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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My Beautiful Sister Misha

Last night my beautiful and loving sister Misha Cain, passed away. She was my closest and dearest friend. Much more than a sister. She was always there for me, just a phone call away. She never judged me and she always listened. She gave the best advice. Sometimes she set me straight, told me to suck it up and get over it. But she did it, somehow, the right way. Mostly she said "Oh, I hear ya!" because as the older sister, she had been through it all before. She was always funny. Always made me feel better.

She always read her comments here and got such a kick out of helping people. Out of respect for her children I haven't posted much about her battle with Glioblastoma Multiforme, a very aggressive brain cancer she was diagnosed with in April. She fought it so bravely, with so much love in her heart and for all of us. I was able to spend quality time with her the last few months of her life. I am so thankful for that. Some of it in tears, and some of it laughing. Much of it dancing and singing, since she loved music so much.

You are loved Misha Cain. You are missed.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

LaCroix Coconut Sparkling Water

So exciting when you find a new Low Carb/Low Sugar item that you <3 Love <3! My sister Jenny introduced me to LaCroix Coconut Sparkling Water and I quickly became obsessed!

I've served this up to many friends and family members, but none of them really liked it. It tasted like summer, a really watered down Pina Colada or sun tan lotion. LaCroix says "Only all natural flavors are used to flavor LaCroix Sparkling Water. These flavors are essence oils extracted from the fruits." It has 0 carbs, sugar, calories and sodium. Just just sparkling water!

While many of the other LaCroix flavors easy to find (Berry, Orange, Pample Mousse, Lime, Lemon and Cran-Raspberry) Unfortunately the Coconut is difficult to find. Whole Foods is a consistent source, and sometimes I can find it at my local Targets. But many times a Target won't carry Coconut it at all, or do carry it but is out.

If you like the flavor coconut, give it a try! I'm looking for fun recipes to make a low sugar mixed drink this summer too. Let me know if you have any ideas!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Zucchini Spiral Recipe

For the Husband's birthday I wanted to make a special veggie dish and came across this recipe, that I decided to modify for both our diets (Me=Low Carb, He=Mostly Vegan). It was actually pretty easy to make, even though it looked intimidating. He usually doesn't have any eggs, but a friend gave me several from her backyard chickens, and those are A-Okay with him.

It turned out beautifully and impressed the Husband! It makes a nice side dish and yet another way to use the versatile zucchini like a noodle.

  • 3 Green and yellow zucchinis
  • Large Carrot
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • Cream
  • Garlic
  • Cheese (I used brie, but any white cheese will work)
  • Diced Bacon (optional) 
I used a cheese slicer to cut the zucchini and carrot into long thin strips. You could also use a Mandolin. Blanch the carrot strips for about 5 minutes in boiling water. Then I laid out several strips and started to roll them. As the wheel got bigger I had to wrap the strips around it instead of roll it. Move the spiral to a casserole dish. Then I covered it with pressed garlic, poured over the cream and egg mixture, and the (optional bacon and) cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until golden brown