Thoughts & Decisions

 I am a pretty easy person to get along with.  Especially at the age I am now.  I am more carefree I guess, and a little less uptight.  If that is even the right word.  However, I don't always say the things I want to say, good or "bad".  I always think 10 steps ahead and know if I stick up for myself the way that I do, I know it would cause issues in some relationships.  I keep that in mind every single time I have interactions with those people, as well as with the people associated with the individuals.  I know it often comes off as weak, or easy to bully and push around maybe.  But those days are slowly coming to an end.  I am tired of living the shadows of my own heart and mind.  I want to break free of the judgement and the criticism.  I want to feel good, and I want to speak my mind like they do.  I know that once I do speak my mind, and am totally honest it will cause problems.  I guess I am ready to deal with those issues once in for all.

I just to be me.  I just want to find my place in the world.  I just want to find things that work for me and make me happy.  I know that from the outside looking in, I may seem a little flakey.  I may seem like someone who cannot make up their mind about things.  And it's true, I do have a hard time finding diets, foods, and other things that work for me.  But that is why I try all different things.

It's easy for someone to sit back, and listen or see 5% of my life and judge me for that.  And that's fine, I guess.  I am human-I can admit it does bother me a little.  But just a little, maybe 5% lol.  But seriously, we just this one life. I want to be happy in it.  I want YOU to be happy in it with me.

Biscuits & Gravy Recipe (keto style)

 So one of my favorite breakfast foods of all time is biscuits and gravy.  I love it with or without sausage.  I just love it.  I love the flavor, the way it fills you up, and how easy it is to make.  I didn't think I'd have it ever again.  Well, one of the main reasons I bought SOUTHER KETO (click here) was because I saw it had a recipe for keto biscuits (1.5g net carbs) and sausage gravy (1.5 net carbs) recipes.  I was so excited to give it a try.  My husband, who is NOT keto, had double-so that will tell you how it tasted.

I am still getting used to the texture of almond flour, not being as powdery (kind of grainy), but with the gravy over it-you don't even notice honestly.

Drop Biscuits

1 1/2 cup finely ground blanched almond flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons salted butter, melted but not hot

  1. Preheat oven to 400, grease your baking sheet with oil or use parchment paper (I used my silicone liner)
  2. In a medium-size bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, sour cream, and butter together.
  4. Pour into the flour mixture, and mix well.
  5. Allow batter to sit for 5 mins
  6. Drop the batter by the large spoonfuls on a prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart and bake for about 10-12 mins.
  7. Allow to cool a bit and enjoy!
One thing I noticed about this recipe is that when I did large spoonful's I only got six biscuits; maybe my spoons are giant, IDK-but just food for thought :) 

Sausage Gravy

1 pound bulk breakfast sausage
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (not necessary but does add some thickness)
salt & pepper to taste

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown sausage until done (get it nice and crumbly)
  2. Reduce heat to low and stir in cream, water, and xantham gum.
  3. Stir stir stir, until it gets thick.
  4. Add more water if it gets too thick.
  5. Add in salt and pepper as you like it (or whatever other spices you like)
Score: 9 out of 10
Recipe Credit: Natasha Newton/Southern Keto Cookbook/ Instagram

Cajun Chicken Zoodles Recipe (so so good)

Cajun Chicken Zoodles

What you'll need:
4 chicken breasts (boneless/skinless cut into cubes)
4-5 small to medium zucchini (spiralized & steamed/drained of water)
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/2 cup parm cheese (grated)
2 gloves of garlic (crushed)
4-5 teaspoons of Tony's Seasoning (or any cajun style seasoning of your choice)
Salt/Pepper to taste

What you'll do:
  1. Mix chicken with cajun seasoning in a bowl until well coated.
  2. Heat large skillet (med-high heat).  Add in butter and olive oil.  Melt together.
  3. Add in chicken, brown until done (6-8 mins)
  4. After chicken is done cooking, add in garlic and mix for about 2 mins not letting garlic burn.
  5. Add in heavy cream, mix well.
  6. Toss in zoodles.
  7. Top with cheese.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Mix.
  10. Enjoy :)
When I first made this, I put the noodles in raw-but then the sauce got a little watery.  I didn't find that it took the flavor away, but I would have preferred it not to be so soupy.

Recipe adapted from: 

Keto Check-in Week1

Keto check in, after one week.  Below are my stats:

Week One

10.5 pounds down
- 1/2 inch neck
- 3 inches bust (under)
- 1.5 inches arms
- 3.5 inches waist
- 1/2 inch hips- 1 inch thighs

How am I feeling?

This week hasn't been as hard as I thought it would be. Honestly, I thought I would miss potatoes really bad and really crave the sangria I was so happily to mindlessly have whenever I wanted to.  I didn't miss them at all, not even a craving.  I cooked pretty healthy, as I am still uncomfortable eating so much fat.  But from what I am learning from reading and listening to Podcasts, you can use your "fat burning" from your own body, not necessarily in your intake.  There is a balance and a formula for it.  The family was pretty much on board with everything I have made.  I feel bad for them though, they have gone through so many diets with me over the years, I know they look at food I've made and thing-oh wonder what is in this?  They all didn't love whole wheat pasta as much as me when I was doing Weight Watchers.  I mean, I am not trying to get ahead of myself or anything but this week has been easy, and I honestly think I found something that truly works for me.

I have been sharing it a little on social media.  I am sure my friends and family are rolling their eyes at me, as they have watched me struggle and watched me jump around from one diet/food plan, trying out being vegetarian, flexitarian-the works.  I know I'll get some eye rolls....and I am prepared for that I guess.  I can only tell them that I struggle with this, and I have found something that works for me.  And that I love them and hope they can support me even if they don't agree.

So the day I started KETO was on Thursday.  I had practiced some recipes the week before-and read all about it (or as much as I could) while trying to make the decision to what I was going to do.  I decided mid-week to just do it-so I didn't waste time with waiting until "Monday".  The very next day, Friday-was our 10 year anniversary.  Crap, so the second day on Keto I was going out to dinner.  I had read what a struggle that was for people.  Lucky for me, my husband picked a local steak joint we really love.  So I happily got a steak, salad and green beans.  I didn't partake in the amazing homemade bread they put on our table and I was okay with it.  I had a plan.....and this time I thought to myself-I am going to DO IT!

What I cooked this week?

Grilled Chicken, Asparagus and Stuffed Mushrooms
Taco Lettuce Cups
Fried Cabbage and Beef Sausage
Baked Cheesy Chicken and Steamed Broccoli
Made some fathead dough
Made some tortilla dough
Chaffles & Waffles
Biscuits and Gravy (yummy)

Keto Waffles Recipe

 I've been doing keto for a little over a week.  Well, if I am being honest, the first week I did just as a trial-still had wine at the end of the day if I wanted it, but started officially last Thursday.  No more wine, which is something to cry about-or so I thought, so far it's not been so bad.

I have seen a lot of video recipes on tiktok for chaffles, and waffles and I've tried a few, I have tweeked this particular recipe to my own likes-and so far this is my favorite version.

I used the tiny waffle maker, that I purchased off Amazon for $9.99 (click here).  I liked it so much, I bought the Christmas one for my daughter who lives in Portland and it was only $15.99 I think.....she loves it and is now happily making waffles for my grandson Oscar.

I am not a professional cook, recipe developer or anything of that sort, this recipe may be tweaked how you see fit-add some peanut butter, coco powder, go crazy.  

What you'll need:

1/4 cup almond flour (I used a fine ground version)
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp monk fruit sweetener (you don't have to add this I just like it)
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp heavy cream (or half and half/or water)
2 tsp of butter

What you'll do:

  1. Heat your waffle iron
  2. Mix all your ingredients together
  3. Put a tsp of butter on your waffle iron (spray the top with oil)
  4. Pour in 1/2 your mixture.
  5. Cook for 2-4 mins.
  6. Repeat.
  7. Enjoy :)
When I plug all these ingredients into my carb manager app, it says that two waffles (a serving) is 3 net carbs.  Score!

First Week of School

This may turn into one of those rambling blog posts, so please look away if you are not into mom ranting.  I personally am not into mom ranting either, but here I am - trying to write a follow up post to my week of being back at school and doing it, with three kids-while also working from home.

I am sure the burning question of the hour is, was this week easy?  The answer is no.  You may also want to know if anyone had fun, also no.  One child couldn't remember anything, not even the alphabet while the other cried (real tears) that he was stuck at home (he's a homebody) doing virtual learning and last but not least you have the carefree kid saying "oh my teachers haven't assigned any work today..." he is the luckiest kid on this plant, because the crying one had TONS of work to do!  Go figure.

So, this week has sucked.  I have yelled, people have cried (yes more then one-none of which was me), and my office has went from being a peaceful place to being a classroom.

It's okay though, it's just going to take some time to get into a good rhythm again.  By today, things have gotten better.  Though my patience are just shot. I am ready for a carefree weekend.  And that is exactly what is in store.

I don't know how people do it.  I just don't.  My house is a mess, I can't (or don't want to) cook anymore because I am exhausted at the end of my work/school day and I literally get ZERO moments alone, though one of my brats did say "well you get peace when you're asleep..." and he's not wrong - but still COME ON.  I am tired. I am old.  I am done.  (for the day) lol back at it on MONDAY!

xoxo, Lela


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