I have chased so many fad diets, wasting money on books, videos, supplements, protein powders, protein bars, Here are just some:  PINK, Lisa Lynn Fit, Shred, Dr. Ian Smith, Beachbody, MRM, Fit2Fat2Fit, 17 day diet, Advocare, meal prep containers. Well no more. I finally found something that gives me energy, better sleep, stopped my sugar cravings and weight loss. I am obsessed now with Ketones and the Ketogenic lifestyle. And I am enjoying life not constantly worrying about what I am eating. Not afraid of butter, salt or bacon!

I am a high school business teacher on her 18th year,  who puts in so many hours to meet project deadlines, and I love it. I have always been so exhausted, over the years are, however this year has been different. I have been drinking exogenous ketones nonstop since June. And I feel fabulous now.  I really didn’t know all the wonderful benefits of this product.   To be honest I bought it for weight loss, little did I know how much more valuable husband product was.

Pruvit. I want all teachers  to feel as great as I do.

Bbq Cornbread Casserole

1 box cornbread mix (along with ingredients required for preparing batter)
1 lb ground beef
Bar-B-Q Sauce
1 15 oz. black beans, rinsed and drained
1 15 oz. can corn, drained
shredded Cheddar or Colby Jack cheese - optional

Hot Pepper flakes - optional
Cooking Instructions
Preheat oven to 375°F.  Grease a 9 x 9 baking dish.
In a large skillet, brown ground beef.  Add beans, corn and barbecue sauce.
Prepare cornbread batter according to package instructions.  Pour cornbread batter into the bottom of the greased baking dish.  Spread beef mixture evenly over the batter  Sprinkle cheese over the top and cook at 375°F for 20 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and the casserole bubbles.  Remove and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Strawberry Cream Pie

This is one delicious pie. I have previously posted this recipe. Mom made it tonight, my supper!!!! Yum yum

2 cup fruit-strawberry or rubarb sliced
3/4 sugar
2 TB Flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sour cream
1 egg

450 degrees for 15 minutes
325 degrees for 25 minutes

Mix and place in uncooked pie crust.

Andes Mints Puppy Chow

Shannon made this puppy chow this summer!!! YUMMO!!!! I love Andes Mints.  I made this to give away to my administrators in a treat basket tomorrow!!!!


6 C. Rice Chex cereal
1 2/3 C. Andes Mints (You can use less and add chocolate chips if needed!)
1 C. brownie mix*, OR 1 C. powdered sugar plus 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
Extra Andes Mints to mix in, optional
*NOTE: Brownie mix straight from the box! So just the powder stuff :)
1. Pour cereal into a large bowl.
2. Unwrap and melt Andes Mint on medium-low heat on the stove. Stir until smooth. (Andes Mints can be expensive, so you can replace some of the Andes Mints with chocolate chips if needed.)
3. Pout melted mints over cereal and gently fold until covered.
4. Dump chocolatey cereal into a large plastic bag (or tupperware with a lid) and add brownie mix. Shake, shake, shake until coated!
5. Pour onto a cookie sheet to cool.
6. Serve with extra mints for decoration!

Turtle Brownie Cookies

Dillons sells Turtle Brownie Cookies (6 for 4.98) - and I LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM.  They are fudgy, with a gritty texture - yummm.  The caramel the melted and made a toffee like edging - DELICIOUS.  So my mom and I made our own!

1 box brownie mix
1 egg
1/3 cup oil
2 TB water

Mix above ingredients.

1/2 Chopped Caramels
1 Cup broken pieces of Pecans

Using a 1" cookie scoop.

Makes 25 cookies

Bake 370 degrees 15 - 20 minutes (middle should rise)

Our cookies turned out delicious.  The caramel - was chewy YUM YUM YUM!!!!!

Baby Cake Maker

If you do not have one of these machines, YOU MUST go out and get one!  It is my favorite.  I was very hesitant at first.  I didn't purchase one until a year after they came out.  Now I am the proud owner of four!  My students love these. 

Favorite Flavors:

Strawberry Cake with White Chocolate Chips
Yellow Cake with Cinnamon Chips
Spice Cake with Butterscotch Chips

Aloha Cake

A co-worker had foot surgery and will be off of work for several weeks.  We are taking her dinner tomorrow night.  I was in charge of the dessert.  It took me a while to find something perfect and delicious to make...I mean, what do you make a Family and Consumer Science Teacher (FACS).  So I searched my blog for ideas.  Kind of stressful cooking for a HomeEc teacher! I hope she and her husband enjoy this cake.  It is so refreshing!!!

1 white cake mix
4 eggs
½ cup vegetable oil
1 can (15 oz) mandarin orange sections, undrained
1 20 oz. can crushed pineapple
1 3 oz. pkg instant vanilla pudding
1 large 10 oz carton cool whip
1 small can mandarin oranges drained (optional)

Combine cake mix, eggs, oil and mandarin oranges with juice. 

Beat on low for 2 min.

Pour into greased and floured 9 x 13 pan.  Bake at 350 for 35 min.  Set aside to cool.  When cooled pierce top of cake at regular intervals with fork.  Drain pineapple and pour juice over cake.  Mix instant pudding mix (dry) with drained pineapple and whipped topping.  Spread mixture over cake and decorate with mandarin oranges (optional)

Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

Skillet Quinoa

I found this recipe on Damn Delicious - however, I made changes.

I just threw all of the ingredients into a pan, covered and brought to a boil.  Reduced heat to simmer for 20 minutes!

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (did not use)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (used one cube frozen garlic)
  • 1 jalapenos, minced (used jarred sweet and spicy - just added some)
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed (used a can of tri color beans)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste (did not use)
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced (did not use)
  • Juice of 1 lime (did not use)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves (used one cube of frozen cilantro)

Sweet Potato Beef Soup

I really had no idea what this was going to turn out like, but YUMMO!!!!


1 lb. extra lean ground beef
1 onion (diced)
Celery (diced) (I did not measure - guessing two stocks)
Carrots (diced) (probably 10 baby carrots)
32 oz. of low sodium beef broth (Imagine Brand)
1 beef bouillon cube
1 cube frozen garlic
2 sweet potatoes

Brown ground beef and half of the diced onion.  Add the rest of the onion and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes.  I used my Nicer Dicer to chop up my veggies.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

In a large pan combine:

1 large diced onion
2 large sweet potatoes- cubed
2 TB Chili Powder
1/2 TB of Cumin
1 Can diced tomatoes
2 Cans Rinsed Black Beans
1 garlic clove (I used a frozen cube)
2 Cups Low Sodium Organic Chicken Broth

Bring to boil, simmer until done.

I think next time I will add quinoa and frozen corn.


Sweet Potato and Black Bean Mixture

This and that!  I enjoyed this on an Ezekiel tortilla that I crisped in oven.  The leftovers were enjoyed without tortilla - YUMMO!

Diced Bell Pepper
Sweet Potato

Frozen Corn
Black Beans - drained and rinsed

Cumin - 1 tsp
Chili Powder - 1 tb
Garlic Powder - added some
Frozen Cilantro
Couple splashes of Franks Hot Sauce

Add precooked bacon - crisp in microwave before adding.


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Eggless Sugar Cookies

I found this recipe on, however not really a sugar cookie...more like a shortbread type of cookie???? But it didn't stop me from eating, and eating!!!!!! The dough was especially good!

2 cups butter
2 c. sugar
3 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
Cream together butter and sugar. Mix dry ingredients into creamed mixture. Use a cookie scoop, and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes until lightly browned.  I dropped my pan a few inches to flatten the cookies.
I used salted butter.  Next time I will not add salt.  A bit salty to my liking.
This would be delicious as cookie dough - adding chocolate chips! For my next batch. 


1/2 tsp coconut oil
Half bundle of 

Cook 25 minutes
400 degrees

Spaghetti Squash

What the neatest thing.  This was the first time I had Spaghetti Squash.  I cut the ends off and cut it in half.  Placed one side in the microwave face up, for five minutes.  Let is set for a few minutes.  It was hot to hang on to.  I then placed it in a skillet and added Ragu.  I enjoyed this with a side of Quinoa.  

Snickerdoodle Cake Batter Blondies

Taking treats to school tomorrow for my Accounting class. Found this recipe on Girl Meets Life. Update!! Students gobbled these up. One student said these are delicious!!! Yea!!!

1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
4 teaspoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons of sugar with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (this will be the topping), set aside. In a separate large bowl combine the cake mix and 3 teaspoons of cinnamon. Mix in the melted butter, then the beaten egg. Place batter in a greased 8×8 pan or 8-inch cake pan and top with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake for 20-23 minutes or just until the edges turn golden. Let cool for 30 minutes before cutting because the gooey center needs to set. The result will be a decadent, cake-batter texture.

White Chocolate Cookies - Snickerdoodle Bars

I started out wanting to make Snickerdoodle Bars!  From Back for Seconds.  Made up the batter, than went to look for cinnamon, oops - both my containers are at school.  So now.........hmmmmm.  The batter tasted delicious, so I just added white chocolate chips - I hope the students like them!

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 cups brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups all purpose flour


  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


Step 1
Preheat oven to 350
In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla, and salt, and 
mix well. Add the baking powder and flour, a little at a time, and mix until incorporated. 
Spread into a greased 9x13" pan.
Step 2
Mix together sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over cookie dough. 
Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the pan comes out with fudgy crumbs. 
Do not over bake.
Let cool before cutting. Store tightly covered.

Blue Diamond - Nut-Thins

I am obsessed with these crackers!  I LOVE THEM.  I can eat an entire box in one setting - so just warning you!  I accidently grabbed the flax seed crackers, instead of the chia seeds, which I like a little better.  But the Almond Nut Thins - YUMMM!!!!

I am enjoying them with a 100 calorie single serving of gauc and jalapeno hummus!!!

Sauted Veggies, Parsnips and Quinoa

Pork Loin Chops

2 pork loin chops
Old Bay Seasoning
Braggs Seasoning
Black pepper
1 onion
1 sweet potato
coconut oil
1 cup organic vegetable broth

Sprinkle seasonings on both sides of chops.
In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown pork chops on each side. Add the onions and broth to the pan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.

Turn chops over, and add remaining salt and pepper. Cover, and cook until water evaporates and onions turn light to medium brown. Remove chops from pan, and serve with onions on top.

Boo - o - Grams. Halloween Fundraiser

We have been doing this Halloween fundraiser for 14 years!  The first year mom and I made the rice krispie treats as bats and pumpkins in a rice krispie treat mold - which was so much work.  We had only sold them for $1.00.  Needless to say that was the last year of molding them.  Years following we just cut them into squares and put them in cute Halloween bags.  The previous two years we made pumpkin and witch cake pops along with the rice krispie treats!  Those were cute, but took a lot of time!  This year we had pushpops, which I made!, cupcakes purchased from Wendy's Party Treats, square rice krispie treats, gummy bears, and seasoned pretzels!  To see all of my cake pop creations click here!

Candy Corn Blondies

Not a very good picture, but I LOVE these Candy Corn Blondies, and so did my Accounting students.  See, I have to bring my Accounting students treats - which will make them LOVE the class even more. ehehehh!  I got up early and made them.  They were still warm when I took them to school.  Below is the recipe along with a better picture I took last year!  If you notice that dark spot on the bottom, well as I was driving I heard my container of buttons fall, I knew that it had slid and landed on my brownies!  Luckily that is the only damage it did!
White Chocolate Candy Corn Blondies

3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup candy corn
1 egg
2 Tbs. vanilla
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Take an 8-inch square pan and cover in foil and spray with baking spray.
  3. Cream brown sugar and egg until it's light and fluffy. Add vanilla and melted butter, mix well with electric mixer.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the wet mixture and incorporate with a rubber spatula. Be careful not to over mix your batter.
  5. Add batter to the square pan.
  6. Bake for about 23-26 minutes, or until the top is flakey and blondies do not jiggle in the middle.
  7. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes on a wire rack. Hold using foil sides and remove from square pan. Makes 16 blondies.

Babycakes - Chocolate Butterscotch Muffin Ballls, Brownies, Cornbread

I am obsessed with my babycakes machine. Oh MY GOSH!!!!!!!  I was a skeptic when they first came out, since I was a cakepop queen, well I made many, many, many DELICIOUS cake pops.  And to me, a cake pop was more than just a piece of cake on a stick.  So not only do I own one, but I own 5!!!

Well this little machine makes DELICIOUS cake balls!!!! BROWNIES, CORNBREAD, CAKE BALLS.

My favorite (and the students as well) is to take:
1 chocolate cake mix
1 can of pumpkin
1 cup of butterscotch chips!!! That is what you see directly below!

Makes:  50 balls

Using a cookie scoop (not all the way full) works GREAT!!!!! Another FAV or myself and my students are BROWNIES!!! If you love the edge of brownies - you would LOVE these brownie balls.

You can coat the balls with a powdered sugar mixture, or cinnamon and sugar!  You can also dip them in candy melts!

This machine is very easy to clean as well.

Donuts - from the recipe book.  Rolled in butter and cinnamon and sugar

Yellow Cake Mix, can of pumpkin and white chocolate chips, some with butterscotch as well, butter scotch makes everything DELICIOUS!

Yummmm Brownie Balls - makes 30 balls

Energy Bars

In sauce pan melt 1/2 coconut oil, 1 cup 100% all natural peanut butter and 2/3 cup pure honey. 

Once melted, add 2-3 cups old fashioned oats stir, mix well. 

Place in 9 x 13 pan on wax paper. 

Refrigerate. Eat chilled. Enjoy.   

Coconut and Peanuts = Coconut Peanut Butter

1 1/2 cups unsalted peanuts
1 TB Coconut Oil

A coworker mentioned that she had tried a delicious new butter - coconut and peanuts!  I LOVE or am obsessed with coconut oil.

So I couldn't wait to make this delicious concoction at home, plus this would give me an opportunity to use my mini food processor, that I have only used a few times.

I wasn't for sure on the ratio of peanuts to oil.  It tasted good at 1 1/2 cups and 1 TB of oil, but I added an additional 1/2 cup of nuts.  I think 1.5 cups is about the right amount of peanuts to keep the coconut flavor.

I also think that pure honey would be good in it as well, as well as unsweetened coconut flakes.

Pumpkin and Black Bean Enchiladas

I love Pumpkin Enchiladas.  I have posted this recipe before.  I wanted to share with you an amazing find I found this summer!  I found cilantro frozen in cubes - WOW!!!!  AMAZING - my new favorite thing.  They also had garlic, basil and red chili.  Oh yeah, another find I found last week was frozen beans! They had pinto, red and black!!!

1 can pumpkin
1/2 Onion - diced
1 cube cilantro
1 TB Cumin
1 tsp Chili Powder
3/4 Bag Frozen Black beans
2 spoon fulls of enchilada sauce
1 small can of salt free tomato sauce  (optional)

Heat the above ingredients.

In bottom of baking dish - spread some tomato sauce so the enchiladas do not stick.  

Place mixture in an Ezekiel Tortilla - makes 5
Pour remaining sauce (enchilada and tomato) over enchiladas.

Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Cowboy Casserole

Shannon made supper tonight! The original recipe came from  We made a few adjustments.  I can not wait to eat the leftovers.  We each had 2 1/2 biscuits!  WE LOVE BISCUITS!!!

1 package of best choice bacon (we used the precooked bacon - love crunchy!!!!
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 cans baked beans
1/3 cup barbeque sauce
1 package refrigerated
biscuit dough - Grands!

1. Preheat oven 350.  Cook bacon in a large skille - crumble. Set aside. Add hamburger brown, then and onion to the skillet, and cook until no longer pink.  Drain.
2. Stir bacon, baked beans and barbeque sauce into the ground beef, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low.  Place meat mixture in a 9 x 13 baking pan.  Place biscuits on top (8 all together). Bake for 20 minutes!  Let set for a few minutes and serve! YUM!!!!!

Coconut Crusted Chicken with Mango Salsa

This recipe was inspired by Rachel Ray - click here for original

I loved this meal!  Shannon and I were both full after this meal!!!  I really didn't measure this recipe.  After I made it, I realized that the mango salsa was supposed to be served cold, not warm.  Oh well - it was delicious!!!!


  • 1 - 2 cups frozen mango 
  • Desired amount of mixture:  Frozen bell pepper, green pepper and onion (from Dillons)
  • 1/2 chopped onion 
  • Cilantro - from tube - just squeezed some in
  • Garlic - from tube - squeezed a small amount into mixture 
  • 1 egg 
  • Shredded sweetened coconut 
  • 2 - 5 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breasts  
  • 1 TB Taco seasoning 
  • Salt and pepper to taste - I did not use salt, but peppered my chicken before eating
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . 
  • In a skillet, combine the mango, peppers, onion, cilantro, garlic
  • In a shallow bowl, beat the egg and homemade taco seasoning.  
  • Place the coconut in another shallow bowl. Dip the chicken in the egg, then in the coconut. Press to coat.
  • Bake in oven for 30 minutes until chicken is done - coconut will be toasted! - I used a pan that had a rack in it to cook the chicken on.

  • We enjoyed it with parsnips (LOVE THOSE THINGS) this is the second time I have eaten Parsnips, and green beans.  Shannon also had brown rice.  

  • I can't wait to make this dish again.  I think that it would be better with fresh bell peppers, but I only had frozen ones - trying to use all the food in my house.  It would also be good I think with a diced jalapeno.