~Monday Motivation~

Never give up.


Salami Cream Cheese Rollups

My niece told me about this recipe and I’m so glad she did!

It makes a quick low carb snack or a great party appetizer.

Salami Rollups

Actually  my niece, Brandi, made this recipe and shared it with me while I was at her house.   Salty salami, creamy cheese, and a little zesty bite from the pepper hooked me from the first bite!

I shared the recipe with my brother who has been eating low carb for years (and is very successful at it!) and he says he makes a similar recipe with pepperoni, cream cheese, and jalapeno!  That sounds amazing and like something I will need try in the near future!  :)

Quick NoteIf you’re following the Trim Healthy Mama plan, these rollups will fall into the S category.  :)

Here’s what I purchased for this recipe:

Salami Rollups

Here’s how I rolled them up.  You can use toothpicks if your salami is thicker and won’t stick together.  I didn’t have to.

Salami Rollups2

I stored them in a small container in the fridge.  The didn’t last long!  :)

Here’s the recipe..

Salami Rollups


1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese,softened
18 slices thinly sliced salami
18 slices peperoncini peppers, drained,

Spread about a tablespoon of the softened cream cheese
over a slice of salami.  Top with 1 to 3 peperoncini pepper slices.
Roll the salami around the cheese and pepper slices.
Repeat with remaining ingredients.  Store in fridge.

If you’re looking for another great party appetizer recipe,  check out these Cream Cheese and Bacon Stuffed PoppersWarm Cream Cheese and Bacon Spread, or the Buffalo Chicken Dip.

Disclaimer: Some links in this post may lead to affiliate links.  If you purchase through the links provided,  I will receive a small compensation at no extra cost to you.  Have a great day!

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

This simple broiled fish recipe is naturally low in carbs and very delicious! 

I served the fish with pan sauteed green beans and summer cucumber tomato salad.

broiled tilapia

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 pounds tilapia fillets

Preheat your oven’s broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line
pan with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter,
mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with garlic, salt and pepper.
Mix well and set aside.

Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a
few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over
and broil for 2 more minutes.

Remove the fillets from the oven and spread with the Parmesan
cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until
the topping is lightly browned and fish flakes easily with a fork.
Be careful not to over cook the fish.

Serve immediately with your favorite sides.



I don’t know of anyone who WANTS to go through hard times, but sometimes the ending results are amazing!  #keepthefaith

My Journey 6.23.15

race to the finish

Beautiful Gulf Coast ~ Setting Sun

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Some places are hard to leave behind.

Gulf Shores sunset framed

Spring 2015 ~ Randomness

Some peeks into my Spring.


The hostas I planted in 2013 and forgot about came up again.   Love me some hostas because they’re so easy to grow.



Eating supper on the front porch can be so relaxing after spending the day inside.



My oldest daughter has fallen in love with gardening.  She has planted so many beautiful flowers this Spring.  Now I need to get her interested in veggies. :)



After an extensive search, I was so excited to find this cute owl mug for only .25 at the thrift store!



I love it when my hubby cranks up the grill.  I know some yummy food is on the way.  He prepared enough for us to eat on through the week and when the grilled veggies were gone, I pan roasted these in the oven.  Real food and good eatin’!



After my last post on that beautiful Spring day,  I found out my oldest brother had died suddenly.  He left a void in the lives of his daughters, grandchildren, siblings, and father.  I think of him often and miss him daily.  Some of my family made the trip to Reelfoot Lake in his memory.

Thanks for stopping by!


So happy to see these pink blossoms on this beautiful Spring day!

flower earth laughs

Deep Dish Pizza ~ Low Carb • Grain Free • Gluten Free

This low carb pizza recipe has been around for years and I’m probably the last blogger to share it! 

It’s the pizza that I always make for the whole family and they love it.

The crust is neither crusty, thin, or crispy, but it’s delicious and a great base for all your favorite pizza toppings.

deep dish pizza

DEEP DISH PIZZA ~ Low Carb • Grain Free • Gluten Free


4 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
8 oz. shredded mozzarella


½ cup no sugar added pizza sauce
assorted pizza toppings
4 oz. mozzarella cheese

Mix all crust ingredients but the shredded cheese in a bowl until smooth.
Spread shredded cheese evenly in a greased 9×13 dish.   Pour egg/cheese mixture evenly over cheese.

Bake at 375º for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.  Remove from heat, let cool 10-15 minutes.

Spread on ½ cup no sugar added pizza sauce, top with favorite pizza toppings and more mozzarella cheese.   Return to 375º oven for another 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.  I prefer to let mine brown just a little.

Makes 12-15 servings.  I like to add a nice green salad along with my pizza.


*On the Trim Healthy Mama plan this is an S meal.

Helpful Household Hints ~ Coffee Grounds

It’s Springtime and many will be starting their gardens.

Here’s a handy hint for your compost pile.

Household Hints3

Coffee grounds can be an excellent addition to a compost pile.

The grounds are relatively rich in nitrogen, providing bacteria the energy they need to turn organic matter into compost. About 2 percent nitrogen by volume, used coffee grounds can be a safe substitute for nitrogen-rich manure in the compost pile.  (Provided by ScienceDaily.)

Peanut Butter Banana “Ice Cream” (& a review)

Just ever now and then I will eat a banana.  I’ve been wanting to try this frozen banana “ice cream” for a while.  Well now I have.

Yesterday I finally made the frozen banana “ice cream”.  I processed a banana that I had cut into 1″ chunks and froze, with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter and Swerve sweetener to taste.

It reminded me of a soft serve ice cream.

ice cream

Now, on to the review…

The good: Bananas are a good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin B6.

The bad: A large portion of the calories in this food come from sugars.

So, while this is a reasonably healthy recipe for some, it’s highly unlikely that I will make this recipe again.  :)

Yummy Cheesy Sausage Balls ~ Low Carb and Grain Free

I’ve worked on my old sausage ball recipe and I think it’s a success!

If you love Sausage Balls, try this recipe.

You won’t even miss the baking mix!

sausage balls

Yummy Cheesy Sausage Balls (low carb & grain free)

3/4 lb. Odom’s Tennessee Pride breakfast sausage (or your favorite brand)
8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup of almond flour
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tsp baking powder
dash salt
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 375º F.  Spray a baking sheet with olive oil
oil cooking spray. (Misto)  Place dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Using your whisk, make sure the dry ingredients are well combined.
Add the sausage, grated cheddar, coconut oil and egg.
Mix well with your fingers, or your mixer if you prefer. The mixture
should be packy and hold the shape of a ball.

Form into 1” balls. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown.  To prevent sticking,
move the balls with a spatula halfway through cooking or use
parchment paper to line your pan.  Remove from oven and serve warm.

My batch made 32.

*For the Trim Healthy Mama plan: S category

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Behr’s Silver Strand paint

So I decided to go with Behr’s Silver Strand paint in my kitchen.

Do you think this was a good choice?


What color is your kitchen?

See my Kitchens board on Pinterest.

Spicy Mustard Glazed Chicken

This yummy chicken tastes very similar to barbecued chicken,

even though it doesn’t have the added sugar of a BBQ sauce.

mustard chicken

Spicy Mustard Glazed Chicken

8 chicken thighs, with skin
2 tbsp ground mustard
2 tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp paprika
pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400º.  Lay thighs out on baking sheet or pan.
Melt butter, whisk together with mustard and seasonings.
Spread glaze over thighs. Bake for 45 minutes.

Remove from oven and let meat rest 5 minutes before serving.  Serve with pan sauteed green beans or a side salad.  Or maybe both!  Enjoy!

*On the Trim Healthy Mama plan, this meal is in the S (satisfying/low carb) category.

You might also like these recipes:

Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Broccoli Fettucine Alfredo

Chicken Fried Steak with Cream Gravy

Making Memories


Make those special memories while your little ones are still little.

My girls are older now, but I hope they never forget.