Gluten-Free Low Carb Pizza

I have tried a few low carb crusts over the last two years of eating the ketogenic and low carb way of eating. I enjoyed the taste of each of them quite well, but most of them involved too many steps for my liking.

The recipe I’m about to share here is by far the easiest and tastiest I’ve ever made, no joke! It only has two main ingredients with some herbs thrown in.

[I can’t take credit for the recipe, and I’m not sure who actually created it, but kudos to them!]

Gluten-Free Low Carb Pizza

• 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

• 1 tsp Italian seasoning

• 1 tsp dried oregano

• 1 tsp dried basil

• 1/2 tsp onion powder

• 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Mix all ingredients into a microwave safe bowl.

Microwave for 90 seconds. (Making sure cheese is fully melted)

Knead in 1/2 cup almond flour to form a dough ball.

Roll out onto a pizza pan and prick a few holes in the dough using a fork, preventing the crust to dome up while baking.

Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 5-7 minutes.

Remove crust from oven and add sauce and toppings of your choice. Bake for an additional 5 minutes.

Mamaw Opal’s Pickled Eggs

I have really been craving my grandmother’s pickled egg recipe lately. And after making some tonight, I thought I’d share the recipe here.

My grandmother used individual spices in her original recipe, but after comparing those ingredients with the label on a jar of mixed pickling spices, I decided they were nearly identical and so much easier than adding them individually.

I used the instant pot to boil my eggs – easy peasy!

I use the 6-5-4 method. Manual high pressure for 6 minutes, after cooking, naturally release pressure for 5 minutes and finally, put them into an ice bath for 4 minutes before peeling.

Mamaw Opal’s Pickled Eggs

•2 dozen hard boiled eggs

•4 cups white vinegar

•4 tbsp mixed pickling spice

•1 tbsp sea salt

After peeling and rinsing eggs, add them into a half gallon jar.

Add vinegar, spices and salt into a pot on the stovetop on high heat.

Let it reach a boil and turn down heat to a simmer for 10 minutes.

Pour hot brine over eggs and seal lid tightly.

After the jar cools down, refrigerate.

Pickled eggs should sit refrigerated for at least 4 days.

Let me know if you try them!

When a Social Media Break is Good For the Soul

A few days without internet sure puts daily life into a new perspective.

I made the decision a few days ago to remove the Instagram app from my phone for a bit, realizing I was mindlessly reaching for my phone throughout the day to open the app and scroll – wasting time on posts that I had already seen, getting carried away on the explore tab and with accounts that I don’t even follow.

Killing time, precious time.

The day after I removed Instagram, I purposefully kept track of how many times I opened my phone to go into the app.

Four times. There were many other times I thought of Instagram but didn’t act on it because I knew it was no longer on my phone.

The day after that was easier and by two days in, I hadn’t even given it a thought.

I do this taking-a-break ritual a few times a year. I always feel the urge when I’m feeling overwhelmed, feeling like it’s stealing too much of my time or feeling like our home, our things, our lives are less than, because that is the trap of social media and the perfectly curated accounts you are bombarded with every time you log on. And if you aren’t very careful, you’ll be secretly comparing your life and home to theirs.

A couple days into my Insta-break, our internet stopped working. I have to admit, this was, and has been hard. I enjoy listening to podcasts and online music that I pipe all through my house via Alexa, and admittedly, I subscribe to a few YouTube accounts that I enjoy watching while I’m getting my steps in.

I woke up this morning at 6am, and after some scripture and time talking to God, I checked the modem to see if the internet had miraculously fixed itself. Ha! The repair tech is scheduled to come out on January 22nd, but can we possibly make it for over a week without internet?

I think so. I am realizing that I have been accomplishing a lot more without it. I’ve listened to my dramatized Bible (what I used to do before I became addicted to the net), read more and I’ve had more actual conversations with real life people.

I feel so blessed to have grown up before all this internet craze happened. My generation played outside everyday, and ‘screen time’ meant that you woke up early on Saturday to watch cartoons as you ate your cereal before heading outside to play all day with your cousins and friends.

Oh, those simple times! The best times of my life to be sure.

No Spend January Challenge

We made it through another week of the #NoSpendChallenge.

I hadn’t grocery shopped since mid December, so we had to buy food items Saturday, but that is allowed on the challenge.

This challenge has really been “challenging”, and I’m glad we are doing it, BUT! I will be glad when it’s over. 😂

Sunday Morning Visitors

We had little visitors just outside our windows today.

Watching them graze was so very nice, and they spent a good long while grazing before moving on.

The poor things couldn’t enjoy any peace; they were constantly on the lookout for their safety…if only they knew I’d keep them safe if they stayed in our yard.