You Will Love This Easy Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Low Carb-Keto, Gluten Free, Sugar Free Friendly Recipe

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I loved ordering a tall hot drink and a slice of the Lemon Pound Cake at Starbucks but since needing to go gluten-free and keto I have been missing it. This low carb keto Lemon Pound Cake is the perfect treat for my Starbucks Lemon Bread cravings. It’s a super moist

Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of softened butter

  • 6 oz cream cheese

  • 2/3 cup of sweetener (I use Swerve. I like the taste best for baking)

  • 4 eggs

  • 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)

  • zest of 1 lemon

  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract

  • 2 cups of almond flour ( this is the almond flour I use)

  • 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder

  • a pinch of salt ( I use pink salt in all my baking and cooking)

For Glaze:

  • 1 cup of powdered sweetener (I use the powdered Swerve)

  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream

  • 1 tbs of fresh lemon juice

Directions:

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine sweetener, butter, cream cheese. and eggs. Cream together. Add vanilla, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and baking powder mix until combined. Then add almond flour. Grease a loaf pan. I use this coconut oil spray. Add batter to pan and bake for 35 min and test. The side will slightly pull away for the pan when done.

Once cooled mix together ingredients for glaze and drizzle over the top of your cake.

It’s such a delicious moist lemon cake!




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The Most Delicious Springtime Stuffed Tilapia Recipe

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It's springtime and the stores are full of great deals on fresh asparagus.  Asparagus is not only delicious but good for your body.  It's a wonderful high alkaline nutrient dense vegetable that's low carb- keto friendly and of course gluten-free making it a great food for almost everyone.

When I was growing up my Grandma Bohman grew a patch of asparagus just outside her garden gate.  It's a tall wispy plant with little green berries on it when it goes to seed.  I use to love running my hands through it as I walked by.

I love fish and tilapia is a beautiful mild white fish that pairs well with some many flavors.  I love finding new tilapia recipes.  For this recipe, I put together some colorful and flavory veggies that are easy to find this time of year at the market.  I topped it with a lemon garlic sour cream sauce.  

Stuffed Tilapia Recipe

serves 2 - can easily double

  • 2 Tilapia fillets

  • 1 Lemon

  • Marinated artichoke hearts 

  • 1 Red, yellow or orange sweet pepper

  • 2 Cloves of fresh garlic

  • Red pepper flakes

  • Pink Himalayan salt or sea salt

  • Bamboo Skewers

  • 1/2 cup of pure sour cream 

  • Pinch of dried garlic granules or garlic powder

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Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Gather your ingredients then slice your sweet peppers in thin slices. Snap off the ends of your asparagus and peel your cloves of garlic. For my tilapia, I get this fresh frozen tilapia fillets that are individually wrapped.

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Layer a few pieces of asparagus, a few sticks of sweet peppers, a piece of artichoke heart and one clove of fresh garlic. Top with red pepper flakes and pink salt.

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Roll the two ends of the fish together overlapping slightly and hold together with your bamboo skewers. If they are too long just snip off the end.

Drizzle a little avocado oil in the bottom of your pan then lay tilapia fillets in pan and drizzle a nice amount of avocado oil over the top. Top each piece of tilapia with a lemon slice. Bake in a 375 degrees oven for about 20 minutes until fully cooked.

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In a small bowl add 1/2 cup of sour cream, a pinch of dried garlic granules, 1/2 teaspoon of pink salt and 2 pinches of red pepper flakes to taste. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon on top and stir until completely mixed.

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Serve with a generous spoonful of lemon sour cream sauce. It's the perfect light yet filling spring dinner.

 

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6 Amazing Lemon Fresh Beauty Finds at Sephora You Must Try Now!

 
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DRYBAR Super Lemon Drop Brush

This sweet lemon colored brush is great for wet or dry hair and even extentions! It also comes in a ‘lil lemon drop size for your handbag.

 
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FRESH Sugar Lemon Bath & Shower Gel

Make bathtime a ritual with a sweet lemon scented luxurious bath gel.

 
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Lemonade Eyeshadow Palette

Everyone loves a good eyeshadow palette and I love all the fresh lemonade inspired colors in this one. Perfect for spring!

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LAVANILA

The Healthy Deodorant

This Fresh Vanilla Lemon scented deodorant is an all natural alternative that works with bamboo. Have you tryed it yet?

 
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NEOGEN DERMALOGY

Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling - Lemon

30 single-use pads are for exfoliating your skin after you wash in heavenly scented lemon.

 
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Lemonade Lip Gloss

Try this pretty light pink lemonade color or one of these other flavored lemonade colors too! #LemonLove

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5 Tasty Lemon Chicken Recipes

 
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Lemon Chicken Thighs With Artichokes

Lemon as part of a main dish for dinner always takes be right to Lemon Chicken recipes. Lemon chicken is a classic staple for dinner.

This Mediterranean inspired Lemon Chicken Thighs With Artichokes recipe from Foodie Crush is easy and can be whipped up in 30 minutes.

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Easy, Creamy Lemon Garlic Skillet Chicken

You had me at creamy with this Easy, Creamy Lemon Garlic Skillet Chicken recipe for The Kitchn. There’s something about adding that cream that makes the meal hearty and satifiying.

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Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken

Another creamy recipe that piqed my interest is this Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken recipe from Cafe Delites. The added parmesan is a great bit of added flavor and fat perfect for a low carb diet.

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Greek Lemon Chicken

This Greek Lemon Chicken recipe with a yummy tomato olive tapenade is a great twist on the traditional lemon chicken recipes. My mouth is watering thinking about the blend of Greek flavors.

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Lemon Pepper Chicken with Brown Butter Garlic Sauce

A lemon pepper chicken recipe is a must include in a chicken recipe round up. This tender Lemon Pepper Chicken with Brown Butter Garlic Sauce recipe by The Recipe Critic looks so good!

 
 

Spring 2019 | Lemon Love | A Few Lemon Favs

 
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New on Simply the Sweet Life are Seasonal Themes of my favorite things! For spring 2019 I chose lemons, lemon love!

I’ve had a life long love of lemons. When I was very young around 4 or 5 when I went with my grandma and mother shoppping I would always ask for the plastic lemons with lemon juice in them for my treat. I love lemon yellow and and butter cream yellow colors. I love to scent of lemons and lemon essential oil.

To start off the Lemon Love Spring here are some of my favorite lemon things!

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Yellow Microplane Lemon Zester

I got this lemon zester a few years ago and it has been my go to zester for all things citrus. I use it for my Lemon Keylime Bars!

 
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Lemon Vanilla Bean Soy Candle

This candle has creamy lemon vanilla scent, a 100% cotton wick and free from paraffin!

 
 
 
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Lemon Pure Essential Oil

I diffuse the now lemon essential oil in my kitchen daily

 
 
 
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Lemon Botanical Dish Towels

I love these dish towels and this set comes with a bonus lemon juice press!

 
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EO Coconut + Lemon Body Lotion

This is my go to daily lotion. It’s a pure basic lotion free from petrochemicals.

So many more lemony good things coming throughout spring!

 
 
 

Rainbow Coconut Jelly Bean Coconut Easter Cake Recipe

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When I was growing up my mom made us a special treat each year. It was always one of my favorites. It was her White Chocolate Coconut Jelly Bean Candy Easter Nests. I just love how the white chocolate, coconut and the fruity flavors of the jelly beans mixed so well. With this flavor combination in mind I came up with a new Easter tradition our Easter Cake. As I thought about the flavor of the jelly beans Kool-Aid came to me. Kool-Aid comes in many different shades of bright colors, it has similar flavors and some of our favorite jelly beans so it was the perfect solution to both coloring and flavoring each layer of our Easter Cake.

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Our Easter Cake has a pink strawberry, yellow pineapple, green lemon-lime, and blue mixed berry layers. It is frosted with the most delicious coconut white chocolate buttercream frosting. Combining the coconut and the flavors remind me of a colada drink.

This is a great cheery cake for kids.

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Cake:

  • 2 Box Cake Mixes or 2 batches of White Cake Batter

  • 1 packet of Kool-Aid drink mix powder for each color -4 total (the ones without sugar)

Prepare your favorite box white cake mixes or this great from scratch recipe for White Cake ( two batches.)

Divide the cake batter equally into 4 medium mixing bowls. Slowly add Kool-Aid powder until you reach the desired color and flavor or each color.

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

Bake each cake color layer in an 8 or 9 inch round cake pan for about 18-20 minutes check after 18 minutes. The cake will bounce back when done when pressed down in the middle with your finger.

Cool for 5 minutes then remove from pan and completely cool on cooling rack.

Wrap each cake layer in plastic wrap and place in freezer.


White Chocolate Coconut Buttercream Frosting

Note: You will need two batches for this cake

  • 2-pound bag of powdered sugar

  • 1/2 milk

  • 1 cup softened butter

  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

  • 1 cup of sweetened shredded coconut

  • 1 cup of melted white baking chocolate

In a stand mixer using the whip attachment whip together melted white chocolate, butter, milk, vanilla and about 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar to incorporate air. This will make your frosting nice and light and fluffy. 

Slowly mix in the remaining powdered sugar then add coconut and whip together. 

This frosting is creamy, delicious and sets up very nicely.

Coconut Nest Topping

  • 1 cup of sweetened shredded coconut

  • 1 packet of green lemon-lime Kool-Aid powder mix

  • 1 bag of your favorite jelly beans

  • 1-quart size zip top bag

Add coconut and 1/2 packet of Kool-Aid powder to zip top bag. Mix the coconut and powder together kneading with hands. 

Mound in the center of the top of the cake to form a nest top off with a large handful of jelly beans.


SWEET TIP: To frost the cake and get beautiful layers add your frosting to a quart size zipper top bag. Snip of one corner of the bag about a half inch up.

Starting with the bottom layer squeeze our large dollops of frosting around the cake top. Spread evenly and repeat as you add each layer. Then squeeze out frosting in a zigzag pattern around the side of the cake. Spread over the sides filling in between the zigzag. Don't worry if you zigzag is straight.

The point of this is to get a fairly even amount of frosting around the cake so it is easier to spread and prevent little cake crumbs from mixing into your frosting.

If you have any holes in your frosting just go back and add another dollop of frosting.

This frosting sets up nicely and is very forgiving. Since it is a coconut frosting it doesn't have to be perfectly smooth.

The kids are going to LOVE this cake.

 
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Bedroom Makeover - Choosing the Perfect Bedframe & Headboard

I'm in search for a bed frame or a nice headboard. It's been a while since I've had one. You know, it's just one of those things on your list that gets pushed back with other more pressing things making their way ahead on your budget. I finally decided I need to just get one. Choosing one I will like for a while is the trick though. I like the idea of a sofa upholstered headboard like the one pictured above. It's from Wayfair and at a great price too only $169 for a queen.



I also like this bed frame from Joss and Main. It costs more but it has the full frame with a low foot board that I really like so I can sit on the end of the bed. I like the combination of the darker wood with the linen colored upholstered headboard. It's still a great price at $285.95 for the queen size.


There is just something about a spindle bed that is enchanting and classic and almost fairytale like. Do you like the gray color shown above or the navy here on at One Kings Lane?


I'm off to find the perfect one. Wish me luck!

DIY Dog & Cat Collar Craft

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DIY Dog & Cat Collar

Supplies:

  • Measuring tape

  • Sharp scissors

  • Button down shirt with collar 

As I mentioned, this is a super quick and easy DIY dog craft. (or cat)

First, measure your cat or dog's neck making sure to leave a little give so the collar isn't too tight. To find the correct size shirt for your pet measure the inside of the shirt collar and match it as closely as possible to your pet's neck size. 

For my cats, I used a size 6-12-month-old sized shirt. For my small dog, I used a 2 T sized shirt. You could easily fit all sizes of dogs and cats with shirts ranging from preemie to XXL men's sizes. 

A new or gently used shirt works fine. To save a little I bought my shirt at a local thrift shop. 

Next, cut along the collars edge just below the rolled seam, trimming as close to the edge as possible.

That's it. Really there is nothing more to it. 

Fresh Basil & Jalapeno Omelete Recipe

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Omelettes are a keto diet staple food. They are a perfect food for someone doing the keto diet on a budget. This omelette recipe is so tasty and filling, you are going to love it! It's a great low carb breakfast idea or for any low carb keto diet meal! 

Weekends call for delicious brunches. I have a nice bunch of basil in my garden that needed to be picked and some nice beautiful jalapenos ready to harvest too.  Emmi sent me some of their Cave-Aged Le Gruyére try so I decided to add a bit of this rich nutty flavored cheese that pairs perfectly with the fresh green flavors. Add some garlic and farm fresh eggs to make a delicious breakfast or brunch meal.
An omelet is also a tasty quick dinner too that doesn't taste like a quick dinner.
I like to make one big omelet slice it and serve it on a platter so everyone can choose the size they would like to eat.

Fresh Basil & Jalapeno Omelete Recipe 

Serves 4

  • 6 eggs

  • 1/4 cup cream

  • gruyére cheese

  • 1 clove garlic

  • small bunch of fresh basil

  • 1 fresh jalapeno

  • salt and black pepper to taste

  • tablespoon butter

There are two techniques used in making a creamy perfectly cooked omelette. First is whipping the cream and eggs together. Crush and mice the garlic, chop the jalapeno into small pieces, add salt and pepper to taste and whip into eggs. 

Add butter to a medium size frying pan. Heat on medium heat. Add eggs mixture to pan.

The second technique is to allow the eggs to cook on the bottom they pull the edges into the center with a wooden spoon allowing the uncooked eggs to fill in the sides and cook. Repeat this until all the eggs are almost cooked. At this point add the Gruyére cheese. You can either slice it into thin slices or grate it. Then fold the omelette in half and cook just until the cheese is melted. 

With these two techniques you will end up with a cream delicious center and perfectly cooked eggs that aren't dry. 

Slice and garish with a sprig of fresh basil and slices of fresh jalapeno.  

Enjoy!

DIY Valentine Sewing Card Craft

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DIY SEWING CARD VALENTINE SUPPLY LIST

  • scrapbook, craft or card stock paper

  • ribbon

  • hole punch

  • Valentine candy

  • Valentine note

Fold paper in half and cut out two hearts. Spacing evenly punch holes around the edge of heart about 1/2 apart starting at the tip of your heart. Place both hearts together lining up holes. Starting where you would like to tie your bow, lace or sew ribbon folding the end of the ribbon to make it easier to sew. When you have about 2-3 holes left stuff your Valentine with your friend or loved one's favorite Valentine's candy along with a sweet Valentine note.

 

Tip: To get your holes to line up punch holes in first heart then using a pen mark your second heart using your first heart as a template. We used American Crafts papers and ribbon from the Love collection. 

Hand Embroidered Valentine Bookmarks

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Hello Everyone!!! I’m Abby over at A Feathered Nest blog which is kind of a collection of hobbies I like or attempt. I’m a mom with 4 kids - boy, girl, boy, girl, and a {hot} husband. I wish I had a puppy so bad. My baby girl is an animal so she will suffice for now. We live in Michigan {the most beautiful place on earth} but we’re getting ready to move back home to Sunny Arizona! {gasp!} I’m SO excited that Heather would ask me to put together a project for all of you. We’re going to do a Valentine project but not that kind of Valentine project. Let’s veer from the standard Valentine gifts and do something unique for our good friends & loved ones. Who out there doesn't love a good book?! Even kids’ books. They’re amazing. Don’t you love it when you find a good book and you’re sad when you finish? Wouldn't it be fun to give a good book to someone you love this Valentine’s Day?! With an adorable hand-made bookmark?! Even better. {add some chocolate to the gift and I’d say that would be the best Valentine gift EVER.} I’ll take a good book {and chocolate} over flowers any day.

Hand Embroidered Valentine Bookmarks

Aren’t they precious? How fun to use the bookmark as the actual gift tag wrap it around a gift card or if you buy a book wrap it around the wrapping paper. 

Supplies:

  • Felt, cut in varying circles or shapes (I have a scallop pair of scissors) 

  • DMC floss, needle, scissors 

  • Fabric marker- mine has a disappearing ink side 

  • Fabric glue 

  • Elastic (you can dye your elastic any color you want using RIT dye - just boil hot water, add a few drops of dye, boil for a few minutes, rinse with cold water. Bleach your pot before using it for cooking.) 

This is a perfect project for those of you who are beginners to embroidery. If you need a practice guide, here is a handy-dandy Stitch Guide I put together a long time ago. This post also has some stitching help, another great Valentine project. I’m missing a few stitches on my site but if you google searched the following stitch names you’ll find more than enough help on how to do them.

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Cut your shapes - I used 3-ply together, but stitched on 2-ply.

Trace/draw your design. The circles should be small, so you don’t need a whole lot on them - keep it simple. I free-handed everything so I don’t have patterns, but you can look at these and figure it out. They’re not very complex.

Embroider your design. Here are the stitches I used: Lazy Daisy

- French Knot

- Split Stitch

- Running Stitch

- Blanket stitch

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Secure your elastic in a loop/circle, using glue or thread - make sure it’s straight. Nothing but the best from you.

Glue your front to the back.

Done! Now go make a whole bunch of these and you have plenty of time until Valentine’s Day! Wahoo!! These will also make great end-of-year teacher gifts too get a head start and be the admiration of the PTO moms. You’re amazing.

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More Valentine’s Day Crafts


Free Printable Valentine's Cards

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Are you looking for a cute bright cheerful Valetine card to pass out to your loved ones this Valentine’s Day? I made these free printable Valentine’s just for you!

These would be great for a Galentine’s day party too.

Free Printable Dinner Planner & Recipe Cards

Keto Friendly

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Wether you’re planning meals for your whole family or just for yourself it’s nice to make a plan. Since I’m on the keto diet I like to meal prepping on the weekends and plan out my meals for the week. It helps cut down on food waste and it keeps me on track so I’m not tempted to eat out or grab something that is off my keto diet plan.

For moms and dads it’s great to have a meal planner so that everyone in the household from you to your spouse to your nanny knows what’s in stock and what’s planned for dinner!

I made this simple meal planner for you! I included a couple of recipes cards too just in case you want to share one of your favorite recipes with a friend.


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Eating Keto on a Budget

 
 
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You have asked and I am going to show you how I do it. Here are my 10 ways to eat a low carb keto diet on a budget. It's easier than you think!  Here is my real life advise using the same things I do weekly to the KETO diet on a budget.

Part of eating a low carb keto diet is learning to eat foods in their most pure form. What does that mean? It means eggs in their shell, fresh cream, meats, green veggies and the more that are unprocessed. 

Use Ground Beef!

Ground beef is a great, delicious and versatile protein that has zero carbs! You can make Butter Burgers, Crunchy Taco Wraps, Pizza Meatballs, Meatloaf,  Cabbages rolls and so many other things! 

Use Cabbage!

Cabbage is delicious cold in a coleslaw or cooked and used in places of pasta in lasagna or just cooked and served with butter and salt. 

Eat Eggs!

Eggs are another delicious and versatile protein that is super low carb. You can boil, fry, omelet, poach, deviled, scramble eggs plus add them to other dishes too like a chefs salad or a cobb salad. Eggs are one of the most affordable KETO foods.

Buy in Bulk & Freeze!

 Our local store has a meat sale every 6 months. The meat is super cheap if you buy it in bulk. Simple wrap your meat in freezer paper and store in the freezer for up to 6months or longer. My grandparents use to raise their own beef and we would wrap it and freeze it the deep freezer and use it until the next years beef was ready.

Many foods can be frozen including... butter can be frozen for 6 months, cream for 4 months and most veggies and berries for 6 months. Looks for your favorites on sale and just FREEZE THEM for later!

Shop Amazon!

Amazon is a marketplace which means if more than one person is selling something you can most likely get the best price. If you have Amazon Prime which I totally find worth it, you get FREE shipping. If you DON'T have Amazon Prime you can try it for a month for FREE.

Make Your Own Bone Broth!

Bone broth is a perfect food for KETO'ers but it is also expensive to buy. Making it is super easy and can be made with scraps from other meals! Save your bones, onion, garlic and veggie scraps by freezing them to save to make your own broth!

Meal Prep!

Plan ahead and prep for days you know you won't have time to cook. Make extra meat. Cut up veggies. Make some dip. Leftovers are great too. Have something ready so you don't feel like you have to eat out on the run.

Buy Seasonal Veggies & Berries!

Buy vegetables and berries when they are in season. The prices will be so much better. Buy they when the prices are super low and freeze some for later. 

Save Your Bacon Butter!

When you find some bacon at super great price be sure to save your bacon drippings/grease/bacon butter when cooking it! Remeber fat is your fuel on KETO and bacon makes some of the most beautiful golden fat for your next meals. Bacon butter great to use on your cooked veggies, use it to make omelets, and pretty much any other place you would normally use butter!

Shop at Costco or Sams Club!

Some things are simply cheaper ( I know not all of them but some) at Costco because they negotiate a great deal with a brand and then slap their logo on it.  I use this coconut oil, these raw almonds are great and are always fresh and I love this almond flour!  ALL of them are at a FREAKIN GREAT PRICE!

Make Your Own Pickle Juice!

The price of pickle juice can really add up and leave you with a fridge full of dry pickles! If you wondering why I sam saying pikcle juice it's because pickle juice helps you keep your electrolytes balanced. Sports teams are known to drink pickle juice as well as pickle juice popsicles. I promise they are a thing look here: pickle juice pops. Here is my super easy recipe for pickle juice. I explain more about how pickle juice is great in the KETO diet here: Homemade Pickle Juice

 
 
 

DIY Christmas Pinecone Garland Decor

This post is sponsored by Command™ brand.

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I love the holidays. Cheery Christmas music, gathering all my favorite decorations to tuck into every nook and cranny of my home and our favorite sweet treats we only eat once a year.

This year we live in a lovely pre-war home with two fireplaces which means I get to decorate two mantels. I'm so excited. I get to create two pretty Christmas vignettes on each one.

I love the fall/Thanksgiving decorations I have on my dining room mantel.  It's made of a beautiful old growth oak wood. To keep the pretty wood intact I am using Command™ Clear Mini Hooks that are easy to apply and easy to remove without hammering holes in the wood for a damage-free holiday.

I wanted to create a lovely transitional garland that I can have up with my Thanksgiving decorations that I can also have up for Christmas.

This simple pinecone garland is a perfect easy DIY Christmas decoration or Thanksgiving decoration anyone who can tie a simple knot and bow can make.

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DIY Christmas Decorations - Pinecone Garland

  • Gather an assortment of pine cones -wash and dry

  • 2-3 yards of ribbon

  • Holiday craft pick 

  • Craft Glue

  • Command™ Clear Mini Hook (to hang)

    Gather and wash your pinecones. Cut a length of 2 1/2 yards of ribbon. If you are feeling sparkly you can add some glitter to each pinecone too by simply brushing some glue on the pinecones and dusting with glitter.

Wrap the ribbon around the bottom of the first pinecone and tie it in a double knot. Repeat spacing the pinecones apart about 5 inches. Tie two bows from the ribbon leaving long tails to top each end pinecone. Glue the bow on the top of the end pinecones.

Using the Command™ Clear Mini Hook add adhesive back as directed. Place the Command™ Clear Mini Hook on the mantle to hang the garland as pictured above (I used the white mini hooks so you can see them better here in the photo.)

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Next, I simply added a Christmas craft pick tucking it into the Command™ Clear Mini Hook to hold it in place. The nice thing about using the Command™Brand Hooks is you can quickly change your decorations if you change your mind without damage.

I'm also hanging my wreaths on my windows using Command™ Brand Hooks. Did you know you can use them on glass? Be sure to clean the glass well before adhering the hooks.

On my enclosed porch I'm hanging these pretty velvet and grapevine wreaths on the windows using the Command™ Medium Designer Hook which can hold up to 3 pounds which is perfect for hanging wreaths.


You can find more ways to use Command™ Brand Hooks for your holiday decorating here at Command™ Brand Holiday.


Happy Holidays!

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Friday Pie Day | Low Carb Keto Pie Recipes

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I LOVE lemon and All Day I Dream About Food’s low carb keto Sour Cream Lemon Pie is amazing!

FRIDAY PIE DAY!

With Thanksgiving Dinner keeping up very full on Thanlsgiving day, I am offically call it- Friday is Pie Day! Have some keto pie for breakfast or host a pie day gathering with friends after you gather up all your Black Friday Deals.


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The Keto Connect couple do their research and their Low Carb KETO Pecan Pie is sure to be a favorite for those of you who need some Pecan Pie for your Friday Pie day.

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How about a Low Carb Keto Chocolate Silk Pie, yum! Ruled Me has a great chocolate keto pie to add to you Friday Pie Day menu. Click here for the recipe.

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Dreaming about your grandmas pie for your Friday Pie Day? You can still have it just tweak it a bit with I Breath I’m Hungry’s Low Carb Keto version of Strawberry Icebox Pie

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Friday Pie Day wouldn’t be complete without a Low Carb Peanut Butter Cup Pie. Enjoy!


FOLLOW MY FRIDAY PIE DAY Pinterest Board for more Low Carb KETO Pie Recipes

Montage Deer Valley Resort With The Family

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The Montage Deer Valley Resort is a place where you can bring the whole family. There is something for everyone to do plus their's skiing too!

It's January and time for a wintery wonderland getaway to a magical place where snow covered tall pines and mountains are your view from your bedroom window. A place where you can ski in and ski out from dinner. A place where all the hustle and bustle of your everyday life melts away and you get to have fun, relax and live life. The kind of life you always imagined. 

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The Montage Deer Valley is that very kind of place. 

The Montage Deer Valley is located right on the fluffy powdered slopes of Deer Valley Utah adjacent to three high-speed chairlifts. Skiers can stay at this 5 star luxury resort or just ski right in for lunch, dinner or drinks.

The architecture and design as well as the art throughout are reminiscent of a lovely mountain lodge. It's cozy comforting and luxurious all at the same time. Original artwork from local rocky mountain artists adorn the resort.

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One of our favorite features of the resort is that Montage Deer Valley is pet-friendly. Your pet is welcome. The resort has two sweet mascots Bernese Mountain Dogs Monty (pictured above) and Jonas who are at the resort to greet you with a well-mannered smile. Isn't Monty a handsome boy!

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If you are more of a stay inside and enjoy the snow from the window view, Daly's Pub is a family friendly place to hang out and have fun. With four regulation bowling lanes the kids will have a great time and so will you! We saw the sweetest older couple spending their anniversary together and having a blast bowling.

You can order dinner right at the lanes with a great variety of classic favorites including hearty delicious cheeseburgers, fries and pizza.

In the mood for some pool or video games? They have that too. Or you can just hang out at the bar and watch the game after a long day of skiing on the mountain.

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The indoor and outdoor swimming pools and hot tubs are open year round. One of our very favorite things to do is to sit in the hot tub under the winter snowy night sky as the snow is falling. My family loves it too. It's one of our traditions when we visit a ski resort hotel. It's magical. You have to try it.

My girls loved hanging out at the complimentary gourmet s'mores bar choosing from handmade flavored marshmallow and sitting fireside toasting their tasty treat.

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Our two bedroom three bathroom suite was perfect for our family. We had plenty of room to move around and feel like we are in a nice space rather than a tiny hotel room. The beds are cozy with down pillows and comforters. Each bedroom has a cozy fireplace. We were greeted with fresh cookies and fruit which was a big hit with the kids. The oversized soaking tub is perfect for relaxing the muscles after a day of snow filled activities.

There are so many things to do and see in Park City but The Montage Deer Valley offers a complete resort full of activities and relaxation so you never really have to leave to enjoy a great getaway!

Free Printable Thanksgiving Decor

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I made a little some just for you my sweet readers and true following fans. I am Thankful for you all and I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed painting these little watercolor doodles and making them into a cheery print for your Thanksgiving. It would be great just printed and framed or you could use it as a cover for a card, or print one out in a mini size as a place card for Thanksgiving dinner.


If you would like me to design you a custom card, place card, or invitation using these lovely fall clipart pieces send me an email and I'll put one to together for you. Email me more prices and details.

april@simplythesweetlife.com

TIP: Print your copy on watercolor paper for a custom look.



thanksgiving printables
 

Free Printable Pumpkin Coloring Pages

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How has your first week of fall been? Did you try any of my Favorite Fall Recipes or create one of these Fall Leaf Wreaths with your kids?

You know, I love making these free printable coloring pages for you as much as I love coloring them. I will print one and have it out on my desk for when I start feeling overwhelmed. There is just something about choosing the colors and putting marker or pencil to paper and coloring.

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 I made these color pages so you can color them as well as your kids. Feel free to print some out and share them with your kids classes or even with your work mates. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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Pickle Juice Pickle Juice Pickle Juice Why is Everyone Drinking it?

Low Carb Keto Friendly Recipe

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Kind of like Beattle Juice only Pickle Juice. If you have done any kind of research into a low carb-keto diet you have probably seen posts about pickles and drinking pickle juice.

The reason everyone is talking about pickles and pickle juice is because it's an excellent way to prevent you from getting headaches, muscle cramps and getting dehydrated when you are on a low carb- keto diet especially when you are first starting out. Even before I started my low carb way of eating a found out that I could stop my migraines in their tracks with some pickle juice. 

WHY PICKLES AND HOW DOES THE PICKLE JUICE WORK?

The pickle juice just happens to be the perfect mix of salt, water, and vinegar which renew the electrolytes in your body. It also helps you stay hydrated too. Did you know that athletes drink pickle juice too? It a much better drink than those awful sticky sugar filled sports drinks.

After draining several bottles of pickles of their juice I decided to make my own pickle juice. I already make pickles, I come from pioneer stock and we pickle everything! Here is our tried and true delicious pickle brine recipe.

PICKLE JUICE (SANS CUCUMBERS)

Wash and dry canning jars.  In a large pot combine water, vinegars, and salt. Bring to a simmer then add garlic cloves, dill, and red pepper flakes. Simmer for 5 minutes for flavors to blend. Pour into quart jars.  

That's it! Peasy Peasy! Store in the fridge. 

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Pickle Juice
The reason everyone is talking about pickles and pickle juice is because it's an excellent way to prevent you from getting headaches, muscle cramps and getting dehydrated when you are on a low carb- keto diet especially when you are first starting out. Even before I started my low carb way of eating a found out that I could stop my migraines in their tracks with some pickle juice. 
Ingredients
  • 2 quart canning jars
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons Himalayan pink salt
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 4 teaspoons dill
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Instructions
Wash and dry canning jars.  In a large pot combine water, vinegars, and salt. Bring to a simmer then add garlic cloves, dill, and red pepper flakes. Simmer for 5 minutes for flavors to blend. Pour into quart jars.