What are Chaffles? Healthy Waffles! Delicious!

What are Chaffles? Healthy and Delicious Waffles!

Most of you know I had done a previous post on Waffles being healthy. Unfortunately, due to an error on my part, I trashed that post and can never get it back.

So. I’m doing a new post on Chaffles, what they are and why they are taking the keto world by storm.

Whether you follow a keto, Paleo, or any other kind of diet, these things are delicious and nutritious, as well as versatile and easy to make.

As soon as I found the recipe, I knew I had to make them.

Whipping out my Belgian waffle maker, however, soon made me realize I had the wrong “tool” for creating the perfect Chaffle, which is a cheese and egg creation perfectly legal on all low carb diets.

The very next chance I got, I rushed out to get a Dash mini-waffle maker-that is the right appliance for perfect Chaffles every time.

See, the Chaffle is used as a bread substitute in most recipes. Each Chaffle is like a slice of bread or a bun for sandwiches, burgers, heck even tacos!

That makes them very versatile and you are going to love making and eating them as much as I do!

Important to know: the recipe makes two Chaffles, so put exactly half the recipe in your pre-heated, greased Dash mini-waffle maker.

The basic recipe for a Chaffle is one large egg and a half cup of shredded cheese. Some add a 1/4 t of baking powder to make them fluffier.

That first bite of a bread-like sandwich was pure delight. I was hooked and wanted to try all the variations one could make with this thing.

Since then, I have made churro Chaffles, chocolate Chaffles with a creamy peanut butter spread in the middle, Wonder Bread Chaffles, and they were all delicious!

You can even make dessert Chaffles like the Oreo Chaffle with a sweet creamy spread in the middle.

They are great for ham and cheese sandwiches, burgers, pulled pork…whatever you can imagine!

Play around with all the recipes and whatever you do, go get a Dash! They can be found everywhere from Target to Amazon. $9.99 is all you’ll pay!

They even make one now that can cook 4 Chaffles at the same time! Make a bunch and freeze them for grab and go meals.

Check my Pinterest board for lots of tasty varieties! All the recipes can be found there like this original one I started with.

Here is the nutrition info for a basic Chaffle: per Chaffle! Calories: 150 Fat:  12g Carbs: 1g Fiber: 0g Protein: 9g Net Carbs: 1g

Please do yourself a favor, go get your Dash, make some Chaffles and report back to me! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts, new recipe ideas, whatever!

 

 

Meet JUUL-The Better Vaping Alternative

Meet JUUL, the Better Vaping Alternative

Small, compact, light and thin…fits anywhere!

Hey Everybody! What a great day this has been! Back from my 7-day cruise and I just have to say, without this little jewel (JUUL) I would have not been a happy vaper.

In fact, I turned someone else on to JUUL that has never smoked anything in his life!! He had so much fun vaping with me one night on the ship, I don’t know if he will ever do it again, but he liked it that night. 😉

Most of you who follow me, know that I used to smoke several years ago, switched to vaping and normally use a tank and ejuice. Sometimes I vape CBD also. JUUL is such a better vaping alternative, with its slim design you can vape discreetly just about anywhere!

I had a little two zipper purse/pouch like thing I bought on the ship to take my cards, money, and phone everywhere. JUUL fit in the smallest pouch and was so great instead of lugging around a big tank and battery mod. At the pool, in y room, at the bars and lounges…I took it every place I went.

You can check it out yourself at JUUL to see all the ins and outs, how its made, all the flavors, their mission statement and more. You can even shop for your starter kit there. It’s a much less expensive vape system too!

Your starter kit look a like this: 

Your refill pods look like this:

I have tobacco and mango flavors left.

Your charger looks like this:

It has magnetic points your JUUL attaches to

Each pod holds about 200 puffs depending on how you vape. When you empty a pod, just take it off the top of the holder and snap in a new one.

Just follow the directions in your starter kit and you’ll be a pro in no time! Good luck and happy vaping!

 

 

Food Poisoning Blows! 🤮

Ugh!! I guess I contracted food poisoning somewhere over the last few days, and food poisoning ( otherwise known as foodborne illness) really blows y’all!! 🤮

I spent all night in one or the other of our two bathrooms…vomiting, and then suffering the watery diarrhea, over and over. Now I’m writing from my bed, too weak to want to do much at all.

There is no telling where I picked it up, Tuesday I ate at a salad bar, Wednesday I ate at a Chinese buffet, and last night I made my first attempt at Keto Green Curry.

See the Asian eggplant in the Green Curry I made last night?

I was a bit worried that the frozen chicken had been on the counter thawing for 7 hours, yet it still felt cool when I stuck it back in the fridge til Dave got home to cut it up for me.

Then it cooked hard for 15 minutes and simmered about 20 more as I made the    “Miracle Rice”. All of t tasted good, I just didn’t feel that hungry, as the night went on, my stomach hurt worse and worse til all heck broke loose around 10:30 pm.

Miracle rice boiling in the pot

Besides, if it was the chicken, wouldn’t Dave be sick too?

Now I’m sipping water and nibbling on crackers, laying in bed feeling gross and all I can think about is what needs to be cleaned. With Clorox! Ugh!

signs and symptoms of food poisoning

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • watery or bloody diarrhea
  • abdominal pain and cramps
  • fever

I had every single one of those, and a throbbing head-that part is still hanging on.

According to the mayo clinic, “signs and symptoms may start with an hours after eating the contaminated food or they may begin days or even weeks later sickness caused by food poisoning generally last for a few hours to several days.”

I don’t know what to do first,  eat something like soup, clean up all the messes I made, or take a shower, but all I FEEL like doing is laying here.

And to think, I was trying to remain Keto compliant. Eating salad one day for lunch,then meats off the buffet the next…only to catch some kind of virus or food poisoning. Not the way I’d go about losing a pound or two! 🤮

Stay vigilant y’all! Wash your hands and be careful of your food choices when out…better yet, cook your own as much as possible. I normally cook at home but dad and I go out once a week at least for lunch.

Have any of you every had food poisoning?

When to see a doctor

  •  Frequent episodes of vomiting and inability to keep liquids down
  •  Bloody vomit or stools
  •  Diarrhea for more than three days
  •  Extreme pain or severe abdominal cramping
  •  An oral temperature higher than 100.4 F
  •  Signs or symptoms of dehydration excessive thirst, dry mouth, little to no urination, severe weakness, dizziness, or lightheadedness
  •  Neurological symptoms such as blurry vision muscle weakness and tingling in the arms

Luckily I’m over the worst of it!

I had it the worst one time in Korea. what was weird about that time was, I used to eat food from the village in Oijonbu all the time, yet I got this horrible case of food poisoning ON BASE!

I had eaten lasagna from what I remember at the officers club.

Since I started this post I managed to eat some soup and a few more crackers clean up the mess I made and now I’m about ready to go lay back down. I’m sorry that I’m out of it today, I tried to catch up on my email, but my eyes even hurt.

I hope everyone is having a way better Thursday and feeling great! I’ll be back as soon as I recover. 😊

 

 

 

How to Get Your Soak On-Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths

My back hurt so bad when I got up this morning, instead of reaching for a pain reliever, I made myself a nice, hot bath with Epsom salts and Helichrysum essential oil blend. Let’s talk about the benefits of and how to use Epsom salts.

Epsom salts have many uses

How Epsom Salts Work

Rumor has it that when you soak in a tub with some Epsom salts that the magnesium and sulfate enter your body through your skin and help with lots of ailments including:

  • arthritis
  • bruises & sprains
  • fibromyalgia
  • ingrown toenails
  • insomnia
  • psoriasis
  • sore muscles from working out
  • soreness from diarrhea during chemotherapy
  • sunburn pain & redness
  • tired, swollen feet

This may be the God’s honest truth or it may be an old wives tale, I know from experience, it works! My back is no longer hurting and that’s all I care about!

There are many brands out there today that have essential oils like peppermint or lavender already added to them, which is nice! Depending on your ailment or need, you can pick and choose.

I added Helichrysum blend because it smells good and has benefits of its own. The blend I use is a substitute blend from Hopewell that contains Clary Sage, Elemi, Roman Chamomile, Idaho Tansy, Birch, and Ylang Ylang.

There claims to be an alphabet of therapeutic uses for this blend, yet caution is to be taken for folks on blood thinners, pregnant women, or those with skin sensitivities. (although it’s never bothered me)

Click on the link above to find out more about this blend or make a purchase. (I get no compensation from Hopewell-just passing on the information)

How To Use Epsom Salts For Bath Soaks

As you are running a nice, warm-not hot-bath, pour in 1-2 cups of Epsom salts so they will dissolve. (Unless otherwise given permission by the manufacturer, do not add these salts to your hot tub, whirlpool, or other jet tubs).

Soak in the tub for at least 12 minutes, relax and let the salts do their work. Then bathe as usual and carefully get out. They will soften your skin and may make the tub a little slick, so be careful.

They will also remove excess oil from your hair, so as far as I know, it’s fine to wash your hair as you normally do. (if you do it in the tub like me) There are many other personal uses for these salts as well.

You can make a skin mask or a facial cleanser, they remove blackheads and exfoliate the skin. Soaking in Epsom salts will even remove a splinter! It reduces swelling, and volumizes hair as well.

Some people swear by these salts to cure gout, I recently got my brother a bag of Epsom salts that had activated charcoal infused in them, evidently this is a gout game changer! He was better that night!!

A Brief Word on Internal Use

Epsom salts have been used for hundreds of years as a safe laxative. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS when doing so. The package says to mix 1-2 tsp. in 1 cup of warm water to detox, then drink lots of extra water.

Do NOT do this more than once a day. That is all.

Other Uses

Soak a cloth in a cold water solution of 2T of Epsom salts and 1 Cup of water to treat mosquito bites, bee stings, and poison ivy.

Treat conjunctivitis and sties with a solution of warm water and Epsom salts by rinsing your face.

Remove burnt food from pots and pans, clean bathroom tiles, regenerate a car battery, or frost your windows for Christmas.

Check out this website for more recipes and uses for Epsom salts.

 

Where To Find Pantry Staples You May Not Have Thought About

 

Where can you go to find pantry staples besides the big box stores like Walmart and Sam’s? I have a secret you may not have heard…some department stores like Ross, TJ Maxx, and Marshall’s have got you covered!

When I first started using coconut oil about 3 or 4 years ago (maybe longer), I was surprised to find it at these great department stores. The first one I saw it in was Ross, in the back of the store where the home goods are.

They have all kinds of gourmet foods, specialty teas, coconut oils, spices, and more. I have found Himalayan Pink salt there, as well. Not everything is Keto or Paleo, you have to read labels and kind of know what you normally stock in your pantry.

Photo credit: Iyul Kamazur for Envato Elements

TJ Max and Marshall’s have these items too, most of the time. In fact, according to an article I recently read from Bon Appetit Magazine “T.J. Maxx, sadly, guards their sourcing like a trade secret and declined to comment for this story.”

I don’t care where they get it, just keep it coming! It is usually at an awesome price, they stock unusual brands of your favorite products, and you get the feeling you need to buy now or it will be gone tomorrow. That’s ok for the occasional splurge.

Say you’re out of peppercorns, you may find a huge bottle of them at one of these retailers for $3.99! I’ve found pretty good deals on coconut oil too, but I have to admit, I get a better deal now at Walmart.

Photo credit: Pixabay

Anyway, I just thought I would clue you unsuspecting folks out there to a few new places you can find quality pantry staples like these:

  • coconut oil
  • Himalayan pink salt
  • peppercorns
  • marinara
  • gourmet popcorn
  • quality spices (like Hungarian smoked paprika)
  • herbs
  • imported meats (like tuna)

You get the idea. Next time you find yourself in one of these three dept. stores, go to the back and peruse the shelves. You might be surprised at what you find!

Take It Easy Monday Featuring Low Carb Blueberry Muffins

So most of you know I received my stem cell injection in my knee last Wednesday, I have been instructed to “take it easy” for the next couple of weeks.

If you know me well, you know I don’t do sitting around very well. That being said, I want this to work, so I have been trying to rest more than usual.

Low carb blueberry muffins

Well, this morning, I just did my normal routine, deciding to pop those quick Low Carb Blueberry Muffins in the oven before my shower, and when I got out and went to check on them, my knee was already swollen!!

So I sat with some ice on my knee while I consumed that muffin as part of my breakfast. I have to give Lillie over at Listotic for the recipe! These came out moist and with a lovely texture, not very sweet, might should have left them to brown a little longer.

I may have to tweak the recipe a bit to add more flavor, they were alright with my last couple of sips of bulletproof coffee. Just being honest here.

I need to get back on track, the hubby has been off for a week or so and I have been cheating a little bit too much. 😉

These muffins fit the bill when you are tired of eggs with 7 g of protein and 8g of carbs. Combined with a cheese stick and 4 pieces of hard salami (0 carbs total) that is a pretty low carb breakfast choice.

So you might ask what all did I do to get my knee so swollen…not much! Fed the animals, watered the plants, threw in a load of laundry, checked my emails, emptied the cat’s litter box, and made the muffins.

Wait, I also made my ACV tea, then my coffee, and ran out to put a garbage can to the curb. Later, I had to take another small bag out there. That’s all!

Of course, I cleaned the sink a couple of times too, took my shower and then sat back down to eat and ice and write this post. Once that’s done I have a couple of errands to run, but I will wear my brace for that, then come home and write some more.

That IS an easy Monday for me, honestly. I also aim to get in the pool and exercise my legs in a nice, no impact kind of way. Surely the dr would approve of that!

Yall have a marvelous Monday, and do try those Low Carb Blueberry muffins. Click the link above for Lillie’s recipe. Let me know how you like them. 😊

 

The Good News and The Bad

The nurses preparing the stem cells for injection.

 

Thanks to all you prayer warriors out there I have good news to share! I was a perfect candidate for the stem cell procedure, my knee isn’t exactly bone on bone, the surgeon was only trying to help his own case. It hurt like a b*t#h but I should see improvement very soon.

The bad news is that I haven’t been able to put any weight on it since I got home, the swelling has not gone down, even after icing it all night. I’m hoping it spreads out during the night and my situation is better tomorrow, he did say to take it easy for several days.

We got a small percentage taken off the cost for attending the seminar three weeks ago, and lucky for me, I already don’t do or eat the things they tell you not to while you’re healing. I don’t smoke, eat gluten, or take NSAIDs, I’m not overweight, and I’m in halfway decent shape.

I appreciate your thoughts and prayers and will keep you posted of my progress. Good night everyone, sweet dreams!

Can I Ask A Favor?

Can I please ask a favor from you guys? Tomorrow, I will be hopefully getting my stem cell injection if all goes well and they feel I am a candidate for the procedure. My knee needs surgery, years of injury and arthritis have obliterated it, now it is bone on bone and very painful.

For those of you not familiar with the type of stem cell treatment I MAY be getting, let me assure you the stem cells used in this procedure raise no moral or ethical questions. They are harvested from mothers who have had a C-Section and consented, in fact, donated their placenta for Regenerative Medicine.

There’s no threat of patient rejection; stem cells used in this procedure come from an immunoprivileged site, meaning the immune process is suspended in the organ between mother and child.

It has been proven to be MORE EFFECTIVE than other kinds of stem cells and has been used by ophthalmologists and plastic surgeons for 20 years. All of the donors go through a rigorous screening process and are deemed SAFE and EFFECTIVE by the FDA and American Association of Tissue Banks.

Photo credit: Pixabay
Blood cells in plasma

Here are some more facts about stem cells:

  1. Cortisone and other drugs provide only temporary relief, however, stem cells RESTORE degenerated tissue and bone back to health!
  2. One of the other components is Hyaluronic Acid, which lubricates joints and tendons, easing the pain and restoring mobility.
  3. The injections contain NATURALLY OCCURRING anti-inflammatory agents, such as Cytokines and Growth Factors, which stimulate tissue repair.

If you find some time in your day, please think about me and say a little prayer, I would appreciate it so much! I know this subject is off my normal topic, yet many of you know me and my knees have been heading in this direction for a while, so I thought I would update you all.

If you have questions, I’d be happy to answer them, the office has supplied me with a FAQ sheet that will hopefully do the job I am not knowledgeable enough to do. My hope is that I will completely heal from this procedure and not need the surgery anymore. I want to continue to do the activities I love like gardening, swimming and walking, pain free.

Insurance does NOT cover this, we have made the decision to pool our resources and pay the out-of-pocket cost because it’s still a fraction of what surgery would cost.

Thank you ahead of time for including me in your prayers, as time goes by (2-3 days) I will give you all an update of my progress. 🙂

 

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!