Aunties M & Em

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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
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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Memories and Three Fruit Ice

Memories and Three Fruit Ice

Last Friday, my brother Matt and I had the special task of taking our Mother to the hospital for cataract surgery.  We’re so thankful for her doctor, anesthesiologist, and nurses for their skillful, kind, and thoughtful care.  Mother came through just fine and is on her way to better vision.  Yay!  The best part about the day – besides having the surgery over and behind her – was getting to spend time with Mother and Matt.  Dedicated time to visit, laugh, and reminisce.

After we got her home and settled, we started talking about some old photos Mother had recently put up on Facebook.  There are photos of my brothers and me when we were children, our Dad (who has been up in Heaven for over 26 years), and of course photos with Mother in them when she was young.  We got to talking about things that we all remembered and things long past that only she remembers.

Mother told us how when she was young her mother went to work and she had to start cooking for their family of ten.  How their Sunday fried chicken dinner was made with the chickens their dad purchased and butchered on Saturday the day before.  How that chicken tasted so fresh and good!  How she or her sister baked two pies every Saturday that were eaten after the chicken dinner on Sunday.  How during the week, they mostly ate vegetables because meat was too expensive to eat every day.  I could go on and on!  It was wonderful and I hope we make opportunities for these kinds of stories and memories more often.

One of the recipes that we all have in our memories is Three Fruit Ice.  Everyone in our family loves it and thinks of it as a special treat!   My Grandma would mix up the ingredients and put it in a crock in the freezer. After it had frozen hard, my Mother or one of her siblings would take a knife and chip away at it until they could scoop it into bowls on a hot summer day.  My brothers and I, and all our cousins, have passed it down to our children.  Three Fruit Ice is more than just a memory.  It has definitely become a family tradition!

Three Fruit Ice
Juice of three oranges
Juice of three lemons
Three ripe bananas
Three cups water
Two cups sugar

Original instructions:  Mix all the ingredients and freeze solid. When ready to serve, chip away at the “fruit juice cube” and serve.

My instructions:  Put the orange juice, lemon juice, bananas, sugar, and some water (if there’s room for it) in a blender and blend until well-mixed.  Pour into a large bowl and mix in the rest of the water.  Put in the freezer, stirring every so often to keep it icy but not frozen solid.  Serve with a maraschino cherry for garnish, if desired.

Other instructions:  Mix the ingredients together per my instructions above, but then freeze in an ice cream freezer.  The texture will be less icy and more smooth.  This is not traditional Three Fruit Ice, but some in our family prefer it this way.  To each his own.  They can’t help it that they’re wrong.  Just kidding.  Not really.  🙂

Take time to reminisce and to celebrate family traditions.  Maybe you’ll make some new memories and family traditions along the way!