Sugar Free Berry & Lemon Curd Pavlovas and My One year Blog-iversary


Wow, that is a long title!  I’m not even sure where to start with all of that stuff to talk about!  I guess just a brief (er…sort of!) thank you to everybody who supports IBIH with your comments, emails, sharing links/pinning the recipes, and for coming back to read my ramblings again and again!  Somehow the blog has gotten over 2 million hits in its first year and I never saw that coming!  I remember being excited when I would get more than one hundred hits in a day!  IBIH has seen a lot of change over the past year, but none bigger than in January of 2012 when I decided to post a week of low carb recipes for people trying to lose weight after the holidays.  There was such an enormous response to the low carb recipes that I just kept going, and even started eating low carb myself.  I was a little nervous at the time that I would be “stuck” blogging low carb recipes forever.  I worried that I’d stop eating low carb, and then I’d want to return to blogging “normal” recipes eventually.  As time passed though, I continue to thrive while eating low carb, and have really started to embrace my identity as a low carb blogger.  I’ve met a lot of great people and I love reading your comments and emails so much!  Thank you all for sharing your inspiring weight loss journeys, recipe feedback, and other personal things with me.  I enjoy getting to know you guys better, and I love that we can all keep each other motivated to stay low carb and/or gluten free.  Thank you thank you thank you – you make all of my many hours spent in the kitchen worth it!  :)

It’s with all of that in mind that I wanted to celebrate my one year blog-iversary with a giveaway that shows my appreciation for you guys!  I had contacted Magic Bullet about hosting a giveaway a month ago and they never responded (I guess I’m not big enough yet!), so I’m going to host it myself.  I consider it money well spent!  I use my Magic Bullet pretty much every day, and often multiple times in the same day!  It makes executing a lot of my recipes so much easier, so it’s the perfect gift from me to you – well one of you anyway!  The winner will receive the Magic Bullet Deluxe 25-Piece set which will ship directly to you.  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post that includes a way to contact you.  I solemnly swear that IBIH will not share or use your email for any purpose other than to contact you if you win.  For extra entries, follow IBIH by RSS or email, on Pinterest, on Twitter, and like us on Facebook – leave a comment for each.  You can also pin/share/tweet about the giveaway to your followers for extra entries – then leave a comment with a link.  The winner will be picked by random number generator, so to get credit for each thing make sure you leave separate comments for each.  If you don’t leave contact information your entry is forfeit because I’ll have no way to reach you.  Finally, this giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only – apologies to everyone else!  I’m excited about it and I hope you are too!  Oh yeah, and the deadline for entry is Tuesday, July 10th at 8pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).  Update:  This giveaway is closed.  Congrats to Andrea C who won the Magic Bullet!  Hope you love it as much as I do!

Now finally, on to this Pavlova!  I’d never had one before but I see pictures of them everywhere.  I did some research and found that they are essentially a meringue but that the addition of cornstarch and vinegar makes the inside stay marshmallow soft while the outside is supposed to be crisp.  This the second time I’ve made them, the first time they got too brown so I never took photos.  I was determined to get a nice white pavlova and it just didn’t happen.  This batch still turned golden which wasn’t as pretty for the pictures but they are definitely delicious!  A major factor in the crispness of the outside is humidity.  Well it’s summer in the South so guess what?  It’s humid people!  And I mean REALLY humid!  So these weren’t as crisp as I imagined – but if I want them crisp I’ll have to try again when the weather breaks – it didn’t bother me, they were awesome as is.  A traditional pavlova is filled with whipped cream and fresh fruit.  I wanted to use lemon curd for something different, and because I love lemon and blueberries together.  This was so good – I can’t wait for you to try them and report back!

Makes 6 mini pavlovas

4 egg whites (room temp)
1/2 cup xylitol blend sweetener
(I used Ideal)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp cornstarch

1 batch of sugar free lemon curd

1 cup fresh blueberries
(or any other berries)

Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.  Add the Xylitol, a couple of tablespoons at a time, blending well after each addition until glossy and stiff.  Beat in the vanilla extract, then sprinkle the cornstarch and lemon juice over the top and whip until it holds it’s shape.  Spread or pipe the meringue onto parchment paper to make six circles about 4 – 5 inches in diameter.  Make sure there is a dent in the middle for the filling.  Bake in a preheated 250 degree (F) oven for 30 minutes.  Turn the oven off and leave the meringues in for another 30 minutes or until firm and (hopefully!) crisp on the outside.  Once cooled, the meringues can be stored in an air tight container for up to a couple of days.  Don’t assemble the pavlovas until right before serving or they’ll get soft from the lemon curd.  When ready to serve, fill the centers of the meringues with about 3 Tbl of lemon curd.  Then top with berries and serve immediately.  Piping the meringues out of a star tube is pretty – but as you can see, just spreading them out with a spoon also creates a nice rustic look and it is easier to do.  Raspberries or strawberries will work just as well as the blueberries, so it’s really a matter of personal preference.  Enjoy!

Approximate nutrition info per pavlova:
233 calories, 20g fat, 6g net carbs, 3g protein

  1. blah.BLAh.blah

    I can honestly admit I have tried all of your recipes and love them!! Every yummy ummy one! Cant wait to try this one! <3
    ( btw I would just loveeee a magic bullet…i use my poor beat up weakling of a mixer till it almost dies every day :) )

  2. Jan J.
    Jan J.07-05-2012

    The Pavlova’s look yummy! I actually like the golden color. Will have to try these! I am so glad you have continued to do low-carb recipes, but I think it is fine for you to post non-low-carb recipes too! I expect most of us low-carbers cheat now and then – I know I do! Or have families who aren’t low-carbing. Thanks for the giveaway – I used to have a Magic Bullet that got damaged in a move and I LOVED it! janschop @ aol .com

  3. Jan J.
    Jan J.07-05-2012

    I subscribe by email!

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    Jan J.07-05-2012

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  5. Jan J.
    Jan J.07-05-2012

    I’m now following you on twitter – I have followed you on Facebook for some time but upon just looking at your page I realize I am not getting your posts. Don’t know why but twitter will link me so that is good! janschop @ aol .com

  6. Paul Halliday
    Paul Halliday07-05-2012

    Happy blog-iversary!

  7. movita beaucoup
    movita beaucoup07-05-2012

    I LOVE the idea of lemon curd in a Pavolova! What a great way to balance the sweet of the meringue… Have I ever mentioned that meringue is my most favourite thing on the planet? When I was in France, I ate about 1.5 million of them. No lie.

    Happy blog-iversary! I think you’re perfectly lovely…


  8. Anonymous

    I love your blog and your great recipes!
    I would love to win the magic bullet!


  9. Stephanie

    I just pinned your sugar free lemon curd yesterday. Can’t wait to try this!

  10. Anonymous

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your recipes and open voice in your story. Thank you for providing a real life view of eating low carb.

  11. Michele Dew
    Michele Dew07-05-2012

    Sounds good to me!

  12. Maija

    LOVE your recipes, and thank you for the giveaway! Maija pinkmaija at yahoo dot com

  13. Kristin

    Entry for Magic Bullet.

  14. corscorp
    corscorp07-05-2012 LOVE the lemon curd!

  15. Cool Design Shelties
    Cool Design Shelties07-05-2012

    These Pavlova looks very delicious ….. must try them one day! :o)

  16. Erin Richmond
    Erin Richmond07-05-2012

    Congrats on one year! I love your recipes!

  17. Anonymous

    Would love to win this ?

  18. Anonymous

    Here’s to one year and many to come! Thank you for your inspiring recipes and for being so super cool!

    Going to enter for the bullet while I’m here,

  19. Teresa
    Teresa07-05-2012 Magic Bullet !!!!!!! I love your blog!!

  20. Anonymous

    Love so many of your recipes!

  21. Shea McMaster
    Shea McMaster07-05-2012

    I’ll have to try this version of Pavlova. My friend from NZ hasn’t been friendly about sharing her recipe lol

  22. eaglesview

    I’ve enjoyed your blog and recipes so much over the past few months. I’ve never tried a recipe of yours that wasn’t amazing!!! You make low carb a delicious way of eating, not like a “diet” at all. :D

  23. Teresa Thode
    Teresa Thode07-05-2012

    I love your recipes! They have given us great alternatives for my husband’s diabetes diagnosis last year. I just bought a juicer to try your Green Smoothie! :)

  24. Bethany Erwin
    Bethany Erwin07-05-2012

    This looks sooo yummy!!!! Can’t wait to try it!


  25. Anonymous
    Anonymous07-05-2012 is following you on Pinterest

  26. Space Monkey 1138
    Space Monkey 113807-05-2012

    Wonderful giveaway, thank you!

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    Space Monkey 113807-05-2012

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  28. Akpene

    Excellent! I made your lemon curd recipe 10 minutes after I read it. Holy Cow, I love it!!!! Thanks for what you do, we all appreciate it!

  29. heidi

    Happy 2 million hits Melissa. You go girl.

  30. Space Monkey 1138
    Space Monkey 113807-05-2012

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  31. Anonymous

    LOVE your blog!!!

  32. theelaine

    thanks for your help in my personal war against my diabetes!!! I have a bowl of cauliflower puree in my fridge right now. Turning some of it into shepherd’s pie later.

  33. alukas85

    Can’t wait to try this one!

  34. Dawn

    Congrats on the hits! I’d love a magic bullet – here’s my first entry! dawnbrisset@gmaildotcom

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  37. Dawn

    Ditto for Pinterest! dawnbrisset@gmaildotcom

  38. Marti Guntren
    Marti Guntren07-05-2012

    Pavlova, lemon curd, and blueberries! Three of my absolute favorite things! I hear great things about the Magic Bullet!

  39. Joseph Gersch
    Joseph Gersch07-05-2012

    yummy receipes

  40. irishchick

    Thanks for sharing your great recipes and awesome pictures. I must make your cream cheese pancakes twice a week (I add a little lemon zest and it’s delicious).

  41. Stefany

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for offering this!

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    I follow IBIH by email!

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    I follow IBIH on Twitter @Austin_FIT

  45. Anonymous

    I found you on the Jennifer Eloff site. I am so glad you are posting LC recipes. Your recipes are terrific. I would love to win the Magic Bullet. Please keep up the good work.

  46. janelleduah

    I realllyyy need a magic bullet. I love all your recipes, especially the cauliflower mash and the orange chicken!

  47. janelleduah

    And happy blog-iversary! I liked your page

  48. janelleduah

    I also follow you on twtter!

  49. janelleduah

    I also retweeted this giveaway!

  50. Anonymous

    The meringues look amazing, but I’m just curious if there’s any particular reason you used cornstarch instead of cream of tartar?

  51. janelleduah

    And I also shared the giveaway on Facebook!

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    Jenni @ jennibaby_76@yahoo.com07-05-2012

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  53. the actor's diet
    the actor's diet07-05-2012

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  54. Jenni @
    Jenni @ jennibaby_76@yahoo.com07-05-2012

    Yay on the hits! I love your blog!

  55. the actor's diet
    the actor's diet07-05-2012

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    Jenni @ jennibaby_76@yahoo.com07-05-2012

    I also like you on facebook!

  57. Jenni

    I follow you on pinterest.

  58. Janet

    Happy Blog-a-versary! I just started low carb and am sooo happy to have found your blog. Makes eating right delicious!

  59. T

    Terrific give-away and an especially good recipe today!

  60. Chris West
    Chris West07-05-2012

    Girl you better send me that magic bullet ASAP! Love the blog and your recipes!

  61. Anonymous

    Love your low carb, gluten free recipes. Happy 1st!! Come see us at the Goose Creek Farmers Market. Kathy

  62. Tara

    Thank you for the great low carb recipes, so many of yours have become favorites of mine!


  63. Anne Davis
    Anne Davis07-05-2012

    SO happy I found your blog! I’m a newbie and can’t wait to try all of your recipes. :)
    My blog:

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    I follow IBIH by RSS –

  65. Doris

    I follow IBIH on Twitter already – my twitter account is ‘goingtobora’


  66. Alie

    I’ve tried to make meringues before with splenda, with disasterous results(could have been my crap oven as well, to be honest). These look amazing!

  67. Olivia

    Yay!! A *sweet treat* without any almond or coconut flour! THANK YOU!!

    And a huge congrats on the 1-year milestone. I just love your blog (& your Pinterest)!

  68. Wylee Soskin
    Wylee Soskin07-05-2012

    My favorite r/keto-er! Love your blog <3

  69. claudia_rose07

    Happy blog anniversary! Here’s to hoping that next year magic bullet beg you to do a giveaway ;).

  70. Katie

    I LOVE meringues! I was so excited to move back down to sea level, because I couldn’t make them in the mountains – they never turned out right. I remember the first pavlova I ate in London….with lemon curd! So great! I never thought I’d be able to make these sugar free. I can’t wait to try them!

    cookiesncrafts AT gmail DOT com

  71. Katie

    I follow your RSS feeds

  72. Katie

    I like you on Facebook.

  73. Katie

    I follow your pinterest posts too!

  74. Carrie Dickson
    Carrie Dickson07-05-2012

    lovely! can’t wait to try it. i love me some lemon curd!

  75. Anonymous

    Your recipes are amazing!!!!

  76. Annie Bakaleinikoff
    Annie Bakaleinikoff07-05-2012

    Found your blog last week, and I love, love, love it! Huge fan of lemon here, and this looks delish. I will be trying it soon.

  77. Heidi @ Food Doodles
    Heidi @ Food Doodles07-05-2012

    Mmm, I love pavlova :D Yours look great! Congratulations on one year!!

  78. Jolie

    These look super cute!

    joliecee [at] gmail [dot] com

  79. Sarah M
    Sarah M07-05-2012

    Always love your recipes

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  80. Sarah M
    Sarah M07-05-2012

    follow you by email

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  81. Anonymous

    This looks so good!

  82. flamidwyfe

    Happy Blogaversary! I love your recipes and try them when I’m home in the States, which I will be permanently in a few weeks!!! I’d love to have a Magic Bullet :) and of course I’m subscribed to your blog… I look forward to every single recipe!

  83. Jennifer

    Mellissa, you are a star! Way to go on 2 million hits!! I do have an American Florida address. I don’t think I can get this gadget in South America. I never win anything though and I’ve run these kinds of contests before, so I know there is a very small chance. Haha! I will like your Facebook page though and check if I already follow you on Pinterest. Sorry, I don’t “get” Twitter. lol Hope all is going well with the cookbook. I’m getting close now with ours.

  84. megs

    Thank you for the low carb recipes, this one looks delicious!!!

    Megmccoy at hotmail dot com

  85. Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife
    Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife07-05-2012

    This is so pretty. I linked here from Foodgawker. If I win…

  86. Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife
    Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife07-05-2012

    I’m now following you on pinterest

  87. Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife
    Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife07-05-2012

    and following on twitter as MommieJennM

  88. Athena Reynolds
    Athena Reynolds07-05-2012

    Just found you today. You are an inspiration to get me back into the kitchen for fun, not just to feed my family. Happy Blog-a-versary!
    My email is

  89. Athena Reynolds
    Athena Reynolds07-05-2012

    I liked you on FB.

  90. Athena Reynolds
    Athena Reynolds07-05-2012

    I am following you on twitter.

  91. Athena Reynolds
    Athena Reynolds07-05-2012

    I am following you on Pintrest.

  92. Athena Reynolds
    Athena Reynolds07-05-2012

    I am signed up for your emails.

  93. KnitWithTammy

    Happy Blogaversary! I am so glad to have found your page!
    Thank you for all the fantastic low carb recipes!

  94. Mandy

    I have yet to make a pavlova, but this one sounds like summer perfection!

    You can convo me through Etsy.

  95. Anonymous

    love your recipes!


  96. Kathy Cousart
    Kathy Cousart07-06-2012

    Happy Bloggerversary! I enjoy your blog and sense of humor! Everything always looks so yummy!….

  97. Elizabeth

    Congratulations on being such a success by your First Anniversary! My family grew up on Schaum Tortes but instead of whipped cream we had ours filled with ice cream & strawberries! I love that you post low-carb recipes because as a carb-addict, I cheat often enough and it’s good to have recipes to fall back on. Thank you, I can’t wait to use the Magic Bullet and see what the craze is all about:

  98. Whitney


  99. Anonymous

    I love your blog…..and the photos of the food!

  100. Cindy watson
    Cindy watson07-06-2012

    Would love a magic bullett

    Cindy watson


  101. RhondaLee Quaresma
    RhondaLee Quaresma07-06-2012

    This is an amazing combination for all the right ingredients needed for good health.The presentation is just perfect…I have a lot to learn from your recipes, photography and food styling…will be back for more…great work..

  102. Anonymous

    Happy annuversary!! I have a 5 months old so making baby food is around the corner, winning the Magic Bullet would be wonderful!

  103. MegsCrochetJewels

    WOW that looks amazing!

  104. Anonymous

    OMG! Not only did these make my mouth water I got that tingly feeling at the back of my teeth, that one that says I am about to eat something amazing. And that is just from the photos! Can’t wait to make these. Thank you so much. And I want you to know how much I appreciate you moving to the low carb recipes. Before I just drooled at your photos, now I can actually make the recipes too! Happy blogiversary!


  105. Robin

    Congrats on your 1 year blogiversary and thanks for the excellent recipes!

  106. Rochelle

    I just discovered your blog through pinterest…and I’m so happy I did! Thanks for sharing your wonderful low-carb recipes along with great photography. Happy blog-iversary and keep those recipes coming.

  107. Leeann

    I’ve just found your blog recently and I am excited about it as it will make my Atkins journey much easier.

    niccofive @ gmail dot com

  108. Leeann

    I also pinned you on Pinterest! and follow your board.

  109. Leeann

    And finally, I liked you on FB as well!

    niccofive @ gmail dot com

  110. Lissa

    following you on google reader! Lissa.m.layman(at)gmail(dot)com

  111. Rochelle

    Great blog with scrumptious low-carb recipes and beautiful photography. Thanks for inspiring me to try a more healthy approach to some of my favorites foods. Happy blogi-versary.

  112. Lissa

    liked on facebook! Lissa.m.layman(at)gmail(dot)com

  113. Lissa

    following on twitter :) Lissa.m.layman(at)gmail(dot)com

  114. Anonymous

    Very Happy to have found your blog with all of these delicious recipes!!! Eager to have my family try them one by one!! Thank you for the inspiration!

  115. Patty

    Happy Anniversary! Congratulations!

    I always recommend this blog to those looking for good recipes!

    pas88 at

  116. Misty S.
    Misty S.07-07-2012

    I stumbled across your blog via Pinterest, you have such creative posts! Happy one year anniversary :)

    contact me:

  117. Misty S.
    Misty S.07-07-2012

    I am following you on Pinterest!

  118. Anonymous

    Just about to make some low carb coconut macaroons, and wanted a low carb lemon curd recipe to use the egg yolks, which led me to your blog! Thanks so much for this recipe also! Now I can use the whole egg and not waste part of it. Love your blog and plan to start following it.

  119. Susan Natoli
    Susan Natoli07-07-2012

    This is the second time this week that I’ve heard of the Magic Bullet! Is it really that amazing? I have been hesitant to try it because every time I buy a blender/processor that gets rave reviews, it always breaks or doesn’t work.

  120. Cheryl

    So happy that I found your blog! Love all your recipes thank you. I have been following you on Pinterest! Keep up the great job look forward to your next recipe. :)

  121. Anonymous

    I love your blog, it makes atkins so much easier. Also, makes my cravings so much easier to manage.

  122. Anonymous
    Anonymous07-07-2012 would really love to own this to make your great recipes. Thanks for sharing

  123. Anonymous

    Pavlovas are on my list of things to experiment with. :)

    counting_shipwrecks at yahoo dot com

  124. Anonymous

    Would love to win!

  125. blueberriesandoats

    What a fantastic looking treat!

  126. Stephanie

    Found your Cauliflower Tater Tots via Pinterest and just had to check out the recipe. While here I also thought I would check out some of your low carb recipes, as I am attempting to jump back on the low-carb band wagon, again. And what do I find but a give-away. Count me in!! I could sure use a Bullet with all the cooking I do for the fam.

  127. Anonymous

    Congratulations on the anniversary! Your recipes have helped keep my low carb diet varied and I’m very thankful for that. much love,

  128. Anonymous

    I stumbled upon your blog a couple of months ago and I’ve been working very hard to catch up on all your recipes. On top of my list to try is your chocolate avocado truffles – you are a genius! I would LOVE to win a magic bullet. Thank you for offering this generous giveaway.

  129. Anonymous

    I’m in awe of your creativity; low-carb can be boring at times. Congrats on your success!

  130. Anonymous

    I just found your blog, and was fascinated with the title. More with the recipes, since I just started low carb diet. Going to try the pavlovas today! Looking forward to long “relationship” with you and low carbs.

  131. Anonymous

    This absolutely has me drooling! Can’t wait to make it.

  132. a. hunter
    a. hunter07-08-2012

    I’m so happy to have come across your recipes on pinterest. A few years ago I got the lap band and while I was doing well at the beginning, turkey and eggs get so old. I’ve been slowly gaining over the past year, but your blog inspired me that low carb can be fun and delicious! Thank you. I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen and cook for the whole family!

  133. Anonymous

    Congrats on the Big 1!

  134. Kitchen Riffs
    Kitchen Riffs07-08-2012

    Happy first year! And you’re celebrating with a terrific recipe – looks so wonderful. Great pictures – thanks for this.

  135. Shannon

    Congrats on your blogiversary! I’ve been planning to try your sugar free lemon curd. I could be contacted through my Google profile here.

  136. Venus de Hilo
    Venus de Hilo07-09-2012

    So glad to find this! I love pavlovas, but the traditional ones are just too, too, too sugary. And a sugar-free lemon curd recipe, too! I’m in dessert heaven (or will be soon).

  137. Kim Bee
    Kim Bee07-09-2012

    Congrats Mellz. 1 year of awesomeness. I adore you girl. You are a total rock star.

    I can enter this one. Whoo to the hoo. And dude you totally know how to reach me. Email, blog, facebook or heck call me. Lol. I might even say eh for ya.

  138. Kim

    Congrats! My email is

  139. Unknown

    What a great giveaway!! Congrats to you on your one year!

  140. sarah@thesweetlife

    congrats on one year of success

  141. sarah@thesweetlife

    i follow you on pinterest

  142. sarah@thesweetlife

    like you on fb

  143. minda312

    Happy one year!!!

  144. Anonymous

    Congrats on year 1! I don’t necessarily follow a low carb diet, but I enjoy your creativity. Your recipes give me great ideas for my own. Keep them coming. Reading your blog also gives me a great way to interrupt my work day.

  145. Anonymous

    Love your blog! congrats on your 1 year!!!

  146. Anonymous

    Twitter, done :)

  147. Anonymous

    pinterest, done :)

  148. Anonymous

    Facebook like, done:)

  149. Anonymous

    email subscription , done :)

  150. eruikis

    I’m So thrilled to have come across your blog. My husband and I have been doing low carb for 4 months and I’ve lost 55lbs. Your recipes have added new life into our menu. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  151. Anonymous

    Owowow…I hope I’m not too late! I would looooooooooovvve to be the onwner of a magic bullet!
    Happy 1st “bloggiversary” anyway! :-)

  152. Anonymous

    Love your recipes…have tried few and will try definetly more of them , pavlova’s next on my list.


  153. Anonymous

    Thanks for adding so much variety to my sugar free life!!
    Happy Bloggiversary,
    Diane Rupprecht

  154. Anonymous

    Sure would come in handy when i am using your recipes

  155. Eddie & Rita
    Eddie & Rita07-10-2012

    First off i want to say happy 1st bloggiversary & many more to come! u rock & i love ur recipes! U have made me such a happy lady being able to maintain my life with these wonderful recipes! Thanks for all u do! Just so u know iwould lovvvvve a magic bullet! They rock too!

  156. Anonymous

    I have just discovered your blog and find it just delightful. I look forward to trying out your recipes in the future.

  157. Eddie & Rita
    Eddie & Rita07-10-2012

    Hit the button before i was done. I do subscribe to ur email @ & facebook. I am not on twiter so sorry abt that one :) U ROCK!!!!!!!

  158. D

    LOVE your Blog!! I have done several of your recipes and can’t wait to try this one!
    Congrats on a year!

    dotygal @

  159. Anonymous

    This sounds really good!

  160. gjester515

    I have tried several of your recipes and I follow your blog by email and pinterest. You rock! My email address is and I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a magic bullet!!!!

  161. m e
    m e07-10-2012

    Thanks for all of the great recipes! You have helped my bf and I lose a combined 70 lbs on a low carb diet. Thanks!

  162. aimee

    My family is loving your recipes. Our sad little blender is on it’s way out, so I’d love to be entered in the Magic Bullet giveaway!

  163. Stephanie

    I am on the email list. I dont have a pinterest account, but I quielty stalk you on there. Wish that counted for an extra entry. lol….

  164. Stephanie

    Oh how Id love to have a magic bullet. I used to spend Wednesday afternoons with a very dear friend. We would talk and write letters to people who were shut in by illness or grieving. Inevitably we’d end up cooking something and often used the bullet to prep ingredients. Thats how I fell in love with MB. And I totally want one!

  165. Toni

    I love your blog and recipes. I have my husband eating mashed cauliflower without blinking an eye! Love pavlova and I’m looking forward to trying this recipe, also looking forward to winning the magic bullet!

  166. MamaTina

    That pavlova looks great! It will be the first thing I make if I win the magic bullet hohablog @ gmail . com

  167. MamaTina

    I followed you on twitter! hohablog @ gmail . com

  168. MamaTina

    I followed you on Pinterest hohablog @ gmail . com

  169. charissa

    happy blog-iversary

  170. Debra

    I owned a magic bullet and loved it but it wore out and would love to have a new one. I love you blog and enjoyed reading the low carb recipes. I can’t wait to try them. I am new to the low carb but have lost 10 lbs so far. These recipes will make it fun to eat.

  171. Cindy

    How very kind of you to offer a Magic Bullet to a reader. I’d possibly do better at low carbing with one.

    cindy dot royal at

  172. Cindy

    Signed up for emails and looking forward to them!

  173. Cindy

    ….and following several of your pinterest boards! Thanks again, for the opportunity to win!

    cindy dot royal at gmail dot com

  174. Tricia McQuillan
    Tricia McQuillan07-10-2012

    I found you on Pinterest then started to follow you on Facebook. You have inspired me to start cooking again. I wish you continued success and can’t wait for the new ideas you bring to get me cooking.

  175. Claire

    Wow, I’d love to win your contest!! I just found your blog and LOVE all your low carb recipes!

    claireknightly at gmail dot com

  176. Amanda

    I have been reading your blog for quite some time now! I love all your recipes and the creativity in them!

  177. Anonymous

    Happy Blogaversary! I´m a follower from Germany (so I know there is no chance to win the giveaway), and I would like to thank you for the wonderfull recipees that you have been sharing in the past! I went low carb on January 2012 and until today I did not regret one day (your recipees helped a lot!)
    Thank you again! Can´t wait for the e-book!

  178. Anonymous

    Just started on a keto diet and love your blog!! Keep it up!

  179. Carolyn

    Hey congrats on a year of blogging. I love pavlovas! Yum.

  180. Making Vanilla
    Making Vanilla07-15-2012

    Amazing pics.

  181. Marcia

    Hello Melissa,
    Your recipes are beautiful, your photographs inspiring and your prose invigorating– I only wish I could find your recipes better on your blog. I come here wearing a couple of hats. First of all, I’m a foodie. Secondly, my health demands that I eat low carb. But along with those “visitors” comes me as professional Web and blog designer– and that part of me tears my hair out when I visit your blog because it has no functional navigation. There’s simply no way of finding anything– a fault of many blogging themes very badly designed.

    There’s no table of contents, no place on your blog to visit archived blog posts organized by Year/Month, and there is no place where a visitor can find Recipes organized into types. There’s no place to find a recipe based on ingredients, etc. etc. It’s very frustrating to the foodie in me. But drives the web designer in me over the edge.

    Your excellent work as a food creator, photographer and writer deserves a better-working theme design– one that helps your visitors find what they’ve come for: beautiful, imaginative low-carb recipes nicely organized so they can be appreciated and enjoyed. Sorry to vent, but I know your blog could get a better and bigger audience if the theme design worked better.

    • Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)
      Mellissa Sevigny (sevimel)07-15-2012

      Hi Marcia, thanks for the comment! I am aware that the blog design is sorely lacking and I’m planning a move to WordPress which will allow a print recipe feature, index, etc. Meanwhile there is a Blog Archive by month on the right as well as a list of labels that you can click for recipes based on ingredients or type (ex. gluten free, appetizers, low carb, etc). Now that the cookbook is finally finished I will be putting a lot more time into the blog and hope to complete a redesign in the next couple of months. I’m glad that your at least enjoying the content and I look forward to providing everyone with a better overall experience soon! Thanks! :)

  182. Anonymous

    I do a lot of home canning and I’ve been looking for a safe recipe for a canned preservation of sugar free lemon curd, could this recipe be canned?

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny08-20-2012

      I’m really not sure about that and I’d hate to have you try it and it not work or someone get sick – better do some more research first!

  183. regandholly

    I was actually looking for a lemon butter recipe to ‘clean-up’ and stumble upon this! I love your blog, the sugar-free/gluten-free cooking is right up my alley. I found it amusing (and mentioned to my hubby) that you hadn’t had pav before (I’m from Australia, he is from New Zealand – we won’t get into the arguement about where they originated, butl lets just say Christmas doesn’t occur without one in either place!).. he smacked me down and said that you would probably find it amusing that I hadn’t had pumpkin pie before.. touche. Anyway, thanks for sharing! :)

  184. trickycrayon

    My god! I never thought of the fact that pavlovas fit into keto…I make them all the time for family holidays! This realization just made my day. Thank you!

  185. Alia

    hello! isn’t corn starch… a starch and therefore not suitable for low carb and especially keto?

  186. Hungry

    i got to tell you, corn starch is unnecessary. i just add a tea spoon of apple vinegar and its the best cake ever mmmmmm

  187. mom2abcd

    This looks wonderful! So refreshing… Thanks for sharing your recipes!

  188. Natalie

    Hey there Melissa, do you think I could substitute the Xylitol blend for another sweetener- maybe a powdered Stevia or Erythritol? My boyfriend’s dad has just been diagnosed prediabetic (I foretold this two years ago, unfortunately) so I’m planning on making this for our New Zealand Christmas :)
    Thanks so much!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny11-10-2014

      I don’t see why not Natalie, the erythritol would probably work better than the stevia if you have it! Enjoy!

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