KETO Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients:

6 TBSP of grass fed butter
2 1/2 Cups of almond flour
1/2 Cup of keto approved sweetner
Splash of vanilla extract

Directions:
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
Use mixer to blend butter and sweetner, then add in vanilla extract and almond flour. Once all blended, use a spoon to put the dough onto baking sheet.
Put in oven for 15 minutes or till edges are browned.
Let cool all the way down and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Keto Hot Chocolate

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The holiday season is here!  Its my favorite time.  Cold weather, scarves, boots, and warm beverages.  Since starting Keto/ Low Carb months ago, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to have my favorite fall drinks.  But with some tweaking I can still enjoy hot chocolate this season!

Keto Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:  2 cups of unsweetened almond milk, 2 Tablespoons of heavy cream, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 Tablespoon of cocoa powder, 1 Tablespoon of any keto approved sweetener, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Directions:  Pour almond milk and heavy whipping cream in saucepan over medium heat till it comes to a rolling boil.   Reduce heat and add the rest of the ingredients to saucepan and whisk together.  When all ingredients have dissolved, turn off heat and let cool for a minute or two, then pour liquid into mugs and enjoy!

Still Austin Whiskey Co.

Austin whiskey lovers rejoice!  Today marks the start of a new chapter for not only Austin but whiskey connoisseurs.  I had the opportunity to get a sneak peak last night of the first whiskey distillery to operate in Austin since prohibition, and it might be my new favorite place.  It’s kind of like Austin’s version of Disneyland, but for adults.  The atmosphere itself is beautiful, inviting and friendly not unlike the many people who make the magic in a bottle there.

The whiskey itself, while brand spanking new is still very unique and inspires a seemingly infinite number of cocktail concepts.

 

Doors open today at noon so be sure to head over to The Yard off E St Elmo to celebrate this wonderful moment in Austin history!

 

 

 

 

 

Keto friendly pizza!

I started on the Keto diet a few weeks ago, and at first I was little worried about all the things I would be giving up, but I have found so many yummy recipes that I can still enjoy if I alter them just a little to fit into being Keto!

The one I have made a few times now, and even my partner has enjoyed is the keto pizza.

What you’ll need:                                                                                                                                                For the crust:                                                                                                                                          8oz of Cream Cheese                                                                                                                                    2 Eggs                                                                                                                                                         1/2 cup of Parmesan Cheese                                                                                                               1TBSP of Italian seasoning

For Toppings and sauce:                                                                                                                              Jar of low carb marinara sauce                                                                                                                 8-10oz of Shredded Mozzarella cheese                                                                                       Pepperoni (if desired, or choose whatever toppings you like)

Cooking Directions:                                                                                                                          Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Use a large baking sheet and spray with a non stick spray.  In a bowl, combine cream cheese, eggs, parmesan cheese and italian seasoning.  Mix till blended.  Pour bowl mixture onto baking sheet.  Place in oven for 20-25 minutes till slightly golden brown.  Let crust cool for 5 minutes.                                                                                                                                         Pour half of the marinara sauce on the crust, then put on mozzarella and other toppings you’d like.  Put back in oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.                                                                             Let cool for a few minutes before cutting and enjoy!

If you try it out, let me know how it goes!

The Factory Cafe- Waffles Waffles Waffles!

                                                                                                       The Factory Cafe-  7718 Burnet Rd, Austin TX

 

   At first glance, this little spot, located in the old Northcross Mall seems cute enough, but step inside and you feel like you’re stepping into a dream, the likes of which only seems to be missing a few free roaming peacocks, or a couple of dancing penguins.  Indoor swings, oversized chess boards, a cozy little nook piled high with pillows are just a few of the things you’ll notice.  And when the busyness of it all finally seems to settle, and you think you’ve got your bearings, someone will enter or exit the room through a bookshelf, like something out of a Scooby-Doo cartoon.

 

 We started with their Waffle Nachos and OMG they are so delicious!  When you think nachos stacked atop potatoes, you’d think they might be heavy, but not these.  They are surprisingly light!

The Waffle Burger was very good.  Savory and the waffle bun adds a slight sweetness to it.  Its not overwhelming, the savory and sweet complement each other quite well.  The beef I’m told is farm to table as well.

 When I mentioned to the staff that the environment seemed dream like, they appropriately slide this little cup across the counter and smiled.  How cute are the coffee mugs?

Pricing is reasonable.  We managed to grab up an appetizer, two drinks, and two meals for about $30 before tip.  This spot seems particularly well suited for any number of things, from a date spot, to a get together with close friends, or even just a quiet little study spot.  If you try them for brunch be sure to tell me about it in the comments section below!  Next time you are in north austin, stop by this place and enjoy some waffle nachos and a beer!

 

 

 

 

 

Stouthaus Coffee Pub

Stouthaus Coffee Pub – 4715 S Lamar Blvd #102, Sunset Valley, TX.

Open Monday-Friday 6:30am-10pm,  Saturday 7:30-10pm,   Sunday 7:30-1pm

Left- cold brew, Right- Iced Latte

Stouthaus opens at 6:30am and they have tacos from TacoDeli.  Who doesn’t love tacos?

Grab a coffee and taco in the morning before heading to work 🙂


Going in, it was pretty quiet inside, you see people on laptops working so it could be a good spot if you work from home or are a student needing to write a paper.

I really enjoyed this place great iced coffees and delicious gluten free espresso brownies!

 

Stonehouse Coffee and Bar

Welcome to the recently sprouted Stonehouse Coffee and Bar on South Lamar, located just across the street from Lamar Union in the South Lamar District.  My boyfriend and I like to check out different coffee and wine places around town, and with a desire to begin an Austin food blog, this was the perfect excuse (not that anyone needs an excuse for coffee ever)!

 

Its a pretty quiet environment.  Great setting for a first date or if you want somewhere to enjoy a cup of coffee and a great book.

I had an Iced Mocha  which was delicious and the boyfriend got an Iced Chai Latte.  They do equal milk and Chai so he opted to have it done a little spicier.

The coffee is delicious and the gelato from Austin Gelato Company is yummy!

I personally loved the Lemon.  It’s light and surprisingly tart.

I really enjoyed the entire experience there.  The staff is very friendly and the establishment is clean and inviting.  They also have one of the prettiest La Marzocco espresso machines in town!

 

So if you’re in the area and need a little pick me up, a cold beer on tap, or just a little shaded escape, be sure to check them out!