How to Make Easy Keto Bacon and Egg Cups
December 17, 2019

The New Year will be here in days and I've got Keto on my mind. I know that there will be slips and lots of cheating between now and then; in fact I planned them! It's the Holidays; a time to celebrate and with celebrating comes delicious food. So while I am celebrating, I am also preparing a menu for myself so that when I'm ready, I won't have to fumble for Keto recipes. Preparation is key. (New Year's Resolution). I came up with something delicious; breakfast egg muffins, using only 3 ingredients, bacon, eggs and chives. It's a simple as that. And they also work for Whole30, low carb diet, the Paleo diet, and are gluten …

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How to Make the Best Black Forest Cake for the Holidays
December 5, 2019

Black Forest Cake was born in the southwest region of a German mountain range known as the Black Forest, which is renowned for its wealth of cherries. The chocolate layers paired with cherries, whip cream, and chocolate shavings make up a classic Black Forest Cake. I wanted to share a holiday dessert with you that is not only a classic and delicious, but also easy to make for anyone, especially busy moms such as myself! Black forest cake is a must-have dessert in our home, especially because my wonderful husband is French and it’s one of his favorite sweet treats during this time of the year. This cake is actually quite popular in French Patisseries that specialize in sweets and baked goods, such as my traditional …

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Top 10 Keto Side Dishes
August 7, 2019

I love living low carb.  I always feel so much clearer when I practice the Keto way of life.  One thing I have noticed though is my lack of using side dishes.  I have no problem finding protein and doing salads, but I'm getting a little sick of eating the same thing every day. I really wanted to shake it up.  I want to try new side dishes.  My "go to" side dish is brussel sprouts.  I haven't really tried anything else besides a simple salad.  So, I found 10 top keto and low carb side dishes that will make your mouth water. These side dishes are interesting too.  I like trying more exotic foods so I think you will approve of these keto side dishes; …

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Easy Keto Pumpkin Chili
August 5, 2019

School starts next week and I can feel things shifting.  Soon, we will be talking about fall and the festivities.  Fall is my favorite time of year. It’s so beautiful and the weather cools down here in Phoenix a little.  I’ve been eating salads all summer but I love cooking hot food, especially comfort food like soups and chili. I love a good chili but it has to be spicy and have a kick! I enjoy spicy even more in the fall as it warms my whole body up. I also enjoy freezing chili for later meals. It’s so convenient, especially with the kids back to school. So, I found a low carb chili recipe with awesome Keto chili seasonings like chili powder, paprika, cumin and cayenne …

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How to Make Wheat Free, Gluten Free Snacks for Kids
July 17, 2019

This post was sponsored by Blue Diamond® as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own My kids love making sandwiches out of crackers.  There's something about the ritual of making it.  They get excited about what they are going to put inside the sandwich and it becomes a step by step game for them. They also love the crunch! Sometimes, they get slight skin reactions from snacks that have wheat and gluten in them.  You don't know what you're buying when you get the premade processed stuff. But I found a way to get them to make these fun snack sandwiches by themselves using fresh ingredients that are wheat and gluten free. You shouldn't have to settle for …

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How to make Blueberry Gluten Free Snack Bars for Kids
July 11, 2019

My kids love cereal for breakfast.  This summer though, we have been trying to come up with new things to make for the kids to eat now that school is out.  Every morning I'm met with the same questions, "what's for breakfast? Followed by "what are we doing today?" It's all about the food, snacks, and activities. So, since Cheerios came out with yummy NEW Blueberry Cheerios, I thought I'd make a fun, creative snack bar for them to put in the lunchboxes when they go to camp. The Blueberry Cheerios are made with real blueberry puree and other natural flavors.  Whether they have them for breakfast with milk or find these fun bars in their lunchbox, you can't go wrong with Cheerios, especially their new …

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Keto Chicken Enchilada Soup
June 27, 2019

. I love spicy food.  It started when I got pregnant, I couldn't get enough of it.  The spicier the better!  Recently, I started the Keto diet and am trying some new things.  We've been hitting up barbecues lately celebrating the Holidays and they've been giving me some ideas on spicy food.  One thing I love but never see at a barbecue is soup.  You can count on chicken wings and spicy dips. But I have never seen soups. And who doesn't like chicken enchiladas?  So, I thought maybe trying Keto chicken enchilada soup as an appetizer would be something fun. The best thing about soup too is that you can freeze it for later and with my busy life, it helps to just grab something …

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Sparkling Strawberry Peony Smash
June 10, 2019

Today is National Iced Tea Day and I am thirrrrrrrrsssssty.  It is 100 degrees outside here in Arizona and I need to stay hydrated. I need some iced cold tea! Wouldn't is be awesome to stay hydrated and have health benefits also? Teas with antioxidants are so good for you. especially ones with high catechin levels  like White Peony Tea Crystals. White Tea is the least oxidized of all teas and contains the highest levels of precious green tea antioxidants. White Peony White Peony is favored for its rich, robust flavor. Smooth, full-bodied and fragrant.  It's delicious and refreshing. Check out this Sparkling Strawberry Peony Smash iced tea recipe from Pique Tea. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:23] Happy National Iced Tea Day? What are you making to quench your thirst?

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5 Amazing Desserts for Fourth of July Celebrations
June 9, 2019

Fourth of July is coming up and my boys are so excited.  I'm excited about barbecues, get togethers, yummy food and desserts.  They are excited about fireworks.  It's all about being safe and having a good time. Somehow everything will all come together. But for me, it's all about the food and decor.  I love fun projects that bring celebrations alive.  And I definitly have a sweet tooth.  So, I found 5 amazing Fourth of July Desserts.  These are my top 5 red, white, and blue patriotic desserts. Layered Watermelon Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting I love watermelon especially during the summer, it's so refreshing. And coconut cream? I use it everyday in my shakes.  Add some berries and I'm totally hooked.  This is a great cake to …

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How to Make Easy Keto Brownies with Sugar Free Sprinkles
May 21, 2019

This post may contain affiliate links which means that if you click on something and purchase it, I will received a commission.  However, all opinions are my own. I also received product to facilitate this article. Who doesn't like brownies? I love a good brownie with walnuts.  My kids love brownies with sprinkles.  Everyone has their preference.  I love the keto way of life because it allows for sweets - in moderation and prepared specifically the keto way; sugar free. For now, I only eat keto friendly brownies.  And I have always stayed away from sprinkles because they are usually loaded with sugar and toxins.  I recently made Keto Cupcakes with Homemade Sprinkles.  But it was pretty time consuming to make the sprinkles and if you …

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How to do the 3 Day Keto Egg Fast
April 23, 2019

Spring break came and went and so did my healthy diet.  So, it's time to get back on track and throw myself back into my Keto way of life.  I always feel so much better and clear headed when I do Keto.  It isn't a fad or quick weight loss diet, for me it's a lifestyle. It's time for some egg fast recipes! Keto is not as easy as the media makes it out to be; so, if you've never done it, do your research first.  The basic concept of the Keto diet is to consume foods high in fat (healthy fats) and low in carbs. I won't get technical and talk about the specifics like macro nutrient percentage splits, but the takeaway is that you …

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9 Delicious Low Carb Cupcake Recipes
April 10, 2019

Who doesn't like Cupcakes? I don't know a single person who doesn't.  I do know that for myself, I have a hard time just having one.  But wouldn't it be great to know that your delicious cupcake is low carb? I found 9 awesome recipes for low carb and keto cupcake recipes that will make your mouth water.  Check them out! Piña Colada Cheesecake Cupcakes Recipe (Low Carb, Gluten-free) by WholeSomeYum.com Low Carb Carrot Cake Muffins by KimspiredDIY.com Low Carb Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes by PeaceLoveandLowCarb.com Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting Chocolate Cupcakes by JoyFilledEats.com 30 Minute Keto Cupcake Recipe with Confetti Sprinkles by MomJunky.com Zucchini Spice Cake Cupcakes – Cream Cheese Frosting by LowCarbYum.com Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting by LowCarbYum.com Keto Carrot Cake Cupcakes by The Flying Couponer   Sugar-free Cupcakes Recipe with Raspberry Frosting (Low Carb, Paleo) by WholesomeYum.com These low carb cupcakes …

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Keto Egg Fast Lemon Cheescake Fat Bombs
March 30, 2019

Lately I've been stagnant with my diet.  Part of it is because I cheated and went of course while traveling, which is easy to do. But now I'm back and ready to get back on the Keto bus.  I have given myself a few days to adjust but have recently discovered the 3-5 day Keto Egg Fast. What is an Keto Egg Fast? It's basically when you plateau while on Keto and need to kick start the weight loss by eating eggs and only eggs for 3-5 days.  Sounds fun, right? lol.  If you are interested in doing the Keto Egg Fast, do some research first. There are rules even though you are only eating eggs. Eat eggs all day - 6-11 For every egg consumed, you …

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30 Minute Keto Cupcake Recipe with Confetti Sprinkles
March 20, 2019

  Sometimes you want something sweet.  Like ! The Keto diet gives you lots of options to satisfy your sweet tooth, including cupcakes. Making keto cupcakes can be a little time consuming so I found a way to "get 'er done!" Cupcakes, sprinkles and icing! All in less than 30 minutes! The Cake I used Keto Queen Kreations; a low carb (1 net), sugar free, cake mix I received in My Keto Snack Box, a low carb snack box. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:22] All I had to add was one stick of butter, 8 ounces of cream cheese and four eggs.  I made 12 cupcakes in a silicone mold and baked at 350 for 25 minutes. The Icing All that you need for icing is 1 stick of butter, 8 ounces of cream cheese and …

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Keto Bars are Now Available in Lemon Poppyseed and Salted Caramel
February 11, 2019

It's Monday peeps! Guess what? My favorite, clean, keto-friendly snack bars, Keto Bars, are now available in two brand new delicious flavors: Lemon Poppyseed and Salted Caramel. What are Keto Bars? They’re literally the cleanest bar on the planet. They: ✅ Taste like dessert, but have no sugar alcohols, dairy, fillers or junk ✅ Have 3g of net carbs ✅ Contain 10g+ of grass-fed collagen protein ✅ Are specially formulated to minimize impact to blood sugar levels Everything these days says “Keto” on it. But these actually are keto - meaning they won’t jack up your blood sugar and they won’t kick you out of ketosis. Perfect Keto gets my seal of approval on taste and ingredients. Disclaimer: Don’t go into this expecting it to taste like a snickers candy bar or light …

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5 Easy Keto Weight Loss Shakes
January 1, 2019

Well, here we are again.  Another year has flown by and I need to do something about my weight.  It's my own fault.  It all starts around Halloween.  The candy kills me! Then I'm off to the races until Jan 1.  It's called sugar addiction and it's not pretty.  But awareness is key, right? I love the Keto diet.  And I'm back, stronger than ever! I always feel so good after detoxing off sugar and carbs. Eating clean just gives me so much energy. But I still have a sweet tooth and crave sugary drinks.  So, I make protein shakes with cocoa powder and other stuff.  I love shakes but I like to try different things and mix it up sometimes with berries and sometimes with peanut …

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14 Keto Holiday Recipes
December 12, 2018

It's that time of year again! It's all about indulging.  Holiday food is a must.  There's no getting around it. We all have a Holiday recipe weakness, right?  Whether it's egg nog, or pie, green bean casserole or our Aunt's famous cranberry cake.  We all have that something that we can't stay away from. Being on the Keto diet should not be complicated! There are so many great festive Keto Holiday dishes to choose from.  Here's a list of low carb Holiday dishes that I'm sure will get your tastes buds going. I'm loving the keto holiday dessert dishes! Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Garlic Butter Gravy {Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Keto} Find the recipe on Recipes From A Pantry Crispy Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts + Video Tutorial {Gluten-Free, Low …

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Jason's Deli in Scottsdale
November 11, 2018

Everyone loves a good sandwich.  I've been to a few delis in my time. It's been hit and miss with me.  For me, it's all about the quality of the food.  If the quality is not there, I walk out disappointed. That's why I was excited to try out Jason's Deli in Scottsdale.  When I take my kids out to eat, I want them to eat healthy. Jason's Deli wouldn't serve your family anything they wouldn't make their family and stands by serving wholesome ingredients. In 2005, they became the first national chain restaurant to remove partially hydrogenated oil – a source of artificial trans fat.  There is no processed MSG, no high-fructose corn syrup or dyes, and no artificial flavors or colors.   The service is great. This is …

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Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana Scottsdale
July 25, 2018

Thank you to Pomo Pizzaria for hosting me to facilitate this article. When was the last time you went to an Italian restaurant? I mean a real Italian restaurant. Not a NY style Italian that really serves American food with Italian names. I'm talking about an Italian restaurant where almost the majority of the ingredients come from Italy. And again, not some commercial European business importing low quality Italian olive oil. I mean high-end Italian ingredients sourced for their quality and authenticity, regardless of their cost. So now that I've set the ground rules, I will ask you again… when was the last time you went to an Italian restaurant? The answer for the great majority of you is going to be never. Sure, we’ve all had …

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How to Entertain with Wheat and Gluten Free Snacks
July 15, 2018

My kids and I are snackaholics.  We love snacking, especially on crispy, crunchy foods, like crackers and chips.  However, these don't always sit well with us.  I have noticed my kids having blotchy skin and breakouts after eating gluten.  I also don't feel good eating wheat, so I have eliminated it for the most part. Of course, my kids just want a tasty snack.  They don't take into consideration whether it is gluten free or not.  It's up to me to find that out and make sure it meets their little picky standards. Children don't understand the benefits of a wheat and gluten free snack.  They care about flavor, yet as parents, some of us are looking for that and more; like crackers with no artificial flavors.   …

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Why Fresh Produce is Essential for Canning
July 11, 2018

I love preserving food and canning. Whether it be making jam, meal prepping, or simply storing beans and pasta.  It is a no-brainer for a busy mom like myself.  But what's the point in canning if you're not using the freshest ingredients? Why would you can and preserve something that is not at its freshest? And where do you find the freshest ingredients? I have purchased my fruits and veggies from grocery stores and either scrubbed them or purchased organic only to be disappointed by the quality. So, I started going to Farmers Markets. I like to learn about where the produce is locally grown, and get to know the people.   I love going to Farmers Markets.  I look forward to Saturday mornings just for this …

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5 Major Benefits of Bell Peppers and a Florida Three Pepper Salad Recipe
April 20, 2018

Have you ever wondered why peppers are so good for you? Not only that, they add so much flavor to any recipe.  They taste great alone or with a dip, like hummus. I love them raw but sometimes cook them with a stir fry. In our house, we eat fresh peppers all the time. They also happen to be in season and very refreshing in this Florida weather.  There's nothing like a cold, fresh salad to cool you down! So, while I was preparing the The Florida Three Pepper Salad, a fun, new recipe,  I considered all the benefits Bell Peppers have. 1. Vitamin C The red peppers have more than 200 percent of your daily vitamin C intake and are a good source of vitamin B6 and …

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Prezzo Opens Its Doors for Lunch
March 13, 2018

December 28 was the official opening and rebirth or Prezzo, located in the Park Place plaza on Military Trail in Boca Raton. The original Prezzo opened in 1989 and had the first wood-burning pizza oven in South Florida.  Not only did they bring that back, but guests can also enjoy their famed roasted garlic and focaccia bread sticks before their eating from the menu crafted by James Beard award-winning chef, Mark Militello . Prezzo is now open for lunch.  Available from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition to lunch sized portions of their signature pizzas and pastas, Executive Chef Mark Militello has added some traditional features to the lunch menu such as an Italian sandwich section. Averaging $13 each, options include Meatball, Chicken …

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Celebrating Birthdays at Red Lobster with Lobsterfest
March 12, 2018

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #LobsterfestCelebration #Lobsterfest #CollectiveBias When I walk into a Red Lobster I see families laughing and sharing biscuits and entrees.  This has been my experience for years. Up until recently it was always my husband and I on date night.  We love sharing meals together and have not been able to do that lately because we have both been so busy. My kids love to go out and dine with us sometimes too.  Last week it was my son's 4th Birthday and my Birthday as well.  So, we decided to celebrate together as a family at Red Lobster during …

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The Benefits of Buying Locally Green Produce
March 5, 2018

My husband and I shop for fresh produce and/or meat almost every day.  We rarely freeze anything unless already purchased frozen.   We both grew up in Europe where you just walk to the local farmers market every day and get your produce there.  It's always fresh, every day.  That's how we are accustomed to living. So, Saturdays are the biggest days for shopping for us since we hit the local Farmers Markets for the freshest produce we can find.  It's such a beautiful scene at Boca Green Market, one of many local Farmers Markets that carry Fresh From Florida produce.  The hustle and bustle of people searching for their favorite produce with their recyclable bags in hand.  I hear the greetings between the farmers and the …

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Roots Italian Kitchen Boca Raton Opens for Lunch
February 12, 2018

I had never been to Roots Italian Kitchen in Boca Raton, so when I was invited I was very excited to check it out. Like a lot of people in town I had heard about it but I had no idea what to expect. Roots Italian Kitchen welcomes you in a modern, open space atmosphere that is reminiscent of a Top Chef challenge: white, contemporary, minimalistic. It looks nothing like your grandma's favorite Italian restaurant with pizza, pasta, and the cliche tablecloth. The flavors have nothing to do with grandma's favorite either. No blend pasta smothered in questionable tomato sauce. Roots' flavors are precise, bold. Dishes are expertly prepared and presented in a non-pretentious, yet sophisticated way. Prices are affordable, especially for the location.  Here's what we ate...and …

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