Why Choose To Shop At Farmer’s Markets

Morning everyone, I have a question for you on this beautiful Friday morning. Why do you or do you not shop your local farmer’s market? Do you like the availability of fresh produce for a decent price? I do.

What about beautiful plants that are in season? I certainly do! Right now at my local farmer’s market, there are so many plants I want, I’ll need to plan a specific budget for them all! I need to fill up beds, pots and hanging baskets to create the space I want to have come summertime.

What about all the wonderful “extras” most farmer’s markets have? Everything from freshly canned salsa to boiled peanuts to local raw honey, our farmer’s markets have all that and more, usually at discounted prices from the local grocery store. I just discovered last Friday at my local farmer’s market that they sell Talavera pottery, which my sister-in-law is a huge collector of.

Produce and pottery at my local farmer’s market!

According to this article on Wikipedia, “Authentic Talavera pottery only comes from the city of Puebla because of the natural clay found there and the tradition of production which goes back to the 16th century.” Today, it can be found all over with significant collections in Puebla, Mexico City and New York City.

I wonder if that means what we buy here is a knock off or the real deal. The prices are definitely not cheap, and the pottery is very desirable. I would like to start a collection of my own, as nowadays, they make pieces that look like they would fit into a beach décor very easily.

Back to the produce though, I would venture to guess that depending on what you are shopping for, you can get more for your money at the farmer’s market when it comes to fresh veggies and fruit. I plan on making another trip today for items that will enhance my Ketogenic diet.

I will price the berries and veggies I happen to choose and report back. Admittedly, I’m going for more plants too…as soon as I check my bank account. 🙂

Actually, I’m back to report what I bought which was strawberries, grape tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, a purple onion and a cucumber totaling $7.61. I’ll have to do a price comparison later at my local Walmart market.

I also got 3 elephant ears for $10, a couple of fancy leaf Caladium and a foxtail fern which was around $22.  I was pressed for time or I would have bought myself a new pot in some of that Talavera. Tomorrow is another day! Ciao, and have a great weekend!

What’s For Breakfast?

Good morning everyone and how are we doing today? Many folks new to Paleo/Keto lifestyles have a difficult time figuring out what to eat for breakfast. What can you eat, they ask.

As it turns out, you can have most anything you’re used to, you just have to modify, and for me, simplify things a bit. Take my breakfast this morning. Easy peasy omelet “muffins” I prepared Sunday afternoon. To that I added a handful of blackberries, since berries are low carb and low sugar, and a mini-baby bel.

Finger food breakfast!

Yesterday the meal was the same except I had 1/4 avocado in the place of the cheese. Besides my bulletproof coffee in the am, I need another source of good fats, and avocado provides that.

You all remember what goes in my bulletproof coffee right? Hot cuppa jo, 1tbsp of Kerrygold butter, 1tbsp unrefined coconut oil, Pyure Stevia sweetener,  a few drops of vanilla extract, and a healthy shake of Ceylon cinnamon. Yum! Swirl all that up in a blender cup, bullet, Ninja or whatever your favorite blender is and sit back and enjoy the bliss!

Other days, especially if I’m in a hurry, I’ll whip up a delicious smoothie in my Ninja blender cup.

If you have more time, you could fry up an egg in some butter (grass-fed of course) and add a piece of bacon or two, or any type of baked good using almond or coconut flours. There are Keto recipes everywhere on how to make pancakes, waffles, or muffins. Pinterest is literally full of them!

Instead of making y’all hunt for them though, I’m going to add some handy links so you have the recipes at your fingertips! I make my omelet muffins a bit different, just adjust the recipe to your tastes.

Grab-N-Go Omelettes from Tip Hero

Keto Pancakes from Delish

Keto Porridge from The KetoDiet Blog

Avocado Nests from Scrumptiously Skinny

Strawberry Avocado Keto Smoothie from Home Remedy Nation

Well folks, these are my favs, but if you need more ideas, recipes, or have a question in general, please leave it in he comment box!

Have a great Tuesday and Keto On!

 

 

 

 

Xylitol Is In My What?

Why The Popular Sweetener Xylitol is Found in Nose Spray and More…

A large number of pets are  getting sick/or dying from accidental exposure to  xylitol, so if you’re a pet parent, pay attention!

What is Xylitol anyway? “Xylitol is a sugar alcohol (low carb, low calorie) used as a sweetener” as defined by Wikipedia. It has 40 % fewer calories than sugar,  is extracted from corn cobs and hard woods. It’s found in many products such as pudding, cake and cookie mixes, ice cream, yogurt, nut butters and more. It is regarded as safe for humans by the FDA, but dogs are another story!

The more I read though, the more I learned about what else it is found in such as: flavored waters, dental products,  nasal sprays, medicines, vitamins, and supplements, and even cosmetics!!

A more comprehensive list of the 700+ brand name products can be found here-Preventative Vet but I wanted to share a few you may be totally unaware you are using:

Dentyne Pure Mint With Citrus Accents, Dr. Johns hard candy, lollipops, and soft candies, Extra Ice gum, Ice Breakers ice cube gums (my brand!), Mentos sugar-free gum, P28 foods high protein spread (almond butter), Act  products-mouthwash, toothpaste, Biotene, KISS My Face, Xlear products-Spry gum, toothpaste, and saline nose spray w/xylitol. Also, the essential oils brands DoTerra and Young Living toothpastes.

Now, the reason all this came to my attention was because the article I was reading about natural allergy relief mentioned a nasal spray called Xlear Saline Spray with Xylitol. Here is the link if you want to check it out Wellness Mama– but my first thought was “Why is a sweetener in nose spray?” Which naturally led me to research all of this info you are now reading.

Just one of 700+ products containing xylitol

Turns out,  xylitol in saline nasal spray makes it hyper-osmotic, which is to say it allows moisture to be drawn in which keeps nasal passages and sinuses more moist and clean than saline alone.  I learned something new today!

Why Xylitol is not toxic to humans but very toxic for dogs is this:

In humans, xylitol does not stimulate the release of insulin from the pancreas, making it safe for use by diabetics. In canines however, xylitol is more quickly absorbed into the bloodstream which could result in a potent release of insulin and causing a dangerous drop in blood sugar (hypoglycemia) which can happen in as little as a half an hour after consuming it. If you suspect accidental overdose, call poison control or your vet immediately!

While us humans may want a safe sugar alternative because of whatever diet plan we follow, being a pet parent means we have to READ LABELS RELIGOUSLY to prevent accidental exposure.

Say I make some delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies suitable for my Keto lifestyle. What if I used a popular sweetener like Lite & Sweet instead of stevia as my sweetener? And then I decide to share a bite with my sweet little shorkies?? That could be potentially Fatal!

Dogs are naturally curious and may get into your purse, consume your gum, mints, candy or makeup product also so you have to be extra careful which products you buy.

If you are unsure what you’re dog got a hold of here are some symptoms to look for:

Vomiting, weakness, loss of coordination, staggering, collapse, or seizures. If you observe any of these, don’t take any chances. Call the Pet Poison Helpline-855-764-7661 or get to an animal hospital ASAP!!

Bottom line is that if you are a pet parent, there are safer sweeteners out there like stevia and erythritol, so check your household for products containing xylitol and either put it in a safe place, toss it, or at the very least, make sure that treat you fixed for yourself you don’t share with your pet!

Just like I never give my pups chocolate because I know it will make them sick, now I know to continue the practice of reading labels before I buy!

If you have questions or comments, I would love to hear them!

If you need more information, click on the links (nothing to buy here, just sharing valuable info) I’ve provided. Also, for more great content on man’s best friend, check out I Heart Dogs for more.

 

 

 

It’s M’ Birthday-Made It Another Year!

Afternoon everyone and how are you on this sunny but coolish day? It is my birthday and I’m happy to say I woke up today, so I’m on the plus side! My dad, brother and oldest son came over for dinner yesterday and brought me presents! That was soooo nice! Sean bought me a nice, big Whole 30 cookbook (that is not the plan I’m on but will come in very handy still), my bro bought me a beautiful, fuchsia colored bougainvillea, and a lovely hummingbird feeder (which I’ve really been wanting) with lizards on it, and a beautiful new margarita glass to add to my “collection”! Dad gave me a nice card with cold, hard cash in it, boy do I have plans for that!  (subject to change, of course)

My new cookbook-thanks to Sean

   

Unfortunately, before they came over, I had spent the better part of an hour trying to find the plugin ADD THIS so I could put a FOLLOW button on my site. I finally found it and followed the instructions (or so I thought) but still no follow button. I guess I may have to break down and get professional help. 🙁    I may try again this afternoon if I have time, there is only so many hours in a day though and mine are filling up fast.

On the good side, my eye dr appt went well. He put me bank in my more comfortable contact(s) and gave me some samples to tide me over.

So, one more time, I have a new domain to go along with my new name and here it is:  https://kimmy1563.com    Of course, my new name is Kimmy’s Keto Patio and I will still be sharing all kinds of useful tips, recipes, and everything having to do with alternative health. No subject is off limits though, so we may cover everything from writing to music, whatever you all want to talk about.

 

I’m sorry to have to share some sad news today. Stephanie (my friend I am a caregiver to) lost her momma yesterday to complications of COPD and multiple organ failure. Please keep her and the family in your prayers, she needs them now more than ever. Thank you in advance.

 

 

Did Someone Say Truffles?

Going Keto Doesn’t Mean No Dessert

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Happy Monday everyone, sorry I am blogging so late but it’s been a busy Monday here on the patio. After a pleasant weekend celebrating Dave and Sean’s birthdays, visiting with family and friends, and enjoying delicious food, I needed to get busy before the rain returns. It’s been a beautiful, warm, sunny day so after kitchen duties, I needed to work in the yard a bit and clean up my beds, and get rid of an abundance of clover that had taken over. And did I tell you, I made truffles? More on that in a moment.

Dave with his birthday present from Sean
The other birthday boy, Sean, with his brothers Chris and Josh and Josh’s girlfriend Chasity

I’m working from my new laptop, made possible by my hubby Dave and Apple support! See, I had to figure out why I could not retrieve my mail before I could start working on this machine. My Mac was nice, but Dave decided that I would like the new laptop better because it uses the windows platform. Well, I guess we will see, first I have to get used to a new keyboard, a new way of doing things, and figure out where everything is located on this new machine. Then, I had to work on the website itself, get SiteGround on here so everyone knows what great hosting I have and how you can too, and then Apple had to help me fix my email, which they did, and now I’m all set! I’m a happy camper at the moment.

This morning was very busy in the kitchen as usual. I made our egg cups for the week, boiled some eggs for later use in salads or just a quick breakfast or lunch, and then I made the most delicious version of No-Bake Almond Joy  CheesecakeTruffles. Can you believe they are Keto? Wait until you taste them, it really is miraculous they taste so good. Mine are a little bit different because I was out of Vanilla extract, so I used Orange and Almond extracts instead. I followed a recipe I pinned from Mouthwatering Motivation. Super simple, and if I hadn’t used orange extract, it really would have tasted like an Almond Joy! Ya’ll understand that clicking on the link will take you to her Pinterest page right? Cool! I personally LOVE the chocolate/orange taste sensation, but if you don’t, then just stick to her recipe. Now I will have a snack ready to grab when other people are eating dessert. Or when I’m tired of fat bombs or need a change of pace. After this weekend, I need to get back on track. 😉

Guys, these are seriously yummy!
Fresh from the freezer and ready to devour!

After kitchen work was yard work, I wasn’t about to waste this beautiful day inside writing all day when the rain will soon return.  I literally filled a garbage can full of weeds, leaves, and clover. If I could have mowed, I would have! Before you ask, Dave would have a fit, that’s why! I even took my outer shirt off for a little while (gasp!) it was that warm while working hard. The minute I came in, cleaned up, and got busy writing, I became cold again, so I had to close all the windows and put my shirt back on.  🙁

Not perfect but better after weed removal

I hope you’ll try the truffles and that your Monday was enjoyable if not productive. Shoot me a question or comment and thanks for stopping by the patio!

 

 

 

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