The Big Two-Six

Woohoo!  I’ve officially made it past a quarter century Smile.  This past year has been quite the adventure, and I am – as always – filled with gratitude for everything that has manifested in my life over the past year, including starting my master’s program, recognizing my passion for writing, starting my blog, and even learning to make jewelry.

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Ben has the day off!  He got up early to surprise me with gorgeous bright yellow flowers and an amazing breakfast.  There is no doubt in my mind that he is my absolute ultimate Smile.

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He just gets me. Who else would make me a goat cheese yogurt parfait with homemade granola (recipe coming soon) and eggs in a nest?  The perfectly balanced protein, carb, fruit and veggie breakfast!

We’re off to start our day with an adjustment at Dr. Tracey’s and then find ourselves an adventure!  Smile

But before we go, I have another great recipe for you to try!

I made these homemade wheat thins the other day with the best of intentions.  I don’t like to mess with a recipe when it comes to bread, so I had planned on following a certain recipe exactly, but I wound up putting in 5x as much water as I was supposed to [eek!], so I needed to adjust everything as best as I could and essentially making about 3 times the amount of crackers I should have.  Don’t worry, they came out so well that Ben took down almost half of them on the first day, and they’ve been the perfect hummus cracker for afternoon snacks since Smile.

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Homemade Wheat Thins

[Ingredientsscaled back down to the basic two-sheet recipe]

  • 1 1/4 c 100% whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt + extra for sprinkling
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp Earth Balance or butter
  • 1/4 c [not 1 1/4 c!] water + extra if the dough is too dry
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Prep two baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick mats.

Whisk all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

Cut the cold Earth Balance or butter into the flour mixture until crumbly [I used a fork to do this].

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Mix together water and vanilla and then add them into the flour mixture [I used my hands] until it comes together – you want the dough to come together in a ball, but you don’t want it sticky.

Roll out half the dough very thin (about 1/16’’), then – using a pizza cutter – cut into desired shape.

Top with a sprinkle of sea salt.

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Bake for 8-10 minutes, rotating half way through [watch them carefully as they burn easily].

Cool completely [if you have the will-power].  Store in an air-tight container.

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Enjoy! Makes about 64 crackers.

Enjoy your day, everyone!

What’s your favorite thing to do on your birthday?

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7 thoughts on “The Big Two-Six

  1. Therese says:

    Happy Birthday girl! Sounds like a fabulous start to the day and I hope it just keeps getting better!

    I go to the extremes for birthdays, I like either doing something really fun with everyone I love (like going to a theme park or, like last year, Medeival Times) or just going to a restaurant and chillin’ out for the day!

  2. Earl_J says:

    Dear Haley,
    Happy birthday, babe . . .
    When I first saw the title of this entry, I thought you let your mom guest post while you were celebrating your birthday … then I realized that it read Two-Six … not Six-Two … and then it really hit me; she isn’t anywhere near that old. . . (grin)
    * * *
    Shhh . . . don’t tell her I told you this. . . (blush) it’ll just be between us … and several hundred of your closest blog friends… (grin)

    Until that time … Earl J.

  3. Earl_J says:

    By the way,
    here is my favorite birthday exercise …
    _ _ _
    I find a nice quiet comfortable contemplative spot.
    I being to imagine myself walking down a long, quiet road – for me, it’s like the Kaupo Store road …
    I see a shade tree in the distance that looks like a good place to stop and rest for a bit when I get there.
    As I get closer, I realize that someone is there sitting under the tree.
    When I finally arrive – I discover it is me; at half my present age.
    I sit and get comfortable and begin a conversation.
    I let the younger me give me his thoughts on what his plans are for the future;
    I let the older me share his insights on the dangers that the younger me might encounter along his path.
    They continue to exchange their choices and observations …
    In essence, the younger provides a bit of energy and motivation to the older;
    the older provides a bit of wisdom about what he has learned along the way in the last year.

    It does not need to take very long … then again, it should take as long as it needs to … or as long as you need it to last.

    Give it a try and see how it works for you. . .
    It is rather rejuvenating and motivating… (grin)

    Until that time … Earl J.

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