Fruit Roll-Ups

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I finally tackled homemade fruit roll-ups!  I searched several different recipes but wasn't satisfied because many of them used a ton of sugar.  So I decided to stick with the basics and alter the recipe depending on how the first batch tasted.  

I used about 2 cups of fresh strawberries and 2 cups of a hodgepodge of berries and mango I had in the freezer.  I defrosted the frozen fruit and tossed everything into a blender.  After I completely pureed the mixture, I added 2 pinches of sugar and blended again.  Then I poured the mixture into the dehydrator tray that is designed for fruit leather.  I dehydrated it for 9 hours but it was still gooey on the bottom.  (Next time I won't add quite as much fruit so it dehydrates faster.)  Regardless, it was pretty tasty.  It had a bite of tartness and tasted so fresh.  Unfortunately, it took 9 hours to make, but we ate it in less than one.  

Floating Bed

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Part of me wants to sprawl out on one of these and take a nap.  However, the other part of me wants to get a running start and see how high I can make it swing.  Either way, I'm loving these floating beds.  Thanks to A Cup of Jo for opening my eyes to sleeping in the air.  

I also really wanted to test out my husband's new tool he set up on my blog.  It makes creating a photo layout super slick!  

One Year Bloggin' Birthday

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The blog's first year has flown by!  After writing my first post, I had no clue what direction I would go next.  But what started as Don't Call Me Kathy (and I'm serious, don't call me Kathy), has turned into such a fun space for me.  I have high hopes and am excited for another eventful year.  Thanks for sticking with me!


Recipe: Pineapple Salsa

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I know I have been posting a lot of recipes lately, but I have been cooking like crazy! 

In our house, we love chips and salsa.  One of my favorites is at a local restaurant, Carburritos.  I found myself wanting to go frequently just to get my pineapple salsa fix, so last summer I decided to make my own (bad for Carburritos, good for my wallet).  With all this sunshine, I had to make a batch.  This recipe makes a nice hefty bowl, but it only lasts us a few days. 


Two cans of Dole Crushed Pineapple

1 large tomato

1 medium red onion

2 jalapenos

2 handfuls of fresh cilantro

A dash of salt

Recipe: Spicy Buffalo Chickpea Salad

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I've been a vegetarian for about 3 1/2 years now (well technically a pescetarian), but there are still things I miss from my meat eating days.  One of those things is hot wing sauce.  In no way do I miss the meat it was smothering, but I love the spicy deliciousness of the sauce.  Needless to say, I was really excited when I found this Spicy Buffalo Chickpea Salad recipe over at Perry's Plate.  I cut the recipe in half which was enough for Joel and me.  I followed the recipe pretty closely, however I used Wing Time buffalo wing sauce and added generous amounts of Habanero powder.  I also used goat cheese because we had some in the fridge, but I think blue cheese would have worked much better.  Lastly, there was too much dressing.  Joel was standing behind me encouraging me to add more and I foolishly listened.  On the other hand though, he loved it and added even more to his own salad once I dished it out.  

One of these days I'll get crafty and come up with my own recipes.  I fear you won't see many successes though and I'll have to add a category titled "Katie's Cooking Failures."