Homemade Healthy Hummus

Every two weeks or so, I make up a big batch of hummus in my food processor. I started this ritual about a year ago when I decided it was time to save money on groceries. We use hummus on the sandwiches we make for lunch.

I found many recipes online and have settled on making the hummus with plain yogurt instead of olive oil to cut calories and fat.


  • Dried chickpeas (or other dried beans)
  • Juice from 1/4 to 1/2 of a lemon
  • 2 – 4 garlic cloves
  • Plain yogurt
  • Splash of olive oil
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Herbs: thyme, oregano and parsley are all good choices
  • Flavor of your choice. I’ve made many flavors that are tasty: roasted garlic, sun dried tomato, roasted red pepper, green olive, pepper (using dried peppers), caramelized onion

My method:

1. Soak dried chickpeas in a pot of water overnight (other beans can be used as well)

2. When ready to start, bring the chickpeas to a boil (careful, they boil over if covered for too long). I usually try to boil them at least 20 minutes.

3. While the chickpeas are boiling, get your hummus flavor ready. Today I sauteed 3 garlic cloves, sesame seeds, and red pepper slices from a jar

4. Once your ingredients are done cooking, rinse the chickpeas and put them in the food processor along with your prepared flavor, the lemon juice, a couple spoonfuls of yogurt, a splash of olive oil, a dash of salt, and whatever herbs you’ve decided upon

5. Turn on the food processor for a few minutes. Scrape the sides as needed. Taste test and add more yogurt if it seems too dry. I also added a bit of liquid from the jar of peppers since that was the flavor I decided on. Continue to process, scrape, and add as needed. The longer you run the processor, the smoother your hummus will be.

Enjoy on a sandwich or with chips or veggies!

On another cold and windy night…

I found myself headed outside to play winter league softball (also known as “whiskey league” by my team aptly named “Beer Me”).

It was cold and windy in case you couldn’t tell already. I bundled up with many layers and topped it off with a hat that I recently knitted:

Can you guess where I am in that picture?  No, not the softball game. I didn’t wear my ski jacket to tonight’s softball game. It’s a Steelers hat that I knitted myself! I was at the Steelers – Panthers game in Pittsburgh on December 23rd. It was REALLY COLD there.

I really like how that hat turned out. You can get the pattern on Ravelry (login needed). The yarn was very warm and knit up nicely (Knit Picks Swish Worsted). As the pattern was written it was too big for me and I had to do only 3” of stockinette stitch after the ribbing. You know, just in case you want to knit this hat too.

Yesterday I made a dog bed cover.Instructions:Measure dog.

Yesterday I made a dog bed cover.


  1. Measure dog.
  2. Triple her size.
  3. Cut a giant piece of fleece, randomly adding inches for the seam allowance.
  4. Sew the fleece like it’s a pillow case, with the opening on the long side.
  5. Try to be smart by planning the placement of velcro to close the cover.
  6. Finish sewing velcro and find out you planned wrong (a usual occurrence in my sewing escapades).
  7. Give up because the dog doesn’t seem to mind.