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.

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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Fireworks With Added Excitement

Living in a rural area has its many advantages. It is quiet except for the sounds of nature and the occasional vehicle passing. Until fireworks season. When fireworks are being sold, it is sometimes hard to tell if it is thunder from a convection shower or fireworks being shot off.

While sitting at home watching TV, my husband and I heard something. As he got up to look he said questioningly, “thunder?”. When he got to the window he saw that it was fireworks.

We had forgotten that the local fireworks show was happening that night at the county fairgrounds. I immediately jumped up and said that I wanted to go watch them. We only have to walk out of our yard and down the street a short bit to be able to see them pretty well.

So off we go, I was a little in front trying to hurry and not miss them and not waiting for my husband to get his shoes on. When I heard something and then saw something coming towards me in the mostly darkness. My heart stopped and then I saw it was just a cat. Whew, good thing, it was just a couple of feet away by the time I saw it. My heart was pumping! I laughed as I began to walk closer to my husband for protection.

On to the fireworks! As we stood there in the dim light from a distant street light by a fence that surrounds an overgrown field, watching the fireworks show, all of a sudden my husband grabs my hand and said calmly but intentionally in a low voice, “skunk”. As we start to move away we noticed another and then another. Three skunks scurrying right towards us. They were within 6 feet of us and heading right towards us. The only way to see them in the darkness is the white stripe on their backs, which kept coming in and out of view as they ran. We calmly but quickly moved away from the fence and watched them go straight under the fence and into the field. Man, we were close to getting a lot more than a fireworks show. Thank goodness my husband was paying attention and thank goodness they wanted to get away from us as much as we wanted them to.

Now that got our hearts pumping!

We stayed and watched the show laughing about how lucky we were that he saw them and that we were able to move out of their way, but each continued to take our turn looking around to make sure there was nothing else heading towards us without us knowing. Aside from some neighbor kids playing around the rest was quite uneventful, but this fireworks show will definitely not be soon forgotten.

Happy 4th of July!!

My Experience of Keto While Traveling

I know that traveling can be quite grueling at times, and adding a Keto lifestyle to the mix can give you increased anxiety on top of it. Well, it doesn’t have to be such an obstacle if you just plan a bit before heading out.

First of all, decide if you are going to be eating out or if you prefer to eat in.

Eating out options can be anything from a steakhouse to Mexican restaurant to Taco Bell. Steakhouse is pretty easy, you can chose steak and veggies, salads, chicken and veggies, the list goes on and on. Mexican is fairly simple also, I get fajitas no beans or rice but extra guacamole salads fixings. Taco Bell, they now have the protein bowls. Just ask for no beans or rice and add extra lettuce. It is as easy as that.

If eating in, some hotels have the suites with kitchenettes and others will supply you with hot plates. Either way, this gives you options for Keto. I have made sausage and peppers on the hotplate and served it over riced cauliflower made in the microwave. Pretty simple!

The point is, Keto is a lifestyle that can be taken with you. I have lost 25 lbs in 5 months while traveling for work at least 3 weeks per month. If I can do it so can you!

Keto Friendly Roasted Broccoli

This is one of the easiest things to make and it is so tasty as well as good for you. Roasted broccoli goes well with just about anything as a side dish. This is a much better alternative to ordinary steamed broccoli.


Frozen broccoli

Olive oil

Seasoning of choice ( I use salt, pepper, garlic salt or lemon pepper depending on what I am serving it with).

Preheat oven to 425 degrees, place frozen broccoli on cookie sheet, pour olive oil over broccoli, just enough to coat lightly, season and bake in oven for 25 minutes or until browning and crispy. The darker the best the taste.

That’s it! Simple as that! Hope you enjoy!

Treasure Hunting in the Ozarks

As our children have grown up and moved on, we have tried to have reasons for all of us to stay close and be part of each other’s lives.

It isn’t easy with everyone having so much to do each day just to maintain so my husband came up with a great idea to keep us close.

The Romero Family Treasure Hunt.

Here is how it works…

Each couple hides the “treasure” and gives clues to where the other couples go to find it.

The treasure can be a simple note or something of value. It is up to the hiders of the treasure to decide.

It really isn’t about what the treasure is, it is about the search!!

We take turns, whoever finds the treasure gets to hide it next time.

The last treasure was hidden by our youngest son and daughter-in-law. They did an amazing job!

They hid the first clue in a movie case in our movie closet. So to find the first clue, we didn’t even have to leave the house!!

The first clue was texted to our group text as follows:

The treasure is hidden and ready to be found! Here are some tips:
Take a full day to do the hunt, and start early to enjoy the activity at the end.
You will need a few supplies.
Clear tape
A spade or small digging utensil
Hiking boots
Text us when you start!
Here’s your first clue:
One of the Romero’s favorite authors is from a European place. One of his movies would be a swell hiding place.

Once the puzzle was put together it took us to the first hiding place and the second clue.

This is located a few miles out of our town.

We followed the clues from one place to the next and collected the pieces of the “map” until we arrived at the “x” marks the spot!!

X marks the spot!
The treasure is found!!

And at the end of the treasure hunt, we ended up at an amazing trail head and enjoyed a great hike to end the journey.

We drove a beautiful drive, through some of the most gorgeous places in Arkansas and ended up hiking a great trail and having an amazing day, together, enjoying each other and our family!

What a way to spend a day!!