Recipe: 5-Minute Chocolate Mousse (Sugar Free, Low Carb, Keto)

5-Minute Chocolate Mousse (Sugar Free, Low Carb, Keto)

I love this desert recipe when I’m craving chocolate and don’t want to cook.  In 5 minutes or less this Chocolate Mousse is ready!  It’s also totally guilt free because it’s sugar free, low carb, and keto. This recipe can also be scaled up and used as a chocolate mousse layer in other recipes.  

There are only 4 main ingredients, making this a very simple recipe.  We use a Magic Bullet Blender to make this and a kitchen scale, which means less measuring tools are needed and less clean up.  

5-Minute Chocolate Mousse (Sugar Free, Low Carb, Keto)
Serves 4
A quick, simple and sugar free chocolate mousse
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/8 cup (9oz) heavy cream
  2. 3 tablespoons (15g) cocoa powder
  3. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  4. 1-1/2 tablespoons (0.6 oz) granulated erythritol (or adjust to taste)
  5. Cinnamon or chocolate shavings (optional)
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a large Magic Bullet cup.
  2. Put blade onto bullet and shake slightly to mix.
  3. Mix in bullet until sound changes and cream is whipped.
  4. Spoon into serving cups.
  5. Sprinkle with topping of choice, such as cinnamon or chocolate shavings, if desired.
Notes
  1. Stevia can be used in place of erythritol if you prefer. Erythritol is a zero carb, sugar alcohol, natural sweetener.
Simplified and Stable http://www.simplifiedandstable.com/
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Wall Organizing Project

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The wall in our kitchen nook needed some help.  I had so many papers and crafts coming home with the kids that I didn’t know what to do with them, so I started off putting our favorites ones up on our once blank wall with thumb tacks.  Then I started trying to organize them for each child.  Then we added “Focus Charts” (our version of chore charts along with some heart focus points).  

Our poor wall was beginning to look like a pincushion from all the tacks I’d used on it.  I wanted a more permanent solution that looked organized and was easily modified as the kids grew and changed.

Wall Organizing Project 1

I went searching on Pinterest for ideas. I liked the idea of multiple square boards, some being cork boards, and some being magnetic white boards.  I took measurements of our wall, and then sketched out what I wanted it to look like.

From Amazon, I chose these two items:

Board Dudes 14 x 14 Inches Canvas Style Cork Board (DDY96)

Quartet Magnetic Dry-Erase Board Tile, 14 x 14 Inches, Frameless, White Surface (85402-WT)

Here’s what I did next to install them:

  • Marked the wall with board locations for mounting, figuring in the size of gaps and size for the boarders on the top, bottom and sides.
  • Using the dining room table, I put the boards into the configuration I wanted.
  • I then mounted the boards onto the wall (they come with adhesive tape for mounting).  Having a small level on hand really helps.
  • Then I used tacks and magnets, along with some color coded binder clips, to hang our kids projects and Focus Charts up.

Wall Organizing Project 2

We’ve had these boards up on our wall for over 2 years and they’ve held up really well. 

What are some ways you’ve made use of empty wall space in your home?

 

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Recipe: 3-Ingredient Waffles (Sugar Free & Gluten Free)

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It’s time to dust off that waffle maker of yours!  In just a few minutes, you can be eating these delicious, and very simple waffles.  These are low-carb, sugar free, gluten free and a great replacement for store bought waffles or buns.

Our recipe only has 3 ingredients: cream cheese, eggs and salt.  We’ve sized the recipe so that it can be made in a large Magic Bullet container to keep the batter pouring and clean-up simple.  Many times though, we make a big batch of these ahead of time as well and either store them in the refrigerator or freeze them and pop them in the toaster for a few minutes to reheat them.  If you make a large batch, we suggest making this in a blender or Vitamix instead of the Magic Bullet.

These are great as waffles with your favorite toppings (like blended strawberries and whipped cream with a little maple extract) and we love to pair them with breakfast sausage.  We also really like to use these as buns for hot dogs or burgers. 

We hope you enjoy these!

3-Ingredient Waffles (Low Carb, Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Keto)
Yields 8
A quick and easy, low-carb, keto waffle recipe that also doubles as buns.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
6 min
Total Time
11 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
6 min
Total Time
11 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  2. 6 eggs
  3. 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together thoroughly in a Magic Bullet or blender.
  2. Pour batter onto waffle iron until it just covers the entire surface. (In our waffle maker, we use about 7.5 oz batter for 4 waffles.)
  3. Cook for about 6 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Remove and serve warm or let them cool completely then refrigerate or freeze any leftovers; reheat them in the toaster.
Notes
  1. These are great not only eaten as a waffle for breakfast (topped with fresh fruit and some whipped cream), but also as buns for hot dogs or burgers.
Simplified and Stable http://www.simplifiedandstable.com/
 

What low-carb toppings do you like on top of your waffles?

Aging Gracefully and Going Gray

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At 62 years young, some MAY consider me a part of the older generation now.  I’ve really been embracing this season of my life lately with all I am… but I definitely was NOT in this place just a few years ago. 

WRESTLING WITH AGING

I admit it.  I’ve been dealing with fear – fear of aging badly.  I’ve also been overly focused on the likely fact I have lived perhaps two-thirds of my life so that was dismal and depressing, ever poking at my psyche.  On top of that, this darn mirror doesn’t lie! I really tried at first to ignore it.  Coloring  my hair, holding my neck wrinkles back and deciding if I’d get that magical lift surgery in the near future seemed to help.  Other times, I’d just live in denial, but that eventually caught up with me.

I did need to face reality so I pressed into the big questions that were haunting me about aging. 

  • Why was I hiding my age? 
  • What was I accomplishing? 
  • What was I afraid of? 

It didn’t take long for me to figure out that I was afraid of death; I was hiding from my mortality.  I’d been seeking encouragement from the mirror instead of the One who made me. 

I set out to read my Bible and look for encouragement about aging in positive ways.  I found wonderful words and heard the Spirit of God encouraging me.  He showed me  how was in hiding.  He loved me anyway, and lead me to overcome fear and see that I could choose to enjoy aging.

The real turning point for me was a revelation I got one morning that I’ll never forget.  The following scripture leapt of the page and into my heart and gave me a sense of excitement to change this pattern immediately. 

God, now that I’m old and gray, don’t walk away.

Give me grace to demonstrate to the next generation all Your mighty miracles

And Your excitement to show them Your magnificent power!

Psalm 71:18  (The Passion Translation)

Psalm 71 is called “The Psalm of Old Age” and what’s really funny about that is I LOVE this title now!  God was encouraging me to enjoy aging as a gift to myself and those around me.  Yes, aging is a GIFT!  For me it was all or nothing – so now I was excited to get started.

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Purpose nearly bowled me over!  I saw clearly that I’d been hiding from the very purpose this season of life was bringing to me.  My family, my experiences, my battles, triumphs, letting go, overcoming, terrible failures and embarrassing moments as well as love and loss are a bouquet of every kind of emotion and experience that makes life deep and rich.  The wisdom that came with these experiences, was all boxed up inside me and hiding.  Then, add a healthy dose of fear to that  because I was likely the oldest woman in most, or maybe all of my circles of influence, and I’d been blind to what was right in front of me. 

I was suddenly SO EXCITED to accept this gift of aging.  It was as if God had wrapped it up and handed it to me right there in my living room at the break of dawn that day.  And I accepted it and unwrapped it over the next year.

MY HAIR

However, let me be very transparent.  When it came to being practical about looking at aging as a gift, this hair thing was really a challenge for me! 

If I let my hair turn it’s natural gray, never got surgery and just took good care of myself, would I be ok?  Would people still say, “Oh my, you look so young!”  Did I want their compliments and flattery or did I want to just relax and be more of myself than I had ever embraced before?

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As I looked in the mirror after coloring my hair dark brown one day, I saw a 60-year-old face and hair that just did not fit with that face.  It was a little scary but I truly let myself see it,  and let it sink in.  I decided to embrace and enjoy uncovering my true hair color.   It wasn’t an overnight decision to let my hair become it’s natural self, but I did get there eventually.  Little did I know the impact it would have on my entire identity.

Photos of the hair journey don’t do justice to the joy I feel now at having gone through this process but I hope you enjoy seeing a bit of my journey in a snapshot.   I’m happy, free and full of purpose.  I am invigorated that women my age are meant to be vivacious and alive, giving encouragement, advice and love to those younger than ourselves.  We are meant to be an example of what it means to age in Christ.  Every year we live we grow in character and steadfast love for Him, increasing in beauty.  We bring and share LIFE. 

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I met a stunningly beautiful 104 year old women recently. All I can say is ever since that encounter I find myself saying, “I want to be just like her”.  She was fully alive, fun, and completely captivating.  That’s my plan… and I ask God all the time to help me live for Him.  I believe the best is yet to come.  I am not disqualified, I am just getting started!

Now I am savoring every single day of my life more than ever before.  My moments are lived with more intention and purpose, treasuring the rich memories that make my life completely unique.  I wouldn’t change my age now for anything or go back to another age.  I love THIS moment.  I love THIS age.  I love my life and I am planning to live every moment to the fullest.  I won’t fight my age anymore.  I embrace the process and enjoy the great honor that God and my family and friends place on my age.

I am thrilled to be so alive and treasure every new day as a gift. 

How do you see yourself as you think of being 40, 60, 80 or even 100+ years old?

~Mavis

Meatloaf (Sugar and Gluten Free)

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I grew up loving my mom’s meatloaf and I wanted to make a version that was sugar and gluten free, and this is the delicious result.  Our kids love to chip in by mixing (okay mashing) all these ingredients together right in the loaf pan we cook in, which saves on clean up (well at least dish clean up).  

SIMPLIFY: Look for pre-chopped, frozen onions at the grocery store.  They save us time and tears!  

We hope you enjoy our new family meatloaf recipe!

~Kristin & Mavis

Meatloaf (Sugar and Gluten Free)
Serves 8
Quick, simple, hearty and healthy dinner
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 pounds ground beef (20% or higher fat)
  2. 8 oz can tomato sauce
  3. 1/2 cup (4 oz) onion, chopped
  4. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  7. 1 egg
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Press mixture into a 8x4 loaf pan.
  3. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour.
  4. Slice and serve.
Simplified and Stable http://www.simplifiedandstable.com/
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Do you have any family recipes you’d love to simplify or make healthier?