Thursday, June 19, 2014

Zucchini not so fried!

When we're dinning out one of my go-to appetizers is fried zucchini.
Whats there not to love about deep fried.

Well...I took it as a challenge to revise the original recipe into a less carb and gluten free option. I thought it would be even better if I could omit the deep frying.
Here's the final recipe that met with my family and friends approval.


The featured product is a new discovery,
diffrent from it's original,
Ian's Italian Panko.

Cut approximately 3 cups of zucchini rounds.
In a bowl crack 3-4 eggs and
whip in 3-4 (heaping) tablespoons of mayonnaise.
(If you're watching fat can substitute with low-fat mayo)

I found using mayo creates a thicker viscous batter which helps bind the Panko crumbs to the zucchini rounds.
 Dip (raw) rounds in the egg/mayo batter followed with a dip into the Panko crumbs.
Lightly pat off the excess crumbs. 

 Bake on a  greased cookie sheet at 350 for 20 minutes or until the zucchini is tender and golden brown. 
With the last 2 minutes of baking time remaining...
 I sprinkled a pinch of Italian cheese over the  zucchini rounds.


  Homemade Ranch dressing is the dipping sauce of choice. 
But, to the prepared Ranch dressing,
I added Italian & garlic seasonings,  
red pepper flakes,
with a (generous) tablespoon of olive oil.
Make sure you bake plenty!
 Because before you know it the plate is empty.


 I realize at times a demonstration is much easier to follow so, I've been mulling the idea around of filming turtorials for some of these recipes I've created.
It would be a variety of recipes not necessarrily limited to low carb.
What do you think?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Revisting New Year Resolurtions.

At the start of 2014 as in all fresh starts of the new year...I rededicated myself to healthier living.  Of course after the first few months the unhealthy (decadent) culprits gradually found their way back into my dietary line up.   But, I've found it only took a small adjustment to one of my favorite desserts to keep me on task.  I thought I'd share my latest revised low carb recipe for...
 Brownies topped with chocolate mousse
 and fresh berries!

Baked~ sugar free brownies,
(I prefer an organic sugar free box mix but Pillsbury's is great in a pinch!) 

Chocolate mousse~ 
(organic) sugar free pudding or Jell-O instant sugar free chocolate pudding mix. Prepare with equal parts of heavy whipping cream to milk.  Beat till fluffy peaks form. 

( If the mousse seems too thick add extra milk to the mixture until it becomes smoother in consistency)

Top with fresh berries.
 This dessert will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Friday, April 11, 2014








Gilded Chanel

Sometimes less is best. 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

 I must admit a few days ago I left this with sadness in my heart
 (and a tad of kicking and screaming). 
Now I'm back to temps in the low 40's!

I wouldn't consider myself a fan of  the winter months of ice rain and or snow.

So, I thought I'd share with you the "ice"  I do adore!
  From the rough....

to the cut
diamonds & crystals.
Ice-ice baby!

Front to
legs to
clear to 


 there's no denying

 they're this girls best friend! 

This should "suit " me well poolside.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Hats off to

Or in this case.....tipping snowmen hats to fill with a sweet surprise.


These little snowman came to mind while I was constructing last months   
Thanksgiving pumpkin favors.
Once again the seasonal napkins were my first thought for a snowman favor, then I found an array of cute Christmas themed tissue paper.
I don't see why you couldn't use leftover Christmas wrap as well.

List of supplies: glue gun/sticks
tissue paper or gift wrap  or napkins
Styrofoam balls 
party nut cups
 puff paint
candy canes
white paint 
candy for filling

Prep snowman with one generous coat of white paint. 
*A toothpick enables you to hold and paint the entire ball.

Drill a hole into the base of the styrofoam ball with a pair of (closed) pointed scissor.  This opening will help prevent the (wrapped) candy cane from breaking when it's inserted.
*A piece of double stick tape wrapped around the cane helps secure it inside the head.

Cut a 9inch circle from the paper.
Lay filled candy cup in the center, gather and tie the hat with a bow.

Glue head and hat together.    
  Until the polyfill is attached the hat will seem large .
Take a strip of polyfill, wrap and glue around the base of the hat.  

Paint his face.

*I used a dotting tool with the puff paint,  a toothpick works too.
With a Q-tip add a smidge of blush to his cheeks.
Yup actual blush from your makeup bag.

Tie wired ribbon around the candy cane to create the effect of a wind blown scarf. 


Rudolph The Red Nose

 These little Rudolph's were made with.... mini candy canes for the antlers, peppermint candies for the face/head, red hot  candies for the nose and a toothpick dot of melted chocolate for the eyes.
Candy melts were used to glue everything together including the lolli stick.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!
See you in the New Year!