Keto Cornbread

I love cornbread with soup, chili or just warm with butter! My husband and I have been eating a ketoish lifestyle for a while now and love trying out new recipes that take traditional comfort foods and make a healthier version of them. This is one of those “holy cow, that good” recipes.

This recipe takes takes just a few minutes to put together and cooks in about 25 minutes. The ingredients are not stuff you would routinely have in your pantry so you will have to plan ahead the first time around. Trust me, it is worth it!

I got this recipe from Neishalovesit.com/blog. Neisha Salas-Berry is an RN and her husband Ken D. Berry is an MD. They have great information and great recipes.

You will need the following ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons Pork Panko (you can make your own by crunching up pork rinds or I use Pork Panko found on Amazon)
  • 4 teaspoons coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 2 eggs at room temperature (this is important, cold eggs harden the butter)
  • 2 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 ounces butter (softened)

I use an 8″ cast iron pan on 350 degree oven. Grease pan pan liberally with bacon grease. Mix dry ingredients together. In separate bowl mix butter and cream cheese until creamy. Combine all ingredients together, mix well and pour into greased cast iron skillet*. Mixture will be a bit on the thick side. Cook for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!!

*I put a lot of bacon grease in the pan and stick it in the oven while I mix the ingredients together. When I pour the mix into the pan, I can hear it sizzle and the bacon grease pushes up the sides of the pan.

Keto Bread

I found this recipe and had many doubts. It was very easy to make using a blender, it was a no knead bread and it bakes in very little time. How could it be that easy and quick and taste good…and be keto friendly?!?

So I made it, still with doubts. Then I baked it and still had doubts. Then I tried it…doubts over! This bread has a great, nutty flavor. It is slightly denser that some breads but once it has grass-fed butter melting on a warm slice, you don’t notice the density. All you notice is the yum!

You will need the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup ground flax meal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (I use Redmond’s Real Salt)
  • 1/2 cup flavorless oil (I use avocado or refined coconut oil)
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons honey (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare loaf pan by lining it with parchment paper. Add all wet ingredients into a blender, pulse until combined then add your dry ingredients and mix well. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from center. Cool in pan for 10 minutes then move to cooling rack. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Enjoy!!

How to fix Heat Damage on Wood Table

Every now and again we have things happen that we wish didn’t happen.

If only we could magically make it just go back to the way it was somehow.

Ok, ok enough with the drama…

So here is the story, my husband and I went on vacation and stayed in a condo. We invited our oldest son and his family over for a couple of nights while we were there. So I went all out and made a big family dinner for all of us to enjoy. We had meatloaf and even homemade pumpkin pie! (My grandson was quite amazed at the making of a pie, but that is another story.) We set a lovely table and served it all family style right from the table. It was excellent! We enjoyed the food, the company and especially the pie! We left everything on the table and went outside for some fresh air and play time for the kids. Ahh! All was right with the crazy world!…

Then it happened, we went back inside and began to clear the table and there it was…

Burnt table from using a thin towel to set a hot pan on.

My heart sank because I just knew that we were now the proud owner of this table. Ugh, what to do, what to do??

So I decided to do what any person in the world now does…search frantically online until I find the answer! My husband was preparing to go purchase the tools and equipment to sand and restore the table to better than new, but I thought why not try a hack first, I mean, it couldn’t make things worse, right!?!

I read this crazy hack about using HEAT?!? What the heck is this? Heat is what got us into this mess to start with. But, at this point we had to at least try before bringing out the power sander. So here we go…

I folded a towel in half, set the iron on medium high and steam on. I ironed over only half of the area to start. I nervously pulled the towel back and…

Half of the discoloration is gone!

The discoloration was gone on the half that I ironed! What was going on here? I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. So I go on and do the rest of the area and still amazed, it worked!!

So there you go, a hack that actually works. I was very happy that it did. I polished it up a bit and it was actually better that it was when we got there.

Don’t Mess With MY Chickens!!!

Okay, I am a pretty mild mannered, yet matter of fact kind of person. I want things done the right way and people to own up to what they do, good or bad. I can get along with most everyone and I am willing to work with anyone. But, mess with my Man!, my Kids!, my Grandkids! or turns our, my chickens?…I change…I will do what it takes to protect them! Now, I am not saying that I am Annie Oakley or anything of the sorts, but let me tell you, I will not let them be harmed without a fight at least in my mind! We heard a noise outside tonight and my husband reminded me that the recent heavy wind had blown off a piece of the chicken coop roof. I was gone as swift as Usane Bolt! (well, sort of) I was going to save those birds! My husband went to get the gun, but not me, I was off to save(?) the chickens? I really am not sure what I was planning to do other than be a witness to a massacre, but buddy, let me tell you I was running down the hill with nothing but my trusty miniature schnauzer and my cell phone flashlight!

Relax, the birds are fine. I was actually a wild rabbit, caught in (of all places) the unused rabbit tractor. We removed the feeder from the hole in the tractor and I assume it got in that way and got frightened and tried to get out through a hole that was too small. The poor thing got hung up and couldn’t get loose.

I may not have SAVED anything, but I think my husband got a laugh out of my eagerness! I’m sure he will laugh at this for a long itme to come.

How to…Get Rid of Ants in Your Kitchen

From time to time, I hear people complain about having ants in their kitchen and they can’t figure out how to get rid of them. Most people don’t want to use harsh chemicals, me where they will be preparing food.

I have had the same problem in the past. I finally came upon a recipe for white vinegar and Dawn dish soap. After several attempts to find the correct combination of these two ingredients, whether or not to add water, I finally determined that I was completely over-thinking it. I mixed a 1:1 ration of Dawn to vinegar and found it to be just right.

Simply mix together in a spray bottle and spray on counter tops, then wipe clean. This is a great cleaner for the entire kitchen and bathroom as it turns out. Ants hate it! I use it when I think of it. Not every time I clean but you cannot use it too often. For the price? You cannot beat it!!

Chaffels

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.

Enjoy!!

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.

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.