Crispy Peanut Butter Cookies (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Crispy Flourless
Peanut Butter Cookies
Gluten Free Dairy Free



I personally love a soft and gooey cookie but my Mom likes crispy and peanut butter so I really created this recipe for her. I used the fresh peanut butter made from the peanut butter machine at WinCo but a super creamy jarred PB might make this a softer texture and I am sure that would taste wonderful too.



These are a little different as far as forming them into a cookie. You really need to squeeze them into a ball pressing hard and placing them on the cookie sheet before the chocolate chips start to fall out.




What is great about this recipe is how simple the ingredients are. You will make about 2 dozen or so cookies depending on your cookie size. Remember too, if you can’t eat all of the cookies, freeze them! (If there are any left, they are hard to resist!)



I just made them 4 hours ago and half are gone!


Ingredients:

2 Cups Peanut Butter

2 Eggs

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Tbsp. Vanilla

1 Tsp. Baking Soda

¼ Tsp. Salt

1 ¾ Cups Chocolate Chips



Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350. In a mixer combine all ingredients and mix on medium for 3 minutes. Spoon out the dough (it will look like a bunch of little balls, you have to press it into a round cookie shape with your hands) and create balls with your hands and place on a cookie sheet (I always use a pampered chef stone for my cookie) Bake for about 16-18 minutes and allow them to sit and cool about 10 minutes before removing from the stone. Make sure you remove before they completely cool because they can stick. Enjoy!
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DIY Halloween Signs

Monday, September 19, 2016


DIY Halloween Wooden Signs



I am obsessed with pallets. I love them distressed, weathered, and unpainted the best. Bring me a pallet and we will be best friends. My Husband’s work has a plethora of them that are free to grab. When I am in a funk he brings them home and I am instantly in a better mood.





I love to put inspirational words or quotes throughout my house. I moved 700 miles away from all of my family last year and sometimes in the morning those words are what I need to get going and jumpstart my day. I also LOVE decorating for all Holidays. Since we are on such a tight budget this year, I am making a lot of the decorations myself. I also love to include the kids in this and put their holiday crafts all over the house for decorating too.





So, this Halloween I decided to do some cute pallet board signs to place all over the house. I thought I would share this fun craft with you so that you may get inspired to save some money and have cute decorations. Happy Fall!





You can make these with pallet boards or you can just go to Lowe’s or Home Depot to buy boards and have them cut to size. I cut these into 2 different sizes, 13.5 inches and10 inches. You should customize this to what you want to create.





Some fun sign words are Halloween, Trick-or-Treat, Boo, and Caution. You could even make an “Out of Candy” sign or paint Jack-O-Lanterns or Frankenstein’s onto the wood. Fun!



Supplies:

Wood (cut into your desired size)



Pen or Pencil

Words printed in the correct size and font

Acrylic Paint in desired colors (I prefer acrylic for the letters and I used Tempera paint for the wood)

Something to paint on top of (I use trash bags. The paint sticks to paper so be careful using paper under the wood)


Directions:



Start by painting all sides of your wood blocks.
I do one top and all sides and allow it dry usually overnight, then flip, and paint the other side. I wait another day to allow it to dry.




Once it is completely dry, cut your words out to fit the block. Lay the tracing paper down and then put your printed word paper on top, and trace it.



My method- With a fine tip paint brush. I often will trace the outside of the letters and then go back with my regular paintbrush and fill in the letters.


A second coat might be needed.

It’s that simple!

Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze (GF/DF)

Saturday, September 17, 2016


Pumpkin Scones
With maple glaze
Gluten Free Dairy Free



Pumpkin is everywhere in my house! We even pulled out all of the Fall and Halloween decorations during the second week of September. Last year we were in the process of selling our home and moving to Washington and we missed out on decorating for each Holiday. We are totally making up for it this year and then some! I am feeling settled, comfortable and ready to make some awesome crafts and bake some amazing food! 




I have already created some of my favorite fall treats like the Pumpkin Spice Coffee CreamerPaleo Pumpkin PancakesCoffee Cake, and Pumpkin Bread. Please check those out when you have a chance! This time around I wanted to try something new that I have never made before.




I decided to start experimenting with scones and pumpkin was the first thing coming to mind. They were surprisingly easy to make and really delicious. These pumpkin scones were just the right amount of flaky but fluffy and the maple glaze had the perfect sweet touch.



If you have not made my Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer please make some to go along with the scones! It is a real fall treat and the two flavors work together creating true bliss. Happy Fall!






Ingredients:



Scones:


Dash of Salt

1/3 Cup melted Coconut Oil

1/3 Cup Sugar

2 tsp. Baking Powder

2/3 Cup Almond Milk

2 Eggs

 2 tsp. Vanilla

2/3 Cup Pumpkin puree

1 tsp. Xanthan Gum



Maple Glaze:

1 Cup Powder Sugar (sifted)

1 tsp. Vanilla

¼ tsp. Cinnamon

Dash of Nutmeg


2 TBSP.  Almond Milk



Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. I did this with a whisk and then switched to a spatula. Once the dough forms a ball (it will be slightly sticky), take the dough and transfer it to your baking sheet. With the spatula, push the dough down and spread it out to be about an inch or so thick. (Dip the knife in water before cutting each slice) Slice into 8 even slices. Space each triangle an inch apart and you can shape the edges of your scones with wet fingers if needed. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Allow to cool for about 20 minutes and then transfer to a flat plate or cooling rack. (I learned this the hard way with one batch and they broke when I transferred them). While they are cooling, make your glaze by simply stirring all of the ingredients together in a bowl until smooth. I recommend sifting the powdered sugar. Drizzle or smother your scones to your liking. These taste amazing fresh out of the oven and even better with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee. Enjoy!







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Banana Nut Muffins (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Friday, September 16, 2016


Banana Nut Muffins
Gluten Free Dairy Free



I absolutely love banana bread but my kids want muffins. If it is not in muffin form they are hesitant to even taste it. However, put anything in muffin form and they are all over it.




These are perfect for little hands for a quick breakfast or an afternoon snack. I love mine with a cup of coffee or some tea.




My kids prefer chocolate chip muffins. (Find the recipe HERE) but I love mine with some delicious walnuts on top.  It definitely brings me back to my childhood and Grandma Olga’s Banana Nut Bread. We used to go to my Cousin’s walnut orchard and pick walnuts. We would go back to her house and sit in the back room and crack walnuts together while watching her soap. Those were some of the best moments of my childhood.




However, today no one has a walnut orchard for me to pick from so I will buy mine from the WinCo bulk bins and top my muffins with them






Ingredients:

3 Ripe Bananas


1 Tsp. Xanthan Gum/span>

1 Tsp. Baking Soda

½ Cup Sugar

½ Cup Coconut Oil

1/3 Cup Applesauce

1 Egg

1 Tsp. Vanilla

2 Tsp. Cinnamon

¼ Tsp. Nutmeg

Dash of Salt

1 Cup of Chopped Walnuts



Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With your stand mixer cream: Eggs, Sugar, Vanilla, Applesauce and Bananas. Beat well on medium for 2 minutes. Add in the coconut oil and allow it blend in. Add cinnamon, salt and turn off to pour all of the GF AP Flour. Turn mixer back on stir setting and add xanthan gum and baking soda. Beat on medium 2-3 minutes scraping down the sides halfway through. Add walnuts right at the end. Bake about 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. 
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Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer
Dairy Free



I can no longer go to a coffee joint and just try a coffee. I am very sensitive to coffee and react to most brands of coffee. I have found two that I am good with and that is all I drink. With that being said, I wanted a festive and creamy coffee treat for the fall, and this coffee creamer is dairy free and delicious.




I enjoyed a cup of this pumpkin spice coffee this morning with a pumpkin scone and it was heavenly. In the PNW, there is a chill in the morning, and sipping on this creamy cup of pumpkin spice coffee really put me in a happy mood and got me ready to start my day.




This coffee creamer is not sweet even though there is coconut sugar (I don’t like sweet coffee).  So taste your coffee and then decide if you need to add a spoonful more of coconut sugar.






Ingredients:



1/3 Cup Pumpkin Puree


1 tsp. Cinnamon

Dash of Nutmeg



Directions:

Add all ingredients together in a bowl and stir well. Pour in a container and refrigerate.  Enjoy!

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