Month: June 2018

Easy Whipped Cream

Easy Whipped Cream

Sometimes you need a quick and easy whipped cream recipe–whether it’s for a quick fatty snack, perfect pumpkin pie, or to top off a delicious keto frappuccino.

So here it is! This recipe is 4 ingredients and whips together in a magic bullet or similar blender so fast it’s unbelievable.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

A sprinkle of cream of tartar

1/4 tsp vanilla

15-20 drops of stevia

Directions:

1. Combine ingredients in magic bullet or other blender and blend. With the bullet it takes about a minute (this can vary). Watch it, though. It will thicken to a nice, creamy consistency–you can sometimes hear it change when whipping, but you don’t want to blend it for so long that it separates.

2. Enjoy your whipped cream!

Personalized Family Tree

Personalized Family Tree

Creating a visual representation of your family tree can be incredibly fun and rewarding. Whether you want one for yourself or need a special gift for someone you care for, this tree is a great personal project that’s sure to have lots of people smiling as they contribute their fingerprint leaves.

Disclosure: some of the supplies linked are affiliate links, meaning that, at no additional cost to you, I will receive a commission if you use this link to make a purchase. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Supplies:

Colored buttons (I used these green ones for one and these orange ones for another)

Ink pads in shades of green (or whatever color you choose, I bought these ink pads)

Canvas (any size, I’m using 11 × 14)

Pencil and scrap paper

Embossing ink pen

Brown permanent marker

Needle and color coordinated thread OR hot glue gun

Embossing powder in shades of brown. I use Reflections embossing powder in copper, champagne, gold, and vintage mahogany. You can paint instead, but the embossing is really worth the effort.

Embossing heat gun

Directions:

  1. Make your family list and sketch a quick rough draft of the tree. The sketch isn’t important, you just need to have a general idea of where you want everything to go. 
    Number one terrible sketch.

    2. Using a pencil, lightly draw your tree on the canvas. Don’t overthink it! It’s okay for the lines to be wobbly and jagged, most trees aren’t perfectly straight. If you feel like you’ve messed up you can erase, but it might not all come off, it just depends on the pencil, eraser, and canvas. I like to write each person’s name on the inside of the branch. I also like to do parent’s names in a heart shape on the trunk with kids up in the canopy of the tree.

    3. Trace over your pencil with brown permanent marker. If you mess up you can use a cotton swab and alcohol or nail polish remover to very carefully remove the errors and correct them. 4. Using your embossing pen, draw some (many) lines through the branches of the tree and down the trunk. We’re emulating bark here, so it should be sort of erratic and natural looking. Once you’re satisfied with the amount of ink down, sprinkle with the first embossing powder color. I use copper as my first color because I prefer it as the dominant trunk color. 

    5. Repeat this step with the rest of your brown colored embossing powders, filling in empty spots with ink, dusting the tree, and then pouring it off. You might want to keep a paper towel next to you to wipe off the embossing powder that sticks to the embossing pen as you fill in the tree. 6. Now for the really fun part. Using your embossing gun, apply heat. Start at the bottom and work your way up. You will see the embossing powder flash in golden glory as it transforms. Move up the trunk and across the branches. Once you’re finished and all of the powder has been transformed, everything should have a wonderful golden shine.7. Grab your buttons! Pick some places that look to you like maybe there should be some leaves there to fill out the tree. Be sure to leave enough space that fingerprints won’t be obstructed. Sew into place or hot glue. I sewed onto this canvas, but my orange tree is on a board canvas (because I was worried that cats would rip canvas) so the orange buttons were hot glued on. 8. Add family fingerprints! I did one at home with just the kids and cats as an example. The green tree is going with us to our next family gathering to be filled in there.

Dyed Dryer Sheets

Dyed Dryer Sheets

This is just a fun way to recycle your old dryer sheets into something pretty and potentially useful. The great part is that it’s so simple kids can do it, too. I like using them in vases with paper flowers,especially with painted paper. I’ve considered trying to crochet strips into something, but haven’t tried it yet.

Supplies:

Used fabric softener sheets

Food coloring

Cups or bowls with water

Steps:

1. Add 15-20 drops of food coloring per cup of water. You can mix yellow and red for orange, and blue and green for turquoise. I have tried purple and am just never happy with the resulting grayish color–it lacks the vibrance of the other colors–but let me know if you figure out how to make purple work.

2. Push dryer sheets into the colored water until immersed. They should easily stay under the water once wet.

3. Let sit overnight, 8-12 hours.

4. Remove from water and lay flat or hang to dry.

5. Have fun playing with these.

 

Low Carb Gummies

Low Carb Gummies

One thing that’s easy to miss when you go low carb or sugar free is candy. There’s something uniquely satisfying about biting into a chewy, soft gummy bear that doesn’t compare to much else.

The good news is that these treats are easy to make at home and can pack quite a nutritional punch! These are great treats to keep in your fridge for summer when you or the kids might want a quick sweet treat that is healthy.

 

Low Carb Gummies

Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup gelatin I like Great Lakes orange label
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
  • pinch cream of tartar
  • 20 drops liquid stevia
  • Flavoring I used Tazo passion tea and some lemon juice
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Instructions

  1. Steep herbal tea in hot water. In a separate cup, pour gelatin, salt, and cream of tartar. Add cold water to gelatin mix and whisk with fork until evenly dissolved. The mixture should start to bloom, becoming a gooey mass. 

  2. Once your tea is steeped, remove the tea bags. Pour into the cup with gelatin mixture and whisk with fork. It will take a minute or two for it to dissolve. Add liquid stevia. Taste to make sure you like the flavor (otherwise you won’t want to eat them!)

  3. Place your silicone molds on a flat tray. Carefully fill your molds with a spoon or dropper. I filled six whole molds with mine, but the kids ate the gummy bears before I got a chance to take pictures. Once your molds are full, place them in the refrigerator. If you don’t have silicone molds, you can simply pour into a Tupperware or Pyrex dish and let set.

  4. Remove from the fridge and take out of the molds or, if you used a dish, cut into small squares. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks. 

I originally posted this on Instructables:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Low-Carb-Gummies/

Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cups

Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cups

When you cut down on sugar, it can be hard to give up the classic candies and snacks. Suddenly the convenience of grabbing a Snickers or bag of chips just isn’t appealing.

Luckily, making your own peanut butter cups is simple and fun!

Find it here

Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cups

Author Kristy

Ingredients

Chocolate

  • 1/2 cup butter You can sub butter for coconut oil or vice versa, but the coconut oil will be a little softer and melt faster than butter.
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil https://amzn.to/2JCDZCR
  • 2-4 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • 20-30 drops liquid stevia
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • pinch cream of tartar

Peanut Butter Filling

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter no sugar added
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 10-15 drops liquid stevia

Instructions

  1. In a microwave safe bowl combine butter and coconut oil. Microwave until melted. 

    Transfer to blender. Add cocoa powder, salt, liquid stevia, vanilla, and heavy cream and blend for a few seconds to incorporate ingredients. You should have a nice brown liquid. 

    Chocolate taste test time! If you don’t like it, tweak it to your liking.

  2. Line your muffin tin with the paper liners. Spoon a small amount of chocolate into the bottom of each paper and place in the fridge to set. Set the rest of the chocolate to the side.

  3. While the chocolate is setting we’re going to make the peanut butter filling. Rinse the blender out or wipe it out with a paper towel.

    In the blender, combine peanut butter, cream, and stevia. You can do this by hand with a fork as well, but the cream may not really become whipped. It will still taste wonderful.

    Do a peanut butter taste test. Adjust it to your tastes if you need to.

  4. Remove the chocolate from the fridge. It’s okay if it’s not completely set and is still slightly soft, but it should not be liquid. Using a spoon, scoop globs of peanut butter into the cups on top of the chocolate. Smooth out until flat. Repeat for all 12 of your cups.

    Pour remaining chocolate over the peanut butter. Place in fridge for 1-2 hours.

  5. Remove from paper and enjoy! Can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks, although around here they rarely last that long.

Originally written as an Instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Sugar-Free-Peanut-Butter-Cups

Fun Summer Hats

Fun Summer Hats

Well it’s pretty hot here. I’m really not used to the Texas heat, so I’m just staying inside most of the time, which is a bummer. This means lots of indoor activities and crafts.

Today we made fun, colorful summer hats by repurposing old hats whose decorations had fallen (read: were pulled) off.

This was a lot of fun to do with the girls.

Supplies: Disclosure: some of the supplies linked are affiliate links, meaning that, at no additional cost to you, I will receive a commission if you use this link to make a purchase. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

An old or cheap hat (these and these both look like great starters to me!)

Decorations: ribbon, bows, feathers, flowers, butterflies, pom poms

A hot glue gun (for adult use only)

 

Steps:

1. Place ribbon around brim. Glue in place.

2. Add some flowers or butterflies. Hot glue them in place. I used butterflies because I’m not sure where all my flowers are, and really like how it turned out.

3. Glue some feathers down on the “front.” You can add more flowers and such on top of the feathers. It starts to look really cute here.

4. We also put pom poms on the brim for a fun and silly addition.

Happy kids, happy life.

 

 

Ham Omelette Cups (dairy-free)

Ham Omelette Cups (dairy-free)

Well, I’m 29 today. Another year older. A little more tired. A few more gray hairs and wrinkles, and so much excitement and joy. So much to look forward to in this next year.

Starting next week posts are going to switch to Tuesdays, because let’s be honest here, you’ll still need stuff to do on Tuesday to get yourself through the week.

You can certainly add cheese or sour cream to these, but they are amazing without!

Note: don’t use honey ham, it gives it a weird flavor.

 

Ham Omelette Cups

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced peppers I use poblano and bell
  • 1/4 cup diced tomato
  • 1/4 cup diced mushroom
  • 1/2 cup chopped spinach
  • 6 eggs
  • 12 slices ham for lining muffin tin
  • extra chopped ham

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Oil or spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. 

  2. Add butter or oil to a small pan. Fry onion and peppers for a few minutes until translucent and beginning to change color. 

  3. Line muffin tin with ham slices. I sliced my ham in half because it made it easier to line the cups with halves. 

  4. In a measuring bowl, combine vegetables, chopped ham, and eggs. Mix well.

  5. Spoon or pour mixture into your ham cups.

  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until tops begin to turn golden brown. Cups should easily slide out of the muffin tin.

Bird Seed Sensory Play

Bird Seed Sensory Play

Well, sometimes it’s hard to keep your kiddos actively engaged, isn’t it? My younger daughter loves cups and pouring, usually with water, but sometimes I don’t want to deal with 2 soaking wet girls when it’s all over.

HEB had a coupon for a free bag of bird seed, which is just perfect for playing with! We can go sit outside and play as long as we like with it, then just sweep it into the yard when we’re done. No worries.

Supplies:

Bird seed

Buckets, cups, spoons, shovels, whatever else you think might be fun to play with

Kids

Steps:

Kind of a no brainer here. Just divide up your bird seed into small tubs or buckets and distribute play equipment. Being outside is a good idea. My older daughter doesn’t share well, so I have to split everything evenly.

Have fun with this relatively messless sensory activity!

Fathead Pizza in a Crockpot

Fathead Pizza in a Crockpot

Lots of us have noticed that going low carb, gluten free, or grain free is the next big thing, and for good reason! It’s both delicious and nutritious. Even if you don’t usually avoid grains, this pizza is something you should give a try.

The crust is super easy and fun to make and you can modify it to taste. I like red pepper flakes in mine, but my kids are too young to enjoy that right now. You can even do this with a regular wheat crust, it cooks the same.

Plus, who would have thought that you can make pizza, with or without grain, in a Crockpot?! It’s very convenient and keeps the house cooler than running the oven, which is especially important as summer approaches.

This pizza is not super low carb, since it does have a small amount of almond flour, coconut flour, and then whatever carbs are in your toppings, but it is vastly improved from the traditional variety. This is definitely not an everyday meal if you try to keep your carbs really low, but rather a periodic indulgence (although I must admit I’ve had some version of this every day for weeks at a time). If you only have a small Crockpot you can modify this to make a personal sized pizza by halving the ingredients.

 

Fathead Pizza in a Crockpot

Author Kristy

Ingredients

Crust

  • 6-8 tbsp almond flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 package cream cheese 4 ounces
  • 1 egg
  • Spices: garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil, black pepper, salt, red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil for greasing crockpot

Sauce

  • 1 can tomato paste
  • spices garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil, black pepper, salt, red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Open your cream cheese package, slice it in half, and throw it in a mixing bowl. Add mozzarella cheese and microwave for about a minute or until mozzarella begins to melt. Mix the cheese with a fork.

  2. Add an egg. Continue to mix together with a fork. The consistency is a little odd until the egg starts to incorporate, just go with it.

    Add your spices. I like powders because they’re easy to add to the pizza dough at this stage. Mix them in with your fork.

  3. Add coconut flour and almond flour. Stir to incorporate. Dough should become a little drier, but still pretty moist and malleable.

  4. Lay out a piece of parchment paper and grease your slow cooker. Roll the dough into a ball with your hands, then lay it on the parchment paper. You might want to stretch it a little bit to fit the shape of your Crockpot.

  5. Lay another piece of parchment paper over the dough. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out until it will fit the bottom of the slow cooker nicely. You should have a nice, thick, evenly distributed crust.

    Transfer the crust and parchment paper into the greased Crockpot. Cook on high for 1 hour.

  6. Empty tomato paste into a mixing bowl and combine spices to taste.

  7. Once the crust has cooked for an hour, remove it from the slow cooker. Moving it around may be easier if you use a tray or cookie sheet. The bottom of the crust should be turning golden.

  8.  Spread tomato sauce mixture across crust. Top with your preferred toppings. Here we used bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, mozzarella, pepperoni, and sausage. Slide pizza onto a cookie sheet or tray and transfer back into the slow cooker.

  9. Cook on high for 1 hour. Once it's done, take it out and enjoy! Be aware, fathead pizza is very dense and will fill you up quickly.

Originally written as an Instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Fathead-Pizza-in-a-Crockpot/