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Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies


Ingredients:

-1 cup almond flour
-1/4 cup coconut flour
-1 tsp baking soda
-1/4 tsp sea salt
-6 Tbs softened grass fed butter
-1/3 cup erythritol or swerve
-1/3 cup almond butter
-1.5 tsp vanilla
-1 egg
-1/3 cup Lily’s Chocolate chips

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

1. In a mixer, mix butter, vanilla, salt, and ethyritol together.
2. Add egg, almond butter, and baking soda and mix well.
3. Slowly add in almond and coconut flour till and mix.
4. Mix in chocolate chips.
5. Using a cookie scoop, drop 2 Tbs of dough onto cookie sheet. Slightly flatten using your fingers to form more of a cookie shape.
6. Bake for about 11 min, or unti desired consistency. We like our more chewy than crispy.
7. Enjoy! And try to eat just one. I dare you.

Yields: 18 cookies

Less than 2 carbs per cookie*

When counting carbs, we do not account for the erythritol carbs in the chocolate chips since it has no effect on blood sugar.

 

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These peppermint sea salt chocolate covered almonds are GUILT FREE and less than 1 CARB each! And they taste frickin’ amazing. You literally can’t eat just one. And my kids know this because they count how many are left in the mornings and see that half of them went missing while they were sleeping. Whoops. But hooray for a treat that doesn’t spike blood sugar and you don’t have to shoot up for it! And the peppermint essential oil has so many great benefits for your body that we are just winning all around!

Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil:
-aids in digestion
-reduces inflammation in the body
-anti-parasitic
-antibacterial
-antiviral
-suppresses appetite
-brings oxygen to your brain
-helps with circulation

almonds-blogIngredients
-1 cup Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips*
-2 Tbs coconut oil
-3 drops Young Living Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil (this stuff goes a long way)
-2 Tbs erythritol or swerve*
-1 1/2 cups roasted almonds
-sea salt

Directions

1. Fill a pot with a few inches of water and place a glass bowl over the top of the pot, but do not let the water touch the bottom of the glass bowl.
2. Add chocolate chips and coconut oil to the glass bowl and melt on medium, stirring occasionally.
3. Add in erythritol, peppermint oil, and a pinch of sea salt and stir till the sugar has dissolved.
4. Using a mini peanut butter cup silicone mold, fill each cup about halfway with the melted chocolate.
5. Add almonds on top of the chocolate in each cup and then pour chocolate over the top of the almonds.
6. Place in fridge or freezer for about 20 minutes to for the chocolate to harden.
7. Sprinkle sea salt on top when ready to eat and devour!

*We use the Lily’s dark chocolate chips that are sweetened with erythritol and stevia. We do not count erythritol carbs, so essentially the chocolate is carb free. If you are using regular dark chocolate chips, then your carb count will be much higher. Since we eat low carb, these are the only chocolate chips we use.

*Erythritol / swerve – This is what we use in replacement of white sugar since we don’t need to count the carbs for erythritol, and it does not spike our blood sugar. And it doesn’t have a weird taste like some sweeteners do. We don’t even have regular sugar in our house, but if you’re not concerned with the carb amount in this treat, then you can use that.

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If you need to get yourself some peppermint essential oil, you can do that HERE.

Grab yourself a premium starter kit, and all the vitality oils are great for adding to drinks or cooking with. Shoot us a message from the contact form if you have any questions about essential oils, what our favorites are, or how you can make some extra money simply by sharing how oils have benefited you and your family. 

The kids and I LOVE kombucha and all the health benefits it provides, but we don’t love the amount of sugar. Our whole family eats a low carb diet since Zola and I both have Type 1 Diabetes and eating low carb has been an incredible way to keep our blood sugar stable before, during, and after meals. We don’t experience the spikes in blood sugar we used to and we definitely don’t fear the roller coaster of highs and lows. Since switching to this way of eating, it’s been so fun to find ways to make low carb version of things we used to eat!

Since we haven’t found a way to make a sugar free kombucha, because making kombucha requires regular sugar in order to work, we set out to make something that tastes similar and that’s also great for you! So we made an apple cider vinegar drink and it tastes pretty darn similar to kombucha!

Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits:
-promotes good gut bacteria
-detoxes the body
-aids in weight loss
-helps digestion

It is best to  drink ACV in the morning about 30 minutes before you eat breakfast and your digestive system will thank you.

Grapefruit Essential Oil Benefits:
-weight loss booster
-helps reduce sugar cravings
-lowers inflammation in the body
-increases blood flow
-helps remove toxins from the body
-relieves stress and fatigue
-promotes clear healthy skin

By adding a few drops to your drink, you get so many health benefits and it makes your drink taste especially fresh. This drink is the kick start to my day each morning and gets my booty in gear!

I give you…”The Funny Drink” as Ollie calls it. Because his mouth feels funny from the La Croix.

 

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APPLE CIDER VINEGAR DRINK

Ingredients:
-2 T fresh lemon juice
-2 blackberries
-2 drops Young Living Grapefruit Vitality Essential Oil
-2 T organic apple cider vinegar
-2 drops liquid stevia
-1 can La Croix* (or 12 oz of club soda)
-ice

*I use the lime or lemon flavored La Croix, but because that’s what we have in the house. Most any flavor will do, or even just plain club soda. Or you can use water if you don’t have anything fizzy on hand.

Directions:

1. In a glass, add lemon juice and blackberries. Use a spoon to mash the blackberries against the wall of the glass (Because we make this drink every day, I have pre-blended blackberries and lemon juice so it’s already in mashed up form).

2. Add apple cider vinegar and liquid stevia.

3. Fill glass halfway with ice.

4. Pour La Croix over ice.

ENJOY!

If you need to get yourself some grapefruit oil, you can do that HERE. Grab yourself a premium starter kit, and all the vitality oils are great for adding to drink or cooking with. Shoot us a message from the contact form if you have any questions about essential oils, what our favorites are, or how you can make some extra money simply by sharing how oils have benefited you and your family. 

IT IS FINISHED.
Happy Easter from The Cheneys!

Our hearts are overjoyed to introduce you to our beautiful children, Oliver Brave and Zola Jo. We’ll share more later on the story behind the kids names, it’s pretty amazing. After living in Uganda for the last 15 months fighting for our kids, we are finally HOME!

We left Uganda on Good Friday and woke up in our home in San Diego for the first time as a family of four on Easter Sunday. His redemption has been so evident in our journey, it only seems fitting that he would end this chapter of our lives on the same weekend we remember His ultimate sacrifice and the beginning of the world’s redemption story.

There are no words for the way our hearts felt walking off the plane yesterday and being welcomed home by friends and family! It was truly the best and sweetest day of my life!

Through His grace, and His grace only, we have made it through the most challenging 15 months of our lives. We experienced many trials – from Ollie fighting for his life, to me ending up in a coma in the hospital where I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) at the age of 26 in the middle of Ollie’s adoption. 2.5 months after my diagnosis, we were asked to foster a sweet girl in Uganda who was also just diagnosed with T1D, which led to her adoption and making her a part of our family forever. I knew there was purpose to my diagnosis the moment we heard about Zola. It has been the most humbling experience to be used by The Lord in this way. The last year has been far from easy, but our faith has been increased far beyond what I knew possible. We have seen beautiful redemption, we know love deeper because of these two children, and we have been wrecked by the love of Jesus. I am overwhelmed by a God who chose to show us His extravagant love for us through this journey. Words cannot express our gratitude for the ways you have fiercely loved and supported our family. We are forever changed because of glory.

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Our first day home has been filled with the most precious moments and I have said “IS THIS REAL LIFE?” probably 100 times already. We were welcomed at the airport yesterday by friends and family, we cried all the tears, and have been soaking in all the firsts with the kids. Zola asks a thousand questions and their faces are filled with such joy as they discover new things. Watching them seem their own bedroom for the first time was the sweetest thing and to meet people that have prayed hard for these kids! Most of the time it doesn’t even feel real that we’re home. We have longed and prayed for this for so long, and it’s finally here! Today has been the most precious gift! God is so good and we are forever changed!

In case you’re new to our story, you can catch up over on Instagram > HERE

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Thank you Kandis Marino Photography for capturing these moments at the airport!  23Getting ready to board our 16 hours flight from Dubai to LAX. The kids did way better than we expected, no meltdowns, and a whole lot of laps around the plane to keep Ollie entertained!

Dexcom has literally been a lifesaver on multiple occasions living in Uganda with Type 1 Diabetes!

5Dexcom twinning!  67 Thank you Nina & Wes for capturing our sweet family on film! 89We’d told Zola all about Starbucks and she loves green tea. We weren’t even in the car 5 minutes leaving the airport and she asked where Starbucks was. It’s pretty safe to say she LOVED having her own cup with her beloved tea. And it was the first time I had coffee in months. All the praise hands for knowing the exact amount of carbs in my drink every single time…thanks Starbucks! Oh how I’ve missed iced coffee!

Easter Sunday…the first morning we woke up as a family of four in our home in San Diego. This was the first time I have ever pushed my kids in a stroller. We walked to Starbucks with our dog, Milo, and loved watching the kids ask questions about everything they saw. I think we’ll be logging a lot of miles in this thing!

Thank you Kelly for loving our family well and capturing this sweet moment! 1

Be sure to stay tuned as we’ll be posting lots of photos of the kids over the coming weeks from our 15 months in Uganda!

We are so excited to get back to work and building, and in the meantime, we listed a ton of new bracelets and necklaces that were handmade in Uganda. These go fast, so grab them while they’re available!

VISIT OUR SHOP > HERE

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e-mail: kearydee@me.com or use the contact form on this site

We could not have done this year without the love, prayer, and support of all of you. You have truly carried us through a hard season! We weren’t expecting all the delays that we had with June Bug’s adoption, as in things taking about four times longer than expected, and because of it, we are running low on medical supplies. I even took my Dexcom out of my arms because we are so low on sensors that we won’t have enough for both June Bug and I till we get home, and it’s more important for her to have one than for me. We have brought or had someone bring over supplies several times now since nothing is available here and we are nearing the end of what we have left! Because our bodies rely on these things to stay alive every single day, it’s fairly urgent that we replenish our nearly depleted stock.

Tomorrow is 11 months since the day I ended up in a coma and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Two and a half months later, June Bug joined our family who had just been diagnosed with Type 1 as well. In case you missed the whole story, you can read my diagnosis story {HERE} and about how June Bug joined our family {HERE}. Between the two of us, we have pricked our fingers and tested our blood sugar over 4000 times. And we have given ourselves over 3300 injections. In 11 MONTHS! Some days I can’t believe it’s already been almost a year since I was diagnosed, and other days I feel like I’ve had it forever and have forgotten what life is like prior to diagnosis. I have forgotten what it’s like to just grab a snack from the fridge and run out the door, or to leave the house without a purse full of supplies, or what it’s like to sleep a solid night without dexcom alarms going off and nightly blood sugar checks. I have forgotten what it’s like to order anything I want off a restaurant menu, or to not freak out when I’ve taken insulin and then the server comes to tell me they’re out of what I ordered, or without asking swap out food in my meal that just doubled the amount of carbs on my plate which I didn’t take insulin for. This disease consumes your mind all day and there’s never a break or a day off. I have to be on my game 24 hours a day. And living with T1D in Uganda is 100 times harder than in America. BUT…God redeems and he brought so much purpose to my diagnosis when he brought June Bug into our family! He remains sovereign!

Thank you for the ways you have lavishly loved our family, fervently prayed for us, found unique ways to meet tangible needs, and been such a source of encouragement! Any words just seem so inadequate to express our gratitude!

If you know someone coming to Jinja, Uganda in the next week or so, can you please send me an e-mail at kearydee@me.com. Since shipping is not an option to Uganda, we would need these items brought over by someone already coming ASAP!

Below are some of our current urgent needs

URGENT NEEDS
-Dexcom G4 Sensors (we’ll take expired ones too)
Accu-Chek Aviva Plus Test Strips
Accu-Chek Smart View Test Strips
-Freestyle Lite Test Strips

We can use any of the above strips since we have all three types of meters that those match up with. Those links above are where supplies can be purchased from Amazon.

 >>>  ITEMS CAN BE SHIPPED TO  <<<
Keary Cheney
PO BOX 230209
Encinitas, CA 92023

*Packages MUST be address to Keary Cheney or they will be returned to sender by USPS*

My friend, Lis, will collect everything and ship it to whoever is coming to Uganda the soonest! Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus!

Donations can also be made through YouCaring that allow us to continue to buy supplies. We are so incredibly thankful for the way you have loved and supported our family in this journey!

{ DONATE HERE }

THANK YOU – THANK YOU – THANK YOU

keary-3Justin has become a master at inserting Dexcom while I hold this sweet girl! He can do the whole process in under two minutes!

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After inserting the new sensor into her arm, we re-start the sensor on the transmitter and in two hours it will be ready to calibrate by testing her blood twice to make sure it’s nice and accurate!

“I WILL CHANGE THE WORLD” tee from Camplight Apparel.

01.13.16-10 copyThese two are the best of buds. I love watching their sweet little relationship grow. June Bug is such a big helper to Ollie, and Ollie asks about her nonstop if she’s not in the same room as him. Oh my heart.

09.18.15 re-sized-6 copyThis one is a throwback to September on new dex day (we call it)…gosh her hair has grown so much!

Headband by: Jjajja Baby Co

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