Monday, April 14, 2014

Shrimp & Spinach Spaghetti Squash

I love all these new recipes I'm trying, thanks to Trim Healthy Mama.  This Shrimp & Spinach Spaghetti Squash I cooked up the other night was so good.  My kids even liked it.  Here's how you make it;



Ingredients;

1/3 c butter, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 c raw shrimp
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 small tomato, diced
3 c fresh spinach leaves
salt and pepper
3 c cooked and shredded spaghetti squash
2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
1/4 c feta cheese, crumbled

Melt 2 Tbsp butter in big skillet. Add garlic and shrimp. Cook on low heat for a couple of minutes. Add lemon juice and tomatoes. Add the rest of the butter, spinach, salt and pepper and basil. Cook until the spinach is wilted. Stir in the spaghetti squash and cooked until warm. Sprinkle with feta cheese and serve. Makes 2 servings.

I used our last spaghetti squash from last year to make this.  It makes me excited to put our garden in, but we can't until the end of May here. Everything in it's season.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Could This Be Spring?

Wow! This has been a cold, snowy winter in Central Alberta. As it has been for a lot of you too. BUT, today, the sun shone warm (11 deg. C) and some of the snow started to melt. We really enjoyed spending time outside, soaking up all the vitamin D we could from the sun's rays.

After spending too much time inside doing things like; hop scotch on the concrete floor in the basement, exercise videos and this;

An indoor slide the boys made out of some plastic covered mats.

We got to go outside and do things like this;

playing soccer on the tiny patch of grass in our yard.


made snowmen

Jacob wanted to build a bat house

I even barbecued hamburgers for supper. I ate mine on Marcy's Cheesy Rolls from the Trim Healthy Mama book, pg 271. Instead of baking them, a friend of mine told me she used her waffle maker. I tried that and liked how they turned out, but I think they need more flavoring. I only used 1/2 tsp onion power. Maybe some of you have variations you'd like to tell me about.
It's starting to look like spring inside the house too. When I told a friend that I hadn't even thought of starting any vegetable seeds yet, she offered me some of her seedlings.  I told her I'd like to plant my garden in about 80% tomatoes this year and she gave me 49 tomato plants!  She also gave me some basil, celery and leeks. What a blessing!

This is how we are ending our day. The same friend that gave me all the plants sent this package home as a thank you for driving her children along with mine to various activities throughout the year.  In the package was, a movie, candy, apple juice, chips, microwave popcorn and hot chocolate. What a thoughtful gift. 

Our forecast is looking pretty nice for the next week. Tomorrow, we are looking forward to walking on the trails along the river that goes through our small town.

God bless!

This post is linked up to; Happy and Blessed Home

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Low Carb Sponge Cake Recipe

I have been trying to convert some of my favorite recipes to be Trim Healthy Mama friendly.  This recipe was such a great success, I had to share it with you. Sponge cake with strawberries and whipped cream is one of my favorite desserts. 




 
 
 
Here is the recipe;
 
 
4 eggs, separated
equivalent of 1 cup of sugar replacement. I used a stevia type that was twice as sweet as sugar, so I used 1/2cup. I would suggest using a granular type instead of liquid drops to help with the bulk and texture.
1/4 cold water
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup cold old fashioned oats
about 2/3 cup almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
 
Beat egg yolks with sugar until light in colour. Beat in water and vanilla.  Grind oats in a coffee grinder, pour into a 1 cup measure.  Add enough almond flour to fill cup.  Stir dry ingredients into egg yolk mixture.
 
Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into yolk mixture.  Pour into a greased 8x8 pan and bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. It makes 8 servings.
 
I like to eat this cake cold from the fridge with strawberries and whipped cream, both sweetened with stevia. I want to try in next time with a chocolate cream cheese icing.
 
 This post is linked up to: Hope in Every Season  Rasising Arrows  Sew Crafty Angel
 


Monday, March 31, 2014

Rebekah's 14th Birthday

Our oldest child turned 14 the other day.  I am so happy to see how she is turning into a beautiful, Godly, young woman.  I love to see how God is using her and molding her.

We celebrated Rebekah's birthday by helping at kid's club at our church and having her birthday supper at home.

She has been busy studying her driver's handbook to take her learner's exam. In Alberta you only have to be 14 to get your learners.

Here are a few pictures.



Saturday, March 29, 2014

Crustless Low Carb Pizza

I decided to make pizza for the family tonight for supper and realized I didn't have any low carb crust options for myself handy. I remembered a pin from Pinterest that just showed melted cheese with peperoni on top and I decided to give that a try. I made mine a bit different though.  I put about 3/4 cup shredded low fat mozzarella cheese in a non stick skillet and baked it at 350 until it was melted and covered the bottom. Then I put pizza sauce on top of the cheese and loaded it with toppings. I put mushrooms, a little bit of onions, diced red pepper and turkey peperoni. Then I broiled it for a few minutes.  It was seriously so good. It was my favorite low carb (Trim Healthy Mama) pizza option by far.

This is the pizza before I broiled it. I was too hungry when it was done to take another picture!

After I took it out of the oven, I stuck it in the fridge for a couple of minutes to let it firm up a bit and then I was able to get it on my plate. I ate it with a knife and fork and it was filling.

Yummy!

This post is linked up to Hope in Every Season

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

An All Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner for Tough Stains

We have hard water here and our toilets have been really getting stained.  We have 3 bathrooms in our home and there is one bathroom off our mudroom that doesn't get cleaned as often as the others.  Only the male members of our family use it and it's also where our coat hooks are. So there are snowsuits and winter jackets all over the place in there. It is only about 4'x6'.

I tried cleaning the toilet with toilet bowl cleaner with bleach. Didn't even make ANY difference.  Here is the before picture after cleaning it with the cleaner.  I can't believe I'm sharing this with you. It's like when I posted about organizing my hall closet. But, when you find something that's exciting to you, you just feel compelled to share. So, here we go.


You can see the orange stains. It doesn't matter how hard I scrub with a toilet brush, they just don't come off. So I searched the internet and came to Stacy Makes Cents and she showed how she had used a pumice stone to scrub off nasty stains. She explained that pumice is softer than porcelain, so it won't scratch the surface.  I headed off to Dollar Tree and found this pumice stone in a pedicure pack.


I scrubbed and scrubbed. It took about 25 mins of scrubbing and I didn't realize how cold our well water is until I took a break. When I took off the rubber glove, my hand was completely numb!

Here is what it looks like now.


So much better!  If winter would ever end, we could put away the snowsuits and actually enjoy this bathroom.

This post is linked up to Thrifty Thursdays Hope in Every Season

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Low Carb Stuffed Crust Pizza

I have found on this new healthy way I have been eating (THM), that I don't really like the choices for pizza crust. I make pizza quite often and have been trying various forms of crust, such as, cauliflower crust and sourdough crust. Both of those are not my favorite. I made the kids pepperoni pizza yesterday for lunch and a wonderful thought came to me.

What if I use two of my low carb tortillas as a crust? And better yet, what if I put grated mozzarella cheese in between the layers to make a "stuffed crust" pizza?  Well, it turned out fabulous! I used Mama Lupe's Low Carb tortillas. I buy them from Low Carb Canada and they only have 3 grams of carbs per tortilla.

I made myself a pepperoni pizza and I really enjoyed it. It was nice and quick too.


I have one more crust recipe I will try in the future. It has cream cheese, cheese, cream and an egg in it. Sounds good, I just don't always have cream cheese on hand.  I'll let you know how it turns out when I make it.