French Chocolate

Here is a great chocolatie beverage for a cold day. Enjoy!!

4 oz. Unsweetened chocolate
¾ c. water
¾ c. sugar
Pinch of salt
½ c. heavy cream, whipped
1 qt. Milk, heated but not boiling
6 oz. Kalhua
Whipped cream & chocolate shavings for garnish

Combine chocolate and water in small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted. Add sugar and salt, and boil gently for 3 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and fold in whipped cream.

Put 1 tablespoon of this chocolate mixture in each cup with 1 oz. Of Kahlua, add hot milk to fill & stir. Top with spoonful of whipped cream & chocolate shavings.


Aquaponic Cauliflower

Living a ketogenic lifestyle, we use cauliflower in many forms like mashed and riced as well as using it in pizza crust.  This is a great substitute for pastas and grains.  We planted seeds June last year and didn’t realize how long cauliflower takes to mature.  We noticed heads in October and they were a wonderful size in November.  Here is what they looked like.  Great looking and tasting vegetable.

Creamy Cheddar Cabbage & Bacon Casserole

Instead of trying new recipes, I am revisitng some recipes that I have saved and enjoyed. Some are from before I started this blog while others will be from other sources.  Since today is National Cheese Lovers Day and we are still living the ketogenic lifestyle, I felt this Creamy Cheddar Cabbage & Bacon Casserole from would be perfect. It is so creamy and tasty. You can use any cheddar cream sauce you like. I made mine with the basic butter, almond flour & Guar Gum then added some cheddar cheese.



1 lb cabbage, chopped coarsely
11/2 cups shredded carrot
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp
Cheddar cheese sauce
Cheddar cheese to sprinkle on top





Preheat the oven to 350°F. In large bowl, combine cabbage, carrot, and bacon. Stir in Cheddar Cheese Sauce. Spread mixture evenly in 2 qt. casserole dish. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese over the top. Bake 45 minutes.

Sausage with Hot Coleslaw

I was able to use the cabbage out of our aquaponics garden for this great recipe. I really enjoy cabbage whether it is cooked or raw. Give this recipe a try for a nice warm family dinner.

1 lb. Sausage (Polish or smoked)
2 Tbsp. Olive oil
3 green onions, sliced
4 c. cabbage, thinly sliced
2 carrots, thinly sliced
½ tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Sugar
3 Tbsp. Vinegar
Chopped parsley for garnish


Heat vegetable oil in a heavy skillet. Add green onion, cabbage and carrot. Cook and stir until cabbage is crisp-tender.

Add salt, sugar and vinegar. Cover. Simmer for 5 minutes. Arrange sliced sausage on slaw. Cover. Simmer 10 minutes.

Arrange hot slaw and sausages on platter. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with mustard if desired.

New Year

Yesterday was Ditch Your Resolution Day. I guess since I did not make any resolutions I don’t have to worry about it. HaHa!!! 

As you may have noticed, I have not been making any posts for quite a while now. Working for Amazon 60 hours a week was really rough. Mac & I are both currently waiting to see if they will be hiring us as permanent employees. I don’t know if this is the job for either of us. Mac is thinking about driving again – maybe on a dedicated run to Arizona & back. I don’t know if I want to drive again. I did enjoy it but don’t think it is for me.

I got into a slump after Thanksgiving and didn’t even get Christmas presents made. I barely got cards mailed. Last week I finely felt like getting into the groove of things and here is my first post of 2018!

Not sure which direction I will be going but you have to start somewhere. So hang on for 2018 and let’s see where we go.

Happy Thanksgiving

This has been an interesting year with many things to be thankful. In the last couple of weeks I have finally gotten back into the creative mood. I fell behind on birthday cards and gifts but will be finishing a couple and sending them – even if they are late.

Mac & I have decided to not drive anymore due to the traffic and the crazy drivers. We will be working for Amazon starting as seasonal workers with hopes of becoming full time. We have been very fortunate to have clean driving records and no accidents.

The rest of this year, I will be working on Christmas presents for everyone. Not sure what I’m going to do for all but will have to get busy and decide.

Have a wonderful thanksgiving and appreciate who and what you have!

Chicken Zoodle Soup

A couple of days ago, I roasted a whole chicken. Yesterday I decided to make Chicken Zoodle Soup. I took the chicken carcass, meat & bones, placed them in a pot with water and chicken bouillon. I let this cook for a couple of hours then took the meat off of the bones. To complete the soup, I chopped a red onion, & thinly sliced 2 carrots & 2 stalks of celery. I placed the veggies in the pot with the chicken, added salt and pepper and let the soup cook until the carrots were fork tender. With my spiralizer, I took 2 zucchini and made them into zoodles. Added the zoodles to my soup and let cook about 15 minutes so the zucchini was tender. This was very delicious and great for a cool fall day.

Clean Your Refrigerator Day

When I found out it is Clean Your Refrigerator Day, I realized that my fridge could use a cleaning. I took out the drawers, washed them and wiped down the shelves. This a a good idea to do before Thanksgiving gets here. After all you can get rid of any old products and have more room for your Thanksgiving groceries and leftovers. So get to it and do a little refrigerator cleaning.

Veterans’ Day

Mac & I met in Louisiana while he was serving in the U.S. Army. We moved to California to help his grandparents with a hope of serving at Fort Irwin. As the military was downsizing at the time, they gave him an honorable discharge so we could  move out here where we still are today.  So on this Veteran’s Day I would like to thank all veterans for their sacrifice and dedication. Please join me!