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  • Strawberries N' Cream Keto/Low Carb Fat Bomb Recipe

    These strawberries n'cream keto/low carb fat bombs are a perfect creamy, slightly sweet treat. Because they are frozen they also make a delightful, cold, summer treat. Strawberries N'Cream Keto/Low Carb Fat Bombs Ingredients: 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature 5 tbls salted butter, room temperature 1 tsp liquid stevia 1 1/2 cup fresh or frozen and thawed, strawberries Directions: 1.) Puree the strawberries until smooth. There will be about 1 cup of puree. 2.) Beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and well mixed together. Make sure they are both at room temp or there will be little chunks. 3.) Mix in the stevia. 4.) Mix in the strawberry puree until well mixed. 5.) Using a cookie scoop, scoop the mixture onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. You can use whatever size scoop you would like. I use a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop but you can use 1 tablspoon or even 1 teaspoon for a more bit sized size. 6.) Put in the freezer for 1-2 hours, depending on the size, until they are completely frozen. Then put into a ziploc bag and store in the freezer. Enjoy!

  • Nobody’s Stopping You Now - Lake Street Dive

    Lay down, girl The summer's coming home Take off your makeup And take off your shoes Trade in a dress for something Oversized and let your mind go Wherever you choose Don't try to be a woman anymore Nobody's taught you how Skin your knees and throw punches in the air Nobody's stopping you now It's okay to step away from the crowd Nobody's stopping you now You're on the cusp of an obsession Time is not on your side Our winter trying for perfection But somehow you're never satisfied And that hunger lasted for a lifetime Until you learned how to set it down Sipping that dew from a honeysuckle bush 'Cause nobody's stopping you now It's okay to let the real you out Nobody's stopping you now It's okay to let the real you out Nobody's stopping you now Nobody's stopping you now Lay down girl and rest your weary head I know you'll make it through somehow Dip your toes down deep into the riverbed 'Cause nobody's stopping you now It's okay to sing it right out loud Nobody's stopping you now (Nobody's stopping you now) It's okay to sing it right out loud (Nobody's stopping you now) (Nobody's stopping you now) Nobody's stopping you now (Nobody's stopping you now) Nobody's stopping you now (Nobody's stopping you now) (Nobody's stopping-) Source: Musixmatch Songwriters: Mike Elizondo / Michael Daniel Calabrese / Bridget Kearney / Rachel Claire Price / Mike S Olson / Aamir Bermiss Nobody's Stopping You Now lyrics © Kearnabreezin Tunes, 17 Lake Street Music, Simma Da Na Music, Baby Uncle Music, Akie Bermiss Music

  • Learning to Love Again - Mat Kearney

    Your poker face ain't fooling nobody, nobody here We've all felt the flame and shed those same tears Driving home to a one man hell, still counting years, still counting years Hey brother we're all learning to love again 'Cause that was the real you running through the fields of gold wide open Standing in places no picture contains That was the real you, windows down, we could smell the mint fields crying Singing with the radio to a song we can't name That was the real you saying, “Maybe I'm not too young to be a cowboy.” Hey brother, we're all learning to love again Hey brother, we're all learning to love again Making up your bed that day on a foreign floor between foreign walls Thinking 'bout the words you'd say to a phone that never calls Feel the weight of your father's ring and all those dreams, and all those dreams singing Hey brother, we're all learning to love again 'Cause that was the real you running through the fields of gold wide open Standing in places no picture contains That was the real you, windows down, we could smell the mint fields crying Singing with the radio to a song we can't name That was the real you saying, “Maybe I'm not too young to be a cowboy.” Hey brother, we're all learning to love again Hey brother, we're all learning to love again And I know you like I know my reflection Walking on the water 'cross an ocean of desire Everyone I know is looking for protection Trying to pull down your hometown 'cross a telephone wire 'Cross a telephone wire 'Cause that was the real you standing there in the shape of your body Fear don' know no love when we're all the same That was the real you looking back across the water Tears falling like rain, drops rippling against the shame That was the real you singing hallelujah, looking down a barrel Hey brother, we're all learning to love again Hey brother, we're all learning to love again Hey brother, we're all learning to love again Source: LyricFind Songwriters: Mat Kearney Learning To Love Again lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

  • Low Carb Ranch and Creamy Pesto Dressing Recipes

    (Photo of Ranch Dressing) A low carb diet typically means lots of salad and for me I need a good dressing or it gets really hard. I also prefer I a nice creamy dressing. These recipes for ranch and creamy pesto dressings both start with the same base and then just change up a couple of the recipes. These have made my low carb, salad eating lifestyle so much easier! Keep in mind that the pesto does have a tiny but of carbs (2 grams per tablespoon). Another great thing about homemade sauces is you get to add seasonings to taste. So even though I'm giving you exact numbers in these recipes remember that you can add as much or as little seasoning as you'd prefer. Ranch and Creamy Pesto Dressings Base: 2 1/2 - 3 cups homemade mayo or your favorite low carb store bought 1 cup sour cream pinch or two of salt Ranch Dressing: To half of the base add: 1 tablespoon garlic powder (or to taste) 1 tablespoon dried dill (or to taste) a pinch of salt to taste fresh ground pepper to taste Whisk together and add a little milk, cream or water to thin to your preferred consistency. Store in the fridge for up to 10 days. Creamy Pesto Dressing: To the half the base add: 4 tablespoons prepared pesto, more or less to taste(I like the Kirkland pesto from Costco) pinch of salt to taste Whisk together and add a little milk, cream or water to thin to your preferred consistency. Store in the fridge for up to 10 days. (Photo of Creamy Pesto Dressing)

  • Low Carb Almond Shortbread Cookie Recipe

    My husband and I have recently switched to a keto type diet, prescribed by our doctor, for various health concerns. We are focusing on low carb veggies, good quality animal protein and lots of healthy fats. I didn't want to give up baking since it's something I love so I needed to adapt for low carb. These low carb almond shortbread cookies are the first low carb recipe I have created. They are a delightfully tender cookie, not too sweet and no strong artificial sweetener aftertaste. A perfect accompaniment to an afternoon cup of coffee or tea... Low Carb Almond Shortbread Cookies (makes about 12 cookies) Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups almond flour 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened 1 tsp liquid stevia sweetener 1 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 tsp almond extract Directions: 1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon mat. 2.) In the bowl of a stand mixer put the almond flour and butter. Mix until well combined. 3.) Mix in the stevia, vanilla and almond extract. 4.) Using a 2 tbls cookie scoop, scoop the dough onto the lined cookie sheet. Gently press the dough down with your fingers until about 1 inch thick. 5.) Bake for about 15 minutes or until the bottom just starts to turn a light golden brown. 6.) Let cool on the cookie sheet placed on a wire rack until the cookies cool completely. They will be very crumbly when warm but hold together once they are cooled. Enjoy!

  • Christ Is Mine Forevermore - CityAlight

    Mine are days that God has numbered I was made to walk with Him Yet I look for worldly treasure And forsake the King of kings But mine is hope in my Redeemer Though I fall, His love is sure For Christ has paid for every failing I am His forevermore Mine are tears in times of sorrow Darkness not yet understood Through the valley I must travel Where I see no earthly good But mine is peace that flows from Heaven And the strength in times of need I know my pain will not be wasted Christ completes his work in me Mine are days here as a stranger Pilgrim on a narrow way One with Christ I will encounter Harm and hatred for His name But mine is armour for this battle Strong enough to last the war And He has said He will deliver Safely to the golden shore And mine are keys to Zion city Where beside the King I walk For there my heart has found its treasure Christ is mine forevermore Come rejoice now, O my soul For His love is my reward Fear is gone and hope is sure Christ is mine forevermore Come rejoice now, O my soul For His love is my reward Fear is gone and hope is sure Christ is mine forevermore Come rejoice now, O my soul For His love is my reward Fear is gone and hope is sure Christ is mine forevermore And mine are keys to Zion city Where beside the King I walk For there my heart has found its treasure Christ is mine forevermore Christ is mine forevermore Christ is mine forevermore Songwriters: Rich Thompson / Jonny Robinson Christ Is Mine Forevermore lyrics © Cityalight Music

  • Be Yourself - Wilder Woods and The War Treaty

    Show me where your darkness lies You don't ever have to hide Oh, you can be yourself Yeah, you can be yourself I feel your hidden river ragin' I'm not asking you to change it Oh, you can be yourself Yeah, you can be yourself Say what you want I don't care where it goes If I'm gonna love you completely We gotta let it all show Who knows you better? Who could love you any more? You can trust me completely I'm just asking for you to be yourself Oh, you can be yourself You're my hero, you're my villain Oh, and I don't care who wins Oh, you can be yourself Yeah, you can be yourself I'm in love with all your pages I don't want to see it end Oh, you can be yourself Yeah, you can be yourself Say what you want I don't care where it goes If I'm gonna love you completely We gotta let it all show Who knows you better? Who could love you any more? You can trust me completely I'm just asking for you to be yourself Oh, you can be yourself The way I see it We are all afraid to love Be yourself It's safe to let me love you No part of you I wouldn't touch You can be yourself We fall down We weaponize our words Be yourself No secret has the power To diminish your worth Say what you want I don't care where it goes If I'm gonna love you completely We gotta let it all show Who knows you better? Who could love you any more? You can trust me completely I'm just asking for you to be yourself Oh, you can be yourself Writer(s): William Rinehart, Ian Fitchuk, Konrad Snyder

  • Spring flowers…

    Spring tends to be a big tease here in North Idaho. We may have one or two or even THREE "false" springs before spring finally decides to stick around a while. Thankfully it seems to have decided to stick around now even though it seems to be turning out to be a very mild spring. I had been waiting for what felt like forever to be able to plant some flowers. Get too excited and plant too early during one of the "false" springs and you just may end up with an unexpected frost one night and you have to start all over again! Thankfully I waited long enough and we seem to be past any risk of frost until fall. I chose Mother's Day weekend to purchase my flowers and a few more pots to add to the ones I already had. I usually grow a small vegetable garden as well but this year I am just sticking with flowers and some herbs on my back deck. I have this dream to make our back deck a little spot that's full of flowers and herbs in pots and planters of all different shapes and sizes, comfy places to sit, a place for friends to gather, a spot to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner outside all summer long and twinkle lights all around. I picked three different colors of violas, two different petunias, two different colors of alyssums, lobelia, a little orange flower I can't remember the name of, rosemary and basil. While I was planting the flowers my husband sent me a text saying he was stopping by the hardware store on his way home. I asked him to grab me a watering can if they had one thinking he would just grab a cheap plastic one. That would have been just fine with me. But he said when he walked in his eye was immediately drawn to a little yellow metal one and he knew that was the one for me. And he was right. I was pleasantly surprised with an actual watering can and it makes watering my flowers even more delightful and "romantic". The day after I planted all the flowers we went to Costco and picked up a picnic table on sale we had spotted a couple days before during our monthly Costco run. We picked up an umbrella as well. While there's still some more things I want to add I am very happy with how it is right now and that we finally have a place to sit and eat meals and have friends over out on the deck. (We were using camp chairs up until now...) Of course as spring and summer go on the flowers with grow and brim over the sides of the pots and I am really looking forward to that. Bring on the North Idaho summer! Before...(Lucy kept me company while I was planting. She was just as happy as I was to be out in the fresh air and sunshine.) After...

  • The Story - Brandi Carlile

    All of these lines across my face Tell you the story of who I am So many stories of where I've been And how I got to where I am But these stories don't mean anything When you've got no one to tell them to It's true, I was made for you I climbed across the mountain tops Swam all across the ocean blue I crossed all the lines, and I broke all the rules And, baby, I broke them all for you Oh, because even when I was flat broke You made me feel like a million bucks You do I was made for you You see the smile that's on my mouth It's hiding the words that don't come out And all of our friends who think that I'm blessed They don't know my head is a mess No, they don't know who I really am And they don't know what I've been through like you do And I was made for you All of these lines across my face Tell you the story of who I am So many stories of where I've been And how I got to where I am Oh, but these stories don't mean anything When you've got no one to tell them to It's true, I was made for you Oh yeah, well, it's true, that I was made for you Writer/s: Phillip John Hanseroth, Timothy Jay Hanseroth Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group

  • Spring Morel Mushrooms

    I love mushroom hunting and that includes all different kinds of mushrooms. But if I had to pick a favorite it would have to be spring morel mushrooms. There’s nothing quite like the excitement you feel when you’ve been searching for what feels like forever and all of a sudden one catches your eye, then another and another… Some morels came early this year in north Idaho (mid April) and I never would have thought to look for them but my sister-in-law told me she and found some so I knew I needed to start looking here on the property. I’m glad I did because they were popping up in the few places I know to look right out my own back door. They were small so I left them for a couple more days. When I went back they were still the same size and some were starting to dry out. Temps were still getting pretty cold at night so I decided to go ahead and pick them since I didn’t want them to go to waste. My favorite way to prepare morels is simple. Butter and a hot skillet. After cutting the morels in half I heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat, throw in some butter and once things are nice and hot toss in the morels. I let them get nice and brown on one side and then flip them to get crispy on the other side and then they are done. A delicious, little bite of spring! *DISCLAIMER* Always use extreme caution when consuming wild plants and mushrooms and consult with an expert if you are unsure. When in doubt, don’t risk it.

  • Wild Nettle Tea For Allergies

    When spring finally decides to arrive here in north Idaho, my allergies decide to arrive as well. For years I have been drinking wild nettle tea as a way to help ease my spring allergies, the itchy eyes, sneezing and runny nose. I prefer to forage for wild nettles for this tea but I have purchased it in the past. The downside to purchasing nettle tea is most likely it's not grown in the region or area you live in. Nettle tea works best when it is from the area where you live and where you are experiencing the allergies. Plus, nettles start growing their fresh tips right when allergy season starts and the fresh tips are the best for making tea. A couple years ago I came across a little patch of nettles down by the river on the property where we live. This little patch has become my go to spot each spring for me to forage for my nettle tea. I usually gather about four big handfuls (which is probably about four cups) from this little spot. I put them in a pot and fill it with about 12 -14 cups of water. I bring that to a very low simmer, I don't let the water come to a boil. Then I let that simmer on low for about twenty minutes. Next I strain the tea into half gallon mason jars and let cool down to room temp before putting on the lid and storing in the fridge. The tea will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days and will turn a darker green. I sip on this periodically throughout the day for a few days to help keep my allergy symptoms in check and while my body is adjusting to the fresh spring allergens in the air. You can pick extra tips, dehydrate them and keep in mason jars for storing so you can have some when fall allergies arrive… *DISCLAIMER* Obviously I am not a doctor and you should always check with your health care professional before using herbal remedies. Also, when foraging and consuming wild edibles always make sure to check with an expert before consuming if you are uncertain.

  • Banana Cream Cheese Muffin Recipe

    I always have bananas on hand and inevitably some get overly ripe before they get eaten. It gets boring making the same old banana bread each time I want to use up the ripe bananas instead of throwing them away. So I decided to try something a little different and came up with the recipe for these Banana Cream Cheese Muffins. These are a fun and yummy alternative to regular banana bread. Banana Cream Cheese Muffins Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 tsp salt 3/4 tsp baking soda 3 ripe bananas 2 eggs 1/4 cup whole fat yogurt (fat free yogurt or buttermilk would work great too) 6 tbls unsalted butter, melted 2 tsp vanilla Cream Cheese Filling: 5oz cream cheese, room temp 1 egg 1/4 cup sugar 2 tbls flour Directions: 1.) Preheat oven to 350. Line two 6 cup muffin tins with paper baking cups. 2.) In a medium bowl mash the bananas. 3.) In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. 4.) To the mashed bananas add the eggs, yogurt, melted butter and vanilla. Whisk together. 5.) Pour the banana mixture into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. 6.) In the bowl of a mixer add the cream cheese filling ingredients and blend well. 7.) Put two tablespoons of banana batter in the bottom of the muffin cups, top with one tablespoon of cream cheese filling and top that with two tablespoons of banana batter. 8.) Bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean.

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