kale chips

kale chips

You know that thing my mom people said to you about when you turn 30?  That you won’t be able to eat just whatever you want?  That things will start to “stick” and your body will basically begin the downhill slide that comes after the “peak” formerly known as your twenties?  Yeah, I think it’s happening :(

So we’re trying a new thing around the Treu house.  Being healthier.  I’ve heard good things.  I’m not talking go crazy and stop eating all processed food (maybe one day :)  But we can do A LOT better, just be smarter about what we’re putting into our bodies, into our kids’ bodies!  I know as far as food, I’m pretty much the ring leader of this circus, which means a lot of it is my fault responsibility.  It also means the changes will start and stop with me and that my kids will learn to eat the way they see me eat.  So, it’s time my friends, time for a change.

Right now I really just want to be intentional about what we eat/what we don’t eat.  So far it’s been kind of a slow start.  I’ve stopped buying a ton of processed food.  And I’m trying to substitute good stuff for the not so good stuff we’re so used to.  I’m also wanting to try new things.  That’s not always easy, old habits die hard.  But right now my kids seem somewhat adventurous with new foods, and they get excited about making food, so it can be fun!

The other day I made kale chips.  Yup, I took a green leafy vegetable and made them into chips.  And you know what?  The boys LOVE them!  And what’s better, they were really easy to make and are a great substitute for pretty much any other kind of chips we might buy at the store.

Okay, if you’re wanting to try your hand at making a batch, here’s what you’ll need:

  • kale (You can buy them bagged like lettuce or by the bunch.  I actually had 1 bunch left over from a different meal, so I used that)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • seasoning of your choice (we used this)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Take the kale (if not already off the stems) and pull off the leaves into bite sized pieces.  (Kids like to eat stuff they helped make, so let them help where they can!  Pulling off leaves?  They can handle that!)  Drizzle a little olive oil onto a baking sheet (we needed 2 baking sheets for our 1 bunch of kale).  Spread the kale pieces out on the baking sheet.  Turn leaves to lightly coat both sides.  Sprinkle with seasoning.  Bake for 10-15 minutes.  Let cool and enjoy!
I think they turned out pretty good actually :)  They almost tasted like potato chips, but the texture was different.  Like I said, the boys loved them.  I’m glad we’re trying new things.  I know some things will be an adjustment and we just have to open to that, even if it takes time.  I don’t want to write things off because it’s not what we’re used to or we don’t love it the first time.  This is important, right?  I want to teach my kids that we need to be committed to the right thing, even if it’s a challenging thing :)
Okay, go make some kale chips!



When I was younger, my mom and sisters and I would bake together.  We all had our favorites (and still do!) but everyone really liked pizzelles.

If you’ve never had one, pizzelles are basically waffle cookies.  They’re also what cannoli shells are made out of.  You use a special kind of press, like a waffle iron, to make them.  My mom has one and lets me borrow it if I make enough to share :)  Anyways, I thought I’d share the recipe with you!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 6 eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 1 stick margarine melted
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp anise extract
Beat eggs and sugar gradually until smooth.  Add margarine, butter, and anise extract.  Blend together.  Add flour and baking powder. Mix until well combined.  Dough will be sticky.  Drop 1 tablespoon onto each side of waffle iron.  Close tight and cook for 25 seconds, then check.  Cook longer if needed.  Do not let cookies get too brown.  Remove and place on cooling rack.  Keep in cookie tin, share, and enjoy!

A pizzelle iron is on my wish list!  These cookies are really light so you can eat 2 or 5 or 10 without feeling bad (at least that’s my philosophy :)

bacon cupcakes

bacon cupcakes

So we celebrated Branden’s birthday a couple days ago – the big 34!  He says he feels like he’s getting old.  I told him he’s like a 13 year old at heart.  He didn’t disagree :)  He and I get to go on a date in a few nights to celebrate, but I wanted to make him a cake.  When I asked him what kind he wanted, he responded without hesitation, “Bacon!”  (Not surprising :) So, cake + bacon = maple bacon cupcakes!

You know when you eat pancakes with syrup and bacon and everything all kinda mixes together? Yeah, it pretty much tastes like that :)

I found the recipe here.  My icing was a little runny so I added 2 more cups of powdered sugar to thicken it.  I also sprinkled bacon pieces on top instead of using strips, but I’m sure either is good!  I know it sounds kinda strange, but they were actually pretty good, if you like bacon!

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