Category: Food

How to Make Your Own Veggie Chips

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re looking for a unique way to turn garden produce into healthy snacks for your family, you can’t go wrong with a food dehydrator. Dehydrators make it easy to turn your favorite veggies into healthy chip alternatives.

Check out the following recipes, courtesy of Excalibur Dehydrators. Excalibur Food Dehydrators are compact enough to fit on your kitchen counter, but incorporate the Parallexx™ Horizontal-Airflow Drying System for performance, speed, temperature control, durability, and versatility.

Sweet Potato Chips

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary flakes
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp paprika
  1. Wash and dry sweet potato. Then thinly slice sweet potato. In a bowl coat sweet potato slices with lemon juice and olive oil. Then add dry ingredients. Place sweet potato slices in a single layer on Excalibur dehydrator tray.
  2. Dry at 125º F for 7 to 11 hours or until sweet potato chips become crisp.
  3. Let chips cool to room temperature and then store in an airtight container.

Barbecue Cucumber Chips

  • 3 large cucumbers
  • 1⅓ tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  1. Wash and dry cucumbers. Then thinly slice cucumbers. In a bowl, mix cucumbers and all seasonings. Place cucumbers in a single layer on Excalibur dehydrator trays.
  2. Dry at 125º F for 4 to 8 hours or until cucumbers become crisp.
  3. Let cucumber chips cool to room temperature and then store in an airtight container.

Tomato Chips

  • 8 heirloom tomatoes
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp basil
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  1. Wash, dry and core tomatoes. Then slice tomatoes ¼” thick. Season tomatoes by sprinkling salt, basil, oregano and ground black pepper. Place vegetables in a single layer on Excalibur dehydrator trays.
  2. Dry at 155º F for 8 to 12 hours or until tomatoes become crisp.
  3. Let tomato chips cool to room temperature and then store in an airtight container.

Carrot Chips

  • 1 carrot
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ½ tbsp melted coconut oil
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  1. Wash and dry carrots. Then thinly slice carrots. In a bowl mix carrots, salt, melted coconut oil and cinnamon. Place carrots in a single layer on Excalibur dehydrator trays.
  2. Dry at 125º F for 6 to 10 hours or until carrots become crisp.
  3. Let carrot chips cool to room temperature and then store in an airtight container.

Photo credit: Excalibur Dehydrators

Link Round-up: Hanging Dish Towel Tutorial, Holiday Crafts, and More

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a hanging dish towel tutorial, a look at going back to work vs. staying home, an ornament, and more.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make snowmen out of plastic spoons.

Kids’ Activities Blog took a look at going back to work versus staying at home.

My Very Educated Mother showed us how to make a clothespin ballerina ornament.

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Our Secondhand House showed us how to make a hanging dish towel.

Cupcakes and Crowbars shared the best savory bread recipes.

Scary Mommy took a look at the thanklessness of motherhood.

Domestic Mommyhood shared a kids’ activity that uses acorns.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and Our Secondhand House

Link Round-up: Natural Teething Solutions, a Peanut Butter Cup Bar Recipe, and More

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has natural teething solutions, a peanut butter cup bar recipe, cleaning secrets, and more.

Muslin and Merlot taught us how to make glue gun snowflakes.

Kids’ Activities Blog shared natural teething solutions.

How Does She shared 18 of the best cleaning secrets.

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A Beautiful Mess has a peanut butter cup bar recipe.

Olivia Cleans Green showed us how to make vegan lip balm.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make spicy peanut noodles.

Pizzazzerie showed us how to make easy, cute Thanksgiving fortune cookies.

Photo credit: Muslin and Merlot and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Nutella Hot Chocolate, Toys for Babies, a DIY Gift Idea, and More

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link roundup has cute toys for babies, Nutella hot chocolate, top baby names, a marbled clay ring dish, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for chocolate chip magic granola bars.

Kids’ Activities Blog showed us some games for babies.

Brit & Co. shared some of the top baby names.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make Nutella hot chocolate.

Painted Home Designs shared a DIY kindling pack gift idea.

Crafts ‘n Coffee showed us how to make a drinking straw Christmas tree.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons shared a cute Thanksgiving snack made up of a pear and berries.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Thanksgiving and Christmas Crafts, a Lotion Review, Journal Prompts, and More

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has journal prompts, Thanksgiving napkin ring ideas, a lotion review, and more.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make Thanksgiving napkin rings.

Pint Sized Baker shared a recipe for pumpkin muffins with sugared pepitas.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make a scarf-covered Christmas wreath.

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A Beautiful Mess shared journal prompts for November.

Crafts ‘n Coffee showed us how to make a DIY retro starburst holiday tree.

Tasty Kitchen shared a butternut squash and black bean enchilada skillet idea.

Makeup and Beauty Blog reviewed the Soap & Glory body butter set.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Chocolate Cheesecake Turkeys, Pumpkin Muffins, Essential Oils, and More

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has mini chocolate cheesecake turkeys, pumpkin muffins, essential oils you need, and more.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make Christmas luminaries.

Hungry Happenings shared a recipe for mini chocolate cheesecake turkeys.

A Mom’s Take shared a chili cheese burritos recipe.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make sour cream pumpkin muffins.

Happy Mothering told us the seven essential oils everyone should have on hand.

A Dose of Paige shared some fall décor projects to keep you inspired this season.

Robyn’s View shared some tips for making fall cleaning a breeze.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Spicy Cheesy Kale Chips, Dressing Toddlers on a Budget, and More

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 by 3 Comments

Today’s link round-up has a recipe for spicy cheesy kale chips, tips for dressing toddlers on a budget, DIY baby food jar candles, and more.

Shaken Together Life taught us how to make pumpkin pie white chocolate pretzels.

3 Boys and a Dog shared a recipe for spicy cheesy kale chips.

Crystal & Co. shared five tips for dressing toddlers on a budget.

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Organized 31 showed us how to make a cup sleeve out of an old sweater.

The Domestic Life Stylist showed us how to make delicious pumpkin oatmeal.

Growing Up Book by Book shared dinosaur activities that help teach letter sounds with fossil matching.

Mommy in Sports showed us how to make baby food jar candles.

Photo credit: Shaken Together Life and Organized 31

Link Round-up: Baby Shower Decorations, Turtle Pecan Pie, Games, and More

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for decorating for a baby shower, a turtle pecan pie recipe, games, road trip snacks, and more.

Shaken Together Life taught us how to make a cinnamon orange air freshener.

Crystal & Co. shared tips for decorating for a baby shower.

Growing Up Gabel showed us how to make a turtle pecan pie.

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Organized 31 shared some ideas for road trip snacks.

Living Montessori Now shared a calendar of November observances and activities.

The Domestic Life Stylist shared tips for finding reliable child care for date nights.

Growing Book by Book shared ideas for post office play time.

Photo credit: Shaken Together Life and Organized 31

Link Round-up: Sweets, Fashion Talk, Things to Do with Toddlers, and More

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has cinnamon rolls, pumpkin pie, fashion talk, things to do with toddlers before they turn two, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make mini cinnamon rolls.

Mommypotamus taught us how to make maca energy bars.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared what makes a basic wardrobe item an essential.

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I Heart Nap Time shared a pumpkin pie recipe.

Rookie Moms shared a list of things to do with toddlers before they turn two.

Babble took a humorous look at a kid-free employee’s complaint that parents “get” to take extra time off when their kids need something.

Mom-Blog offered tips for going dairy-free without losing your mind.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and I Heart Nap Time