Keto Biscuits Made Easy

Today’s post is about how to make easy keto biscuits, essential if you miss Grandma’s warm, flaky biscuits or bread in general.

The key is finely ground and blanched almond flour and the secret to making moist, tasty biscuits is sour cream.

I got my recipe from Yummly

Ingredients:

Start with : 1 lg egg

add 1/4 C sour cream

1/4 t sea salt

1 Cup finely ground almond flour (blanched)

2tsp baking powder

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix all ingredients together and drop 6 mounds onto silicone mat or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet-don’t mash down

Bake for 15-18 minutes-serve warm

That’s it, easy peasy! Now you have enough biscuits for a week’s worth of delicious keto breakfast! Serve warm with real butter, a dab of sugar-free jam, or sugar-free maple syrup.

Also great with an egg and cheese, or an egg and bacon. However you normally eat your biscuits, now you have a keto version that also tastes great!

From Chaffles to Fathead dough, I like to have different versions of alternative bread from time to time. For me they have to be low-carb.

What are your favorite bread sources? Share them in the comments and check back here often for more recipes, tips and tricks.

 

 

Fight Viruses With These Six Essential Oils

Did you know you can fight viruses with essential oils? Yes! Besides having antibacterial and antifungal properties, these 6 essential oils also fight viruses, in the air, on surfaces, and inside your body.

Another good reason for using essential oils, especially these six I will discuss here, is that they promote healing, lift your spirits and give you a sense of well-being, help with focus and energy, and keep your house smelling clean and fresh!

In one German hospital air disinfection test, bacteria were reduced by 40% after twenty minutes, 80% after 1 hour, and 100% after 9 hours using essential oils of pine, thyme, mint, lavender, rosemary, clove and cinnamon.

But the key to how essential oils perform in virus suppression is found in aromatic molecules.

Several different essential oils have prominent anti-microbial and virus-inhibiting effects because of the phenols, terpenols, and aldehydes they all possess.

A few of my favorites

Here are the top six essential oils for fighting topical and airborne viruses in your home:

  • Tea Tree
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Cinnamon

How to use essential oils to fight bacteria and viruses

  • Topically

Make a blend of your choice with around 4 drops per 10ml of a carrier oil, such as almond oil, jojoba oil, or fractionated coconut oils and rub your chest and body when you feel a cold or flu coming on.
It will aid in diminishing your symptoms as well as attacking the bacteria and viruses causing your infection and illness.

  • As a cleanser

To effectively kill surface germs, add 25 drops of essential oils to a spray bottle filled with 250ml of distilled water and spray down frequently used surfaces in your home, office, and vehicles.
You may also add to your mopping water essential oils to clean your floors.

  •  Air purification

Diffuse 8-10 drops of your choice of essential oils in a room diffuser to purify the air of germs and viruses.

My choice would be a blend of peppermint, eucalyptus, thyme, and lemon. All have the necessary antiviral properties to rid your home of nasty viruses and also freshen the air.

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Tea tree oil is amazing for killing fungus, mold, and for destroying bacteria and viruses. Combining tea tree and eucalyptus makes a potent formula for killing E. coli and fighting staff infections. 

Also known as melaleuca, tea tree oil is one of the most popular essential oils and is especially helpful in steamy, musty areas like bathrooms and sickrooms.

Tea tree oil supports a healthy immune system, fights blemishes, freshens breath if used in toothpaste and/or mouthwash, and cleanses the air.

Peppermint essential oil is stimulating, helps with focus, can relieve upset stomach, and supports a healthy digestive and respiratory systems. 

Added to a carrier oil, peppermint essential oil also makes a great massage oil for sore muscles, freshens a glass of water or iced tea, and calms menopausal surges when mixed with witch hazel to make a cooling facial mist. (avoid the eye area!)

Also used in toothpastes and mouthwash, peppermint essential oil kills bacteria for fresh breath and healthy gums.

It’s compounds such as camphor, carvacrol, and menthol are resistant to many perilous strains of bacteria, such as salmonella, staph and E. coli.

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Lemon essential oil makes an excellent cleanser due to it’s antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. It can be used for disinfecting metal surfaces, dishes, clothes and even your body!

After an illness, adding several drops of lemon essential oil in the wash cycle will kill odors and bacteria from your clothes.

Making an effective homemade all-purpose cleaner is easy by adding lemon essential oil to white or apple cider vinegar.

Lemon essential oil also purifies the air, so it’s great for the diffuser as well as lifting mood and spirits.

Add a drop of pure, 100% therapeutic grade lemon essential oil to your water or iced tea for a quick energy boost!

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Eucalyptus essential oil is a great antiseptic due to it’s germicidal qualities, so it is suitable to treat cuts, wounds, abrasions, sores, and ulcers. Mixed with tea tree oil it becomes the perfect germicide cleansing solution. 

In the late 1800’s, eucalyptus oil was used for the treatment of respiratory conditions such as asthma, flu, bronchitis, and coughs.
It is still highly recommended today for relief of colds, and congestion of the upper respiratory tract.

This is the very essential oil used in products like Vicks VapoRub because of its ability to reduce the muscle spasms that can narrow the airway making it difficult to breath. *This makes the oil and effective fighter of bronchitis and asthma, but should only be used in a carrier oil, or mixed in a lotion.

*hot essential oils like eucalyptus, cinnamon, thyme, and oregano will burn the skin if used neat. 

I could go on and on about the benefits and uses of eucalyptus essential oil, however, to be brief, I’m highlighting the uses that are most helpful in dealing with the situation we find ourselves in today with the Coronavirus.

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Lavender essential oil is great for boosting the immune system, it is the most well-known of all the essential oils, promotes calm, is included in many body products, as well as laundry products, and can aid in getting a restful sleep.

Use of lavender essential oil has been around for centuries as an effective stress manager as well as an anxiety calmer.

Calms skin irritations and helps heal bug bites. It is effective for treating fungal infections, so it might help with yeast infections, ringworm, and/or athlete’s foot.

Research has also shown some effectiveness for treatment of migraines, and headaches, hair growth, and wound healing.

Lavender essential oil has a pleasant scent which is why it is in so many formulations of body products, and used in a diffuser by the bed can sent one off to lala land in no time.

Although it calms skin irritations, it is recommended you use a couple of drops with a carrier oil just to be safe.

Diffusing the oil is the safest method for most applications, you can purchase an inexpensive diffuser almost anywhere these days, I have used everything form $50 dollar brands to one I found at a garage sale for $3 and they all work the same. To save time and money, I’ve included a good one here. 

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I prefer small, portable diffusers so I can move them around to whatever room I’m working in, there are also wearable diffusers, and car diffusers so you can take your essential oils to go!

Cinnamon essential oil is another common oil with a variety of uses. It’s tasty but *hot, so use with a carrier oil, in a diffuser, or diluted in food and drinks. It is an extremely potent antibacterial, has been researched as an effective use for reducing blood sugar, and has a warm, spicy, exotic fragrance.

Cinnamaldehyde is the compound that makes cinnamon essential oil perfect for the treatment of various ailments, and has been widely reported to kill bacteria and viruses.

Wonderful for diffusing during the holidays,  it can evoke pleasant memories of childhood Christmases around the fireplace, tasty aromas of cinnamon baked goods, and treated pinecones tossed in the fire will have your house smelling like a cozy winter’s night.

Some studies suggest cinnamon essential oil is effective for combating Streptococcus mutans (a type of bacteria linked to cavities) and that is why it’s found in some mouthwash and toothpastes.

Side effects that are possible warn against the use of cinnamon essential oil by pregnant women, and can possibly thin the blood, so always check with your doctor before use if you use blood thinners. The reason is because the compound in cinnamon EO is coumarin which can be toxic to the liver and kidneys if overused.

Cinnamon has many benefits and uses including pain relief, infection fighter, decreases bad cholesterol, stimulates libido, fights parasites and more.

Well, that’s my list of the six best essential oils for fighting viruses although there are others. Please do your own research and buy quality essential oils, which by the way, do not have to cost a fortune.

Check out my suggestions by clicking on the links and explore the many options there are for diffusing and using essential oils creatively.

There are roll-ons, blends, diffusing jewelry, the sky is the limit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Make sure to use quality 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils, especially if using on or in your body.

*Disclosure: Mentions of associated products, services, or businesses within the content of this blog may or may not be noted as an affiliate in every reference. I only choose to promote products that I myself use and trust, same as with businesses and services.

*Always check with your physician or aromatherapist before using essential oils in case of potential side effects.

 

Coping With Corona

Good morning everyone!

I know I have been absent lately and for that I apologize. I have been focusing on my other blog lately because I have not had much to say here, I failed in so many ways on this blog, I struggle to maintain it, honestly.

I am having difficulty the same as everyone I imagine, dealing with the isolation and worry, anxiety and stress that the virus is causing right now…I’m trying to stay keto, which is easy during the day, it’s the glass(es) of wine I’m having every night that make me feel like a fraud. It’s Cabernet at least!

In all seriousness though, it may be wrong, but it’s how I’m coping. If that makes you want to unfollow me, I understand. But I am trying, and I want to share that lots of bloggers out there are keeping me sane!

I have had enough of news and negativity, I choose to read uplifting, funny, or entertaining news instead. I’m watching too much tv, but that is my way of escaping.

During the day, I write, do housework, yard work, crafts, cook, and read…I limit my tv watching until night for the most part. Now, if I’m crafting, I watch a show on Netflix, the latest is a guilty pleasure called Grace and Frankie. Check out my other blog for that review.

I’m trying to stay away from sugar as usual, and I make an effort to eat as healthy as possible but we have had a few cheats here and there. When I sin, it’s usually with alcohol. Wine, margaritas, or the occasional “adult” root beer…Diet root beer with vodka and heavy whipping cream is a keto root beer float. Delicious!

I am using my essential oils religiously.  Frankincense  and or lemon in my water every day, and I breathe in peppermint oil every morning to clear my head and help me focus.

I drink my bulletproof coffee every morning as well, getting that healthy dose of coconut oil and real butter for the fats I need. Peppermint oil as well as Frankincense are antibacterial and can help with many things from energy to focus, from settling your stomach, to helping with concentration.

These are the things I’m doing to cope as well as staying connected to friends and family through texting, FaceTime, social media, telephone calls…however I can hear another voice or see a friendly face. I’m sure I’m not alone in this. The hashtag #inthistogether is everywhere.

I’m working on a story for a competition, writing  on my blogs and Medium, and trying to get exercise when I can, sitting is so horrible for you. I’m guilty of sitting too much these past few weeks, so when the weather is nice, I try to walk at least.

How are you guys handling and coping with the crisis? I hope I don’t lose you, I consider you all my friends and family just as much as my close friends and family are.

I just wanted to check in and say Hi, I am with you, I have missed being here, and I will try to do better!  I hope you are all well and keeping your sense of humor in tact! Stay safe, and be healthy!

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!

 

 

Why You Might Want to Stay Away From Salon Pedicures

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After visiting my doctor today for what looked suspiciously like a toenail fungus, let me tell you guys why you might want to stay away from salon pedicures.

I’m a summertime girl, love my flipflops and pretty nail polish. So, normally I go once a month or so and have a professional pedicure so my toes look great.

Evidently, one of the two salons I frequent must not sanitize their equipment properly, or bleach the floors after several pairs of feet walked on them that day.

I absolutely do have a nasty toenail fungus. You might think, so what’s the big deal about that? I’m about to tell you.

First, I consulted the internet who said any number of home remedies would cure it, including Vick’s vapor rub, tea tree essential oil, and mouthwash.

They were wrong.

My new podiatrist told me that fungus is a highly contagious organism that feeds off of your nails, spreads to your other nails, and likely, your PARTNER’S nails!!

So now, in addition to the expensive office visit, laser treatment, and multiple medications (topicals) that I will have to apply to kill these beasts, so will my husband.

My lovely new medication kit

We shower together, so unless we were in the habit of bleaching the shower floor after every use, he is also likely infected. (we’re not)


So I came home and bleached the heck out of both shower and tub.

In addition, you get a kit with your medications and a special shoe spray that you must spray all the shoes you normally wear at least once a week.

So that’s done as well.

Tonight, I will have to bath or wash my feet, then put another topical medication on them.

All together there is a lotion, a nail oil, and the shoe spray that must be applied.

We will have to bleach the shower frequently and treat our feet and shoes for several weeks, maybe months, until all this is gone. 

I will follow up with Dr. Woodly in 1 month.

Now, still want to go to the salon? I’m thinking when all this is over, I’ll paint my own, thanks!!

Or, I will make damn sure the salon I go to knows and can prove how well they sanitize their equipment and floors.

The assistant that did my treatment told me it could have been as simple as stepping on the floor barefoot where an infected person had been, then inserting my feet in the warm water where the fungus is having a party.

(Fungus likes warm, moist, dark places where it can thrive.)

So, next time you think of going to the nail salon for those sandal perfect pedicures, think again.

This foot is worse, but it’s on both.

Sorry for the ugly, graphic pictures, but I wanted y’all to see exactly what it looks like. The nail darkens, flakes, gets thicker, and even breaks in some places, because the fungus is literally eating your nail.

The takeaway here is, sometimes you must get treated by a doctor, alternative methods will not work!

I like my essential oils like all of you do, but they are not strong enough to get through all the layers of your nail.

The treatment starts with trimming and buffing your nails, then they use the laser on them which kills the outer layer where the fungus is.

Next they applied the medicated oil to each nail and rubbed it in.

They also gave my shoes and socks a complimentary spray so my treated feet didn’t go back in untreated shoes.

Then the third step in the treatment will be tonight after a bath. (In my nice, clean tub. 😊)

The good news is the fungus is treatable, it just takes a while and the treatment cost today was close to $600!

I can paint my nails if I want, but I’ll have to use a special, breathable nail polish ($9) from Sally’s. I’ll probably wait on that a while.

When my mom used to say, “Suffer to be beautiful,” I had no idea!🤣🤣 😥

What Keto Staples Can be Found at Sam’s Club for $10 or Less?

What keto staples can be found at Sam’s Club under $10? Turns out, quite a bit! I found this great post on Pinterest by Hip2Keto and I decided to break it down for you.

I scanned her list and found at least 20 items under $10 that you can eat or use in your recipes for your keto or low-carb diets.

In her wonderful article, Mary sited the nutritional info of each item and also included foods from Costco. I’ve never been there and we use Sam’s, so that’s my reasoning for my post.

I was trying to concentrate on inexpensive items, some are in bulk, that might save us all some money in the long run to feature here. Let’s have a look, shall we?

Snacks and Nuts

Member’s Mark Parmesan Crisps 9.5 oz. $9.76

Member’s Mark Creamy Almond Butter-240z. $9.98

Member’s Mark No-Stir Creamy Peanut Butter-40 oz. 2ct $8.98

Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Dip and Salad Dressing Mix- 16oz. $8.58

There are more keto snacks available, such as nuts and beef jerky, the prices are higher than $10 though, so I left them out.

Baking/Condiments

Member’s Mark Himalayan Pink Salt (10.58 oz.) $3.98 or (38 oz.) $9.98

Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise 36oz. 2pk-$8.88

Frank’s Red Hot Sauce-25oz. 2pk-$6.74

They also have olive oil and coconut oil, as well as almond flour-just not for under $10

Meats

Member’s Mark Beef Franks 48 oz. $8.98

Member’s Mark Chunk Light Tuna 5oz. 12pk-$8.24

Member’s Mark Premium Natural Chunk Chicken Breast 12.5oz cans, 6pk-$9.98

Rotisserie Chicken 3lbs. $4.98

Hormel Original Pepperoni 2lbs Value Pack $9.52

Member’s Mark Hard Salami-22oz ( Prices may vary)

Cheese and Dairy

Member’s Mark Jack Snack Cheese 19.5 oz. $7.48

Land O’ Lakes Heavy Whipping Cream 1qt. $4.58

Member’s Mark Exceptional Quality Cream Cheese Brick 3lbs $6.98

Member’s Mark Salted Organic Butter 16oz. 2pk- $8.98

Mini Baby Bel individual cheeses 0.75oz, 48pk- $8.98

Frigo Cheese Heads string Cheese 1oz. sticks, 48 pk- $8.98

The Happy Egg Co. Organic Lg Brown Grade A Eggs, 18 ct -$5.28

Bottled Water $3.98

Plus, they have a wide variety of fruits and veggies acceptable on a low-carb diet you would have to price for yourself. We sometimes get the big bag of broccoli and I think it’s around $4.00

All the items I listed for under $10 are also 0-2g of carbs (except for the nut butters) per serving.

If you want the macro breakdown of each item, check out Mary’s post on the Hip2Keto website and check it out before your shopping trip.

Or, if you shop at Costco, her list cover’s their prices and nutritional info as well.

So now you know, if you want to save money, head to Sam’s Club and purchase a few of these items as you can afford to, over time, your fridge and pantry will be stocked!

Items purchased in bulk mean less trips to the grocery store, thereby saving you money!

 

(I’m not making any money from this post, just sharing the good news!)

A Happy Accident

My essential oils lined up on my coffee bar

This morning started out with a happy accident of sorts, as I reached for the Coffee essential oil, I grabbed Lemon essential oil instead, this went into my coffee, y’all!

You know what though? It wasn’t horrible! Nope, actually, it kind of lightened up the flavor a bit and took away some of the bitterness coffee has.

I drank it all no problem. I drink bulletproof coffee anyway, so there were plenty of other things going on that helped cover the strong lemon taste. Like coconut oil.

Know why I put all those things in my coffee? First off, creamers are chock full of sugar.

The second reason is because the ingredients I use in my coffee promote energy, focus, and appetite suppression.

Butter (grass-fed) also goes in my coffee. Ceylon cinnamon too. Then I add some stevia for sweetness with no sugar, and no rise in blood sugar either. Safe for diabetics.

Coconut oil is essential because it has medium chain triglycerides (there’s now a shortcut in a specially made oil) which is an easily digestible fat. A good for you fat.

I had been using Ancient Nutrition Coffee essential oil in my coffee for a while, just as a flavor booster, and it sits next to other essential oils on my shelf. That is how this happy accident happened.

Now, if you were to try an experiment with essential oils and your coffee, let me suggest a different oil than lemon next time. However, if you feel froggy…

Some good ones to try might be Wild orange, peppermint, cardamom, cinnamon bark, or lavender. I have not tried any of these yet, I have sweet orange and peppermint though.

All essential oils provide benefits so you would only be enhancing the flavor and performance of your morning cuppa joe.

Do your research, buy quality essential oils from reputable sources, and let me know what you think if you give one a try. I’m sure the lemon gave me a much-needed boost of energy, it’s good for that sort of thing!

(Just so you know, I am not advocating or selling one brand of essential oil, and no one is sponsoring this post.)

The Power of Peppermint Essential Oil

Have you ever experienced the power of Peppermint Essential oil? How do you use it in your daily routine? Have you ever tried direct inhalation?

When I need a quick pick-me-up, or I just want to focus on my writing in the mornings, sure I grab a cuppa joe. However, Peppermint Essential oil is a fast, effective way to accomplish the same thing.

What if you don’t like coffee? Well I can’t imagine, yet I’ve found the next best thing is to start by rubbing a small amount of coconut oil in my hands, then I add a drop of Peppermint Essential oil and directly inhale the sweet, minty aroma.

Just don’t get it near your eyes! You will not be seeing clearly for a while, I promise you!

Instantly it opens my nasal passages, awakens my senses, and before my cuppa joe is ready, I’m alert and raring to go! Careful application on the forehead helps clear brain fog too.

Peppermint Essential oil has many other uses and benefits as well. It repels insects, relieves IBS symptoms, tension headaches and more.

I never want to be out of this helpful essential oil. I get mine from The Sunflower Shoppe where Pranarom essential oils are sold. You can also get it online through Rosemary’s Garden.

As far as I know, there have been no negative side effects from using Peppermint Essential oil in this manner. Check with your doctor or aromatherapist to be sure it’s safe in your own case.

Regardless of what my disclaimer says, I have never made one thin dime promoting any of these products, brands, or shops. I’m just sharing useful information based on my own experiences.

I am not a doctor or an aromatherapist, however, I follow the teachings of gurus like Mark Sisson and Dr Josh Axe. Check out their websites to find out what they say about essential oils and how to use them.

Back in 2014, I started listening to and reading all about stories and studies having to do with all kinds of essential oils. When I started experimenting with them myself, one of the first kinds I used was Peppermint Essential oil.

I found it had the power to energize me, help me focus, I could make my own toothpaste, pain-relieving rubs, and more. It makes a wonderful smelling sugar scrub! Use that on your feet after a long, hard day!

Of course, you only want to use high quality, essential oils that have undergone rigorous testing for purity, especially if you plan to use them internally like me. I have used Peppermint Essential oil in my home made peppermint fat bombs…yummy!

I trust the Pranarom brand because I have been using it for years with no side effects. I am monitored as many of you know, by a nephrologist and other specialists, they all approve and encourage my use of essential oils. My labs always look great!

I also use some of Dr Axe’s brand of essential oils, his are the Ancient Nutrition brand. I trust the quality of his oils as well, and The Sunflower Shoppe does too, otherwise they would not be selling them in their health food stores.

You can purchase his brand on his website, Amazon, and at The Sunflower Shoppe. Since I save shipping, I try to get mine at The Sunflower Shoppe when I can get out there-it’s about a 25 minute drive from my house.

Pranarom Peppermint essential oil is 100% pure, certified organic, by USDA and EcoCert. It’s origin is India and its primary constituents are monoterpenols, ketones, monotepnenes, menthol, and menthone.

As far as the Ancient Nutrition Brand, I have tried grapefruit, coffee, and lemon essential oils. They are all great and work just as well. Did you even know there was such a thing as Coffee Essential oil?

Read up on whichever oils interest you, they all have specific uses yet can be mixed together too, depending on which ones you choose. You can make your own diffuser blends with Peppermint oil, Frankincense, Lemongrass, and Sweet Orange.

If you don’t have a diffuser, I suggest purchasing one, they have come down significantly in price. Or, just try the direct inhalation method-it works really well! Either way, you will enjoy the refreshing, minty aroma that Peppermint Essential oil imparts.

They even make car diffusers now so you can have your scent on the go!

One could even grow their own peppermint plant, use the leaves in a variety of ways like infusing your water, adding to salads, or freshen your tea!

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Kimmy’s Keto Candy-Butterfinger Fat Bombs

Filling the molds

So I adapted a recipe yesterday from Kimspired DIY‘s site where she did a low carb, keto version of Butterfinger fat bombs-and I made a couple of changes.

This easy, no-bake, sugar-free recipe will have your tastebuds tingling with delight! If you like chocolate, peanut butter, and pecans, you are in the right place!

I took her recipe and modified it to what I had on hand, as per usual. Where she called for chopped peanuts, I used pecans.

My dad has about 7 pecan trees so I have bags of unshelled pecans I’ve been trying to shell and use up. Plus, I needed a small recipe to make so I could check the status of my almond flour again.

Previously I did a post where a recipe I made failed, I wasn’t sure if it was the baking soda or the almond flour? Well, I discovered after tasting my creation yesterday-almond flour is fine!

Where she used Lily’s chocolate chips, I used Aldi’s dark chocolate chips-they are pretty low in carbs and sugar, so I didn’t think the tiny bit that’s on each fat bomb would matter much.

As long as you don’t go crazy and eat more than one at a time, I mean this is supposed to help curb your sweet cravings, not replace a meal! So mindful snacking, please!

Everything else about her recipe is the same, although I may not have measured accurately on the cream cheese, they turned out yummy just the same.

Here is the recipe the way I did it:

  • 2 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 C Low carb peanut butter-I used this
  • 2 Tbsp. Pyure granulated (I didn’t have any keto confectioner’s sugar) sweetener
  • 1/2 C almond flour-Baker’s Corner-(Aldi brand)
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped pecans
  • 1/4 C Baker’s Corner-(Aldi brand)
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil-any brand as long as it’s unrefined (I use Tropical Plantation)
  • silicone candy molds

A note about coconut oil. As long as you use unrefined, virgin, chemical-free (preferably cold-pressed) coconut oil, you can use any brand.

I use any brand of cream cheese as well. Most of the time, I get mine from Walmart, Aldi, or Win-co. Cream cheese is one of those “good fats” you can have on Keto.

Ok, the directions are so simple. Mix everything but your chocolate chips and coconut oil in a medium-size bowl, press the mixture into silicone candy mold leaving room for the chocolate layer. Set molds in the freezer while you melt the chocolate.

Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil and spoon on top of frozen mixture, then set back in the freezer for at least an hour. Pop them out and store back in the freezer for quick snacks.

Once removed from molds this is what they look like!

Easy peasy, right?!!

Give them a try and tell me what you think about them. To me, they still taste closer to Reese’s than Butterfinger but hey, you’re eating keto candy so…that’s something!

Companies That Give Back

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Did you know that Brandless and also Thrive Causemetics are two companies that give back in some way, every time you make a purchase?

Let’s talk about Brandless first, I have ordered a box from them before as you know from this post.

Through their partnership with Feeding America, every order placed with Brandless provides a meal for people in need. That’s awesome!

Brandless has products that provide wellness, clean your house, products for your baby, pet supplies, and lots of other unexpected values and items. You pay less because there is no brand name, yet the products are high quality.

Every order also includes a free gift! When you share with others, you receive a discount as well!

They even started offering CBD products! I have not tried them yet, but I am curious. All the products were winners that came in my box, except for the maple glazed almonds…way too sweet for me.

It just makes me feel good to order from a company that gives something back, how about you? You also get free shipping on orders over $48 or more.

Next on my list is Thrive Causemetics. The name says it all. For every order you place with them, they donate a portion to several different causes like homelessness, domestic abuse victims, and women veterans.

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All of their products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, with no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or fragrance.

Their cause was started by founder and CEO Karissa Bodnar who wants to make a big impact through the giving of the company’s products and earnings.

For her birthday the company made the biggest donation yet, $30,000,000 of products to charities benefitting women in need.

Their partners in giving include Ronald McDonald House Charities, Hope House, Jovenes, Lydia Place, 2Lives2Cure and more.

They have been featured in many magazines including People, Forbes, Refinery29, Fashionista, Insider Beauty, Marie Claire and more.

When you make a purchase, they give the same product or a monetary donation to women fighting cancer, women surviving domestic abuse, emerging from homelessness, and women veterans during and after military service.

My purchase of semi-permanent eye liner and Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara proved to me the quality of the products, I love them! The cool thing is knowing that my purchase not only helped me, but someone else in need!

The final company I want to mention is I Heart Dogs. Every purchase made through their site benefits dogs in shelters through an assortment of give-back programs. They feed shelter dogs, donate toys to shelters, pair companion dogs with veterans and so much more.

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Check out their site, make a donation, or buy one of their awesome products and you will be helping not only dogs, but veterans and the shelters that care for so many dogs around the nation.

They offer products for pups as well as pup lovers! Toys, treats, supplements and more. T-shirts, jewelry, garden décor, home goods, and drinkware too!

They have been featured in Buzzfeed, Reader’s Digest, and HGTV! They are also partnered with GreaterGood.Org.

I sincerely hope you give these companies a try, let me know what you think, or if you’ve ever tried them before, leave a review! PS: I am not getting any kind of compensation for this post, just sharing the information.