Keto Friendly Cloud Bread

keto friendly cloud breadKeto Diets, they seem to be really popular right now.  And with the new year many of us have vowed to start eating healthier and loose some weight.  So in my house we’re pretty much re-starting our “keto diets”.  One of the things I miss most when on a  keto diet (which in really simple terms means less, much less, carbs and more fat and protein) is bread.  I crave bread (along with rice and other carbs, I am after all a carb eater)!  So when I discovered this Keto Friendly Cloud Bread I was pretty happy.

keto friendly cloud bread

What you may ask is Keto Friendly Cloud Bread and what makes it keto friendly.  Keto Friendly Cloud Bread is simply carbless bread rounds.  Yup, I said carbless!  It’s not made with any kind of flour at all!  And it’s pretty yummy!

You can whip up s batch of Keto Friendly Cloud Bread to use as bread for your sandwich anytime of day.  Top it with a fried egg and the meat of your choice for a delicious breakfast sandwich or you can snack on it.  It’s that yummy!

Best of all Cloud Bread requires just 3 ingredients and can be made in about an hour!  So not only is it yummy it’s  super easy to make!  My family loves them, even those that aren’t on a keto diet!

keto friendly cloud breadHere’s my recipe for Keto Friendly Cloud Bread, whip up at least a batch or two and watch them disappear! Or if you can manage freeze some for future use.

Ingredients:

6 Eggs at room temperature

1/4 cups + 2 Tbs Softened Cream Cheese

1/2 Tsp Cream of Tartar

 

 

Proceedure:

Pre-heat oven to 300° F.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Separate eggs – place yolks in a medium mixing bowl and whites in a different medium bowl

Add softened cream cheese to the egg yolks and mix together until smooth and completely blended.

Set aside.

Beat egg whites at medium speed until frothy and covered in bubbles.  Add cream of tartar and beat at high speed until stiff peaks form.

Gently fold egg whites into the yolk mixture, be careful not to over mix and deflating the egg whites.

Drop a spoonful onto prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 20-30 minutes.

Cool on wire racks and use immediately or freeze.

 

 

 

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  1. Pre-heat oven to 300° F.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Separate eggs - place yolks in a medium mixing bowl and whites in a different medium bowl Add softened cream cheese to the egg yolks and mix together until smooth and completely blended. Set aside. Beat egg whites at medium speed until frothy and covered in bubbles.  Add cream of tartar and beat at high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into the yolk mixture, be careful not to over mix and deflating the egg whites. Drop a spoonful onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Cool on wire racks and use immediately or freeze.
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3 Easy Homemade Halloween Treats

3 Easy Homemade Halloween Treats

Nothing says Halloween than sweet treats.  Sure you can buy bags and bags of candy and have at it, but you can turn that candy into special treats in just a few easy steps with these easy homemade treat recipes.  You can even let the kids help out!

Here are 3 recipes for Homemade Halloween Treats I found on the web.  Each really cute and super simple to make.  Enjoy!

Homemade Treats

Courtesy of Pillsbury.com

Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies use store bought ready to bake cookie dough. So easy!  Let the kids make them, they’ll have a blast!

For a variation use different cookie doughs; I’m sure you’ll find various fun Halloween themed cookie dough in your local supermarket.
Recipe click here.

You won’t be able to stop eating these salty sweet treats.  These Pretzel Hugs by Sally’s Baking Addiction really are addictive!

We made several batches, they disappeared quickly!

Recipe click here.

 

Homemade Snacks

Courtesy of Just A TasteThese frightfully cute Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops by Kelly Senyei on justataste.com will be a hit at your Halloween Party.  You can make them ahead of time and store in your fridge until you need them.

Recipe click here.

 

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Steamed Chicken Adobo Buns – Adobong Siopao

Steamed Chicken Adobo Buns – Adobong Siopao

siopaoThe steamed or baked asian bun.  What exactly is it.  Well Filipinos call it “Siopao”, in China it’s called a “Bao”, and in Hawaii we call it “Manapua”.  These names all refer to the same thing.  That soft spongy ball of dough filled with a variety of fillings like sweet char siu pork, chicken curry, Chinese sausage, or sweet black bean paste; then steamed or baked to perfection.

Siopao, Bao, Manapua, or whatever you want to call it is a family favorite.  It can be an appetizer, a snack, lunch, dinner, or dessert.  It all depends on what it’s filled with.  It’s the perfect picnic food.  Easy to pack and very easy to eat.  Don’t forget it’s delicious too!

In Hawaii and all over Asia these steamed or baked buns are sold out of food trucks, in restaurants, and even at neighborhood convenience stores like 7Eleven.  Everyone has their own favorite place where they’ll swear make the best buns.  In Hawaii my all time favorite is the Aiea Manapua & Snack Shop, this little hole in the wall joint  that has been serving the most amazing char sui and shoyu chicken manapuas for years.

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But in some places siopao or baos are not so easily found and there fore you may have to make it at home whenever you’ve got a yen for some.  Or sometimes you just want a unique filling that they don’t sell in the stores.  That’s why we have this tried and true Siopao recipe that we use to make homemade steamed buns.  In this recipe I will fill it with another Filipino favorite, chicken adobo.

You can use the my Chicken Adobo recipe just substitute boneless chicken thighs instead of bone in chicken parts.   Or you can fill it with Pork Adobo, it’s the same recipe as the chicken but uses pork butt instead of chicken.  Or you can fill it with your favorite meat or veggies.  Really the recipe for the bun is the same regardless of the filling you choose to use.  Click here for chicken adobo recipe.

So today I’m sharing the recipe for the steamed bun dough.  You can fill it with anything you want.

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup warm water

1 packet active dry yeast

2 tbs. sugar

1 1/2 cup warm water

1/2 cup sugar

4 1/2 – 5 cups flour

3 tbs. oil

1 1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:

Place the 1/4 cup warm water in a small bowl or measuring cup

Add dry yeast packet and 2 tbs. sugar

Do not stir just swish it around so the yeast is wet and the sugar disolves

Set aside for about 10 minutes or until it is frothy

Place the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl, but do not add all the flour.  Start with about 4 cups, you can add the remaining flour as you knead to get the correct dough consistency.  You may not need all the flour.

Add the activated yeast mix and mix well to form a medium soft dough.  Add remaining flour in small increments until you achieve the correct consistency.

Knead the dough by hand or with an electric mixer using the dough hook attachment.  Knead until the dough is very smooth and elastic.

Turn into and oiled mixing bowl.  Roll the dough in the bowl to cover with oil.

Cover with plastic film and leave to rise in a warm place until it doubles in size.

Punch out excess air and divide into about 24 balls.

Flatten each ball into a flat circle on a lightly floured surface.  Flatten dough to about 1/4″ thick.

siopaoPlace a heaping tablespoonful of filling in the center of the flat dough then draw edges towards the center and crimp or twist closed.

Place each ball on a small square of parchment paper, crimped side down and let rest until it doubles in size.

Be patient because properly risen dough will turn into light and fluffy buns!

When dough is properly risen steam each bun on high heat for 15 – 20 minutes.

Serve warm or cold.  Store left over buns in the fridge in zip lock bags.  To reheat either re-steam or cover with a damp paper towel and heat in the


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  1. Place the 1/4 cup warm water in a small bowl or measuring cup Add dry yeast packet and 2 tbs. sugar Do not stir just swish it around so the yeast is wet and the sugar disolves Set aside for about 10 minutes or until it is frothy
Dough
  1. Place the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl, but do not add all the flour.  Start with about 4 cups, you can add the remaining flour as you knead to get the correct dough consistency.  You may not need all the flour. 
  2. Add the activated yeast mix and mix well to form a medium soft dough.  Add remaining flour in small increments until you achieve the correct consistency.
  3. Knead the dough by hand or with an electric mixer using the dough hook attachment.  Knead until the dough is very smooth and elastic.
  4. Turn into and oiled mixing bowl.  Roll the dough in the bowl to cover with oil.
  5. Cover with plastic film and leave to rise in a warm place until it doubles in size.
  6. Punch out excess air and divide into about 24 balls.
  7. Flatten each ball into a flat circle on a lightly floured surface.  Flatten dough to about 1/4" thick.
  8. Place a heaping tablespoonful of filling in the center of the flat dough then draw edges towards the center and crimp or twist closed.
  9. Place each ball on a small square of parchment paper, crimped side down and let rest until it doubles in size.
  10. Be patient because properly risen dough will turn into light and fluffy buns!
  11. When dough is properly risen steam each bun on high heat for 15 - 20 minutes.
  12. Serve warm or cold.  Store left over buns in the fridge in zip lock bags.  To reheat either re-steam or cover with a damp paper towel and heat in the 
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Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Recipes for Your Event

Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Recipes for Your Event

star wars inspired recipesHear we go again!  Another Star Wars movies was recently released.  Yes Disney’s Han Solo movie is a Star Wars story, meaning it’s not part of any of the Star Wars trilogies.  Instead it’s a stand alone movie designed to enhance or explain the major characters or story lines.  In this case Han Solo’s beginings.  We all wondered about his early years before he joined up with the Rebel Alliance, didn’t we? Regardless if you had the burning desire to learn more about Han or not one thing is certain the new movie has renewed interest on all that is Star Wars.  This means more Star Wars themed parties and events which need of course Star Wars inspired recipes!

So I’ve rounded up some Star Wars inspired recipes for you to try at your next Star Wars movie night or Marathon.  (At our house we have Star Wars Marathons on rainy weekends. )

These Star Wars inspired recipes are super cute and mostly fairly easy to make.  It might just make you the super cool parent of the year when you roll them out at your kid’s Star Wars themed birthday party!

star wars inspired recipesCarbonite Jello

Ok I couldn’t resist so I posted this jello picture I found on Pinterest twice.  After  it is the Han Solo movie and the most memorable thing that ever happened to Mr. Solo, at least in my book, was when he was entombed in carbonite by none other than Darth Vader at the end of episode V The Empire Strikes Back.

I’m sure exactly which site has the recipe for this jello, but do you really need one?  All you need is a box or two of jello and a Han Solo action figure.  Place him at the bottom of the pan and follow the directions on the jello package.  Pour the jello over the man and let it gel!

Personally I’d use green jello simply because I like lime jello.  But we all know carbonite is gray and I don’t think there’s gray jello, maybe you can use blue.  Or if you’re really inspired use Knox unflavored jello, add fruit juice and a few drops of black food coloring, you could possibly end up with gray colored gelatin.  It might work.  But me I’d stick with green lime jello.

star wars inspired recipes

Star Wars Pizza

Another Star Wars inspired recipe that doesn’t really need a recipe.  The picture says it all.  Arrange toppings on a homemade or frozen pizza to make BB8, use a half a pizza crust topped with tomato slices and olives for his head.

Use your imagination and turn pizzas into the Death Star or planets!

If you want to get creative shape the dough into your favorite Star Wars character, Yoda, R2D2, C3pO, Darth Vader, Chewbaca, or whoever.  Remember shape the dough, spread with sauce, sprinkle with cheese, add toppings, and bake.

You can even use refrigerated or frozen pizza dough!

 

 

star wars inspired recipesBB8 Quesadilla

Prefer quesadillas to pizza?  Never fear here’s a recipe from Totally the Bomb for this BB8 Quesadilla using cheese and colored cream cheese.

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star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Rice Krispy Treats

I think everyone loves rice krispy treats.  They’re a great snack and they’re pretty easy to make.

Here’s the recipe from Mom Endeavors![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

star wars inspired recipesstar wars inspired recipesStormtrooper Cupcakes

Here’s the recipe and directions from Yummy Mummy Club! They use food writer pens to make the faces on marshmallows.

If you don’t want to make the cupcakes then just make the marshmallow pops!  It’s made the same way as the cupcake toppers using the food writer pens, just stick them on lollipop sticks instead![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

star wars inspired recipesPrincess Leia Oreo Truffles

Seriously yummy!

Make these Leia Truffles by The Cookie RookieClick here for the recipe![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

Princess Leia Cupcakes

Paintbrushes and Popsicles has an awesome recipe for Leia Cupcakes!

Click here for recipe and directions![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Macaroons

This one’s probably the hardest to make if you’re going to make macaroons at home.  I’m not that patient!  But you can use store bought macaroons.  (I get a box of frozen ones from Sam’s Club or Costco, they’re pretty inexpensive).

If you use store bought macaroons then all you need is a steady hand.  Just pipe the colored icings on the macaroons to make R2Dc, the Death Star, or Chewbacca.

 

star wars inspired recipesDeath Star Watermelon

Ok this one takes skill, carving skills that is!

Find yourself a round watermelon and get out the carving knives!

This would make an awesome centerpiece for your dessert table![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Popcorn

Two Sisters Crafting makes this yummy popcorn.  Awesome snack for that Star Wars Movie Marathon!

Click here for the recipe!

 

 

star wars inspired recipesLighsaber Pretzel Rods

No Star Wars themed party or movie night would be complete without lightsabers.

How about these Lightsaber Pretzel rods from Two Sisters Crafting?

Hey they’d make awesome party favors if wrapped in clear treat bags!

Click here for recipe!

Need some Star Wars inspired party stationary and decor?  Contact Savvy Nana Crafts, they’ll design the perfect invitations, favor tags, banners, and signs for your Star Wars themed event!

 

DIY Doggie Icy Pops aka Pup Pops

DIY Doggie Icy Pops aka Pup Pops

Doggie Icy Pops

It’s shaping up to be a very hot summer.  To keep Cannoli, our Siberian Husky, cool and comfy this summer we’ve been making her frozen dog treats, or Pup Pops.

They are so simple to make, they not only keep her cool, they keep her busy for almost an hour!

For these treats I used apples and blueberries I had in the fridge and  homemade chicken stock made without onions, salt,  and garlic.  Really you can use your pooch’s favorite fruits and veggies or whatever you have at home as long as they are dog friendly.  Don’t use onions, grapes,  and if using apples be sure you remove the seeds, they are some foods toxic to pets.  For a list of foods that can be poisonous to pets click here to be taken to the Humane Society list.

I freeze my treats in styrofoam coffee cups (but you can use paper cups, ice cube trays, or silicone molds), I just peel away the cup when I give Cannoli the treat.  It’s a great in expensive way to make and store the frozen treats.  You can portion out the treats to fit your pet’s needs.  I make mine fairly large and fill the cup, she’s a good size pup!

Ingredients:

Makes 6 full coffee cups

2 apples – cut in cubes, all seeds removed

1/2 fresh blueberries

3 cups homemade chicken stock

Directions:

Doggie Icy Pops

Distribute fruits into 6 styrofoam coffee cups.

Pour desired amount of chicken broth into cups.  Fruit floats to the top.

Freeze for at least 6 hours.

Peel off cup when ready to give your pet the treat.

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6 Cups 15 Minutes
Passive Time
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6 Cups 15 Minutes
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6 Hours
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Instructions
  1. Distribute fruits into 6 styrofoam coffee cups.
  2. Pour desired amount of chicken broth into cups. Fruit floats to the top.
  3. Freeze for at least 6 hours.
  4. Peel off cup when ready to give your pet the treat.
Recipe Notes

Be sure you remove all the apple seeds, they are poisonous to dogs!

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Fresh Watermelon Ice Pops

Fresh Watermelon Ice Pops

Fresh Watermelon Ice PopsMy grandsons love watermelon, the can eat it 24/7!  It was only fitting that I made these Fresh Watermelon Ice Pops, they will be refreshing treats this summer for them and their friends.

Best of all these Ice Pops have no added sugar and uses just 1 ingredient!  They’re not only yummy, they’re healthy too!

These ice pops are a great way to cool down on hot summer days.  We serve them at kid’s parties too!  The kids love them and the parents appreciate it.

Fresh Watermelon Ice Pops

Makes 6

Ingredient:

6 cups watermelon chunks

Directions:

1.  Cut up watermelon and remove all the seeds.

2.  Place chunks in blender.

3.  Blend until smooth.

4.  Pour into molds and freeze for at least 6 hours.

5.  Remove from mold and enjoy!

To remove from molds run hot water on all sides of the mold, including the bottom.  Pops should slip right out!

I wrap each pop individually in clear plastic treat bags I get from Walmart then store in ziplock freezer bags.

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