Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cut-Down-on-the-Carbs Ice Cream & The Insecure Writer's Support Group



Okay, I'll do it. Wasn't sure if I was going to post this low-carb recipe wonder, but here's the story....

One of the the low-carb dieter's bane is ice cream. Not having any can be the thing that sends the sweet tooth crying out in pain. Well, here's a recipe that can be that special treat for Atkins dieters and which quiets that nagging sweet tooth. It's a low carb ice cream! (I'm using 'C' for Cream and Cut-down-on-the-Carbs.)

Here's what you need:
Heavy whipping cream, stevia (a natural zero carb sweetener), sugar-free jam (not totally necessary, but it adds that extra flavor), chopped nuts (also not necessary, but it adds that extra texture), and a mixer.

1. Pour about 1 cup of heavy whipping cream into a mixing bowl
2. Add stevia to taste (start off using very, very little, because stevia is potent)
3. Whip cream with a mixer or whisk until cream is fluffy like whipped cream is supposed to be
4. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar-free jam and fold into cream
5. Dish cream into a serving bowl and place in freeze for approximately 2 hours, until cream is frozen. It's best if there's a nice little soft spot in the center, which happens after about 2 hours.

Then take out of the freezer and enjoy! Again, you can add a teaspoon of chopped nuts over the top for texture and who doesn't like chopped nuts!

# of carbs:
Without jam or nuts: 0
With jam and no nuts: 5 grams
With jam and nuts: about 7 grams




Alex J. Cavanaugh's 

Insecure Writer's Support Group




This past month hasn't been very productive writing wise. My critique partner I met with once has been busy and I'm not sure if it'll work out or not. The other writing group meets twice a month, and I was able to go only once last month. Another one meets only once a month. I'm planning on meeting someone else on the 13th, but she's not really writing anything right now, so it would just be about me. Doesn't quite seem the same thing, but we'll see.

Other things are promising however, including a book signing I have coming up on April 20th, and The Book Shop in Hayward purchased a copy of my book to place on the shelf. But, I need to get writing!

Okay, I'll stop whining. I'm blessed. :) But I do need to write.


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29 comments:

  1. I have been enjoying the recipes you have been posted, and this one sounds like a keeper. I'll try it this weekend. You're blessed in your writing, as you say - and your writing is blessing others! Best of luck for the Challenge!

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    1. Thanks Diana! Hope you can try out one or two of these recipes.

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  2. Mmmm, looks like the right amount of sweet for me. My mouth is watering for sugar now.
    You found your calling in writing for sure!
    Dani @ Entertaining Interests
    #warriorminion

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    1. Thank you Warrior Minion! Encouraging words always make me happy.

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  3. Looks yummy, Nancy. Thank you. I too haven't been working on my book much.

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    1. These pics are looking good. Maybe I should look into going into photography! :)

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  4. Thanks for the recipe... Always looking for new delish dessert items!

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    1. Especially ones that don't rot your teeth and put your sugar level over the roof!

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  5. This ice cream sounds really yummy! I'm really wishing I had a bowl in front of me right now.

    I know what you mean about not being productive, I've been the same way and really want to get back on track. Congratulations though on your book being sold by that store, how exciting! And I'm sure the book signing will be wonderful. :)

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    1. Well, I hope it gets sold, then the store will purchase another one from me!

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  6. And now I'm hungry =)

    I can relate to the critique partner situation. I recently found one and I'm blessed have him!! He is so much more experienced than I am. He doesn't need me at all. This means it's all about me and my book but he says it feels good to mentor someone just starting out.

    Elsie
    IWSG co-host

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    1. I was hoping someone would have a story like this. I'll try not to feel guilty then and will see how this goes. I do do so much better when there's someone expecting me to move along with my WIP.

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  7. That ice cream sounds yummy!

    I hope you manage to increase your writing productivity to a level you're happy with. I know that is totally an ongoing battle for me so I feel your pain.

    ~ Cori Vidae ~

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  8. Nancy!! You have been promoted. Now you are my heroine! An ice-cream recipe. Consider yourself tackled by a very sincere dragon hug. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Love ice-cream just as much as I hate chocolate. :D

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    1. LOL! I accept the promotion, just careful on the hugs - not sure how my skin would take to scales. :))

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  9. But...but why? I love the way the carbs taste!

    (But it's a great post. Nicely done).

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    1. Thanks Daniel. To see why limited carbs, you'd need to read the first day of the challenge. :)

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  10. Yum I love ice cream! I would probably do it with jam but without the nuts :)

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    1. Yeah, there's always something people don't like. :)

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  11. I'm not really an ice-cream lover... is that a good or bad thing?
    And how many writing groups do you really belong to?

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    1. Lol. Let's see, there's a 2x month group at the public library that I've been with for years, but it's always rushed and no in depth critiquing can get done. There's a once a month one that I just joined and went once. It's good, but just once a month. Then there's the critique partner that I'm not sure will continue...maybe, but who knows. And I'm meeting someone new, who will hopefully be an ongoing, regular critique partner.

      So to answer your Q, 2 definite and 2 maybes.

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  12. Your recipe sounds delightful. Hey, if you're actively participating in A - Z, you're more than a little productive in my book this month:)

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  13. Things have been slow for me in some aspects of writing as well. Any ice-cream recipe will make someone happy.

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  14. Yum! This is a great idea. I love making my own ice creams and using fresh fruit always freezes funny, sugar free jam is the way to go. Lovely C post.

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    1. Yeah, I don't like frozen fruit, although blueberries can be good in the ice cream and is a lower carb fruit.

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  15. That sounds delicious! I love ice cream more than you know. Now, to make a super-dark chocolate version. :)

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