Monday, January 8, 2018

Keto Pizza Poppers - Resolutions #BlogWithFriends

Have you ever thought how interesting it is. We start the week, crawling up the hill, Wednesday it's "hump day" we've climbed the slope and down we go toward Friday. Thursday comes and we are thrilled Friday is in sight. Friday! WOOT PAARRTAAY
The weekend flies by in a flash and well, darn, it's Monday again.
Such a roller coaster this life is.
But what if...
What if we didn't dread Monday? WHUT? I know, crazy notion, but really what if we ALL became the "glass is half full" kind of folks. So Monday wasn't something to dread but something to look forward to. A new week, a fresh start, a new beginning but what if...we remembered that if the glass is half full we CAN fill it back up?!
Which brings me to the point of this post. Resolutions.
You see, once a month we (a group of bloggers) decide on a theme and then set about with our own interpretations of that theme create a post that is unique to us. Normally I create a recipe to go along with the theme.

This month however I'm just going to share my thoughts on "resolutions" with you. Okay and a recipe at the end. You know I can't help myself.
Resolution, a resolve to change things, make them better, a conscience decision for change. For me, well I grew up being that pessimistic person. Eeyore. The glass is half empty. One day I decided I had been miserable long enough and I became a realistic person. The glass might be half empty but I can refill it. It might be raining but I can wear rain gear or stay in. Realistic. Some still see that as pessimistic. I'm not Susie Sunshine, always smiling, rose colored glasses, the world is round, moving and fantastic. Hogwash! Life sucks sometimes, it's hard, people are mean and rude. That's realistic.
Now you can either have lemons or lemonade. But if life throws lemons at you and doesn't throw water and sugar, you don't have lemonade so throw them back! LOL
Just kidding.
You know all the cliques right? Life is like a bowl of cherries, full of pits. Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get. And on and on.
Here are my resolutions, my realistic life goals.

First in keeping with my 1st and 2nd resolutions...let's look at pizza. I know, I just went out into left field but stay with me okay?
Pizza...who doesn't love pizza? Well, my youngest son ate his first slice at the age of 13. Yes you read that correctly. A teenager who had never eaten pizza. It wasn't my fault! Lord knows I tried to entice him. Homemade pizza, deep dish pizza, pizza casserole, pizza pasta. Nope, he was having none of it. So what made him eat that first slice? Hunger! He was at youth, had not eaten since early that morning and to be honest was starving, so he broke down and ate a slice. I remember him coming home and saying, "I ate pizza tonight". Good grief Batman I about fell over! I said, "YOU what?" He shrugged and said "yeah I was hungry, it was okay" as he walked in to the kitchen to attack the fridge and all its contents. And so it began. Pizza for us all. YAY! Good thing too because the rest of us LOVED it.
That brings me to NOT keto friendly. I have made the fathead pizza dough, time consuming but delicious. I have made crustless pizza, cauliflower crust pizza, pizza dip, pizza casserole and pizza chicken. All keto friendly. But I miss dough, pizza dough, pizza crust, pizza bones. I do.
It was lunch time, it had snowed, a LOT, I had not been shopping and I was wanting pizza. Oh wait...I remember I used to make pizza poppers! 
Why did I think of them? Because I was watching a movie on TV and they were advertising pizza rolls. So into the kitchen I went.
Now, what to do, how do I make the pizza poppers without flour? Coconut flour will not work, unless you want them dry, crumbly and tasting like coconut. Almond flour would work and I though I might have just enough left.
Hallelujah, it worked!
Keto Pizza Poppers
3/4 cup almond flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
1 TBSP parsley flakes
1 TBSP oregano flakes
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1 egg
3/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened original
1 cup shredded Colby/cheddar blend
1 cup chopped/diced pepperoni slices

350 degrees in a greased mini muffin pan, 24, for 15-18 minutes. Pop out, cool and enjoy!
  1. To be the healthiest version of me that I can
  2. To continue to learn about keto and change my habits to better suit what works for me
  3. To move my ass, yeah I know I moved 3 times last year, but I mean exercise
  4. To write more and think about it less
  5. To read more (I used to read 1000 books a year, yes you read that correctly but life has been hectic the last three years, now that it has calmed down. I plan to pick this habit up again)
  6. Create more keto recipes and revamp old favorites
  7. Complain less
  8. Have fun and who cares if someone is watching
  9. Nurture relationships that are worth it and not invest in those that are not.
  10. To stop procrastinating and do what needs to be done when it needs to be done (I'm really bad about this.)
  11. Let my yes be yes and my no be no. Even if folks don't like it. I owe no one an explanation.
  12. Stop worrying about things and people I can not change. 
I'll stop there because I could go on and on but then it would be overwhelming when I reread this later. I'll keep you updated on the progress, discuss how things are going and tell you about any new resolutions that pop up along the way.
My apologies to everyone. My laptop went belly up before all the projects were ready. I have done my best to get everyone added.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Moving Boxes - FOTW December

It's almost time!!! I'm probably the most excited I've been in well, okay since last year when I was able to travel to Texas to see my youngest son and his family for an early Christmas. But YES Christmas will be extra special this year.
So MERRY CHRISTMAS from me and my hubby!

Hiking and moving, hiking and moving. That's what I've been doing. How about you?

Welcome to the last edition of Fly On The Wall for 2017. Man this year went by in a blur. Be sure to visit all the others and see what they've been up to this month.

Living in my new home of GA, the altitude is higher, the temperature is lower and the roads are MUCH busier. My pet peeve? People who do NOT give a signal when they plan to turn. UGH!

My friend Eva posted this when she was visiting in SD...

Beau thinks he's hiding. So cute.

My cousin's grandson said to me "Dawn, why did the cow use a bell? Because it's horns is broke!" He is so cute and at 5 thinks he's the newest comedian. He is always telling jokes, some are funny, some are.. well, he's five.

I saw this craft on a FB group I'm in. I love it and it is purr-fect for my home! I need to make one.

 My poor poor kitties, they have such a rough neglected life, NOT. Laying around doing nothing all day. ahh the life. 
 My Lily girl. She does love her Daddy.
Oh middle son, our oldest, turns 26 tomorrow! Time flies y'all, so if you have small kids, don't blink because you'll have grandkids.

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh moving boxes, what? That's not how the song goes? You're right, but it does for me. Yep, moving again. On the 27th, yes, two days after Christmas. So I've been enjoying my tree because the day after Christmas it will come down. I have a few things packed. Well, both offices, the curio cabinet, book shelves, movies, dvds, some kitchen items I rarely use but are a must keep, summer clothes...still so much to do. AACCKKKKKK

I miss work, I miss my passengers, I miss driving everyday, I miss my sons and Miss Sassy Pants and the water. I miss the water. BUT...I love my life. yes I can miss all of those people and things and still be happy. 

We had a ton of snow earlier, yes a ton for Georgia, it's the South ya know. We had 6-9 inches depending on where you were in town. It was beautiful, but a mess.

Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays and whatever else you celebrate or don't. May you enjoy each and every day!
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Keto Coconut Chocolate Fat Bombs

If you are following along for keto recipes, then you'll love this. If you have no idea what I'm talking about then here are a few facts.
Keto or ketogenic diet is one high in fat, medium amounts of protein and very low carbs. The fat helps you with cravings. I know when I have not eaten a sufficient amount of fat, I will begin to crave foods like sugar and carbs. The low carb allows you to burn the fat and carbs stored in your body. Protein feeds you. Some days depending on what I have eaten, my fat percentages are falling into where I need but others day my fat intake is very low. That is when I reach for a fat bomb. Also when I want a treat. But be careful too many fat bombs and you defeat the purpose.
If you are low carb, these are perfect, if you are diabetic, again a perfect treat as there is NO SUGAR in these wonderful little treats.
No baking or cooking required. Since my oven was in use, I put the ingredients in a small sauce pan and the heat from the oven melted it all very nicely without scorching it or burning the chocolate. You could use a microwave or a double boiler if you wanted to.
In a muffin pan I lined half with muffin cups and the other half with 2 oz condiment cups with lids. I did this to see which way worked best and what I preferred.
Verdict? The paper liners are great and peel off easily but you should use two because the oil will soak through, the cups are perfect size, have lids and allow for easy storage. You need to allow the bomb to sit on the counter for 5 minutes or so, this will allow an easier removal from the cups and a softer (otherwise frozen and hard as a brick) texture.

Coconut Chocolate Fat Bombs - Keto
6 TBSP coconut oil
2 TBSP WOW butter or nut butter
6 TBSP cocoa powder, unsweetened
3 TBSP unsweetened coconut flakes
1-2 TBSP salted roasted sunflower seeds
Yields 12 muffin size disk.
Melt the cocoa powder, coconut oil and nut butter, mix well. Allow to cool slightly. In the liners or cups, add 1/2 tsp of sunflower seeds and 1/2 to 1 tsp of coconut flakes. Spoon 1 TBSP of chocolate mix over the seeds/flakes. Set in the freezer 30 minutes. Store in an air tight container in the freezer. They keep for weeks.

Round 2
This time I used a chocolate protein powder, low in carbs to substitute for the cocoa powder. I used a mixture of cashews, macadamia nuts and walnuts, raw and chopped instead of sunflower seeds. So I also added a pinch of Pink Himalayan salt. I used only the cups this time as the storage is so much easier and it allows me to toss one in my bag or lunch box when I leave the house.