Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Doing The Whole30

First, thank you all for your holiday orders!  What fun I had baking up a storm for you and my family, plus preparing my home for the season.  This year it was just the four of us at our new home with the tallest Christmas tree we've ever had!  Oh, the joys of a cathedral ceiling…I never knew!  

My plan was to start the program on January 1, 2016, and I did.  Here I am, almost at my halfway point.  Life without sugar, dairy, grains and a slew of other items has been different, interesting, and challenging…but not hard.  As they tell you in the book: This. Is. Not. Hard.  It is, however, new.  And new is not always bad.   The Whole30 requires more thought, preparation and planning on the part of each individual, but honestly, that is what we all should be doing all the time when it comes to eating since it is a huge part of how healthy we are (or aren’t).  I’m no longer just opening my mouth and putting in whatever is in the fridge or the cabinets or what’s listed on a restaurant menu and telling myself one of the following ridiculous things:

1.             Well, it is a special occasion
2.            It’s not as bad as eating (fill in the blank)
3.            I’m hungry and this is the fastest way to not be
4.             I have a lot of baking to do and it will be easier if I’m not hungry
5.            I’m sad/glad/mad/exhausted/agitated/blah, blah, blah & yada, yada, yada

You get the idea

Day three was the day I wanted SUGAR, SUGAR, SUGAR!!  Eeeyow, did I want sweets.  As a baker I had plenty of options but passed on every single one.  It was NOT fun.  It wasn’t hard, but it was not fun.  Nonetheless, as delicious as I know my Orange Cranberry Rolls are (my favorite), I stuck with the Whole30.  I did not want to start over and for the first time in a long time I did not want to disappoint myself.  I like that thought: not disappointing myself.  I’m the one who has to live this life, and I have to do it in this body.  Not the body I remember from back in the day, but as it is right now.  The one that needs better care and attention.  The one I’ve decided to take responsibility for again.  The one I’ve decided is worth all efforts to sustain it in a respectable, kind and thoughtful manner every day.  So I’m sticking it out until I get to that brighter day of my weight being in proportion to my height again, and all my lab work levels are where they need to be.  It will take several Whole30 applications to get there, but I will. Smiles!!

Once the sugar desire left the building (real location: my mind and it required the harshest of evictions), the next deep rooted craving?  Coffee.  Here’s the real problem:  I don’t miss coffee, I miss the additives.  As they say in the Whole30 book, if you don’t like the taste of black coffee, maybe you don’t really like coffee.  I had never thought about it before, and for me it turned out to be true.  I tried using extracts, coconut milk loaded with vanilla, and flavored coffee grounds.  Nope.  As it turns out, coffee is just a vehicle to get hazelnut creamer in my mouth without using a spoon.  Another facet of this program?  The things you learn about yourself.   I’m currently planning to drink coffee on day 31, but might change my mind.  After 20+ years of not smoking I know I would never start up again because I would NOT want to quit again.  Now THAT was hard!

To paraphrase The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: “Water, water, everywhere, but I used to refuse to drink.”  Oh, how I did not like to drink water prior to the Whole30.  I wanted additives (I’m seeing a pattern here, how about you?) and the more the better.  Caramel coloring, aspartame, sugar, carbonation, on and on and on.  My first attempt at a solution was to buy La Croix flavored waters…but, ick…just ick.  Never could take the taste of tonic or sparkling water.  Next brilliant idea was to make my own.  Now, this is a keeper!  One whole, fresh pineapple peeled & cut in chunks, add to a pitcher of flat water and muddle, then let sit overnight in the fridge.  Amazing refreshment awaits your taste buds!  This was a great way for me to add water to my diet and was the gateway step to also drinking plain water.  I’m sipping from a bottle of plain water as I type this.  Try it out for yourself! 

Yours in good health &, strength,

Katie Connally’s granddaughter

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Time To Place Your Holiday Order!

You better watch out, you better not cry...actually don't worry about that stuff, but do make sure to place your holiday order in time! 

Cinnamon Roll Christmas tree (see photo above)

Yeast rolls: traditional, onion & garlic, French herb, cracked black pepper & Italian herb

Pumpkin pie

Sweet potato pie (very limited)

Pecan pie

New England maple walnut pie

Frosted bourbon balls (by the tin)

Frosted amaretto balls (by the tin)

Spicy brown sugar pecans (by the tin)

Gingerbread/holiday plate

Bourbon brownies/holiday plate

Amaretto brownies/holiday plate

here is the ordering form:

and you can go to my facebook page:,  Or you can call me.     :)

i am always thankful to be a part of your table, which is a privilege I do not take lightly!  here's to a happy, healthy & beautiful holiday.

Yours in tidings of comfort & joy,

Katie Connally's grandaughter 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Road To A Healthy 2016!

So, I had some thoughts about the Whole30 program ~~ First: I love it.  Second:  Man, this is a lot of shopping, chopping and is so worth it, but nevertheless, it IS some work.  Third:  I cannot be the only one that is wishing for a "kitchen fairy" to drop by and handle it for me.  And then, the epiphany...offer this healthy work as a Katie Connally Confections service.  And thus, the "Katie Connally Confections Shop/Chop/Prep Service" was born!  What does it consist of, you ask??  Keep reading ;)

And it is just that simple!  Your very own Whole30 can get off to a great start with this service to help get it going.  We start with two weeks worth of food prep.     

Can you do it all on your own?  Yup, you sure can (if your family doctor agrees).  

Can you make it easy for yourself, your schedule and your family?  Yup, you sure calling!  And having a friend to do the program with makes success much more likely.   

This service will only run from January - April, and your 2016 can begin with an assist to a marvelous foundation. 

So get this health party started with a call to get on the schedule!   

Yours in health and happiness,

Katie Connally's granddaughter

Monday, November 9, 2015

Time To Give Thanks

So much to be thankful, family, really good and true friends.  You can definitely add good food to the list as that is what we gather around on Thanksgiving Day (my favorite holiday, so it deserves to be capitalized!) and Katie Connally Confections can help you on that front!

Pecan Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, Pumpkin Pie?  Check!

Pecan Pralines, Frosted Bourbon Balls, Frosted Amaretto Balls, Gingerbread, Spicy Brown Sugar Pecans ?  Yup!

Fresh Yeast Rolls in Traditional, French Herb, Italian Herb, Onion & Garlic, Cracked Black Pepper or Indian Curry?  You betcha! 

All these delicious items for your happy holiday table are just a phone call, email or a click away!  


Orders can be placed at the market, on the Facebook page via message, by email:, or you can call or text 501-773-2762

Two pick up dates:

Hillcrest Farmers Market, 8:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 21

Wednesday, November 25th @ 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. in front of Pulaski Heights Baptist Church

****All orders for Wednesday, November 25th must be prepaid****
****Last Day To Order: Sunday, November 23rd @ 2:00 p.m.****

Traditional Yeast Rolls
French Herb Yeast Rolls
Onion & Garlic Yeast Rolls
Italian Herb Yeast Rolls
Cracked Black Pepper Yeast Rolls
Pumpkin Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
Pecan Pie
Bourbon Balls/Holiday Tin
Rum Balls/Holiday Tin
Amaretto Balls/Holiday Tin
Bourbon Brownies/Plate
Amaretto Brownies/Plate
Rum Pa Pum Pum Brownies/Plate
Peppermint Patty Brownies/Plate
Spicy Brown Sugar Pecans/Tin
Pecan Pralines/Tin


Looking forward to being a part of your fabulous celebrations!

Yours with holiday heart and soul,

Katie Connally’s granddaughter  

Monday, November 17, 2014

We Really Need An Official Thanksgiving Song!

Hard to believe it is time to plan for Thanksgiving.  Are you doing it at home or are you going to a family member’s house?  We are headed to my sister-in-law’s place.  She is what used to be known as a Home Ec teacher, so you KNOW the meal will be awesome!  The field is now called "Family & Consumer Sciences", which is a mouthful.  Speaking of Thanksgiving (which I like to capitalize because it is my favorite holiday), we really need an official Thanksgiving Song, America!   So far I have only been able to identify what it is NOT:

It’s not this:

 Or this:  (which actually has a Wikipedia page.  Sigh.) 

Perhaps there is a wonderful Thanksgiving-like instrumental out there.  If you know one, share it with me, PLEASE! 

As you plan for this upcoming wonderful day, where can you get fresh baked traditional yeast rolls, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and sweet potato pie?  Katie Connally Confections will have wonderful, melt-in-your-mouth yeast rolls, pies and specialty brownies to complete your table.   The party pan size of yeast rolls will feed 6 to 8 people comfortably, and free you up to make all your other delicious items.  Just let me know via Facebook:, or drop me an e-mail at, and consider it done!  Below is the Thanksgiving menu:

thankful (definition)

1. feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative.


I'm thankful for the life God has so graciously given me; my family and my friends.  And for the wonderful memories of the woman who taught me to bake.  So glad I knew her.
Looking forward to a happy and healthy holiday season with you all, 
Katie Connally's granddaughter


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring Has FINALLY Arrived In Arkansas!

It’s here, it’s here!  Spring has come to Arkansas! and if you don’t believe me take a look at the light dusting of green pollen on your car.  Yup, it’s here! 


Don't forget, Easter is just a few weeks away. Time to place your order for the holiday, but definitely no later than April 12th   ( because  I’m a cook, not a magician!).

For your Brunch or Dinner table - Savory Frittata Pans!

Asparagus, Potatoes, Onion & Cheddar Cheese Frittata Pan
Mushroom, Potatoes, Onion & Cheddar Cheese Frittata Pan
Curried Green Bean, Potatoes, Onion & Cheddar Cheese Frittata Pan

Spicy Garlic & Cheddar Cheese Cornbread
Rustic Cracked Black Pepper, fresh rosemary and Garlic Biscuits

Delicious Cheesecake Bars in the beautiful pastel colors of Spring!

Raspberry Cheesecake Bars (pastel pink)
Key Lime Cheesecake Bars (pastel green)
Lemon Cheesecake Bars (pastel yellow)
Blueberry Cheesecake Bars (pastel blue)

Toasted Coconut macaroon cheesecake bars (creamy white)

And as always, "Desserts with Spirit"!

Bourbon Brownies (by the 9 x 13 pan)
Amaretto Brownies (by the 9 x 13 pan
Butter Rum Baby Bundt cakes (by the dozen)
Chocolate Whiskey Baby Bundt cakes (by the dozen)

Other menu items are also available, including whole rum and whiskey cakes.   Facebook me
or call 501-773-2762.  see you Saturday morning at the market!
yours in springtime flowers and love,
Katie connally's granddaughter

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Of Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Pies ( and Bourbon Balls!)

So, Fall finally “fell” in Arkansas! Time to start planning for Thanksgiving, a mere three (3!) weeks away. For me it means the purchase of a new piece of equipment: a food processor. I’ve borrowed one in the past and learned firsthand the wonders of this machine. The better to make Bourbon Balls and pie crusts, my dears!

The model I chose is the Black & Decker FP1600B 8-Cup Food Processor and I think it will do just fine. I have heard from my baker friend, Rus (who also happens to be the maker of the best biscotti ever) and he swears by it so that is endorsement enough for me! It will also be a huge help with pie crusts.

Speaking of pies, here is what Katie Connally Confections will have for Thanksgiving:

Pumpkin Pie - $15.00

Sweet Potato Pie - $15.00

Pecan Pie - $20.00

Bourbon Balls - $12.50 per pound

This is the South, so I'm pretty sure everybody already knows what Bourbon Balls are, but just in case..."a Bourbon Ball is a bite-size confection that incorporates bourbon." A very simple explanation for very delicious treat! Most Bourbon Balls are just rolled in confectioner's sugar, but not mine. I decided to "up the game", so be ready!

By the way, I will have samples of them at this Saturday's Hillcrest Farmers Market (for grownups only!), 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd., right in front of the Pulaski Heights Baptist Church. :) 

I will need your orders no later than 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 21st, one week before Turkey Day. Don't be left out! You can reach me via:, or, or 501-773-2762 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Wishing a happy Autumn to us all,

Katie Connally's grandaughter