Friday, September 22, 2017

Christmas Cards

 Used some clip art images found online, punches and the Cameo to cut some shapes.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Soft Wrap Bread -- 6 Smart Points

This is a recipe from King Arthur Flour.  It's simple to make and the bread turns out tender and will be perfect for a sandwich wrap, soft taco, or as the base for an Indian Taco.

This is the photo from King Arthur Flour.

This is a photo of the bread I made today.  You'll definitely want to roll each ball of dough to at least 7" in diameter for it to be large enough for a sandwich wrap.  You could make it slightly smaller and it will cook up thicker and use as a base for Indian Tacos.  I think it needs more than the 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt.  Next batch, I'll use 1 1/2 teaspoons.

SOFT WRAP BREAD RECIPE  -- 6 Smart Points per serving
Makes 8 servings
Top of Form
Bottom of Form
  1. Place 2 cups of the flour into a bowl or the bucket of a bread machine. Pour the boiling water over the flour, and stir until smooth. Cover the bowl or bucket and set the mixture aside for 30 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the potato flour (or flakes) and 1 cup of the remaining flour with the salt, oil and yeast.
  3. Add this to the cooled flour/water mixture, stir, then knead for several minutes — by hand, mixer or bread machine — to form a soft dough. A 5-minute knead in the bread machine, once it gets up to full kneading speed, is fine. The dough should form a ball, but will remain somewhat sticky. Add additional flour only if necessary; if kneading by hand, keep your hands and work surface lightly oiled. Let the dough rise, covered, for 1 hour.
  4. Divide the dough into 8 pieces (each about the size of a handball, around 3 ounces), cover, and let rest for 15 to 30 minutes.
  5. Roll each piece into a 7" to 8" circle, and dry-fry them (fry without oil) over medium heat for about 1 minute per side, until they're puffed and flecked with brown spots. Adjust the heat if they seem to be cooking either too quickly, or too slowly; cooking too quickly means they may be raw in the center, while too slowly will dry them out.
  6. Transfer the cooked breads to a wire rack, stacking them to keep them soft.
  7. Serve immediately, or cool slightly before storing in a plastic bag for up to 4 days. Freeze for up to a month.
Tips from our bakers
  • This recipe works best with instant yeast because it dissolves during the kneading process, so you don't have to knead liquid into the dough. If you really prefer to use active dry yeast, use only 1 cup boiling water for the initial dough, dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup warm water, and add this mixture to the dough along with the potato flour mixture. It'll be somewhat "slippery" at first, but will knead in and eventually become smooth.
  • You can allow the dough to go through the entire kneading cycle(s) in the bread machine, but it's not necessary; about a 5-minute knead in the machine, once it gets up to full kneading speed, is fine. The dough should form a ball, but will remain somewhat sticky. Add additional flour only if necessary; if kneading by hand, keep your hands and work surface lightly oiled. Let the dough rise, covered, for 1 hour.
Smart Points  -- calculated on the brands of ingredients I used
3 cups flour     36
¼ cup potato flakes     1.5
2 T. oil             8

Potato flakes were used rather than the potato flour.  I didn’t need to use the additional ¼ cup of  regular flour.  If your dough requires using it, add an additional 3 Smart Points.  Each serving will then be slightly over 6 Smart Points.  As I prepared it, the points calculated at 5.7 so I rounded them up to 6.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Christmas Cards

 More cards to send overseas to military personnel this Christmas season.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Christmas Cards

 A few cards made in the last few days.  They'll be sent overseas to military personnel.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Garlic Salad Dressing -- 1 Smart Point

This is a recipe I developed today to use as a substitute for my favorite, Ben's Dressing.  I love the Ben's recipe but it's too many Smart Points per serving.  At only 1 Smart Point for 2 tablespoons, this is something I can use more often on salads.

Adding some McCormick Perfect Seasoning Salt Free spice mix is another option and adds no additional Smart Points.

I used regular cottage cheese and buttermilk, then added the lite sour cream.  The garlic flavor will intensify as the dressing sits in the fridge, so unless you're a real garlic lover, you may want to reduce the garlic powder by 1/2 teaspoon.

The dressing is not as thick and creamy as the original Ben's recipe; it's a trade off to save fat and calories.  You could reduce the amount of buttermilk to make it a little thicker.

12 Smart Points
4 T. = 2 Smart Points

1 cup cottage cheese
½ cup buttermilk
4 T. lite sour cream
1 ½ T. lemon juice
¼ tsp. dry mustard
1 ½ tsp. garlic powder
Mix well.  Store in refrigerator.

Smart Points
Cottage cheese            6
Buttermilk                   2
Lite sour cream           4

This is the original Ben's Dressing recipe that I love.  You can calculate the Smart Points on it based on the brands of ingredients you use.  It was served at a barbeque restaurant that closed several years ago.

Ben’s Salad Dressing

1 cup buttermilk
3 ½ oz. Oil   (1/4 cup or less)
1 pint Mayonnaise
1 T. garlic powder
¼ tsp. Dry mustard
¼ tsp. Salt
¼ tsp. Sugar   (I omit the sugar)
juice of ½ lemon

Mix well with mixer or whisk and chill.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Zucchini Carrot Mini-Muffins -- 5 Smart Points

I was bored tonight and decided to occupy myself by trying another new recipe.

These turned out pretty good.  Next time I make them I want to use part brown sugar Truvia and part Truvia for baking to see how the flavor changes.

You can add up to 1 cup of grated zucchini and use 1/2 cup grated carrots if you like.

I'm not 100% sure how to calculate the Smart Points for using Truvia.  If you read the information on the back of the package, you'll find there's an error in their calculations on the number of tablespoons in a cup.

Since the Truvia is so low in calories and it's divided between 24 portions, I omitted it in the calculation of Smart Points. 

These seven muffins are on a saucer, not a dinner plate.

Makes 24
15 Smart Points for entire recipe
8 muffins = 5 Smart Points

1 cup flour
½ tsp. cinnamon
1/8 to ¼ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. soda
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup brown sugar Truvia
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
¾ cup grated zucchini
2/3 cup grated carrots

Combine dry ingredients.  Stir in the applesauce, Truvia, egg, and vanilla.  Mix well.
Fold in grated zucchini and carrots.

Using a small scoop, fill 24 mini muffin cups.

Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.

Smart Points
Flour                12
Egg                  3