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Mr. Peanut Bread

Living the low carb lifestyle is tasty and satisfying, but there is one thing I do miss…bread. I’ve tried quite a few low carb bread recipes, some were successful and some less so.

I recently found a new recipe and gave it a try yesterday. Success!

Introducing…Mr. Peanut Bread!

It’s delicious, easy to make, and with just a few common ingredients. That’s a win in my book!

Please bear with me…this isn’t a food blog and so my photos aren’t very good and there aren’t very many of them.  Just two, in fact. But I’ll share the recipe here and, trust me…you’ll want to make this for yourself!

Mr. Peanut BreadMr Peanut Bread

1 cup natural peanut butter, smooth (we make our own peanut butter, but that’s another post)
3 eggs, beaten
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 packet sweetener (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray mini loaf pan with non-stick spray.

Blend peanut butter and eggs until smooth. You can use a spoon, whisk, or hand mixer. I told you this was easy!

Add in remaining ingredients. Mix well.Mr Peanut Bread slice

Pour into a sprayed mini loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake for 30-40 minutes.

Let cool before slicing into 16 slices. (Since I used a mini loaf pan, the bread rose above the top of the pan. When it was cool, I sliced the top off for tasting.  It could have easily made four more slices!)

Mr Peanut Bread nutrition facts

Nutrition Facts from MyFitnessPal

Yield: 16 lovely thin slices.
Carbs per slice: 3 g, Fiber: 1 g. Net carbs: 2 g

Notes from the original author: The texture of this loaf is fantastic. It is not dense like many coconut flour breads. It is springy, yet sturdy enough to hold together well for sandwiches. If you don’t mind a slight nutty flavor, this will be a go to recipe. It can be made into muffins too. Just think, a great bread with no specialty ingredients or time consuming methods.  http://247lowcarbdiner.blogspot.com/2011/03/mr-peanut-sandwich-bread.html

There you have it… Mr. Peanut Bread. So easy and so yummy!

Remember that home is where the heart is, and there’s no place like home!
Auntie M

 


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Why I Don’t Go to Church

I know the title of this article may surprise and shock many friends and relatives. But the truth is, I haven’t gone to church in a very long time.cross in tetons cropped

I believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  Jesus is my savior and I know that someday when I die, I will go to heaven and live with him forever.  I’m a Christian.

As a child, I was born into the church, baptized, attended Sunday school and vacation bible school, was in youth group, and sang in the choir.

As an adult, I was active in the church, taught Sunday school, vacation bible school, and children’s church, directed the choir, and led praise and worship.

Hubby and I wanted this for our family, too. So we raised our children in the church where they were baptized, attended Sunday school and vacation bible school, were in the youth group, and attended church camp.

If the church doors were open, we were there.

So what happened? Why don’t we go to church?

We got burned out. Sorry if this sounds lame to some that have never experienced it, but pretty much plain and simple, we got burned out.

If it were only from not being able to say, “No”, we would have gotten over it a long time ago. And believe me, we have tried to go back to church from time to time over the years.

We got burned out on people, especially those in leadership, who said they were Christians but treated others judgmentally and even harshly…in the name of Jesus. People who preached love, but their actions were anything but loving. I realize no one is perfect and I don’t expect perfection. But love and acceptance isn’t that hard of a concept.

So, what brings all this to mind today? What is fueling the anger and hurt so much that I just have to write about it?

I have been wanting to try going to church again and have made plans to visit one in the very near future.  This morning I thought, “Let’s watch a local church service (a different church than where we’re going to visit) that is on TV and see what God has for us today.”  I chose one that I’ve watched before and thought was good.

The sermon was interesting, but then the preacher got to the closing prayer. It has always irritated me when preachers offer up a prayer that is really another little sermon. A little sermon prayer that contains verbiage they wouldn’t say to the people directly, but somehow think it’s OK to put it in a prayer. Well, in this sermon prayer this preacher was praying for our country (that’s OK) and then…he started praying against the “evils of Islam.”  The what?  He called Isalm the anti-christ because they don’t accept Jesus as anything more than a teacher.

I’m sorry (not sorry) but that is wrong. It came out of ignorance and was meant to incite fear and prejudice, all framed in the guise of a prayer.

Loving others means accepting those with whom you disagree and it means praying for them. Many (or most) so-called Christian preachers and other church leaders just don’t get it.

Here’s what Jesus had to say about it from Matthew 5:43-44: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor. (Leviticus 19:18) Hate your enemy.’ But here is what I tell you. Love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you.

Referring back to the sermon prayer I heard this morning, if the preacher had prayed for terrorism to come to an end and/or for protection from terrorism; even if he had mentioned Islamic extremists by name…I wouldn’t have been so upset.  To vilify an entire peaceful religion because of an extremist sect is wrong. It’s like saying all of Christianity is evil because of Westboro Baptist Church and others like them.

This morning’s preacher could use a review of Matthew 5:44.  I also realize that Jesus’ words here are for all of us, including me, so I’m going to pray for him to gain a deeper understanding of love, Jesus style.

Will I visit another church? Yes, I will.

Will I be disappointed in so-called Christians who use their religion to hurt others?  Yes, I will. My faith is in God, not people.

Pray for others. Love them…all of them.

Remember that home is where the heart is, and there’s no place like home!
Auntie M


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I Believe in Love

The Relay For Life was held recently and it was a wonderful event!

So much love and support for cancer survivors, caregivers, family, and friends.

D & J Cancer Crushers

Mother and Daughter Cancer Survivors

Debbie Jessi 2016

Survivors and Caregivers

survivors caregivers 2016

Hubby and I are wearing our orange Believe t-shirts. Our purchase helped Relay team, D & J Cancer Crushers, to raise funds for research, education, support for those fighting cancer, etc.
The orange is to honor my mother, who is fighting kidney cancer.

John Marsha orange for kidney cancer 2016

Love was the word of the day.

Be sure to tell your family and friends like family that you love them. Tell them every day. You never know how many opportunities you’ll have to do so.

I believe in love!

Remember that home is where the heart is, and there’s no place like home!Auntie M


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I Believe

Believe.

John and I are anxiously waiting for our Believe t-shirts to arrive. These shirts were designed to be worn in support of Dominic’s other grandma, GBelieve w Dominicrandma Debbie, who is dealing with breast cancer. We chose orange t-shirts to support awareness for kidney cancer which my mother, Dominic’s Grammy, is dealing with (she’s also a breast cancer survivor). We also wear the t-shirts to honor Dominic’s Mama, Jessi, a thyroid cancer survivor.

I believe that cancer sucks.

Thinking about the Believe t-shirts got me to thinking about what else I believe in.  Here is a list of some of the things I came up with.

1.  I repeat… I believe that cancer sucks.

2.  I believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

3.  I believe that every life, born or unborn, is precious and deserves to be loved, nurtured, and cared for.

4.  I believe we should spay, neuter, rescue, and adopt animals that have no home.

5.  I believe less talking and more listening would solve a lot of problems.

6.  I believe we should tell our family (and our friends like family) that we love them; and we should say it every day.

7.  I believe we should speak a blessing on our children and on our spouse when we part ways in the morning.  A simple “God bless your day!” may make all the difference.

8.  I believe singing and laughter are important parts of each and every day.

9.  I believe in having breakfast for supper, leftover birthday cake for breakfast, and ice cream at any time of the day!

10.  I believe that children are precious gifts from God. We must love them and protect them always. We must remember that they learn by doing and accidents happen…the old adage, “It’s no use crying over spilled milk,” is really, really true. Relax and enjoy!

11.  I believe that trust in God and the love and support of family (and friends like family) can help us get through just about anything.

12.  I believe that a positive outlook is important for health and well-being.  If circumstances are dire and it’s hard to be positive, see #11.

13.  Lastly, I believe in the power of prayer. And that cancer sucks. Let’s all pray for a cure.

Remember that home is where the heart is, and there’s no place like home!
Auntie M


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5 Things in the Low Carb Lifestyle

list of 5 things image3Way back in April 2014, when I first started down the low carb path, my doctor told me to avoid 5 things:

  1. Bread
  2. Pasta
  3. Potatoes
  4. Rice
  5. Fruit

While he didn’t actually say it, I knew this list meant that I needed to avoid sugar, wheat, and other grains, as well as starchy root vegetables and super-sweet fruit. After several months of research, I decided to not only avoid these things, but to eliminate them from my life.

What I eat:

  1. Natural Fat
  2. Meat
  3. Eggs
  4. Cheese
  5. Vegetables

The emphasis here is to eat real food. That means we do a lot more cooking than before, and it’s good to know what all the ingredients are. We shop the perimeter of the grocery store for almost all our food. Once in a while, we do have small amounts of low carb berries, such as strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries.

The benefits of this way of eating for me are:sugar-free-rubber-stamp-8928189 black

  1. After the first few days, no more craving sugar. I never thought this was possible.
  2. After the first few weeks, I had blood work done. It showed that I was no longer borderline diabetic. My A1C was totally normal! In fact, everything was beautifully in normal range!
  3. I have fibromyalgia and the pain was lessened.
  4. My bowel schedule has normalized and no more irritable bowel syndrome. Sorry if that’s TMI. It’s been a struggle for most of my adult life.
  5. I’m no longer lactose intolerant. This way of eating doesn’t include cow’s milk, but I can eat cheese again!

And I realize this wrecks my “lists of 5” theme, but it’s a wonderful benefit of this way of eating…

  1. I’ve lost weight. I still have a lot more weight to lose, but since starting this way of eating, I’ve basically maintained a loss of almost 50 lbs. for over a year. In my entire life of 61 years, I’ve never ever maintained any kind of weight loss for anywhere near that long. I consider this to be worth all the lifestyle changes we’ve made!

I hope this helps to explain my way of eating. It’s not a diet. It’s a lifestyle and I’ve learned to embrace it. The benefits easily balance out the challenges.

Remember that home is where the heart is, and there’s no place like home!
Auntie M


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Good girls!

This article was in my drafts folder for over a year!  Yikes!  Many of our readers already know this story but I thought I’d go ahead and post it.  :)

Having rescue dogs in our lives has changed us forever.

Lady, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is truly a bright light!  She was rescued from a puppy mill where she had many, many puppies.  I found her online and we were so happy when we were chosen to adopt this senior sweetheart.  The good folks at Partners For Pets rescue in Troy, IL took good care of her and we are so thankful to have become her forever home.

Lady wasn’t house trained and was very skittish, especially around me.  We wondered if a woman in her past had abused her in some way.  We’ll never know.  She’s so much better now!  She has a heart condition which she takes medication for, but she loves our family and we love her!

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Cassie, a Yorkshire Terrier, came to us through our niece, Jenna.  An older couple had Cassie since she was a newly weaned puppy.  She’s registered with the AKC and everything!  Cassie was already a senior dog when her fur-mom died and then her fur-dad went into a nursing home.  Poor Cassie was left alone in their house for weeks (with only someone coming in to feed her and let her out).  Jenna and her hubby took Cassie in but she had already developed separation anxiety and she was so upset when left alone during the day that she would potty in the house, even in an appropriately sized crate.  Needless to say, she was miserable.  When Jenna asked me if Lady needed a fur-sister, I said yes!  She still has separation anxiety issues, but we love her and are so happy to have her as part of our family.

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Both girls love to take walks and sleep with us and love on everyone!  We can’t imagine life without them.

Please remember to “Adopt. If you can’t adopt – Rescue. If you can’t rescue – Foster. If you can’t foster – Donate. If you can’t donate – Educate.” There is so much to do and there are so many wonderful cats, dogs, and more who need your help.  Our local rescue is P.A.W.S. (Protecting Animal Welfare Society).  Check out all they do and take a look at the many dogs and cats they have available.  :)

Remember that home is where the heart is, and there’s no place like home!
Auntie M

 


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Long Time, No See

Oh my goodness, it’s been just over a year since I last posted here!  Holy-moly!

There is so much to tell…and I will tell it all…but first… I AM A GRANDMA!!!

Greg and Jessi’s son, Dominic, was born last November and he is perfect!  We are all so completely in love with him!

Dominic Grandma N

In March, I went part time at my job so I could be the morning Grandma sitter and I couldn’t ask for anything better than to see him every day!

The other big thing in my life is that last August 1st – oh wow, that was one year ago today! – I started a Low Carb High Fat way of eating.  This has been so good for me!  I was borderline diabetic and that went away in the first six weeks!  I have fibromyalgia and the pain has decreased considerably – without the two prescription meds for it that I had been taking!  I lost weight and just generally feel better!

I’m participating in another LCHF challenge starting today and we were all asked to share three recipes that we feel like we couldn’t live without.  Here are mine:

1.  Fathead Pizza – I’ve tried several low carb pizza crust recipes and this one is the best!  Thank you to hubby, John, for perfecting the technique and for developing our pizza sauce recipe too!
John’s Pizza Sauce
8 oz. can tomato sauce (3/4 cup)
1 tbls Lonzerotti’s Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
one packet Stevia, to taste
Cook together until thickened.
1/4 cup = 4 g carbs

2.  My own Ice Cream – inspired by LeeAnn’s recipe at Cut The Wheat and Ben & Jerry’s vanilla ice cream recipe.  Currently I’m obsessing on…
Coffee Ice Cream
3 eggs
3/4 cup sweetener of choice (I usually blend together two or three kinds!)
pinch salt
1 T instant coffee crystals, heaping
2 T vanilla
2 T vegetable glycerin
2-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 tsp zanthan gum
Beat eggs until buttery-yellow color.  Slowly mix in sweetener.  Add salt and coffee crystals.  Add vanilla, glycerin and mix well.  Add cream.  Lastly (while still mixing), sprinkle in the zanthan gum.  Freeze.  OMW, this is soooo good!  To make mocha, add 3 T cocoa powder with the coffee crystals.  :)
1/2 cup serving = approx. 2 carbs

3.  Cauliflower Salad – our non-low carb family members also love this!
2 lbs cauliflower cut/broken into small pieces (approx. one medium head)
1/2 to 1 lb bacon, fried and crumbled (we cut the bacon into little pieces before frying)
2 cups (8 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
Dressing
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 to 1/2 cup sweetener of choice (adjust to your liking…I find that we like it less sweet now than before!)
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
In a large salad bowl, combine cauliflower, bacon, and cheese. In a separate bowl combine all dressing ingredients. Toss together… enjoy!  This is best if made at least several hours before serving.
Makes about 16 one-half cup servings.  1.5 carbs per serving

Mostly I eat pretty “boring” meals… I like to keep things simple, but I go to these three recipes quite frequently.

Next time I’ll tell you about the wonderful event we’re going to attend later this month!  I’m so excited!

Remember that home is where the heart is, and there’s no place like home!
Auntie M

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