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Valentine’s Day Ideas


One of the hardest things to do when trying to eat healthy is get through the holidays.  I don’t know what it is but carb-loaded foods seem to be a part of most holidays.  Valentine’s Day is no exception.  Where most holidays involve all kinds of parties, with foods and beverages that pack on the pounds, make you feel bloated and leave you miserable and needing a nap, this holiday is one filled with sweets.  I would bet the amount of chocolate consumed in and around this holiday would blow your mind.

I have decided to see what I can do to get through this holiday with a few lower carb treats.  My husband knows that shoes is the way to my heart, so he has already surprised me with a great pair of new shoes:  Sapphire Blue Tieks.  YAY!  These are my favorite shoes.

My husband adores chocolate, so I thought I would try to find something that would satisfy his love for chocolate.  Little did I know I would find a recipe for chocolate Truffles that might just do the trick.  My only concern is it is going to be more of a dark chocolate treat that his favorite, milk chocolate.  The recipe I used can be found here.

Update:   So I forgot to add the 20 drops of Stevia and they are still pretty amazing.  It almost makes me wonder if they would be too sweet with that added.  Oh well, now I will have to make some to see.  I also didn’t make them as big as the recipe called for (I used the smallest Pampered Chef scoop and it made closer to 16 Truffles), so around 1 carb per piece is pretty awesome for this sweet treat!!

I am telling you, if you need something sweet.  This is your go-to item!

Keto on!



Game Day & More

Game Day & More

Philly Cheesesteak Casserole and this past week:

Life has been so crazy this week. I have tried several recipes this week and haven’t had a chance to post about them.  On Monday (I think), I tried Kristie’s Philly Cheesesteak Casserole.  I can honestly say that we ate on it all week.  It was absolutely amazing.  The feature photo is a picture of my casserole once it was complete.  The recipe is found on page 59 of her book and a chicken version of this can be found here (I am totally game on trying the chicken version!).

For my trial of this, I did use bacon fat to cook it in, and probably used a little too much.  My thoughts was, “How can you have too much bacon fat?”  Right?  Well, because the steak creates some of its own drippings, the casserole I made was a little greasy (but still good – don’t get me wrong!).   I also left out the mushrooms and bell peppers.  My family is not a fan of green pepper, but hind sight being what it is I should have put some red, yellow or orange bell peppers in it.  We love the sweet flavor of them and they don’t usually cause indigestions.

I can tell you that the second night when we reheated this, it was even better, and each night of the week, it was better and better.  I did find myself skipping breakfast and lunch and not feeling hungry at all.  I have also been trying to eat my last meal before 8pm and even better if it is before 7pm.  Unfortunately, that often means eating alone since my husband works out of town and his dealership often doesn’t close until 7pm and he doesn’t get home until an hour or more after that.

Game Day:

So, it is Super Bowl Sunday and we have a long-standing tradition of eating junk on this day.  However, this year, with our new way of eating, we will be cooking Keto versions of everything and leaving out the sweets and high carb foods.

This year our menu includes:

  • Buffalo Chicken Wings (although I may convince my hubby to try Mr. Keto’s Parmesan Garlic Wings.  If I do, I will share how they turned out).
  • Chili
  • Cheesy Sausage Enchilada Dip
  • Homemade Cheese Crackers (or Pork Rinds, whichever folks prefer)

For the Buffalo Wings, we simply cook them whichever way you prefer (we usually fry them in bacon fat in a cast iron pan – this gets them a little crispy with no battering needed).  The sauce is simply 1/2 Cup of Butter, 1/2 tsp of Cayenne Pepper, 1/2 tsp of garlic powder,  1/2 tsp salt, and a 1/2 cup of your favorite hot sauce (READ YOUR LABELS).  We mix this together and simmer on the stove (covered) until the wings are ready.   Toss the wings in the sauce in a large bowl, just before serving.  I often dip mine in a little Ranch Dressing.  YUM!


Chili:  I am trying a new recipe today.  Using this recipe found here.  This is currently simmering on my stove and smells divine!  I followed the recipe as is and it tastes wonderful.  I did use Chicken Stock, but you cannot tell.  I may or may not have added a little extra bacon.


Cheesy Sausage Enchilada Dip:  I will have to let you know how this one goes.  I am going to make up this recipe myself as I go.  I will write it down and share it with you, IF it is yummy.  I cannot imagine that it would be bad.  All you need is a pound of Neese’s Country Hot Sausage, one small onion (chopped), one clove of garlic (chopped), 8 oz of cream cheese, 2 cups of shredded cheddar, and 1/2 to 3/4 can of Enchilada Sauce (red), black pepper to taste.  Brown the sausage, add chopped onion/garlic and allow to sweat until tender, drain fat.  Add Cream Cheese and cheddar to pan with sausage and onion/garlic and allow to melt.  Stir in the red sauce, using 1/2 of a 10oz can to approximately 3/4 (or until you have the desired taste).  You could add green chiles, if you like, or I even thought about a jalepeno chopped up for a little more depth of flavor.  I poured it into a small crockpot to keep warm.  We used Pork Rinds for our “chips.”


Homemade Cheese Crackers:  I will be following this recipe.  Can’t imagine there will be anything too hard about making these.  I didn’t get to this recipe, last but instead made jalepeno poppers:  Jalepenos, cream cheese and bacon = EASY!  Baked them at 400 on a baking sheet in the oven for 15 minutes, then flipped them and cooked an additional 15 minutes (remember to start them with the cream cheese side down).  Can you say, YUMMY?


As a sweet, I may finish up with a plate of Kristie’s Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies, page 154 of her cookbook.  I haven’t decided if we will even need this.  My daughters and their families are coming over, so I may want to add this as a final finish.  I didn’t get to this recipe, either.  Ahhhh, maybe next time.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday, Y’all!  Hope you have a wonderful evening.  Enjoy your day.

Keto On!

A Weeks Plans…down the tubes


I think I may have mentioned that I am a boring eater during the week when life schedules gets in the way.  I tend to go for what is familiar and easy.  This week I have packed lunches of 3 oz of cheddar cheese and 14 slices of pepperoni.  I don’t usually eat lunch, but I packed it and carried it with me.  Then I ended up eating it once I got home.  LOL….that is just how my life goes.

I was terrible about getting in my water this week, too.  But the recent snow made this first full week back at school a nightmare of craziness.  We had ball games to make up and meetings to figure out everything we had missed and discussions of how to make up meetings and professional development.

Last night, for dinner I made a fathead pizza again, just because I love pizza on the weekend.  Now I am desperately trying to figure out what to cook for dinner tonight.  My family comes for dinner on Sundays, so it is a struggle to figure out what everyone likes and will eat.

Well, for dinner tonight we decided to have omelets and biscuits.  I did fix a pot of grits for the kids to go along with their omelets (bacon, egg and cheese).  I also fixed a batch of Belle’s Biscuits.  Every single bit of everything was eaten.

Tomorrow night I think I will be preparing the Philly Cheesesteak casserole.  Can’t wait to report on how it goes.

Until next time,

Keto on!

Keto: Day 24-30

Keto:  Day 24-30

I had to share this picture (although I don’t ever like pictures of me) because it has my cute little grandson, Caelan, in it.  It was taken today and he is just a few days over 3 months old.  He is a bundle of smiles and cuteness!  He is one of the reasons I want so desperately to get healthy.  Here is the other one:  Christian.


The other reason is because I don’t like being overweight and on stage.  I need to get this weight off of me.  I love performing but never want to because I am so self-conscious about my size.  Here is me an my pal, Tony, at a Halloween event at a local school.


I can’t believe my time is up.  Life got so busy that I couldn’t blog every day.  I was so tired when I got home, I usually fell asleep on the couch before I ever opened my computer.  I did want to talk about a few recipes I tried during these past few days.  I kept my morning routine of coffee with heavy cream for breakfast.  Most days I never got in my calories, but kept my macros correct.  I feel like I would have lost way more weight if I had gotten my calories in.  That statement is way off for my original way of thinking.

I did find that I missed sandwiches something terrible.  I won’t go without something I can use as bread.  I tried the 90 second bread and it was fine, but not fantastic.  I did find the recipe for soul bread.  WOW!  This is the stuff right there.  The first time I made it, I didn’t have a no-flavor protein powder.   I had to see if it would be like bread or smell like an omelet, so I made it with the only Isopure 0-carb protein powder I had on hand:  Banana Cream.  Well, to my surprise, it was delicious.  I would think you could have used the recipe, added in some nuts and had something resembling banana nut bread, just not the typical color of it.  This bread looks and feels like bread.


It is delicious, too!  I can’t wait to try a BLT or grilled cheese sandwich now.  I think my hubby will be happy!  This is a game changer!!!  Here is the recipe:  Soul Bread.

A not so wonderful recipe I tried, and don’t blame the recipe, I think it was me, is for these brownies.  The batter was divine but they did not cook up like I would have thought.  This could be for many reasons.  I will try them again, with fresher and the recommended ingredients.  I used a chocolate protein powder that I had on hand, baking powder that was probably too old, and homemade coconut butter. Literally wanted to vomit upon the first bite.  You can tell by the picture that I had the wrong size pan, too.  It call for a 7×5 (who has that size???).  They do look nice and chocolate, but I failed the recipe miserably.  Here is the recipe:  Brownies


Now….there is this recipe that I made today that I may have to taste before our Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow.  The batter tasted amazing, so I really want to leave it in tact until dessert tomorrow, as it baked up beautifully.  This is a recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie.  So simple to make and, like I said, the batter flavor was yummy!  I cannot wait to have a piece tomorrow after our Turkey Dinner.


This picture was taken fresh out of the oven.  I have had it in the refrigerator for several hours now.  Seriously, though, how can you go wrong with cheesecake?

In my experience, there will be things you “crave.”  I put that in quotation marks because so many people talk about cravings.  I didn’t really crave anything.   I just missed things.  I really wanted a burger with a bun, or a good ole sandwich, or a glass of wine.  I did have wine on occasion, but I found that there was an initial huge weight loss after a glass, but the day after that would be a weight gain.  I really think that has something to do with your fluid intake (or the effects of alcohol on your body as related to dehydration).  I am not a medical doctor, so I don’t know that to be true, but for me, it seems to be what my body was telling me.  I could have one glass of wine with dinner and then not be able to get enough water the next day.

Cheese.  Hmmmm…..ooh how I love it.  You really have to eat cheese in moderations (or, at least I did).  Cheese was probably my biggest problem.  Not cream cheese, though, only hard cheeses (pepperjack, cheddar, etc.).  I always stalled when I ate cheese.

Final weight:  I lost 6 pound even during the 30 days.  Not at all what I hoped for, but 6 pounds a month?  Yeah, I will take that.  I also have to tell you how much better I feel.  I don’t have the swollen hands and fingers like I often did.  I do recommend drinking LOTS of water and adding in some exercise.  I didn’t seem to get in the water or exercise, but I know that if I had, I would have seen even greater results.

Well…..onto the next 30 days!  I will check in with you as I try new recipes and keep you informed of my progress!

Keto on.

Keto: Day 18-24


I think I must be the most boring eater in the world.  I pretty much eat the same thing day after day.  I have found myself forcing myself to eat because I am not hungry.  I have wondered if this WOE is for me because I cannot get in enough calories and have found myself at a stall for the past several days.

The weather has turned off pretty cold, so I automatically think about comfort food.  Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese are my go-to things for cold weather.  I started researching how to make a Keto Tomato soup.  After all, the canned soup has about 19-22 carbs per serving! Yikes!

I found this amazing creamy tomato soup here.   It tastes a lot like the creamy tomato at Panera Bread (one of my faves!).   I didn’t use a blender, but instead used my handy immersion blender.  All of the seasonings made this roasted roma tomato yumminess one of the best soups I have had.

Grilled cheese.  Yum.   How to do that and be low carb can be a challenge.  I found the 90 second bread and used that.  I wish I hadn’t been so impatient and let it sit in the grill (Panini press) for a little longer, maybe it wouldn’t have tasted so eggy.  It was nice to hold something that seemed like a sandwich, but the flavor was more like an omelet.  😦  Still on the search for a good keto bread.  I love sandwiches and could live off of them.  The hunt is on!

Keto: Day 15-17


Continuing on this WOE, I find myself not really hungry at all.  I don’t eat at all during the day, but I do look forward to eating something good when I get home.  Carb creep is a real thing, so I have to be careful about he veggies I eat.  I am addicted to jalepeno peppers stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon.  I am pretty religious about eating a peanut butter fat bomb and having two cups of coffee with heavy cream and stevia each morning.

I don’t ever have time for lunch.  I know most people probably think that the life of a principal must be pretty easy.  I can tell you that I barely sit down all day.  I am in and out of classrooms making sure that students and teachers feel my presence.  I couldn’t love my job more.  Not sure I am too good at it, but I love it.  I love the smell of the school, the moments when I can tell that a teacher knows that his/her kids got today’s lesson, and that moment when a kid realized he/she got it, too.  I know good teaching when I see it and I am a really fair disciplinarian when necessary.  Middle school is tough.   There is barely enough time to think, let alone eat lunch or even take a sip of water for that matter.

It’s the water, or lack thereof, that is getting me, I feel sure.  I just don’t have time.

Tonight for dinner, I made homemade broccoli cheddar soup.  It was delicious!  I used a recipe from  You can see the recipe here (with step-by-step pictures)!

My weight has stalled.  I am guessing it is from the lack of water and the carb creep.  Hopefully, I will get this under control.  I am also probably not getting in the calories I need.

Until next time:  Keto On!

Keto: Day 14


Well, I made it through the weekend, but not without complications.  My appetite had completely ceased by this past Thursday.  I wondered if it were from being Keto or if something else was going on.  I didn’t feel too well on Friday and still had not appetite.  Pushing through Saturday, I even attended a wedding, but had little to no appetite.  Woke up this morning and felt as if I had been hit by a train.  All kinds of tummy troubles, plus a headache and neck pain that just would not stop.

Found myself at a convenient care by 10 am, only to discover I had a severe sinus infection.  Ugh.  I have been tired.  I had to eat something to get the antibiotics in, so my hubby fixed me a few jalepenos with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon.  I have also had a bacon, cheese, and cream cheese omelet, today, as well.  Other than that, my appetite is just to minimal to eat right now.  Hopefully it will improve with time on this antibiotic.

I have maintained eating correctly, so I am happy with that.  More later…..when I can hold my head up.  Hopefully will feel better soon.