Thursday, November 12, 2015

Low Carb Cottage Cheese - Oatmeal Pancakes

I found this recipe for low carb pancakes on Pinterest a few years ago and they have become a staple for my morning meal. Breakfast is a "have to" for me...I never miss it. I usually have two eggs, some turkey bacon and one of these pancakes. They're moist, dense and good stick to your ribs kinda food!

Low Carb Cottage Cheese - Oatmeal Pancakes

1 cup oatmeal, ground (measure BEFORE grinding in a food processor)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
 3 or 4 tablespoons Splenda granular
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 

 4 eggs
1 cup cottage cheese
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a large bowl combine the ground oatmeal, baking soda, salt, Splenda, and spice. In a small bowl whisk together the eggs, cottage cheese, milk, and vanilla. Pour egg mixture into dry ingredients and stir to combine. (To make this super easy, throw EVERYTHING into a blender or food processor after grinding the oatmeal, and pulse until just combined.  This will also help if you don’t like the cheese curds.)  The photo is NOT pureed …when blenderized these will be more the texture and look of regular pancakes.
Heat a frying pan over medium-low heat. Spray with vegetable cooking spray. Drop 1/3 cup of batter into pan and fry until golden on the bottom. Flip and continue cooking for another 2 minutes or until firm.
Makes about 8 pancakes.

Per Pancake: 118 Calories; 7 g Protein; 5 g Tot Fat; 5 g NET Carbs; 2 g Sugar; 166 mg Sodium

I've altered the above recipe a bit by adding baking powder instead of the baking soda. I think they raise better and I found that two tablespoons of sweetener was plenty. I also added a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon.


This week,  I'm joining in to "Thursday's favorite Things" over at "My Cozy Corner"...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Cass Railroad ~ Cass, West Virginia

In October, we took a weekend trip to Cass, West Virginia to take the fall train ride. It's an 11 mile trip up the mountain to Bald Knob. This is the third highest point in the state. It was a 4 1/2 hour trip and when we reach the top we all got off the train and enjoyed the bag lunch they provided. From this point we could see three surrounding states.
 The view was awesome.

 I just love steam locomotives… The smoke, the whistle and that massive engine.  But boy was it cold! We had winter coats, long johns, scarfs, caps and gloves! At one point I couldn't feel my feet. The old train had wooden slats for the floor with spaces in between and the cold air just came up through the cracks. But it's something I've wanted to do for a long time and my husband and I really enjoyed the day.

Entrance to Cass scenic Railroad State Park
When we got back to the station we enjoyed a cup of hot apple cider at the company store.

One more thing off our bucket list!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Low carb Smothered Pork Chops

I've been on this South Beach "way of eating" for almost a year now, and it's becoming a way of life for me. I don't call it a diet because it's just healthier eating......losing some weight is an added benefit!!
The internet is loaded with low carb recipes and I stumbled across one of the best the other day...

Low Carb Caramelized Onion-Bacon Pork Chops
Talk about good...these were awesome. My husband asks everyday "When are you makin' those chops again?

Here's where I found the recipe:

Monday, August 17, 2015


With all the summer fruit and tomatoes on the kitchen counter, the fruit flies have really become annoying. I've tried everything I know to get rid of them. Well last week, my sister gave me a clever gadget....a fruit fly trap!
Problem solved.
It only takes two ingredients that you already have to make the solution that attracts the flies...vinegar and dish detergent!

1 cup of cider vinegar
2 tsp. dish washing liquid
1 cup water
Enough to last all summer when sealed in a glass container!

 The apple has a hole in the bottom with a curved reservoir around the hole. You just removed the apple stem from the top, tilt the apple to let the liquid collect in the reservoir and add 3 or 4 drops of the liquid. The flies enter through the bottom and become trapped! ...easy peasy!
Just rinse out the apple to remove old solution (and dead flies) lol

She bought from a company called Plow and can check out the website below: