Shoulda Said No Salsa…

Eating healthy and eating out don’t always go hand in hand but with Su & Lu ANYTHING is possible!!
We had read about a Keto Bowl option now available at Chipotle and decided today was the day to give it a go. We walk up to the counter and goofily ask for the keto bowl we’ve read about. (and yep, we asked it like that) Luckily for us, she knew what we were talking about- bc we sure didn’t- and starts building our bowl. Lettuce, steak, guac, sour cream, cheese- our eyes were getting big and our tummies were getting excited! then we got to salsa and not thinking twice we said yep! I mean seriously it’s the basic salsa they offer to everyone so that tomato-y taste with a little heat would be perfect!!!

We shoulda said no…. I’ll let our pic speak for the flavor….

pain. actual pain.

Topo Chico couldn’t help our situation. Lu even took the steak and wiped it with napkins so we could at least eat the meat. It was pretty pathetic- even for us.
But of course we laughed until we cried- and then cried because we were in pain- and vowed to never have the salsa again!!!

Keto Bowl Update!
I went back a few days later and ordered the same thing WITHOUT salsa this time and it was AMAZING!!! I felt like I was eating something awful for me but left feeling satisfied and still able to feel my tongue and lips!!!

Another exciting cooking episode with Su and Lu!

Well here we are again, back in the kitchen, one of our favorite places to hang out.  Usually these cooking episodes include fun, laughter, wine and some of our best meals we have put together.  This one is no exception.  We have decided to conquer homemade cauliflower crust pizza.  Su has scoured the internet for recipes and has selected the one she thinks is “it”.  So here we go:

As always, we are a team.  The cauliflower is cooking, we are measuring bowls of cheeses, eggs and seasonings.  We have set our sites on 9 crusts – 3 for tonight and 6 for the freezer.  It is easier than we think to put these together.  We cook each crust and they all have a look of their own which gives them that homemade touch. We add our pizza sauce (tip:  always read the labels as you do not need any extra sugar).  We grate some fresh mozzarella and add the pepperoni.  Into the oven it goes.  There is nothing better than smell of pizza freshly baking in the oven – yummmmmmmm!  We take it out piping hot and then the real test begins.  We are serving our family: 2 kids, 2 husbands and my dad (Su’s Papa).  Guess what!  It is a hit!  Everyone enjoys it with no complaints!   So we are including the recipe below with a Su and Lu stamp of approval.  We have decided though that we will try two other recipes that we have discovered for Keto friendly pizza crust before we cast our vote for our favorite.  But that is for another weekend.  Stay Tuned!

Recipe for Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Ingredients:
*1 bag of cauliflower rice (12oz usually is the size)
*1/3 cup of mozzarella cheese
*1 Tbsp parmesan cheese
*1 egg
*1/4 tsp garlic powder
*1/4 tsp oregano
*1/4 tsp calt

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Cook cauliflower rice according to bag instructions- it’s either microwave or easy heat on the stove top.
3. SUPER IMPORTANT STEP!!! place the cauliflower rice on a cutting board and grab a milk bag or tea towel and SQUEEZE as much liquid out of that rice as possible. this is SOOO important because if you don’t, your crust will be soggy
4. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine drained cauliflower rice with mozzarella, parmesan, egg, garlic powder, oregano and salt. Stir until fully combined.
5. Dump the dough out onto a baking sheet or pizza stone *lined with parchment paper* and form into a circle. Make sure it stays about 1/2″ thick- basically no holes 🙂
6. Bake for 20-25 min or until golden brown. Use the parchment paper to flip the crust over and bake again on the other side for about 5-10min more.
7. Add your fave toppings and cook for 8-12 min or until the cheese is melted and bubbly ORRRRRRR don’t add the toppings and FREEZE!!!
7.5- if you want to freeze your crust ahead of time for later don’t add those toppings- stop here! put it in the freezer just like it is on the parchment paper for 1-2hours. Then wrap in aluminum foil and put back in freezer until you’re ready to eat!! When you’re ready to make the pizza- take the crust out of the freezer, don’t thaw, but immediately go to step 7 and then enjoy 🙂

International Women’s Day and a Bag Update!

Su here! I just wanted to take a moment to give a shout out to my madre Lu on International Women’s Day!! She’s so cool y’all 🙂

Today was one of those days that could’ve been labeled ehhh but what I love about hangin with Lu is that no Day is ever ehhh… every day becomes an adventure! Even the simplest things…

We went and got our free IWD pins at World Market bc we do all things free! We had noooooo time but suddenly a text comes through for a free pin and we become free as a bird!!! They’re so cute too!!!

And just like that our day was an adventure 🙂

Bag update also!!!!! Today’s bag was filled with trash from the kids room! Wow… I didn’t realize I would fill a bag that quickly either!! It was a little shocking to find that much trash in their room!!!

Stay tuned for more bag updates!!!

Our First TBT!!

It’s Thursday and it’s time for a throw back Su and Lu style.  First let me say Su and I have been through many (and I mean many!) adventures together.  Honestly, I believe our first one was the day they let me take her home and I looked at that tiny little red head and thought “it’s you and me kid – what fun we are going to have!”  So with that being said Su and I decided each Thursday we will revisited some of the highlights of this dynamic duo.  Here we go:

Through Su’s high school years I was very fortunate to go as a leader on many missions trips.  One such trip to Florida gave us tons of special memories.  There was learning to paint and roof a house for one.  And the wonderful senior citizens we had the privilege to meet.  But one thing that makes us laugh every time we think about that trip was the ongoing “What Would You Do for a Klondike Bar” contest that went on every night.  We had kids do magic tricks and even eat paper(which was a little disgusting).  Now Su and I have done many crazy talent shows and are known for totally embarrassing ourselves in these so why should this be any different.  We developed a ventriloquist act.  Not just any ventriloquist act but one where Su was the dummy.  So many things I could add here but she might kill me J.  (I have included a photo).  We had a few jokes and ended our routine with a spectacular feat.  I drank water while my “dummy” sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  The part where she acted like she was choking on the water was hysterical.   It brought the house down and we were awarded not 1 but 2 Klondike Bars! 

Like I said this is the first of many throw backs we will share on Thursdays.  They bring a smile to both our faces and help you to see (and reminds us) why we are who we are today.  Thanks for letting us share!

40 Bags in 40 Days!

Let me start by saying I am not Marie Kondo, not even close. I’m just a girl…standing in front of a house….asking it to be clean and organized.
but seriously 🙂 …

40 bags in 40 days.

let’s back the train up for a sec and start with a History & Current Events lesson
(it’s the teacher in me yall)
Today is Ash Wednesday, which is also the 1st day of Lent. For some, Lent is a 40 day period of giving up chocolate, caffeine, sugar or something else after Pancake Day (see previous blog 🙂 ). Traditionally, it’s seen as a time in which to reflect upon the life and death of Jesus.

The number of the day is 40!! (ah ah ah)
The 40 days of Lent represent the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness at the start of his ministry. Jesus fasted during this time in the wilderness, so the concept of giving up something during the 40 days of Lent comes from this as a way to understand what He went through and as a way to prepare our hearts for Easter Sunday.

so how does 40 days become a 40 bags thing…

We have filled our house – overly filled- with things we have to have(!!), that we think we NEED. These “things” can weigh us down on so many levels- physically, mentally, even spiritually. Our stuff can literally keep us from doing what God has called us to do. more stingy feelings- man this is tough for me even to type!
i don’t know about you but i don’t want to live that way!!!

so here’s what we’re doing!!
every day for 40 days, Lu and I are going to fill a bag- most days it will be a grocery-size bag- and get rid of them! Some bags will be trash, some bags will be donations. you may be thinking 40 bags, that’s a lot!! no way I can fill 40 bags… but break it down! one day you clean out a drawer, the next is your pantry, then your car (you know you can fill a bag with those empty starbucks cups still in there am i right?!), and then under your sink, etc 🙂 Make a checklist of places in your house, then make a chart to check off a bag a day!
The point though is not about cleaning out, organizing or patting ourselves on the back for a clean house (although that is a serious accomplishment for us)…
our focus for these 40 days is to declutter our lives- inward and outward. We don’t want to be held down or back from what God has put us on this Earth to do. We’re gonna take these 40 days and remember what matters – and that’s Jesus. Stuff doesn’t matter.

It’s just stuff.





Pancake Tuesday!

It’s the day before Lent, a day that is known by many names.  The official name is Shrove Tuesday, but you may know it as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras.  There is another name that is used and it is my personal favorite – Pancake Day.  Who doesn’t want to participate in Pancake Day!   

Shrove Tuesday was meant to be a reminder that the time of Lent was about to begin.  In history, Christians during Lent gave up rich tasty foods such as eggs, butter, cheese and fat.  (all those on Keto just let out a yelp!)  Shrove Tuesday was the last day to use them and think about it – can you think of a better way to use them then to make pancakes!!  

So in Su and Lu style, we will be making three different types and weighing in on our findings.  We have chosen for our family’s dining pleasure:  a Paleo version (Birch Benders), a Keto version (homemade – recipe below) and for the kiddos – their fav Whataburger Pancake mix.  And of course, there was bacon.

We had so much fun in the prep that even Lil joined us.

Now for the review.  The kids devoured the Whataburger ones with mini chocolate chips and warmed “VERMONT” maple syrup (you must understand it is important to Su that only “VERMONT” maple syrup touch her lips).  The Paleo ones were very good.  Fluffy similar to traditional pancakes and make for a great nutritional substitution.  Next time we decided we would add a little more water than what it called for.  NOW for the KETO pancakes.  We both loved them!  They get the Su and Lu stamp of approval!  They are crepe-like and we have even schemed that next time we will make a lemon-ricotta-blueberry sauce to complement.  Since I am eating pretty much Keto this was exciting to make something so easy and delicious.

We are a pair, Su and I.   Always ready for adventure especially in food.  But also in time spent together we also share our hearts.  We emptied our shelves of butter, eggs and milk tonight.  What if we took that a step further.  What if we empty ourselves of the things that are weighing us down – what might we have room for in our lives?  I am glad for Pancake Day with Su!   

Keto Pancakes Recipe
Ingredients
* 4oz cream cheese- softened
* 4 eggs
*optional: vanilla and/or cinnamon. (we didn’t use either)

Directions
1. Blend all ingredients thoroughly in a blender.
2. Heat the griddle/pan on medium high.
3. add butter to the griddle (we did this with each pancake), pour about 1/4 cup of the batter to cook on one side until golden (this is super important!!! don’t turn too early!!) then flip and cook on the other side for another minute or two.
4. EAT and enjoy!!



Keto King Cake and a Baby We Couldn’t Find…

I’ve always wanted to make a king cake. It’s so rich in history, symbolism- and flavor 🙂 so when I found a keto recipe on pinterest I decided to give it a shot!!

Because Lu & I are nerds we first used it as a learning experience for the kids 🙂
Green symbolizes faith, Gold is power and Purple is justice. The cake represents the crown of the three wise men who visited Jesus. and then the plastic baby hidden in the cake represents the baby Jesus.

I made the cake part on Saturday so we could eat it after lunch on Sunday without having to wait forever (stay tuned for the recipe). My fave part was mixing the egg whites and cream of tartar. I had never done that before watching it thicken up was pretty cool 🙂 The recipe was actually pretty easy to make too!!
I hid the plastic baby in the cake- no strategy or anything, just plopped it in the batter- baked the cake and put it in the fridge for Sunday.

Sunday Lu & I made the frosting and colored sugar- all keto friendly yay!!! The cake turned out pretty cool looking…

Time to cut the cake!!!
First of all I thought I’d hit the baby while slicing the cake, or at least cut close enough that it would stick out or something…I mean it’s not THAT small right?!?!
WRONG!!
We ate half the cake after lunch…. and no baby.

Fast Forward to dessert after dinner time!!!
We had my in-laws over for dinner- 7 slices of cake- with ONE TINY SLIVER of cake left on the plate. we all ate our cake… NO BABY!!!
I can’t make this stuff up…..the baby was in the tiny sliver!!!!!
What are the odds on this stuff?!?!?!

The prize was chocolate coins meant to be for the person who found the baby but since NO ONE did (?!?!?!) we shared them!

Here’s our Recipe for Keto King Cake!

Ingredients
For the Cake:
* 5 large eggs separated
* 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
* 6 Tbsp melted butter
* 1 tsp vanilla
*4 oz cream cheese softened
* 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp Erythritol
* 2 tsp baking powder
* 1 cup almond flour
* 2 tsp cinnamon
For the Frosting:
* 2 Tbsp butter softened
* 1 oz cream cheese softened
* 2-3 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
* 3 Tbsp confectioners erythritol
* 1/2 tsp vanilla
For the Colored Sugar:
* 6 tsp granular erythritol divided
* 2 drops yellow food coloring
* 2 drops green food coloring
* 1 drop red food coloring
* 1 drop blue food coloring

Instructions
1. Preheat over to 350 degrees F and thoroughly grease a bundt pan
2. separate the eggs into 2 large bowls. Add cream of tartar to the egg whites and beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks form, set aside.
3. add 3 Tbsp of melted butter, vanilla, cream cheese and 2 Tbsp of erythritol to the egg yolks. Mix until combined then add 1 tsp of cinnamon, baking powder and almond flour, mix well.
4. fold the egg whites into the almond flour mixture and mix well
5. in a small bowl combine the remaining 3 Tbsp of melted butter, 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1/4 cup of erythritol.
6. pour 1/2 the batter into the pan, then evenly top with the cinnamon mixture, and then cover with the remaining batter.
7. using a butter knife, make swirls in the cake, keeping the knife vertical to prevent the layers from mixing too much.
8. Hide the baby!!!
9. bake for 30-40 min or until golden on top. cool, remove from pan.
*if you’re making the cake ahead of time like we did- stop here. wrap the cake in saran wrap and put in fridge until you’re ready to eat 🙂 *
10. while your cake is cooling, make the icing by combining the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, erythritol, and heavy cream in a bowl using a whisk. *I did 3 Tbsp of heavy cream at first but it was still a little thick so I added another Tbsp*
11. To make the colored sugar for decoration, divide 2 tsp of erythritol into 3 separate bowls and mix each bowl with 2 drops of food coloring. for the purple, use 1 drop of blue and 1 of red. *we did 2 of each*
12. once you’ve removed the cake from the pan, top it with frosting and sprinkle with colored sugar 🙂

Enjoy! Hope you find the baby faster than we did!!!!