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. 😉

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!

Best Oatmeal!

For almost four months now, I have chosen to not eat flour or sugar. I have also stayed away from too many carbs in the form of potatoes, and other starchy vegetables. I still eat dairy, and protein in the form of meat. I have felt much better. Many of my aches and pains are gone, and I am starting to sleep better as well.

All of those items are huge benefits for me. I know I have lost inches over this time. Clothes are fitting better, and I am able to wear some clothing I couldn’t. I no longer weigh myself. It was becoming an obsession, and was too debilitating for me when I didn’t lose, or I gained…again!

Because I began this journey back in the middle of August, I wanted to get a good handle on it before the holiday season began. I knew I also wanted to find some alternatives to the traditional holiday baking. At one time, before five children, and not much time, I loved to bake. Cinnamon rolls from scratch, brownies, and cakes I decorated. I didn’t use mixes. After children, so much of my time was spent cooking meals, that desserts really took a back seat, and cinnamon rolls were a rare treat. I also didn’t want that much sugar sitting around for us all to consume. 

I have been thrilled to find several sites/blogs that have wonderful recipes. They have almost anything you could think of made with no flour or sugar. The recipes are great for many kinds of diets out there, keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, and Trim Healthy Mama to name a few. I have mostly concentrated on the dessert side of things because that was what I was missing. But now I’m ready to try some other goodies. In this post I’m going to include two links to two sites I use frequently, but there are many others. I want to give a huge shout-out to these women that spend the time working on these recipes so people like me can make them. 

For Thanksgiving this year, I stayed on my plan pretty well. I didn’t have that bloated, miserable feeling of past years. I tried one bite of the stuffing my father made, and the same for the mashed potatoes, creamed corn, and green bean casserole my daughters made. I ate turkey, spinach made with cream cheese and topped with cheese, sweet pumpkin casserole, cranberry sauce, and vegetables with cheese and bacon. For dessert I had pecan pie topped with whipped cream, and pumpkin roll. And I didn’t feel left out, or wanting anything. 

Last night, while drifting in and out of sleep, I was thinking about oatmeal. I know, kind of crazy. Especially for me, since I haven’t eaten it much lately. It was one of those items I had to eat as a child, and made probably too much for my own children. With the oatmeal thinking came the memory of the cranberries in the fridge from Thanksgiving. And then I remembered the sweetened condensed milk there as well. This is the result of those thoughts last night:

 

Our youngest and I enjoyed this for breakfast this morning, and it was delicious! Even better than I imagined in my dreams. Here is the recipe with the two links for the cranberry sauce I made for Thanksgiving, and the sweetened condensed milk that I made for the pecan pie. No processed sugar needed, and I think it tasted even better.

Enough prepared oatmeal for you or two, or more. Top with cranberries and sweetened condensed milk to taste, or for your diet.

https://joyfilledeats.com/cranberry-sauce/

https://mymontanakitchen.com/3-ingredient-sweetened-condensed-milk-thm-s-low-carb-sugar-free/

I also wanted to include another site that I frequent a lot. This is where I got the recipe for the sweet pumpkin casserole. One of our youngest granddaughters loved it!

https://mrscriddleskitchen.com/sweet-pumpkin-casserole/

Again, thank you ladies for some great recipes! I’m looking forward to trying a few more for Christmas. And now I know how to make the best oatmeal!