Sunday, February 28, 2010

Homemade Whole Wheat Pitas

These pita breads look delicious - and they are. If you have read my posts, you know that I love to bake. When I found a recipe for pitas I had to try to make them. While the end result is wonderful, the process is more costly than going to a local bakery outlet and purchasing eight whole wheat pitas for 59 cents.

The recipe I used asked for 3 cups of whole wheat flour, oil, salt, a large, plastic resealable bag (ziploc, hefty or glad), a baking stone and water. The bread had to rest in the refrigerator overnight. Pitas were then baked in a 500 degree oven.

I love the fact that I know everything that goes into my baking projects, but when you do the cost comparison, the bakery outlet version wins hands down.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Five Dollar Coupon for Talbots

Try on a pair of pants at Talbots and get a $5 coupon. Love their accessories like necklaces and purses. And every little bit of a discount helps these days.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dannon Lawsuit Settlement Form

Did you know Dannon settled a lawsuit regarding DanActive and Activia? The yogurt company is providing up to $15 restitution for purchases without a receipt. Anything over $15 requires proof of purchase. Here's the link to the on-line claim form.

Apparently, the lawsuit centered around false advertising claims. It doesn't pay to lie.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Crocheted Animals - Crochetdermy

Shauna Richardson has taken crocheting to a whole new level. She creates masterpieces in wool using one type of stitch in varying wools. Each piece takes about a month to complete. It's a cross between taxidermy and the needle arts.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Fern Artwork

I have been busy volunteering lately. Seemed there was no time for home projects, except for this one. I had two white picture frames with artwork I didn't care for. I flipped the art to the back of the frame and glued two fern fronds onto the matte board, replaced the glass and voila'. I transformed the picture frames into artwork I loved.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Norma Kamali at Walmart

Imagine a designer look at deep discount prices. That's Norma Kamali's clothing line for women at Walmart. I don't go out of my way to shop at Walmart which is why I was pleasantly surprised to see Kamali's fashion at this big box store. The top shown here is organic cotton for just $10.00! And I found beautiful dresses for $24.00 and under.

WARNING! - Don't Heat Extra Virgin Olive Oil

I love cooking with extra virgin olive oil. Laddle a tablespoon or two into a hot pan on the stove before adding fresh veggies and garlic. How yummy does that sound?!

After watching the Steven and Chris show, I got the shock of my life. Extra virgin olive oil turns into a trans-fat when heated and worse, it can become a carcinogen after cooking with it! This does not apply to regular olive oil. (I included the overview of the program on the link, but it does not mention this tidbit - you have to watch the video of the show to hear the statement.)

Like many of you, I have heated EVOO. Well, no more. It's regular olive oil from now on and just drizzling cooked foods with cold, extra virgin olive oil.