Friday, April 20, 2018

Slow Cooker Herb Roasted Chicken - KETO and FOTW

Fly on the wall time! I know I've said it probably two dozen times but it's my favorite time of the month.

At the end of the post you'll find links to the other participants. Buzz around and see what's happening in our homes and lives. Sometimes it's shocking. Other times it's down right hysterical!

First how about this super easy and delicious slow cooker KETO LOW CARB friendly herb roasted chicken! Mmm mmm
3-4 lb roasting hen
place in the slow cooker with 1 cup chicken broth
sprinkle liberally over the chicken:
thyme, rosemary, parsley flakes, fresh cracked pepper, salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder and a dash of cumin.
Place the lid on top.
High for 4 hours
low for another 2-3
That simple! Serve with a side dish of fresh veggie or a nice big salad. The leftovers are great diced up and placed on a salad the next day or used in a lettuce wrap.
What a month it has been! We moved..again. I know. We must have gypsy blood in our DNA but it's all due to his job. It's okay.
Now some trivia for you. This was my 51st move!! AND I'm 51. How crazy is that??? Now what makes it even more unreal is that this was my 5th move in 6 months. Mind blown!?!

The night before we left for NC we are sitting in a very well known chain restaurant. We had just finished and were waiting on the bill. At the table next to us was an elderly couple who had...well, consumed a LOT of food and alcohol. Probably in their late 60's. She starts coughing. She looks at me and says "Excuse me, it must be the tomatoes, I'm allergic. She fans the air and says "It's too tomatoey in her, I can't breath let's go" and gets up to leave.
I almost lost it! Seriously!? Too tomatoey??? OMG I laughed so hard ONCE she was outside. She had just eaten a ton of shrimp with cocktail sauce. HELLO it is made of tomatoes. AND tomatoes in the air???? OMGosh
The pollen is HIGH, we walk outside and there she is. Sitting on the bench, which is green from pollen, smoking a cigarette. I laughed and said "but it's to tomatoey inside" right!

We saw our youngest son, his wife and my youngest grandbaby! My husband had not seen him in 4 years almost to the day and had never seen our granddaughter who turned 2 in February. So this was a very big deal for us. It also gave us some great laughs!

We are sitting at lunch and the 11 year old step brother to my daughter in law says, out of the blue. "Hello, My name is Christie Brinkley" we all just look at him. WHAT? He said it again. We all laughed. Who knows WHAT goes on in the mind of an 11 year old. We honestly might not want to know.

Our last night together we are all in the living room, we stayed at my DIL's father's home. He was gracious and offered. It was wonderful. So we are all in the living room and J walks through to the bedroom, says goodnight, then we hear the door open and he says "LET GO his wiener!" We look at each other and no one can contain themselves, we crack up. My DIL said "I don't even want to know!" LOL

On our way home from NC to GA...saw this store in a very small town. It made me laugh.

On our way back from NC to GA we are on the interstate and pass the speed limit sign. I said...wait TWO signs. Side by side? Yep. One said 60 the other said 70. I said so how fast do you go? Can they give you a ticket for going 65 in a 60/70 or do you have to be going 75+? Only in SC folks!

We pass a billboard and it says "RENT ME, OUTDOOR BILLBOARD SIGN" I'm like well no duh! Of course it's outdoors, whoever saw an indoor billboard sign. SC again.

I've driven a ton of miles in the last almost 4 years but never had I seen stop lights on the interstate until moving to HOTlanta. If the interstate is too congested the on ramp has a light that turns red. Then it only allows 1-3 cars on at a time when it turns green. 

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
Baking In A Tornado        
Menopausal Mother           
Never Ever Give Up Hope  

Monday, April 9, 2018

Slow Cooker KETO Mexican Chicken Soup

Our weather has been so stinking crazy. Hot, cold, rain, wind, hot, cold, I'm beginning to think Mother Nature is going through the change. Someone help her out and give her some hormone regulatory pills. sheez!
So with the up and down weather, we enjoy a nice bowl of soup. Soup is so extremely versatile. It allows you to use up leftovers, bits and pieces of veggies that don't make enough of any one but in a soup they are great. Fresh, canned, frozen it doesn't matter. Cook it on the stove or in a slow cooker. Soup freezes well and makes great leftover lunches.
This particular recipe is a tad different than my norm but we enjoyed it just the same.

8 chicken tenders, boneless skinless chicken breast
6 baby bells diced
1/2 large Vidala onion thinly sliced
1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
2 cans chicken broth
2 cans water
3 cloves minced garlic
spices: chili powder, paprika, cumin, oregano, parsley
Everything goes into the slow cooker-high for 4 hours, shred chicken, low for 2
serve topped with diced avocado, sliced lime and shredded cheese

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad

This is about as simple as it gets folks. Low-carb and keto friendly. My go to. We love this and yes even my husband is happy to see a salad at the end of a hard day if it has bacon!
You can substitute any of the ingredients. Use as much or as little depending on how hungry you are. This is definitely a recipe that is quick, easy and adjustable. Make it your own. Have fun.

cover your plate with salad, your choice of lettuce mix
chop and fry up the bacon and 1/2 of a large onion
drain and set aside
cook 1/2 lbs of ground beef, season with salt pepper
drain and set aside
top the lettuce with the bacon, onions and ground beef
sprinkle finely grated colby jack cheese or your preference
top with diced tomatoes
hamburger dill chips
fresh cracked pepper
1000 island dressing

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Easter dinner and memories

Hi everyone! Are you ready for Easter? It snuck up on me this year. Not being around my kids, grands and my mom I totally missed that it is this weekend! Shame on me I know. But in my defense I'm also in the middle of packing and preparing for vacation and let's not forget that today is my husband's birthday. That vacation will definitely be needed by the time this move is over. 

I thought I'd share a few of my favorite dishes with you from the past. No they aren't keto or even low carb for the most part, but it is Easter. Let's just enjoy it!

Lemon my favorite thing, next to chocolate. Oh wait, you don't want dessert first? I do! AND after dinner! LOL

You can start your morning with a wonderful treat for breakfast or a big meal.
Breakfast casserole
Breakfast cups
pineapple upside down pancakes
morning kisses

Side Dish or appetizer
How about some deviled eggs or angel eggs if you prefer. My daddy loved these and I think of him every time I fix eggs.

Side Dish
My Aunt Dianne's macroni salad. She made it every time we had a family get together and Daddy loved it too. Gosh I miss them both so much...

Aunt Linda always brought sausage balls. Daddy loved them. Okay in case you didn't know, Daddy loved food! Me too. Apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Now if you love these but want to cut back on carbs, I have revamped them to fit the #keto and #lowcarb life style.

Our Easter dinner when I was growing up consisted of a fresh ham, a smoked ham (we had 26 people to feed and not everyone liked the same type) potato salad, deviled eggs, collards, pickled beets, a bowl of pickles, green beans with new potatoes, macaroni salad, watergate salad, rolls and several types of desserts. All the vegetables were fresh out of my grandparents garden and when they were too old to farm and moved to the city we bought our veggies from their old neighbors or friends if we did not have them in our own gardens. Oh how I miss those days. I truly do.

I hope that you enjoy your Easter weekend, Spring break and time with your families. Eat, drink and be merry for no one knows what tomorrow may hold. Live, love and laugh. Dance in the rain. Play with the kids, stay up late, eat that dessert and be present.

Love to you all!!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Thighs, Pineapple and Booze - March FOTW

It's that time y'all!!
Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 6 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
Baking In A Tornado        
Menopausal Mother           
Never Ever Give Up Hope  
Bookworm in the Kitchen   
Spatulas on Parade         
The Bergham Chronicles     

We were watching Fixer Upper one night and talking about houses. I look over and hubby is deep in his phone.
Me: whatcha doing?
Hub: Looking flippers
Me: You should probably look at the marine store
Hub: what? NO flippers, houses!
Me: I know! But come on , that was a good one admit it. Flippers, scuba, marine store...

We went to our local package store and when you walk in, there is a glass wall where you can see into the humidor. YES they have a humidor for their EXPENSIVE booze and cigars. So I'm standing there looking and about fell out! Here's why...check out that price tag!


I placed an order online to Wal-Mart and scheduled it for "in store pick up" to save on the shipping cost, great way to get all the things you want if your store doesn't carry them.
Anyway, we go to pick up. Walk up to the pick up counter and they guy says "you here for a pick up", I just looked at him, looked at my husband who had quickly walked away. I said, "yes I am"
I gave him the order number, gathered my items and left.
When I found my husband I said "what was that? you just left." 
He looks at me and says "really? It is the pick up window and yes we are here to pick up." I started to say NO I want a double espresso latte to go" Idiot
...Here's your sign

I want to eat here just because of the name!

Lawd hab mercy! You only had one job!! 

So the wait was so long someone brought a can of pineapple? This was in the foyer of a restaurant...Hubby thinks it belonged to a worker and they were eating it on break. Either way....

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Meatballs with Sun Dried Tomato Mozzarella Pearl Sauce served over Zucchini Noodles

Sometimes wonderful things happen, like inspiration. It can come out of nowhere or you can struggle for it. When I get bored with the same ol' same ol' supper. I start looking around. I will cruise the aisles at the grocery store, watch food network, scan through some of my older post and see if there is one I can revamp. 
Yes, sadly enough, I'll even scan through Pinterest.
Then there are days I walk into my kitchen. Stare blankly into the freezer, pantry and refrigerator bins and think...what the heck am I going to do for supper tonight. All of a sudden I see it. One item turns to two and then I smell smoke, the creative juices are flowing and the gears are a turning! BA BAM! I have it. I know exactly what I'm going to do. The birth of an idea, the creation of a recipe, the enjoyment of the finished product.
This is just an example of when thoughts turn into deliciousness.

can of spaghetti sauce
jar of sun dried tomatoes
onions diced
pearls of mozzarella cheese, cut in half
meatballs, one pound
Parmesan cheese
fresh garlic minced
dried oregano, basil, paprika
carrot sticks, shreds
diced zucchini
red wine, 1/4 cup
On medium heat, the cast iron warms up while I chop, dice and prepare the ingredients. In goes the tomatoes, onions, garlic, carrots and zucchini. Next is the meatballs, I used frozen because for some weird reason I had a bag. Pour the spaghetti sauce on top, stir in the wine, parmesan cheese and spices. Allow this to simmer for 20 minutes, then half the mozzarella pearls, simmer another 10 minutes. The last 10, take 2 medium zucchini and make your noodles. You can boil these, saute in a pan or use raw, your choice. I heated mine with garlic and olive oil in a pan.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Rainbow Muffins And Sprinkled Treats - BlogWithFriends

Over the years I have always baked goodies or made candy for my husband's co-workers and staff. I have missed doing this and I thought "well shoot, they're not keto, so I get to make goodies, pass them out, see them enjoy them, come home to a sugar free zone and still be happy." YES, it makes me very happy to feed others especially if they enjoy it.

 For the muffins I used my basic sweet muffin recipe and added sugar free whole fruit spread to each one. Several different types and sprinkled gold eatable glitter on top. Because WHO doesn't love glitter? Well, moms who have to clean up after a kids craft but otherwise, glitter is the $h!t man.
The candy was super sweet and easy. A can of cream cheese frosting, a dab of coconut milk, blend until smooth, pour in a whole container of sprinkles, that's right. Mix it all up. Drop by the spoonful onto wax paper and pop in the freezer. Now this will not freeze but it will firm up. Drizzle with bittersweet chocolate to cut some of the sweet and sprinkle with glitter. Yep, that's it! And by the way, the staff ate it up. You would have thought they never had sweets before. I left the office feeling like a stuffed fat kid leaving the candy store but without all the calories and guilt. Win win

This is a Blog With Friends post and our theme this month was "rainbow". Check out the links below to see how each writer/blogger interpreted the theme.
Tamara has a Rainbow Sheet Cake

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Layered Chocolate Sinfully Good Cake n Cheesecake

My poor hubby is not a keto person. Honestly lately I've been slacking, a lot. BUT I'm still doing better than before keto. Anywho...
He misses dessert and he's been so wonderful and supportive I decided to go all out and bake him something totally over the top.
And boy howdy did I ever do it! Just look at it!
This is a cheesecake German chocolate layered cake!

In the bottom of a spring form pan, cover with graham cracker crumbs, press down firmly and top with the cheesecake mix.
Cheesecake mixture...
combine 1 eight oz package of room temperature cream cheese, 3 TBSP NuNaturals dutch cold pressed cocoa powder, a large egg and 2 oz bittersweet baking chocolate grated. Pour over the crumbs and bake in a baking pan pour hot water in to the pan, wrap aluminum foil around the spring form, sit it in the water, bake for 45 minutes at 325 degrees.
In an 8 or 9 inch cake pan, depending on the size of your spring form pan because you want them to line up.
Mix in a bowl the following, while the cheesecake cools off.
In a bowl: 3 TBSP NuNaturals baking cocoa, 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/8 tsp salt, 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup Duke's Mayonnaise, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 3/4 cup COLD water
bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes
allow to cool and place on top of the cheesecake
Cool in the freezer for 1 hour
remove ring on springform
frost cake sides and top with German Chocolate Frosting which is a mixture of toasted coconut, finely chopped pecans and frosting.

This is an ooey gooey sinfully decadent cake. You need to keep it in the fridge because of the cheesecake. Definitely a special occasion cake.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

No Crust Layered Pizza Bake - KETO

Hey y'all!! So if you've been following long you know I love pizza, but changing my lifestyle to a low carb keto way of eating, well, it is not pizza friendly. Unless, you drop the crust!
Yes I know, the pizza bones are the best part. BUT you can still have all the great flavors of pizza without all the carbs so that's nice to know, right?
It's simple and delicious. Promise.

Cook your ground beef with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. drain if need be. mix with sauce and Parmesan cheese, olives and diced peppers
The amounts are up to you, use as little or as much. Whatever your preference.
In a 13x9 pan layer pepperoni, top with sauce mix and mozzarella cheese 
repeat until all items are in the pan and finally layer is cheese
bake until cheese is melted and bubbly
Serve alone or with a salad

Monday, February 19, 2018

Keto Ground Beef n Broccoli Stirfry

It was near payday and I was running low on groceries and ideas. Yes, I could have gone to the store but I like to use what I have. So looking in the freezer I took out a package of ground beef. So many things can be done with this. I really was craving Chinese food but refused to order. I mean, it's not very Keto friendly and I didn't need to spend the money when I had food available. Yes I will talk myself out of most anything.
I looked around and saw I had some broccoli, hmm that needed to be cooked before it went bad. What if...did I dare? I mean, ground beef and broccoli stir fry? Nothing else? No carrots, no slices of tender steak or chicken? What they heck.
So I sauteed the beef in my trusty cast iron skillet that yes I use for most everything. Then I added some fresh garlic and fresh cracked pepper. Stirred it around a bit, the a few dashes of soy sauce, okay maybe more than a few, tossed in the chopped broccoli florets and let it all meld together.
That was it. Quick, simple and to my pleasure it was a delicious surprise. No fuss, no mess and no waste. Frugal and keto to boot.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Portabella Pizza - Feb FOTW 2018

February, how did that happen? I can hardly believe that the first month of 2018 is gone and most of the second month. Not sure how it happened. I guess I blinked.
So, welcome to the Feb. edition of Fly On The Wall where you get a peek into the lives of bloggers. Sit back, grab a cup o' joe, prop up your feet, relax and see what's been happening at my house.
Also, check out this great super easy keto friendly recipe.

Portabella Mushroom pizza
2 portabella caps
12 pepperoni slices, cut up
4 TBSP finely shredded mozzarella cheese
dried basil and oregano, a sprinkle of each
olive oil
In a cast iron skillet, drizzle the oil, about 1 TBSP, the place the mushrooms open side down. AFTER you pull out the stem. Chop the stem and place in the pan as well, allow this to cook for a few moments, the mushroom will become warm and soft, flip it over. Now place the cooked stem, sliced chopped pepperoni, spices and cheese. Cover with a lid, cook on low for 3-4 minutes. Serve!
See, super easy and filling. My hubby loved it!
Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 6 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.
OMGosh it has been a day I'm here to tell you. I hear this dog yapping. I mean high pitch, make your ear drums bleed squeal. I look out side and what do I see, nope, not Santa and his reindeer but two, yes two poodles. Yuck and one has purple ears and a tail and the other one has pink ears and a tail. Poor things. I do hope they were girlie girls. Oy
I was told by my trucker friends that this means "thirsty and hungry" like hangry means "angry and hungry". 

Then I go to the bookstore and I'm sitting in the parking lot between the bookstore and Starbucks. Across the parking lot comes a lady and her two daughters along with a gorgeous big black dog. I hop out of my car, they are headed straight for me. I stopped, aww the dog, so pretty and sweet. They get in their BIG expensive SUV right next to my 18 year old car. They daughter getting in the back seat with the dog says "have a nice day" I turn to say thank you and about trip and fall. She's a pretty young lady, probably 20ish, shorts, t-shirt, ponytail and legs hairier than the dog! WOW not sure if she was doing the whole No Shave Vember and decided to keep at it or what. But wow.
My hubby with his baby sister's puppy. This is Diesel and he is only 4 months old.
 My darling hubby fixed my lights. I know it's hard to tell but before they had a yellow tint and were very hazy to the point that I stopped driving at night. Now...nice and clear and bright. And for $15 and about an hour. YAY the guy at the inspection station told me about $100 each side for new light covers HA to him!
Yes, we had more snow and not only did we have snow, but the Outer Banks of NC did as well. This is VERY unusual. Below is the ferry ramp. Covered in ice. brrr
 I step out of the shower to this...two of my three waiting. Why? So they can rub all over my wet legs and make me look like them. All  black hairy legs not cool guys not cool.
While riding in the car with my husband and father in law, they were having a discussion. My husband said "No matter how good I am at what I do, I'm only as good as the next time I mess up."
I have no idea the rest of the conversation because I sat in the back thinking on this.

Looking at my FB memories, this was 5 years ago on the news last month:
2 guys stole 10 pallets of chicken wings. Facing felony charges...for a bunch of chicken. Really?
A funeral procession went through the drive thru at Burger King for one last burger for the deceased. They buried him with a whopper.
Okay we have nothing better to report?

We were watching TV one night and I was looking at my phone. I "heard" the guy say "I used to be a gangster" and I went what?! Then I see him dancing...OH it clicked then. He said "I used to be quite a dancer." LOL

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
Baking In A Tornado        
Menopausal Mother           
Never Ever Give Up Hope  
Bookworm in the Kitchen   
Go Mama O                    

Monday, February 12, 2018

stuffed chicken breast

I had taken chicken out to thaw and was contemplating stuffing it with spinach, oh crap that had gone bad. Okay second idea, stuff it with sun dried tomatoes, pesto...crap that was bad. Third idea...I had this type of bok choy, the sun dried tomatoes and lots of cheese. What the heck let's try that.
I'll admit I was nervous.
THEN...I take the chicken breast out of the packet and, well, it's not the breast, it's tenders. Dang gum! This was just not my day.
So...I changed it and put the oil from the sun dried tomatoes into the cast iron skillet, just a few tablespoons, placed the chicken in the pan. Topped it with salt, fresh cracked pepper, the sun dried tomatoes and then the bok choy. I slid it into the oven. 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. I started thinking, what if it was bitter??? I was nervous, it was starting to smell good so hopefully it would be okay. Out it came and I added the mozzarella cheese. Back in for another 5 minutes.
The oil really baked and made a sticky mess in the pan but OMGosh! Happy surprise, it was wonderful.
I served it with a salad and a sigh of relief.

chicken breast tenders 4 large
half a jar of sun-dried tomatoes
1 small bunch baby bok choy
mozzarella cheese, 
cooked in the oil from the tomatoes, baked until done. 20 minutes at 350 degrees

Not the prettiest picture but it was very good! AND totally Keto friendly

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Sausage Stir Fry

This is my quick go to meal. Keto friendly and delicious. A quick stir fry. Sliced bell peppers, onions, sliced beef smoked sausage and tonight I added broccoli for a different change of pace.

I have a local grocery that sells smoked beef sausage in 12 oz packages for 88 cent. YES you read that right. I was so shocked. We love smoked sausage and the fact that it is all beef is even better. They have regular and a spicy one as well. So at that price, each week I grab a few packs. We eat it for breakfast, lunch or supper. It goes great with eggs, as a quick sausage,peppers and onion, in stir fry or just split and pan fried all by itself. If we are particularly hungry I'll slice up two packages, I mean it's only 88 cent why not.

I slice it, toss in the cast iron with a drizzle of olive oil, slice up sweet baby bells, thinly sliced onions and saute. This time I added the broccoli because I wanted something a little different, a few sprinkles of  soy sauce and fresh minced garlic. Gosh dawg it! This was so good. I could have eaten the entire pan.

OH and best part...everything is cooked in one pan so there is less mess. Now that makes this dish an even bigger win win.

Give it a go. See what you think.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Chocolate Walnut Gooey Snowflake Cake - Blog With Friends Feb2018

Welcome to the February edition of Blog With Friends, a group participation where several of us get together and create recipes, crafts, DIY projects and writing about the same subject. One subject/theme with several takes. This month we chose "Winter Activities" perfect considering most of us have been hit more than once with snow, ice and severe cold temperatures.
As you know, I've been doing keto since last July but my husband is not. He is a real dessert person, which I have been my entire adult life, so I decided to bake on a very cold wintery afternoon. That was my activity. Baking. It warms up the house without having to raise the thermostat which in turn raises the electric bill. AND it gives us a delicious smelling home and a treat after dinner.
However, on this particular afternoon, it did everything but give us a treat!
I had to laugh. Karen and I had just had a conversation about how she struggles to perfect her recipes and I never do. I come up with an idea, gather what I need, bake or cook and BAM we have it. Delicious and done. Well, the joke was on me this day. Because I did all those things, but BAM we had a dessert but honey let me tell you it was far from delicious. As a matter of fact it was so far that I'm not even giving you a recipe. That's right.
I will however, attempt it again. But baking keto is a tricky thing. It was so bad I even made a glaze to go over the top. I swear even using regular powdered sugar on top didn't help the taste. YUCK, the entire thing went straight into the trash.
I stood there, shook, shocked and saddened. Than I laughed and said, well this will be an interesting blog post. Humility. That's really what this post is about. Never think you "have it all together" because weather, kids, pets and baking will prove you wrong given the chance.
So be sure and stop over at the other links, listed below, and see what their take on "winter activities" is. I hope whoever is doing a recipe had a better experience than I did.
#bakingfail #adoseofhumility 

Bergham Chronicles

 Cluttered Genius
 Mlis Robinson