Lemon Ricotta Cake

This is an awesome little, great tasting cake. Super simple and easy to make. Perfect for any little gathering, a mid-day snack, or a quick simple little desert for when company is coming over.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Yes, I said chocolate chocolate! Not a typo…..this cake has tons of flavor and tons of chocolate.

Again, this is another recipe that I have been meaning to post since late February. It is now a month later and I am finally getting around to posting this delicious chocolate zucchini cake for you all!!  Continue reading

Spring is in the air!

First off, we had some pics done by a very good friend of mine! I thought I would lead off with new pictures! The girls are getitng so big and changing so much. Right in front of my eyes. I can’t believe how much.

Anyway, yes Spring is here!!!

Well, at least here it is somewhat in the air. Kansas is funny that way. One day it can be 75 degrees and the next you are bundled up preparing for a snow storm or major wind. I believe we are the 2nd windiest in the states, or somewhere around here. Let me tell ya, we have been feeling it lately! Last week we have three to four days in a row where the wind was about 60-70mph daily. It doesn’t help that we are currently in a drought. Right now our conditions out here are bad. Constant fire warnings due to dry conditions plus the wind.

Today was a rather beautiful day here in Kansas. It was about 54 degrees out and no wind! That’s amazing for Kansas. Yes, its spring break here, but we are hard at it still. There are chores to be done, horses to ride, and school work to complete. There is just so much to do in such a little amount of time anymore. Maybe it’s just me, but things/time seems to be moving by so much more quickly than it use to.  Continue reading

Zoodles and Sausage

This is the first time I have ever made anything with zoodles, zucchini noodles! Let me say, they were amazing. I am not a big zucchini fan, unless it is shredded in a cake and I don’t even notice that it’s there. Last night I decided that I was going to make zoodles. I have owned a little sprializer for quite some time and keep thinking I am going to use it and make theses zoodles that everyone talks about and loves, but I never do.

I had some sausage in the fridge and my original plan was to have the ground up sausage with some gluten-free pasta noodles, along with a cream sauce (may have to try this out sometime). Obviously, that’s not what happened. I had bought a few zucchini the other day and decided that we were going to use those instead of the pasta noodles. My kids were less than thrilled by the way. This was the absolute most simplest of dinners, ever! It took me maybe 5-10 minutes to cook and even less time to eat.

I ground up my sausage on the stove top in a cast iron skillet (love cast iron skillet). Added a few finely diced up onions (really didn’t need the onion, but I like a little onion for crunch and flavor). Once all of that had come together, and while it was I was spiraling my zucchini, I threw in the zucchini noodles. Stirred them into the sausage and onions, until they were coated with flavor and cooked through just a bit – that was it! Plated it and ate it! Seriously, the easiest meal I have made in a while.

 

 

Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins

I decided to try a new low carb sugar-free muffin recipe this week. They started out being blueberry, but decided to go a different direction about half way through the recipe when Faith said she wanted chocolate.

These were very easy and came together quickly. Like I said I altered the recipe at the last-minute to make them chocolate chip muffins instead of blueberry. Which was very simple, I just decided not to add lemon juice and blueberries.

Here we go….

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter either a mini muffin pan or a regular sized muffin tin, which every you prefer. I used mini at the last-minute, I thought they would be cute and more fun to eat!!

  1. Round up all your ingredients
  2. In a medium bowl mix together wet ingredients and then in a larger bowl mix together dry ingredients, don’t add your chocolate chips or berries until the end.
  3. Add wet ingredients mixture to the dry ingredients slowly. Mix until well combined.
  4. Once well combined, add in chocolate chips or berries.

INGREDIENTS

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  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar or sugar substitute (I used Monkfruit) Splenda or Truvia would work great too
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted (I used unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar-free chocolate chips

If you want to do blueberries I would suggest adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice ( which is why you see the lemon juice in my above photo!!) and then 1 cup of frozen blueberries, if you use fresh berries just be careful not to smash them while folding them into the batter.

Scoop the batter in muffin pan and bake for 18-25 minutes (depends on size of muffins). For the mini muffins I baked for 18 minutes. For larger muffins, bake for 20-25 minutes.

 

Low carb, low sugar double chocolate chip cookie/brownie

So while every one has been sick this week, I was craving some chocolate. Plus it was Valentine’s Day, so I wanted something different and something chocolate. But it had to be sugar-free, or at least low in sugar and it had to be low carb! So I started searching and searching for something to make or at least something that would give me an idea of what to make.

I ran across one of my favorites, Peace Love and Low Carb. I started scoring their recipes to see if something would pop out at me, and guess what, these little guys did. This recipe is so simple and easy. I will say I did change it up a bit, but not too much. They are more like a little brownie bite than a cookie, at least for me they are. You do have to be careful not to over bake these, otherwise they become chewy. I know this because some how on my second batch the timer got turned off on the oven!

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Sausage Balls with Chives

Wow….so I can’t believe this is Friday. I have been meaning to post all week and some how the week has totally gotten away from. We have been running everywhere this week. I always think we will slow down some in winter, but it never really happens. I will say we are not traveling to horse shows every other weekend right now, but that will soon change! Right now, Our Monday’s and Tuesdays are packed with Grace giving piano lessons and Faith having gymnastics. By the time Wednesday is here I am running Grace over to her trainers to ride her horse for a few hours, her trainer lives about an hour away! We typically leave here mid afternoon and don’t get back until late. Then all of a sudden it’s Thursday and Friday and I can’t figure out where the week has gone! Oh, well…..I am sure that several parents are just like that. I guess we just learn to live with it and know that someday we will miss it when it’s gone.

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Perfect Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

So I had indicated a few weeks ago that I had been experimenting with mug cakes. Well I didn’t invent this one….but it is so delicious and easy that I had to share it. This comes from a low carb/low sugar website that I love to check out, All Day I Dream About Food. I really love to check her out several times a day. This may be the first recipe of hers though that I have made. I promise it is so easy and yummy, you may make it every day for awhile. This took me about 5 minutes to whip up! From start to finish!!!

I will admit that I made it a bit differently than she did on her website, but it still worked out perfectly. I took everything and mixed it all up in one bowl. I decided if I was going to make this it was going to be a one mixing bowl kind of thing. I wasn’t going to dirty up two separate bowls just to make mug cakes.

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Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Low carb dieting seems to be in for 2018.  The most popular low carb diet currently on the market, per say, is the Ketogeneic/Keto Diet. I am sure you all have heard of it by now. Many of my friends are following the low carb/low sugar diet. I myself do follow this and really watch my carb and sugar intake. I have been doing this since last April and have personally lost about 20 pounds. I can maintain this loss and still eat what I want at this time. This includes eating gluten-free spaghetti and pastas, along with crackers. The key is, everything in moderation. I know that if I eat pasta one day than the next day I should probably not have very many carbs. I use to track my carb and sugar intake daily, but not so much any more. I eat around 20-40 grams of carbs a day. When I was dropping weight like crazy, I kept sugars and carbs to under 20 grams a day. I believe that it is important to pay attention to what we are eating. As a psychologist, I understand that everything we put in our bodies reacts chemically with the chemicals that are in our body. Food can play a huge role in how we feel and act, this is all due to alternating the chemicals in our body with food. Eating a low carb/low sugar diet you will find that you sleep better, your mood is more positive, you have more energy, your body may not have as many aches and pains as before. This is all due to chemicals in our food that react with the chemicals in our bodies. I could go on and on with a topic like this, but I won’t bore you! You all get the picture!

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Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas

Everyone in my house loves Mexican food, I mean really who doesn’t enjoy Mexican food; tacos, enchiladas, nachos, fajitas, the list can go on and on. My kids love the rice and guacamole too.

So I decided to take my instant pot and try to do up some chicken carnitas, basically chicken tacos with all the works on them. The only thing I didn’t make with these was guacamole. I kind of threw this together last night and for it being an instant pot meal, it took me a bit longer to fix than I thought it would, but it was totally worth it.

Get out your Instant Pot because you are going to want to fix this ASAP! Theses are super easy to make that you will want to try all kinds of variations of them. This would make a great port recipe for pork carnitas. Play with it, make it your recipe and see how it works for you. I know that we will be having numerous variations of this a lot in my house. Once I find a recipe that works easy I am constantly changing it up try new meats with the seasonings or just whatever!  Continue reading

Comfort Food – Chicken Alfredo

Seriously, when I think comfort food I think chicken alfredo or just fettuccine alfredo! Alfredo sauce is the most warming and inviting sauce there is. It’s smooth creamy texture and the flavors…..who can resist those flavors. I will be honest. It’s been awhile since I have fixed chicken alfredo for my family. We love it, but for whatever reason, I just haven’t thought to fix it lately.

Last night when I was contemplating what to fix for dinner, well I guess late afternoon, and no I am not a meal planner, I’ve tried that and it doesn’t work for me!! Anyway, it was either General Taso’s Chicken or Chicken Alfredo! My husband looked at me as though I was insane, how could I be contemplating anything, when you are thinking of fixing chicken alfredo you just fix chicken alfredo! There’s no question, I guess. I should say though, tonight’s dinner is General Taso’s Chicken. I will let you know how that turns out. Back to alfredo!  Continue reading

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday. Our New Year’s was very uneventful, which is how I prefer it. Staying at home by the fireplace watching movies in our pajamas, I barely stayed awake until mid-night.

As for resolutions, I am not a big one on making them. I have learned in the past that I never stick to them. I am taking the stance of trying to stay positive and work hard this year on my blog, small home improvement projects, and getting back into practicing again, I do have a masters in psychology, guess I could put that to use sometime. Also, I would like to be able to sit down and take a little more time for my self and to continue to be patient with my girls. There are days that seems impossible, but I know it’s not. Deep breaths and meditation will get me through those tough time, along with some help from God, maybe a lot of help from God.

This is the time of year that I like to really deep clean my house and get things organized. We are so busy once spring comes that I don’t have a lot of extra time to do those things. So I spent most of our Christmas break working on getting my house in order and reorganizing bedrooms and bathroom.

Now it’s time to get back into the swing of things, unfortunately. School is slowly starting back up for us. I had the girls start working on some of their home school classes on Tuesday so we don’t feel so overwhelmed next week. Let me just say though, I could still use another week off! I think they could too.

Oh well, it’s now or never! Push on and take it one day at a time. I believe that’s the only way I will finish getting through this week.

Happy New Year and I wish everyone luck with their New Year resolutions!

 

 

Peanut Butter Balls

So who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter??? Seriously this is one of the best combinations ever!

Every year we have peanut butter balls at Christmas time. My aunt use to make them and I can remember how I would look forward to Christmas so I could eat her peanut butter balls. I can honestly say, that my peanut butter balls are delicious, but I don’t think they beat hers!!!

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Waffles

Our house had been hit by the cold! Faith has been coughing for over a week now and can’t seem to get rid of the stuffy nose, basically she’s miserable. So I have been fixing some of her favorites lately, just to get her to eat. Waffles are one of her favorite things to have. She loves to eat them for breakfast, but also just as a quick little snack. It’s a comfort food for her. Continue reading

Gingerbread House

Over the weekend the girls decided to decorate a few gingerbread houses. They had a lot of fun once they got going. Unfortunately, Grace had to do one twice, her first attempt didn’t turn out so good! Overall, fun was had by all!

I think hers turned out well!

This is the second gingerbread house that Faith has built, so she has had some practice.

Ready or not Christmas is only 13 days away! Hard to believe….time to finish up all my Christmas shopping!!!

 

 

Christmas Season – Happy Holidays

Believe it or not Christmas is 18 days away! Yes, 18 days, so hard to believe. Like many of you I started my Christmas shopping quiet awhile ago, yet, it seems as though it never ends. I am always finding something for one of my girls or a close friend. Truly, I love gift giving. In fact, I love it so much that it’s hard for me to keep my Christmas gifts. I tend to give them early! Continue reading

My newest purchase

I have to share with you another purchase I made here lately. As I have posted before, we live in the county and have several animals. We have an indoor cat and dog, that I absolutely love! Plus we have chickens, rabbits, horses, and cows. So we are constantly dragging in dirt and anything else you can imagine, YUCK! Plus living in Kansas, you have to deal with the wind, and let me tell you it can get extremely windy! Which means dirt and dust is everywhere.  Continue reading

Chicken Enchiladas

Well, I have to say that I am slightly obsessed with my Instant Pot. I am constantly trying to think of different things to cook in it and use it however I can. There are so many functions on it that I don’t know where to start. I’ve really stuck to just the basics so far. I am not really one to say that you should have something in your kitchen, that it’s a must, but I am starting to think that the Instant Pot is a must have in your kitchen.

Last night I decided to try some chicken breast in it. Once the chicken had cooked I shredded it. Here’s what I did.

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Instant Pot Success

Recently I received an Instant Pot, like just a few days ago, I was super excite! I have researched them for a while and decided to go ahead and try one out. Now we have still been on the go constantly, and haven’t seemed to slow down at all. So my nights in the kitchen have been few and far between. So I am hoping this Instant Pot can help me with that a bit.

I truly enjoy cooking and honestly, I don’t mind the time that it takes. There are meals which require a great deal of preparation and time to prep and make. I really don’t mind spending a few hours fixing a meal, but I also know that I can’t do this every night.

So I literally receive this on Wednesday and Thursday night I decided to try out chili in the Instant Pot. I was skeptical at first, but let me tell you, it turned out great.  Continue reading

Late Night Dinners and Christmas Decor

Lately, things have been incredibly busy. My kids seem to have something going on every night, and I have totally failed in planning ahead on dinner making!

I have had a hard time lately keeping up with laundry, cleaning, and everything else, including sleep. So my dinner planning has gone out the door. I believe the girls are tired of my saying “You can eat whatever you can find and put together yourself!”

I am hoping though things will slow down and get back to normal. The Christmas decorations are up, somewhat. I say somewhat because I feel like I am lacking in decor this year. I don’t know if I’m tired of the Christmas decor I have or what, but I am feeling the need to visit my favorite antique store and see what they might have to spruce up the place a bit. I love antiques and I love visiting my favorite antique store!!! So I am thinking of popping in there this week and seeing what I can find!  Continue reading

Gluten Free Cheesecake

Finally!! I had a few days off and have been busy that it doesn’t seem as though I’ve had a few days off. We had a horse show and Thanksgiving all within a few days of each other. I actually am feeling like myself today.

So I really wanted to share this cheesecake recipe with you all that I made for Thanksgiving! By the time I actually had a chance to snap a few pictures of it, half of the cheesecake was devoured! I was amazed at how well this turned out and how wonderful it tasted!  Continue reading

Thanksgiving…Day 3 of 4

Oh my! So last night smelled like Thanksgiving in my kitchen! I had dinner going, gluten-free pizza, the gluten free stuffing, and an apple pie. Let me tell you it was intoxicating. Of course, gluten free pizza isn’t on the menu for Thanksgiving Day, but it was wonderful last night! I had to feed the tribe and that was quick and easy for me to make so I could keep on making all the Thanksgiving goodies.  Continue reading

Day 2 of Thanksgiving Week

Thanksgiving plans for today….grocery shopping and some baking, hopefully.

Today is the day I gather my coupons and make sure my list for any Thanksgiving ingredients is complete. I have an Alexa sitting in my kitchen, which I love. I began creating my shopping list last week on Alexa. This way when I go to the grocery store I pull up my Alexa app and I am able to checkout my shopping list. I am hoping to get everything today, inevitably, I will forget something, which is why I go today, because that leaves tomorrow open for me to go back!  Continue reading

Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

Yes, and I am prepared, but unprepared. I typically don’t stress too much over Thanksgiving. For one it is usually not at my house, which this year it is! So maybe I should stress a bit more. Another, I will make a few deserts and that is typically it. But this year we are having a small get together at my house. Several of our family members are traveling this year and won’t be able to be with us. So we are doing a very small meal at my house. There will be 8 of us, which I keep telling myself isn’t a big deal.

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Gluten Free Rustic Apple Galette

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away. This is a perfect desert for your Thanksgiving table. It’s appearance is beautiful once it’s all baked and sitting on your table, and the smell is of this apple galette is intoxicating.

Usually it’s apple pie for desert around here in the fall, and especially for Thanksgiving, but I decided to try the galette. I really enjoy fall and making fall deserts. Apple pie is one of my favorites to make. So I was really excited to try the new desert.

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Breakfast for Dinner

The first half of the week can be incredibly busy for us. It seems as though every night one of the girls has something going. Which usually means we are not eating dinner until after 8pm. Last night was no different. So I decided to whip up something quick and easy that is a favorite around here. Pancakes, and not just regular pancakes, we had blueberry and chocolate.  Continue reading

Vanilla Cupcakes

Recently, I have been trying different gluten-free flour blends/brands in my baking. So  we decided to do an experiment in our house with cupcakes.

Faith’s favorite cupcakes are vanilla cupcakes. She loves chocolate, but doesn’t like chocolate cake. I usually use my own flour blend, but have recently been trying Bob’s Gluten Free Flour Blend and Better Batter Flour. I made 2 batches of cupcakes, one with Bob’s and one made with Better Batter.  Continue reading

Cinnamon Rolls (these are not gluten free)

Yes, you read correctly, I made cinnamon rolls that are full of yeast, wheat, and of course you guessed it, GLUTEN!

I made them for Grace and my husband. They love them it was opening pheasant hunting weekend and I wanted them to have something warm and yummy that they could grab and go. Plus, Grace is so used to having regular cinnamon rolls, she looks at me as though I am crazy when I ask her to try the keto ones or the Chebe rolls that I make.

So I make these quite often for them in the winter time. I haven’t eaten them for quite a while, but they smell yummy! Of course, as soon as thees were done I turned around and made the keto cinnamon rolls for Faith and I.

I use to be scared to make cinnamon rolls because I always thought they were so complicated, but turns out they are incredibly easy, just time-consuming.

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Hamburger Soup

This is something that my family loves and somewhat resembles chili. I started making this a few years ago and I seem to always change it up a bit every time I make it. I thought today would be a perfect day to make it for everyone when they came in from hunting.  This is a soup that you can put in the crock pot or finish it off on the stove top.

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November Happenings

As I am sitting here realizing that November is basically half way over and that Thanksgiving is about 2 weeks away, it seems as though time is flying by. I have been trying to put together Christmas lists and do a little Christmas shopping.

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Homeschooling….

Yes, we home school. Take a deep breath – okay. Don’t flip out on me, or give me one of those looks, you know what I mean. Yes, we are very normal. In fact, probably too normal.

After 4 years of homeschooling I feel I’ve learned a few things along the way. Some good and some bad. It’s difficult, not always easy, and there are days all of us would wonder if we made the right decision.  Continue reading

Keto Cinnamon rolls

I was very much in the baking mood on Saturday. It was quiet around our house, Grace was in hunters safety and Faith was attending a gymnastic camp for most of the afternoon. So I decided instead of cleaning I would bake and try a new recipe. 

Unfortunately, I have no snap shots of these wonderfully delicious cinnamon rolls that I made, but I promise to make them again soon and will show pics! 

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It’s Chili Time…fall is in the air

The trees are changing colors and leaves are falling to the ground. The weather has changed to hot, windy and humid to a more cool crispy feeling in the air. So I decided it was time to make the first batch of chili for the season.

Chili is one of those dishes that I only make during the fall and winter. Occasionally, it will appear on a cool spring night, but not too often. Right now here in Kansas the temps have been fluctuating between 60’s and 80’s. At night (where it’s been getting down to 40) we have had beautiful temps and nice cool crisp evenings where you want to put on a light jacket or sweatshirt and roam around the pastures.

My family really loves this chili recipe and it’s easy to make. I brown the hamburger (2lbs) and throw that and the rest of the ingredients into the crock pot and let it cook all day. The aromas in the house are amazing!

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Celiac materials

IMG_5790I was excited when I received these in the mail today. All of this information comes from Columbia University, Celiac Disease Center. Go to their website and do some research and be sure to sign up for their newsletter and other information. By doing this, you will receive this information in the mail.

 

Peanut Butter Cookies with a kiss on top

IMG_5754Yesterday, it was incredibly windy here, which is nothing new when you live in Kansas. So we stayed inside and made theses wonderfully tasty treats. These are a family favorite and they are the cookies that are left for Santa every year, and let me tell you…..Santa loves them!

We love these cookies. They are simple and delicious. Of course, I make them gluten-free and I also use a stevia blend of sugar. You could make them with real sugar and you could even use regular flour if you wanted to, that is if you are not gluten free.

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