We just bought our first house, so the moving has been HECTIC (read: living on more junk food than usual and without a refrigerator). Luckily, these are an exciting snack/dessert for the kids to break up the monotony!
tortillas, ripped into chip pieces (I used corn for me, flour for kids)
sprinkles (optional, I skipped for me)
Preheat oven to 350.
Tear tortillas into chip size pieces. Spread out evenly on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar evenly across tortillas.
Bake 10-15 minutes, until tortillas start to crisp, bubble, and brown. That’s the good stuff!
My husband’s favorite cookie is the snickerdoodle, and for good reason! They are full of delicious, cinnamon goodness. Enjoy!
2 cups almond flour
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar/swerve
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup softened salted butter or unsalted + 1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
For the Cinnamon Sugar Mixture:
Note: granulated swerve or other alternative sweetener works fine, but you’ll have to dust your cookies in the cinnamon mix afterwards instead of before cooking. I’ve noticed erythritol just dissolves into the cookie if it’s coated on beforehand.
1/8 cup granulated sugar/sweetener
1 tbsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter with granulated sweetener until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
Add in eggs and vanilla and mix for 1-2 minutes until incorporated.
Add in almond flour, cream of tartar, and baking soda and mix until well combined.
optional, but recommended: move dough to refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. This makes rolling balls easier.
In a smaller bowl combine sugar and cinnamon and mix. If you’re using regular sugar, you can roll into 1 inch balls and coat the cookies well in the mixture. If not, wait and coat after baking.
Place balls on parchment paper on 2 large baking sheets and bake for 14-17 minutes or until the edges are just starting to brown.
This is a wonderful blend of nostalgic fall flavors mixed into one nutty, sweet slice. Everything easy, leftover, and extra, not already used in a recipe or set aside for something to be cooked later, thrown into one pan of magic. We made this for Thanksgiving breakfast. It can be dessert. It pairs wonderfully with a cup of coffee, although the kids preferred milk.
There is no crust. There is no fuss. Simply mix it all together, pour it in a pan, and bake!
2 cups pecans, chopped
3/4 cup brown sugar/swerve
2-3 carrots shredded
1-2 large apple, shredded
1 tbsp instant coffee
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin spice
3 tbsp oil, plus more for greasing
1 tbsp molasses, 1 tbsp honey (optional)
1/8 cup coconut or almond flour (to thicken)
1 tbsp flaxseed
Preheat oven to 375.
Shred apple and carrot with a food processor or cheese grater.
In a large bowl mix carrot, apple, pecans, sweeteners, flour, flaxseed, spices, and coffee. Taste (make sure you like it!) Adjust to taste.
Add oil and eggs. Mix well.
Spread into greased pan or baking tin. Bake 40-45 minutes or until visibly set.
Thanksgiving is here, and this year some of us have extra time to play around with new recipes. Why not experiment with a fun, nutritious twist on a classic side? I have taken this to family gatherings and there is never leftovers! It’s now a family go-to for holidays.
4 pounds pork sausage–I like to blend 2 hot, 1 sage, and 1 country mild
1 cup sweet peas, frozen
2-4 large onions, diced
A few cloves of minced garlic
1 pound cremini mushrooms–others are fine, I just like these
2-5 large sweet potatoes, diced
1 pound riced cauliflower (optional, I’ve been omitting it in recent years)
Oregano, paprika, rosemary black pepper, salt to taste
Cooking fat, such as avocado, olive, coconut oil, or tallow
Dice onions. In a large skillet, cook 1-2 lbs sausage and onions over medium high heat until meat is cooked thoroughly and onions have released their water and browned.
Dice mushrooms and sweet potatoes.
Transfer cooked sausage into large bowl or container. I like to use a huge sheetpan for the oven to mix everything evenly.
Fry next 2 pounds of sausage over medium high heat. Add to pan.
Add fat to pan and fill with vegetables. Fry over medium high heat until cooked through and starting to caramelize. Add desired spices. Add to larger pan.
Repeat step 5 until all ingredients are cooked. Combine in large dish, mix together, and enjoy!
I loooooooove pumpkin pie. Seriously. It evokes fond memories of Thanksgivings and Christmases from years past, always at my grandma’s house.
Honestly, though, sometimes I don’t feel like baking a pie. It’s easier to put it all in a crockpot, add some toppings, and be done with it. Plus, with the addition of an easy strudel and whipped cream or yogurt, I don’t even miss out on the pie! I won’t lie and say that it’s as good as pie, because let’s be honest, nothing is as good as pie, but it’s very close.
It’s also nice to have the oven free to prepare other dishes. I don’t know about you, but my family always has a ton of dishes waiting in line to go in the oven.
I use a small crockpot for this. If you want to serve this for a large gathering, simply double the recipe.
1 can pumpkin puree
8 tbsp avocado oil, or melted coconut oil, butter, ghee, other cooking fat of choice
1 cup granulated sweetener (stevia, erythritol, monkfruit)
4 tbsp honey (optional)
1 tbsp molasses
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 tsp vanilla or maple extract
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice or 1 tbsp cinnamon + 1/8 tsp allspice + 1/8 tsp nutmeg
Whisk or blend eggs until thick and foamy.
Beat in sweetener.
Add vanilla/maple extract and pumpkin puree and beat.
Add coconut flour, spices, salt, and oil. Beat until well mixed.
Optional: At this stage my kids are starting to get mad and impatient that they can’t eat it for hours. Scoop a small amount into a microwave safe container (such as these silicon ramekins) and microwave for 1 minute and serve to the impatient ones.
Pour mixture into crockpot and wiggle a little to distribute evenly. Insert a paper towel underneath the lid to collect condensation. Set crockpot on low.
Cook 2:30-3:00 hours. Mine usually takes 3xaround 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Serve with this strudel, this whipped cream, a dollop of vanilla ice cream, yogurt, or kefir.
I know my spice blend isn’t technically pumpkin spice, but I prefer it in some ways. I like the cinnamon to be prominent and here’s some heresy for you: I don’t really like the overpowering notes of ginger or clove in some traditional pumpkin spice mixes.
Sometimes I like to do themes for the kids for a day, a few days, a week, or whatever. The local zoo has a fun summer thing set up where there are animatronic dinosaurs throughout the place, so I thought that this would be a really fun way to get the girls excited about going to the zoo to see the dinosaurs! If you aren’t near San Antonio, and thus don’t have a zoo or something to take them to see the dinosaurs, you can add a fifth day of dinosaur activities.
Warning: this post is a bit longextreme. I’m going to put a link to some of the recipes instead of inserting the whole recipe so that the length will be a little more reasonable.
Pro tip: my kids are young enough that we can add the word dinosaur to almost anything and make it more exciting, hence the general basis of my naming theme.
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My girls play this silly game where they put blankets on their heads and run around saying, “I’m a scary dinosaur!” They also really like to dance and listen to music. I thought, why not try to combine these two things? Plus, thanks to Sandra Boynton, we have a pretty good idea of how dinosaurs like to dance. So throw a blanket on your head and break out your best velociraptor moves!
Craft: Dinosaur Sticker Collage
We found these awesome holographic dinosaur stickers at the dollar tree and have some others from Michaels. With the ridiculous amount of stickers I’ve collected, it’s hard to keep track of where they come from. These stickers seem like a lot of fun.
When we do focused crafts like these I like to do them with the kids so they can see my idea of how to do it. They do whatever they want, of course, but it’s fun to do together. First, with a green piece of paper, cut out a basic “ground” shape. You might need to do this for kids, too. On a second piece of paper (orange, yellow, or blue), glue this ground to the bottom. Now the dinosaurs have somewhere to roam!
Next, bust out the markers. We’re going to add some rocks, grass, trees, and a sun–or whatever you want to, that’s just what I’m adding. Landscape complete!
Add dinosaur stickers! Proudly display artwork on wall.
Activity: Dinosaur pool party
On this nice summer afternoon we’re filling up our cheesy eight dollar blow up pool and adding plastic dinosaur toys. Voila! Simple and still on theme.
Craft: Dinosaur watercolors
I know, it sounds lame. I’ll be totally honest, too: it’s pretty lame. The kids will be happy, though. For this you’re just going to cut out the most basic dinosaur shape that you can out of construction or printer paper (you can trace, sketch, draw, or print one out if you need to–there are a ton of awesome free printable coloring pages available via a quick google image search).
Once you have your dinosaur, simply hand it to them with some watercolors. They will have a blast painting their own dinosaur. Once done, I like to let them (or do it myself) glue this to a second piece of colored paper and display on the wall once dry.
Recipe: Stone Age Soup
So, here’s the deal with Stone Age Soup…it’s really just a way to get everything that’s been sitting unused in the fridge into edible form. Squash, carrots, onion, frozen veggies, old meat or a scoop of gelatin…What I’m saying is that you probably don’t need to go out and buy ingredients. It’s a mom way of framing something dull into something a little more fun.
Activity: Dinosaur Containers
These are what we’ve been using as our portable busy boxes lately due to the current dinosaur obsession. But it turns out every morning before breakfast they want to play with these while I cook. Win!
I tried dinosaurs three ways: freehand, using a squirt bottle, and pouring into cookie cutters.
The squirt bottle probably would have been amazing if I used regular pancake batter, but I had some almond flour clump and clog the nozzle.
Cookie cutters worked the best, but the first batch I didn’t remove the cookie cutter quick enough and they got stuck.
Some of these attempts were just plain hilarious:
Activity: Paleontological Excavation
This might seem like a bit of work, but it’s really not so bad. Just bear with me.
First, you need to decide where your “dig” is going to happen. If you want to fill a tub with sand or dirt, that’s great. I’m going to pick a little patch of dirt outside because I think my girls will enjoy that a lot, and I’m not using it. Plus, it’s good for them to be in the dirt.
Next, locate some plain rocks that you can draw or paint on. I’m going to be lazy about it and just draw with a white paint marker. I have two kids, so I’m doing about 10 each. Draw some bones on there–the beauty of this is that they can be ugly/imperfect and it’s no big deal.
Bury your dinosaur “bones” in your excavation site. Be sure to spread them out a bit. If you’re doing this outside like us, stick some small sticks around the outside to mark the area and “rope” it off with some string. Be sure to create separate dig sites for each kid.
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.
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
A sprinkle of cream of tartar
1/4 tsp vanilla
15-20 drops of stevia
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.
Enjoy your whipped cream!
An incredibly delicious variation of this, worthy of dessert status on its own, is to put a scoop or two of peanut butter in this before whipping.