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TK Gluten Free Skillet Cookie Pie! 

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Now that looks like roughing it in the wild doesn’t it?!

We bought a travel trailer and hit the road! 


Just for a few days.

But it’s fun to dream of hauling our Flagstaff Classic Super Lite and hitting the open road and dropping our hitch wherever and whenever the urge strikes.

For now, the frequent weekends and maybe even weekdays of hooking up and rolling off to some remote location are what we’ll take…for now.

We still have a little adulting to do before we grow into Full-timers!

I was ecstatic to get this Travel Trailer!

My greatest memories from my childhood are of camping with parents!

My Dad, who passed in 2009 and my Mom, who’s still kicking life in the teeth, were amazing and hard working people who took time off on the weekends to experience life with me.  I was never bored or tired or hot or cold when we were at the lake or some other kind of campground.

The greatest thing about these trips besides the fishing, swimming, cliff jumping (at Lake Whitney, Texas) water skiing, tubing, firefly catching, bike riding, squirrel feeding, hammock napping, and nature walking, were the meals my Mom would make on a little slide-in truck bed camper kitchen.

How she could go in that little camper and come out with the food she did was absolutely amazing, even though I didn’t realize it was amazing at the time.

For me it was normal. It was MY normal. She has always made it look easy. I hope that I inherited that from her. A learned behavior or genetic…either way, I will take it! She had and still has skills!

Ingredients: 

  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp raw local honey (to keep this strictly Ketogenic use granulated Swerve)
  • 4 tbsp organic unsweetened peanut butter or other nut butter
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts 
  • 2 handfuls of dark chocolate chips of choice (Choose a brand like Lily’s to keep it Keto or chop up some 90%-100% dark chocolate bar) 

Preheat oven to **325 degrees for a camper stove 350 for home stove.

**Camper stoves run a bit hot on the bottom. Dropping the baking temperature down by 25 degrees helps keep the bottom from burning.

The how to’s:

  1. In an 8 inch cast iron skillet, add all the dry ingredients and mix with a fork or whisk. 
  2. Add the eggs, vanilla, honey, nut butter and coconut oil and mix well. 
  3. Add the walnuts and chocolate chips. Blend. 
  4. Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. Don’t over-bake! Take it out of the oven when the center is just setting. It will keep baking in the cast iron skillet when you remove it from the oven. 

Serve this with a creamy scoop of Halo Top ice cream or make your own if you plan ahead! This was an impromptu camping trip for us so I opted to just purchase the Halo Top. The first night we had Mint chocolate chip and the second night I found S’mores Halo Top at the local Brookshire’s grocery store!!! Now that tastes like camping! 


The camper smells so good!!!

Someone sure is enjoying the camping life!

Luke the Goldendoodle took one of the chairs as his own. He definitely has no idea that he’s a dog.

We were rolling along just fine and then…

The Maiden Voyage blow out!!! Ewww, that’s a gnarly looking tire!

Cue the Sad face picture!


Funny thing…the spare that came with our trailer wasn’t the right one!

We had a screw in our tire…at least we know why it blew!

That’s where this guy Dan came into the picture! We called our road side assistance and a couple of hours later we were on the road again. Thanks Dan!!! Look up Dan’s Tire Service if you’re ever in the area of Stephenville, Texas! 325-646-8595


Then it was off to play a game of Taboo. Luke makes a pretty good partner. He can’t read or talk. But those eyes say it all don’t they!


Now back to why you’re here. That cookie pie! Mmmmmmm!



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Steve and Melody

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Choco-nut Peanut Butter Cookies 

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Cookies are awesome!

But when you can have a Cookie, lose weight, get your hormones in balance, feel awesome and be guilt free, they are even better!

So how does one get these magical guilt free cookies?


It’s really simple and we are going to guide you through it step by step.

Let’s set you up for success.

These are not going to be like any of those soft baked sugary cookies.  These bad boys have some nutrient dense ingredients in them. But they taste so good our 14 year old teen boy loves them and asks for more. But they are super filling, so he can’t eat more than two! Let’s face it! Filling up a teenage human is no easy task. And these little guys get the job done. Just don’t expect “cookie”…expect COOKIE. We hope that makes sense.

Both versions make about 18 cookies.

The Paleo Version!

Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup granulated coconut sugar
  • 1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 1/4 cup natural unsweetened creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup melted extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 oz chopped 85% dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
How to:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  1. Mix the shredded coconut, “sugar”, and salt together in a bowl.
  2. Add the peanut butter, coconut oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix together.
  3. Add the chopped chocolate (and nuts if using)
  4. Mix together and then scoop out with a small ice cream scooper onto parchment lined baking sheets.
  5. Flatten the cookies slightly with your hand. They will not spread out much on their own.
  6. Bake for 14 minutes at 350 degrees.

The Keto Version!

Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup granulated Swerve (erythritol)
  • 1 package KETO KREME (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 1/4 cup natural unsweetened creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup melted extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 oz chopped 85% dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
How to:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  1. Mix the shredded coconut, “sugar”, and salt together in a bowl.
  2. Add the peanut butter, coconut oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix together.
  3. Add the chopped chocolate (and nuts if using)
  4. Mix together and then scoop out with a small ice cream scooper onto parchment lined baking sheets.
  5. Flatten the cookies slightly with your hand. They will not spread out much on their own.
  6. Bake for **12-14  minutes at 350 degrees.  

**The Keto version seemed to bake a little bit faster. It is the difference in the coconut sugar and the erythritol. Just make sure you watch them.

On a personal note, I enjoyed the coconut sugar, Paleo Version much more than the erythritol,  Keto version. If you are not suffering with blood sugar issues, a little coconut sugar may not be that detrimental. Here is the breakdown of the sugar for each cookie. This does not include the added chocolate. 

Coconut sugar per cookie: 1 teaspoon or 5 grams

To store these COOKIES cool them completely and place them in a freezer safe container and freeze the leftovers. We eat these straight from the freezer!

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Easy “Mashed” Cauliflower

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Now that we have all discovered that Cauliflower can be turned into everything from Pizza to “Tater Tots”…


It’s time to settle back in to the real reason this otherwise discarded white vegetable has made it’s way into our hearts and onto our plates.

Keto-fied Mashed Potatoes!

That’s right! We can have mashed white stuff on our plate! It makes us have that same warm and fuzzy feeling that creamy mashed potatoes flood our souls with. It feels good to dip a piece of pan fried chicken into this creamy mashed cauliflower! You know what makes it 100 times better. It’s easy and fast! And we all love that!


Now that we can find frozen Riced Cauliflower in almost every store in the country from some very recognizable brands, it’s even better. No more of that chop, steam, squeeze, and then puree with a food processor crap! That takes too much damn time!

What you need:

  • 1 immersion (stick) blender
  • 1 sauce pan with a lid
  • 1 bag frozen riced cauliflower
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • pink Himalayan salt and pepper

How to:

  1. Pour the frozen riced cauliflower into the sauce pan
  2. Turn the heat to medium high
  3. Cover the pan with the lid
  4. Stir every few minutes until all the cauliflower is no longer frozen
  5. Add the cream cheese and put the lid back on
  6. Turn the heat down to medium low
  7. Continue to stir occasionally until the cream cheese is melted and the cauliflower is hot.
  8. Remove from he stove top and using your immersion blender set to the lowest speed begin to puree the cauliflower and cream cheese together. Increase the speed and continue until you have the desired consistency.

Top with some of your favorites if you desire, like shredded cheddar, chopped bacon, and sour cream…. Loaded Mashed Cauliflower! YUM!

I love topping my mashed cauliflower with a bunless burger. Kind of like getting that old style Salisbury steak and mashed potatoes! Don’t act like you didn’t like those frozen dinners! 

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Keep it Keto!

Steve and Melody

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