Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fabric on canvas wall art

I bought some large canvases that I intended to paint amazing abstract art. After 3+ years of having them sit in my closet I decided I needed to do something that would take less time. So I marched off to Jo-Ann Fabric and picked out a few interesting patterns and bought a staple gun.

Once I was home I spread the fabric out on the floor, cut it to 1.5" larger than the canvas on each side so it would wrap around nicely without pulling or stretching out of shape. Then I went to town and stapled the edges and folded the corners like wrapping a present (aka hospital corners).








Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Almond Crust Pizza

This is a great recipe for pizza crust if you ever get sick of the meat crust. I tend to alternate between the two!

This recipe is from an amazing food blogger Vanessa Romero, she has so many recipes that are low carb high fat and each one is delicious. Check it out for yourself at www.healthylivinghowto.com

Usually I buy almond meal from the bulk section at whole foods or sprouts, but today I ran out and had to improvise. I grabbed a bag of mixed raw nuts and threw them in my ninja food processor and ground them up. I had to make sure I didn't grind too much or it would have created nut butter rather than nut flour. Once I got it to the right consistency I mixed the following ingredients in a mixing bowl.

1 1/2 cup almond flour (or in this case mixed nut four)
1 large egg
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Mix it all together, then roll it out on your pan under wax paper to keep it from sticking to the rolling pin. Get it about 1/4 an inch and as even as possible so it cooks evenly. Bake it at 350 f for 12-15 minutes until slightly golden brown.

Once crust is ready, throw on the toppings. I like to add tomato sauce, fresh spinach, mozzarella, Kalamata olives, onion and peppers, nitrate free pepperoni, and more Italian cheeses. Then I toss it back in the oven on broil and cook for about 10 minutes till the toppings are nice and crispy!








Wednesday, October 10, 2012

No Bake Chocolate Nut Bars

People think that eating low carb is hard to do and think you have to give up all tasty treats.
That is definitely not the case especially if you know how to make these scrumptious bars.
They are a sweet treat and loaded with healthy fats that keep you satisfied for a longer period of time. I made these a few different ways, but the recipe below is so far my favorite!

You will need:
2 cups unblanched almond meal
1/2 cup flaxseed meal
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup just like sugar
1 cup of melted butter
1 cup sunflower butter (or almond butter)

Chocolate topping:
1 tsp coconut oil
1/2 cup dark chocolate I use 86% cocoa (feel free to add a thicker layer)

Mix the dry ingredients together in a big bowl
Add in the melted butter and sunflower butter stir it up until evenly distributed
Spread mixture into 9 x 13 pan (or a smaller pan for thicker bars)

Then melt the coconut oil and chocolate together in a bowl and layer on top bars.

Refrigerate for about an hour or until chocolate is hardened. Cut into squares and enjoy!
 



Keep bars in the refrigerator for best consistency. Bars will soften when left in room temperature. I also sprinkled some shredded coconut on the top before the chocolate hardened! 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Threadflip Fashion

I wanted to share an amazing find with you guys!  One day while browsing the web a blogger caught my eye with her recent fashion post.  She mentioned a website called Threadflip, an online store where you can buy and sell your gently used clothing in a boutique like experience.  For awhile I have been eyeing up a pair of leather shorts, but was waiting for the right price and style. 

Through Threadflip I was able to find the perfect pair of vegan leather shorts from Free People. The website was easy to use, and most items have the shipping cost already built into the price so you know exactly what you are paying.  When I received my shorts in the mail I was pleasantly surprised to see they were brand new and still had the original tag on them. And I only paid half the price! 










I am wearing a shirt from nastygal.com currently sold out but they usually bring back popular items, so keep checking back! Shoes are from DSW, shorts are from threadflip.com brand is Free People). Necklace is from Forever 21 and my purse is Coach. 

And I just want to say thank you, to my friend Kelsey for the impromptu photo-shoot at work!


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sausage and Cabbage

A simple quick meal that only uses 3 ingredients! Perfect when short on time and short on ingredients. This is also great for people on a high fat, low carb diet! And also, it tastes delicious! 

You will need:
Butter
1/2 a head of cabbage 
1 pound of sausage

So far I have used brats, kielbasa, pork sausage, chicken sausage
My favorite is with brats and kielbasa
When buying your meat you want to make sure it is uncured and nitrate and nitrite free
Also, if you can, buy organic grass fed meat it tastes the best and is so good for you


Preheat oven to 350 F 
Butter the bottom and sides of your 13x9 baking dish
Dice up the cabbage and add it to the baking dish
Pour in 2 tablespoons of water 
Cut up the sausage and layer on top of the cabbage 
Cover with aluminum foil or lid and place in the preheated oven 
Bake for 30 minutes with the cover on
Then bake for another 10 minutes with the cover removed to brown the top





I enjoy this meal just as is, I think it tastes amazing and is extremely satisfying. But if you would like to fancy it up a bit, you can add more vegetables to the mix or season with some salt and pepper. My husbands favorite thing to do is add mustard. Let me know if you have any suggestions of anything else that would taste good with this meal! 

Oh and one last thing, do not be afraid of the fat from the butter and sausage, healthy fats are good for you and keep you fuller longer :) 





Thursday, August 9, 2012

Cinnamon Truvia Pecans

I love pecans, but I them even more when they have cinnamon and sugar on them! 
This recipe is low carb and and sugar free because it uses Truvia a natural sweetener that doesn't have affect on your blood glucose or insulin levels.

What you will need:
1 egg white
1 tbs water
1 pound of pecan halves
1 cup Truvia
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F

In a large mixing bowl whisk egg white and water together till it is a little frothy.
Add nuts into egg mixture, and stir around the pecans till they are all covered.
In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients together, 
then pour the mixture in with with the nuts.
Stir the nuts until nuts are coated in the cinnamon sugar mixture. 
Spray a pan lightly with coconut oil and spread out the nuts. 
Bake in the oven for 1 hour, stir the nuts every 15 minutes.
Let cool, and enjoy!




These are a great sweet treat you don't have to feel guilty about! 
To add some extra flavor add a tsp of pure vanilla to the egg mixture instead of water. 
Or you can add any type of flavoring you like your nuts to have. 
If you want to have the nuts with less coating just add more nuts 
to the batch and keep the other ingredients at the same amounts. 
You can eyeball it as you stir the nuts to see if you should add more or not! 
Experiment and have fun with it!

Let me know what you think, or if you have any other recommendations 
on how to make this recipe even better!

Enjoy!!!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

LCHF Tasty Drink

About a month ago I changed my diet to LCHF (low carb high fat). I have always had a lower carb diet but now I just add more healthy animal fats to it.  I love the results so far and I have been working on new ideas for quick treats to get me the extra fat that my diet requires without adding any carbs. This treat helps satisfy my hunger between meals and before bed and it tastes like a desert! 

All you need: 
1 tea bag (any flavor will do) 
8 oz or so of filtered water
organic heavy whipping cream (however much you feel like adding) 

Start out by brewing your tea, when I am just making one cup of tea I just microwave a cup of water for 1 minute, then let the tea steep about 3 minutes.  Fill the remainder of the cup up with ice and stir in the heavy whipping cream. Sometimes if I am really craving something sweet, I'll add a little Truvia sweetener.


I switch it up with hot tea and iced tea, it tastes great either way you do it.








Now my usual drink at coffee shops and restaurants is either unsweetened tea with heavy cream or an Americano with heavy cream, best of both worlds zero carbs and high fat!!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Climbmax



I am always looking for something new to try. So while discussing ideas with a friend, she told me about Climbmax a gym solely for rock-climbing. I have climbed once or twice before at my gym, but this place sounded a lot more intense, so I was in! At Climbmax you and your partner are the ones doing the belaying as one climbs. You have a test wall to make sure you understand what you are doing, then you are set loose to climb all over the place. Each wall is marked with a ranking so you can see how difficult each wall is. The practice wall starts at 5.5 which is the easiest rating. The highest difficulty level we ventured to was 5.11, and it was a challenge that is for sure. 

















Taking photos of us climbing was not easy to do, I didn't want my belayer with a camera in hand as I'm 20 feet high in the air, just in case I slipped I'd rather his hand on the rope;) 
So I had to ask for nearby climbers to assist with the photos. This was an awesome workout, both the climbing and belaying, I never thought I could hold up my husband who weights 200 + pounds. I think the leverage helped a tad!