Hubby’s Soft Pretzels

Hubby’s Soft Pretzels

I don’t like to brag but seriously my hubs is pretty perfect. I’m from South Jersey and currently living in South Georgia. South Jersey is just outside of Philly meaning I’m slightly obsessed with soft pretzels. 

Every time we go to Florida or head north, I ensure we stop at a Wawa and grab some soft pretzels with cheese on the side of course. We also grab Wawa Iced Tea too but that’s another story. Growing up near Philadelphia, it’s really the home of the soft pretzel. There’s a Philly Pretzel Factory in every town. Have you tried dipping a fresh soft pretzel in buttercream yet? Here’s a little Philly Culinary History for ya if you’re curious about why we love soft pretzels so much. Who knew the soft pretzel had religious origins? Maybe that’s another reason I love them so much. 

Or it’s just the fact that are delish, and I can make pair them with something savory or sweet and they’re just as fabulous. 

So I’ve been missing my ability to get a pretzel on every corner lately and that’s when hubs stepped in. Having a husband who loves to share the kitchen is one of my greatest blessings. Ladies, get you a man who can whip up soft pretzels from scratch. You won’t be mad about it. I promise. 

Ashley Price with Wawa Tea
Ashley Price is slightly obsessed with soft pretzels, especially the ones from Wawa

And because I’m so obsessed with soft pretzels my hubs decided he’d make me some. 

Y’all these are to die for so I had to drop the recipe for you.  

Without further ado, here is my hub’s soft pretzel recipe

Hubby’s Soft Pretzels

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Hubby’s Soft Pretzels

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt, or to taste

Instructions

  • In a big bowl, mix together 1 cup of flour, yeast, sugar, 2 tablespoons of butter, 1 and 1/3 cup of water. Let it hang out until it gets some bubbles. About 15 minutes. Stir in the regular salt (not the coarse salt) and then slowly add the reamining fliur until you canpick that dough up and knead it. Add more flour when kneading if knead be. See what I did there?. But seriously, don't overwork the dough or you'll have tough pretzels.
  • Divide the dough into a few pieces (5 or 6) and let them take a little nap. They need their rest. Roll out a piece at a time until it's a little longer than a foot and make that sassy pretzel shape. *Personally, I don't roll them thing long and I make more dough piles so I can get a bunch of smaller pretzels.
  • Preheat the over to 450 degrees. Bring the 3 cups of water to a boil and then add the baking soda. Remove from the heat and dip your pretzels in for 45 seconds, flipping them halfway through. Also, do one at a time.
  • Put those pretzels on a baking sheet and paint with some melted butter and salt to taste.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes until a pretty golden brown and BAM you're done.
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So anyway, here they are. Super simple. Amazing. Hubs dips his in horseradish mustard but I prefer yum yum sauce. Don’t knock it until you try it. So comment below if you’ve made pretzels or plan to make them. I want to hear how they turn out! 

 

P.S. I think my hubs looks like Chase Rice. AmIRight? 

 

Lola’s Fall Dog Treats

Lola’s Fall Dog Treats

So if you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know I added a new baby to my life, Miss. Lola Belle. Let’s be honest, puppies love treats and that’s what I want to share today.

So I’m a crazy dog mom, I won’t lie to you. I got her a pool. We get mommy and me Starbucks. We basically hang out all the time. She’s a spoiled baby and I’m okay with that.

Working for myself allows me to be home with her,  training her the way I want and spending as much time with her as I want.

As a crazy dog mom, I also make her treats. I have been getting a ton of DM’s about what goes into her treats so I thought I’d share my secret.

Lola’s Fall Dog Treats

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Lola’s Fall Dog Treats

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • There's no special way to add them except when it comes to the water.
  • Mix your eggs, flour, cinnamon and peanut butter together.
  • Then slowly add water. A teaspoon at a time until you get a dough consistency
  • Roll out your dough
  • Use your favorite fall cookie cutters to create some cute treats
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes
  • Let them cool and enjoy!
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Lola and her doggy friends love them! Everyone in the neighborhood is loving them and I bet your pooch will as well!

These treats are so fast and easy! In under 20 minutes, I can have treats that my dog loves and I can feel good about.

No worries here about additives or any of that jazz. Just some healthy treats I know they’ll love!

Enjoy Y’all!

Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon Feta Salad

My favorite salad recipe

As y’all know I don’t eat meat for biblical reasons. The scriptures say to eat meat sparingly so unless someone makes me something with meat, I avoid it. I digress.

Since I don’t eat meat, salad is something I frequent. Living in Georgia, it’s pretty hot all the time. When I moved here the temp in NJ was 40 and when I arrived it was 96. in Georgia. A nice, cool summer salad is the thing I needed.

Typically I get pretty sick of salads fast but this one is perfection. It’s got all of my favorite things in it and it’s incredibly light. To say I eat this every single day would be an understatement. Lunch or dinner for the past three weeks you can find this salad in my hand.

Mix it up with your favorite berries but I will say the feta, watermelon & basil combo is to die for!

I honestly just eyeball everything. I stick as much watermelon, berries, feta, basil, etc. in as I want that day. Have fun and let me know how you mix this recipe up!

 

 

Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon Feta Salad

Ingredients

  • Watermelon
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Spring Mix
  • Walnuts
  • Basil
  • Feta Crumbles
  • Balsamic
  • Olive Oil
  • Brown Sugar

Instructions

  • 1:3 Ratio of Balsamic to Olive Oil
  • Add a pinch of brown sugar and whisk
  • Take a bowl of Spring Mix and add your other ingredients based on your own love of berries, feta and basil.
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3 Ingredient Keto Cookies

3 Ingredient Keto Cookies

Let’s talk Keto Cookies!

As you may have noticed from my last post I’m no longer eating meat for biblical purposes. I also live with a diabetic grandfather and was having dinner with a family on a Keto diet. Now, they said it was no biggie, I could bring anything I wanted as dessert but I had to go Keto & Vegetarian and Diabetic Friendly!

Let me just tell you, these cookies were a freaking hit. My grandfather loved them. The kids at dinner ate them all. Every single one. I made 24 of them and they were gone in minutes. So without further delay, here’s my keto & vegetarian peanut butter cookie recipe.

The ingredients

I told you it was only three ingredients.

Y’all wait until you see how easy this recipe is.

The Steps

  • preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit
  • mix all three ingredients together
    • applesauce as an egg subsitute is life. I’ve been doing it for years in my pancakes and cake and it make a HUGE difference. Maybe one day I’ll share my apple cinnamon waffles without eggs. It’s always a huge hit.
  • roll little balls of your cookie dough and place on a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper) – I made about 24 cookies with this recipe. I didn’t make them massive cookies.
  • press a fork into the cookies to make that criss cross pattern that is signature for peanut butter cookies.
  • bake about 13 minutes
  • let cool & enjoy!

Y’all that’s it. You have the perfect peanut butter keto cookies!

It’s super simple. I thought I’d have some left since I made 24 but alas they were gone in minutes. This is a real crowd pleaser you don’t have to feel guilty about. Less than 15 minutes and I had perfect cookies! This is perfect when you need to whip something. up really fast.

Be sure to comment below and tell me how your cookies turned out!

 

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3 Ingredient Keto Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 13 minutes

Total Time: 18 minutes

Category: keto, dessert, vegetarian, diabetic

Yield: 24

3 Ingredient Keto Cookies

Enjoy this vegetarian friendly, keto friendly and diabetic friendly peanut butter cookies! People will love them. When I make them, they always go first!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup applesauce or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup all natural stevia

Instructions

  • preheat the oven to 350 degrees farenheit
  • mix all three ingredients together
  • roll into little balls
  • place on parchment paper lined baked sheet
  • use fork to create criss-cross pattern on peanut butter cookies
  • bake for 13 minutes
  • let cool and enjoy
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A Biblical Basis for Going Vegetarian

A Biblical Basis for Going Vegetarian

When I was in high school, I really felt called to be a vegetarian. During that time, I was in the best shape of my life and I felt amazing! I worked out constantly, was a very athletic cheerleader and was full of energy. Here’s the thing though – when I was a vegetarian, I really didn’t do it well. I didn’t really have much money to food shop with, so I just kind of just lived off salads and vegetarian snacks. Not really the best “vegetarian ways”. I had a friend who noticed this, who eventually convinced me that this was not really the right lifestyle for me, and then ended my vegetarian lifestyle.

Before my most recent move from Philadelphia, I went to visit my friend Abby, who happens to be a vegetarian, as well as a Mormon. She and I get along incredibly well, and I trust her opinion. I picked her brain a bit about why she’s a vegetarian and what inspired her to be one. Abby explained that there are a lot of scriptures referencing what we eat and refer negatively to consuming meat.

I am a hardcore researcher and planner; always have been and probably always will be.

So, because of that and my curiosity being peaked, I naturally had to research this topic extensively! I asked the missionaries about it. I searched the scriptures and prayed about it. What I found was super interesting.

I found that when many of the scriptures refer to “a meat offering” or “a meat feast”, it usually means wheat or grains. Additionally, I found in the King James version of the Bible, that whenever the word “meat” is referenced, it doesn’t mean meat. Instead when you see the word “flesh”, it refers to animals. This was confusing to me and I had a hard time understanding the meaning at first. I understand the importance of course of being healthy and nourishing our bodies, but still didn’t have a full understanding of the meaning of these scriptures yet.

All of this research brought up many thoughts for me as well. First, I really tend to think that there’s a reason why our bodies don’t process red meat that well. Dairy products as well. Second, through research, I’ve found that our bodies are not supposed to be able to naturally process a cow’s milk. If your body is easily able to process a cow’s milk, then your body has genetically mutated to adapt. But, even with that being so, many people are still lactose intolerant.

Thirdly, let’s think back to Adam and Eve for a second. Adam and Eve had to hunt and gather for their food. So, from an eternal perspective and up to recently, humans had to hunt and gather their food. People were designed to go out and physically collect their food. Meat was not always available. We can go days without it; our bodies are kind of designed for that.

Ya’ll, there a lot of serious and tough scriptures out there referring to the killing of animals for food. Some scriptures even called it an “Abomination”, meaning something unclean. What it boils down to is this – there aren’t a lot of positive words regarding this subject.  Basically, eat meat very sparingly to put it positively.

Basically, what I’m saying is that I am now aligning the way that I consume food with the scriptures and the way our bodies were designed by God. Until speaking with my friend Abbey and hearing her thoughts, I would never even have considered this again. I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject, so feel free to drop a comment below. I love to read your comments and I can’t wait to see what you have to say about this!

Below you’ll find a downloadable informative PDF containing a list of scriptural references that refer to the eating of animals, the definition of the word meat and so much more!

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