit cards.  Again she chose the Seafoam edition core kit to match her album.

Project Life Cover Page

Project Life Cover Page

After getting into this a little bit she decided she did want to add a little bit of flare to her album.  Start Small, she told me.  Simple wood veneer embellishments.  You see the people on the top left corner?  Those are little wood cut outs.  They are thin and lightweight.

Project Life Wood Veneer

Project Life Wood Veneer

She also thought it would be a good idea to include each child’s age on the cover page, so when looking back years from now the ages are obvious instead of having to count backwards to figure out how old each of the children were at the time…..

Sean, 12

Sean, 12

Roy, 9

Roy, 9

Isabelle, 6

Isabelle, 6

So basically that is it, her cover page.  I can’t wait to see if this sticks throughout the year!!  How exciting!!