Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Low Carb Sausage Balls

I was so happy these sausage balls turned out so good!  My husband really prefers to eat low-carb so around the holidays, I was thinking of the classic Sausage Balls and wondering if there was any substitute for the typical Bisquick.

After some googling, I heard about some attempts with Almond Meal and I decided to give it a try!

These are great and I we don't miss the Bisquick at all!  I guess, depending on the sausage, these could be considered Gluten-Free, too?

Low-Carb Sausage Balls

1 lb Jimmy Dean sausage (I used regular but I think hot would be great!)
1 cup shredded cheddar 
1/2 cup almond meal

1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
pinch of cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 375.  Spray a sheet pan with non-stick cooking spray. 

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well with hands.  

Form sausage balls to preferred size and place on cookie sheet.  
These were about a tablespoon full each.

Bake until fully cooked~ about 8-10 minutes.

When my mom used to make sausage balls, I remember dipping them in a mustard/mayonnaise dipping sauce:)  

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Calm Family Room

Calm Family Room

I've done a few inspiration boards for clients and thought I'd share this one of mine!  Sometimes I have the hardest time picking things for my own house so it has really helped to pull several pieces together in one place.  

Our front family room is large and has the gas log fireplace so we find ourselves gathering in here most of the time, especially in the winter.  When we moved in we painted all the woodwork BM White Dove and the walls SW Sea Salt.  We bought custom-cut, fairly inexpensive seagrass rugs for almost all the main level rooms.  While I love the look of seagrass, it is not very comfortable to sit on and our particular rugs show pretty much everything :(  Thank goodness they are natural tan!  But I think the time has come for me to look for a more patterned Oushak oriental rug.  They are pricey so I will share as I go about my search.  I want it to be pretty but also hide wear well.  This will be tricky because I naturally gravitate towards the lighter colors...

This big sectional is a necessity for us in this stage of life :)  I fought it long and hard but I have to say that I have no regrets now.  It is fugly but hard-wearing microfiber and this family (including both dogs) loves to cuddle up and watch movies on it.  I love the look of linen sofas but linen will just have to do for pillows now.  I cannot imagine having to worry about kids and dogs and light colored linen.  

I have also tried white/light slipcovered furniture and I also do not recommend it to my clients if they will get much wear because while yes, you can take the cover off and wash/bleach it, who EVER wants to deal with all that heavy, cumbersome fabric?  So, for pets and kids, medium colors and hard-wearing fabrics are the way to maintain sanity.

I already have the silk drapes, lamps & french chest of drawers.  Hoping this will motivate me to get started!