7 Must-Read Books to Change Your Personal Finances

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7 Must-Read Books to Change Your Personal Finances
Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.Harry Truman

If you want to be normal, don't bother with these books. Financially speaking, normal is broke, scared, and unprepared. I don't know about you, but I want more out of life than that. I want to enjoy life now, yet prepare for a better future. Reading from a variety of perspectives has given me the knowledge and tools to spend wisely, invest in the future, and believe that I'm capable of winning with money.

Here are 7 must-read books to change your personal finances. These 7 books provide the basic knowledge needed to win with money. They teach practical approaches and considerations. Add them to your personal reading list and change your life.

1. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

This was one of the very first financial books I ever read. It is a great starting point for almost anyone. Dave Ramsey keeps it simple, with practical advice and real-life examples. This book helped my husband and I get out of debt and start saving for our future. Dave's strategies may be extreme (no credit cards?!), but they are simple and proven to work.

Buy The Total Money Makeover on Amazon

2. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

What you think about millionaires is probably wrong. The media, your family, and your broke friends have probably told you that it is pretty much impossible to build wealth in this day and age. Though starting to age a bit, this book shows you just how wrong that notion is. Most millionaires are self made, as in they didn't win the lottery or inherit wealth from their rich uncle. Read about the surprising life of America's truly wealthy people.

Buy The Millionaire Next Door on Amazon

3. Love Your Life Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze

Comparing ourselves to others is the most damaging money habit we can have. With social media we've become accustomed to seeing the highlight reel of our friends, family, coworkers, and celebrities. It is easy to think that they are all enjoying life more than you. This book teaches 7 money habits for living YOUR life and LOVING it.

Buy Love Your Life Not Theirs on Amazon

4. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Part of the struggle with money is our perception of it, where it comes from, and how to get more of it. If you don't believe that you can win then you won't. It is truly that simple. This books helps break through some of those mental barriers and shows you that we can all think differently about money and potentially earn more of it.

Buy Rich Dad Poor Dad on Amazon

5. Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

This may seem like an odd pick to include on a list of personal finance books. Yet, if you don't set personal boundaries you won't know when to say yes and when to say no. Saying yes more often than you should makes it nearly impossible to make any financial progress.

Buy Boundaries on Amazon

6. Retire Inspired by Chris Hogan

How do you picture your ideal retirement? Are you doing anything to make that a reality? Chris Hogan lays out simple methods and effective examples to show you that your dream retirement is within reach and that you need to start working towards it right now.

Buy Retire Inspired on Amazon

This book is not directly about personal finance. Instead it is about becoming a better, more effective person. This famous book teaches you how to improve yourself. As you improve yourself you'll not only get more control over your finances, but probably make more money too!

Buy The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People on Amazon.

Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili Recipe

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Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili

Cincinnati Chili is a family favorite of mine. Being that my birthday is in the dead of winter I would almost always request this for my birthday dinner. I enjoyed it because it combined two of my favorite things, chili and pasta. 

I'm a big fan of soups and chilis in the winter. They're easy to make, warm you from the inside out, hearty, and filling. Alas, I also have a love affair with pasta. Since transitioning to a Paleo/Keto lifestyle I had mostly left that love affair behind.

Until I found Miracle Noodles that is. I had tried multiple other pasta substitutes, such as zucchini noodles, but none really satisfied that desire for the perfect al dente pasta. I found the Miracle Noodle brand and was pleasantly surprised. Sure, they aren't the perfect replacement, but they are the best I've found. Now I can enjoy pasta, without the stomach aches and bloating that gluten gives me.

Miracle Noodle Angel Hair Shirataki Noodles 7 oz pouch
Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili

Ok, enough about me and pasta. Let's talk about this Cincinnati chili thing. What is it? Well, it's a dark, rich chili seasoned with cocoa, cinnamon, and other spices. No, it is not sweet. It is savory, rich, and delicious. The cocoa and spices lend depth to the flavor and give it a unique spin. Paired with just the right amount of spice and topped with melty cheese (if you aren't strict Paleo) it is a thing of beauty.

Let's just say there is a reason I requested it for my birthday dinner. Out of any choice for my special meal I chose this. Try it out and I'll think you'll be pleasantly surprised. The spice list may be a little longer than most chili recipes, but that is what makes it so special.

Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili

Traditionally, Cincinnati chili needs to simmer for hours to fully develop its depth of flavor. We don't all have that kind of time. That's the beauty of the Instant Pot. This recipe is simple to make and quick, for a chili. It's also a great chili to serve on hot dogs, burgers, fries, or wherever else you like chili.

Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili

Tips to Make Sure this Recipe Turns Out Great

  • Brown the beef and onions before pressure cooking. This provides a little extra depth to flavor and makes the chili taste more like it has been simmering for hours.
  • Use all the spices! I know, the spice list is long. Some of them may even sound a little weird for a chili. Don't skip the spices. They are what make this Cincinnati chili, instead of just chili.

Items You Will Need

  • Quality cacao or cocoa. While I wouldn't call the cocoa the star of this recipe, it is most definitely the supporting character. The flavor doesn't scream cocoa or chocolate and that's a good thing. The cocoa provides an earthy richness that can't be missed.
  • Miracle Noodles. If you need a Keto, gluten-free, or Paleo-friendly noodle to serve the chili over I recommend Miracle Noodles. They are a great base for this chili and provide a more traditional Cincinnati chili experience.
Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili

Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 340 kcal
Cincinnati chili is a rich and thick chili traditionally served over spaghetti noodles, but also works well for hot dogs, hamburgers, or on its own. This Instant Pot version is quick and easy to make, whipping up in about 45 minutes. It is also Keto or Paleo friendly when the right type of noodles and toppings are used.
Print Recipe


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 large white onion diced
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Add the ground beef and diced onion to the Instant Pot insert. Press the sauté button. Sauté until the beef is slightly browned and the onions begin to become translucent. The beef does not need to be fully cooked.
  2. Press the Cancel button and add all the remaining ingredients except for the bay leaves. Stir until well combined.
  3. Place the bay leaves on top of the mixture. Seal the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the vent is in the sealed position.
  4. Press the Manual/Pressure Cook button and adjust the time to say 30 minutes and adjust to high pressure.
  5. After the 30 minutes has completed let sit for an additional 5 minutes. Vent the pressure safely and open the lid. Remove the bay leaves and serve with your favorite chili toppings.

Recipe Notes

For Keto or Paleo I prefer to serve over prepared Angel Hair Miracle Noodle’s. Purchase them on Amazon or Thrive Market.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 340 Calories from Fat 166
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18.4g 28%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 505mg 21%
Potassium 764mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 7.8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2.9g 12%
Sugars 1g
Protein 33g 66%
Vitamin A 29.5%
Vitamin C 25.4%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 19.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili

30 Keto Low Carb Party Foods and Appetizers

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30 Keto Low Carb Appetizers & Party Foods

Are you hosting a party or event? Do you struggle staying Keto at family gatherings? Trying to impress your guests during the big game? Here's a list of XX Keto party food recipes that anyone will love, Keto or not! These appetizers and finger foods are perfect for any occasion.

1. Quick Salami & Cream Cheese Bites via The Kitchen is my Playground.

2. Best Low Carb Spinach Artichoke Dip via Low Carb Maven.

3. Cheesy Cheddar Bites via Butter is Not a Carb.

4. Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili via The Frugal Caveman.

5. The Best Low Carb Tortilla Chips via Simply So Healthy.

6. Quick & Easy Guacamole via Keto Diet App.

7. Buffalo Chicken Tenders via Keto Connect.

8. Microwave Bacon Wrapped Cauliflower via Sweet T Makes Three.

9. Easy Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball via My Montana Kitchen.

10. Oven Baked Parmesan Garlic Wings via Joy Filled Eats.

11. Keto Buffalo Chicken Meatballs via How to This and That.

12. Easy Pizza Dip via Keto Connect.

13. Low Carb Big Mac Bites via Home Made Interest.

14. Low Carb Cheese Crackers via iSave A to Z.

15. Mexican Keto Deviled Eggs via Wholesome Yum.

16. Easy Keto Mozzarella Sticks via Try Keto With Me.

17. Keto Pigs in a Blanket via Keto Connect.

18. Low Carb Pepperoni Pizza Cups via A Spicy Perspective.

19. Pomegranate Chicken Salad Cucumber Bites via Joy Filled Eats.

20. Jalapeño Poppers via Onion Rings & Things.

21. Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks via Evolving Table.

22. Crispy Artichoke Hearts with Horseradish Aioli via Health Starts in the Kitchen.

23. Cheesy Baked Cauliflower Tots via Kalyn's Kitchen.

24. Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites via Wholesome Yum.

25. Low Carb Sour Cream Dill Pickle Dip via Kind Keto Mama.

26. Easy Keto Pizza Rolls via Low Carbe Diem.

27. Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries via Wholesome Yum.

28. Keto Chicken Taco Soup via Hey Keto Mama.

29. Pork Rind Nachos via Keto Connect.

30. Keto Soft Pretzels via Peace Love and Low Carb.

Sinking Funds: How to Pay Cash for Everything

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Sinking Funds: How to Pay Cash for Everything

What is a Sinking Fund?

In its simplest form, a sinking fund is simply a method of saving up to pay cash for expenses. It’s a simple formula of the expected purchase amount and the time until you want to make the purchase. Sinking funds can be used for major purchases, such as the purchase of a vehicle. Or they can be used for much smaller ones, such as saving for a new vacuum. No matter the purchase size, a sinking fund can help you pay cash for most everything! This is the method my husband and I use for all major purchases!

Why Use a Sinking Fund?

Look almost anywhere and you’ll find that the data shows that wealthy people don’t finance purchases. Some people think they pay cash because they are wealthy. In reality, they are wealthy BECAUSE they pay cash. They delay pleasure and plan their purchases, prioritizing their money for what really matters most to them. After all, it’s impossible to build wealth if you continuously go further into debt. Use sinking funds, don’t build up more debt, pay off debt you have, and then become wealthy. Wealth is less about income and more about outgo.

How to Set Up a Sinking Fund

This is where I wow you. Okay, it probably won’t wow you. Setting up a sinking fund is actually super simple. Let’s use an example. Let’s say you need to purchase a new refrigerator. The refrigerator you would like costs $1500. You plan to make the purchase in 8 months. Simply divide the purchase amount by the months you have to save. So, 1500 divided by 8 equals 187.5. To save up $1500 you’ll need to set aside $187.50 each month for 8 months. See, super simple. Have I wowed you yet?


The Key to Making Sinking Funds Work for You

Sinking funds simply won’t work for you if you don’t plan ahead. You need to look ahead, sometimes by years, to think of purchases you’d like to make. Some things are easy to think of. Cars, for example, don’t last forever. You’ll eventually need a newer car. So, you should pretty much always have a sinking fund for a new car.

Other things can sneak up on you. What about Christmas? The holidays can be super expensive. How about saving up a few months before Christmas? What about that new smart phone? Instead of leasing one for a monthly fee that charges interest, set aside a few dollars a month until you’re ready to make the purchase. Once you get ahead of purchases like this once it’s easy to stay in the positive. Trust me, it feels much better to pay yourself a payment than it does to pay the credit card company or leasing company.

When Not to Use a Sinking Fund

Don’t keep a sinking fund for purchases that could simply be cash flowed out of a single paycheck. These funds are to be used for items that require saving over several months. If you want the item bad enough and can pay for it from extra money in your budget just do so and move on. Just make sure it doesn’t eat into money needed for essential budget items.

My Favorite Books on Money:

Where To Keep a Sinking Fund

The bank. Done. Okay, just kidding. I’ll get a little more detailed than that. I suggest keeping a sinking fund in a savings account wherever you bank. I always recommend banking with credit unions. They charge less fees and, through the CO-OP network, have more locations than any major national bank. Smaller recurring expenses can be combined into one savings account. For example, we keep all our recurring annual expenses in one savings account (annual auto insurance, life insurance, membership dues, vehicle registrations, etc.)

For a larger purchase you may want to set up a separate account for that single item, e.g. we keep a separate savings account for vacations or the purchase of a vehicle. Most credit unions don’t charge to open a savings account. So go ahead and open a separate account for that car or that dream vacation.

Where Not to Keep a Sinking Fund

A sinking fund is not an investment. I repeat, it is not an investment. It is to keep other money freed up so you can invest (and keep you from incurring debt) but the fund itself should not be invested in mutual funds or stocks. Because of the relative short timeframe of most sinking funds it would be risky to keep them in investment accounts that could go down. Imagine saving for that desired item and the market goes down just before you’re supposed to make the purchase. No fun. Don’t try to get fancy; keep the money in a simple savings or money market account and don’t risk it.

30 Last Minute Gift Ideas for Him and Her

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30 Last Minute Gift Ideas for Him and Her

Shopping for the holidays can be tough. Here are 30 last minute gift ideas for the man or woman in your life, that they would actually want to receive. Better yet, all of these are available on Amazon Prime for quick shipping. Just in case you have procrastinated a little too long. Lastly, they are all under $50! 

Keto Gingerbread Pancakes

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Keto Gingerbread Pancakes

I love the holiday season. I love the cool weather, the lights, the snow (though that doesn't happen in SoCal), the overall mood, and the food. And, of course, my favorite foods tend to be the sweet treats. So I've had to go and create low-carb versions of my favorite items.

I especially love breakfast foods and nothing says 'Christmas' like gingerbread. So combine the two and you get gingerbread pancakes. What a perfect holiday breakfast or brunch food!

Keto Gingerbread Pancakes

To me a perfect winter morning involves pajamas, hot cocoa, pancakes, and people you love. To me it's part of what the holidays are all about. Late mornings are even better. I'm not much of an early riser. So during holidays breakfast usually turns into brunch. Fuzzy pajamas replace business casual, whatever business casual actually means.

To be honest, coming up with fluffy Keto pancakes was tough. All of the recipes I found online were flat or super dense. I'm not sure what you like, but I like my pancakes light and fluffy. I did my best to create that texture with this recipe. Give them a try; I'm confident you will be pleasantly surprised.

Keto Gingerbread Pancakes

Also, nobody says that these have to ONLY be eaten during the holiday season. Enjoy them out of season if you feel so inclined. You won't be judged by me! I'm always for breaking social norms or schedules.

Keto Gingerbread Pancakes

Tips to Make Sure this Recipe Turns Out Great

  • Don't skip the molasses! This vital ingredient gives these pancakes their dark color. Not only that, but it adds the depth of color. You can buy inexpensive blackstrap molasses at Thrive Market here!
  • Mix well. Don't be afraid to mix the batter well. Since there's no gluten in the mixture you don't run the risk of making the pancakes tough.
  • Cook on a lower heat than other pancakes. Cook these low and slow or you'll risk blackening/burning the molasses. It doesn't completely ruin the pancakes, but it does change the flavor.

Items You Will Need

Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener 1 lb bag
  • Blackstrap Molasses. Though it adds a little more carbs to the recipe it is absolutely essential for the rich caramel-like flavor that pairs so well with the spices. Blackstrap molasses has more flavor per carb than typical molasses. You can buy it here.
Wholesome Organic Molasses 16 oz bottle
Keto Gingerbread Pancakes

Keto Gingerbread Pancakes

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 14 medium pancakes
Calories: 280 kcal

These Keto Gingerbread Pancakes are a perfect holiday treat or Christmas breakfast. Full of winter spices and rich flavor they are low carb to keep you in ketosis. Free of added sugars and suitable for diabetics.

Print Recipe





  1. In a large mixing bowl combine all of the dry ingredients, except the Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener, until evenly mixed. Set aside.

  2. Add all of the wet ingredients, and the Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener,  to your blender container and blend on medium speed until smooth.

  3. Add the blender contents to the dry mixture. Scrape the sides of the blender container with a spatula to get out all of the mixture you can. Use the spatula to fold in the wet mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir or whisk until smooth.

  4. Allow the batter to sit for 5-10 minutes. This allows the coconut flour to absorb moisture and thicken the batter.

  5. Drop approx. 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake onto a greased flat pan or griddle over medium-low heat. Cook until set up, approx. 4-5 minutes, and flip. Cook another 4-5 minutes and then remove from heat.

  6. Serve with your preferred low carb syrup and/or whipped cream. Try it with ChocZero's Maple Pecan or Peppermint Syrups for even more holiday flavor!

Nutrition Facts
Keto Gingerbread Pancakes
Amount Per Serving (2 pancakes)
Calories 280 Calories from Fat 193
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21.4g 33%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 103mg 4%
Potassium 257mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 14.7g 5%
Dietary Fiber 6.1g 24%
Sugars 3.3g
Protein 10.8g 22%
Calcium 12%
Iron 17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

25 Keto Holiday Recipes

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25 Keto Holiday Recipes

Eating low-carb during the holidays is hard, especially if you love the food of the season. I'm guilty of loving almost everything Christmas, including the carb heavy sweet treats. While you can't always control the food at parties or events, you can at least control the food you cook yourself. Here are 25 keto holiday recipes to help keep you on track.

1. Keto Brownies with Peppermint Crunch via Perfect Keto.

2. Keto French Silk Pie (Chocolate Pie) via The Frugal Caveman

3. Low Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu via Low Carb Yum

4. Keto Brie Cranberry Festive Cups via Gnom-Gnom

5. Low Carb Christmas Mince Pies via Ditch the Carbs

6. Pumpkin, Feta, & Cranberry Tart via Keto Diet App

7. Keto Stuffing via How To This and That

8. Keto Maple Glazed Ham via Have Butter Will Travel

9. Keto Snickerdoodle Cookies via The Frugal Caveman

10. Easy Roast Lamb with Sugar-Free Mint Sauce via Ditch the Carbs.

11. Low Carb Eggnog via Low Carb Yum

12. Keto Gingerbread Pancakes via The Frugal Caveman.

13. Bacon Wrapped Scallops via Pinch and Swirl

14. Better Than Potatoes Cheesy Cauliflower Puree via I Breathe I'm Hungry

15. Low Carb Cheese Log via Little Pine Low Carb

16. Garlic Butter Herb Prime Rib via The Recipe Critic

17. Low Carb Chocolate Yule Log via Divalicious Recipes

18. Low Carb Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake via Low Carb Yum

19. Easy Keto Peppermint Park via Grace-Filled Homemaking

20. Keto Cinnamon Rolls via Sugar Free Londoner

21. Creamy Keto Pumpkin & Sausage Chowder via I Breathe I'm Hungry

22. Keto Pecan Snowball Cookies via Butter Together Kitchen

23. Low Carb Chocolate Truffles via How To This and That

24. Festive Keto Tiramisu Cake via Fit to Serve Group

25. Low-Carb Instant Pot Pecan Pie Cheesecake via All Day I Dream About Food

Keto French Silk Pie (Chocolate Pie)

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Keto French Silk Pie

Have you ever noticed that pie is considered a special dessert? Cookies or brownies are great, but when you bring a pie to a party or event everyone acts like you brought something special. Perhaps it's the idea that pies take a fair amount of work. And I guess that's actually true for a lot of pies. But this Keto French Silk Pie (aka Chocolate Pie) is super simple to make!

But hey, I won't judge you if you don't tell everyone that it is really that simple. Let them think you slaved in the kitchen for hours when in reality the whole process (other than the chilling) takes about 30 minutes!

That's right, this seriously delicious pie takes about 30 minutes to make. Yet the flavor is rich and the texture is silky smooth.

Plus, who doesn't love chocolate? Here the chocolate flavor is rich and satisfying without being overwhelming.

Keto French Silk Pie

Have you noticed that I haven't mentioned how low-carb this recipe is? That's because it doesn't taste low-carb at all. In fact, you could fool your guests and they wouldn't know they're eating a pie with no added sugars, no gluten, and less than 5 net carbs per serving!

So let's sum this all up. This Keto French Silk Pie has less than 5 grams of net carbs per serving? Yes. It is gluten-free and grain-free? Yup. Plus it is super simple to make? Yes indeed! It sounds like you may need to make up some more excuses to make pie.

Keto French Silk Pie

This chocolate pie works great for Thanksgiving and Christmas, which are the traditional holidays where pie is more common. But feel free to try it for birthdays and any other parties. In fact, make it for whatever reason you want. Or better yet, no reason at all.

Keto French Silk Pie

Tips to Make Sure this Recipe Turns Out Great

  • Use Swerve Confectioners SweetenerTraditional French silk pies use superfine sugar. This helps keep the texture smooth and well, silky. Using Swerve Confectioners Sweetener keeps that velvety texture. Do NOT use a granulated sweetener. You'll end up with chocolate sand pie. Buy Swerve at Amazon or Thrive Market.
    • Mix for the full time listed in the recipe. The time spent mixing is very important for the texture of the pie filling. Be patient and let your stand mixer do the work!
    • Serve the pie straight out of the fridge. This pie is best served well chilled. Serve it straight out of the refrigerator for the best texture.

    Items You Will Need

    • A stand mixer. Yes you could make this recipe by hand, but your arm will get very tired. Plus, it's hard to get the same silky texture without your stand mixture doing the mixing work needed. I use the ever-popular Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer. This is by far the most popular stand mixer and, in my opinion, is well worth the money. You can buy one here.
    Swerve Confectioners Sugar Replacement 12 oz bag
    • Lily's Dark Chocolate Baking Bars. To keep the net carbs at a minimum this recipe uses Lily's chocolate. It is sweetened with stevia and lower in carbs than most chocolates. This recipe requires two bar, one for melting and the other for topping off the pie. You can buy Lily's Dark Chocolate Baking Bars at Amazon or Thrive Market.
    Lily's Sweets Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Bar 3 oz bar
    Keto French Silk Pie

    Keto French Silk Pie (Chocolate Pie)

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Prep Time: 25 minutes
    Cooling Time: 2 hours
    Total Time: 25 minutes
    Servings: 16 servings
    Calories: 430.3 kcal

    This Keto French Silk Pie (Chocolate Pie) is a low-carb version of this classic recipe, but you wouldn't know it from the taste! This is the perfect ketogenic pie for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any special occasion.

    Print Recipe







    1. Preheat your oven to 350* and place the rack in the middle. In your stand mixer, or by hand in a large bowl, mix together all of the crust ingredients until a uniform dough forms.

    2. Press the dough into a 9-10 inch pie tin or glass pie baking dish. Try to form a thin even layer that covers the bottom and all of the sides of the dish. Use a fork to poke several holes all over the bottom of the crust.

    3. Bake for 12-15 minutes until slightly browned. Set aside to cool, uncovered.


    1. Heat one of the chocolate bars in a microwave-safe bowl for 20 seconds. Stir and repeat until the bar is just barely fully melted and smooth. Set aside to cool.

    2. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the butter and the Swerve Confectioners Sweetener. Cream together at a medium-high speed until smooth. Add the melted chocolate, vanilla extract, and optional espresso powder. Mix on medium-high until even and smooth.

    3. Swap out the paddle attachment for the whisk attachment. Turn the speed to medium and add the first egg. Allow the mixer to whisk for 5 minutes. Add the next egg and allow to mix for 5 minutes, repeating with the final 2 eggs for a total of 20 minutes of mixing.

    4. Pour the filling into the cooled pie crust. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.


    1. Whip the heavy cream with the sweetener and vanilla extract. Top the pie with the whipped cream. Use a cheese grater to shave the remaining chocolate bar or simply chop roughly with a knife. Top the whipped cream with the chocolate.

    Recipe Notes

    This pie contains raw eggs. Consume at your own risk!

    Pie is best served chilled.

    Nutrition facts are for 1/16th of the pie.

    Nutrition Facts
    Keto French Silk Pie (Chocolate Pie)
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 430.3 Calories from Fat 401
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 44.6g 69%
    Cholesterol 152mg 51%
    Sodium 155mg 6%
    Total Carbohydrates 9.4g 3%
    Dietary Fiber 5.3g 21%
    Sugars 1.3g
    Protein 6.9g 14%
    Vitamin A 18.6%
    Iron 6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    12 Inexpensive DIY Holiday Gifts

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    12 Inexpensive DIY Holiday Gifts

    The holidays can get expensive quickly, especially if you have a long list for gifts. Making some DIY gifts is a great way to reduce costs. Not only that, but a nice homemade gift can be more personal and thoughtful. They work great for coworkers, friends, extended family, neighbors, or anyone else!

    Below is a list of 12 easy DIY gifts to help keep your Christmas expenses down:

    1. Dollar Store Santa Belt Jar via Little House of Four.

    These cute mason jars are a perfect quick gift. Fill them with whatever holiday snack you want and you're set to go! Learn how to make them here!

    2. DIY Succulent Vases via We Lived Happily Ever After

    If you have paid any attention to decorating trends in the last couple of years you know that succulents are all the rage. These cute little succulent planters would make a great gift. See how to make them here!

    3. Dish Towel Kitchen Gift Bundle via Hip 2 Save

    These little bundles are a simple, yet useful gift for almost anyone. Get the instructions here!

    4. DIY Bow Picture Frame via Shanty 2 Chic

    Just cute little picture frames require just a little bit of woodworking, but the result is worth it! You can learn how to make these cute little picture frames here!

    5. DIY Sharpie Painted Mugs via Glued to My Crafts

    These mugs are super simple to make and personalize. Use the first initial for the person you're giving this to and you have a custom and inexpensive gift. Here are the instructions!

    6. Homemade Lip Balm via The Seasoned Mom

    Try this homemade lip balm for a gift a little less ordinary. Pick peppermint essential oil to keep with the holiday theme or something completely different. Learn how to make this lip balm here.

    7. Easy Homemade Soy Candles via The Frugal Girls

    These soy candles are super easy to make and the peppermint scent will get everyone in the holiday spirit. Get the simple instructions here!

    8. DIY Chalkboard Mug via Wit & Whistle

    These stylish mugs are simple to make. Then personalize with your own chalk message! Learn how to make them here.

    9. Paint Dipped Kitchen Utensils via Cleverly Simple

    These are a simple, yet useful gift idea. Dip them in holiday colors or perhaps the favorite colors of the person they're going to. Get the easy instructions here!

    10. DIY Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves via Crafty Staci

    If you have a little bit of sewing skills then these cute coffee sleeves are a great DIY gift. Get the tutorial here.

    11. Homemade Snowball Bath Bombs via DIBY Club

    These snowball bath bombs are a fun way to spread some holiday cheer and encourage relaxation. Get the tutorial here!

    12. DIY Gingerbread Body Butter via Frugal Mom Eh

    Nothing says Christmas like gingerbread. Learn how to make this simple body butter here!

    Keto Snickerdoodle Cookies

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    Keto Snickerdoodle Cookies

    I'm a huge fan of cinnamon. It tends to be an ingredient in some of my absolute favorite things. From chili, to ice cream, to cookies I'll take cinnamon in it all. And these Keto Snickerdoodle cookies are packed with cinnamon flavor. 

    When it comes to snickerdoodle anything, cinnamon is definitely the highlighted ingredient. And I'm completely okay with that.

    In many savory and sweet recipes cinnamon is a supporting flavor. The spice cinnamon adds earthiness with a subtle bite. This can bump up the flavors in cookies, sauces, soups, and much more. 

    But here, the cinnamon takes center stage. Everything else is just here to provide a vessel to deliver that punch of cinnamon flavor. 


    These cookies deliver that cinnamon flavor well. They are slightly crisp on the outside while being soft and light on the inside. The coating is heavy on cinnamon while the interior has just enough to let you know it is there.

    Keto cookies can be difficult to get the proper texture. Traditional snickerdoodle cookies are a combination of caky on the inside and crispy on the outside. I've done my best to recreate that texture here. You'll have to play with your oven and the cooking length to get your perfect texture.

    One thing for sure is that these are not a crumbly mess, which can happen with gluten-free baking. An extra egg adds body and holds these together for an easy eating experience. Grab one on the go for breakfast (who said you can't have a cookie for breakfast?). They also work great for road trip snacks.

    Who am I kidding. They work great for almost every situation and any time of the year. Even your non-Keto friends and family will approve of them.


    Everyone needs a go-to dessert. It has to be something that is easy and quick, while being super tasty. These are just that! Let's just say that I make these more often then I care to share.

    They work great for parties or work events. That is, if you think you can actually share them. Break out the cinnamon and you cookie sheet. Give them a try. You won't be disappointed.


    Tips to Make Sure this Recipe Turns Out Great

    • Use Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener. This sweetener is closer to the flavor of brown sugar. This adds richness and depth to the cookies. You can buy it here!
    • Don't be afraid to mix well. When baking gluten-free you don't have to worry about over-mixing your dough and making the cookies tough.
    • Bake these just a touch longer than most cookies. I like to remove most cookies a bit before the center is fully cooked. This makes sure they are soft and chewy because they continue to cook a bit after out of the oven. These cookies are better when the center is fully cooked and set up. That gives you the slightly crisp outside and soft center.

    Items You Will Need

    • A silicone baking mat. You can also use parchment paper. But I love using the silicone baking mats. They simplify cleanup and seem less wasteful than using and throwing away parchment paper. You can buy a set of them here.
    Keto Snickerdoodle Cookies

    Keto Snickerdoodle Cookies

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes
    Servings: 18 cookies
    Calories: 252 kcal

    These keto snickerdoodle cookies are an easy and delicious dessert. They're full of cinnamon flavor and low-carb for those on the ketogenic diet. They work great as fat bombs for energy and are great for diabetics.

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    For Coating


    1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and set the rack to the center.

    2. In a large mixing bowl, or you stand mixer with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener. Cream together until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix well.

    3. Add the cinnamon, baking soda, and almond flour. Mix until the dough looks uniform.

    4. In a small bowl mix together the Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener and cinnamon for the coating. Use a spoon, or cookie scoop, to form small balls about 1.5" large. Roll each ball in the coating mixture and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

    5. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the center of each cookie is set up. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes on the cookie sheet or a cooling rack.

    Nutrition Facts
    Keto Snickerdoodle Cookies
    Amount Per Serving (2 cookies)
    Calories 252 Calories from Fat 213
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 23.7g 36%
    Saturated Fat 7.7g 39%
    Cholesterol 69mg 23%
    Sodium 158mg 7%
    Potassium 23mg 1%
    Total Carbohydrates 6.1g 2%
    Dietary Fiber 3.1g 12%
    Sugars 1g
    Protein 7g 14%
    Vitamin A 7.7%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.