Hot Baking

First of all, a big, “Hello and thank you!” to everyone that has been stopping by and still reading my posts. That’s a real encouragement to me, and I know I’m way overdue on saying something. With great surprise, most of the new followers, and readers have been on the posts regarding food. Keto food to be exact. I’m not surprised about the food part. Eating is a very enjoyable part of most people’s days. And it is for me.

Once again, I will state that I’m not a food blogger. Just someone that enjoys baking…from the standpoint that I get to eat it! I’ve tried some really great recipes in the past couple of years, and I’ve enjoyed sharing them with you all.

So, today was a baking day. With the temperatures in the nineties, my husband mowed the yard and I baked. I don’t know who was more worn out! I know I was definitely cooler inside. When the weather is sultry, my go-to drink is the Singing Canary. I would say it’s my favorite of all the sippers I’ve tried so far, but I have a lot more to try. For those of you that are not familiar with Trim Healthy Mama, here is a link. https://trimhealthymama.com/

Over the past almost two years, I’ve cut refined sugar and wheat flour from my diet. I’ve been going at it very slowly, losing weight slowly. But that’s what I want. This has to be a lifestyle for me…forever! The Trim Healthy Mama books, support group on Facebook, and recipes have really helped me to stick with it. There are many food bloggers that share recipes as well. I have shared those recipes on here a few times now. All this healthy, delicious baking has really paid off for my husband. He is at his lowest weight, and best weight for him since we married almost 40 years ago. And every day we have a baked item for our breakfast dessert! That’s been really great news for my price-reduced-bakery-eating husband. Now remember…those results are his, and maybe not the same for everyone.

As I said, today was a baking day. I began with the Singing Canary…

Doesn’t it look yummy?

This is the actual recipe in the book.

Next, I made the Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars that I may have shared on here before. They are my husband’s favorite. Just an all-around great bar that keeps well and travels well. I make them almost every week.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars before cutting.

These bars are a recipe from https://joyfilledeats.com/chocolate-chip-cookie-bars/. This is another site I use A LOT! Check out her recipes. I’m sure you will find one, if not twenty that you’ll love.

Today, I also tried a new recipe from Joy Filled Eats. As always it is amazing! But I’m going to share that tomorrow. Because by then I can give a really good review on how yummy it is after I’ve eaten a few.

Stay cool and stay safe. I know the weather is showing more storms to arrive today. This time of year in Kansas is not my favorite! Plus, it never fails to downpour just after the yard is mowed and tidy. Until tomorrow…

Summery Lemon Goodness

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since I started eating better, and basically applying a lot of Keto-type eating to my diet. I stopped weighing myself long ago because of the debilitating roller-coaster it put me on. I do know that I’ve lost weight, but more importantly I feel so much better! Much of the inflammation I struggled with is gone, and I have more energy.

My husband has also been doing better. He isn’t as strict as I am, but I’ve been amazed that he has enjoyed many of the recipes I’ve tried. I no longer bake with flour or sugar, and I try to stay away from those two items as much as possible.

The community of people that apply this way of eating has been such a tremendous help in my journey. Without the recipes, and the encouragement from others, I don’t think I would have stayed the course. There is so much support out there! Because of this phenomenal support, there are so many sites and groups you can hook-up with.

This post is about the yummy lemon cookies I made on Saturday. I love anything lemon, and I especially love it during the summer months. So my only regret with these cookies is I found them in August and not April!

I’ve printed off several recipes from this group. Another one I’m anxious to try is the Red Velvet Cake. I’ll be ready for the winter months with that one! I was always disappointed that a Red Velvet Cake did not taste more like chocolate, because I always thought that was part of it. It was very interesting to learn of the reason why it doesn’t taste more like chocolate. But I’ll save that for another post…after I’ve tried the Red Velvet Cake recipe. šŸ˜‰

For now, here is the link for these lovely lemon cookies: https://www.fittoservegroup.com/low-carb-nut-free-tangy-lemon-cookies

At one time I made boxed-cake mix cookies. These lemon cookies, after being refrigerated, had the same softness, and tasted very much like the lemon cake mix. But so much better! These cookies have a freshness that is lacking in anything boxed. The drizzle you put on top really does harden, and it is so good! I’ve kept these cookies in the fridge because of the heavy whipping cream in the drizzle. That coolness just makes these taste better in my humble opinion. For those that are not a fan of almond flour, these cookies use only coconut flour. I was also concerned that the recipe would not make much. After baking/cooking for large families, I always double everything. I did not do that for this first-time-through. The recipe says it will make 24 of these little gems, but I had about 30, and they were nice-sized cookies. I will double it next time though! I want these around for awhile. My husband and I did quite a bit of damage to my supply this morning with coffee.

Another group I follow is: https://www.facebook.com/JoyFilledEats

I have shared a recipe or two on here, and I have made most of my recipes from Joy Filled Eats. I make the Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars weekly, and I always double the recipe. These were my husband’s go-to snack with coffee or tea while he was still working. They travel nicely and I store these on my kitchen counter for a week at a time. I love the collagen in them, and I attribute that to the amazing finger nails I’ve been growing over the past year. Although those nails are not so good for my writing career! Here is the recipe for the Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars: https://joyfilledeats.com/chocolate-chip-cookie-bars

I know this keto way of life is a really big thing right now. For me, it is very much the way I was eating before I was married…before it was cool. And I didn’t even know I was doing anything special. I just ate as pure as I could, stayed away from anything fried, and didn’t eat flour or refined sugar. I limited fruits to treats, and generally ate some form of protein with them. Any of our children will tell you that their snacks were generally a banana with peanut butter…and the peanut butter was just peanuts. I don’t think any of them enjoy a banana to this day! lol That way of eating worked for me when I was nineteen, and it’s working now.

The absolute best thing about eating this way now, and I say lifestyle most of the time when I refer to it…is the recipes available. A big shout-out to those that take the time to figure out the recipes, take pictures, post about them, and answer questions. You all are loved!