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1  COOKING / Dessert / snyder pretzel copy cat recipe! on: January 30, 2008 10:47:42 PM
so snyder's pretzels has put out a new product this winter, their fudge covered peanut butter sandwiches (they're a limited edition, so if you are interested in buying them~at around 3.50 per wimpy bag~ get them before they're gone!)


although i cannot deny that they are quite amazing, i refuse to pay that much for such a small bag, when i can make them much more inexpensively...

soooo here's my compromise:
i still bought snyder's pretzels, in the "snaps" variety. (about 2 bucks per bag~ 1 lb.)
then i bought some peanut butter and a package of chocolate almond bark

simply take 2 pretzels, sandwich some pb in it, and coat in melted almond bark.
also note- depending on how warm your kitchen is (or dorm room lol- my heater will NOT turn off) it may benefit to freeze the sandwiches before you dip them in the almond bark.

if this is the case, you may also want to keep them in the fridge once the chocolate has set, just to prevent them from melting all over your hands whilst snacking Wink

excuse this disgusting picture portraying my excitement and amazement with this new-found joy.

i know it seems like a no brainer, but the most awesome part of this is that for a dollar more than the amount of money that it took to buy one bag of the premade kind, i bought enough supplies to make at least 4 times that!

p.s.~ due to recent discoveries, i have now become infatuated with dipping anything and everything that i can into almond bark. it instantly turns ordinary food into candy. yumm! i'll post my next almond bark recipe hopefully tomorrow, pending how my photo-shoot with the subject turns out Wink

2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / i love chickpeas- some sort of italian soup/stew? on: October 20, 2007 06:26:49 PM
i'm not really sure what to call this, other than tasty.

in light of my abundance of diced tomatoes and chickpeas, and my newfound love for my crockpot, i made this.

dump all of this into a crockpot and just let it hang out for a while. it gets better with time.

1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 red onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
minced garlic (i think i used about 2 T, i don't really measure)
1 block frozen spinach
1 can drained garbanzo beans/chickpeas
seasonings to taste(i'd recommend some mix of basil and oregano. you know, italian sort of spices...  i had Mrs. Dash- Tomato Basil Garlic- which had oregano in it too)

after a few hours (or more, as i said if you let it stew longer the flavors blend better) you end up with this

if you're a midwestern (or not) girl like me and can't get away without topping everything with cheese, do so when you bowl it up. i had some shredded "italian blend" that has mozzarella, provolone, parmesan, and asiago.

then, EAT!
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / crockpot garlic mashed potatoes! on: October 13, 2007 07:34:18 PM
so, being the poor college kid i am, i'm always looking for inexpensive and convenient meals to make with my limited means of cooking. i have a microwave, a george foreman grill, and a small crock pot.
with that in mind, i made myself some garlic mashed potatoes tonight in the crockpot!

this is a very "loose" recipe.
what you need:
as many potatoes as you'll eat, halved or quartered, with the skin on or off(since this was my whole dinner i used 4 small red potatoes)
about 1 T butter/butter substitute (i used i can't believe it's not butter)
minced garlic (i used ALOT! yummy)
water (for my small recipe i used about 1/4 cup)

put all four of these ingredients into the crockpot and cover it and turn it on (my crockpot doesn't have temperature settings. it's just ON. but if yours does turn it on HIGH). then leave for about 3 hours (i went to the mall hehehe)

when you come back, start mashing em up! if it seems like theres a bit too much water in there you can drain a bit off, but you need a little in there to get the consistency right. or, you can drain all the water and use cream (like a normal person lol- i don't really allow myself that luxury)

then add the magic ingredient- mozzarella cheese!
also now is the time you'll add salt/pepper to taste. then let the cheese melt a bit. it should look like this:

then get yourself a dora the explorer paper bowl

and fill 'er up!

then eat!

this is probably one of the easiest, cheapest, and most delicious things i've made this year.  i'm loving having this crockpot- i put all the stuff in there, go to class, and come back and i have my meal waiting for me!

if anyone has any other suggestions of what i can make in my crockpot let me know! - i don't eat most meat though, but i will eat seafood.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / a goodwill 70's tablecloth.... on: January 06, 2007 11:03:09 PM
turns into a duffel bag!  or rather, a bag that i put stuff in.  sometimes it's a bookbag, sometimes i take it to the gym, it may end up being a carry-on the next time i'm traveling... whatever...


no pattern used for this, basically i just started cutting out rectangles and sewing them together...

and.... its fully lined!- but i couldn't figure out how to not show this seam because i sewed the top panel/zipper before i put it all together... oh well!

lemme know what you guys think!  feedback rocks!

Peace out!
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