Low Carb Brownie Bites

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I have developed a love for almond flour, after a failed attempt at some muffins (which I’m still determined to perfect), I tried again and this time it was a home run! Moist chocolate goodness in a convenient two bite brownie! Just 3 grams of net carbs per piece make this a delicious low carb breakfast, dessert or snack!

Why yes that is powdered sugar! I didn’t say these were no carb, they are LOW carb. As in much, much lower than your traditional brownie recipe. The powdered sugar is obviously optional, but trust me, it makes these brownie bites much more decadent!

Low Carb Brownie Bites 

What you need;

  • 4 TBLS Kerry Gold unsalted butter
  • 3 TBLS semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 C finely sifted almond flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 
  • 1 TBLS coconut oil
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 TBLS white granulated sugar (you could use a sugar sub. to make this even lower carb, but I’m not a big fan so real sugar in moderation is what I do) 
  • 2 scoops of chocolate protein shake powder (I used Isagenix Dutch Chocolate, use the scoop that comes with the powder)
  • 1/4 C water
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar

How to make;

Preheat oven to 375. Melt butter and coconut oil together in a bowl in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir in chocolate chips until melted, set aside. In another bowl whisk 2 eggs until frothy. Add vanilla extract to eggs and whisk until incorporated. Add almond flour, 2 scoops of chocolate protein shake powder and baking powder to eggs. Mix well. Mixture will get very thick. Add melted oil, butter and chocolate mixture to the bowl, stir together. Add granulated sugar. Mix until incorporated. Add water to thin out the mixture. Spray a 24 count mini muffin tin with non stick cooking spray. Use a tablespoon to divide mixture evenly into each section of the pan. Bake at 375 for 12 minutes. Cool completely. Using a fine mesh sifter, sift 1 tsp of powdered sugar on top of muffins. Store in an air tight container. Enjoy! 

*The nutritional facts below were calculated using My Fitness Pal. Using a different brand of chocolate protein powder may change the nutritional info. The calculations are for a serving size of 1 brownie bite. Net carbs are calculated by taking carbs – dietary fiber*

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Egg Roll In A Bowl

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Hi Guys! Have you missed me? I don’t think I published 1 blog post in 2016…..not because I didn’t want to, but because life was busy and I couldn’t find the time. Now that life is just a tad less busy (not really, but I really miss blogging), I hope to post more frequently! I’ll start with recipes, and add in some DIY adventures along the way. Parenting tips based on real life experience and whatever else I think up.

I hope you enjoy my first recipe post in over a year. This yummy dish resembles the inside of a pork egg roll with a slight nod also to fried rice. Tons of flavor, but a lot less carbs make this a healthy alternative to a traditional fried egg roll. Not to mention it’s a one pot wonder and easy on your pocket book too!

Give it a try and post your thoughts below! I love feedback from my followers! 

Egg Roll In A Bowl – Serves 4

What you need;

  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • 1/2 C diced yellow onion
  • 10 oz package of shredded cabbage (I used a blend called “Mann’s Power Super Food Blend – Brussels Sprouts, Napa Cabbage, Kohlrabi, Broccoli, Carrots & Kale”)
  • 1/2 TSP ground ginger
  • 3 TBLS soy sauce
  • 1 TBLS minced garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • OPTIONAL -Sliced green onions and sesame seeds for garnish

How to make;

Brown ground pork sausage in a large pan over medium heat. When it’s almost done cooking, add the diced yellow onion and minced garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes with the pork sausage while it finishes cooking. Next add the package of shredded cabbage, ground ginger and soy sauce. Mix all the ingredients in the pan and saute for 5 minutes letting the veggies soften. Make an opening in the middle of the pan, moving the pork and veggie mixture to the sides. Add 2 eggs and scramble in the pan. Incorporate the egg with the pork and veggie mixture. Serve warm with green onions and sesame seeds for garnish. Enjoy! 




Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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Beef Stew…….the perfect comfort food, so hearty and flavorful. It’s also something that I didn’t have mastered……until now! My husband, my food critic gave this recipe 2 thumbs up which means it’s blog worthy. With a chill in the air, this is the perfect time to share this recipe with all of you! I prepped the entire stew the night before, refrigerated it in my slow cooker dish, popped it in the slow cooker base the next morning and let it slow cook all day long. The result was perfection!

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White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Cookies

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Around my house it’s officially “pumpkin season”. I opened a can of pumpkin puree tonight to make a pumpkin spice coffee creamer and I needed to use the rest of the can. This recipe is a collaboration of a few recipes I found online. I had limited ingredients on hand and an hour to make a batch. Here’s what I came up with……they’re super soft and they taste a lot like pumpkin pie. I hope you enjoy!

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Laundry Room Makeover For Under $50

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Spicy Spinach Queso Dip

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Is everyone ready for the big game tomorrow? I’m not a football fan, but I am a fan of the party food! I tested a new dip today, and it’s blog worthy, yay! If you’re heading to a party tomorrow, whip this baby up and keep in warm in a crock pot. I bet it will be gone before half time!

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Happy Anniversary Simple2Something

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WOW……It’s hard to believe it’s been 2 years since I decided to share my thoughts and ideas with the world! What an amazing two years it has been. I started this blog as an outlet to share my ideas and give myself a hobby. At the time I was a working mom and wife, I had a great job, a great family and an amazing little boy, but I felt like I had lost myself. I didn’t have as much time for me and I was longing for a new hobby. I frequently visited other blogs for ideas, recipes and inspiration and I decided to share my thoughts and ideas with the world and give my husband a break from listening to it all. Little did I know that this blog would become so much more than a “hobby”. During the past 2 years I have grown as a person, added a beautiful baby girl to our family, become more confident in myself, started a new business and accomplished some big goals. I’m still a working mom and wife, but I feel fulfilled because this outlet has given me what I was missing, something for me. This outlet has given me confidence. This outlet has taken me out of my comfort zone. This outlet has turned into a passion. This outlet has given me so much more than I ever expected and I’m so thankful for all of you who consider me worthy of following. I hope I have helped you in some way, with inspiration, an idea, a new recipe, a tip or just being able to relate to another mom who’s doing her very best everyday while trying not to loose herself. I was so nervous when I shared this blog with my family and friends two years ago, but I was blown away by the support I received and the support has just kept on growing. Thanks to all of you for the support and thanks for the encouragement, I appreciate every comment and every share. I look forward to the next year in blogging and I love hearing from all of you. Do you have something you want me to try, something you want me to share, a great product that you think I should feature? I’d love to hear about it!

 

2014 in review – It was a great year!

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 140,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

My 50 Favorite Uses For Coconut Oil

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Have you tried Coconut Oil? I discovered it while I was pregnant with my daughter and slowly starting incorporating it into our lifestyle. I started cooking with it first, then I used it to treat diaper rash and as a moisturizer for dry winter skin. Then I found myself thinking about coconut oil when I had a burn and then again when I was scratching my mosquito bites until they bled. Coconut Oil helped soothe both of those irritations. I started researching my new found obsession and this is what I found…..Coconut Oil is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antimicrobial. It’s a natural treatment for many ailments and has many common household uses. I prefer an organic, unrefined type of Coconut Oil. This is the least processed oil and contains the most natural nutrients. Coconut Oil is rather inexpensive and I keep a jar in my pantry and in my medicine cabinet. I’ve compiled a list of my 50 favorite uses for Coconut Oil. Many of these I have tried myself, but if I haven’t tried them myself, I included them because they amazed me. I’m adding Coconut Oil to my arsenal of favorite natural products, right next to my Organic ACV and Organic Honey. I love inexpensive, natural remedies that have multiple uses. If you haven’t already, check out my Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey posts. It’s pretty amazing what these natural products can do for you!

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