Keto Friendly Roasted Broccoli

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This is one of the easiest things to make and it is so tasty as well as good for you. Roasted broccoli goes well with just about anything as a side dish. This is a much better alternative to ordinary steamed broccoli.

Ingredients:

Frozen broccoli

Olive oil

Seasoning of choice ( I use salt, pepper, garlic salt or lemon pepper depending on what I am serving it with).

Preheat oven to 425 degrees, place frozen broccoli on cookie sheet, pour olive oil over broccoli, just enough to coat lightly, season and bake in oven for 25 minutes or until browning and crispy. The darker the best the taste.

That’s it! Simple as that! Hope you enjoy!

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French Onion Soup

Ingredients:

5 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp butter

8 cups sliced onions

3 minced garlic cloves

12 quarts of beef broth

1 baguette cut into slices

3/4 shredded cheese (I prefer swiss)

Directions:

Saute onions and garlic in the butter until softened . Add broth, salt and olive oil and cook for an additional 45 minutes. Meanwhile, toast the baguettes and add them to the bowls. Ladle soup over the toast and sprinkle cheese over the top.

Storytime: Kids Say the Darndest Things

As many of you already know, our son has classic autism and is in a special class at school for children on the spectrum. A few years ago, he had a classmate who was very talkative and loved to ask a lot of questions. He was fascinated by my wheelchair and often said things like “OMG! Your legs still don’t work!” or “You can’t feel your legs. Can I touch them and see if I can feel them?”

For obvious reasons, the teacher tried to explain that it’s not really appropriate to focus on someone’s disability and encouraged him to make small talk like they practiced in their social skills group. The next time I visited he was prepared with a long list of socially acceptable questions. Some examples include :

Where did you go to school?

Did you play sports in middle school?

Did you play sports in high school?

Who are your parents?

Did they play sports?

What is your favorite section of the library?

After he quizzed me throughly, he asked my husband the same list of questions until he came to the part about his parents. Completely serious, he asked if my husband and I had the same parents. Of course, our first reaction was to laugh, but then we explained that we are married and N’s parents. He was very confused and got a little agitated.

“But my mom said, only normal people can get married and have kids,” he said sadly.

“When was this?” I asked.

“She was talking to my dad. She said I would never have a wedding or a real life because I’m not normal. Are you sure N isn’t your brother? ”

This broke my heart, because I have worried about the same thing. The world can be cruel. I know that my N is a wonderful person, but could someone see past his struggles and accept him as is? I decided that I would tell this child what I plan on telling N in the future.

I began “Honey, I think you misunderstood your mom. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right person, but when you do they won’t see you as different. They will see you as special and the perfect person for them.”

My darling husband continued with ” I have loved being married to GG and I wouldn’t change anything about her, including the wheelchair. You don’t have to get married, but that’s your choice to make when you’re older. You can do anything you want. ”

The moral of the story is that no one’s future is set in stone, but especially with kids. A diagnosis can be a stumbling block, but it doesn’t dictate what we can do. Also it’s important to remember that our children are always watching and our attitudes can affect them tremendously. Let them see themselves through our eyes and see how awesome they truly are.

Salt Water Taffy

Ingredients:

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tbs. cornstarch

3/4 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup water

1/2 tsp. salt

3 tbs. unsalted butter

2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

Grease a 9″ square pan with 1 tablespoon butter. In a sauce pan over medium heat, add the granulated sugar, cornstarch, corn syrup, water and salt. Stir until well combined. Add 2 tablespoons butter and stir constantly until the sugar is completely melted. Do not stir after the sugar melts. Cook until the candy reaches 260° on a candy thermometer. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the flavoring extract and food coloring. Pour the candy into the prepared pan and allow to cool enough to handle. Remove the candy from the pan and pull until the candy is opaque and satiny. Pull the candy in 1/2″ strips. Cut into 1″ pieces and wrap in waxed paper.

Hawaiian Porkchops

INGREDIENTS:

1lb boneless, pork chops

1 fresh pineapple, bite sized pieces

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

2 tablespoons Braggs Amino Acids

1 gallon-sized plastic freezer bag

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all ingredients and place in a labeled freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible and freeze. Add the thawed contents to a slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours. Serve over brown rice.

Lemonade Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

3 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

6 oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

1/4 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°. Spray your cookie sheets with non stick cooking spray or use a silicone baking mat. Cream together the butter and granulated sugar. Add the eggs and beat for 3 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to low. Add the baking soda, all purpose flour and 1/2 cup lemonade. Mix only until combined. Place 1 inch balls on prepared cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.