Double Chocolate Cake {Keto}

I’m trying to experiment with new recipes at least a few days a week.  I also have a new obsession with avocados. I used to think they were so gross, but now they are among my favorite foods. Now I eat one almost every day.   Avocados are super nutritious and are one of the approved fruits for the keto diet.

 

Anyway, I was trying to make an avocado chocolate pudding the other day. After letting it refrigerate for a couple of hours I tasted it. It was not flavorful. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either. I decided that I didn’t want to waste it, and would see if I could make a cake with it as part of the batter to add moistness. The cake I made turned out to be delicious, and I am so glad that I didn’t waste that avocado.

Keto Double Chocolate Cake

1 avocado (mashed)

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 cup Stevia (or sweetener of your choice)

1 egg

1 cup of Torani Sugar-free syrup (I used Belgian Cookie)

1/4 cup of softened butter

2 cups of almond flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. meringue powder

1/2 cup of Lilly’s sugar-free chocolate chips

Directions:

Mash the avocado. Add wet ingredients together. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients a little bit at a time.  Lastly, gently add the chocolate chips in and stir until combined.

Pour into a greased baking dish or cake pan. Place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick put in the middle comes out clean.

Let completely cool before trying to cut it.

This would be a lovely cake for a special occasion like VALENTINE’S DAY!

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Caramel Chocolate Cookies {keto}

IMG_3500IMG_3501It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a recipe so I wanted to do that today.

My husband and I were looking for a treat, so I decided to whip up a batch of cookies.

Chocolate Caramel Cookies

1 stick of softened butter

2 cups almond flour

1 1/2 cup stevia

1/4 cup salted almonds (chopped)

1 bar of unsweetened chocolate (chopped)

1 Tablespoon of caramel extract

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Baking soda

Mix all the ingredients together. Place in small spoonfuls on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees until lightly browned (it took mine 7-8 minutes).

Enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

Cheese Dip {Recipe}

Punctuality is a trait that many people lack, especially in my family. I have major issues with time. It drives me to near insanity to be late and almost equally crazy when people are more than just fashionably late. One thing that exacerbates the situation is hunger. For Thanksgiving this year, I decided to try to alleviate at least part of the irritation by making a cheese dip for those who were on time and were hanging around for everyone else show up. Everyone in my family loves cheese and almost everyone likes a dip of some kind. This was easy to throw together. My family has already requested it again.

Cheese Dip (Keto, Low Carb)

1 block of cream cheese (I used the jalapeno kind)

1 small can of diced jalapenos (juice and all)

2 small blocks of hot pepper cheese (shredded)

1 small block of cheddar cheese (shredded)

Mix all the ingredients together. Put into a baking dish and sprinkle about 1 cup of shredded cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly and hot in the center (it took about 20-25 minutes).

I served this with Stacy’s Jalapeno Pita Chips. It can be eaten with veggies and any meat as well to keep it low carb or keto.

Enjoy!

 

Meal Train

Here down South we love to bring food to anyone we think may need a meal. Being ill, having surgery, having a loved one pass away, and definitely childbirth all warrant being brought someone’s signature dish for each occasion. One thing that makes this complicated is knowing what they like and dislike, and if someone else is bringing a meal as well. Meal Train is an amazing FREE website that allows people to see who’s bringing what and when. Personal preferences are also included. For a small fee, childcare, shopping, and cleaning coordination can also be added. It makes it all a little easier for everyone. If you know someone who needs meals and you want to coordinate it, this is the way to go. It takes minutes and you can easily share the link to the particular meal train through Facebook, twitter, and email.

Noodle-less Lasagna {Low Carb}

My girls love all things pasta. Since my husband and I don’t eat pasta, I usually just leave it out of our dishes and serve it on the side.  It’s a little more difficult to do with lasagna, but I still do.

Here’s how I do it:

2 lbs. sausage (any kind you like), cooked and drained

1 large container (usually 16 oz.) ricotta cheese

2 cups mozzarella

2 cups parmesan cheese

1 package of  provolone cheese slices

2 jars of Rao’s spaghetti sauce (many other sauces have LOTS of sugar. You must read the labels)

Mix the meat with the spaghetti sauce. In a lasagna pan, layer a meat layer then a ricotta/parmesan layer, then slices of provolone. Continue layering. On the last layer, put the mozzarella cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly.

(The provolone is a little thicker and doesn’t melt away like the shredded cheeses.)

Enjoy.

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Pirate Party and a recipe

Since we always have so many games and trivia during our parties, we always have a prize box of some sort. This time I got a styrofoam cooler for about $2.50 at Target. We spray painted it black and it served as the cutest treasure chest!

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I used pineapples to decorate around the house as well. Most of the decorations were from Target and Oriental Trading.

We played a throw a ring around the hook. It was a fun little game, but I actually think the adults enjoyed it more. We bought the hooks from Oriental Trading and hot glued them on to a piece of cardboard box. The rings were glow necklaces from Dollar Tree.

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As our guests arrived, they were asked to get a pirate name. I had two cups with silly names. One cup was the first name and the second was the last. They then had to wear a name tag with their pirate names on it.  It was fun to see the funny  combinations.

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We played a cannonball game that was the hit of the party. I had my parents bring all their newspapers that they’d normally recycle. The teams were to make balls out of it and throw them to the other side. After 5 minutes we counted who had the most and that team won. Both teams cheated by not making them into balls but it was so fun no one really got too upset about it.

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I made a new dish for the vegetarians. It was a black-eyed pea dip. I made it very spicy, but it was so delicious!

Black-eyed Pea Dip:

one can drained black-eyed peas

1 small can diced jalapeños

1/2 cup salsa

1/4 cup sour cream

2 Tbl. Hot sauce

1 cup hot pepper cheese

1 to 2 cups cheddar cheese (for topping)

Put ingredients in a blender and blend until just incorporated. You don’t want it too smooth. Pour into a greased baking dish. Put reserved cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly.  I served it with chips, but ate it plain. It was very spicy but so good! We named it Blackbeard’s dip for the party.

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Overall, this was one fun party!

Vanilla Cake {keto}

Originally posted on livingandlovinglowcarb

One of the things that can make a person who is living low carb feel sad is not being able to enjoy dessert, especially on special holidays like Memorial Day. I wanted to make a cake that I could throw some berries and whipped cream on top and feel like I was enjoying a decadent treat. I can hardly wait to share this super easy recipe with you!

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Low Carb Vanilla Cake

2 1/2 cups almond flour

1/2 cup softened butter

1/2 cup softened coconut butter

1 1/2 cup Splenda

1 cup sugar-free vanilla Torani syrup

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. meringue powder

1 tsp. cream of tartar

2 eggs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Stir together all the ingredients. Pour into a greased cake pan. Cook until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool. Remove from pan and enjoy so many different ways!

 

Scotch Eggs {keto}

This was originally published on my other  website, livingandlovinglowcarb, which is wholly dedicated to the low carb  lifestyle.

On our last trip to Disney World, we tried Scotch Eggs for the first time. They were very good and I knew I would have to try to make a keto version when we got home. Last weekend, I had everything I needed. It was way less intimidating than I expected. Everyone absolutely loved them, and have already requested that I make them again! In my personal opinion, they’re better than the original.

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Keto Scotch Eggs:

Boiled eggs

sausage

oil

parmesan cheese

2 eggs, beaten

First, boil your eggs to your personal preference. ( I personally cannot eat them even a tiny bit runny). Beat 2 eggs in a separate bowl. Begin heating the oil. Roll sausage around the boiled eggs. Dip into the beaten eggs. Drop into a Ziploc bag with about 2 cups of Parmesan cheese. Shake gently, making sure the egg and sausage is completely covered. Drop into the hot oil. Turn as it browns. Completely cook. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. These can be served hot or cool. My family liked them hot,

I hope you like these as much as my family did!

Lemon Blueberry Bread {Low Carb}

I love lemons and blueberries together. For our annual Mother’s Day brunch I decided to bring a low carb lemon-blueberry treat since I knew there would be lots of foods there I shouldn’t eat. I was a little worried about bringing a new recipe without trying it out first, but I was very pleased with the result.

Next time I make it, I will make it a couple of days in advance because it actually gets moister the longer it sits.

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Low Carb Lemon Blueberry Bread

4 cups of almond flour

1 1/2 cups of Splenda (or sweetener of your choice)

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

zest of one lemon

1 tsp. lemon extract

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup blueberries

6 eggs

1 tsp. cream of tartar

2 tsp. meringue powder

Put all the ingredients into the mixing bowl except for the blueberries. Mix it all until thoroughly mixed. Then gently fold the blueberries into the batter. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until a knife pierced through the middle comes out clean. Let cool and remove from the pan. Slice and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

May the 4th Be With You Dinner

I’m busy planning and gathering supplies for May 4.  I’m still trying to pinpoint exactly what I want to serve for dinner. I’m thinking of 7-Leia Dip, Trooper Scoopers (scoops chips), Wookie Cookies, and Death Star Doughnuts, Fruit Light Sabers OR Hans burgers, Leia’s buns, Wookie Cookies, and Obi-Wan fruit kebabs.

This is what we did last year. I have to say that the children really do enjoy this kind of a dinner. It takes planning and a little more effort than a normal dinner, but I do love to hear how they plan on doing the same kinds of things when they have families of their own.

Here’s last year’s post:

We ended up with breakfast for dinner. This is not unusual. We usually do this once a week on our more hectic nights.

The eggs were the Twin Suns.

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Cinnamon rolls were naturally Leia’s Buns.

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We had bacon and hashbrowns, which were a pretty terrible looking  “Chewbaccon”. At least we got a good laugh out of it!

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The sausage links were Light Sabers.

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I made Yoda Soda which was basically just a lime sherbet float.

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I made Chewy cookies from Little Debbie Star Crunch cookies and added candy eyes and a frosting mouth and nose. I got that idea from Pinterest.

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I purchased Star Wars plates and napkins. I also got some Star Wars fruit snacks for little treats. The children all thought everything turned out really cute and I think they love a themed dinner as much as I do.

I made all the signs and the framed “May the Fourth Be With You” sign using DaFont’s Star Jedi font.

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I’ll try my best to share what I actually end up doing on Thursday. I hope it turns out to be as much fun as last year!