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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Spiced Roasted Chickpeas & Bye Bye Fruit Flies

We're on day five of potty training and I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm not as terrified to walk into a store, take a ride in the car, or run in the kitchen for a minute. Because of my undivided crotch attention, we've been living off meager food this week - lots of rice, salad, and eggs.  I was dying for something with flavor, warm, and snackable. Now wish me luck at our first diaper free music class this week...

My stress level was definitely higher than normal the past few days so any average pest felt like an overwhelming annoyance. The swarm of fruit flies in the kitchen that gorge on ripe tomatoes and plums all day? Gone. I couldn't take them any longer. I've shared my fool proof solution below.

Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

1 can rinsed chickpeas
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt

I wanted these to have flavor and spice but not heat so Dylan could eat them. However, chili powder or cayenne would be great in here.

Pre-heat oven to 400. Whisk spices into olive oil and toss chickpeas with the mixture. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes, shaking the chickpeas around 30 minutes in.

Okay so how to get rid of fruit flies. My sister and her roommate Bridgit taught me this one and it works wonders.

You Need:
a mug
paper cone coffee filter
3 tablespoons dish soap
3 tablespoons white vinegar
splash water

Snip the bottom of the cone coffee filter to create a hole. Next, mix dish soap and vinegar in mug, add a splash of water. Place filter inside cup and leave it next to fruit. For some reason, the flies are attracted to the mixture and dive right in. Wahooo!


  1. Another fruit fly tip - they also breed in your drains so if once or twice a day you pour down some boiling water, that will kill any adult flies down there and their eggs. It made a huge difference in my place. Don't forget the bathroom drains, either.

    Love your blog!

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