Here we are as July tiptoes into August. The weather has rocked between hot and humid and nice summer days. Even in my shady yard, flowers bloom. Then they go by, and more flowers bloom.
On the edge of blooming are the black-eyed Susans, that lovely flower of late summer.
As a bonus happy point, these flowers last a long time, providing a burst of yellow in gardens that might be past their best.
Regular readers of this blog know that my husband Clif has Type 2 diabetes and has gone on a low-carb diet. Not long ago we discovered these tortillas wraps that have 5 net carbs per tortilla.
The tortillas are tasty, and we use them for wraps for lunch nearly every day.
But a few weeks ago, I figured out that they can also be used to make low-fat, low-carb chips to go with salsa.
The process couldn’t be easier. Put the tortillas on a cookie sheet, and cut into a dipable size. A pizza cutter works really for this. Brush the tops with a little olive oil and sprinkle with some salt. Bake at 375°F for ten minutes.
Et voilá! Crunchy, low-carb, low-cal chips that, as my Yankee husband notes, are pretty darned good.
And last, another Tiny Desk Concert. This time Aimee Mann. Readers might remember her when she was in the group ‘Til Tuesday. Aimee Mann’s songs are rueful, sad, and beautifully written. She’s as much a poet as she is a musician.
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41 thoughts on “What’s Making Me Happy: July 31, 2020”
You are so clever making the most of things.
Have not heard of these chips, but we can all use a few less carbs. I’ll see if I can find them. Thank you!
Judy, we made them ourselves from tortilla wraps.
Sorry, used the wrong word. I meant wraps, and I did look them up. Looks like you can buy them at Sams or Amazon.
Yes. Cheapest at Sam’s. Of course!
The buds of black-eyed Susans are as interesting as the flowers are cheerful. It’s hard to believe August begins tomorrow, but it’s wonderful to have flowers that will linger for a few months yet.
Wow, five carbs per tortilla. That’s gotta be a keeper.
Right? Plus they taste really good.
I love these low carb wraps. I make sandwiches and pizzas with them. Hadn’t thought about chips. Thanks for that!
Good reasons to be happy. I’ll try your recipe. It helps if you can buy the good type of tortilla to start off with. The ones I usually get are white, but they do have seeds in them.
Yes, any tortilla would work and be delicious. For us, it’s really helpful to have a low-carb version.
Those chips look delicious Laurie and thank you for sharing Aimee’s fabulous Tiny Desk concert! 🤗💜 xxx
I like that sort of relaxed music making.
So do I!
Hello there. I’m going to look for that brand of wraps. I have a feeling, though, that they aren’t sold in my area. Enjoy the weekend!
Those wraps to chips look a great idea. Again, some great music too, to listen to while I plan my next blog post!
And thanks for the ping back!
Your chips look nice and crunchy, Laurie, good idea. And I like the notion of July and August tiptoeing one another. Let’s hope this next month will be august indeed.
Thanks, Tanja! Yes, yes.
Crunchy, low-carb, low-cal chips! Yum!!!! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing your recipe. 😀
Lovely idea, so good to get something tasty to eat, which is not going to get you into trouble!
May the Black-eyed Susans shine bright; nicely inventive tortilla adaptation; lovely concert – thanks for the introduction to Aimee and the group.
The summer gardens look lovely! I am listening to Aimee Mann now. This video “Goose Snow Cone” was my introduction to her music a while back.
Absolutely love that song. Thanks for the link.
Great tip on making your own chips for dips… couldn’t be easier!
Easy as can be! And delicious. And frugal. What a great combo!
Low carb diets seem to be offering a great route to health is so many cases. I’m sure that it’s lovely to be able to stick to the diet but enjoy chips and dips too.
We were just talking tonight about needing to add new items to the home menu and the tortilla chips and salsa sound like a great idea and will be going on the grocery list! Loved the music and added a few albums to my library to explore more of her music.🙂
The chips are tasty and not that bad for you. Win-win!
That might be more economical than bagged chips, too, good idea. Chips and salsa is one of my comfort foods.
Yes, both economical and healthier. Plus very tasty.
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