Friday, February 22, 2013


I really really cannot stand food that is 100% prepared in the microwave. It's never hot or heated through properly. It's just gross. Take the time and use the oven.


In my countless hours pinning things on Pinterest I came upon this recipe several times for homemade potato chips cooked in the microwave. The reviews for the recipe were all great.

I have potatoes, I have a mandolin, I have a microwave! Let's give it a whirl.

First of all if you don't have a mandolin or something to get your taters sliced thin don't try this recipe. You need those slices thin people!

Let's get right down to business!
Here is a link right to the recipe

The chips I made were super crispy and toasty tasting. My husband and I could not stop eating them.
If I had kids around this would be something fun for them to do. Make their own personal little bowl of chips! HECK YES!!

Enjoy and Keep on Making Stuff!

How To Make Microwave Potato Chips

What You Need
1 or more potatoes or other root vegetable, scrubbed clean
Salt and other seasonings, optional
Olive oil, optional

Bowl of cold water
Microwave-safe plate
Paper towels

1. Thinly Slice the Potato - Cut the potato in half. Slice one half on a mandoline, aiming for slices 1/8 to 1/16-inch thick. Immediately put the slices in cold water. Repeat with the other half of the potato and any other potatoes you are preparing.

2. Soak and Rinse the Slices - Rinse the slices in cold water until the water stays clear. If you have time, let them soak for a few extra minutes before rinsing.

3. Dry the Slices - Dry the slices between two clean dish cloths or spin them in a salad spinner.

4. Season the Slices - Arrange as many slices as will fit in a single layer on a dinner plate lines with a few paper towels. Make sure the slices do not touch or else they stick together. If desired, sprinkle with salt or other spices. For richer-tasting chips, brush the slices with olive oil first.

5. Microwave the Slices - Microwave the slices at 100% power for 3 minutes. Flip them over and microwave at 50% power for another 3 minutes. Remove any chips that are starting to crisp and brown. Continue cooking the remaining chips at 50% power in 1 minute intervals until they are all crispy and golden.

6. Repeat with Remaining Batches - Transfer cooked chips to a bowl and repeat microwaving with the remaining slices of potato.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Just loafing around

You know I've always been sort of scared of baking bread. Not the easy stuff like banana bread or pumpkin bread. The hard stuff with yeast that has to bubble then the dough needs to rise several times and then its rolled out.

That bread has always taunted me. I have no idea why.

I finally just did it. I have had this easy to make French bread recipe for awhile now. It kept coming up in my to make shuffle and I would just add it back to the bottom of the pile.

Sadly I do not know where I found the recipe. You guys know I always give proper credit. So if I got this from your blog I will edit this entry to reflect that if I ever find you! Ahaha!

Anyway I put on my big girl apron and got my mixer ready and took a deep breath! Guess what happened??? AMAZINGLY EASY BREAD HAPPENED!!! EASY AND HOLY SMOKES DELISCIOUS!!!

So here is it the mystery recipe I had saved in a word doc on my computer for about 2 years.

Go make yourself some bread people!!! Don't be scared!! It's not as bad as I psyched myself into thinking!!

We may or may not have eaten a entire loaf on our own while it was still warm. I mean it was warm and soft what's a girl supposed to do! Ahahaha!

Enjoy and Keep on Making Stuff!!

French Bread recipe (this amount makes 3 small loaves or 2 large):
2 1/2 c. warm water
2 Tbls. yeast
3 Tbls. sugar
2 Tbls. white vinegar
Add the above ingredients together and let sit until bubbly (about 3-5 minutes). Then add:
1 Tbls. salt
1/3 c. oil (I use Canola)
6-7 c. flour (or a little more if it's too soft), one cup at a time--add enough until the dough is soft, but firm enough to mold into dough loaves

Knead for 2-5 minutes and then put in the oven with a small pot of boiling water. The water will keep the dough moist. Watch the dough and punch it down when it gets to the top of the mixing bowl. Do this every time it gets to the top of the bowl, as long as you have time to babysit it (2-5 times). Put the dough on a greased countertop and divide into 3 sections. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and sprinkle a thin layer of cornmeal on the bottom of the sheet. Roll the dough balls into rectangle/long French bread shapes. Slash tops of bread diagonally 3-5 times and cover with a beaten egg. Let rise 30 minutes (or until doubled)on the counter, or you can put them in your oven at 170 and wait until they are the size you want to cook them at. Once they are to the right size, turn up your stove to 375 (without opening the door!) and let them bake until done. Or, just raise on the counter and bake at 375 for 30 minutes. Enjoy! Dough--can be a little soft, if too sticky, add a little more flour. Put the boiling water in the oven with your bowl of dough to help it rise faster. Cut the dough into two equal parts (or three if you are making smaller loaves). --pictures are of a doubled batch. Slice the dough diagonally and white wash with 1 beaten egg. Bake and serve warm out of the oven!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

I've got a little itty bitty secret

Let’s go back to early 2008 shall we….


I was sick and tired of being sick and tired!

I was extremely overweight with a list of health problems, ashort list but still a list. I mean who wants a list of health issues. You wantlists for things like what I will spend my lotto winnings on, or a list ofplaces you will visit while traveling the world. Not a list of things like, myknees always hurt, my back hurts, I have sleep apnea, I’m always tired, and I’malways getting sick. Blah blah!

Oh I was also on meds for a very under active Thyroid.

I never let being overweight be who I was. If you know mepersonally you know this!

Inside I felt like I was dying most of the time. I had awfuleating habits. By awful I mean double whopper with cheese king size meal everyday, sometimes more than once. I fully admit to having a problem.

So let me skip to the heavy part of this entry….

My doc basically said keep this up and you will die young,probably of a heart attack from one or several things.  What person at 32 wants to hear they aregoing to die when they really truly do love life? No really I did feel like Iwas dying inside because of my habits and weight, but on the other hand I lovedlife. I loved being social and dancing until my legs felt like noodles at thebar with my friends. I loved laughing and being silly, shopping and doinggirlie things.

I would lie in bed and dream about being healthy and notfeel trapped in this giant shell that I lived in.

I argued with myself about this for a very long time and Ieven said out loud to friends that I would never consider this because I wastough and didn’t need anyone or anything to help me.

But I needed help. I need someone or something or both tohelp me. I tried lots of things and honestly Weight Watchers was a step in theright direction. I lost nearly 100 pounds following their program and I ameternally grateful for the lessons I learned and the good habits I picked up.

BUT I needed more. I needed a tool that would really put mein my place. Something that would stick with me for a lifetime and help merealize my dreams!

So I did it. After a year of research and seminars andmeeting many doctors I made my choice.

On May 20, 2008 I got the call at work that I had beenapproved by my insurance company to receive a Lap Band and I could call thesurgeons office to schedule my surgery anytime and it would be fully covered.HOLY CRAP!! I sat in the conference room in my office and cried for about 20mins.  I don’t know who I told first someof that is a blur.

Skipping to the good stuff…

I called Dr. Hawasli’s office and scheduled my surgery. June11, 2008. That would be my new birthday so to speak. A new me would leave thathospital!

Dr. Hawasli saved my life. At the seminar he stood there andtold me/us it wasn’t going to be easy. We had a journey ahead of us and itwould require work on our part. He made me feel safe choosing him. He looked mein the eye at the end of the seminar when I shook his hand and said it was apleasure to meet me and I knew he was my guy. Little did I know he wouldsilently become my hero over the next 4.5 years.


Look having weight loss surgery was the best personal choiceI have ever made. I would never change it and I DO NOT regret one singlemoment.

Let me get this out of the way ….

I eat right
I exercise
I take vitamins
I have to follow rules
having surgery was not and is not an easy way out.

You can fail. You can gain weight and eat poorly and notexercise.

The only thing I have is something that keeps me on track.There are many types of weight loss surgery. I am happy to explain thedifference between what I have and the others. A tiny bit of education the labband does not cut the stomach. I did not have anything like that done. What Ihave is a device that can be adjusted through a port under my skin to increasethe size or decrease the size of my stomach. It’s pretty freaking cool.  I’m kind of bionic!! NEAT!!!

For those of you who know me personally know I haveliterally worked my butt off and have never ever taken the easy road. This crapisn’t easy!!! WHAT THE HECK!!

I know many of you reading this will judge me and I knowmany of you will support me or commend me for sharing this.

Ultimately what I’m doing this for is to help. To be asupport for those of you who need it. To be a friend on hard days. To educateyou on my choice and maybe see if it’s the right choice for you. Either way Iam going to support your journey, surgery or not!!

At this point it’s been somewhat of a secret I had surgeryto those who do not know me. HA! Actually nobody in my family knew except mymom. So HI FAMILY I HAD WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY ALMOST 5 YEARS AGO.  

So you can judge me, hate me, love me, congratulate me. I’lltake it. Sock it to me.

Here’s what I know….

My knees don’t hurt. My back doesn’t hurt. I haven’t beensick in 5 years. I don’t take thyroid meds anymore. I don’t have sleep apnea.

I’m not 400+ pounds. I’m healthy. I work at it every day. I’m not perfect. I make mistakes.


So at the end of the day I’m happy,  and healthy as can be and very much alive!!!