Layered Cake with Buttercream Frosting

This post is a combination of recipes that ended up working really well together. I wanted to try a “naked” cake frosting technique, so excuse the aesthetics above as this is still a work in progress. Below are the links to each recipe, my tweaks, and my reviews.

Cake
Credit:B http://www.everylastbite.com/2018/10/19/lemon-layered-cake/
This cake is excellent in taste and texture.B After experimenting a bit, my twist on this is to bake (3) 9″ rounds using the below ingredient measurements. This will produce 3 layers for stacking. I played with the idea by making (2) rounds and creating a 4-layer cake half. I have come to the conclusion that 4-layers are too much and 2-layers are too little. For each round, it is 1/3 of the batter. The cook time decreases to 20-25 minutes.

  • 1.5 cups cashew flour (can replace with hazelnut or almond)
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1.5 tspB baking soda
  • 12 eggs
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 to 1.5 cups juice (I’ve replaced the lemon with pineapple, OJ, and tart cherry successfully)
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup honey

Banana Filling
Credit:B https://www.savorylotus.com/creamy-banana-pudding-dairy-free/
We have eaten this a few times as just a pudding and I had the idea to use it as a filling for my cake creation. It worked out perfectly, but next time I may reduce it down a bit more so that it is not as thin of a filling.

Buttercream Frosting
Credit:B https://comfybelly.com/2011/06/fluffy-chocolate-cupcakes/
The link above will take you to a post with various recipes. Chocolate is not SCD legal, but there is a plain buttercream recipe and that is what I used. This has a pretty good texture for frosting a cake and is close as I have found to real (white sugar loaded) buttercream. Here is how I altered the ingredients for my cake:

  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp palm shortening
  • 1.25 cup + 2.5 tbsp honey
  • 4.5 tspB vanilla extract

Hair Care Review: Living Proof

I’ve recently become obsessed with Living proofB hair products. I have always had long and healthy hair – despite countless color applications and processing. Back in May of 2017, I had to cut my hair short because, I believe, the round of prednisone I was on for two months destroyed it. It could also be related to the IBD, but I lean towards the prednisone because my hair is finally getting better. FYI: it started getting better before I began using this hair care brand, but this has made all the difference for me. And, I am not a hair product person. The most I use is some leave in conditioner.

So far I love the Restore and No Frizz lines. I am going to try out the PhDB line and some of the styling products. Here is a briefB summary of pros and cons thus far followed by a teeny review of the items I have tried thus far.

Cons

  • Pricey. I guess you get what you pay for, right?

Pros

  • I actually see and feel a difference in my hair and no longer hate it.
  • Free shipping and returns online.
  • Available at Ulta and Sephora.
  • Has decent promotions.
  • Can be found on Groupon and other discount sites.

Restore: Shampoo, Conditioner, and Mask Treatment

  • My hair felt like satin using these products. I used in combination with the humidity shield for a week, but I couldn’t bring myself to spend the $$$ on the large bottles of the Shampoo and Conditioner just yet. It’s expensive stuff.

Restore: Repair Leave-In

  • This works really well to detangle and smooth my hair while leaving it soft and manageable.

Restore: Perfecting Spray

  • I actually wanted to reorder this in a larger size, but I accidentally ordered the Repair Leave-In. I love this stuff. It leaves my hair silky without any indication of having used a product (i.e. oily). When I run out of the Leave-In, I’ll stock up on a big one of these.

No Frizz: Humidity Shield

  • I use this as often as I can tolerate because the smell actually bothers me. Or, maybe it’s the smell in combination with how it lingers in the air? Whatever it is, this makes me cough. However, in humid-as-hell Philly, this product does work on my fine hair.

PhD: Dry Shampoo

  • I just started using this and I have to say that it’s the best of the dry shampoos I have tried and I am a big dry shampoo fan. I usually use batisteB brand as a go to.

Maybe my hair was already on the mend on its own, but this brand of hair care products is making that journey significantly more enjoyable.

SCD Meal & Snack Ideas (March 2018)

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, so I figured I would condense a few meal ideas into one entry. Some of these are simply links to the recipes I used while others are recipes I created myself. I don’t often measure when I cook and I had not intended to post most of these as recipes, but, at the very least, you can be inspired by the ideas. Enjoy!

Veggie Soup

  • Distilled Water, about a gallon
  • Garlic sauteed in olive oil
  • Peas, spinach, and celery
  • Green cabbage, half a head just used for flavor
    • I added shrimp, chicken, or cod as I ate it over the course of the week

Pan Seared Shrimp and String Beans

  • Sauteed with butter, honey, and cumin

Mixed Mushroom Omelette

  • Portabella, shiitake, and oyster mushrooms sauteed in olive oil
  • The eggs were beaten with yogurt added and DCCC

Green Smoothie 1

  • Fresh spinach
  • Raw pecans
  • Banana
  • Mango
  • Yogurt
  • 50/50 grape juice and water
  • Ground ginger
  • Basil
  • Collagen

Green Smoothie 2

  • Cooked spinach
  • Pineapple
  • Banana
  • Ground ginger
  • 50/50 grape juice and water
  • 2 dates
  • Collagen

Baked Pork Loin and Zucchini

  • Pork loin rubbed with sage, rosemary, salt, and pepper in olive oil
  • Zucchini in olive oil, salt, and pepper

Fried Meatballs

  • 1lb of ground beef with seasonings, 1 egg, and DCCC added
  • Fried in canola oil with garlic cloves

Sauteed Chicken and String Beans

  • Chicken breast sauteed in olive oil, seasonings, and honey
  • String beans in olive oil and salt

Mussels in Red Sauce

  • Frozen mussel meats
  • Pomi tomatoes
  • Seasonings: onion powder, basil, and oregano

Coconut Flour Mug Cake

Paleo Coconut Cake

London Broil and Peas

  • Slice and pan seared London broil
  • Steamed peas

Glen’s Chocolate Sauce

Chicken, Rutabaga, and Spinach

  • Cubed chicken breast
  • Cubed rutabaga (faux potatoes)
  • Steamed spinach

LEAP Phase 4

I’m now on phase 4 of the LEAP program and I’m feeling pretty good. Here’s my phase 4 list:

  • Turkey 1.8 (10/7)
  • Egg 1.8 (10/2)
  • Tuna 1.8 (10/4)
  • Tomato 1.8 (10/3)
  • String Bean 1.8 (10/6)
  • Cucumber 1.9 (10/8)
  • Grapefruit 1.7 (10/12)
  • Peach 1.7 (10/11)
  • Cheddar 1.1 (10/5)
  • Cottage Cheese 1.5 (10/9 – DCCC)
  • Yogurt 1.5 (10/1)
  • Nuts/Seeds/Oils
  • Sesame 1.7 (10/10 – Tahini)
  • Black Pepper 1.7 (9/30)
  • Cayenne Pepper 1.7 (10/13)
  • Goatb s Milk 1.5 (*SCD*) – Cheddar
  • Cowb s Milk 1.4 (*SCD*) – Cheddar/Yogurt

I’m excited to reintroduce some of my favorites in this phase and phase 5. I get to have honey soon (phase 5), and I’m really hoping it gets to stick around. I do think that this program was money well spent. It’s time consuming and it requires a lot of dedication, but I am happy to be learning more about my body through this experience. I highly recommend this program to anyone trying to sort out causes of inflammation in their own body.

LEAP Diet Phase 2

After struggling through phase 1 with only 2 proteins and 2 veggies (I ate a lot of bananas and pecans), I must say that it was well worth it. I have literally no bloating when I’m done a meal and I’ve lost about 3 to 4 lbs and can finally fit into a bridesmaid dress I need to wear in a month.

The first 3 to 6 days are brutal on phase 1. I actually felt worse for 4 days. On the 5th day everything changed. I felt absolutely wonderful for the first time. I’m not proud of this, but I forgot to take my meds because I felt so much like my old self!

I’m now 3 days into phase 2 and I’ve introduced clams and mushrooms. I’m preparing scallops and broiled cod tonight with fresh ginger and mushroom spinach. Tomorrow I will have some pickled beets!

I seriously feel wonderful. I hope this continues. Here’s the remaining list of phase 2 items I’ll be introducing over the next 15 days:

  • Shrimp
  • Lentils
  • Broccoli
  • Green peas
  • Canteloupe
  • Pear
  • Raspberry
  • Olive
  • Pistachio
  • Hazelnuts
  • Peanut
  • Paprika
  • Mustard
  • Oregano

So many favorites coming back into my diet. Hoping they will get to stay!

Until next time, here’s some food I’ve been eating on the LEAP program:

Dirty Banana Cheese Cake (Tweak)

This is easily one of my favorite recipes. When I first made this for a dinner party, with only myself being on SCD, everyone enjoyed it. I then proceeded to eat a slice for breakfast every single morning until it was gone. While I know some of these ingredients are pricey, it’s worth every penny. I only wish I had taken better pictures.

I tweaked this recipe to be SCD legal by replacing the maple syrup with honey (filling) and excluding the stevia (topping) altogether. You will need pecans, coconut, dates, cashews, and bananas for the main components. Find the original recipe and complete ingredient listB here.

 

Native Deodorant (Review)

I intend to update this review at a later time with some more thorough opinions, but for the time being…

I’ve been using Native DeodorantB (Coconut Vanilla) for a little over a week now. It’s been pretty hot in Philly. I’ve gone to work. I’ve exercised. I’ve sun-bathed. I’ve sweat a good bit.

It goes on dry and it smells pleasant, but not overwhelming. Sometimes I have had to reapply simply to ensure that I don’t begin to smell. I would say that’s usually halfway or more through the day. I’ve not become sticky or stinky yet, either way.

I used to use Dove’s clinical antiperspirant and switched recently to Degree deodorant. In the past I had tried Tom’s aluminum-free is fresh apricot. It smells delightful, but is is sticky as hell and I couldn’t stand it. The stickiness seemed to never go away, either.

So far, so good. I will continue to use Native for the time being and report back any changes. In the meantime, try it out for yourself and let me know what you think.

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