What’s Making Me Happy: July 31, 2020

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.

To read what small pleasures are making Thistles and Kiwis happy, click here.

41 thoughts on “What’s Making Me Happy: July 31, 2020”

  1. 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.

  2. I love these low carb wraps. I make sandwiches and pizzas with them. Hadn’t thought about chips. Thanks for that!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. May the Black-eyed Susans shine bright; nicely inventive tortilla adaptation; lovely concert – thanks for the introduction to Aimee and the group.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.🙂

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