Mixed Media Art, Quick light meals and snacks

Creating an Easy, Healthy Egg Sandwich…

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I enjoy creating delicious, healthy, inexpensive recipes that I can switch up depending on what I have in the refrigerator and whose diet I am cooking for.

When making sandwiches for Hubby’s work lunches or at home, I always start off with Dave’s Killer Sprouted Grains Organic Bread. The loaf is smaller so it becomes a lower carb sandwich compared to the large loafs of other healthy breads. Hubby loves it and it really is delicious!

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Another reason I love this bread is I can eat it also. It is NOT gluten-free yet it does not flare me up or cause any other issues for me.  I do not have Celiac disease but I do have other health issues that are complicated by wheat and gluten. I have been gluten-free for years so to find real bread that I can eat is awesome, especially when it is this delicious. When I find this bread on sale, I purchase several loaves and freeze them. This saves money and eat healthier too.

The breakfast sandwich above is for my husband who is diabetic. I have found that the more I put into the sandwich, the less bread he needs.

This sandwich is filled with two fried eggs, one slice of pepper jack cheese, two slices of deli ham, a layer of fresh spinach and another layer of sliced fresh jalapenos which is a must in all of his meals. Delicious and easy. What are your egg sandwich recipes?

So yesterday I posted a link to some Dot Mandala tutorials by Lydia May. I also challenged myself to see if I could create my own. Here are my first 3 Dot Mandalas:

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I wanted to practice a few times before using canvases or my acrylic paints so I pulled out some really old craft paint and a piece of 9″x12″ Strathmore Bristol paper. I painted the paper with some satin black paint, cut the paper into 3″x3″ squares after the black paint dried and used my neon paints for the design. Since the paint was probably 10 years old, it was a little tacky and dried too quickly which is why there were lots of lumps and the colors were dull. Since I was just learning, it really did not matter.

By the time I was on the third mandala, I was starting to catch on and enjoying it. There was a learning curve for me though. I found that I really did need to follow the instructions. It was important to take my time, wipe whatever tool I was using to dot with off after each dot application and get paint on my tool for each dot. Unfortuently following directions is something I struggle with, which is why I love creating my own way and using directions only as a guide, however if you want to learn this and do it properly the directions Lydia May gives on her tutorial are worth following.

I had fun and am going to do a lot more of these Dot Mandalas. First I am going to use up the rest of the 3×3 squares, them do some small canvases and several rocks I have been wanting to paint. I plan on making Christmas ornaments with this process too! Let me know if you have tried creating mandalas or dot mandalas?

Happy Creating,

Robin

Quick light meals and snacks

Busy Day, Quick Lunch…

My oldest son came over today and we started a DIY project in my kitchen (I plan on posting the project within the next few days). We took a trip to Home Depot, got some wood and other supplies that we needed and got to work.

There was no time for cooking lunch so I made one of my quick, healthy combos for lunch.

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Creamy, fresh avocado with a hard-boiled large egg.  Add Winterhill’s Lime Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil and some of their Tuscan Herbs. Simply Delicious!

Winterhill has their own olive orchard and bottles their olive oil here in El Dorado County. I keep several different bottles of their Olive Oil on my kitchen counter all the time. Hubby’s go to oil is the Jalapeno. I use the lime in salads, my homemade salsa, with chicken and fish, and advocados. Winterhill’s light and dark balsamic vinegars are another staple in my kitchen.

Have a blessed and creative evening!

Robin

Quick light meals and snacks, Recipes

Easy Drop Biscuit Recipe…

One of my favorite comfort foods is Drop Biscuits. I remember looking through my 1989 Edition of the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook for something bread-like and easy when I ran out of bread one evening. I initially picked Drop Biscuits since it was the only recipe that was quick, easy, inexpensive, and I had the ingredients except the cream of tartar which I never used. The kids and I got hooked. I soon found I could add bacon, cheese, garlic, almost anything, to this recipe.

EZ Drop Biscuits from the 1989 Edition of The Better Homes & Garden New Cookbook. Minus the Cream of Tartar in the original recipe. Simple Ingredients!
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Mix and drop onto greased baking sheet with a spoon. EASY!
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Serve warm with cream cheese and strawberry jam. Yummy!

I have not been able to eat wheat/gluten for 11 years. I substitute Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour in anything I make that calls for flour. I think its the best!

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Let me know if you try the Drop Biscuit recipe or Bob’s Red Mill products and what you think of them. Have another gluten-free flour suggestion? Please share in the comments!

Have a Blessed and Creative Day!

Robin