Keto Key Lime Pie

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This keto key lime pie is simply amazing.  I love, love, love key lime pie, but for obvious reasons, I rarely eat it.    I am really excited that I found a way to make it wheat free and sugar free.  I wanted to test this recipe out before I serve it at Thanksgiving dinner in a few days.  Only a couple tweaks will be made…and I will tell you these along the way!

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The Crust:
3 ounces of macadamia nuts
1 cup of almond flour
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon of stevia powder extract
A couple cranks of pink Himalayan salt

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Preheat oven to 350.  Grind the nuts until fine.  (Here is where I am making a change.  I thought I could really like a lumpy crust with huge chunks of macadamia nuts because I LOVE macadamia nuts.  So, I tried to pulse mine in my Nutribullet.   Big mistake.  Not that we didn’t choke down this entire pie in the course of two days,  but the lumps were a no-go.  I don’t have a food processor, but I have a coffee bean grinder that will do the trick.)  Add all the ingredient in a mixing bowl, and mix with your hands.  Press the dough into a pie plate, and bake for 8-10 minutes.  Let it cool completely before adding the filling.

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Key Lime Filling:
6 eggs
1 can of coconut milk
1/4 cup of xylitol
1/2 teaspoon of stevia powder extract
zest of 3 limes
1/2 cup of lime juice
1 tablespoon of arrowroot flour

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Whisk all the ingredients in a glass mixing bowl except the arrowroot flour.  (that is my girl showing off her whisking skills) Heat up a few inches of water in a saucepan over medium heat.  Put the glass bowl over the saucepan making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl.
I would like to add in here that I felt like a chemist.  I don’t bake.  You have to be really exact, actually measure and use lots of dishes.  i am too rambunctious for all that exactness.  My  husband even took a picture of me whisking away at the stove.

You are supposed to continue to whisk for 10 minutes or until it thickens.  Mine wasn’t thickening after 2 minutes, so I grew bored of whisking and added in the arrowroot flour.  (Next time I will practice patience.)  Pour the filling (mine was lime water basically) into the cooled pie crust and refrigerate for 2 hours.

I waited 4 hours and because I didn’t follow directions, my pie filing was still very liquified.  I was devastated for many  reasons.  First of all, I wanted to eat a piece.  Secondly, I bought all the ingredients, and because I knew it would be successful, I doubled what I bought, so I could make two.  Third, I wanted  to post a fun recipe you could make for your Thanksgiving feast.

Nothing goes to waste, so I decided to put it in the oven.  I baked it at 300 for about 20 minutes.  My husband was worried it would end up like a quiche, but it was magnificent!  Even with the lumpy crust.  🙂  One more thing I might do on the big day is make some whipped cream…just heavy whipping cream, stevia, and vanilla extract!

Very Vague Nutrition Facts:  (Serves 8)
Calories:  250
Fat: 25 grams
Protein:  8 grams
Carbs (net) 7 grams

 

*Recipe loosely based from a combo of SparkPeople Recipes, Yummly,  and SugarFree Mom. 

 

 

 

#Neatinnov Update 3

 

I haven’t given up on this month’s challenge yet…and I hope you haven’t either!  I had a friend who confessed she  just joined us on Day 13.  I was so proud of her attitude.  She wasn’t getting herself all stressed about  late.  Instead, she said, “Half a month of organization is better than no month of organization.”  YES.

Here is a look at our days this week:

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Day15:  Toby and I tackled underneath the kitchen sink.  Meaning, I cleared stuff out, and he smelled everything and watched me sleepily.  He did not help me with all those breakfast dishes afterwards either.   He is over this challenge.

Day 16:  Deleted the pictures off my phone.  I use shutterfly, so I uploaded all my new photos to the app.  Then I went through my 1,654 pictures, and kept 1, 017 of my favorites on my camera roll.  Hey- that is progress!

Day 17:  Clean out drawers.   I did this recently, so it wasn’t too much work.  I just need to straighten up the clothes a little, and ditch some of the socks that lost their match.

Day 18:  Clean out closet.  I did this also recently, so I went through and organized a little more.  I actually hung my shirts in color order.  Yes, like Goodwill.  My husband already pointed that out with a laugh.  I noticed that I have an overabundance of black and white shirts.  (I think I need some color in my life!)

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Day 19:  Sorted through the old medicines with the help of my daughter.  I had children’s ibuprofen that expired in  2012.  Whoops.

Day 20:  Rest/Catch up Day!  (These are my favorites!)

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Day 21:  Organize your entry way.   This is the first thing that you see when come into your home.  Above is the before picture of ours.  My husband built this amazing bench a few years ago complete with hooks,  cubbies and all kinds of amazing things to help us stay organized.  We have kinda just been just throwing all our crap on it.   Everyone in the family has at least 3 coats out, there are scarves and hats scattered around, and don’t even get me started on those Target bags.  (AKA-Brody’s lunchboxes)

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Here is the after.  I am proud of my husband’s handiwork, and I want to see that in this bench.  We all picked a hook, and hung one thing.   My husband wasn’t home, so I hung 7 visors on his hook.   Under the bench, we designated one basket for umbrellas and one for hats/scarves/gloves.

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Day 22:  Go through all the writing utensils and toss the broken, faded and not working ones.  This frustrates me beyond belief.  We have more things to write with in this house than you can even imagine.  But only one pen works.  And it’s in my car.  And it’s winter, which means I would rather prick my finger and write with my own blood than go get that pen.

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Look how cute my daughter organized her pens/pencils for her desk.  She even commented that she will probably do better on her test Monday since she is so organized!  See, even kids get it.

Physical Clutter=Mental Clutter

How is the challenge going for you?  Don’t be afraid to start now…we are nearing the home stretch!

Just in case you missed it…Her is a look at Post 1 and Post 2 summarizing our progress so  far!

Yoga Retreat

 

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If you have never been on a yoga retreat, you need to add it to your bucket list.  That is exactly what my friend did for her 40th birthday, and what an amazing idea!  I am really lucky, because she invited me along to lead the yoga.

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We all arrived at The Blue Heaven Spa on Friday afternoon just in time to check in and get settled.  We had our first yoga session from 4-5:30.  After a powerful flow (with lots of drop back practice), we showered and headed to dinner.  (The kitchen is on site and the chef is amazing!)

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Saturday morning was a little different…we flowed for a bit to get warmed up, then we “workshopped” it.  I broke down several arm balances including tripod headstand, fallen angel, flying splits, mountain climber, crow, and side crow.

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My friend Melissa lifting both legs in her mountain climber.

After morning yoga, we had the day to ourselves.  Meditation was offered, shopping, and even pottery.  Some women in our group got spa treatments,  some relaxed and read, and others went for a hike.

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Saturday evening yoga was a deep stretch class.  This was the perfect compliment to the vigorous morning class that emphasized a lot of shoulder work.  I love leading this style of yoga…seeing the students be still in their bodies, then slowly becoming calm in their minds.

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We all piled on the bed for this shot.  See how relaxed we are after that deep stretch class?  We all showered and dressed up a bit to go out to dinner.

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We headed into Blowing Rock for an amazing meal out.  I’ll admit I was excited to eat some meat!  🙂

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Sunday morning we were at it again.  I made sure that my sequence gave them all a chance to try out the new arm balances and inversions they learned the day before.

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Interested in coming on the next retreat?   Check out the details below.

April 17-19, 2015
$475  (double occupancy-$425 if paid in full by December 31st)
$595  (single occupancy-$545 if paid in full by December 31st)
This includes lots of yoga, use of steam room, hiking, mediation, use of exercise room, hot tea/coffee/fresh fruit in the lobby, Kirtan, lodging, and even your meals. (three healthy vegetarian meals a day!) You will also receive 10% off all spa treatments.   

It gets better… I am bringing along Blake Thews to do a presentation on Friday evening.  (She is even going to stick around to read charts on Saturday!) 

$100 non-refundable deposit reserves your spot.  I want to keep the group small and intimate, so there are only 20 spots!   This is a great thing to put on your Christmas list! 

 

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