01/31/21

No Bake Key Lime Pie (Low carb, Keto friendly, Sugar free)

Key lime pie is one of those desserts I hated as a child and cant get enough off as an adult! My absolutely favorite Key Lime pie can be found in Old Key West at Pepe’s. It’s piled high with creamy and tart filling, with a homemade crust and whipped cream.  It’s just out-of-this-world good! The famous Kermit’s would come in second for me, especially the chocolate covered Key Lime pie on a stick! I know it sounds strange- chocolate and Key Lime? But I just love it! 

While I don’t have plans to travel to the Keys anytime soon, today I had Key Lime pie on the brain after watching someone on Food Network make Key Lime pie bites. I just happened to have had a bottle of key lime juice in the fridge, and so I got to thinking about how I could whip up a quick Key Lime pie, without having to use the oven (I have ribs in there right now!), and that’s how this no bake Key Lime Pie came to be!

It’s oh-so-tart and tangy, and perfectly creamy from putting all of the ingredients in the blender. The tartness of the juice also hides the secret ingredient (see below). I bet the picky eaters in your life won’t be able to detect it! Of course it had to be paired with homemade whipped cream, just like at Pepe’s, and a have that traditional “graham cracker crust” like the real thing! 

Give this a try and let me know what you think! Post a pic on Instagram and tag me or add a hashtag! @orangespoken #orangespokenkeylimepie 

Here is the recipe:

12/20/20

Low carb, sugar free pumpkin spiced cinnamon rolls

The other day I was chatting with a friend about childhood memories when Grandy’s came up. 

When I was a kid, we’d make trips to our local theme park, Busch Gardens, quite often. And we always, ALWAYS stopped for breakfast before heading into the park at a place called Grandy’s nearby. Although it’s not there anymore. I have fond memories of those breakfast stops- full of excitement and anticipation of what was to come that day- and full of the BEST cinnamon rolls ever.  Continue reading

11/3/20

Low carb Sugar free Apple and Blueberry Crisp- From items in the pantry!

Apple crisp has always been one of my favorite recipes. Tia, a fellow friend of mine, made a batch of apple crisp last week and ever since I saw her post, I’ve been craving it!  I really wanted to be able to bake something today, but when I took a peek at my pantry inventory, I realized that I didn’t have much at the moment. But I did have a few things, including a little bit of coconut flour, two bags of Swerve sweetener with about 1/4 left in each bag, some flaxseed meal, about 1/2 cup of walnuts, 6 gala apples, and an almost-too-ripe-to-use lemon.

I can work with that! Continue reading

10/21/20

Greek Wedge Salad with Herb Vinaigrette

A few years ago I visited my cousins at the beach house they were renting for summer vacation.

We were having a little lunchtime potluck, and so I decided to whip up a healthy and refreshing Greek quinoa salad since we’d be in the hot sun most of the day.

Well apparently, my cousin Ryan has been thinking about that simple side dish since that day, and so for this year’s beach trip repeat, I made that same salad.  Continue reading

09/1/20

This is YOUR REMINDER

September 1st marks the beginning of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, followed by October, which we all know is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Have you had your annual well-woman exam this year? 
Are you doing monthly breast self-exams? Continue reading

04/10/20

8 years

I can’t recall how many times I’ve thought about my mom over the past 8 years. Quite possibly more times than when she was here on earth. I wake up thinking of her. I think about her when I look in the mirror each morning, and see faint resemblances of my mom in my own reflection. Sometimes I think of her when I hear the familiar and comforting tone of her voice inside my own words when I speak. And oftentimes something- a song, a picture, an artifact, a scent- will trigger a forgotten moment I experienced with my mom, and that memory will pop into my mind. Continue reading

03/14/20

Healthy cooking for beginners

Out of all the searches that drive readers to my blog, one of the top search phrases has always been “healthy cooking for beginners”. I get lots of questions about how to meal plan, how to shop, and how to, well, cook! I’ve had people tell me that their eating habits are horrible because they “can’t cook”, and so they resort to pre-packaged foods, fast food, and dining out way too often. 

Well, I’m here to tell you that healthy cooking is EASY! No seriously, I promise! Here are my tips for getting started in a healthy at-home meal prep and cooking routine… and making it a life-long habit! 

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11/28/19

Cinnamon apple waffles #EnvyApples

Disclosure: I received free product and compensation because of a partnership with Envy Apples, Publix, and the Tampa Bay Bloggers. All delicious thoughts and words are my own. 

Actually, I wanted the title to be “Fluffy and buttery almond flour waffles topped with sweet carmelized sliced Envy apples, toasted pecans, and a drizzle of warm apple cinnamon tea glaze” but that was a little wordy. 😉 Continue reading