Homemade Bagels...Yum!

Homemade bagels are chewy and delicious, and with several flavors to choose from, you can offer your family a variety. I love to use cinnamon and raisins, sundried tomatoes with basil, or just whole wheat. They make great lunch sandwiches, and I know that when I make them at home, they'll always be fresh. I love using my Bosch Mixer! Here's my bagel recipe:

Anitra's Bagel Recipe

3 cups warm water
2 tbsp. yeast
1/3 cup sugar
4 tsp. salt
6-7 cups flour
egg white
Poppy seeds, sesame seeds (optional)

In a heavy duty mixer, combine the water, 1/3 cup sugar, yeast, salt, and 3 cups of flour. Mix 1 minute, adding more flour and mixing again until the dough is soft and elastic, about 8 minutes. Cover the dough and allow to rise 20 minutes. Divide the dough into 16 equal portions, then shape the bagels by first shaping the dough into a ball, then inserting your thumb through the dough ball to form a donut-shape. Stretch the hole to about 1 inch, then place the bagel onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Repeat with each dough ball. Cover the bagels and allow them to rise another 20 minutes. In the meantime, bring 8 cups of water to a boil, and add 3 tbsp. sugar. When the bagels are done rising, carefully remove them from the baking sheet and place them in the boiling water. Only boil 3 bagels at a time, as they will expand. Boil the bagels on each side for about 30 seconds, then remove the bagels and allow them to drain on a dishtowel. Transfer the bagels then to a lightly greased baking sheet, and brush with an egg white/water wash. Sprinkle with desired toppings, and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 25 to 3o minutes or until golden. Cool completely.

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Fresh Kale Smoothie

You've just got to try kale!

Kale is one of those green leafy vegetables that looks like rabbit food, but so good for you as well. Try this delicious Kale smoothie, and get a great little protein and fiber boost. Try my tasty kale chips as well!

Granola Bars

It doesn't get any easier than this! Try this tasty recipe for homemade granola bars, and see how snack time just got tastier!


3 cups granola
1⁄3 cup packed brown sugar
1⁄3 cup honey
1⁄2 cup peanut butter
1⁄2 cup Spanish peanuts or mini chocolate chips
(pumpkin seeds, craisins, & sunflower seeds ) optional

Bring brown sugar and honey to a soft boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter. Mix well. Add the granola and nuts or chips. Press mixture into a buttered 9x9 inch baking pan. Let stand until set. Drizzle with melted chocolate or butterscotch chips and cut into bars. 
Then store in airtight container.

Popped Wheat Crunchies

Want a new way to enjoy wheat? Why not pop it? Makes a great salad topper or just a quick snack. Flavor with your favorite seasoning, and watch the taste explode in your mouth!

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