Homemade Basil Hummus Recipe

It’s that time of year again. Where gardens are in full swing and this heat has them growing like crazy! I went out this morning and harvested my second batch of lettuce & my third batch of basil!

Anyone who knows me well knows I LOVE Basil. There’s something about the smell and taste I can’t get enough of it. From using Mrs. Meyers Basil Dishwashing Soap to having Basil a scented Candles around the house I am always surrounded by the smell.

When we moved to our home back in December, I told my husband that I would really like to have a vegetable garden this year. I have only ever had one once and that was when I was living home and it didn’t go so well due to poor soil we had purchased for the planter box my father made me. In the spring, my husband made me a beautiful planter box and we filled it with Natures Care organic specially mixed soil meant for raised garden beds.

I was determined to have a good year! So far, we’ve had plenty of rain, a lot of hot sunny days, and the garden is thriving. I planted 5 Basil plants, 3 varieties of Tomatoes, 3 variety of peppers (some hot some sweet), green beans and cucumbers.


The photo above was the first round. I relocated the lettuce to a big pot in the shade, and added a few more plants.

I have been trying eat more healthy, and I love hummus! My husband has made it for me a few times but after my harvest of Basil today I wanted to try my hand at it.

The result was amazingly yummy! I am so glad I got out in the garden today and was able to say “that came from my garden!”

The girls at work are going to love it and I can’t wait to share it with them!



Homemade Basil Hummus

10 servings – 152 calories per serving – 6g total fat – 8g protein – 18g carbohydrates 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbs tahini
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Pink Himalayan salt (to taste)
  • Ground pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until all ingredients are blended and mixed well.
  3. Store in mason jars or other small snack size containers.
  4. Enjoy!

See, I told you it was easy!

Stay Crafty!

Halloween Party Foods

LHalloween Party Foodsast weekend was Halloween! One of my favorite holidays like I mentioned in my last blog post. I had been talking with my sister-in-law about wanting to throw a halloween party and we decided that this year we were going to do it! So after weeks of planning and waiting for the party day to arrive, we had a successful halloween & pumpkin carving party!

I wanted to share a few of the food items that I made for the party! They were really fun to make and really easy.

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Pumpkin Deviled Eggs

The first I can’t take credit for. The Pumpkin Deviled Eggs were the result of my wonderful husband. I just contributed the idea of making them look like pumpkins 😉

  1. Prepare them like normal, hard boil the eggs, let them cool a little, de-shell them and cut them in half.
  2. Take the yolks out and place in a bowl.
  3. Mix with a little mayonnaise, ground mustard, hint of ground pepper and orange food coloring.
  4. Put into a piping bag (can use a zip lock bag, just cut the corner off to make a piping bag) and fill the center of the eggs.
  5. Next, chop up some celery and place halfway into the filling to make the “stalk” of the pumpkin.
  6. Enjoy!

Oreo Bats

IMG_6155Ingredients:

  • 1 Package of Oreos
  • 1 Block of Cream Cheese (softened)
  • Melting Chocolate
  • Candy Eyeballs
  • Candy Lollipop Sticks or Paper Straws(pictured)
  • Wing Stencil (click here) & wax paper
  1. Finely crush up Oreos in blender or food processor.
  2. Mix Oreos in a bowl with softened cream cheese until well blended.
  3. Form 2 inch balls (can be smaller if you wish) with the mixture & set on wax paper lined cookie sheet.
  4. Stick lollipop sticks/paper straws in Oreo balls.
  5. Set in freezer for at least 1 hour.
  6. While the balls are in the freezer, start making the bat wings (I did this the night before & just put the wings in the refrigerator overnight.)IMG_6108 copy
  7. Print off your stencil & cover with wax paper.
  8. Melt some chocolate & put into a piping bag (again you can use a ziplock bag with corner cut off.)
  9. Start tracing the bat wings with the chocolate.
  10. Trace twice as many as you have balls and place in the fridge when done.
  11. When the balls are cool enough, start melting the chocolate down. I used a chocolate that I found that comes in a microwave safe container and melts down in 60-90 seconds.
  12. Take the balls out and start dipping! you’ll want to do this part carefully as to not over cover the balls. Should be able to evenly coat the balls & let chocolate harden a little before putting down. (to avoid a flat spot, get a foam block to stick them in.)
  13. While the balls are still wet add the eyeballs to the bats & the bat wings one at a time. If you need to, coat the end of the batwing in chocolate and stick to the ball.
  14. Optional: you can add tiny chocolate chips to the top of the balls to make little horns/ears.
  15. Enjoy! – These were a big hit and I promise they will go fas

IMG_6125Mummy Oreo Pops

Ingredients:

  • Oreos
  • Paper Straws/ Lollipop Sticks
  • White Chocolate
  • Candy Eyeballs
  1. Stick the lollipop sticks or paper straws into the middle of the Oreos. (if using paper straws you will want to cut them in half and flatten the part you are sticking into the Oreo.)
  2. Freeze/Refrigerate the Oreos for a half hour.
  3. Start Melting the white chocolate, making sure to save out some for the “wrapping”
  4. Dip the pops into the white chocolate giving it a good coat.
  5. Lay on wax paper & add candy eyeballs
  6. Wait until they are completely dry & start adding wrapping.
  7. In a piping bag (or zip lock – as you can see I love using this option due to the easy cleanup factor!) place the melted white chocolate and start drizzling over the pops going back and forth to make it look like a mummy who’s all wrapped up.
  8. Refrigerate until ready to eat!
  9. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Leave me a comment below if you have any questions or want see something specific!

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