Zucchini Gratin

I’m pretty sure that you could make anything with Gratin at the end of it and it would be a masterpiece.  Matt was eating some Au Gratin potatoes the other day and I was quite jealous. So this is when I decided to TAKE BACK MY LIFE AND GRATIN SOME DAMN ZUCCHINIS….

What you will need:

2 med/large zucchini

1.5 cups heavy whipping cream

2 tbsp butter

1/2 cup shredded parm cheese

1/2 cup shredded white cheddar

1 tsp garlic powder

1 cup crushed plain pork rinds

Preheat your oven to 400

Start by adding your butter and cream to a medium size pot!img_2496

Let that simmer and cook down.  Once it starts to bubble you can add your cheeses and garlic powder and let it simmer until its thick enough to coat the back of your spatula or spoon. In the meantime, cut up your zucchini into thin slices.

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I put mine into my baking dish as I went to see how much I would need. I initially thought that I would need 3-4 zucchini, but I ended up only needing 2.

After that I added my zucchini to the pot with the sauce to cook them a little bit before heading to the oven! I let them cook on medium heat for 8 mins!

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After that add your mixture to your baking dish and top with your crushed pork rinds and a little bit extra cheese if you like.  Sadly I forgot to take a pic of that step, as I was apparently very anxious to get this into the oven.

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I baked this on the bottom rack for 25 mins! Make sure to watch it as oven temps and times vary; just bake until the top is brown and the mixture is nice and bubbly!

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And as you pull this out of the oven I promise you that Angels will sing ❤

Enjoy!

Enlightened Ice Cream Review

I honestly have no idea how I got selected to receive a giant box filled with ice cream, but I ain’t even mad about it.  When I opened this box I had no idea what to expect inside. I had briefly read about the new flavors, but since none of my local stores carry the pints, I shielded myself from such envy.

img_1275 I was so excited to see such a variety of flavors. I immediately cracked open the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough… and then read that I needed to let it soften.. pfft… so I stuck it into the microwave for 15 secs haha worked like a charm.  My goodness! It was delicious! I got about a quarter through the pint when I realized I could taste the Erythritol. I saw it was one of the ingredients, but felt it would be ok since I can’t usually taste it in cold products since it’s fitting with the cooling effect of Erythritol.  But for the average person, this is no concern.  I’m just super sensitive to it for some reason, and in certain products it will give me migraines; but nonetheless it did not keep me from enjoying every last bite! .. and with no migraine! So, A+ guys.

The next flavor we tried was the Caramel Oatmeal Cookie Crunch. Oh yasss babes. This one was UHmazing. My fiance and I were literally fighting over spoonfuls of it.

The Triple Chocolate was very tasty at first, a very strong chocolately-fudgey flavor, but the Erythritol was pretty strong on this one.  Enough so that my fiance could also taste it. I didn’t venture too much further into that one.

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Next up was the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. Just a good ol’ straight forward yummy ice cream.  Not mind blowing, but not bad. A tasty enjoyable experience for the peanut butter lover.

The Sea Salt Caramel was one that was emptied first. That one was most enjoyed by my fiance.  He says that one was his favorite out of the bunch. I enjoyed it as well, save for the Erythritol flavor after a few bites. But the caramel swirls were the very best part.

Mint Chip is just stupid delicious. Any kind of mint chip ice cream has been my favorite since I was young. This one was super creamy but not overpowering as the Halo Top mint chip is, in my opinion. A big thumbs up on this one.

And last but certainly not least… My favorite one! the Frozen Hot Chocolate ❤ ❤ ❤ oh myyyyy.  This one guys, incredible. Chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips snuggled around creamy marshmallow swirl. I was in heaven. To my delight, I also didn’t notice any Erythritol flavor whatsoever. I even had to read the ingredients a couple times to make sure I didn’t miss it. I don’t know how they disguised it in that one, but good job guys. By far my favorite of the bunch!

img_1425 Yeah. That happened. I wasn’t letting any of that one go to waste!

So the verdict! – If you want an indulgent ice cream, these are def for you. How do they compare against Halo Top?  Honestly, I can’t pick one over the other. They both have certain qualities on their own. Halo Top has a more light and refreshing texture/flavor.  While the Enlightened flavors are more decadent.  Halo Top does though offer a lower carb count, if that is important to your lifestyle. But the carb count on the Enlightened pints are just as reasonable if eaten by the serving size. Which is actually pretty damn accurate.  Due to the richness of the flavors, the serving size is exactly how much you will find yourself wanting.  Overall, def a good product and im so happy I got to try it!

 

3D Fiber Lash Review

I was lucky enough to receive an unexpected Christmas present from my dear friend, Amber.  She has recently taken the step to run her own business and sell Younique products!  She graciously sent me the 3D Fiber lash mascara and guys, its as amazing as I’ve always dreamed it would be.  Over the years I have seen so many of my friends try it and love it but I never looked further into it because honestly, I just figured it was too expensive for my cheap self. But guess what? ITS NOT!  It is a comfortable $29! Some lipsticks at Sephora are more than that… yikes… So $29 for something that REALLY does work, is totally a home run in my book.

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These results are after ONE application {Gel, Fibers, Gel} In the recommended order by instruction. The thing I hate most about my lashes is that they are blonde. So I hardly ever just go out with only mascara on.  But this stuff made them so thick and dark, I will totally go out with just mascara on; and well of course brows and concealer. Cuz i mean… my brows are forever trying to escape my face. Its hard to rally them back in. Bless dip brow.

I am beyond thrilled to finally have this stuff in my life. Its a quick application too, so don’t think you’re gonna be sitting at the mirror for 20 mins like with strip lashes.  This process took me all of 6 minutes.  Really, I timed it.  So I stuffed my strip lashes back in the drawer, because I will not be needing them again anytime soon! Ladies, get you some of this stuff fo sho! #treatyoself

If you wanna check out Amber’s Facebook page you can find her here:  https://www.facebook.com/BBombshells9098/?pnref=lhc    She does awesome LIVE feeds, so def check that out if you can!

And if you would like to get your hands on this mascara, you can find that here:http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2FWww.youniqueproducts.com%2Fbeautybombshells9098&h=eAQFsPqGq

Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake Bars 

These started out as an idea for cookies. Then as I mixed things, my idea turned to brownies. Then after baking, they were cake like haha oh the glory of testing new recipes! But! They are delicious nonetheless. 

What you will need: 

1 8oz block cream cheese

2 eggs 

1/4 tsp baking powder 

2 tbsp vanilla extract 

1/2 cup almond flour 

1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 

1 tsp cinnamon 

1/2 cup granular sweetener 

Espresso powder for topping 


Start by combining the cream cheese, sweetener, baking powder and eggs with your hand mixer. 


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Add the cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla, mix; then add the almond flour and mix until thick! 


Poor the mixture into a greased baking dish! 

Bake at 350 for 25 mins; let cool and refrigerate for an hour or more (let it get completely cold and firm). 

Cut into squares and enjoy!! 

2.4g carbs • 1.1g sugar • 0.7g fiber • 4.6g protein 

Makes 9 bars, serving size is 1 bar. 

Low Carb Alfredo Sauce

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If you follow my Instagram then you already know how much I love Alfredo sauce.  Plus, it’s ridiculously easy to make without using flour or additional thickeners!

I typically use 1-2 cups of Heavy Whipping Cream, depending on how many people i’m feeding.  1 Cup is usually enough for Matt and myself.  I start off with 2 tbsp of butter in a small sauce pan, melt that until it starts to simmer a little.  Then I add the cream. Turn the heat to medium high and continue to whisk so it doesn’t burn on the bottom. Make sure not to turn your back on it either, it will bubble over in a heart beat! Let that cook and bubble for roughly five minutes and then reduce the heat to a low medium. At this point add your Parmesan cheese.  I have made this a number of ways, and using shredded or shaved parm always turns out the best.  In a pinch I have used the grated kind, you know, the kind you sprinkle over pasta haha.  Don’t get me wrong, it works, but the flavor just isn’t the same.  So use the real cheese, guys! trust me. Add ya some garlic powder; about a small tsp, salt and a generous amount of black pepper.  Let that simmer now for a good ten mins. But still keeping an eye on it and whisking every few mins.  Then reduce to lowest heat and let stand for 5 mins. By this point is should be nice and thick; enough so that it will coat the back of a spoon. Pair with chicken or veggies and enjoy!! I could seriously just eat it straight out of the pan…. which has happened on occasion… it’s THAT good!!!

 

Ingredients:

Heavy whipping cream

butter

garlic powder

salt and pepper

Parmesan cheese

Fat is smart fuel? ..YES

Are you classy but still like dropping some F bombs every now and then?  I know I do.  Well now you can drop F bombs all over the damn place. My amazing friends,  Ross & Kara over at Love You Foods have not only given us their wizards brew of oils; but now they have provided us with a low carb/keto playground for all of us precious lchf human beans.  It’s a friendly forum to create discussions, ask questions and learn about anything and everything LCHF.  You can make your own profile, post updates and hang out with your pals.  I’ve made mine already and you can find me under the member list as Lazy_Keto.

See you there!fbomb

 

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Keto Health Benefits

If you’re new to Keto, just finding out about it or have been living a Ketogenic lifestyle for a while now, you already know about the amazing health benefits Keto has to offer.  I’ve been wanting to make this post for a while now, but kept retaining and gaining info so now i’m just bursting at the seams!

First and foremost, PCOS. It has been a nightmare in my life since I was 11 years old.  At age 14 I was “officially” diagnosed, but even then without a name.  They just told me that I had cysts on my ovaries and would most likely end up with ovarian cancer (since my mother had it) and of course would never have children.  They’re solution was to put me on Birth Control.  Which I will forever regret, and have been against birth control ever since.  I am convinced that the BC only furthered my complications that I was already experiencing.  While on the BC I didn’t have one single period for an entire year. Which was then followed by additional medication to make me HAVE a period.  At age 17 they wanted to give me a hysterectomy, which we of course said NO WAY and I went to find a new doctor.  So fast forward a few years; having horrible periods, missing time out of school, abnormal paps, etc.  Went all through my twenties only have 2-3 periods per year. Since being on Keto I am approaching a full year of normal, monthly periods.  I still have not been able to conceive (naturally and medically) but we haven’t lost hope.  With the help of Keto, I really believe that we will have the family that we desire.

Last year my father was diagnosed with a form of Muscular Dystrophy.  He was so progressed that walking was hard for him, and he couldn’t even hold a cup in one hand. It broke my heart seeing him lose so much of his mobility.  So! Research began.  I put him on a strict Keto diet and over the next two month, he regained ALL of his mobility, as if it has never happened.  He and my mother now live an 80/20 lifestyle, and while some of his symptoms have returned, he is still a thousand times better than he was prior to Keto. It was seriously remarkable to watch him get better and better.

Before starting Keto I made appointments with both my family doctor and my gyno. Had blood work panels done and such to be able to compare later on. Both of my doctors were all for me starting a Ketogenic lifestyle. My first blood work results were horrible. I was on the verge of diabetes.  I honestly was not surprised. But at my last screening at the beginning of this year, all of my levels are perfectly normal and diabetes is no longer a threat.

So many things in my life have changed because of Keto.  My skin has cleared up, my PCOS symptoms are completely gone.  Not just having normal periods now; no more weird hair growth. I don’t lose hair anymore, and i’m finally starting to lose my “inner tube” body shape. I also have a gluten intolerance, so cutting out ALL of that stuff has obviously made a difference as well.

If you’ve been considering starting a Low Carb or Ketogenic lifestlye, do it. Do it TODAY. You can potentially get your self off diabetic medication, high blood pressure medication, etc. The list goes on and on. It will truly be the best decision you’ve ever made for yourself.