Thursday, February 20, 2014

Low Carb Skillet Pizza

I recently tore a ligament in the heel of my foot, and with that injury, making food that fits a low carb lifestyle has been tough. I hobbled around to make the Crustless Quiche, but I needed something to calm down my cravings. My pizza cravings. It would have been easy for me to order pizza and be done with it. But one slice can have 36g of carbs! Thats more carbs than I should have in a day! But I LOVE pizza. Love it. I could eat it multiple times in a week and never get sick of it. Its my.... "thing". So I needed a pizza that I could eat, without the carbs, and make easily with this injury I have going on. Thats a lot to ask. But I saw a skillet pizza floating around Pinterest, and thought that I would try making a version of it, to see if it would suffice my cravings. And it MORE than did!

It is so easy to make. A great snack and great for a meal. So let's get started!

Here is what you need:
  • Extra small nonstick skillet ( 6-9 inches preferably)
  • Bagged* shredded cheese of your choice (I used the colby jack blend, but any blend should work)
  • Optional: Pizza sauce (lowest carb you can find)
  • Toppings: I used pepperoni and pizza seasonings, but we will use veggies when I make this for my hubby
*We tried this with shredding our own cheese, and it was a MESS. very oily and tough to eat. Stick with the bagged cheese. 

1. Put the shredded cheese directly onto the non stick skillet (measuring about 1/3 inch thick) 
2. Dribble pizza sauce on top of the cheese. You only need about a tablespoon. A little goes a LONG way.
3. Place some more cheese on top of sauce. It will now measure about 1/2 inch thick. 
4. Place toppings on top of cheese
5. Turn on high heat, and lightly cover with a top so that the top of the cheese will fully melt. Watch carefully. 6. After just a short time, you will see the bottom cheese start to bubble and crisp up. When all the cheese is melted, you can turn off the heat, and slide onto a plate. Cut with a pizza slicer. As shown below, the bottom should be crisp and brown, and should cut nicely with the pizza cutter.

The picture at the very top of this post is the first one I made. I think I used just enough sauce. The pictures with the white background shows the second one I made, and I feel I used just a little too much sauce, so like I said, a little sauce goes a LONG way. You can also make one without sauce. The pizza sauce I have has 5 carbs for 1/4 of a cup. You should only need about a tablespoon, so you aren't getting many carbs for the little you are using. 

I encourage you to give this a shot! Its so easy, why not?! Let me know what you think! 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Low Carb Crustless Quiche and Living a Low Carb Lifestyle

My husband and I had a long talk Saturday morning, and decided that it was time. It was time to make some changes. We both have been quite inactive (although recently I started back into yoga and playing volleyball once a week) since winter hit. It has just been hard to do anything. And we have not been eating healthy. Given the fact that I have PCOS, I have to - HAVE TO - follow a lower carb lifestyle, which I have not been doing. When you have PCOS, your body is unable to metabolize carbohydrates like a normal person can. I lost 27 pounds this summer, by walking 4-6 miles 3-4 times a week, cutting my carbs down, and getting back on my birth control (which helps me lose weight) but once winter hit and I could not walk outside, and got back off my birth control, things stood still. Eating a low carb lifestyle is hard. Very hard. Especially when in the definition of PCOS, it actually states that you have uncontrollable cravings for carbs. Great. It's already challenging enough without adding "uncontrollable cravings". But changes must be made. I want to be active and healthy parents (once we have children). We want to be good role models to our children. So changes must be made.

We both agreed that following the low carb lifestyle would be best, since I don't have a choice, and that having my husband follow a different lifestyle could be very trying to me with the fact that I would have to cook two different meals. We can work carbs back into his diet at a later point, little by little, but for now, this is what's best. I knew it would be much more challenging for him than me, as I have had to do this a lot in my life and so I was used to it (in a sense), so I wanted to find some recipes that wouldn't shock him out of thinking he could handle this new lifestyle.

I've already lost 8 pounds in 5 days. So that is encouraging and helps me keep going.

One thing that is difficult for my husband, is breakfast. He has to drive an hour to work (that is if the roads are in perfect condition and there are no traffic issues, so lately its been more like 2 hours), and he is always in a big hurry. I have bought some low sugar oatmeal, but as men are, he is a bit picky in the sense that he doesn't want to eat the same thing all the time. So I needed to find something that he could substitute in, if he is in a hurry. He loves the breakfast casserole I make, but that is filled with hash browns which are off limits right now, so I wanted to figure out something that was similar, and that's when I remembered the crustless quiche that my parents had made years ago when we were following a low carb lifestyle. So I asked my husband what he would want in it, and went from there!

I made a spicy sausage, bacon, feta and monterey jack cheese crustless quiche. You can really substitute anything you want for the meat and cheese. Here is how I made it!

For this one you need:
  • Bob Evans spicy sausage (the kind in the roll) - cooked. You can use regular instead of spicy if you wish
  • 6 strips of cooked bacon (crumbled)
  • Feta Cheese (crumbled)
  • Shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 7 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of milk (you can use the low carb milk if you wish, or skim is fine too)
  • 9 inch pie plate
  • skillet
  • butter flavored cooking spray
  • Pepper
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. While your bacon is cooking in the microwave, cook and crumble the spicy sausage in your skillet. 
2. Spray your pie plate with the cooking spray, then crumble the cooked sausage, cooked bacon, feta and shredded cheese in the plate, in that order. (You can choose how much cheese to use depending on what you like.) I used a few small handfuls of the feta but wish I would have used more. I used about a handful and a half of the shredded cheese, but again, this can be altered to your taste. 
3. Beat the 7 eggs lightly with the whisk. Add in the milk and pepper to taste. I gave a couple turns of my pepper grinder. 
4. Pour the egg mixture into the pie plate, and place on the middle rack in the oven. Cook for 35 minutes, or until your knife comes out clean. 
~Enjoy! It is wonderful as leftovers! 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Wonderful Wednesdays #20

Happy Wonderful Wednesday! I wanted to do things a little differently this week, so I am picking three amazing recipe features from the first 19 linky parties, and featuring them today. Also, for a while, we are going to do every other week parties, as I need to focus on some other things (our Antiques business and our Etsy shop) as two examples. We are also getting ready to move our shabby chic booth at the antique mall over to a different location within the mall which is a major overhaul. So busy busy busy!

Let's get onto celebrating a few of the recipe features from the first 19 linky parties. 

At our Wonderful Wednesdays # 5Stumbling upon Happiness shared their Pinterest review of these yummy Cinnamon Sugar Muffins.   I always love a good Pinterest review, so you know a few people have successfully made the recipe! 

At our Wonderful Wednesdays #15, Thats My Home shared their Hot Cocoa Cupcakes. Perfect for a winter treat!

Now, onto the party! 

Just a couple things....
  • Please follow Wonderful at Home on at least TWO of their networking sites (you can find them on the top of the page)
  • Please put the Wonderful at Home button (found on my sidebar), or a link somewhere on your blog, post or "where I party" page in order to be featured. There is no limit to how many times a blog can be featured, so just keep linking up every week! Trust me, you will be thankful later! 
  • Link up as many of your WONDERFUL posts as you would like, but please make it a post and not a general link to your blog. They can be crafts, DIY projects, tips, repurposing ideas, recipes, etc! 
  • Visit at least TWO other link ups. Please - we are all here to support one another right!?
  • HAVE FUN! 
  • ** I will make EVERY effort to email the bloggers that are being featured, so that they are aware, and get to come see their feature first thing. Submitting your email at time of posting the link would be helpful. If you have any questions about privacy, please see my Privacy Policy If you are one of the ones featured, don't forget to grab the "I've been featured" button from my sidebar! 

Here we go!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Just another junkin' trip

Junkin' is fun. Its addictive, and amazing, and fun. But anything can happen on a junkin trip! From spiders crawling out of something you picked off the yard at the flea market, to getting lost driving there, to getting stopped by the presidential motorcade, anything can happen. You can fill your car to the brim, or you can drive a few hundred miles to barely get a bag full of goodies. Its a gamble every time you go out, but boy is it fun! Whats hard, is not keeping it all! You are obviously drawn to things you like. You can't help it.
We have finally broken out of the house a few times recently (mostly because we were so sick of being snowed in!) and got some great picks we wanted to share with you.

I found this fabulous 1950's hamburger press at an Antique Mall a state over. I just loved the picture of the chef on the front. His patina is slightly chippy, but the hamburger press itself is in wonderful shape.

Anything vintage, rusty, chippy and with a great patina catches my eye. I am instantly drawn to it. This vintage Maxwell House coffee tin was no exception! 

These vintage bakelite keys also caught my eye right away! They are wildly popular with people decorating in the vintage industrial style.



Found this FB Rogers Silver Co. Carafe and isn't it a beauty!? Can't you just imagine coffee warming in this gorgeous decanter? Love it!  


I have a slight obsession with vintage door plates. The beauty of this one - WOW! The beaded border, the slight red coloring, the shape, and the patina - just wow. 

Junkin' is addictive. Its fun, and challenging and wonderful all at the same time. What I can tell you is that I enjoy it, I look forward to it every day, and I can't wait to see what I find next time I go out! 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Antique Booth Tour

As many of you know, we have two antique booths at the local antique mall in our town. One is more of the shabby chic type, and the other we call a more primitive style.  This month, with the help of a fellow dealer/friend, who is amazing at display work, we have been working on revamping our primitive style booth. So here it is!

Sometimes, just moving things around can give the customer a different feel, and they stop in to see things they weren't able to see before!

We hoped you enjoyed the tour of our new look!