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March 2018

The Best Gluten-Free and Keto Loaf Bread

on March 30, 2018
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The Keto way of eating has been the easiest “diet” I have ever tried… and boy have I tried a lot!

Bacon, Cheese, and avocados… oh my!

But let’s be honest, Eventually, a burger needs a bun. A BLT needs bread, and how in the world was I supposed to make a panini? Can’t exactly sub that out for cauliflower, lol. In a later post I will share my top 5 breads I have tried. Of the 5 successful recipes, this “loaf” bread has been my favorite. It doesn’t mask itself with cheese, it doesn’t have a ton of ingredients, and it is the closest I have found to normal bread.

Let’s get started. Before I get my bake on, I always set the mood. What better way to try out a new recipe than with a little T-swift in the back ground. So, I turned on my Pandora to my Taylor Swift station and gathered my ingredients. Taylor swift, ketoon, gluten free bread, keto bread, keto

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 6 large eggs separated
  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 pinch of salt

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It is so much easier for me to bake when I have everything laid out in front of me to work with. I hate having to stop and measure things or dig through my pantry looking for ingredients when I have already started a recipe.

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks. I started out with a strainer and tried to simply crack the eggs into the strainer over a bowl. Let’s all take a minute to laugh together at how that went. Yolk was everywhere. I resorted to the harder way of using the egg shells to separate the eggs. I recommend having a yolk bowl, a whites bowl, and a bowl just for separating the two over. That way if you mess up you don’t potentially waste all of your hard work. Kitchen aid mixer, kitchen aid, egg whites, ketoon, gluten free bread, keto bread, keto
  3. Mix the whites and the cream of tartar in your electric mixer. You can do this by hand with a whisk, but you better be a very quick whisker. They must be mixed until they come to a foamy white texture.
  4. In your food processor, or in my case- my Ninja Mixer with the sharp blade attachment, mix the remaining ingredients. Once they are fully combined you can add the egg whites. Ninja mixer, ketoon, keto bread, gluten free bread
  5. Once everything is mixed really well and lump free, pour your mix into your VERY WELL GREASED/SPRAYED loaf pan.
  6. Put in to your pre-heated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. Make sure to check it at the 25 minute mark.
  7. Once you remove it from the oven, let it cool for a good 20 minutes.
  8. ENJOY!!

 

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Now, is the best part! What all am I going to do with this delicious bread? Toast for breakfast? PB&(sugar free) J, my aforementioned beloved panini? D all of the above!! The options are endless and at only 2 carbs a slice, I think I will have my bread and eat it, too!

 

 

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Where kids eat FREE (or cheap) in Murfreesboro and Nashville, TN.

on March 29, 2018
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Cooking at home isn’t always the best option. Between dance, Girl Scouts, horse back riding lessons, and life we don’t always have time to cook. Let’s be honest. Sometimes, I just don’t feel like it. I have researched and put together a list of all of the places in Murfreesboro and Nashville, TN where kids can eat for free or very inexpensively. Going out to eat doesn’t have to cost a fortune. It’s just about picking the right restaurant on the right day!

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Sunday

  • Uncle Maddios Pizza– Kids eat FREE
  • Hooters– Kids eat free from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays
  • Steak and Shake– One free kid’s meal for every $9.00 in adult purchases.
  • Mirko Pasta– Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult.
  • Nama Sushi– Kids ages 10 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult meal.

Monday

  • Buffalo Wild Wings– Kids meals are $.99
  • Ihop– from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Kids ages 8 and under eat free.
  • TGI Friday– Kids eat free
  • Burger Shack– Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal
  • Mellow Mushroom in Franklin, TN.- Kids eat free.
  • Culvers– $2.99 kid’s meals
  • Aharts– free kid’s meals from 4:00 PM to close.
  • Chef Wangs– from 4:00 PM- 9:00 PM kids ages 5 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult meal.
  • Your Pie– Kids eat for $3.00- Pizza, drink, and gelato.
  • Ritas– buy 1 regular size specialty treat (Gelati, misto, milkshake, blendini, sundae, custard) get one free kid ice.

Tuesday

  • Fazoli’s– Kids eat for just $.99
  • Blue Coast Burrito– Tuesday night is family night. Kids ages 10 and under eat for $1.99
  • Dairy Queen– Kid’s meals are $2.99
  • Texas Roadhouse– $1.99 Kid’s meals. They also have a balloon artist most kid’s nights!
  • Chik-Fila– Free kid’s meals from 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
  • Genghis Grill– Kids 11 and under eat free
  • Ihop– from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Kids ages 8 and under eat free.
  • Pizza Hut– Kids ages 10 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult
  • TGI Friday– Kids eat free.
  • Ruby Tuesday– Kids eat free from 5pm- close
  • Chili’s– Sign up for the email list for specials. Family nights are held on Tuesdays. Kids eat free on select Tuesdays
  • Jamba Juice– Free kid’s juice with an adult purchase
  • Sonic– 1/2 price cheeseburgers from 5:00 PM- Close
  • Old Chicago– Kids ages 10 and under can make a pizza for $2.00 from 4:00 PM- 9:00 PM
  • The Pfunky Griddle– Kids ages 3 and under eat for $1.99. Kids ages 4-10 eat for $3.99. Pancakes do not include toppings.

Wednesday

  • Sonic– Kid’s meals are $1.99
  • Logan’s Roadhouse– Kid’s meals are $3.29 with the purchase of 2 specified adult meals.
  • Camino Real– $1.99 kids meals
  • Jersey Mikes– One free kid’s combo with the purchase of each adult combo
  • Fire House Subs– Free kid’s meal with purchase of adult meal.
  • Ihop– from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Kids ages 8 and under eat free.
  • Sonic– $1.99 kid’s meals

Thursday

  • Captain D’s– 2 free kid’s meals with the purchase of 1 adult meal. Dine in only.

Saturday

  • Steak and Shake– One free kid’s meal for every $9.00 in adult purchases.

Everyday

  • Kids eat free at McAlister’s Deli from 4 pm to close with the purchase of an adult meal. There is no limit on the number of kids, but they do have to be present. (12 years old is the cut off)
  • Kids ages 3 and under eat free at Cici’s Pizza with the purchase of an adult meal.
  • Toots offers FREE Hot Dog Basket for kids ages 10 and under (limit 2 kids per 1 adult)
  • O’Charley’s serves FREE kid’s meals every day!
  • Las Palmas– All school year, Kids ages K-7th grade can bring in their report cards with A’s and B’s for free kids meal with adult purchase.
  • Noodles & Company– Kids eat for $5.00
  • Panera Bread– Kids eat for $4.19
  • Shoney’s– Kids ages 4 and under eat free from the buffet with the purchase of an adult buffet. Occasionally, they run specials of kids ages 10 and under eating free from the buffet as well.
  • Sir Pizza (weekdays only)- Kids ages 5 and under eat free.
  • Farmers Restaurant– Children ages 0-2 eat free, ages 3-6 eat for $.99, ages 7-12 eat for $4.99.
  • Pita Pit– Kids pita for $3.50. Every night buy 2 regular size pitas get 1 kid pita free. Ages 12 and under only.

How to make Keto Oreos

on March 28, 2018

Who doesn’t love a delicious Oreo dunked in milk? There is something especially satisfying about spreading an Oreo apart, licking the icing out of the middle and putting them back together before submerging the chocolate deliciousness into an ice cold glass of milk- just long enough for the bubbles to all come to the surface and pop. Is your mouth watering for that chocolate cookie, yet? Mine certainly is! When we made the decision to go keto I knew I would have to give up certain things, like Oreos. That was perfectly fine with me. Charles, on the other hand, NEEDS some Oreos in his life from time to time. Have you looked at the nutrition on those babies? 8 carbs per cookie!! WOAH!

With keto, we are allowed 20 carbs per day. No way was I letting him eat 3 cookies, go over his carbs for the day, and only consume just enough to tease him really. He would have been grumpy, and I would have been annoyed that he cheated. As usual, off to pinterest I went. There’s got to be a way for me to make these keto friendly. I found an abundance of Oreo-like recipes. Some were too sweet, too chocolatey, not chocolatey enough, too crumbly, etc. So I sought out to make my own version.

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Ingredients:

FOR THE KETO OREO COOKIES:

  • 1 1/3 cup almond flour
  • tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder–or instant coffee (optional)
  • 5 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 8 tablespoons Swerve
  • 1 egg

FOR VANILLA CREAM FILLING

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1/21 cup Swerve confectioners

 

Start by gathering all of your materials. It is easiest for me to lay out all of my measured supplies.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add almond flour, cocoa powder, xanthan gum, salt, baking soda and espresso powder (optional) to a medium bowl. Whisk it all together then set aside. If you have little ones helping, this is an excellent way to keep them occupied.

  2. Cream the butter until smooth with an electric mixer, or by hand if you don’t have one. Add in your sweetener and continue until it i mixed together really well and all of the sweetener has dissolved.

  3. Add in egg.

  4. Slowly add your flour mixture at this time. Add a little, mix, add a little, mix to make sure its all even.

  5. Next place the ball of dough onto some syran wrap, wrap it up and refrigerate over night.

  6. The next day (or if you are impatient like I was you skipped step 5) Preheat oven to 350°F and get out your silipat. If you do not have one of these magical mats you can get it here. I use them for all of my baking! No spray, your baked goods never stick, and they are dishwasher safe.

  7. Roll your dough out on parchment paper until it is as thin as you’d like. Get out a small circle shaped cookie cutter (Or if you are like me and cant find your correct size cookie cutter, you improvise and use a shot glass to cut your dough) and cut out as many circles as you can. Re-roll your dough over and over again to keep cutting out circles to get the most cookies out of your batch.

  8. For best results, I found it was best to pop the cookies in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to stiffen back up some before they go in the oven.

  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

  10. Allow to cool completely before spreading the cream filling on them.

  11. To make the vanilla cream filling, cream butter and coconut oil (or more butter) in a small bowl.  Cream in the vanilla and salt until it is completely mixed well. Next, add is a little powdered swerve to taste.

  12. You can spread the icing onto the cookie with a knife, or make it more decorative and use a piping bag.

  13.  Enjoy! If they last that long, store the cookies in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

     

    Some tips- I did not find that the cookies tasted great with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. You may want to experiment with different alternatives.

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After many trial and errors, these were a huge hit in our house. My husband gobbled up 6 of them, and at only 1 carb per cookie, he was able to stay under his macros for the day, even with a delicious dessert.

February 2018

on March 1, 2018
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Wow! Another month down. February was insanely busy with Girl Scouts. Here in the Nashville area, this is peak Girl Scout cookie season. My little Daisy/Brownie troop of 11 (13 now) girls hustled those cookies! We had a lot  of really great booth spots (cough, cough, KROGERS!) and some spots that were definitely more lesson learning opportunities. Over all my first-year troop sold just shy of 1800 boxes of cookies of our 2500 box goal. I think I was a little over ambitious as a first time troop leader. Either way, I am super proud of these girls. They worked through the hot, the cold, the pouring down rain, and the mild sprinkling, all with very few complaints. With some more careful booth choices on my behalf, I think we can reach that 2500 goal next year.

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On top of having a fabulous first cookie season, my girl scouts also were trained in the art of Victorian tea etiquette. We had the wonderful Raina Van Setter come by and teach the girls the proper way to hold a tea cup, eat finger foods, and set like little ladies at a tea party. It was a huge hit. All of the girls loved smelling and touching the different types of tea Raina brought and learning her vast array of knowledge!

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It is safe to say that Girl Scouts took over our February in the best way possible. It was such a wonderful month with so many positive lessons learned.

Carley had a very eventful month on her own. She entered her very first science fair and we made a paper mache horse for all of her Valentine’s Day cards. Originally, we had planned for her to make an interactive volcano that we found inspiration from on Pinterest. We had all of the supplies on hand and the project was going to cost $0.00 to make. What an awesome blog post, I thought. In girl scouts I was planning to teach the girls about recycling next month (coming soon!) I was super excited to incorporate that into her science fair project. Then, paper mache happened. The boxes we tried to re-purpose into the volcano supports weren’t quite strong enough. The paper mache paper we chose (packaging paper from an amazon prime delivery) was a little too heavy. In the end, her volcano was sunken in and not quite at all like the inspiration I had found for her to recreate. No worries, onto the next project…. A solar system! This project wasn’t quite as budget friendly as the previous, but Carley still rocked it! We found an old blocks box that wasn’t being used in the play room. The only thing we had to buy was the solar system balls. Thankfully, Walmart is open 24 hours and just 15 minutes away! Charles did the drilling in the box, I ran the wire and hung the planets after they were dry. Carley did all of the rest. She really loves all things science and she really shined with this project.

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On top of her science fair, Carley had a daddy daughter dance with Charles and Kenzie. The girls picked out their prettiest and frilliest dresses, we did hair and make up, and they were treated like princesses for the night by their daddy. I called around, just hours before, the dance in hopes of grabbing them up corsages to add a little extra something to their outfits and make them feel special. I received quotes of any where from $25-$45 EACH. Oh no no no! Not in this house! Off to walmart I went, again. For just $3.99 I grabbed up a beautiful pink bouquet of little flowers. I added a little floral tape and some wire (the same wire that was reused in the science fair project), a help of a friend, and boom. We pumped out 3 corsages and had enough materials for a good 5 more… all for about $15.

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Both girls had a blast and slept in extra late the next morning.

Kenzie’s month wasn’t quite as exciting as Carley’s. She spent the month with an awful ear infection. We go March 5th for her third set of tubes. Hopefully, this will be her final set. She has suffered through so many ear infections in her short little life. She’s had MRSA, staph, regular ear infections, and now ecoli…. in her ear!!! We spent this month concurring the letters A-D and counting to 15. I went with a friend to Costco a couple weeks back and got Kenzie a brain quest pre-k workbook. This has by far been her favorite book. It breaks things down and doesn’t get too advanced for her too quickly. I think we will be all ready for kindergarten in the fall!

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As for me, I have some pretty exciting news! Last month I touched on New Year’s goals and resolutions. I was very proud of my 2lbs I had lost. This month was even better! I discovered the Keto way of eating. What is Keto? It is a high fat/ low carb diet. Whaaa? does that mean bacon? Yes! lots and lots of bacon, cheese, avocado, sausage, and other healthy fats and high protein meals. We have now subbed out regular milk for unsweetened almond milk, gotten all unhealthy carb rich food out of our house, and I have started baking and cooking a whole lot more!!! This way of eating has completely changed my life for the better. I feel amazing, I’m losing tons of weight, I’m still enjoying some really yummy food. So, I don’t feel like I am missing out on “junk” what so ever. I do, however, really really miss orange juice. Fruits, although super nutritious, are very high in carbs. Once I get down to my goal weight I will reestablish fruits into my diet. Until then, Charles and I are both keeping our carb count under 20 grams a day. I have read several studies about women with very similar health histories and medical reactions as mine being able to completely go off of their meds with this way of eating. Every aspect of it makes me hopeful for a better and healthier future. I love that Charles is so on board with it and is being the best support system! I am down 19 lbs in the month of February alone!

Listening- I am in love with the new Luke Bryan song, I believe all people are good. This really speaks to my heart and as naive as I may be, I believe the same. So many of the lyrics are spot on. Don’t go by the nightly news or you will lose your faith in mankind. There is so much hate and horror in the world and the news just amplifies it. Watch your children play… see a child share a toy with a little kid of a different ethnicity. They see no color. They know no hate. They see a friend. We can learn so much from children.

Eating- Bacon…. so much bacon. Sausage and cream cheese mixed together have become a favorite. I will soon be doing a post on Fathead pizza dough. oh my yumminess. It is delicious.

Drinking- We have given up cows milk and all things sugar. To get in plenty of electrolytes, I have been drinking a lot of powerade zero.

Wearing- I am down to a very comfy size 18 pant. I started in a tight 22.

Feeling- really good. Staying busy and feeling like I have purpose really helps with my bipolar disorder. My husband feels like I take on too much with girl scouts, wedding planning, volunteering, home schooling, etc… The busier I am, I feel the healthier I am mentally.

Weather- Ha is this a joke? The weather in the south has been crazy this month. One weekend we are bundling up in multiple layers freezing our tushes off. The next weekend I am debating whether or not to let the kids wear shorts. I can’t wait for spring to come and stay.

Wanting- a Kitchen aid mixer!

Enjoying- life. I am now 28 years old. I am a mother to two amazing and beautiful little girls. I have the most supportive and fantastic husband I could ever hope for. I have an amazing support system of local friends that I love like family. I am one insanely lucky lady.