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I’m still going on the low-carb bandwagon, mainly because I had a little bit of a hiccup in January. I was literally sick for 21 days out of the month. TWENTY. ONE. DAYS. Now, to clarify, I wasn’t running a fever or had the flu. But I battled a sore throat, ear infection, cough, congestion, runny nose, and headaches for the entire three weeks. It wasn’t until last weekend I actually got some relief. Anyway, since I’m back doing low carb, I decided to try a recipe I pinned on Pinterest a while back for a microwave Keto cheesecake in a mug! Woohoo!

Here’s what I used:

~2 oz cream cheese, cubed

~ 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

~1/2 teaspoon stevia

~1 large egg

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First, I put the cream cheese in my mug and popped it in the microwave for 15 seconds. Then, I added the vanilla and Stevia.

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After that, I added the egg. I had to stir a for a hot minute to get the batter smooth, so remember that if you try this!

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Then, the mug went back into the microwave for another 90 seconds.

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After that, I put the cheesecake onto a small plate and refrigerated it for an hour. When it was done, I added some whipped topping and strawberries.

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Y’all…this was…in a word: DISGUSTING.

OMG this is probably one of my biggest Pinterest fails EVER. Seriously. It was so freaking gross. It legit just tasted like creamy eggs. I took one bite and then threw it all in the trash.

Very disappointing.

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Sometimes, eating lower carb is a wee bit difficult when you crave your old favorites. The other day, I wanted tacos SO. FREAKING. BAD. and I didn’t think I’d be able to have them because, Keto. Then I saw a friend of mine had made taco shells with shredded cheese! You read that right: shredded cheese! And I HAD to try it out!

 

Here’s what I used:

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Yup. That’s it. Shredded cheese.

 

First, you’ll need to preheat your oven to 350F. Then, on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet, make 1/4 cup piles of cheese about 2 inches apart. Press the cheese down lightly so it makes one layer instead of a little mound.

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Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 5-7 minutes or until the edges of the cheese are brown. Let the cheese cool for 2-3 minutes then place it over the handle of a wooden spoon or another utensil that is balanced on two cups.

 

Allow to cheese cool completely then remove—you’ve got yourself a low carb taco shell!

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I actually liked these MUCH better than the regular shells. Tortilla shells fall apart so easily and you lose all that yummy goodness on your plate (or lap, if you’re a messy eater like myself) and it’s so frustrating! These shells stayed in place and added a new flavor to the tacos! I LOVED them and will absolutely be making them again!

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Since I gave y’all a resolution-busting Try It last week, I thought I’d give y’all a healthy option this week! One of my goals this year is to get down to pre-Huff the Tot weight. I’ve been following a low-carb/semi-Keto “diet” (I don’t like the “D” word) Mondays through Saturdays and eating whatever I want on Sundays. Since January 2nd, I’ve lost two pounds! Yay!

One thing I’ve been missing in the mornings is waffles. I used to eat eggs and whole wheat Eggos in the mornings but, since waffles=carbs, I haven’t had one in a while. I’ve tried a high-protein/low-carb waffle before but it just wasn’t that great. I thought I’d try a new recipe and see if the waffles tasted any better! (Bonus! These are also gluten free!)

Here’s what you need:

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1 cup almond flour, sifted

1/2 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup heavy cream or heavy cream and a little water

2 tablespoons oil

3 eggs

 

In large bowl, whisk together almond flour, baking powder and salt.

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Stir in oil and eggs and mix until well blended. Then, slowly add the heavy cream until the desired batter thickness is achieved.

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After that, pour the batter into your waffle maker to cook.

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Wait for the waffle to finish cooking and serve!

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GUYS. These waffles were DELICIOUS! They also only had THREE carbs per waffle! This recipe yielded about 4 waffles, so I was able to freeze a few and reheat them throughout the week (like when my family had pizza for dinner and I had to resist the temptation)! You don’t even have to add syrup–top with raspberries (a naturally low-carb berry) and some Reddi Whip and you’re golden! Its filling, its Keto-friendly, and its DELISH!

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You would assume that, seeing as how this is the first Try It Tuesday of the year that you are about to read an uber-healthy post about something delicious and nutritious, sure to help you stay on track with your resolutions, right?

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HA! NOT TODAY!

Today I’m going to share one of my favorite sweet treats (that I actually learned from my sister) and I took to my family’s New Year’s Eve get together! Its called Tiger Butter and its amazing!

Here’s what you need:

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  • 1 bag vanilla chips (11 oz)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

First, line a 9×13 glass pan with parchment paper or foil. I had to use tape to get the parchment paper to stay in place (which was super annoying) but I thought it would work better than foil.
Pour the semi-sweet chocolate chips into a small, glass bowl. Microwave for about a minute and stir gently until smooth. You may need to add a few extra seconds if it didn’t melt all the way. Then, set it aside.

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Next, pour the vanilla chips into a medium-sized glass bowl. Microwave for about a minute and a half. Stir gently until smooth. Add the peanut butter and stir until the mixtures is well combined and there are no lumps.

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Pour the vanilla-peanut butter mixture into the lined pan. It probably won’t reach the edges of the pan–don’t panic! Its totally fine. Once the mixture has settled, pour in the melted semi-sweet chocolate in lines.

After that, take a knife and run it the opposite direction of the chocolate lines you created to achieve a swirl pattern. Swipe your knife through the mixture however many times you want until you achieve the look you prefer!

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Let it cool either on the countertop or in the fridge. When its cooled and firm, cut it into small squares and store in an airtight containerIMG_7415

 

You guys, I could LEGIT eat this whole recipe if I did not exercise EXTREME self-control. Like, for reals. Its just sooooo good! Definitely “Cheat Day”-worthy!

Have you ever tried this before? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

 

 

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The other day, I saw a video on Facebook showing how to bake brownies using cookie cutters in the oven. Intrigued, I thought I’d try it out! After all, if you bake the brownies first and then cut them out, you’ve got a ton of oddly-shaped brownies left over!
First, I mixed up the brownie mix. I saw this tasty mix at Aldi and couldn’t pass it up!
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Then, I laid out parchment paper on some cookie sheets and plopped the cookie cutters down.
After that, I poured some brownie mix into each cookie cutter and placed the cookie sheets in the oven.

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After they baked for about 30-40 minutes, I took them out and let them cool. Then, I tried to pop the brownies out of the cutters.
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Yeah. The video made it look A LOT easier. Certain shapes did better than others and some turned into just blobs of brownie.
Sigh.
I think it would just be easier to bake the brownies as usual and THEN cut out the shapes. I know what you’re thinking—“But what about the leftover brownies?”. And I have an answer: cake pops! Or truffles! (Okay, that was TWO answers. But still, you have options!)
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Have you ever tried this before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

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Here lately, I’ve been trying to follow low-carb/Keto diet during the week and pretty much do whatever on the weekend. Since its the holiday season, I know I’m going to pack on a few pounds with parties and such, so I’m trying to offset any BIG gains by doing this moderation-type diet. (It sounds weird but I definitely think its helping!)

Anywhoo, I’ve been getting a little tired of eating cheese, meat, and almonds 24/7 and a friend of mine (who is also doing the Keto diet) gave me one of her favorite recipes for low-carb biscuits and I was super excited to try them out!

Here’s what you need:

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~2 cups almond flour

~2 tsp baking powder

~1/2 tsp sea salt

~2 eggs (beaten)

~1/3 cup butter (measure it, then melt it)

First, mix all dry ingredients together. Then, stir in the eggs and melted butter and mix well.

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Scoop out with a cookie scoop (made this process soooooo much easier!).

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Flatten the dough balls a wee bit and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. And bam! they’re done!

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Guys, these were GREAT! Granted, they were small, but that’s totally okay with me! They gave me that “carb” texture I needed AND they didn’t wreck my total carb count for the day! Bonus–they’re gluten free! So my GF peeps out there, y’all need to make these!

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Have you ever tried these? What were your thoughts? Share in the comments below!

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I’ve been working on some projects around the house because, when you’re a SAHM, you look at the same stuff day after day and suddenly you get a wave of what I like to call “Joanna Gaines Fever” and you just HAVE to do some redecorating.

I’ve been looking for something to put in the kids’ bathroom because its just kind of bland. I bought an awesome shelf from Hobby Lobby (holla for clearance!) and I wanted a little somethin’ to go on it.

I knew exactly what I wanted but I didn’t know how to go about it. Enter: Pinterest. I found this link and it was EXACTLY what I was looking for!

Here’s what I used:

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~A little wooden sign I picked up at Walmart

~glue stick

~cardstock

~freezer paper

~printer (not pictured)

~metal spoon (also not pictured because, Mommy Brain)

 

First, I cut out the freezer paper to fit my sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 cardstock. I glued the freezer paper to the cardstock with the waxy side out (this is very important).

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Next, I thought of the quote I wanted on my sign. Then, I typed it up in Word and “mirror flipped” it.

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Then I printed the quote and laid it gently on the wooden sign, praying it was lined up straight. Finally, I used the edge of a metal spoon and scraped the cardstock.

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After a few minutes, I lifted the paper:

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Meh.

I was hoping for better results. BUT, even though it didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped, the letters are light enough that I can go over it with a paint pen, so all is not lost.

Have you ever tried this before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

 

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A few weeks ago, I was perusing Amazon when I came across this little contraption:

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No, not the toddler. The blue thing! Its called: The Noggle. Its an attachment you hook to your A/C vent so your rear-facing kiddo can get cold air in the hot car. This intrigued me because I’m constantly concerned that Huff the Babe is burning up in the backseat (which is why I have the A/C turned down to 68* in the car, much to Huff the Tot’s disappointment). I checked the price: $45.99!

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SAY WHAAAAAAAAT?! Nah. I know I could do this for a lot cheaper. I checked Pinterest for some tutorials, but I couldn’t really find any. So, I decided to just wing it and do my own thing.

Here’s what I used:

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~foil duct

~glue gun

~silicone sink strainer (I found some at Dollar Tree!)

~Velcro adhesive stickers

~felt

~fabric

 

My idea (well, actually my dad’s idea) was to put the silicone sink drainer in the hose, put felt around the outside, and attach the Velcro adhesives to the vent so the vent would stick.

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Then, I put a funnel at the other end (AKA, the end that Huff the Babe would have). I put the funnel there because I didn’t want Huff the Babe to put his hands down the tube.

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It looked REALLY janky. I couldn’t deal. So I covered it with some Star Wars fabric I had lying around.

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Much better.

Then, Huff the Hubs and I tried it out.

Yeah. Big. Fat. FAILURE.

The air didn’t really come out the other end (probably because of the funnel) and I really didn’t want to take it out because I knew HtB, AKA “The Destroyer”, would rip through the tubing. (Seriously, this kid has some Hulk strength). So sadly, this was a bust.

BUT, at least I didn’t spend $45.99! I only spent $16! And I can still use the stuff. I’ll probably reuse the fabric and the tubing can be used for a Tin Man costume or robot costume later. So all is not lost!

Have you ever tried The Noggle (or something similar)? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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This weekend, my sister, Bestie, and I had a girl’s night! When you’re in your thirties, “girl’s night” means hanging out in your lounge clothes, eating Bagel Bites and watching Disney movies. Because, priorities. It also means you get to make this awesome dip for dessert:

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Here’s what you need:

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8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 c. marshmallow fluff

1 c. powdered sugar

1/2 c. heavy whipping cream

1 tsp. vanilla extract

pinch of salt

four different colors of food coloring

sprinkles

Nilla Wafers/fruit (for serving)

 

Combine cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Mix until it is thoroughly combined. Then, add in the heavy cream, vanilla, and salt. Combine until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.

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Divide the mixture between four small bowls (one bowl for each color). Then, add in a few drops of different food coloring to each bowl and stir.

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Add spoonfuls of the dyed dip into a serving bowl, alternating colors until you’ve used up all the mixture. Swirl the colors together with a knife. Then, top with sprinkles and serve with crackers or fruit!

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This dip was super tasty! And also super fun! I think I may make some red, white, and blue dip for the Fourth of July!

 

Have you ever tried this recipe? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

 

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Happy Tuesday, Tryers! This weekend was Easter and let me tell ya, so many tasty treats were demolished. I’m talking mountains of Reese’s Eggs and handfuls of Peeps. Along with the candy, I made a sweet–and super easy–dessert that is sure to please any crowd! (Shout out to theblondcook.com and Pinterest for helpin’ a sistah out!) I made these delicious morsels:

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Here’s what you need:

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¼ cup packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon apple pie spice, and additional apple pie spice (about ¼ teaspoon) for sprinkling on top of crescent rolls

3 tablespoons butter, melted

⅓ cup chopped pecans (I didn’t use these because we have folks with nut allergies)

2 small Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced into 8 (1/2-inch) slices

2 (8-ounce) can Pillsbury Original crescent rolls (I thought I had bought original crescent rolls. Turns out I bought crescent rounds. Ugh. But I was able to make them work!)

 

First, preheat your oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then, melt your butter and toss the apple slices around in it.

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After that, lay out the crescent rolls on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the brown sugar and spice mixture evenly onto each roll. Then, if you’re using nuts, add those to each roll as well. Next, place apple slices on each roll, starting at the widest end, and roll up.

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Brush the crescent rolls with the remaining butter, sprinkle with sugar and spices, and pop them in the oven for 10-12 minutes.

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When they’re done, let them cool and dig in!

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These were soooooo good, y’all! They would’ve been even better with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream on them! I think I’ll be making these A LOT from now on!

 

Have you ever tried this recipe before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!