Turkey or Chicken Wrap on Whole Wheat and Flax Tortillas

So simple.
We tried whole grain and flax tortillas this time - as our local Sam's Club started to carry them and we do like getting flax in our daily diets. (If you don't have a Sam's Club or you aren't a member, you can order them online through Amazon but they are pricey.  If you order a 4 pack you can always freeze them and only take out 1 package at a time to use -Santa Fe Tortilla Company Home Style Whole Grain Wraps with Flaxseed, 20 Count, Pack of 4.)

The basic filling I used this time for my lunch as well as 2 extra to send with Mr. Husband to work was buffalo style chicken from the deli, cream cheese and sliced avocado.  I like Kraft Creamy Horseradish Sauce tempered with a bit of Hellman's mayonnaise on mine.  My husband likes a spicy deli mustard. Normally I would add a 'crunch' to it; lettuce, spinach or shredded cabbage.  Today however, I wasn't in the mood for the crunch.  The creamy avocado with the sliced chicken and cream cheese was just perfect once I added some flavor with the mayo/horseradish sauce.

If you aren't used to whole grain wraps or flax, these might be a little 'grainy' for you.  They do make low carb tortillas in many different styles and under a lot of brands - most available at your local grocery store or area Walmart grocery. 


Traditional Irish Soda Bread: If your Irish Soda Bread contains raisins, it's not Irish Soda Bread. It's Spotted Dog or Railway Cake!

Repost from 2013 in honor of St. Patrick's Day

I've never really been a fan of Irish Soda Bread because, well, honestly?  I can't stand bread with raisins in it and everyone that has ever offered me their version (be it neighbors, mothers or people at work who would bring it to the break room to share) has put raisins in it.

This morning I had St. Patrick's Day and 'traditional Irish Soda Bread' on the brain and was happily surprised to find out - true Irish Soda Bread does not have raisins in it!  As a matter of fact it sounds very simple to the artisan breads I make and I bet I would actually like it!

The website of the Society for the Preservation of Traditional Irish Soda Bread explain; 

"If your "soda bread" has raisins, it's not "soda bread!  It's called "Spotted Dog" or "Railway Cake"!  If it contains raisins, eggs, baking powder, sugar or shortening, it's called "cake", not "bread."  All are tasty, but not traditional Irish Soda Bread!"

"The basic soda bread is made with flour, baking soda, salt, and soured milk (or buttermilk).  That's it!"

White Soda Bread
4 cups (16 oz) of all purpose flour.
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Teaspoon salt
14 oz of buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 425 F. degrees.  Lightly crease and flour a cake pan.
In a large bowl sieve and combine all the dry ingredients.
Add the buttermilk to form a sticky dough.  Place on floured surface and lightly knead (too much allows the gas to escape).

Shape into a round flat shape in a round cake pan and cut a cross in the top of the dough.

Cover the pan with another pan and bake for 30 minutes (this simulates the bastible pot).  Remove cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

The bottom of the bread will have a hollow sound when tapped so show it is done.  Cover the bread in a tea towel and lightly sprinkle water on the cloth to keep the bread moist.

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I am happy to say this year I will be proud to make traditional Irish Soda Bread!  But... for those of you who still want a sweet bread or like putting little raisins in your breads, I'm going to put this one here for you.

How many people make Irish Soda Bread 
 (which I learned today the traditional Irish would call this Spotted Dog)

3 c flour
1 c sugar
3 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 egg
2 c milk
1/2 c butter, melted
1 1/2 c raisins
2 T caraway seeds

In a bowl combine the dry ingredients;  flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  In a second bowl whisk the egg and milk with the melted butter.  Stir the wet and dry ingredients together just until blended.  Fold in the raisins and caraway seeds.  Transfer to a greased, round Irish Soda Bread baking bowl or pan.  Bake the bread at 350 for approximately 40 minutes or until a cake tester or sharp, thin knife inserted in the center, comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day! How about a Homemade Key Lime Pie instead of 'traditional' fare?

Thinking 'green' for St. Patrick's Day?  Not crazy about some of the traditional idea's to make or bake?  Key Lime Pie is light green....  green is a fun food color for St. Patrick's Day.  It's a win-win situation! 

If you don't have the little Key Limes you can substitute lime juice you can purchase at the store.  But if you have to go to the store for the lime juice, be sure to look for a bag of fresh, little Key Limes as your first choice.

Key Lime Pie

1 bag of Key Limes (the very small limes!)
4 egg yolks
1 - 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 pre-made graham crust ready for filling

Zest about 4 of the limes.
Slice and juice all the limes save one. That one will be for garnish.
Strain the juice and reserve. You should have about 2/3 cup of liquid.
In an electric mixer bowl whip the egg yolks and lime zest 5 minutes.
Add the condensed sweetened milk and whip 3-4 minutes more.
Add the lime juice and mix until blended.
Pour into the graham crust. Bake 15 minutes at 325 degrees until filling is set.
Cool 20 minutes on counter. Chill 2 hours in the refrigerator.

A Topping Option

1 c heavy or whipping cream
1 -2 T confectionery sugar (powdered sugar)
1/2 t vanilla extract
*optional - 3-6 oz. cream cheese, softened
Mix and use to decorate dollops on your pie if you desire a topping.

Also:   Sugar Free and Low Carb Key Lime Cheesecake

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Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita

Ever since I can remember - meaning, as far back as a toddler - I have loved grapefruit flavored things; like drinks.  Diet Squirt, Fresca... I'm all over it.  But interestingly enough, I hate actual grapefruit.  On the flip side; my husband has never liked Squirt or Fresca or grapefruit 'flavored' things and loves grapefruit.  Go figure.

This week grapefruit juice was on sale so we picked up a bottle.  Actually, two because it was buy one, get one free.  On a whim, I decided to make grapefruit margarita's out of it just to see what I thought.  In the end, it's definitely grapefruity... like the 'real' grapefruit taste that my husband loves and I do not.  But it was also enough 'margarita' taste from the triple sec and lime to offset the grapefruit and because it's a frozen drink, that always is a plus in my book no matter what!  We used the 'diet' version (less sweet) of the juice.  I think regular grapefruit juice would be perfect in these but they quite tart with the 'half sugar' version and needed a bit of sugar syrup or sweetener to offset the pucker. 

Absolutely worth making again - especially this summer on a hot day!

Ruby Red Grapefruit Margaritas

1 c  ruby red grapefruit juice (I used Diet for half the sugar content of regular)
1/2 c  fresh squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)
1 c  triple sec orange liqueur
3 c  ice
1 c  silver tequila
1 lime cut in wedges, optional Kosher salt

Rim the glasses with a lime wedge and dip in salt.  Set aside.  Combine the grapefruit juice, lime juice, triple sec and ice in a blender. Pour in the tequila, stir.

You might also be interested in these related items available through Amazon;

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My pancake mixer bottle with blending ball, stackable snack containers and why I had to replace them (it's a good reason!)

A couple months ago I posted a review about some new-to-me products by Whiskware.  At the time, I was sent this snack container (Whiskware Stackable Tritan Plastic Snack Pack, in teal) and another item in order to review it and give feedback on my honest opinion.

Soon after that, one of my daughters (in college) came home to visit - fell in love with the stack-able storage containers, and poof!  When she left, there left my awesome little handy-dandy snack containers!

She uses them almost every day to tote around snacks and things to eat for small meals when she's on the go on campus between classes and her job.  The style, shape and size is perfect as it doesn't take up any more room than a small water bottle!

A couple weeks ago, another one of my kids came home to visit.  A longer story made short is that when he left, he left with the other item I reviewed and loved; the Whiskware Pancake Batter Mixer with BlenderBall Wire Whisk.

As a single guy, this little pancake batter maker works great for him as it means no extra bowls or mixing spoons or whisks to wash, extra batter can be saved in the refrigerator to make later and the container also works great to mix up his protein drinks in the morning.  Obviously this Mama was more than happy to send her kitchen gadgets home with her kids... what Mom wouldn't?  But that meant I now was without.


This week I received a replacement for my pancake batter mixer and bottle as well as my snack containers! 

Now - this isn't 'pretty' but I'm going to show you what job my 'pancake' mixer has been doing for us....

It's ain't pretty but it's real... the homemade ranch dressing container straight from my refrigerator

Ranch dressing! Yes - they actually do make a dressing mixer (Whiskware Salad Dressing Shaker with BlenderBall Wire Whisk)  but I don't have that - and although it's a little large, the pancake mixer works for homemade dressing just fine!  And my new snackware containers this time are my favorite color in the kitchen; white!  So when the college daughter comes home for the summer and brings the teal versions back we'll know immediately which are 'hers' and which are 'mine'. 

Whiskware Stackable Snack Pack Container, White

I'm super thankful to Whiskware for their free products in return for an honest review and obviously, two of my young adult kids are too since they are now the proud owners of a couple items as well! 

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Whiskware Pancake Art Kit with Batter Mixer, Art Bottle, BlenderBall Wire Whisk and 2 Pancake Shapers
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