4/17/18

Healthy Almond Muffins! Packed with hidden Pumpkin - Sugar Free and Wheat Free






Usually when I make these I use sliced almonds to top them but last week when I made these I didn't have sliced almonds - just whole almonds - so I left them off.  This is the same low carb, sugar free almond muffin recipe I've posted before but it's my favorite go-to muffin recipe and I know I absolutely love these! 


Almond Muffins
Wheat free, low carb, sugar free!

2 c almond flour
1/4 c flax meal
3/4 c unflavored or vanilla whey protein powder
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/3 c thin sliced almonds
3/4 c sweetener granules - brand of your choice (Ideal or Just Like Sugar are my top choices)
3/4 c pure pumpkin puree  (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 stick real butter, melted
3 eggs
2 t almond extract
1/2 c half and half or cream

In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients;  almond flour, flax, protein powder, baking powder, soda, salt, sliced almonds and sweeteners.    In another bowl mix the pumpkin, butter, eggs and extract.   Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry mixture and stir with a wooden spoon while adding the cream or half and half.  Add a little bit more cream if you have to make it thinner, but remember your batter should be thicker than a cake mix yet still able to be scooped or poured into muffin tins.  Add a little more almond flour if you need it thicker.  Pour batter into greased or lined cupcake tins filled  3/4 full. You can top the muffins with a sprinkle of additional sliced almonds if you wish.  Bake at 325 for approximately 25 - 30 minutes.   This will make roughly 16 muffins.




     



























4/16/18

Review Time! Got fruitflies from your bananas? Need a nightlight? USB Charger too? The DynaTrap FlyLight

Thank You to DynaTrap for the product used in this post.


I'm often approached by companies or marketers to do a review of their product for my website.  I turn many down but if I think it looks interesting, could be useful to my readers or is just a pretty cool or exciting product then I'll say yes.

I'm familiar with DynaTrap products as we own the 1 acre outdoor mosquito/moth trap already.  (Dynatrap Heavy Duty Insect Trap 1 Ac Coverage) so when they asked, I was ready to say 'sorry' when I spied this...

The DynaTrap FlyLight.  This is an indoor product - which I didn't realize they made.  And the first thing that came to mind was those pesky fruit flies that seem to go hand-in-hand with bananas and peaches in the fruit bowls!  So I said "sure" and they sent me one to try for free in return for my honest opinion.




I had no idea they even made these!

Wait... what!?  This version has 2 AC outlets AND 2 USB chargers built in!?

It's a bug catcher.
A nightlight.
A power source with two AC outlets.
AND has 2 USB chargers!


From their product description:

Whether you are looking to keep moths out of your pantry or trying to keep the fruit flies out of your kitchen, the Flylight by DynaTrap® provides effective protection from disease carrying flies and other flying insects in a discreet, quiet unit.

  • No Pesticides/Odor-Free
  • Pass-Thru Power to AC and/or USB Outlets
  • Attracts Insects with UV AtraktaGlo™ Technology
  • Safe, Silent, Simple – Indoor Use Only
  • Easy installation, just plug it in!


Even though we don't have any pesky fruit flies, the fact that this has A/C outlets, a USB charger and is a night light makes it a WIN!

Taken from the packaging, you simply remove the 2 extra glue strips (save them for later) and use the 3rd strip inserted as it is.  You simply plug it in.  That's it.

But what is really cool about this review is that perhaps some of my readers have construction guys that for whatever reason, decided to install every single plug in in the house upside down.  No?  Just ours?  Well they are.  So I wasn't sure how the DynaTrap FlyLight would work... upside down.


No worries!
Strip stays in.  It's perfect.
Now however... I had to wait.  Because our bananas were not brown, we had no pesky fruit flies to 'test' the product on.  But we had a couple really nice days this past week so while I played outside on the deck with the little ones, I kept the door open. 


And last night I checked the strip so I could review the product and yay!  I captured some little critters!


This product is so incredibly awesome and I admit I never would have known about it had they not contacted me.  I'm thrilled to tell my readers about this.  Even if you don't have fruit flies or pantry moths, the two USB chargers and power outlets as well as the nightlight capabilities make this a great product. 

You can see their entire line up of DynaTrap Indoor products at this link as they have various versions of this product; some without USB and A/C outlets if you prefer a model without them.

Thank you DynaTrap for introducing me to a great new product!











You might be interested in these related items, all available through Amazon:

DT3019W - Flylight Insect Trap White w/ AC Plugins
Dynatrap Insect Trap - 1/2 Acre Bug Trap - Black
Half Acre Mosquito Trap
DynaTrap 3-Way Protection, Twist On/Off Insect Trap, 1/2 Acre Coverage
   










4/6/18

Homemade Noodles: Flour, Eggs and Oil. That's it!



The photo above is from a snapchat to my family members one day last week when in spite of our typically low carb, wheat free lifestyle, I really, really wanted a nice hot bowl of buttery, homemade noodles. 

You don't even need a recipe for homemade noodles; it's a mixture of some flour with a couple eggs and a bit of oil to blend it together until it comes to a ball that you can knead.  I knead it in my KitchenAid mixer with a dough hook for about 4-5 minutes; or even quickly pulse homemade pasta dough in the food processor.  Let it rest about 5-10 minutes.

Homemade pasta (noodles) and dumplings are a comfort food I grew up on from the time I was born.  There is no point in my life I don't remember eating dumplings or homemade noodles my Dad had whipped up.  (Because although my Mom cooked most meals, there are certain things only Dad made and these were one of them.)  My family always rolled them out thin on the flour-sprinkled counter and I did too until I came across a good deal on a pasta machine years ago (the hand crank kind).  I think my pasta maker is about 23 years old now but it's a nice, heavy, good quality one that I anticipate having the rest of my life.  If you have a pasta maker or noodle maker; awesome.  If not, just roll these out thin on the counter.  I cut mine quickly using a pizza cutter - I didn't care if they were uniform and equal as these were mine... all mine. 

Sometimes I add some salt to the dough, other times I add it later.  Sometimes I add  a smidgen of baking powder to the dry mix... usually I don't bother. 

Homemade Noodles

Flour
Eggs
Oil
Salt

I use about 2 cups of flour, more or less (mine is hand ground myself from wheatberries so it will look darker in the photos and have speckles from it being whole wheat.)  Add 2-3 eggs and use a fork or a dough attachment or use your pasta machine if you have one to start blending it together.  Drizzle in oil of your choice (canola oil, olive oil, etc.) until it's moistened.  When it starts to form a ball, stop adding moisture.  Start to knead it.  Knead at least 5-10 minutes until the dough is smooth and stretchy.  Let it set about 5-10 minutes before dividing it into 4 pieces and rolling them out and cutting your noodles.

Add to boiling water and cook until done (about 3 minutes or so).  I like mine with butter, salt and pepper but you can top with whatever sauce you wish, cheese, etc.  And if you wish, add them to chicken broth, etc.



My pasta dough is speckled because it's made with whole wheat, and darker orange/yellow because I was using eggs from a friend who has chickens.  Store bought eggs have much lighter yolks.  If you are using white flour and store bought eggs your pasta will be very pale.  It's all good!


If you are using a pasta machine, start on number 1 and run it through and use at 1, 2, or 3 or 4 depending on how thin you want them.  I kept them just at 1; nice and thick this time.


Butter, salt and pepper.  That's all I ever want on my pasta.







      


4/2/18

Easy & Delicious: Honey and Apple Cider Vinaigrette





I don't really even think of this as a 'recipe' but as I was sitting down to eat my salad I quickly snapped a picture on my phone to share on An American Housewife.  So easy, simple and delicious!

This dressing is a vinaigrette that pairs well with almost any additional ingredients you want to add to your basic salad.  Start with this dressing and a lettuce base.  Then add anything from strawberries or blueberries, to poppy seeds, raspberries, a splash of balsamic vinegar, feta cheese, mozzarella cheese, shredded cabbage, toasted sunflower seeds, sliced almonds... the list goes on.  Or just eat it as it is!  No additions needed.

Honey and Apple Cider Vinaigrette

1/2 cup honey (I use natural honey, sugar free honey or a mixture of both; depending on what we have on hand)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 t salt
2 t mustard seed
1 c oil (canola, olive, grape seed or a mixture of all three)

Shake well in a jar or use a dressing container with a pump mixer or ball.  Let it set for about 2 hours if you can for the flavors to mix before using.  When chilled in the refrigerator the oils might solidify (if you used olive oil) but will melt quickly at room temperature or run the container under hot water briefly to warm the oil back to liquid form.



OXO Good Grips Salad Dressing Shaker, Black
Prep Solutions by Progressive Quick Mix Salad Dressing Shaker
Whiskware Salad Dressing Shaker with BlenderBall Wire Whisk, Tritan

 





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