So Keto is pretty easy once you get the hang of it and find those foods that make it simple to get through the day without too much thought.

But sometimes you want things like a grilled cheese sandwich or a BLT and it is difficult to figure out how to make them without the bread.u

Well, here is the answer!

My son created the most amazing grilled cheese sandwich several years ago. It has salami, cheese slices (I use cheddar or Munster) and dill pickle slices.

I use the waffle iron for the Chaffels and put them in the oven to melt the cheese without compromising the Chaffels.

Here is the recipe for the Chaffels:

1 egg

1/2 cup shredded cheese (I use cheddar)

Put in waffle iron for 3 to 4 minutes.

It is that easy! Eat alone or build into a sandwich.


Happy New Year

As the old year goes out and the new year comes in, we reflect on the things we have been through and the things we wish we had done or plan to do.

We set new goals and think about plans for the future.

What happens then…

At some point we decide that we are done dieting, don’t have time for the exercises and feel happy to just be ourselves.

There is nothing wrong with being happy with just being happy but there comes a time that we need to think about being the best of ourselves. The best health and the best mentally.

You deserve it! So don’t make New Year’s resolutions, just make great decisions on what is best for you and yours. Your family, your health and your mental happiness!

Eat well, think happiness and minimize your surroundings for mental clarity. Quit complicating things!

Happy New Year!!!

Don’t be Tricked by Marketing and Labels

I have been trying to eat Keto or at least low carb for a few months now and have realized that reading labels is a must!

I was going through the grocery store the other day and my husband texted me asking for some ice cream (we don’t normally have this at our house). I thought that it would be ok if we had some ice cream for a change. I figured that I would get the kind that is made from avocodos so it would be lower in carbs and get him his favorite death by chocolate which obviously would have more carbs.

Notice the total carbs and the price 31.1¢ per ounce.

Boy was I wrong!

Notice the total carbs and the price 8.5¢ per ounce.

Granted, the total fat is 4 grams different but overall, it doesn’t make sense to me.

Moral of the story…

Read the labels or better yet, don’t by foods that have labels.

Keto Cheesecake

Keto Cheesecake

When you want cheesecake, you just want cheesecake!

There are 2 main problems with cheesecake in my opinion.

1- the sugar!

2- there is always leftovers if you only eat one piece and we all know that you cannot let it go to waste…ever! So someone has to eat it and it might as well be you. 😁

I just found what I think is the answer to both of these problems.

I ran across a pod cast called Keto for Normies and they were talking to their guests about Keto cookbooks that are called Breakfast in Five, Lunch in Five, Dinner in Five and Dessert in Five by Vicky Ushakova and Rami Abramov. Vicky and Rami also have a website called

Everything in the cookbooks are Keto, most are five ingredients or less and five grams of carbs or less. What’s not to love?

So my husband and I are sitting at home on a Sunday afternoon and he says that he would like some cheesecake. Now I have made some killer cheesecakes in the past but they are full of carbs and there is always leftovers for a few days.

I wanted to have a better option so I pulled out my Kindle and downloaded a copy of Dessert in Five. The “Cheesecake for One” recipe was perfect. It was just the perfect amount for my husband and I and it was made with alternative sweeteners so the sugar problem was resolved.

What about the taste? Oh my…it was incredible!!

Creamy and luscious like a cheesecake should be.

Thank you Dessert in Five! I look forward to trying more of your recipes!

Family Fantasy Football

It’s that time of year again!! It’s football season!!!!

Football has been an important part of our lives for many years.

I didn’t watch football growing up, my family was more into basketball. But just after my husband and I got married, we invited a few friends over to watch the Superbowl. I was sitting between my husband and my best friend Kathe and they were speaking a language that I did not understand. “First down”, “false start” “off sides”??? What was this??

It was at that very moment that I decided to learn football! And so I did!

Now I am not saying that I am someone that knows all there is to know about the sport, but I can have a conversation about it with just about anyone and hold my own.

Later on, both of my boys would play. My oldest son started in 4th grade and my youngest started in 2nd. And both played all the way through highschool.

Man, I loved watching them play!! But they are grown now and those days have past. So, we have started a new way to enjoy football as a family.

We have a fantasy football league. At this time there are 5 of us in the league, my husband, both boys and my soon to be daughter-in-law and myself.

Every year we get together for the draft. I make wings and we compete to make the best team.

It is awesome!! No matter what life brings us, no matter what is going on, we have managed to get together for ‘the draft‘.

We have a trophy for the winner and each year the winners name will be put on the trophy and that person gets to display it until the next year’s winner is awarded.

It has become a family tradition of sorts. I hope it continues and the next generation joins in on the fun.

Happy football season!!!

Empty Nest or Where’s My Nest?

Recently our lives have been quite the roller coaster. We have 3 children, one is in her early 30s, married with 2 children and living 25 hours away, one is in his late 20s, married with 2 children and living 4 hours away and one in his early 20s finishing up college, engaged and living 2 hours away.

I have worked at basically the same area for over 14 years either at one facility or multiple but still having a base at the same place for the entire time.

We have lived in the same house basically for 12 years, trying to move away a couple of times (that is another story all its own) but always returning for one reason or another.

So you see, life has been crazy but somewhat stable for a long time, but now all of our children have moved away and started lives of their own. So, we were trying to figure out what now?

We began having kids when we were kids. We got married when we were kids and never knew life without kids. Now here we are, all these many years later with no kids and the house is very empty.

So what to do…oh I know…let’s move to a farm, start homesteading and change jobs. #everythingisnew! Sounds like a plan!

And that is just what we did. We packed our things (we had accumulated way more stuff than I remembered) and changed jobs and started our new journey.

The feeling of not knowing where you belong is one I have felt on many occasions.

I am an empty nester without a nest. You see, we didn’t have a place to live at my family farm and the new job was too far to drive so we have taken a left turn to the in between.

My in-laws have just vacated their home of 22 years to live at their dream location in the woods and their house is on the market but has not sold.

The house is an hour from my new job, which is much closer than our old house. We have gotten moved in and are very comfortable but still look forward to the day we are settled comfortably on the farm.

We have decided to try to Airbnb our previous house so we have been working diligently to get it ready. LORD please help us!!

Work is good! The drive is long but not bad. We are looking forward to getting to the farm and hope the house we are in now doesn’t sell before we are ready to move.

This is an exciting and anxious time in our lives! I’m so glad that I have my husband with me. He is my rock!

On to the next nest…empty or full, at least we are on this journey together.

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