I May Need Bail Money

That title grabbed your attention, didn’t it.  It is how I feel about this journey so far.  It has been less than 3 days.  OH MY! Change is not for wimps.  If a change was easy then we would all be changing things we don’t like.  But phew, change is never easy.  But almost always change is worth it.  Often it is hard to see the forest for the trees.

Right now I’m trying to make subtle changes.  I can assure you that the residents at the Ponderosa would vote me out of the house and the kitchen if I drastically changed dinner.  I believe that slow and steady wins the race.  I also like living at the Ponderosa.

Last night,  dinner was spaghetti. I am sure that some may think that this would be a great change to add ground turkey or ground chicken instead of beef.  It would be.  However, I had ground beef in the freezer.  I also think that many of us look to the speediness of dinner preparation.  That means often times grabbing a jar of spaghetti sauce.  But stop and look at the ingredients that make up your sauce.  I think it is shocking how much “junk” is in jarred sauce.  So I will be exploring making a homemade sauce.  Again, the journey to healthiness wasn’t completed in one day.

Are you wondering if I changed up the pasta component for a healthier choice?  I’d love to try spaghetti squash.  I was chatting with a mom from Colton’s school yesterday, and she was telling me that her family loved spaghetti squash.  I had thin spaghetti on hand, so that is what I used.  But, in the future, I will try spaghetti squash.  That should make for a fun dinner at the Ponderosa?  Anyone have an extra room for me that night?

Does that leave you wondering where did I change things up?  I changed things up in the breadsticks.  I have a recipe that makes a  jelly roll pan of yummy and fattening breadsticks.  I first cut the recipe in half.  Then I decided to use half wheat flour and half regular all-purpose flour.  So here’s the recipe for 1/2 a pan

Healthier Breadsticks

  • 1/2 Tablespoon of yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar
  • 3/4 cup of warm water (110 degrees)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4-1 cup wheat flour
  • 3/4 -1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • garlic salt
  • freshly shredded parmesan

Preheat oven to 375

In the bowl of your stand mixer (or bowl) add water, yeast, & sugar and let sit for 5 minutes.  Once yeast is frothy, start by adding 3/4 cup of both flours and salt.  Using the dough hook ( or your hands/spoon) mix together.  Most likely it will not come together in a ball right away.  This is where you have to add more flour.  Add a Tablespoon at a time.  It really depends on the atmosphere as to “how” much you add.  Once the dough comes together as a ball and is pulling away from the sides of the bowl.  Knead it for 5 minutes.  Then let it rest in the bowl for 5 minutes.  Melt butter and pour half of it into the pan you will make breadsticks.  Use a pastry brush and spread around.  Place dough on top of butter.  Start pressing it out.  If it keeps shrinking back, let it hang out for about 5 minutes and let it relax.  Press the dough out to corners.  (I used the Medium Barstone from Pampered Chef, my friend Teresa can hook you up with one.  www.pamperedchef.biz/teresabuhls)  Top with rest of butter and spread around with pastry brush.  Sprinkle with Garlic Salt and sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan Cheese.  ( I promise that if you didn’t grate it…it will taste different.)  Cut them into strips.  I cut them in half and the long way.  Let rest for 10 minutes.  Then into the oven of lovin’

.  Bake 20-25 minutes.  YUMMY!!

SO now to get to the part about the need for bail money.  We are sitting down to dinner.  I am feeling all proud because I have made a small & duplicatable change.  Izzy looks at the bread sticks and says, “Are these Wheat?” with a major attitude.  Chest puffed out and proud, I reply, “Yes, part wheat.”  She replies, “Ugh, I don’t like wheat.”  This will not defeat me, this will not defeat me, I chant in my head.  I grab one and take a bite, and I am quite proud of them and how tasty they are.  So I look at ol’ Tator and say, “What do you think honey?”  He replies, “I don’t really like them.  I like the other ones better.”  I honestly want to kick him under the table.  Then I think I may just kill him….not really but.  OMG are you kidding me.  A little help here dude.  But then, Colton chimed in and said, “I really like them too!”  SCORE!!!!!!!!!  TOUCHDOWN!!!!!! Who cares what the other two think.  The need for bail money crisis has been averted.  PHEW… I don’t look good in Orange and I don’t have any bling to match!

From the Ponderosa Kitchen to yours,

Elizabeth, Queen of the Ponderosa

3 thoughts on “I May Need Bail Money

  1. Great Job Elizabeth! Definitely need to get hubby on your side at least at the table. He can tell you his real thoughts later. United front. I read that you were going to try spaghetti squash. That’s great! Maybe you could try mixing it half and half with pasta. I do that with zucchini noodles. There is a cookbook called deceptively delicious that’s all about hiding veggies in everyday food. May check it out. Any who I think your great and making Changes is great. Keep up the good fight.


    1. So funny that your comment shares about mixing half real noodles and half spaghetti squash. My hair magician just said that to me today. He said…Girl…thinking you are going to fool them into thinking spaghetti squash is spaghetti is not going to happen…but mix it half and half. So here’s confirmation to try it!!! Thanks for the encouragement and love. It’s gonna be a tough battle; but I’m not one to back down from a challenge~!


  2. Great blog and I agree, you two need to be an United Front for the sake of your son. Colton will probably be easier to please than Tater, lol. I remember you did a show for me and I wanted a heathy one. You made an incredible Zoodle and chicken recipe and apple nachos that I still make today. I don’t care for spaghetti sauce and the only way they will even eat it is with tons of butter on it, so it ends up not being worth it. Zootles mixed with Dreamfields Pasta is a great mix and I don’t eat much because the Zootles really bulk it up. Turkey Pepperini on pizza is excellent, my whole family eats it.

    Thanks for the pizza spice suggestions, I put it on my list.


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