Crunchy Chick Peas: A Healthy Alternative to Chips!

Hi guys!

I’ve been searching around Pinterest lately and have found some pretty awesome recipes.  I also have made up a few pretty good ones myself.

This recipe was inspired from greatist.com.  I actually have made these before using Rachael Ray’s recipe, but I was not a fan of it.  I ended up making up my own flavor combination, even though I did use part of greatist.com’s recipe!  I also made some changes based on my oven’s cooking time, etc. so just do the recipe according to your kitchen.  Oh!  And I halved the recipe because I plan on making another recipe with the rest of the beans!  Half the recipe was the perfect portion for one!

Ingredients you’ll need:

1 15 oz. can of chickpeas

A splash of olive oil (about 1/2-1 Tbs)

Salt and Pepper for flavor

Any kind of spices you like. *I’ll post some ideas below!*

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 450*.

2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas.  Make sure to drain all of the water!

3.  Mix the chickpeas, olive oil, salt, pepper, and spices together.  I used garlic powder, ceyenne pepper, paprika, and cumin in my recipe.  I didn’t measure everything, but I probably used about 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1/4 tsp. ceyenne pepper, and a few dashes of paprika/cumin!

4.  Lay the chickpeas so that they’re evenly spread on a tinfoil lined sheet pan.  Bake them for 15 minutes in the oven.  Roll them and bake them for about 5-10 more minutes.  greatist.com says to bake them for 15 more minutes but mine almost burned!  Again, just use your oven and eyeballs as a guide!

Here’s the final result!  Even the ones that look a little burnt were so good!

This is a perfect crunchy, healthy snack and I will definitely be making them again!

As I promised, here’s some more ideas for flavors that I came up with:

Italian Seasoning, Garlic Powder, and Parmesan Cheese (I would put the cheese on in the last few minutes so it doesn’t burn!)

Curry Powder, Cumin, and Garlic Powder

Taco Seasoning and some mild 2% cheese (again, last minute!)

Ranch dressing mix and hot sauce

greatist.com says to use sugar and cinnamon if you have a sweet tooth.  Sounds awesome!

Thanks for joining me guys.  Stay serendipitous!

XOXO Sara

Red Napkin Poppies

Hey guys!  Sorry I’ve been a little off the charts.  Starting a blog at the beginning of your senior year=not a good idea.  However, I have been taking pictures just for my blog!  So don’t be surprised if you see a few posts within the next few days.

Anyhow, this summer I competed at a cupcake competition and ended up winning 3rd out of 5th place only behind two professional pastry chefs!  It was so fun and I can’t wait to do it again in February!

I went with a black, white, and red Victorian theme with poppy flowers!  I went with it because these colors just go well together, and they’re pretty.  Here was the outcome:

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  Image    Of course, what we really care about here is the tissue poppy flowers!  They are surprisingly easy to make, and would be really cute around a buffet table for Easter (in lighter colors of course) or maybe even hanging from strings at a party.  There’s many possibilities I have come up with.

  Unfortunately, I cannot find the link from where I got this idea.  Anywhere.  So if you have made something like this, or know someone who has, please, please, please let me know.

I ended up changing a lot of the methods because 1. they were easier and 2. I liked the way they came out better than the original way.  Anyway, here’s how to make them!

Supplies you’ll need:

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Two different colors of napkins from the $1 store.  You will need the color for your flower, and the color for your center.  Make sure the color of the center is a smaller size than the flower color.

Tape: floral, duct, etc.  As long as it’s tough!

Wire

Wire cutters

Scissors

Steps:

One:  Unfold a black napkin.  Cut two of the squares.  Keep one whole, and cut one in half.

Two:  Cut little fringes on the halved square, making sure not to cut all the way through.

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Three: Unfold the napkin once.  Cut a wavy shape making sure that you are using the sealed side.

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It will look like this.  You will cut it down the vertical line, so there’stwo long pieces.

Four:  Take some extra tissue and form it into a ball.  Put it in the center of your square of tissue paper.  Wrap it around and tape it.  It will look like a lollipop!

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Five: Wrap the fringe around the stem with a piece of wire to support it.  Tape it so it is secure.

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Six:  Put the wire through the centers of the two red pieces.  They will rip.  It’ll be okay.  Just tape the heck out of the bottoms.

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Now you’re done!  Here’s the end result.

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I don’t know why they ended up on the piano, they just did.  They looked good.

As you can see, you can manipulate the sizes of the papers to make them smaller or bigger.  Either way they look good!

I hope you guys liked this tutorial!  Let me know what you think.

Stay serendipitous!

XOXO Sara