Monday, May 2, 2022

Liam of Early Midlife Crisis Interviews The Hurricane!

 I've had quite a run on TikTok this year--I went from 200 followers to over 1,000 followers in a week, and the last time I looked, I had 33.4k!  People have been really wonderful and open to hearing about my journey with neurofibromatosis type 1.  It has been a joy to "meet" them on my TikTok live shows.

You never know how NF will manifest itself,
but we do know that it affects everyone differently,
and that most of the more serious issues are hidden.


One of the people who has touched my life is Liam Hamer, who reached out and asked me to be on his podcast, Early Midlife Crisis, recorded on Spotify.  Thanks so much Liam!  

He also posted on YouTube. (This show is audio only--the same version as Spotify.)


And here are a few photos showing my journey with NF:


Please follow me on TikTok!

Donate in my name to the 

Children's Tumor Foundation

Ending NF Through Research

 πŸ’“πŸ’“Thank You So Much! πŸ’“πŸ’“

Hurricane Mercedes


Friday, February 25, 2022

#TikTok Live Recipe: Pigs-in-a-Blanket from High Falutin' Low Carb

Pigs-In-A-Blanket
Be sure to watch Wes on THE BEST YouTube Keto Cooking Channel!




1/2 cup coconut flour (60 grams)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
2 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded (250 grams)
2 oz. cream cheese (55 grams)
3 large eggs, beaten
2 Tablespoons melted butter
12 bun length hotdogs or smoked sausages
1 beaten egg for egg wash

1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Sift together coconut flour, baking powder, xanthan gum and spices in a small bowl and set aside.
3. Melt mozzarella cheese and cream cheese in microwave on high power for one minute. Stir. Place back in microwave on high for another minute. Stir.
4. Using damp hands or dough hooks, mix in beaten eggs, butter, and coconut flour mixture until a dough is formed. Dough should be a bit wet and sticky.
5. Place a piece of parchment paper on countertop and turn out dough. Place another piece of parchment on top and roll into a thin rectangle.
6. Using a knife or pizza cutter, slice the dough into 12 thin strips. Wrap each hot dog with a dough strip and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. 
7. Use a pastry brush to brush the rolled hot dogs with the beaten egg.
8. Bake at 400°F for about 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool and enjoy!

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

#TikTok Live Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies #KitchenAid

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Kitchen-Aid Cookbook




Oven: 375°, 10-12 minutes

1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 cups flour
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cream sugars, butter, eggs, and vanilla thoroughly.
Add dry ingredients and mix well.
Fold in chocolate chips (and nuts, if you want).
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Drop rounded teaspoon of dough onto parchment paper and flatten a bit.  Have 2" of space between cookies.
Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes, cool cookies on wire rack.



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TikTok Live Recipe: #Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

 




Oven: 350F

1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup Swerve Confectioner’s sweetener (we used generic monk fruit blend)
1/4 cup Pyure Organic Bakeable blend sweetener (we used allulose)
2 large eggs, whisked
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
1 1/2 cups Lily’s stevia-sweetened dark chocolate chips (one 9 oz bag)
Note: We use two different sweeteners so that you won’t taste any bitterness or oversweetness from just using one.

* In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, Swerve Confectioners Blend and Pyure Keto sweeteners, eggs and vanilla until fully combined.

* In a separate bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt until combined.

* Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until it’s fully incorporated.

* Using a spatula,  gently fold  Lily’s chocolate chips into the cookie dough until it’s evenly combined.

* Using your hands, roll about a 1-inch ball of cookie dough and place it on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

* Slightly flatten each cookie to form the shape of your cookies.  These cookies will not spread much when baked.

* Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes, until golden brown.

* Allow the cookies to cool for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.


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Friday, February 18, 2022

TikTok Live Recipe: Brazilian Cheese Bread #sortedfood

Brazilian Cheese Bread

Here's their video!


Our recipe is mostly the same, but these guys do it better.  Anyway, here's how we make Brazilian cheese bread:

1 cup milk 
1/2 cup vegetable oil 
400 g tapioca flour
1 tsp garlic powder - optional
1 tsp baking powder - optional
2 slightly beaten eggs
100 g parmesan cheese 
1 tsp salt (or to taste, we use a little less)

We rarely measure anything but please do weigh out the ingredients for Brazilian cheese bread.  Tapioca flour just isn't consistent when measured by volume.

Heat milk, oil, and salt.
In mixer bowl, add flour, baking powder, and garlic powder.
With mixer on, add heated ingredients and mix until elastic and cooled.
Add eggs and mix thoroughly.
Add cheese and mix thoroughly.

Form into golf ball size balls and place on parchment lined sheet or well oiled egg cup molds.
Put in oven and decrease temp to 375 F.  Bake for 15 minutes.  (We make the cheese balls a little larger so we bake at 375° F for 18 minutes.  Your oven will vary so keep a sharp watch the first time you bake these.)

Makes 28 cheese balls, give or take.

So good!  We love to eat these plain, with butter, with cream cheese, or with clam dip.  Special thanks to SORTEDfood for posting this recipe.

TikTok Live Recipe: Clam Dip

Clam Dip
Jacquie Rogers and Mercedes Christesen


This clam dip is so delicious!  How did we make it?  Well, we had leftover clams (think Costco size cans) and we had to do something with it so here goes:

2 6.5 cans of clams, drained (save the liquid)
8 oz cream cheese, softened
8 oz sour cream
1/2 tsp garlic powder (or to taste)
1 TBS onion flakes (or to taste)
Salt and pepper, plus white pepper to taste
Optional: parsley, bacon bits (but is bacon ever really optional???)

Mix everything but the clams, then add in the clams.  If the dip is too thick, stir in some of the clam juice but be prudent.  Refrigerate for an hour or two to let the onion flakes hydrate. 

Serve on crackers, veggies, Brazilian cheese bread, or chips.  Or just eat it with a spoon.  I'm telling you, this was a big hit!


TikTok Live Recipe: Clam chowder (grain-free)

 Instant Pot Clam Chowder
(Grain-free)
Alsup family recipe




*Note: All quantities can be changed to your family's taste
2 large potatoes cut in 3/4" cubes (or turnips, which are lower carb)
1 large onion cut in 1" cubes
1 cup celery thinly sliced
2 6.5 oz cans clams (don't drain!)
Garlic powder
Salt and Pepper

We use the pot-in-pot method because that doesn't require extra water, so put potatoes, celery, and onions in a pot that fits inside the Instant Pot liner (I use a 3 qt IP liner inside the 6 qt pot).  In the larger pot, pour in 2 cups of water, then the trivet.  Cover the smaller pot with foil and poke a small hole in it, then make a sling out of foil (fold lengthwise several times to make a long strap), place the sling on the trivet and the smaller pot on the sling with the sling folded over the top of the smaller pot.  

Put the Instant Pot lid on and make sure the valve is on sealing, then turn on to high pressure for 20 minutes (or 25 if you like the potatoes to be softer).  Let out the rest of the steam after 15 minutes.

Remove the smaller pot, empty the water from the liner, and pour the ingredients from the smaller pot into the larger liner.  Add clam juice and then pour in cream (or condensed milk) to the top of the potatoes.  Add a handful of bacon bits.  Stir until the cream comes up to temperature.

**Note: if you're not using an Instant Pot, boil the potatoes, celery, and onions on the stovetop with as little water as possible.
***Note: garlic will overwhelm the clams if you're not careful, so if you're like us and think that there's no such thing as too much garlic, well, in clam chowder there can be.

Serve with bacon and parsley.  Grated cheese is good, too.

Yum!
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