Low Carb Thanksgiving Recipes

When you think about traditional Thanksgiving recipes a lot of high carb food might come to mind: creamy potatoes, sweet pies and desserts, thick gravy, roasted root veggies… it all sounds delicious but it doesn’t fit in with a keto/low carb way of eating. My family isn’t big into the usual turkey and trimmings for Thanksgiving anyway, but it’s still nice to have that holiday vibe without compromising our lifestyle. That being said, here’s a Pinterest-sourced roundup of low carb Thanksgiving recipes!

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Low Carb Thanksgiving Recipes

Low Carb Thanksgiving Recipes – Main Courses

You can’t really go wrong with a nice cut of meat! This is one part of your Thanksgiving meal that probably will not need to be adjusted. You can cook a ham (so long as it isn’t drenched in honey or maple syrup), a turkey or chicken, or prime rib and as long as it isn’t glazed, stuffed, or garnished with anything high carb you’ll be fine. We even cooked a large salmon filet for Thanksgiving one year!

Low Carb Thanksgiving Recipes – Side Dishes

Gravy: Check out this brown butter cream sauce from Low Carb High Fat Recipes, or for something fancier, the ultimate keto gravy from the Keto Diet app.

Veggies: These creamy garlic Parmesan mushrooms from The Recipe Critic look phenomenal. Add in cauliflower rice stuffing from The Healthy Maven, supreme green bean casserole from The Low Carb Maven, and cauliflower roasted garlic and ricotta mash from Little Broken, and you have a delicious spread.

Rolls: Keto bread? Yep. We’ve had Dream Bread bagels and love them; they make dinner rolls too!

Low Carb Thanksgiving Recipes – Desserts

Perhaps the holy grail of low carb Thanksgiving ideas — because what’s a holiday meal without dessert?

Pumpkin cheesecake mousse from Sugar Free Mama looks super easy to make (and you can use liquid stevia and Sukrin brown sugar substitute in lots of other dessert recipes! This keto chocolate silk pie from Ruled.me is absolutely drool inducing — we use Swerve as our erythritol/stevia blend, and buy bulk almond flour from Yupik. And last but not least, keto pecan pie from Keto Connect (this is the coconut flour we use!).


With these recipes and ingredients, you can put together a fantastic Thanksgiving spread without having to fall off the low carb wagon. This food would work equally well for a Christmas dinner, or any other holiday feast, too!

A at 10 Months

A was 10 months old September 30! I didn’t post then because the boy in question has been battling a fever for two-three days now. He’s sitting beside me happily munching on pears so, thanks, ibuprofen. Hopefully we’re all good again soon!

Stats:

He was 21 pounds at the clinic last week! I did not pay attention to any of the other measurements. #secondchildproblems He has at least eight teeth, four on the top and four on the bottom, and may be growing more but nobody wants to stick their finger in his very bitey mouth to confirm it.

Nicknames:

M calling him ‘boy’ has transferred to Matt calling him ‘boyo.’ Aside from that he’s got some variations of his name happening — Abrummy, A-bums, A-boom.

Temperament:

SO MUCH HAPPIER. My goodness. He can move around fairly freely now, and his stomach has adjusted to solids, so he’s less angry in general. Now he’s a smirking baby instead of a screaming baby. When he gets mad he still can shout at top volume, but instead of that happening all the time, it’s reserved for situations like falling over, not being allowed in the kitchen, or not being picked up immediately after waking up.

Skills:

He started crawling fully with hands and knees (vs. army crawling), then started pulling himself up confidently. Now he cruises more than anything. He will stand holding onto something lightly with one hand, but hasn’t attempted to stand without support yet. He likes to dance, is signing ‘more’ (though it may just mean ‘food’ to him at this point), and says a few consistent words: mama, baba, num num.

Eating:

Still a wide variety of food! There’s not much, if anything, that he doesn’t enjoy. He is starting to have preferences, though — if there are a few things available to him, he has his favourites. He also doesn’t like it if other people are eating something different than what he is eating, and he wants to use a fork or spoon if he sees others doing it. Now that M comes home  from school and has a snack, he also expects an afternoon snack and will get quite mad if it doesn’t appear! Sometimes she shares hers, which is pretty cute to see.

Sleeping:

I long for the day when I get to sleep again! Between teeth and illness, his already poor sleep is even more poor. Twice in the past two-ish weeks, he’s kept me up ’till 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. which has been… not fun. He consistently naps in the morning, but the afternoon nap is cut short by having to grab M from school, and then nighttime is very, very hit and miss. Add in M’s apparent lack of need for sleep, and I find myself wondering what I did in a past life to get kids who don’t sleep! 😉

Clothing:

He’s in some 12-to-18-month clothing and the 6-12s and 9-12s are just about maxed out. I saw the weight limit on one 6-12 piece was 22 lbs. so that makes sense! I just washed a load of his next size up and dude definitely has a lot of plaid shirts for fall. I’m getting him used to socks but he still hates shoes and hats, so things could get interesting when winter arrives.

Loves:

His sister, music, a tug-along snail toy and baby glowworm hand-me-down from M, chasing the cats, major splashing in the tub, opening and closing doors and drawers, visiting new places and seeing new people, scavenging for food everywhere.

Doesn’t Love:

Having to lay back for any reason, especially diaper changes — we are firmly in the wiggle phase here. Having his noise cleaned, getting kicked out of rooms via baby gate, being put into the car seat if he’s tired.

Things to Remember:

Over the Labour Day long weekend we had Matt’s brother, his wife, and their daughter (four days younger than A!) at our house, which was a blast, especially seeing the babies play.

He had his first mini-daycare experience; I took him to a mom’s group where they have childcare for babies over six months old for the hour-long meeting, and I wasn’t sure how he’d do, but he happily played and the caregivers later told me that he was super cheerful, wanted to keep up with all the big kids, and REALLY wanted to eat the snack. Seeing him connect the ‘more’ sign was neat, and it didn’t take that long to teach him!

Mom and Dad:

Trying to slow things down and relax our pace, for everyone. It’s a lot of haste and hurrying with M needing to get to and from school, and extracurriculars, and appointments and plans (you should have seen our September calendar!) so we are aiming to focus on positive interactions, working at our kids’ pace where we can, and not being busy for the sake of busy.

Looking Forward To:

This illness being over, for one. We have family photos coming up this month, which will be nice — we have no formal photos with A outside of my belly! And of course, Halloween. M chose our family theme again and kids in Halloween gear are always adorable, especially babies and their first costumes.


Dear A,

Before my eyes your babyhood is falling away, and the little boy version of you emerges more and more each day. I suppose we don’t really realize when the last baby moment is until it’s gone. I don’t want to keep you as a teeny baby, of course, and I love seeing this almost-toddler personality develop, but even though I’ve been through this before I’m still amazed at how fast it happens.

A few days ago I scrolled through photos from your birthday up until now and marveled at how much you’ve grown; how your entire body used to fit in my arms with room to spare, how your tiny eyes were swallowed up by your chubby baby face. I ached a little bit for those days of just sitting with you for half the day, while you snoozed and ate and snoozed and ate. But these days you make me laugh with your antics, and you astonish with your abilities and the way you keep discovering new things. I like seeing the world through your eyes.

You are a delight, always.

Love,

Mama

Where to Buy Cute and Functional Planner Supplies

Finding & Using Planner Supplies

I’ve recently jumped into the world of paper planning, because a) my phone is overstuffed with scheduling and b) writing things down seems to make the information stick around in my head a bit longer. My planner is a basic one from Mochi Things as I wasn’t sure how deeply I’d dive into planning and didn’t want to invest too much at first. I also have a cheap Mead planner (this one) specifically for blogging. There are tons of options for planners; it all depends on what you like and what you need. Instead of making recommendations for what book to buy, I’m going to share a few of the fun and functional planner supplies that can work in any planner.

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Finding & Using Planner Resources

Planner Supplies: Stickers

Stickers are probably the best part of planning! Some people go all out with customized characters that look just like them, or with stickers that leave no white space in the planner. I personally prefer more functional stickers than decorative stickers, and I’ve been enjoying the weekly planner stickers and mom’s planner stickers (which should be parent’s planner stickers) from Peter Pauper Press, as well as the huge variety of stickers from Me & My Big Ideas. The MAMBI stickers are technically for their Happy Planner but I think they work anywhere so long as you aren’t obsessive about specific sizes.


 

Planner stickers are also big in the Etsy world. This is where you can get into highly specific stickers that really help with scheduling and tracking! I recently discovered a few great Canadian shops for planner supplies thanks to the twice-annual Planner Boss Collective sale. I suggest The Studyholic, Let’s Plan It, and Sticker Fever for colourful and functional stickers (also great for bullet journals). I’ve found stickers that help me meal plan, set goals, track blog posts, and even remind myself when library books are due. Just hit up Etsy and search for what you need — if it’s not there, guaranteed someone will custom make it for you.

Using planner stickers is as simple as peeling them off and putting them where appropriate: daily, weekly, or monthly activities such as appointments and school events in the right spot on the calendars, to-do stickers and list type stickers in blank spaces and on sidebars, and decorative stickers wherever you’d like! You can also use basic shape stickers like dots and teardrops to colour code your planner by person, event, or task.

Planner Supplies: Writing

This may sound ridiculous but I feel like writing instruments are highly personal. Is that the writer in me coming out? I am picky about pens and markers. I hate blue ink, and strongly prefer writing with black fine tip Sharpie pens. For colour, I use Paper Mate felt tip pens that come in a variety of shades if you want to colour coordinate tasks, people, or events. And if you’re using your planner on the go, you will want to throw your pens (and stickers!) into a storage pouch.

 

Planner Supplies: Useful Accessories

With a planner and pens you can definitely get organized — the stickers and other things are helpful but not necessary! I have not invested much into accessories, but you can find bookmarks, clips, pen holders, you name it. School supplies like snap-in dividers, sticky tabs, and tape can do double duty as useful planner accessories, so you don’t have to break the bank on specifically planner branded items. K & Company’s Smash line also has some inexpensive products that work well for planners and notebooks, not just Smash books.

Using Your Planner Supplies

Again, this all depends on you, your preferences, and your schedule, but here’s what works for me: I sit down once a week and plan ahead as far as I can, using the monthly calendar to track big things like birthdays, events that cannot be missed, bills, and deadlines. I jump into the weekly section for day-to-day things, like book orders and library due dates, personal reminders for appointments and to-do items, and that kind of thing. In the blank area near the weekly schedule I make various list headings for what will apply that week — meal planning, general to-do, to buy, etc. During the week when something comes up I add it to the planner as soon as I can, and I consult with the planner often!

It’s a bit redundant with my phone scheduling and our huge family fridge calendar. However, I’d rather have things written down three times than not at all.


There you have it! I can see why people get really into planners and accessories; there are so many lovely supplies available, and if you have to organize, it may as well be enjoyable.

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Wood Anniversary Gifts Available on Amazon

I like to think that I’m decent at planning ahead for things, but this year, our fifth anniversary gifts almost got away from me! Apparently my husband had a similar problem, because I noticed a few Amazon Prime boxes arriving in the mail last week, before I was unceremoniously booted into the living room with shouts of “You can’t come in the bedroom right now!” What would we do without Amazon Prime?

Fifth Anniversary Gifts on Amazon Prime(

Fifth anniversary gifts are traditionally supposed to be made of wood. Amazon has a vast selection of Prime-eligible wood items, so you’re in luck if you waited too long. Some of these gifts can stand on their own, while others would do well as part of a larger gift package.

Ideas for Fifth Anniversary Gifts on Amazon

 

Fifth Anniversary Wood Gifts on Amazon Prime

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How cute are these wooden tea cups? Add in a package of delicious tea, a fancy spoon or tea towel, and you’ve created a cozy gift for your husband or wife.

The handmade carved wood jewelry box is similar to the route Matt took with his gift to me — a beautiful wood jewelry box, with something shiny inside. While this might seem female-centric, I’ve also seen smaller wooden gift/ring boxes that could hold something nice for a man, too.

Of course, if you want to go super-manly, check out this sandalwood beard comb. I know my husband would never use a beard comb but for the right guy, with some beard oil or another grooming product, it could make for a great gift.

A wood watch is as classic as it gets, perfect for husband or wife (or both!).

This wood grain essential oil diffuser looks pretty swanky. I think it would be a lovely gift, with a few essential oils included.

My favourite: how perfect would this set of Himalayan salt shot glasses with an acacia wood serving tray be with a nice bottle of tequila? It’s time to celebrate!

As a bonus, if you haven’t waited until the last minute — order a blank wood sign and get crafty!


What would you gift for a fifth anniversary wood themed present? What would you love to receive?

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Five Years

Today is our fifth wedding anniversary. I always find myself reflecting on the traditional gift for anniversaries: five years is the wood anniversary.

Marriage & the Wood Anniversary

Wood is interesting. It’s very strong, relative to its weight — meaning it can bear a lot more than it looks like it can handle. If you take care of it, it will last for ages. It’s durable. It’s renewable. It can be refinished, if it gets messed up. A five-year-old marriage is much the same, I think: it’s still young, with a lot of life left in it, and though it may have a few dings and scratches, it has strength on its side.

What can two people accomplish in five years? A home, a car, two kids, an existence that keeps sprawling outward.

That’s the other thing I find fascinating about trees. They grow up, and out, and down. As their branches stretch and their leaves reach skyward, their roots dig deeper. A strong, healthy tree, rooted safely into a solid foundation, can not only withstand the elements, it can harbour the seeds that grow entire forests.

 

In five years of marriage thus far, I don’t think our roots have ever truly been threatened. Our leaves and our branches have shaken and swayed, and we’ve lost a few (metaphorical) limbs. But if we’re a tree, we’re one that renews and replenishes itself, with the right care and conditions.

Perhaps I’m not sentimental enough — I got my husband an anniversary card featuring a photo of goats, for example — but I see today as another building block. The more of these we stack up, the more our lives take shape. If we do it right, we are the two names that sit at the top of the family tree one day, able to look out at all we put into motion.

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And all of this, from choosing to love. From continuing to choose to love, on the good days and the bad days and everything in-between. From bending and not breaking. From swaying with one another in whatever direction needs it most. Five years and five years and five years and onward.

Here’s to onward. <3

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