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.