Homemade Crackers, Bandit Wine, and the Beach

This post includes a recipe, a product review, and a picnic at the beach. It was an action packed day!

The Crackers

You might ask the question – why make homemade crackers? When I told people about this project, just about everyone gave me a funny look. I like store-bought crackers as much as the next person, but even the healthiest options have some less than desirable ingredients. Plus, they can be rather expensive, while these crackers cost very little to make. And there’s a certain satisfaction in enjoying food you’ve made yourself. At the very least, you might file this recipe away for a day (VERY far away) when you’re snowed in without any crackers in the house, and need something crunchy for happy hour!

My Mom spotted this recipe from Smitten Kitchen which requires only a few ingredients, and purchased the spelt flour from the bulk bin of a natural foods store. I don’t think the type of flour you use is important – the key here is the toppings. We used sea salt (not pictured) and sesame seeds.

Rolling out the dough is a little tricky. My Mom is more adept with a rolling pin, so she was elected for this task. We could almost hear my grandmother saying “patience, patience” as it took several minutes of rolling to get the dough thin enough to cover the cookie sheet. But finally, the crackers were ready to go in the oven.


The final result? They were definitely crunchy, but tasted very plain. You really have to go all out on the toppings, and next time we’ll use some dried herbs as well. The basic concept gets high marks, we just need to execute it a bit differently.

The Product Review

My sister purchased this Bandit wine before the summer even started, but somehow did not get around to drinking it. I am pretty sure she picked it up for the convenience; the carton makes it easy to toss in your bag and go, but the packaging is also environmentally friendly. And most importantly, the wine was good. I can’t claim to be a wine expert, but if you’re looking for an easy way to enjoy wine in the great outdoors, this is a great option. (Don’t worry – I’ll replace the carton I stole!)

The Beach

The crackers and wine were put to good use for happy hour at the beach. It is so quiet there in the early evening; you can just sit back and relax and watch the waves roll in.

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