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.

The Icing On The Bread

Oh man, before I delve into today’s post let me just say I made the very simple icing for my bread today and it absolutely made the bread!

Keto Cinnamon Bread with Icing.

The only complaint I have is that the Swerve leaves a kind of cooling sensation behind when you eat it. Other than that, it was fabulous 😋

Now, I want you to know that I had a clear picture in my head this morning of what I was going to talk about today, now it’s gone so I’m winging it from here.

This post is all about marijuana, not the bread I made yesterday…I just wanted to soften the blow. 🙂

I guess what I wanted to say is, that I am and have been now for a few years, studying up on all things marijuana related, CBD related, and as such, I want to share some great resources.

I’m totally looking forward to the day I can legally grow my own, so I can make some cool things like Cannabutter, Cannaoil, and then make my friends and family some tasty edibles!

Not gonna lie, I used to be so against the thought, yet the more I study, the more I realize how much good this little plant has done and continues to do for sick and/or suffering people.

It stops seizures, helps with sleep, anxiety, pain, nausea and so much more. Read up on it yourself, don’t stay in the dark…maybe it could help you too someday.

I can totally see myself as a hippy chick, living close to the beach, sporting my handmade jewelry and being content to grow my own bud and make it into all sorts of wonderful, helpful products.

Maybe Texas will finally come to it’s senses and adopt the same law as Mexico, where you can grow your own, as long as you have no intent to sell.

I just want to learn how to make edibles, beauty products myself, my family and my friends can use. What’s wrong with that? Alas, I do live in Texas so….

Here are some of my favorite, most knowledgeable sites on the subjects of law, definition, business opportunities, and more when it comes to CBD and marijuana.

Medical Marijuana Inc. -check out this article here

Leafly-check out this here article!

Ganjapreneur-here is a new article to see content. (This one’s all about investing once your state is legal and you want to start a business, network with cannabis professionals, find work, etc.

Well there you have it folks, I hope if nothing else I have inspired you to educate yourself, broaden your horizons, and maybe get rid of the stigma associated with the word marijuana.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s nothing to be afraid of anymore, speaking as a person who has worked in the medical field and lives to help people, I believe it’s becoming necessary. So hurry up Texas and get on board!!!

If It’s Edible, It’s Not A Pinterest Fail, Right?

We’ve all heard about a Pinterest fail, right? If it’s edible though, is it still a fail?

My cinnamon toast after taking it off the burnt pan, before cooling and cutting.

So today I wanted to try a sweet recipe using Fathead Dough (Keto) so I checked my Pinterest board and decided on cinnamon roll bread.

The original recipe is from Forget Sugar Friday, a great site I reference all the time. Check out all her posts and this recipe by clicking the link.

I took a screenshot of what the bread is “supposed” to look like right before it goes in the oven, since I forget to do that.

Mine almost didn’t come together! Finally, after much stirring, it formed a dough and I poured it onto my pan, exactly like hers in the photo below..

This is sort of what mine looked like going in the oven, mine was not quite as firm.

I placed it in the oven for 6 minutes as instructed and then pulled it out and put on the yummy cinnamon topping. Mine was much darker than hers.

Two changes I made to her recipe were 1) I used Paleo flour combo, which had almond, coconut, and arrowroot in it. 2) Instead of brown Swerve, I used coconut sugar to get the brown color.

The original recipe uses just coconut flour, but I was out. My gluten free flour would not work because it’s not Keto.

First thing that happened due to something on the bottom of my oven ( I guess) is that the smoke filled the house. The smoke alarm went off three times.

Also, the cinnamon topping flowed on to the Silmat, and that burned a little bit, which also made smoke. 🙄

I had to open the patio door and a window and run my tiny fan at full force, light a candle, and finally after an hour or so, it cleared out. 🤣

Once I pulled it out, it could have been frosted, but I wanted to see how it tasted before I wasted those ingredients. Ok, y’all know that pizza dessert you get at Pizza Inn?

That’s as close as I can come to describing the taste, yet without the yummy, gooey frosting. It certainly didn’t taste like toast!

Once cut, I thought it looked pretty good.

Next time I’ll frost it too! Still, it was pretty good!

Now let me show you hers.

Hers was thicker, lighter, fluffier and just looked more like toast!

I’m still amazed that bread, pizza crust, and bagels can be made from these simple ingredients; coconut flour, mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, eggs, baking powder, and salt.

This one also had the addition of heavy whipping cream, Swerve Confectioners sugar, and cinnamon, of course!

I don’t know why my dough was so hard to come together unless it was my flour. You are supposed to be able to manage it with your hands. Ha!

Now, my last picture shows that my dough even had pockets of air. I don’t cook enough to know if this is good or bad.

Right or wrong, it still qualifies as bread if you ask me!

The last picture is hers, a screenshot of how it looks frosted, which I’m definitely doing next time!!

Looks delicious doesn’t it!

So, have y’all tried this recipe or some other easy sweet recipe using Fathead Dough? Tell me about it!

PS: I like Swerve sweetener because it has no after taste, it’s not bitter, and it’s even safe for people with diabetes! (I don’t have that by my friend Stephanie does)

Normally, I use Pyure Brand Stevia Blend, but I’ve been out and tried the Swerve. The frosting uses it too. Get the recipe at Forget Sugar Friday!

Do You Know About Fathead Dough?

Hey, good morning! How many of you have ever heard of Fathead Dough?

It’s all the rage in the Keto world, simply because it’s a way to enjoy bread again! It’s made of mozzarella cheese, almond flour and egg, with many variations on the recipe, it’s very versatile!

This morning I am attempting to make bagels from Fathead Dough, and once they are out of the oven and I’ve sampled them, I’ll let you know if it was a success! 😉

I got the recipe from Mad Creations on Pinterest, and I had no almond flour, so I subbed a mixture of coconut flour and golden flax meal. Click the link for the whole recipe!

For the topping, I used chia seeds and pink Himalayan salt. I plan to eat them with cream cheese.

My measurements were not entirely accurate, so they will be smaller than hers, plus, they don’t seem to want to brown, so I may have to take them from the oven to the toaster oven to crisp up.

Here they are before going in the oven.

They smelled good, yet felt heavy and still not brown when I took them out, so I’ve got them in the toaster oven to finish up.

Not pretty but hopefully tasty!

Now I can tell you after sampling my “bagel sandwich” it was delicious! Not as chewy as a traditional bagel, but definitely tastes like bread, the flax and coconut flour combo worked! Savory, salty, and slightly cheesy.

After toasting, I had the seasoned side down.

I am so exited and anxious to try the dough with almond flour, so I need to stock up on that and mozzarella cheese. Using the shredded is fine!

My bagel sandwich creation! Small but totally satisfying 😊😋

I made my sandwich with cream cheese and a thinly sliced Black Forest ham! Not bad for my first attempt!

I cannot wait to make pizza or cinnamon rolls! I’ve been hearing so much about this versatile dough, why did I wait so long to try it??

The addition of flax and the topping of chia seeds adds fiber and should also give me energy! I desperately need that recovering from knee surgery!

I have to admit, I’m not sure that this dough will make a good sweet bread, but I’m willing to give it a try, stay tuned for that! I will certainly be doing more experiments with this dough!

Tip: I had to click the conversion button on the recipe for US measurements.

Let me know if you’ve tried it and share your favorite recipes with me!

How To Enjoy Starbucks While Following a Keto Lifestyle

How do you manage to enjoy Starbucks while following a keto diet/lifestyle?

You just have to know what to order! I went and made very good use of a Starbucks gift card that my husband won at work.

Before I went, I consulted my Pinterest board for the best keto choices (so I wouldn’t look like a fool at Starbucks ;))

Here was my order:

Heaven in a cup!!

I had to go over it with the barista-in-training, yet it was well worth the wait. Ah, heaven in a cup I tell you!!

Now the cup doesn’t tell you the whole story, it was actually a Sugar-free Cinnamon Dulce Light Frappuccino with half water and half heavy cream. (instead of non-fat milk)

I adore cinnamon and caramel, so this was perfect! And to know it was sugar-free made it also guilt-free!! I didn’t ask what kind of cinnamon they used, at home I only use Ceylon Cinnamon, it’s the best kind.

This way, I don’t get a sugar-laden, calorie-filled beverage but a sugar-free with all the good fat version and the flavor was phenomenal!!!

Another choice could have been a Coffee Light Frappuccino with half water and half heavy cream. If you look on my Pinterest board, you will see the one for 13 keto Starbucks drinks you’ll love.

Originally posted by Trading Average.

This will be a favorite site for all you lovers of Starbucks. One tip: Use a gift card if you have one, a grande rung up at over $7!!!

Cheapos like me, will continue to make my keto beverages at home for the most part, but this was a lovely treat! Of course, you don’t want to make this a habit any more than eating a whole pan of keto brownies in one setting.

Still, we all need a treat like this once in a blue moon. So I encourage you to try it yourself, don’t be shy. The baristas are very patient and work with you, you are paying them good money, after all!