Butter Cups and Zucchini Bake

There’s this thing with Keto eating, well probably any eating lifestyle, where you get stuck in a rut, make the same things for weeks and eventually get tired of a previously favorite food. This has been my residence the past couple weeks. The hardest part of Keto is the high fat intake. Not high protein, high fat. “Fat content. There’s fat in this? It’s going to be in me??!!” Aside from Vance, who can eat gobs of butter on everything? Not this girl that’s for sure.

v lunch

Vance’s buttered lunch.

Enter Nicole and her suggestion of Fat Bombs!! While I’ve renamed mine a more palatable Butter Cups, they are essentially the same thing. Coconut Butter combined with Almond Butter, cealon cinnamon, vanilla and a dash of salt. Whipped in the food processor and frozen into mini cupcake wrappers.

Coconut trials

The jar on the left is where I stopped with the last batch of coconut flakes to butter making experiment.

Although, there are several “90 seconds to coconut butter” videos on youtube, I was unable to make a successful butter in my Ninja. I tried substituting Coconut Cream in the can (tasted more like an ice cream) and Coconut Oil (a little greasy, but a decent substitute) before I found Coconut Butter Down to Earth. Perfection.

butter cups

Zucchini Bake:
I saw a post on FB a couple weeks ago showing hashbrowns cooked on a waffle iron. I was intrigued; thought maybe this would work for shredded zucchini too. It did not.

zuc waffle

Epic Fail. Giving Vance a bit of satisfaction as he told me not to try it.

Not one for easy defeat or wastefulness, I turned it into a cheesy delicious and Keto friendly Zucchini Bake.

Combine:
2 cups zucchini, shredded
1 egg
3 Tbsp. coconut flour
3 Tbsp. heavy cream
1/4 cup grated parmesan
salt & pepper
Pour into buttered dish and top with 1/4 cup grated parmesan and 1/4 cup crushed pork rinds. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

Zuc bake

Not to worry, it does not taste like coconut. I haven’t attempted feeding it to the boys. They eat broccoli with minimal complaints, so I’m not pushing my luck with the veggies.

A huge thank you to Nicole for introducing me to Keto Fat Bombs! and Pork Stick made from pork side, which is Vance’s current addiction.

Pumpkin Patch Detour

 

triple selfie

Wait, who’s that behind us on the hayride??

Today, I was one of the chaperones for John’s class field trip to the Pumpkin Patch. It was mixed emotions I signed up for this. It is so super hot at the Pumpkin Patch (I remember from last year) and yesterday was one of those strange Hawaiian days where it rains 90% of the day. Seriously. All day. Muddy and hot. Oh joy. Add in four bus loads of kids and you’re set for a good time!

picking

Pickin’ time! I’m not sure they’ll ask me back for chaperone duties, I did lose one of the boys for a few minutes at the port a potties. Oops!

It really wasn’t as bad as anticipated in terms of mud, but, boy oh boy, it was hot. Thankfully in my last frantic minutes of prep, I grabbed hats!

perfect

This is my {perfect} pumpkin, soon to be teal. This year they also gave out reusable grocery bags, seen in the background, for each person to cart home their pumpkin.

Our bus driver, hastily sped past other busses to be the first to leave the school and yet we were the last to arrive at the field, over a half hour later than everyone else. Why is that you ask? Because our driver got lost TWICE! Imagine a bus full of small children and getting lost in the heat. They were actually very kind and cheered when he pulled into the pumpkin patch.

produce bag

Aloun Farms sells these produce bags onsite. I’ve heard rave reviews of the corn, so I went for it. $12 for the bag (includes reusable grocery sack). Rumor has it if you go on the weekend, you can buy the produce individually and it’s a bit cheaper. Thankfully, one of the other, chaperone moms carted all our produce bags to the bus for us.

All in all the Pumpkin Patch was much like I remembered it last year. The boys had a great time “picking the perfect (small) pumpkin”, visit the port a potties, riding the hayride and milling around.

coloring a veggie

Brendon: “I can’t believe I’m coloring a vegetable!”

As Murphy would have it, we were also the last bus to arrive back at school, again a half hour later than the others, due to half the bus deciding to wait until the end to pick pumpkins. What?! We were there 1 1/2 hours and they didn’t get a pumpkin!! Needless to say, it was a long ride home and we are all VERY tired.

sleeper

The long ride home.