Autumn is the Perfect Time for Soup

Click on the above link for a tasty version of a keto fat bomb soup-originally published on Medium

2019 North Texas Walk for PKD

I’m making it easy for you to donate in my team’s name this year! Just click on the link, enter my name (Kim Smyth) in the Box (find an individual) and your donation will count towards my team fundraising goal.

Register and fundraise for your local Walk for PKD. A cure is our finish line!
— Read on

Thank you all in advance, by now you know that my mother passed in 2014 from complications of her PKD and that I also have it. Luckily, I am not symptomatic yet, and take preventive measures to stay that way!

Millions aren’t so lucky though and have to have transplants or suffer through years of dialysis like my mom did. She was on it for over 18 years!

Please give whatever you’re comfortable with, every little bit helps and again, thanks so much, I appreciate it and so does the foundation!

Almond Flour Makes the Difference!

What a difference my second attempt at Keto Bagels using Fathead dough was since I used Almond flour, which I didn’t have the first time!

I actually found a cheaper brand of almond flour at Aldi! A 1lb bag from Baker’s Corner, 6 carbs (per 1/4 cup), gluten free, cost $6.99!

On my first attempt seen here, I used flax and egg to sub for the absence of almond flour. I kept the rest of the recipe the same, yet they came out tiny but still tasty.

This time, I measured everything carefully, used almond flour, egg, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, baking powder and followed the directions to the letter.

BOOM! These bagels came out of the oven beautifully browned, large, dense, almost like ciabatta instead of a bagel. The cheese also lends a sourdough like flavor.

Keto bagels fresh from the oven using Fathead dough

If you are following a Keto diet (or lifestyle like me) and you’ve been missing bread, these bagels are just the ticket! I only eat a half at a time and I’m totally full.

Today I paired an egg cup with half a bagel, slathered in grass-fed butter and some sugar-free strawberry preserves I made on Monday. YUM!!

This time I used the recipe from Fit Mom Journey and maybe that made a difference too. Now, I don’t know if the macros are for a whole or half bagel but they are this:

292 calories, 25g of fat, 4.5 net carbs, 14 g of protein.

Let me know if you have given these a try or even would! Do you indulge in bread once in a while as long as you make it yourself?

I have other go-to breads as well, like 90 second Keto bread and more. Check out my Pinterest page for other great ideas!

The Need to Grow Part II

This morning I watched a very important film called The Need to Grow and immediately went on a crusade to share it with the world.

It hit me so profoundly that I want to help in whatever small way that I can, so for me being a blogger, writer, and freelancer, my way is sharing the news.

Why should you care?

Do you know where your food comes from? Do you care whether the food you eat is poisoned or at least tainted by GMOs and pesticides? What about your kids and theirs?

Do you realize that if we keep going the way we are, we will run out of healthy soil and will not be able to farm at all???

I blogged about this over on my other blog Words on a Page and then I shared that blog on all of my social media channels (except Instagram) (only because I don’t know how yet)

I’m going to share it here too, just in case you don’t want to go visit my other blog-here is the link:

I have a head start at least if I plan to make some changes at home. I recycle. I grow indoor herbs and vegetables that can be moved outside for a starter garden.

I can make a vow here and now that you can help me be accountable for, I will try.

I have pets and other challenges, but if I can do a vertical garden, that will work well! Plus, my husband won’t have to mow around my garden.

Or, maybe I tell him my plan and he even HELPS me grow a garden. I mean, he has recently jumped on the “get healthy” bandwagon too!

He eats better, exercises almost every day, works out with weights, he has dropped from 206 to 177 in just three months!! I hate him (just kidding) but I AM jelly!!

Together, we can do our part to help change the planet by changing our thinking. Industrial farming is killing us. Monsanto knows this, yet they don’t stop their way of farming.

This film is the answer to the problem in the movie Idiocracy-unfortunately, it’s all coming true!! Go watch it again if you don’t believe me!

We can also start supporting our local farmer’s markets, stop shopping at Walmart for our produce, although that will be a challenge for me. I’d rather grow my own than convince the hubs to stop going to Walmart. 😉

Please take just one hour out of your day to watch this ground-breaking film, everyone has to eat, so everyone should be part of the solution.

Let me know your thoughts and ideas after you watch it please!!

How to Make Peanut Butter Bread

Have you ever tried peanut butter bread? Did you know how easy it is to make?

How about how easy is it to screw it up? Ok, maybe I didn’t totally ruin it, it was edible, warm with some cream cheese slathered on it.

Peanut butter bread and an egg cup-my breakfast today!

Here’s what I did wrong. First, I added baking powder when it called for baking soda.

It still rose, however, I have to wonder if it affected the taste. Second, I only added one packet of Pyure sweetener, I should have tried a 1/4 c of Swerve Confectioners.

Now, I think the three eggs and the natural peanut butter and its oil contributed to the moistness, so that part was good.

Plus, it’s hard to wrap your head around the fact that this is just another alternative bread. I expected sweetness, and after tasting it, I feel it would be better sweet.

Maybe that’s just me and my sweet tooth, but to me, peanut butter bread sounds like it should be at least a little bit sweet. Then cream cheese would have been good.

Think how yummy cream cheese and sugar-free jelly would be on it. Maybe even butter and the SF jelly/jam.

Baking soda would have improved texture, baking powder worked to make it rise I guess

Anyhow, I got the recipe in Melissa Thorsby’s Hot and Healthy Keto Group on Facebook.

Here is the recipe:



• 1 cup smooth peanut butter

• 3 large eggs

• 1 tbsp vinegar

• 1/2 tsp baking soda

• 1 tsp granular sweetener


1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 3 inch x 5-inch mini loaf pans. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients.

Hand whisk or use mixer to mix until everything is smooth.

2) Divide batter equally between the two loaf pans. Bake for about 25 minutes until breads are fully cooked or toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let breads cool before slicing and serving.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving (1 slice or 1/12 of recipe)

Calories 154

Fat 13g

Carbohydrates 5g

Protein 7g

Net Carbs 3g

(I took this info off the group page to share with you here)

What’s in Your Essential Oil?

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Do you know what’s in your essential oil? Or where it comes from for that matter?

These are just two of the questions posed by a recent study done by Consumer Advocates, a national organization who strive to educate consumers on their rights.

Recently a spokesperson (Sam Klau) for the organization reached out to me to inform me of a new study they conducted on the safety, sourcing, and consumer education when it comes to a company’s commitment to transparency.

I have always been one to research a company before I use their product (especially essential oils) but not all consumers do.

It’s extremely important to know the quality, purity, and even the business practices of the company who’s oils you are consuming/using/buying.

Mr Klau had some nice things to say about my blog, particularly this post.

He would like me to share the report he shared with me with all of you, and I agreed. It’s a lengthy, yet informative report that any consumer who loves their essential oils should read.

After going over the report again, I found no reason why I should not share the company’s findings with all of you, they only want to educate and protect us consumers.

Here is what went into this report:

  • 600+ hours of research
  • 42 different sources were used
  • 11 companies were vetted
  • 21 features reviewed options
  • 11 top pics

You might be surprised to see one of your favorites on the list, I know I was! Not naming any names, but one of the companies I have purchased from in the past showed up in the report as having one of their oils adulterated. (peppermint)

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This was a shock to me, since as I said, I do my research on a company before I buy from them. Sometimes things get overlooked though. Like checking the testing reports.

I learned something else to: Therapeutic grade is a made up term. What?? Did you know that? That’s just one of the reasons I feel you need to check out this report.

It answers questions like: Do they practice safety? Do they all perform quality testing? Do they practice sustainable sourcing?

When a company tells me their oil is 100% pure, organic, quality essential oil, I need to be able to trust that. Some oils I don’t just diffuse, or use topically. This is extremely important!

Some oils are meant for aromatherapy only, I understand that. It should clearly state that on the label and the website. I used to think if an oil was therapeutic grade, that was the gold standard for safety and that meant ok for ingestion.

Of course, I told my doctors how I’d been using certain oils, like lemon and frankincense, yet not all doctors are trained in all things essential oils. Of course they were agreeable.

Another factor I’ve always considered is cost. If an E.O. is cheap, it’s not to be trusted for anything other than aromatherapy. Not always, and vice versa.

One more surprise in the report was that one of the major players in the essential oils game threatened to sue!! That gives one pause for sure!

Do me a favor. Read the report and let me know what you think. I would especially like to invite my friend Roxy to check it out, it’s brand new, you have not seen this yet!

Check the consumer report out here.