Homemade Baked Potato Chips

homemade baked potato chips

I don’t know about anyone else but sometimes I’m just craving something salty.  Even though chips can be tasty, they’re also super salty and greasy.  So next time you have a hankering for a bag of potato chips, try making your own baked version.

These homemade potato chips turn out nice and crispy and you get to control the amount of salt.  All it takes is a couple fresh potatoes and less than 30 minutes for a healthier snack alternative.

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Easy Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

easy crock pot baked potatoes

This baked potato recipe is bound to become one of my favorites.  Why?  Because it is so darn easy and doesn’t require the use of your oven on a hot summer day.  Just wash some potatoes, wrap them in foil and pop them in the crock pot.  Poof!  Four hours later you get perfectly baked potatoes!

This recipe will be great on summer days when we’re spending time outdoors and I don’t want to have to concentrate on dinner.  Start them in the early afternoon then head outside and do some yard work.  Later that evening, grill some steaks and you’re done!  I topped ours off with some frozen cheesy broccoli.  Yum!

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Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken and Rice

santa fe chicken

If you’re looking for an easy dinner with tons of flavor, this is it!  Simply add all of the ingredients into your crock pot and walk away.  You end up with moist, easily shreddable chicken with a nice spicy flavor.  It does have a lot of kick so if you don’t like things hot, go a little lighter on the cayenne.

And to save a little more time, I used an Uncle Ben’s packet of white Ready Rice.  Absolutely perfect for a quick healthy weeknight meal.

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Gnocchi Marinara

gnocchi marinara

So finally things in the newly renovated kitchen are getting back to normal.  It’s so nice to finally have a workable surface again instead of the plywood counters we had while waiting for the granite.

* A quick tip for anyone in a similar situation:  apply contact sticky paper to the plywood.  It provides a wipe-able temporary surface in a pinch.

Even though it’s the same kitchen layout, I did a lot of reorganizing and purging of stuff I don’t use.  So now I find myself turning in circles cause I’m not used to where everything is.  It’s sort of throwing me off my game.  I guess it’ll just take me a little time to get used to it but it’s frustrating trying to cook like that.

Yesterday I made this simple Gnocchi Marinara.  I love pasta and am always looking for new recipes to try.  This one is a great go to weeknight meal.  Using store bought gnocchi, you simply used canned tomatoes to make your own quick sauce.  Serve it with some frozen garlic bread and you’ve got a hearty homemade meal in a snap.

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Quick Kitchen Remodel Update

It’s been almost two months since we began our kitchen remodel.  Things are chugging along nicely although a little slow.  But hey, that’s what you get when you’re doing things yourself.

tile floor

Earlier this week our granite countertops where installed and they are gorgeous!  I’m extremely happy with the color we chose.  If anyone in the Pittsburgh region is looking for a reliable granite fabricator and installer, I highly recommend Manor House Granite Factory.

We were previously going to go through Lowe’s for the granite until the saleswoman told us that their fabricator was unreliable.  I began searching online for other options and came up with Manor House.  What sealed the deal for me was the fact that they stocked the actual slabs and you could pick your own.  We chose a beautiful slate grey and black color.  It looks dark black from far away but closer, you can see the dark grey variations.

granite countertops

Manor House initially gave us a time line of about 4 weeks but it ended up only being 2 weeks wait!!  WooHoo!  Installation went perfectly and we were very pleased with our experience with the company.

Next on our “to do” list is the tile backsplash.  We chose a pretty stone and glass tile.  Since we didn’t have a granite color sample to take with us when we ordered the tile, we were unsure how it would match the granite.  Now that we have both, I think it’s going to look awesome!

glass tile backsplash

Unfortunately, we can’t install the backsplash until hubby installs the new kitchen window.  And since we had about 5 inches of snow last night, I don’t think that will happen anytime soon.

So currently we are at a stand still until the weather cooperates.  Once I’ve got some more pictures to share with you, I’ll get another update posted.