Friday Food and Lifestyle, July 8, 2022

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Friday Food and Lifestyle

Welcome to the first Friday Food and Lifestyle post.

Every Friday, I bring you food articles, recipes, finance information, homemaking articles, keto information, or other lifestyle articles.

Below is an outline of today’s finds.

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Summer Tips

Summer is the time we take to the outdoors. Below are some tips from across the internet to help your family have a fun, safe, and enjoyable summer.

  • Purple-painted fence posts or trees. Most states have a purple paint law in effect. Landowners paint their boundary-line fence posts or trees purple to prevent trespassing. Enjoy the countryside but be aware of the purple markings and don’t trespass.
  • Family bicycling is a great way to spend time with the kids and get them away from indoor computer activities. Of course, safety is an important consideration when biking, so make sure your family knows the rules, wears helmets, and sticks to non-traffic areas. A lot of communities have devoted bicycle lanes helping to make biking safer.
  • Hiking at one of your State parks or nature areas is a great way to relieve stress. Even preschoolers can enjoy a walk in the woods, learning about the trees, birds, and animals.


Hobbies help develop our tastes and passions in life – they can be as diverse as gardening, cooking, writing, knitting, weaving, crochet, needlepointw, cross stitch, or sewing, to name a few.

If you are having trouble finding time to craft, I recommend reading my post, “My Top 10 Ways to Find More Time to Craft” or “3 Tips to Help You Get Unplugged from Technology.”


Air Frying

I am slow to discover air frying.

I use either an air fryer lid for my Instant Pot or our Instant Vortex Pro oven. Two of our favorite foods in the air fryer are Schwan’s frozen crinkle-cut french fries and Red Baron frozen deep dish single pizzas (pepperoni and cheese. ) You can read more information about my favorite kitchen tools at Recommendations: Food and Tools. Recipes are below for our two favorites.

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Air Fryer Frozen Single Deep Dish Red Baron Pizza

You can enjoy a Red Baron frozen deep dish single pizza baked to perfection.
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Course Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 person


1 air fryer


  • 1 ea frozen deep dish single pizza
  • oil spray


  • Remove pizza from its wrapper.
  • Lightly spray the top of the pizza with oil.
  • Place the pizza on the shelf or in an air fryer basket.
  • Place the shelf in the center or insert the basket into a cold air fryer. (Don't preheat)
  • Set air fryer at 380° for 3 minutes and hit Start
  • When the air fryer beeps, turn the pizza around (not over) and continue cooking.
  • When sufficiently browned and bubbly, let the pizza cool and enjoy.


The total cooking time is 8 minutes. But because it takes the Vortex 5 minutes to reach 380°,  I set the timer for 3 minutes. To keep track of the 8 minutes, I also start another timer (on my stove or phone.)
Since I have the Vortex oven, I place two pizzas in the air fryer and bake them together.
Keyword air fryer, pizza
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Air Fryer Frozen Schwan’s Quick-Bake French Fries

How to air fry Schwan's Quick-Bake Fries
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Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people


1 air fryer


  • 8 oz Schwan's Quick-Bake French Fries about 1/4 of the bag
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • Place the shelf in the center or insert the basket into a cold air fryer.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400°. Set the timer for 10 minutes
  • When the air fryer beeps, place the frozen fries on the preheated shelf or basket of the air fryer.
  • When the air fryer beeps, stir or shake the fries at the 5 minute mark.
  • When the air fryer shuts off, check for the correct level of crispness. Bake for 1 or 2 minutes more, if needed.


Schwan's Quick-Bake French Fries
There are 2 pounds of fries in a Schwan’s bag. I use about a quarter of the bag for the two of us. You must work in batches or fill the second shelf in the Vortex if you need a larger quantity.
Depending on how many fries I have put on the tray, it usually takes 12 minutes for proper crispness. But, I always start with 10 minutes.
Disclaimer: every Air Fryer is different in temperature and cooking times. Experiment when using your Air Fryer to make fries.


Serving: 24pieces
Keyword air fryer frozen french fries, french fries
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Keto Lifestyle

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I hear those of you who are following my keto journey wondering about me eating the above recipes. You can rest assured that I am still managing my health. For two years, I maintained a strict keto lifestyle. Now, I still follow a keto diet, and I do not overindulge in carbs. But, I do what is called 16/8 intermittent fasting. That means I fast for 16 hours and keep an 8-hour eating window open. With this method and supplements (mainly C8 MCT oil) that I use I remain in ketosis about 75% of the time. Remember, a good life involves everything in moderation.

Here is one of my favorite keto recipes:

Keto Creamed Spinach

Cheryl Moreo
This creamed spinach can be a dip or a side dish. Pair this side dish with your favorite beef, chicken, pork, or fish recipe. Or, use it as a dip with kale chips. An added bonus is that this recipe is keto-friendly.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 213 kcal


Large Skillet


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 cups baby spinach chopped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened and cut into small chunks
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Gradually add the spinach and sauté briefly just until it wilts. Continue until all the spinach has been added and wilted down. Do not overcook.
  • Add the heavy cream, cream cheese, shredded parmesan cheese, onion powder and garlic powder. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Heat, stirring frequently, until the cream cheese melts completely and the mixture is heated through.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately with your choice of main dishes. Enjoy!


Macros – per serving*
Calories: 213
Fat: 20.66g
Carbs: 4.42g
Net Carbs: 2.72g
Protein: 4.53g
Nutritional information provided for entertainment purposes only and should not be construed as medical guidance or advice. All information is based solely on results provided by and is not guaranteed to be accurate.


Calories: 213kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 4g
Keyword keto friendly, spinach
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8 thoughts on “Friday Food and Lifestyle, July 8, 2022”

  1. So happy that you starting a Friday Food and Lifestyle. Wish I could afford one of. Those table looms. Also wish you still had the fiber closet so that you could teach me how to use it. Miss the whole Moreo family.

    1. Dearest Trouble: We miss you, too! Thank you for your kind words. I miss running The Fiber Closet and all of our crafting friends. It is hard to believe that the Fiber Closet has been closed for five years. Maybe, when it gets cooler, Frankie and I can visit with you.

    1. I try to stay in the 20-50 gram range-not always successful. When I indulge, I only eat about half of the recommended servings for that carb. This way, I get the taste and satisfaction of eating what I want. I take MCT Wellness from Dr. Gundry or exogenous ketones when I eat more unhealthy carbs. I fast from 6 pm-noon. From noon to 6 pm, I eat healthily. If I do excess carbs, I will do them at supper. You can have liquids during the fast. I’ve read that you shouldn’t break a fast being unhealthy or eating a large meal. I usually have a light lunch and healthy snack through the afternoon. My big lifesaver has been Hint water infused with natural flavors. It is free of sugar, sweeteners, MSG, nuts, soy, gluten, and preservatives. It is a bit pricey but, for me, well worth the price.

      1. Martha Cronkhite

        Thanks, Cheryl. I pretty much do as you describe, but my fast is usually more like 14 hours. And I just today decided to start drinking LaCroix sparkling waters to try to break my diet coke habit 🤞. Glad to hear you’re doing well!

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