Thursday, March 29, 2012

Homemade Cheese Crackers

I've seen a recipe floating around for homemade cheese crackers.  My son LOVES Annie's Bunny crackers, so I figured I'd try my hand at homemade crackers and see how they went over.  I'm happy to report that my little kidlet loved the homemade crackers.

So here's how you make them.

1 cup flour (use white or whole wheat, I used a little bit of both)
4 tablespoons butter
8 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese
3/4 t salt
1/4 t cayenne pepper

 I use my food processor to shred cheese, but you can buy preshredded cheese as well.
 Mix all ingredients in food processor until you get a round ball.  It may take a few minutes, but just keep processing until it forms.  Place ball in the fridge for a few minutes to harden if it's needed.  Then place ball between two pieces of wax paper and roll out.  This required two hands, so I have no picture for you!
Use pizza cutter to cut crackers into one inch squares.
 Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.  Wait until they are cool, and then break apart and ENJOY!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

FREE Food Box

I just heard about a company called Love With Food.  Basically, you sign up for $14/month and each month you receive a food box filled with a variety of items.  I just signed up for mine today, so I am super stoked to get my first box.  But I wanted to pass along the offer to you all before it goes away.  If you sign up here and use coupon code FBFan, you'll get a free box!  If you decide you don't like it, cancel before your next shipment and you will not be charged.  The best part about this is that for each box purchased, they donate a meal to someone in need.  Get the goods and help the world while you're at it.  SCORE!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Homestead Farms in Keller, TX

Last Friday we had the awesome privilege to visit Homestead Farms in Keller.  This farm was really awesome. They had goat's milk, eggs, chicken, pork, beef, and a variety of produce and local foods, like Salsa and homemade soaps.  You can see the farm, and see the chickens and goats right as you go in the store as well!

From someone who had never before had goat milk, I gotta say- it was tasty!  It is best when it's cold.  But I gave some to my 2 year old son, who drank it- I'm not sure he even noticed a difference.

We also purchased some eggs from them.  Even the cage free eggs we buy from the grocery store are not this golden and delicious.

We will remember to take the camera during our next visit, but if you live in the area- I highly recommend stopping by Homestead Farms.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Alternatives to Traditional Easter Grass

I hate buying that plastic grass for Easter.  I know I'm just going to throw it away.  Check out this blog for some great alternatives that you can keep year after year, and look so much nicer.

Monday, March 19, 2012

More smoothies

I know I've talked about smoothies a lot and how much I love them. However, I find myself in a situation where I have to exclusively eat soft or liquids (dental work - long story).  So, I'm finding that I need to come up with newer varieties of smoothies to keep it interesting.

Here's one I tried for the first time.  It is lots of cucumber and lots of apples.  I'm thinking I needed a few more apples to make it a little sweeter, but this is a pretty good combo.

One thing to note - there is lots of pulp.  This is a thicker drink then you would think.  But, it was refreshing.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Natural Egg Dye

If you're planning your Easter celebration now, like I am, then you'll want to check out this page for some great ideas on how to dye those eggs naturally and safely!!

I mean, look at these beauties!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

First Try With Bountiful Baskets

My sister Heidi has posted about her experience with Bountiful Baskets.  You can read about it here.  However, I had never tried it before.  So, this week, my sister Rebecca and I decided to order and share what we got.

Well, I am absolutely amazed!  The amount of food we got for $19.50 is unbelievable.  Here is a picture of today's bounty:

I don't even know what we will do with all of this, but I'm excited to figure it out.  I see soups and smoothies in our future!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Where to Buy Pink Slime Free Beef

This has been all over the news recently, the use and addition of "pink slime" as a filler for your ground beef.  We buy organic grass fed beef and stock up when it's on sale, but if you don't have that option, this article gives a few stores that do and do not have these fillers in their beef.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Give Up Bottled Water?

What do you think, should we give up bottled-water?  One woman thinks so. 

  1. The U.S. is the largest consumer market for bottled water in the world, followed by Mexico, China, and Brazil. 
  2. In 2008, U.S. bottled water sales topped 8.6 billion gallons, which represented 28.9% of the U.S. liquid beverage market.
  3. The average American drinks 21 gallons of bottled water per year.
  4. According to MSNBC, the use of water bottles increased dramatically from 3.3 billion sold in 1997 to 15 billion in 2002
  5. National Geographic estimates that 17 million gallons of crude oil is used on an annual basis to produce plastic bottles.
  6. According to Environmental Working Group’s scientific study on bottled water vs. tap water, bottled water contains distinfection byproducts, fertilizer residue and pain medication . . . ahhhhh! Seriously – read this article.
  7. The bottling companies have created a FALSE sense of NEED in the U.S. for bottled water by convincing us that our tap water is tainted and bottled water is the solution . . . NOT if you watch this awesome video by the Story of Stuff about the bottled water industry.

I'm thinking I'll keep drinking my bottled water as much as I do now (not that often).  

Monday, March 12, 2012

Don't Focus On Meal Perfection

So this week, I found myself feeling frustrated about what to eat. Over the last few weeks, I have tried to incorporate more fruit and vegetables, replace refined breads for whole grains, and reduce my intake of milk-based products. But somewhere along the way, I think my creativity wore out and I found myself asking, "what do normal people eat??" I just got a little overwhelmed trying to be better. So today, I went back to basics. For breakfast I had Kashi cereal with soy milk, lunch was french toast with Ezekiel bread and an orange and banana smoothie, and for dinner I had baked salmon with veggies and a potato. (For dessert, I did make cinnamon muffins but I replaced the oil for applesauce and milk with soy milk.) In terms of eating, it wasn't a perfect day, but I needed to get back to basics. I am not sure what this week will bring...part of me wants to go on meal autopilot. For me this usually means smoothie or cereal breakfasts, McDougall lunches, and whatever is in the fridge for dinner. If I am feeling stressed out over what to eat, I am doing something wrong and need to resimplify.

On a different note, as for Bountiful Baskets, according to their website, they deliver to this area weekly but that is incorrect. It wouldn't let me order last week so we'll try this week. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Scentsy Giveaway

A fellow blogger and friend of mine is doing a Scentsy lotion giveaway, their newest line which began selling on March 1.  Head over here to enter!

And let her know Eat Crunchy sent you!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Lovin' This Weather

I don't know about the rest of you Texans, but I am really diggin' the weather the past few weeks. This is the kind of weather that makes me love Texas. The hot hot summers...I could do without. But we have so many beautiful months where we are between the 60s and 80s. What have you been doing to enjoy this time? Personally, I have doing a lot of outdoor walking and playing in the great outdoors. Heidi, Lisa, and I took my nephew to the park the other day and had the best time. So take the time and enjoy the great outdoors before the temps start to melt ya. :)

Bountiful Baskets

SO excited! I am ordering from Bountiful Baskets for the first time this week and I cannot be more thrilled. Heidi  has been ordering from them for a while and loves it. And I find that once I mention it in conversation, friends speak up and apparently a lot of people in my life get their fruits and veggies this way. I'll let you know how it goes!!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Hellmann's Uses Cage Free Eggs

Although mayonnaise isn't exactly the healthiest thing on the market, I'm so glad to see companies reacting to customer wants and desires by being upfront about their food, and using healthier, sustainable, and kinder food prep.  I learned recently that Hellmann's is expanding their mayo product lines which include cage free eggs.  Read more here!