Spring WILL Come!

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Yesterday snowflakes were softly falling and it was looking more like a December winter wonderland outside than an almost-spring day, especially considering I’m in the south. My friends and I are so ready for spring to come–it’s just 3 weeks away, but when you see all the snow you wonder if it will ever get here. And I was wondering just that when I saw this quote on Pinterest. So if you, too, have been wondering if spring will ever come, it will! Maybe not as soon as we’d like, but it definitely will!

He dispatches His Word, and the thaw begins; at His command, the spring winds blow, gently stirring the waters back to life.  PSALM 147:18

 (The Voice Bible, © Thomas Nelson 2012)

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

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It’s been awhile since I tried a new hummus flavor. I’ve made quite a few different kinds of hummus already–like Avocado Hummus, Lemon Artichoke Hummus, Black Olive Hummus, Black Bean Hummus, Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus, Pumpkin Hummus, and good old regular Hummus! Roasted Red Pepper Hummus was next on my list. It was worth trying–the roasted red peppers, blended with tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and other spices give this hummus a nice flavor and a creamy consistency that’s great for spreading on pita bread or other breads (I also like it on sourdough) and also for using as a dip with veggies, tortilla chips, or crackers. If you’re a hummus fan like I am, you just may want to try this out!

ROASTED RED PEPPER HUMMUS by NancyC

Makes about 2 cups

  • 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
  • 3/4 cup roasted red bell pepper pieces from a jar, drained
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons olive oil (start with 2 and add 1 more if consistency is too thick)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 1 to 2 Tablespoons additional finely chopped roasted red bell pepper from jar, for garnish

In a high-speed blender or food processor, add all ingredients and mix until everything is well blended.

Spoon hummus into a serving bowl and garnish with chopped roasted red bell pepper if desired. Serve with crackers, tortilla chips, fresh veggies, or warmed or toasted pita bread. Note: the garlic and pepper flavor get a little stronger the day after this hummus is made.

I’m glad hummus is healthy, because it’s one of my favorite things to eat or snack on. What’s your favorite healthy snack or dip?

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Homestyle Chicken Veggie Noodle Soup

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After having some wonderful spring-like days in the middle of winter, more cold and snow came this past week–brrr! I’ve always liked having a bowl of hot chicken noodle soup to warm up in weather like this. When I decided to make some chicken soup … Continue reading

Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Shake

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Chocolate for breakfast? Yes, please. Especially when it’s a healthier way to have chocolate. This may not sound very healthy, but don’t let the words “chocolate” or “shake” fool you. There’s lots of good-for-you ingredients in this–banana, peanut butter, honey, unsweetened cocoa powder, … Continue reading

Rejuvenating Bath Oil Blend

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I know a little about some of the health benefits of essential oils, so I was really interested in reviewing a new book called The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness (Robert Rose, softcover). As the book mentions, essential oils … Continue reading

Gift Wrap Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is just a few days away…if you still need ideas for ways to wrap or package your Valentine gifts, treats, or candy, here are some fresh ideas! Above, Valentine Present Toppers from Julep look really easy to make–see instructions and downloadable … Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Cherry Granola

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I was wanting to make some granola this past weekend, but I was also wanting something chocolatey. So I decided to combine the two and I came up with this Chocolate Chip Cherry Granola. I thought it would be a great … Continue reading

Low Fat Buttermilk Ranch Dressing and Dip

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Homemade salad dressings are so good–I’ve made a few of them, but have never made one of my favorites–Ranch!  I usually use low fat dressings on my salads, so I decided to try making a low fat Ranch. I adapted a recipe from Allrecipes.com, adjusting the … Continue reading

Veggie Black Bean Chili

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If you’re wanting something to eat that will warm you up during this chilly winter season, this Veggie Black Bean Chili is definitely the recipe to make! It’s easy to put together and healthy, too–with black beans, onion, garlic, green bell … Continue reading