Wednesday, May 25, 2016

when pigs fly…away (or at least the buns)

Thoughts of how I could turn my LC piggy-in-a-blanket muffin mix into hotdog and hamburger buns for Memorial Day plagued me in the night. I know, dreaming about food. *sigh*

I made another batch of muffins and put a dab of this or that into the middle. The ones I put a dab of peanut butter in were decent. The ones with cream cheese were nasty and went into the trash. The plain ones with no piggy and no pbj are fine.



Then I read an article about how almond flour isn't really so good for us. Full of PUFAs and causing inflammation. I don't know all of the details but likely some of my nurse friends do. Annie (CarbTripper) comes to mind.

Anyway, I'm nixing the idea of using the recipe to make buns for Memorial Day grilling and will just enjoy the grilled meats and veggies without bun. What is the need anyway… buns are a crutch I don't want. Meat is good eaten on a lettuce wrap or sans-bun.

But, I'm having some of my PUFA-laden almond flour mini-muffins today since I made a batch. They were much better as pig-in-a-blanket muffins. I'm sure I'll have them again but the almond flour needs to be a sometimes food rather than frequent. Inflammation makes my MS suck.

[carbs]
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[ 6.7g ] 5 LC PBJ-in-a-Blanket muffins
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[ 10g ] salsa chili
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[ ?g ] TBD

=====Total 22.1 carbs=====

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday *blink* *blink*

I'm thinking about buying blackout curtains for the living/computer/everything room. It has an east-facing window and the sun is so incredibly bright in the morning. My computer is facing the west wall of this room with a huge eastern window. The glare on my monitor is so great that I can see behind me without turning around… and thats with the drapes closed completely. I could move my desk but this is a long, narrow room and there's not really a better place. Blackout curtains would solve the problem.

A letter from the mortgage company tells me that my escrow was short by $699 and so they are going to add that to my monthly payments and space it out over the next 12 months. OR I can just pay it all now. *sigh*

SheZug posted that she borrowed the entire collection of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin books from the library. GoT is so good! I'm re-reading the books again (I've read most of them twice and the first and last ones 3 times) and am mid-way into A Clash of Kings (the second book) right now. These books have been out for many, many years. This is only the first time I'm reading them this year, lol. I really hope we get to read a new release from him soon. Tons of people are hoping for the same thing.

[carbs]
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[ 2.3g ] half a fried bologna, egg and cheese stack
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[ 1.2g ] 2 eggs scrambled in butter
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[ 10g ] salsa chili

=====Total 13.5 carbs=====

Monday, May 23, 2016

Ugh, it's Monday

Some Monday's are just difficult to get going. Especially after a heart-rending Game of Thrones last night. I guess I won't talk about it today other than to say *cry*.

Cro made a couple of mokume gane arrow pendants over the weekend. He is thinking about selling them once he is satisfied. I think he plans to send one to the guy who gave him the wheel to replace an older cracked one on his bow. Then maybe he'll sell a few for $50 each or so. He says they are taking between 2 and 3 hours each but it's a labor of love. :)

Earn money doing something you love and you'll never work a day in your life (or so the old saying goes). Even if he earns nothing, he is still doing what he loves.

I love what I do for a living too, but that doesn't mean it isn't work and doesn't come with its own stress. Old sayings aside, I think if you love what you do, you work to produce the very best results you can.





[carbs]
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[ 10g ] salsa chili
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[ 0g ] item
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[ 10g ] salsa chili

=====Total 20 carbs=====

Friday, May 20, 2016

end of the week bullseye

More piggies for breakfast and an ounce of cheese crisps. So glad it's almost end of the week. I helped out with a client's last minute project yesterday evening and might get a new recurring email design job because of it. Yay :)


Cro has been doing his archery for the last few nights. He was able to get a replacement for a cracked wheel on his old compound bow from a very nice guy on an archery forum he participates in. He says the bow is better than he is now. He did say that he would finally be able to feed himself now though. All of his shots were in a grouping no larger than a rabbit.



[carbs]
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[ 5.4g ] 4 Piggies-in-a-Blanket muffins
[ 1g ] cheddar cheese crisped in the microwave
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[ 0g ] item
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[ 0g ] item

=====Total 0 carbs=====

Thursday, May 19, 2016

pigs fly

Leftover LC Piggies for breakfast. Mmm mmm.

I was browsing what Hulu had to offer last night and settled on the 1942 Rudyard Kipling production of The Jungle Book. Hey, that was the year dad was born!

Despite being created over 74 years ago, it is a very sophisticated piece of movie history. No wonder it's part of the Criterion Collection. Classic. It has a grown-up view of some of civilization's greed and ugliness and Mowgli did choose to return to his beloved jungle at the end of this one.

Don't get me wrong, I'm still looking forward to seeing Disney's rendition that is in theaters now, and VERY much looking forward to the darker, scarier version that Andy Serkis has planned for release in 2018.





[carbs]
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[ 6.7g ] 5 LC Pigs-in-a-Blanket muffins
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[ 5.4g ] 4 LC PiaB muffins
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[ 10g ] salsa chili

=====Total 22.1 carbs=====

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

serendipity

Sometimes it takes a failure to lead to new discovery and success! That may be a big statement for the failure of my corndog attempt leading to these, but OMG these deserve a big statement. They are amazing!

By filling mini-cupcake tins with a layer of yesterday's batter, cutting the remaining dogs into pieces small enough to tuck in and cover with another tiny scoop of batter, I made something so good that I'll be making it again. I'll skip trying to form them into corndogs to fry. These are better.

I didn't have a guide regarding how hot or the amount of time to bake them. I put them in at 400ºF for ten minutes, checked and set them for another 10 minutes. 20 minutes total cooking time was perfect. They are light, fluffy, and slightly sweet.

I experimented by leaving some plain, sprinkling shredded cheese on others, and topped a few with a bit of salsa chili and shredded cheese. The plain ones are great. The ones with a small bit of shredded cheese are my favs. The ones with chili were a little too messy to pick up with hands so though tasty, they are my least favorites.

I'm counting these as 3 carbs each though I am just guestimating from what a full corndog was listed as in the original recipe and trying to take into account my modifications. I should work out the official counts but giving them a guess number will keep me from eating a whole pan at once. They are that good.

See below. I added up the counts and if you make 36 mini muffins that makes them 1.3 carbs each. Good new since I ate 4 for breakfast. :)

My mods, I used Stevia in the Raw as my sweetener, used a pinch of gelatin rather than xanthan gum, used an entire can of coconut milk rather than 1/3 cup, I didn't have cornmeal so substituted with more almond meal.

Proof that they look yummy in photos below. I guess I will call these LC pigs-in-a-blanket mini muffins. This one is a keeper!


LC Pigs-in-a-Blanket Mini Muffins  
All my carb counts are after fiber has been subtracted. 
1 cup + 3 TBSP almond flour [14.25carbs]
3 TBSP coconut flour [1.5carbs]
1 TBSP artificial sweetener (I used Stevia in the Raw) [1.5carbs]
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp unsweetened gelatin powder
1/4 tsp baking powder [.3carbs]
3 eggs [1.8carbs]
2 TBSP oil (I used peanut oil)
1 can unsweetened 13.6oz coconut milk [15carbs]
7 beef franks [14carbs]
[48.35 total carbs / 36 mini muffins]
1.34carbs each (without topping)







Tuesday, May 17, 2016

low carb corn dog fail

Oh I had such a wonderful plan to make low carb corn dogs. I had directions. I laid everything out so neatly. Then I took my first alternate route and soon had those dogs hopelessly lost in the woods. Poor puppies.

The first detour was necessitated by my not having xanthan gum. After looking up substitutions I settled on gelatin. I mixed a small bit of dry gelatin powder with a small bit of water (notice my lack of specific measurements… another step off the path). Not remembering what to do after it had thickened I just added the little glob of thickened gelatin to my wet ingredients and mixed it good before adding to the dry.

My next detour was when the batter seemed too thick. My little stick blender was making struggling sounds. So I added more coconut milk. then more. then the entire rest of the can. Yes, now it seemed like a good consistency, I thought.

I dried off the hotdogs and coated them with a dusting of coconut flour as instructed. Then dipped them into the batter before dunking them carefully into the hot oil. Oh, one more detour… I used olive oil since it was what I have on hand. I don't think the recipe mentions what type of oil to fry in but I'll bet it wasn't olive oil.

Long story short, the batter didn't remain on the dogs and wanted to disintegrate into the oil. After a careful round of trying I gave up.

I have LOTS of batter and unfinished dogs left. Maybe I'll cut them into quarters and bake them since frying didn't turn out as planned.

Good plan. Good recipe. Poorly executed. Ah well. Here's the actual recipe if you want to give it a try. I'm sure you'll do much better than I did!







[carbs]
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[ 4g ] LC corndogs - they still tasted okay though what a mess!
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[ .6g ] egg
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[ 10g ] salsa chili

=====Total 14.6 carbs=====
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