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Keto Birthday Cake

I wanted cake for my birthday, but didn’t want to “blow the bank”, so I modified a family favorite. It IS cake, and you COULD put candles in it, but we didn’t want to set the house on fire, so….no. Besides, the surface was kinda firm, but could’ve been potentially wobbly!

Start off with one of those cake pans that has an indentation for a filling. (Example shown above)

5 EB XL eggs
1 cup almond flour & 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 4oz baking chocolate, melted
2/3 cup Monk Fruit
4 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1-3/8 tsp Xanthen Gum (optional, for more dense brownie texture, omit)
1-3/8 tsp Baking Powder
3/8 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp real vanilla extract

Mix all the dry ingredients together while melting your baking chocolate. Blend in the eggs and oil until smooth, and then add the melted baking chocolate last. Pour into well greased pan, and bake about 25 minutes at 350.

While the cake is baking, prepare the fruit topping. Two packages of fresh raspberries, or about 1-1/2 to 2 cups frozen (bring to room temperature). Place in microwave safe bowl with 1/2 cup Monk Fruit, and cook 2 minutes on high. Stir and repeat. Take about 1/2 package of Knox unflavored gelatin, and sprinkle it over a tsp of lemon juice, stir it in, and add it to the raspberries. Cook one more minute on high in the microwave, and then set it aside to cool. It sets very quickly in the refrigerator, if you would like.

When the cake is cool, prepare a small box of sugar-free cheesecake flavored pudding mix with 2 cups whipping cream, and 1/2 cup milk. Whip until fluffy, and spoon into the well of the cake.

Now spoon on the raspberry pie filling. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Voila! (Let them eat cake!)

***Small disclaimer: remember, baked goods which use Xanthen gum taste best in the first 24-48 hours. They sink and become very dense if left for too long, so don’t be ashamed to share your treat with others!

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Floral Song

I think this is my favorite card so far. I really enjoyed watercoloring my birds and flowers! You might not be able to see it very well, but I have a thin white piece of card stock glued (under the birdcage where you can’t see it) which extends out to the right a bit, to support the circular feel I was going for.

Aren’t they precious? This one is a Birthday Card for my mom, soon to be 81 years young.

This card uses the paper from Heartfelt Creations Cascading petals – the “I Want it All” package included the die for the birdcage and the birds as well. using the outline die, I created the shaped card, putting fold about one inch from the tops of the cage. I the. Cut another of the outline, and put the birdcage on top of it. Then the circle was placed beneath that piece, and the top of the card, to hide it a bit. Then I colored my birds and the flowers, added some dimensional wisteria and more leaves to round it out (pun intended, lol!). You will note, I avoided adding a ribbon or bow – very difficult for me, almost like asking me not to add flowers or glitter!!

The inside has light blue paper with a sticker sentiment.

Enjoy!

Low Carb Lemony Cake

This is a spin off from my Keto Cakelets; I simply replaced the almond extract with Lemon extract. I also did not use little cakelet molds but rather a pan with an indentation designed just for fillings.

Recipe
1/3 Cup Milk or Cream
1-1/2 tsp Lemon Extract
2/3 Cup Butter chocolate or Real Margarine
2/3 Cup Lakanto Monk Fruit
3 large EB Eggs
1 Cup Almond Flour
1/4 Cup all-purpose Flour
1-1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/8 tsp salt

Heat your oven to 350. Mix in the Eggs, Butter and Monk Fruit until smooth.
Add the Cream and dry ingredients, blend until smooth again.
Add in the Lemon Extract, and pour into your prepared pan.
Bake for about 20 minutes at 350° F.

Once the cake is cooled (I squished my warm cake into this heart shaped pan, so that when cooled, it will retain the heart shape) prepare some sugar-free instant pudding with 2 cups cream, and 1/2 cup milk. Spread over the top, and decorate as desired.

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Dazzling Dahlia Folios

I thought I had lost my crafting mojo for a bit there, but fortunately there was a little competition, and I found it again.

The first little folio was a little tricky, as the dahlia die cuts are quite large. I had to stamp them, scan them into my computer and reduce them, then print them out again – on thin card stock – and then fussy cut them out! I also created a little pocket inside the top flap so that the small tag (with the ribbon bow) could slide in, and be visible from the front. I’m actually sorta proud of myself! The bottom pocket only holds a postcard, but could easily fit a thin candy bar or special tea bags and/or a honey stick – or a gift card!

The second card is a tri-fold, and has a lot of components, including not just the candy bar, but also a little booklet and three smaller tags, which can be decorative, or used for photos or a message to the recipient. I really love this card, as I was really in a slump, but putting all the components together, helped me get motivated again. And dahlias are just plain gorgeous!

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More Easter Blessings!

These are the cards I sent to my Mom, and my Sister. They tolerate me, as I don’t really have a lot of people to give my cards to, I think they might even hold on to them for a day or two!

This is the one I sent my sister

Both of these were made using the retired Heartfelt Creations (HFC) Dogwood papers. I’m lucky I bought the die cuts for the doves before they ran out….they are perfect for Easter!

And this is the one I sent my Mom
The inside of Mom’s card.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Celeste~

Spicy Arugula Salad

(Mostly Keto)

We love this salad, it is our all time favorite! This is literally a spicy salad, as it includes hot pepper and cinnamon –
didn’t expect that, did ya?

Start off with a package of Fresh Arugula, about 5oz. Chop it up, but not too fine.

Sprinkle 1/4 tsp Red Pepper (ground) and 1/2 tsp Cinnamon (ground) over the dry Arugula, and toss well, very well.
Next take a medium-large Granny Smith apple, and chop it up into bite size pieces.
Chop 1/2 cup of your favorite nuts, I pick pecans!
Toss in 1/3 cup Craisens

Mix all of it together, and then drizzle 1/4 cup of Panera’s Fuji Apple salad dressing over the top. Flip all upside down, and drizzle another 1/4 cup of the dressing over your salad.
Now sprinkle some Goat cheese on top, or you could leave it off until right before serving, and let those who want it, add it to their salad at the table.


Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve. (Call me crazy, but sometimes I like it even better the next day when the Arugula has wilted a little bit.)

Enjoy!! (Serves “4” with 23carbs per serving unless you add more dressing than called for)

Purple Roses and Lilacs

This was one of the first Gatefold cards I made. This uses Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilac paper collection, one of their gateway dies (which I layered three deep to get the dimension) and a purple “rose” that I fashioned from an old generic punch.

The inside features the bird cage, which I believe came from the same collection, and a tiny bluebird, which I believe I stole from their Cherry Blossom collection. Heartfelt Creations has so many beautiful papers and dies, I’m sorry if I get them mixed up, but they all coordinate very nicely together.

Pie crust

I decided that I might need to share my grandmother’s recipe for pie crust, as many people will choose this for their Quiche and other recipes that I may share in the future.

This is not a Keto recipe, but you can substitute Almond flour for regular flour, and suddenly, you’re keto again.

Recipe for one crust pie:

1/2 cup Butter Flavored Crisco
1-1/3 cup All purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder

Cut the Crisco into the flour, salt, and baking powder until crumbly.

Add about 4 Tbsp cold water and mix until it all comes together in a ball.

Roll out on a smooth surface a bit larger than your pie plate – so a 9” pie plate needs about 15” circle.

Place the crust in your pie plate, and cut off excess around the edges.

Crimp the edges with your fingers.

Now put whatever you want into the pie shell and bake, usually at 350°F.

Mushroom Quiche

Eggs are naturally gluten free, sugar free, and carbohydrate free, so a GREAT choice for those trying to lower their carbohydrate “footprint” if you will. If you select EB eggs, as I do, they advertise lower saturated fat as well (whether this is actually true, or not, I’m not sure, and I’m not sure how you tell the chickens to shape up, and not put so much fat in their eggs, lol!).

This is a spin-off from a recipe I found from Barbara Bush (Pres. George Bush’s wife, prior first lady of Texas as well). She was well known in Texas for her cooking, and her liberal use of spices in this recipe does not disappoint.

Start off with a well greased 9″ pie plate/pan, and put your prepared crust inside as desired. Frankly this recipe is firm enough, that you could probably skip the crust completely, and it will come out fine (out of the pan, I mean). I have a recipe for crust however, should you like to look in to that (a separate post), but I personally, try to make mine without the crust, for obvious reasons.

RECIPE:

Five XL EB Eggs
One Cup Cream OR Sour Cream
8 ounces Finely shredded Swiss Cheese
One Cup Finely shredded Mozarella Cheese
3/4 of a medium Vidalia onion, diced small
1/2 tsp Thyme
1-1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
1-3/4 tsp Basil
1-3/4 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp dry ground mustard
1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 cup melted margarine or butter (eliminate this if you use a crust)
1/3 cupAlmond Flour (eliminate this if you use a crust)

8-10 oz fresh sliced mushrooms, broiled or boiled in 1/2 cup butter (add these last, and put a few directly on the base of your pie plate or crust.

Mix well together (with a spoon or fork), and pour into your prepared pan. Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes – and allow to set for 10 minutes or so before serving.

Serves 8

Top the individual slices of Quiche with left over mushrooms, if desired. Add some of my Spicy Arugula Salad, and another vegetable, and you have dinner ready in no time!

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Keto Banana Nut Bread

This is true keto, IMO. Zero sugar and very little of anything with a lot of carbohydrates. Your main carb culprit here is the banana. This time, instead of Xantehn gum, I just upped he amount of Baking Powder, worked fine (this time).

Recipe:
3 large bananas
2 XL EB eggs
1 cup Lakanto Golden Monk fruit
2-1/2 cups Almond Flour.
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1/3 cup heavy cream
3 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup chopped pecans (or whatever nut you prefer)

Smash the bananas with a fork inside your mixing bowl.
Add the eggs, Monk fruit, oil, and cream and blend well.
Add the dry ingredients, saving the nuts for last.

Pour into a 9×5 loaf pan that has been well greased or sprayed with non-stick coating, and bake 60 minutes at 325°F. Turn the oven off, and allow the bread to cool IN THE OVEN for a couple of hours – this allows it to set, and keeps you from cutting into it too soon, lol!

This should have 12-13 slices, and the carb count per slice would be about 12-13 grams per slice, 164 grams in the entire loaf.

Enjoy!