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Sesame Seed Crackers

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This weekend I was in the mood for a simple snack that I could whip up with very little thought. It was just kinda one of those Saturdays where I wanted to stay foggy eyed all morning. I remembered a while back I made homemade crackers and they turned out just like the ones from the Wheat Thins box at the store and were super simple to make. I mimicked the recipe but instead spiced them up with some black sesame seeds and cut out the butter. The tan or regular sesame seeds (guess they are considered regular) would work just fine for this recipe, too. I just happened to spot the black ones at the farmer’s market for $1.81 and got pretty giddy.  When I go through the farmer’s market and see all the goodies and realize that much of the produce is way cheaper than the grocery store, I feel like I hit the jackpot. Really, I do… I hit the jackpot with these crackers, too!

What’s your favorite snack to make?

Ever make crackers? If so, what do you like to put in them?

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Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Tortilla Flats

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Do you have a go-to appetizer when you go out to dinner?

Our go-to is almost always spinach and artichoke dip. Joe’s family and I typically go out to dinner on Sunday nights. His parents are big appetizer people and we sometimes get two appetizers for the table to share. What’s great about artichoke dip, is the heartiness of it. You could eat it for a light dinner with a salad and your belly would be quite content. You could have it for your next football party and all your guest would be quite happy, too!

The best spinach & artichoke dips are not only creamy and cheesy on the inside, but crispy on the outside. The best dips are those where you can see the pieces of artichoke in the dip and you can taste them, too! What’s better than some gluten free For for Life homemade tortilla chips to go along with this hearty dip? When I mean “homemade” all you have to do it take a pizza cutter, cut the tortillas into 8 triangles, brush with olive oil, sprinkle with some shredded parmesan cheese and bake for a few minutes until crispy. That’s it! Luckily, these tortillas have been on sale at the grocery store the last few weeks, woohoo! You can’t beat $2.69 for these frozen tortillas, that thaw well and will last much longer than those you purchase by the deli! Not only that, but they have only a few ingredients! If you don’t use all the tortillas in the pack, have no fear, I have used them for individual pizzas and they are perfect for that, too!

I think one of the key ingredients in this spinach & artichoke dip is the ricotta cheese. Ever hear of putting ricotta in your spinach dip? I just happened to throw it into the dip, and I don’t think I would ever do it any differently now!

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Pumpkin Pecan Granola

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Since you can make almost anything with a pumpkin twist, and ’tis the season to be pumpkin, why not pumpkin granola?

Pumpkin granola is, of course, delicious sprinkled over vanilla yogurt or great just by the handful to pop into your mouth when you are on the go. I have been a sucker for buying granola pre-made because I enjoy all the nut and berry combinations others put into their mixes. I must have the sucker sign on my head while walking through the cereal and granola aisle. I never really think of these great sweet and salty combinations while I am making my granola, well until this time around. This time around, I think I did it right. I added chopped pecans and craisins to the granola. These two ingredients complimented the pumpkin spice granola well. Just take a lookie…

What about you, what’s your favorite granola mixture?

Do you make yours or buy it?

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