Low Carb Pancakes

I had a great opportunity to try a couple of new recipes tonight. Larry attended a meeting on fishing in the St. Louis Area. I am hoping he finds a fishing spot this spring for when the wind settles down and the waters warm up slightly.

This recipe is from one of Dana Carpenter’s books and the recipe is Jeanette Wiese Best Pancakes I Ever Had. Click here for a link to the recipe.

I have cooked with Almond Flour before and they do produce food that is grainy in texture. I took 2 steps to help improve the texture. First was using Honeyville Almond Flour. It is a finer texture and produces a less grainy texture. The second step was to let the mixture set for 30 minutes so the flour has a chance to absorb some moisture & soften.

The mixture is quite thick. The first pancakes burned easily. I added some water to thin the batter and the next pancakes were cooked done and they had a nice brown finish.

Next time for additional flavor I am adding some Splenda, a little more vanilla & use cream to thin.

Well, time has passed and a second batch has been made with these alterations: I had 4 oz of cream cheese opened-just threw it all in; added 1/4 cup Splenda, 1 t. Vanilla extract & thinned the batter with heavy cream. Let mixture set for 20-30 minutes for improved texture. Delicious.

They are dry and will soak up the syrup so be sure you have plenty on hand. We like Smuckers Sugar-free Syrup.

Happy Cooking!

Ann

Just Back From Florida

I love retirement! We just spent 4 days in sunny, 80* Florida visiting with Scott & his family. Lil Scott is growing and changing by the day. He is 27 months old and when I watch him and his mannerisms I see his dad at that age. Same features and actions.

We spent Friday morning making sugar cookies. Waiting for them to cool was the hardest part of the whole process. Getting to ice and add sprinkles was the best part. I think more icing and sprinkles ended up in lil Scott than on the cookies. It was such a joy to share this time with him.

Coop is lil Scott’s brother and he was there Saturday morning before his dad picked him up for the weekend. We made pigs in a blanket for breakfast. The boys rolled out the dough and added the little smokies. Coop was pleased at adding 2 smokies to each blanket stretching them out and pinching up the dough to make a taco looking treat. Lil Scott would wrap two smokies side by side in a double sleeping bag look. Later that day when Coop talked with his mother (she just returned from a week long mandatory seminar for work) He was so excited about the cooking experience and gave her all the details.

We spent Sunday morning visiting with Scott, Theresa & lil Scott before catching our flight back to St. Louis where is was a bone chilling 26*. It is still bitterly cold today but the weekend is looking warmer.

Even with the weather and any other things you might consider, I still would not trade this experience for any other. The long hugs from my grandchildren is all I need. I Love everything about our life.

Blessings,

Ann

WOW – Two Granddaughters

When Larry & I retired, we though of traveling, fishing & just enjoying the leisure time of our lives.  Boy were we wrong.  Now with 2 granddaughters and a grandson we are busier than we expected to be.  Precious will be turning 3 in June and Lil Bit is just 6 months old.  Scott’s lil one turned 2 last December.

We are staying in St Louis and helping with the girls and traveling to Florida to spend time with Scott and his family.

Sewing for the girls has been both a joy and a challenge as they don’t stay the same size very long.  About the time you get it perfected, they grow!  Here is their Christmas dresses.

I love the way the wired ribbon bows just sort of crinkled up.  Really added some character.

Seems like so much has happened in the last 6 months.  The time has flown by.

Now that things are getting in somewhat of a routine, I’ll be better are keeping things going.

Have a Great Day & Blessings to all!

Ann

 

Low Carb Ranch Dressing

i just mixed up a batch & my initial impression is scrumptious!  I just need to pick up some almond or coconut milk to thin it down for my salads.

It is simple to whip up with ingredients I had on hand.  I think this will be my “go-to” dressing/dip for some time.

Here is a link to the recipe I added to my kitchen staples.

Keto Ranch Dip

Happy Cooking!

Ann

New Beginnings

It has been a couple of months since my last post and what a wonderful time it has been. We have welcomed into our family it’s newest member with the birth of LilBit. She entered this world on August 13th and has taken command of daily activities from the very beginning. Her personality is developing and letting us know who is in charge.

Matching outfits for all 3 Girls (Mommy included) for the Fall Activities came together just in time for the Pumpkin Patch at Eckert’s Farm, Belleville, IL. Mommy’s was just a plain white tee with a fabric bow for scrunching up the side of the tee. Precious’s out fit included leggings with a nice 4″ ruffle & LilBit’s outfit was a onesie cut off to create a tee with a 4″ ruffle to complete the look. Notice the 4th outfit? That is for Baby Jenna (Precious’s baby doll). The pumpkin appliqué/embroidery design is from Anita Good Designs.

My friend, Anna, and her two granddaughters along with Misty, myself, Precious & Lil Bit all went apple and pumpkin picking. What a great time we had watching these little wonders twist & pull the apples from low hanging branches in the apple orchard. Little ones are allowed to eat apples that they pick with no charge. Then on to the pumpkin patch where we hunted for small pumpkins they could carry and call their own.

Precious talked PawPaw into taking her for a ride in her red wagon and of course pumpkin had to accompany them for the ride. Wish I had been there to get a picture of the ride.

Here we are over 70, retired and yet still full of life as we spend our days watching the granddaughters grow and develop into loving, caring little one. Mom & Dad are doing such a wonderful job as they make the important decisions & nurture their development. Larry and I just enjoy our time with this growing family and help out as we can.

Never thought we would be at this point in our lives. We are eternally grateful for the opportunity to be grandparents to this family and son and his family. We are truly blessed. Thank You!

Blessing to all.

Ann

Sewing Summer Dress for Precious

My Viking Ruby Royal sewing/embroidery machine was in the shop for a couple of weeks and I definitely went through withdrawal.  I have some kind of a sewing project lined up and working almost every day.  This is a little dress that I whipped up and accented with some butterfly appliqué that I purchased thru Amazon.  The butterfly pockets were a little bit of a challenge simply due to their small size; but they worked out just fine.  After all she is only 2yo and on the move.

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It fit her perfectly and she had to wear it the first day.  She is only 2 yo, but she seems to know how to keep her Grammy in line and doing her bidding.  Smiles, ladybug hugs and butterfly kisses go a long way to making Grammy’s heart melt and this Grammy is loving every bit of it.  Misty tried to tell me that I’m the adult and in charge and Precious does need to get what she wants all the time.  I just laughed and ask her if Precious was aware of that fact.  I reminded Misty that my real job was unconditional love and acceptance & I was excelling in that department.  🙂

Being a Grammy is the absolutely best job I have ever had the privilege to have. Love all 3 of my grandkids and baby Sister isn’t even here as yet..

Butterfly Kisses!

Ann

 

Steak Fajitas

I’m still exploring recipes for the slow cooker or that can be converted to the slow cooker and I found another winner – Steak Fajitas.

Here’s the link.

It was so-o-o easy.  I used Shannon’s recipe for the spices, cut the flank steak into strips; placed all the ingredients in the slow cooker, sprinkled on the spices & stir to coat.  Let it cook.  Easy-Peasy.  The aroma filled the air when we arrived home and it was just minutes before I had everything ready.

I will definitely be looking to FitSlowCookerQueen.com for more easy slow cooker recipes.

Happy Cooking,

Ann

 

B-B-Q Sauce over Baby Back Ribs

I keep looking at recipes and trying new things.  This is another Slow Cooker Recipe I have tried.

First is the B-B-Q Sauce from Papa G’s.  It is a great, simple recipe and can be customized by adding spices to create more heat; or dark brown sugar or molasses for some sweetness; a little more liquid smoke for a more hickory flavor. I am so glad I found this recipe.

I checked out another recipe for Baby Back Ribs that had you start by rubbing salt, pepper & paprika to the slab of ribs after cutting the slab into 3 pieces for ease in fitting them into the slow cooker.  Place the seasoned ribs on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and broil under medium heat for about 10-15 minutes each side to create a nice brown, char on the pieces.

Put a small amount of B-B-Q sauce on the bottom of the slow cooker and layer the ribs in the cooker, covering each section with some of the sauce.  Save a little sauce for dipping when cooked.

Cook on HI for approximately 4 hours an on LOW for approximately 6 hours. To serve, remove very carefully, as the meat will fall off the bones, to a serving platter.  Cover with additional sauce.

Happy Eating!

Ann

 

Slow Cooker Chicken w/Rice

With summer in full heat mode, I am looking to my slow cooker for easy recipes that don’t heat up the kitchen.  I have started with a simple Chicken w/Rice.  Just going from memory of a dish I liked; this is what I came up with.

Pour approximately 1 cup of brown rice in the bottom of slow cooker.  Sprinkle with onion powder, garlic powder and paprika.  Place chicken breast (or the pieces you prefer) on top of rice then add some sliced mushrooms on top.  Pour 2 cups of chicken broth & about 1/2 cup of heavy cream over mixture and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.10E86244-8A25-4ABD-B9D6-83C7A1E66A15

This is a basic recipe, add any spices or flavorings according to your taste or the time of the year.  A little sage in November, some cumin &/or chili powder in the fall, etc.

 

Quilting – Proud to be an American

Sometimes we do the seemly crazy things.  Take perfectly good fabric, cut it up, sew it back together and cut it up and sew it back together again,.  The results are amazing!  That is the technique used to create this Waving Flag Quilted Table Topper.

My Tuesday night group again came up with a wonderful learning experience with amazing results.  I had been wanting to try this technique, but just to scared to try it on my own.  Diana & Donna are great teachers and I love their ideas.

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I am still learning to piece quilt.  My corners don’t always match and my seams are not always right on target, but I am still learning.  At 71yrs I am grateful that I am still active and able to do the things I do.

Have a Great Day & God Bless America.

Ann