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Jen’s Easy Shepherd’s Pie

This is a savory meal that will make you forget you’re dieting. I make mine low-carb for our diabetic friendly family. I make it with more meat and veggies. We skip the regular mashed potatoes. For a low carb or keto version, you can do parmesan and cheddar cheeses with mashed cauliflower now available in most stores.

Another trick is to use red or yellow potatoes instead. The texture is slightly different, but the carb count is lower and they are low on the glycemic index. What’s that? It’s a chart of how easily your body can convert things to sugar.

by Meri Reffetto (Author)

$10.99

This is a great way to stay on target. It gives regular shoppers alternatives to high sugar and simple carb foods. We’ve been using this method for over 10 years. Best of all lots of items can be substituted into Keto and Paleo diets.

We started using this in conjunction with low carb dieting to keep type 2 diabetes in check. We happily report it has taken us back to pre-diabetic status. We have both lost weight and feel better even when we don’t stay as strictly to diet as we should. Hey, sometimes I just need chocolate ok.

by HOMWE

$14.97

Jen’s Easy Shepard’s Pie

1 1/2 lb ground chuck or round

1 package Steam and mash Ore-Ida potatoes Frozen (or low carb substitutions. Parmesan cauliflower is really good).

1 pkg frozen mixed vegetables (California mix is better for carb counts)

4 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp Italian Seasoning (dried)

1 cup chopped onion

2 pkg Brown gravy mix

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp salt (I skip this there is enough in gravy mix.)

2 Tbsp olive oil

1/3c water (if it’s too wet it’s a big mess)

Price:$49.99

My mom just got one and she loves it!

Directions

  1. Heat 2 Tbsp Olive oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add Beef, onions, garlic, salt, and pepper. Brown beef, about 5 min.
  3. If not using cast iron or oven safe pan, turn into cassarole dish.
  4. Mix 2 pkg brown gravy mix with 1/3 cup water. Mix well and pour over beef and vegetable mix. Stir well.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F
  6. Make topping with mashed potatoes or cauliflower.
  7. For topping add 4 Tbsp butter, 1/2 c milk, and dash of salt and pepper to potatoes. (If using cauliflower add parmesan and cheddar cheeses, salt and pepper.)
  8. Spread potatoes or cauliflower over filling. Cover completely.
  9. Bake uncovered at 350°F about 20 minutes.
  10. Top with sharp cheddar cheese.
  11. Put under broiler in oven for 5 minutes. Watch to make sure top is not over done. Serve hot.

$19.99

These are great to freeze to. We put them in those aluminum pie pans or sealing dish. Freeze until needed. Simply defrost and warm. Those pans go easily from freezer to oven and table. If it seems flimsy simply place on on a baking sheet for ease of carrying

by Pyrex

Price:$20.64

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Cheesecake fruit salad

This is a great red, white, and blue dish for any patriotic holiday. It gets even better if you switch out the fruits like kiwi instead of blueberries and leave the strawberries with your bananas and you just got Christmas colors. This lucious, fluff like treat is always one of the first things to disappear at our parties.

by Emeril

$79.49

Cheesecake Fruit Salad

These are for the red, white, and blue version.

1 pint fresh blueberries

1 lbs fresh strawberries

3 fresh bananas, chopped to bite size

1 pint fresh raspberries

1 lg 24.3 oz Philadelphia Cheesecake filling

1 16 oz container of Cool Whip

4 cups mini marshmallows

1 tsp real Vanilla extract

2 Tbsp heavy cream or milk

  1. Prepare strawberries by removing stem and chop into small peices.
  2. In large bowl combine cheesecake filling, vanilla, and milk. Mix u till smooth.
  3. Fold in 1/2 of Cool Whip
  4. Fold in fruit, marshmallows, and remaining Cool Whip
  5. Keep chilled.
  6. Enjoy

Easy Boccoli Salad

Salad

1 16 oz pkg Bacon

1/3 c red onion

1/2 c dried cranberries, Craisins

2 heads fresh broccoli florets

1 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 c sunflower kernels

Dressing

1/4 c Blue Cheese dressing

1/8 c Avocado oil Mayonnaise

1/8 c heavy cream

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 Tbsp cider vinegar

2 Tsp or packets sugar or substitute

Instructions

  1. Mince onion, chop broccoli
  2. Cook bacon well. I like mine so I can simply crumble it.
  3. Add bacon, broccoli, Craisins, cheddar cheese, in lg bowl
  4. Toss to mix well
  5. Assemble dressing and pour over salad.
  6. Mix well to coat.
  7. Chill 30 minutes or until serving
  8. Add sunflower kernels right before serving. Mix well and enjoy.

by ARTLAND

$29.95

Ofargo Stainless Steel Salad Tongs Kitchen Tongs with Silicone Tips for Cooking, Non-Stick, 9″+12″, 2-Pack, Black

by Ofargo

Cucumber, Tomato Salad

2 medium cucumbers, chopped into1/4 in pieces

2 c grape tomatoes (I like the sweeter taste of grape over slight tart flavor of cherry tomatoes).

1/2 c minced radishes

5 oz fresh Basil leaves

2 Tbsp minced red onion

3 tsp Extra Virgin Olive oil

2 tsp Red Wine Vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 tsp minced garlic

  1. Mince radishes and onion.
  2. Wash cucumbers and dice into about 1/4 inch bite size pieces. I find it easiest to slice into 1/8″ slices and cut into quarters or eighths.
  3. Slice grape tomatoes in half.
  4. Combine cucumbers,tomatoes, radishes, and chopped basil in large salad bowl.
  5. Mix Olive oil and vinegar, and garlic.
  6. Drizzle liquid over salad and salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Mix well to coat and enjoy.

Serves 9-10 easily.

Artland 82001A Simplicity Cylinder Salad Bowl, Clear

by ARTLAND
$29.95

Ofargo Stainless Steel Salad Tongs Kitchen Tongs with Silicone Tips for Cooking, Non-Stick, 9″+12″, 2-Pack, Black

by Ofargo
$13.99

We paired this with hamburgers and fries. Kids and adults loved it. It was a great low-carb side dish for my husbands birthday party.

Mojito Sherbert Punch

This was so good! I got the original recipe from a Pintrest pin. We made it for our Anniversary celebration. As there are currently 8 people here after Hurricane Michael, I needed something for the adults that wouldn’t break the bank at the adult beverage store. (We gave the kids the virgin version and they loved it too.)

1 can frozen limeade mix

1can frozen Margarita mix

4 cups club soda

1 pt lime Sherbert (we only found it at our local Publix.)

750 ml white rum (we like Bacardi)

Handmade Beverage Bottle with Yellow LED lights. Great for a desk lamp, a mood light, a man cave, and party. All of our lights are battery operated with replaceable AA batteries. This prevents the lamp from overheating or being a safety risk

Price:$35.00 + $8.99 shipping

In Stock.

Usually takes between 1 and 2 days to create

Ships from and sold by Mood Lights by Carol.

Mint leaves both for punch and garnish

4 limes thinly sliced (we use 2 in punch, 2 for garnish.)

  • Muddle 1 handful of mint leaves with 1 cup club soda to release thier flavors.
  • In gallon pitcher or punch bowl, combine lime sherbert, frozen Margarita mix, and frozen Limeade mix.
  • Add mint leaves, and lime slices.
  • Add remaining 3 cups club soda
  • Mix well. (This virgin version was loved by kids attending).

We had a great time making it. It paired really well with the Irish Skillet we made. Now I have a great idea to use for St Patrick’s Day. Happy cooking and make so.e memories with your family.

Hot! Hot! Hot!


The dog days of summer must be here. It’s so hot here we try to stay indoors as much as possible. We live in northwest Florida and it’s been hitting temps here of 110 degrees. So here are some cool, refreshing meal ideas.

With the 4th of July over I just have to mention something. It was missed at the event in DC. The Blue Angel’s are from right here in Pensacola, Florida. We take great pride in our World famous Blue Angels. Their home base is NAS Pensacola.

While it may be warm here we have some of the highest rated beaches. When planning your next vacation or getaway, this is a fantastic place to have some fun. Steeped in history, with our eye on the future, our beaches compete with shopping, shows, art, food, music and fun.

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Is your July 4th exploding with fun?

Every year in America on July 4th, we celebrate our freedoms. Most of are looking forward to great food friends and family, and a great show of fireworks to finish it off.

In cities and towns large and small people gather for bbqs, potato salad, swimming and maybe some yard games. Those more inclined to rest spend time in the shade, surrounded by good conversations and a chance to catch up. Sip refreshing libations for children and adults. Watch the children expend their energies. Or simply enjoy you peace and quiet in red, white, and blue. On this day Americans happily fly the flag of our nation with pride. You see, this flag represents the sacrifices that have been made both here at home and abroad to give us what we enjoy today. It is unique to this country even though lots of others have done the same. Each independent nation on this world we call earth has a symbol like this. Whether born here, or not we stay here for the unique chance to make our own American dream.

Our traditionally consists of grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, ribs, and or chicken. On occasion, we have even done t-bone steaks. Of course deviled eggs, potato salad, fresh veggie tray, baked beans, chips, flag cake, fruit salad, and watermelon, make for a filling meal.

Our family follows the tradition of fireworks, for the evenings entertainment. We leave it to the professionals to display an awe filled pyrotechnic show. Ours are usually choreographed to music played on a local station.

As I’ve grown older and faced health challenges, I’ve grown to appreciate my father’s stance of watching our local display on tv….in air conditioning, with volume control. My dad’s favorite movie the last 10 years he was with us was Independece Day. He would pull it out every July 4th to watch again. I wish he had been here to see the sequel he wanted.

Will Smith (Actor), & 2 more

As I look at the goings on in our world today, I’m reminded of the speech given in the movie. Is something like that going to be what it takes for humanity to put aside the characteristics I see dominating the news? I truly hope not.

As we prepare for our nation’s birthday this, July 4th, the love, patriotism, and family traditions continue to shape our future generations. From our family to your have a happy and safe 4th of July.

One of my favorite movies.

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