Cauliflower Detox Soup

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This recipe just recently saved myself and my boyfriend from the flu and I can’t take any responsibility for it. It combines the detoxing power of onion and garlic to totally flush out your system while tasting totally awesome!

I won’t say this is the quickest recipe, depending on how fancy you want to get with it and if you don’t like garlic or onion I’m not entirely sure what to tell you because you will be Vampire free for at least three days after eating this soup. It does pair nicely with a grilled cheese or falafel.

So I’ll give you the rundown but if you want the full recipe head over to Neurotic Mommy! She has a ton of great recipes from vegan to keto and everything in between! Plus, if you’re looking for more natural ways to prevent the cold and flu, check out her article on using onions to do just this! I love all her great ideas for a lot of things but particularly her cold and flu remedies are the real deal!

So here we go! I used frozen cauliflower for my soup, I used two bags steamed in the microwave, I used half of an onion; 1/4 of a red and 1/4 of a white onion, two full heads of garlic; one I roasted in the oven in olive oil for about 45 minutes first to make the garlic less spicy, I added fresh thyme and oregano, Turmeric, juice from 3 lemons, ginger, salt and pepper to taste.

You might be looking at that list and thinking that it’s not very extensive but this is the holy grail. If you have time to cut and prep everything ahead of time, it’ll save you a lot of time. That is for sure what took me the longest; it felt like everytime I had finished chopping something … I had to do more. For sure, if you want to roast some of your garlic, start that first and get it going so it’s ready when everything else is. To do this, remove all the loose papery skin from your garlic and then chop the top off, drizzle olive oil over the top and place in an aluminum foil tent and put in the oven. I put mine in for 45 minutes at 400 which gives me plenty of time to do everything else while that roasts to perfection.

Next, get your onion and other garlic ready. You can add more or less onion and garlic depending on your preferences. Like I said before, I used half an onion total, 1/4 of red and 1/4 of white but you can use only red, only white or only yellow it really doesn’t matter. Then chop up your thyme and oregano, again, you don’t have to use these but oregano has some healing properties and the thyme gives your soup a nice flavor too. This part for sure took me the longest. Once you have all that done, add them to a blender with about a cup of chicken or veggie stock and blend it up until smooth and then pour the mixture into a medium-sized pot and let that simmer on medium-low heat for a while. Then around this time your garlic in the oven should be pretty much done, it’s ok if it’s not totally done, but you’ll add that to your blender with your cauliflower and lemon juice and a little more broth, about half a cup, and blend it all up and add that to your pot and mix it all together. I blend my soup in bathes to make sure everything is blended smoothly and evenly. If you have one of those fancy wand mixer things, you can just add everything to your pan and use that to mix everything up.

So once everything is in my pot, I let it simmer for about 10 minutes just to make sure it’s heated all the way through and all the great flavors have time to marinate and mix. At this point you can add the salt and pepper to taste and turmeric. I did add a little heavy cream to mine as well to make it a little thicker and to lighten the color a bit.

I topped mine with sauteed onion and mushrooms, fresh thyme and oregano and fresh cracked pepper and seared flank steak for extra protein. It’s a strong soup and you’ll feel like you need to brush your teeth 100 times after eating this, but if you make it early enough into getting sick, it will wipe your system clean.

Don’t forget to head over to Neurotic Mommy for the full recipe!

Ramen Made Easy

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Getting creative with junk food and making it into an actual meal is something I love to do and coming up with awesome ramen recipes is so fun. Ramen gives you a lot of freedom to make it your own but regardless, it’s going to be way better than the regular stuff.

This isn’t the healthiest recipe and to be honest, I’m not sure how you would go about making this keto friendly since the keto noodle recipes I’ve found don’t hold up too well in the hot broth. So, if you have any suggestions let me know and I’ll give it a try! However, this recipe will give you so many freedoms to swap stuff out so you can alter it to your preferences and diet and make it super delicious.

To begin, you’ll need 2-3 packets of ramen noodles, or however much you’ll need for the number of people you’re feeding. I usually use 3 because that gives me enough to feed two of us with a little left over. You’ll need veggies, meat, and seasonings of your choosing. If you choose to do soft-boiled eggs in your ramen, I recommend starting with this since the eggs will need to cool in an ice bath and you can use the water to start your broth too.

SOFT BOILED EGGS

If you choose to do this, here are your instructions. I hate making soft-boiled eggs but I love them so much. I use enough water to just cover the eggs but leave a little extra space and add about a cup of white vinegar to the water and let it come to a boil. I use vinegar to boil my eggs because it makes the shell softer and easier to peel off … usually.

Also, make sure you get your ice water bath set up with enough time for the water to be as cold as possible. To accomplish this, get a bowl however big you need, and fill it about quarter-way with regular water then get some ice and dump in about 2 cups to drastically cool the water temp and then put the water in the freezer, if you have room, if not the fridge will do but try to get it as far away from the door as possible. The reason we’re setting this up now, is so that the water will be as cold as we can get it so the egg membrane will shrink away from the shell which will make peeling your eggs as easy as it can be.

Anyways, get your water and vinegar and get it on the heat. Once the water is boiling drop your eggs in gently and you’ll want to boil them for 5-7 minutes. Honestly, I would go a little on the longer side, 6-7 minutes, especially if you’re putting your eggs in one at a time to make sure they’re fully cooked. If they’re too soft peeling will be a pain regardless. About 1 minute before the eggs are done, get your water bath and put even more ice in it! About another cup and when your eggs are done, fully submerge the eggs in the ice water. Remember, as you add the eggs the water temp will rise so have ice on hand to keep the temp as cold as possible. If the water isn’t cold enough, the egg will stick to the shell and peeling will be pain. Once all your eggs are in the water, shove them back into the fridge or freezer until you’re done.

CREATING YOUR RAMEN

Now, on to the fun part. Figure out what veggies and type of broth you want to include. I love adding mushrooms, broccoli, chives and fresh onion to my ramen and I like to just get creative with the broth; one of the best things about this recipe. Put some water in a pot but not too much, you want about a fingers length deep of water for now and turn the heat on medium. Add the veggies you want to boil, for me it’s usually mushrooms and broccoli maybe some squash or zucchini, and just leave it all to cook. You could add anything here though; jalapenos, carrots, potatoes if you wanted, just make sure to boil them long enough so they’re soft or to the texture of your liking. You may need to add more water depending on the amount of veggies you add in, you want them to be mostly covered.

You can add fresh or powdered seasoning, of course fresh is better but either is fine! I love to add a healthy dose of ginger and garlic to my broth, about 1 tablespoon if fresh, 2 if powdered, 2 teaspoons of cloves or allspice, 1 tablespoon of Turmeric, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, soy sauce and hoisin or oyster sauce to taste. You can also add a little bouillon for extra flavor or simply use some of the sauce packets that come with the ramen. At some point you will want to add a little salt but I would wait until the very end to do this so you don’t over-salt the broth. If you want go simple, use a miso soup base for your broth and then season to taste!

Once you have your broth set up however you want, leave the veggies and water to simmer on medium heat and get started on your meat. I love to use stir-fry cut meat but you could do shrimp or even tofu if you wanted. I like to cook my red meat and fish separately but if you wanted to do shrimp or crawfish, just add that to your broth to cook! If you choose to use red meat, I don’t cook it fully, usually I will season and sear it that way when I add it to the broth, the hot water will continue to cook it thoroughly.

If you want to use tofu, you have a few options to prep it but make sure you use extra firm tofu and press it for at least an hour to get all the water out of it. If there’s too much water in the tofu or if it’s softer tofu, when you add it to the broth it will basically disintegrate. Pan frying the tofu before cooking gives a nice flavor and texture and can prevent it from falling apart in the broth. You could also freeze the tofu while pressing and then add the frozen tofu to the broth during the last 2 minutes of cooking.

Once the broth water begins to lightly boil, add the noodles and a little extra water to mostly cover the noodles and veggies. Once you have the extra water in, turn the heat up a little more and let the water come to a boil for about 3 minutes. You don’t have to fully cover the noodles just make sure you have enough water so that when it begins to boil you have enough to boil off without burning the broth. Make sure to stir occasionally to ensure everything is evenly cooked. Once done, take the broth off the heat and let rest before serving.

Serve It Up

Once you’re satisfied with your broth and the texture of your veggies, you’re ready to serve! I love to top my ramen with the soft-boiled eggs, fresh cut red onion, green onion, Sriracha and some sesame seeds (if I’m feeling extra).


This is one my favorite things to make simply because I can do whatever I want with it and each time I make it it’s a little different. So just keep tweaking the recipe until you find what you love.

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The Art of Letting Go

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Why is letting go so hard? And it could be for anything. Letting go of an ex who’s finally moved on, letting go of that notebook with all your old cringey journals in it, or even letting go of clothes that no longer serve a purpose in your life but still hold so many memories. We as humans, love to make ourselves miserable. It’s easy to be miserable; you don’t have to take accountability for your emotions or thoughts, you don’t have to try to be happy, it takes very little effort and energy and thus we get stuck there. But this is a choice. When you hang onto things and wallow in misery it’s mindless and comforting. You have to choose to let things go when they come up and make you feel any type of way. This takes mindfulness on your part because you have to be aware of how you feel, when you feel these things and you have to take action immediately. Have a conversation with yourself before you react to those feelings or thoughts and ask yourself, “Why do I feel this way?”, “What caused me to feel this way?”, “How can I move on from these feelings?” Here are 7 tips so you can master the art of letting go!

7: Be Aware of How Things Make You Feel

This will take practice and energy and it will be the hardest part of learning to let go but you have to be mindful of how things make you feel. Once you identify how things make you feel and what stirs up those emotions, you can begin to let it all go.

So how do you overcome this? First, start with identifying and naming your feelings. Identifying those feelings goes far beyond sad, happy, joyful, angry … find the words that clearly and concisely describe your feelings. Break out that thesaurus and find out what your feelings are and understand them! You can’t fix something if you don’t know what it is, so once you can truly identify what those feelings are, you’re healing process has begun.

6: Figure Out What Causes Your Feelings

This will be easy and at first, it might seem like everything makes you feel something but that’s good! That means you’re human, and part of learning to let things go is knowing that you will have a feeling about almost everything but then you let it go. So again, this takes mindfulness and awareness on your part but is far easier to identify than the feelings themselves but part of letting go of those feelings is knowing what causes them. Like I said, this is easy because this is the reactive side of things. You will know right away what causes your feelings; make the choice to reflect rather than react.

If seeing old pictures stirs up those feelings, don’t not look at them. Look at them, but understand your feelings and how the feelings affect you; be mindful of how they affect you and then stop letting it affect you. But in the same sense, if you have to unfollow some people do it, if you have to stop seeing certain people, do it. You’re healing process is your own so do what makes sense for you but do it mindfully.

5: Forgive Yourself

If you can’t forgive yourself for feeling the way you feel, you will never be able to move on from those feelings. Forgiveness is so healing and even though you may not have been the best person in your past, or maybe your thoughts are super toxic and cruel or maybe you find yourself mentally bullying someone. Whatever it is, if you catch yourself doing it and make the right strides to correct your actions, thoughts, feelings … forgive yourself. We are human and we will make mistakes. That is part of the learning curve but forgiveness is a big key for letting go.

4: Forgive Those That Have Hurt You

We can argue about this all day, but as long as you are holding on to whatever happened to you, you will not be able to let it go. This is very hard because you may feel like you’re accepting what happened and what they did to you but you’re not. Just because you forgive someone for hurting you, doesn’t mean you’re accepting what they did. You’re accepting that it happened, you’re acknowledging what you learned from the experience and that it’s time to move on.

3: Live in the Present

How many of us reminisce on the past? Everyone. How many of us let those memories affect our current mood/mindset? I used to, that’s for sure. But ask yourself this, how can I move on with my life, if I’m still consumed with the past? You can’t and it’s basic physics. An object cannot move forward if being held back by an equal or greater force. Appreciate your past, and thank it for getting you to where you are but don’t revel in it. Don’t wish you could go back, and don’t let the emotions that come with those memories affect your current state. It’s ok to feel what you’re feeling, but don’t hold on to it. Identify those feelings, identify what brought it up, thank your past for those memories, take a deep breath, and let it go.

2: Recognize that Change is Constant

If you can master this, letting go will not only be easier but you won’t have to do it as much. The only thing that is constant in this world is change. People come and go, things come and go, animals come and go. Nothing in the world is permanent, even the mark you leave on the world will one day be replaced. So don’t worry about it! Why worry about something that you have no control over. Don’t become so attached and so emotionally dependent that when things or people exit your life, it’s earth shattering. I’m guilty of not mastering this but non-attachment and accepting change makes letting go of those feelings and people and memories so much easier.

1: Accept That Where You Are Right Now, Is Exactly Where You’re Meant To Be

Whether you believe it or not, there is something bigger than us out there and it’s nudging us in the right directions. Even if you have hit rock bottom and you’re reading this thinking, “Yeah effing right.” There is a plan for you, but you can’t fight it, you have to be mindful of where you are and what you’ve been through and be willing to move forward. Be grateful for your experiences, as bad and painful as some of them are, and be thankful for those learning experiences and know how those things impacted your life and how you grew as a person from them.


I really hope this helps some of you. Personal growth and development is such a personal undertaking that each person’s path will be totally different. These are things that helped me grow from my past and leave those emotions in the past and it’s really impacted my life in a positive manner.

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Overcoming the Loser Mentality

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Today I want to switch things up and talk about how to change your mindset and get out of the Loser Mentality. That might sound harsh but hopefully once I explain what it is, you’ll understand what I mean.

The Loser Mentality, and I am very guilty of this, is that mindset of, “Why not me?”, “Why can’t I be successful?”, “If they were successful doing this, why aren’t I?”. If you do this, you will not be successful. Guaranteed. Comparing yourself to your peers, or rather competition, is the best way to stay stagnant because you end up in paralysis analysis and end up going nowhere. When you’re always focused on what everyone else is doing, you can’t focus on what you need to do. Read on for 7 things that might be keeping you in the Loser Mentality.


Don’t Feel Pressured to Be an Overnight Success!

This one, this one right here should be your daily mantra! Being successful, and proving that I’m successful has literally eaten me alive and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one suffering from this but we need to stop …. NOW! Life is not a race. Success is not a race. Everyone goes at their own speed so take your time and enjoy the process. If you’re constantly pressuring yourself to be as good as this person, or as successful as that person etc … you’re always going to be down on yourself and it will affect your ability to achieve your dreams! Don’t compare your success to others, be inspired by their success! When you catch yourself analyzing someone’s blog or twitter and you’re wondering, “Why not me?”, stop and adjust your mindset right there! Instead, ask yourself, “What can I learn from their page?”, this will get you much farther but the first step is to acknowledge that your mind is going down that rabbit hole first.

Ask For Help

You ever hear the saying, “It takes a village …”, being successful is no different. You need a village to help you for so many different reasons but the most important, is that your village can help you when you’re struggling. Not getting enough exposure? Ask your village to help promote your work/site/business. Not sure what your next step is? Ask your village what they did next. Running out of ideas? Engage with your village and be inspired by what they have to say! Don’t be too stubborn to ask for help, even if you’re a one-person band, having a support system is so important and having those connections can pay off big time.

Stop Competing

Life is not a competition and I had to learn this one the hard way! I played sports competitively my entire life and I prided myself on being the best and always wanted to be the best and was not going to let anyone get in the way of that. But you know where that left me in the end? Alone and without a support system. I honestly only just realized the importance of this within the last 6 months. My boyfriend and I used to work together; hired into the same position and did the same work. I started taking initiative and doing extra work but he got promoted before me. I was so angry and grew indifferent about a job I loved because of my competitive nature. The craziest thing was that it wasn’t like I lost the promotion to some random person I worked with, I lost it to my boyfriend and so I also felt betrayed but it wasn’t his fault. It was mine. I was looking at him saying, “I do more work than you and I know more than you. It should’ve been me.” Instead, I should’ve been asking, “What was he doing that I wasn’t?” because he clearly did something right. Even though I was doing more work and taking initiative in terms of teaching and leading, that wasn’t what I was hired to do so the work I was doing was irrelevant and yeah, I for sure knew more about the job than he but I wasn’t showing that. I was showing that I can work hard and do a lot of things but not that I was proficient at the job at hand so I was the reason I lost the promotion.

That was hard pill to swallow but once I did I started looking back on my past and realized that my inability to stop competing with those around me, has caused me to lose a lot of friends and opportunities. Now I’m not saying to stop competing all together but you need to know the difference between healthy competition and toxic competition. Toxic competition is based on fear and scarcity; the belief that there’s only so much success to be had. That’s not true at all, and even more so in today’s world than ever! There’s 7 billion people on this planet and that number is growing everyday, just about anyone can attain some level of success if you find your market. This fear then purports the mentality that you have to win at all costs, and this will cause you the most trouble.

Healthy competition is looking at someone and saying, “What they did was awesome, I can do it too!” Healthy competition allows you to grow and maintain relationships with people around you that have done or are doing what you are. It also prevents you from becoming bitter about the success of those around you; it forces you to champion their success just as much as yours. Even if you are direct competition, you shouldn’t be trying to take them down, you should be trying to work with them and use each other to motivate and inspire your work.

If your mentality about competing in the real world is about winning, you’re already losing. Attaining success isn’t about “winning”, you’re not beating someone to a finish line so just eliminate the word winning from your vocabulary when it comes to explaining or planning out your success. There’s plenty of time, be patient and put in the work.

Your Main Focus Shouldn’t Be Attention

This is a tough one considering how important a role social media and attention is to marketing and exposure but this shouldn’t be your main focus. This goes back to competition; if you’re main focus is gaining as much attention as possible, you’re going to lose sight of the goal and you’re going to lose yourself because you’ll be willing to do whatever it takes to get that attention. No one will pay attention to you if you’re begging for it but no one will notice you if you’re not calling attention to yourself either so you have to find that happy medium. Spend an hour or two a day promoting on social media but the rest of your interactions should be just that, real life interactions. When you show people that you’re real and that you’re in it with them, they’re more likely to support you and the exposure will come. But if you’re just promoting and having ingenuine interactions, people can see through that and they won’t want to listen to you or help you.

DO THE WORK

This is one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to the never-ending loop of being stuck in the Loser Mentality. Everyday, I hear from people who do nothing but complain about their situation. I know that everyone needs to vent and that life gets overwhelming so I’m more than happy to lend an ear but when you’re complaining that you’re broke and you can’t believe you got fired again or that it’s not fair that your sibling has a better job but you’re more dedicated … My only question to you is, what are you going to do about it?

If you are going to complain about how unsuccessful you are and if you’re down because you haven’t achieved anything, do something about it and if you’re not willing to do the work to get there, don’t complain about it. You’re mentality is the biggest reason you’re stuck where you are. The only difference between successful and unsuccessful people is that unsuccessful people put limitations on what they think they’re capable of achieving. I know it’s cliche but the old saying, “shoot for the moon and you’ll land amongst the stars” is a good catch-phrase to remember. You may not be as successful or as rich as Bill Gates, but you won’t know how close you can get if you don’t put in the work and try.

Take Accountability for Your Actions and Faults

I cannot stress this enough. Accountability will get so much farther in life than you could ever imagine. Owning up to your own crap and your own downfalls is a very integral step towards achieving your dreams. I’ve had a few relevating moments within the last 12-months and my outlook on life, and my ability to work and my dedication to my work has been the main benefactor of my ability to take ownership of my actions and the things I need to work on. This can range from binge eating and making excuses for it to having your car towed off the street because you’re 90-days late on your registration. Both are your fault and if you keep making excuses for yourself, you’re not going to grow and growth is important to achieving success.

Lastly,

Define What Success Means To You

This is the last thing that can help get you out of that Loser Mentality. What does success mean to you? This question right here, if and when you define it, will change your whole mindset. Success to me, means not having to work for someone else. Whatever that ends up manifesting into, that’s how I’m going to define my success. Once I identified what I wanted my definition of success to be, my whole outlook changed. I started waking up earlier and working harder, networking more and I became inspired. I stopped looking at my peers and comparing my accomplishments to theirs because our goals are different, our paths are different and our definitions of success are different, so why am I comparing myself to them? Instead, I started using those people as resources and building relationships with them so that they would support me the same way I had supported them.


I know recognizing our faults and areas of improvement can be hard because we’re looking at ourselves and telling ourselves, “You can do better” and that can be tough. However, if you just adjust a few things, your quality of life can benefit so much and most of it starts with changing your mentality.

Have you ever had to go through something like this? What are some of your best practices? Let me know in the comments or find me on twitter @cashcamel93. Thanks for reading everyone, make sure you subscribe, like, share if you enjoyed this post.


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Food Truck Night

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I’ll let you in on a secret, I hate public events. When it comes to being anti-social, I’m the president of the club. However, I told myself in September, that for the rest of the year I would go to any event I wanted to, within reason, and that I wouldn’t talk myself out of it. So last night, the boyfriend and I went to a smaller local event hosted by the Indian Creek/Carrollton HOA and I had a really great time. I think the best way for me to keep my promise to myself is to ease into it with these smaller local events. I found this one on Facebook and made sure to send it to my boyfriend because if he saw and wanted to go, there wasn’t any way I wasn’t going.

So we went, and I’m glad we did. The food was amazing, the live music was awesome too and it was just a nice event. I’m glad there wasn’t an overwhelming amount of food trucks to choose from and I was really happy that weren’t too many people there. My favorite food truck there, and I really would’ve spent all my money on their food, was Cousins Maine Lobster. I went to college in Rhode Island so I became accustomed to having access to succulent lobster all the time but since I’ve graduated and moved around, I hadn’t had that luxury in quite some time. Cousins has a lot of options for you to indulge your love of lobster but I went classic and got the Connecticut Roll. It did not disappoint. There were HUGE chunks of lobster meat and claw meat (my favorite) and was served warm with some butter and a squeeze of lemon. I was in heaven. I hadn’t had a legit lobster roll like this since I had been back on the East Coast so I was a very happy camper and I honestly wish I had gotten one more before I left!

Besides incredible lobster rolls, Kidwell’s BBQ was in attendance and after trying their food, I’m really sad they don’t have a brick and mortar restaurant. Since I moved to Texas, I’ve been struggling to find a good barbeque place. Which seems ironic since Texas is supposed to have some of the best but I haven’t really been impressed yet … until last night. Kidwell’s totally restored my faith in Texas barbeque. I got their pulled pork sandwich and my boyfriend got the brisket sandwich and we died right there. The meat was so tender and flavorful and the ends being lightly charred gave the meat that extra traditional barbeque flavor. I honestly totally forgot to take a picture of the food because as soon as I got it, I had to start eating right away. So make sure to check out their social media and website to keep an eye on where the food truck will be because you don’t want to miss it.

The event wouldn’t have been complete without live entertainment. I’m always a little iffy on local bands. They’re very hit or miss and in my experience, more miss than hit. However, Highway 31 provided the perfect type of music for this event! They played some originals which were really delightful but they also did covers of hits from the 90’s and 70’s and they really got the crowd engaged. My favorite thing from this event though, was the bass player from Highway 31, he looked exactly like Kevin Nealon and gave off big Doug from Weeds vibes and I loved it!

In all, I had a really great time and I’m very happy I went and I didn’t convince myself not to go. I’m really looking forward to more events like this but the next one is the Dallas Margarita and Taco Festival in November so make sure to stay tuned for more great Dallas finds and check out the social media links below for all the aforementioned businesses and for Highway 31!


Cousins Maine Lobster

Kidwell’s BBQ and Catering

Highway 31

Keto Pancakes

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The first few times I made these I failed … epically. They were more like crepes; thin and delicate. To be honest, these are not as fluffy as regular pancakes and if you find a way to get them to be thicker let me know because I am genuinely curious.

With that being said, these are both simple to make but also a little difficult. The only ingredients you’ll need are cream cheese, powdered sweetener, egg, almond flour and a dash of either vanilla or almond extract. With so few ingredients, I wonder myself how I messed these up but it’s easy if you’re not paying attention. If you want to make keto crepes though, this is the same recipe you’d use! Just add a little milk or water to thin out the batter, unless your batter ends up being thin like mine did.

I haven’t tried adding anything to this batter like blueberries or strawberries but as long as your batter is thick enough, I don’t think it would be a problem. I just top my pancakes with my favorite fruits or syrup and call it a day but get as creative as you want. If you wanted to add fruit I would suggest mashing them and them ribboning the fruit through the batter. This might work better than simply adding the fruit into the batter since it is a little thinner than normal batter. This recipe makes 4-6 pancakes.

O.K.! Now we know what we’re doing and what we need, here’s how much you’ll need:

  • 1 Block of softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup of almond flour
  • 2-4 eggs (depending on how thick you want them)
  • 1/2 cup of sweetner
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla or almond extract (optional)

The first and easiest thing to do is to combine the eggs and cream cheese. I use my Ninja blender, it combine the ingredients quickly and evenly. As the cream cheese and egg begin to combine, add your almond flour, sweetner and extract. Again, if your batter feels too thick just add a little bit of water to thin it out. If the batter is too thick it may not cook right, you want the batter to cling to a spatula but be able to drip off. If you can scoop the batter out like dough, it’s too thick.

Once all your ingredients are combined, make sure to taste test the batter, I prefer my batter to be a little sweeter so that when it cooks it doesn’t develop that eggy flavor. Add some butter or non-stick spray to your skillet and add batter. I like to cook these until their lightly browned and then I just plate with my favorite toppings or syrup!

Pictures to come when I can make these without eating them right away! I hope you all enjoy this recipe!

Big Dash Ice Cream and Pastries

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Pictured L-R: Arabic Ice Cream with Pistachios, Salted Caramel or Lotus, Mint and Lemon

Have you ever had stretchy ice cream? Can you even begin to imagine what stretchy ice cream is? Well I can tell you one thing, it’s heaven and the folks at Big Dash have perfected it!

Located in a small business center area in Richardson, TX this quaint shop is run by a husband and wife duo so you can feel good about buying here since you’re supporting a local small business. There’s always people in this shop which is a testament to how delicious their desserts are and their hospitality rivals even the best of southern hospitality. The first thing that happens when you walk in and approach the counter, you’re handed a sample of the Arabic ice cream topped with pistachios and if you’ve never had Arabic ice cream, you have not lived.

It has a deep creamy texture like frozen custard but it’s chewy and stretchy, like you’re eating a mouthful of Big League Bubblegum. When you eat the Arabic ice cream, you taste the cream and maybe a little cinnamon or cardamom? I’m not entirely sure but it’s absolutely delectable and the pistachios on top add a beautiful touch of texture and little salt to the sweetness.

The flavor options don’t stop there! You can ask for as many samples of flavors as you want and I highly suggest you try some of the more exotic flavors like Mint and Lemon which is more a sherbert but perfect on a hot day or the Lotus flavor which has a sweet and earthy flavor but is one of the stretchy flavors. All of the flavors are incredible and you won’t be disappointed with whatever one you get and don’t worry, there’s flavors for the little ones too! If you bring your kids here, they’ll love the Bubblegum flavor. I know this because I do! It’s so creamy with the flavor of bubblegum all throughout and the amazing chewy texture makes it even better.

The best thing to do once you decide what flavor you want, check and see if you can get it alongside some fresh and warm crepes. Oh, did I forget to mention they have crepes? Well they do and they’re incredible and I’m starting to think that there’s nothing Big Dash can’t do that isn’t amazing.

Speaking of amazing, if you’re adventerous or decide you love this place as much as I do, then you MUST try the Kinafa. It’s a melty, sweet and cheesy middle-eastern dessert and it’s to die for. You must be thinking, “A dessert made out of melted cheese?” YES! I promise you won’t regret trying it.

Have an anniversary or birthday coming up? Big Dash has you covered with handmade, beautiful and delicious baklava. Of course they have baklava and I’m so thankful for it! Baklava is for sure one of my weaknesses and Big Dash takes full advantage of that chink in my armor! Anytime I go there I can’t leave without buying a box but if I couldn’t make it there, they deliver …. and they cater.

So, what can’t Big Dash do? Apparently nothing! Their ice cream is incredible and versatile so everyone will enjoy it, their crepes are heavenly, the baklava is to die for, they cater AND they deliver!

Well, what are you waiting for? If you’re in the Dallas area got get you some Big Dash and drop a comment and tell me what you think! If you want to see more, head over to https://www.instagram.com/tinywriter93/ to see more photos!