Chip Chocolate Spice Cookies

So I made up a gluten-free and dairy- free cookie (at least from the recipes I have ever seen I have made up a recipe) and I am pretty proud of it as it has won over every person who has tried it. No one could tell it was dairy and gluten-free. Now don’t get scared of the spice in the cookies, it is just noticeable enough for you to say… “what is in that cookie?” So here it is my debut of my…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Chocolate Chip Spice Cookie

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1/2 cup Shortening

3/4 cups light brown sugar

1/4 cup Truvia/Stevia sweetener (or any of your choice)

2 tbsp. almond milk

2 tbsp. vanilla

1 egg

1 3/4 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour

1 tsp. salt

3/4 tbsp. baking soda

3/4 tbsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

3/4  bag dairy free chocolate chips

I used my food processor to mix all the ingredients with the bread blade and used a small bowel to mix the dry ingredients before adding them (see below). But mix with what you have 🙂 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

To make:

Preheat oven to 375* and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In your food processor (or you can combine in a bowel and use a hand or other mixer) combine shortening, brown sugar, truvia, almond milk, and vanilla. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Blend until well mixed scraping sides if needed.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Add egg and cream into mixture.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Add in the pumpkin pie spice and combine scraping sides.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In a small bowel combine flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Add this dry mixture slowly into the food processor ( I add it in three sections) until combined. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Scrap sides before adding the dry mixture each time.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Once dry mixture is combined add in the chocolate chipsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And combine. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Using a small ice cream scoop drop round scoops onto the baking sheets with a little space to spread out in between. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Bake for 8-10 minutes until they are slightly brown. Don’t overbake. Allow to cool on the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

I keep my cookies in one of two cookie jars. This rooster one (below) or my chicken one…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It reminds hubby of his grandmother always having cookies in her cookie jar when he was growing up 🙂 Look inside…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEnjoy with someone you love 🙂

Quite the snow…

So when we got up at 4 AM there was snow on the ground and more coming. Hubby decided he was going to stay home from work as it appeared quite icy. Around 7 AM I called my work weather hotline and we were closed so I snuggled back in bed too. Chase FaceAbout 30 minutes later the dogs were ready to be up so we all got up and checked out the snow that was coming down harder by then. Snow DepthAfter the dogs were fed and we got dressed we checked on the chickens.

Chase helping Daddy with chickens

Chase helping Daddy with chickens

They attempted to run out when we opened their door, but then saw the snow and hightailed it back into their run. Snow ChknOnce the chickens were fed (with some extra scratch to eat so they could stay warm), the girl with the neck issue had her spray put on her, and the eggs were collected we came back in to feed ourselves. We had veggie and cheese omelets and hot beverages (hubby chai late and me apple cider).  Then it was a day of relaxing, blogging, cleaning, and baking. I made a gluten-free banana nut bread cake 🙂 Bananna CakeIt was so Yummy and it made the whole house smell so good 🙂 The boys (dogs) have been busy with their bones and sleeping. The ony problem today was the wind picked up later in the afternoon and brought in some sleet so the snow got really packed down and wet. Snow TreeOther than that it was a great snow day 🙂 Now the chickens are safely closed in their coop, the dogs are snoozing, and it is time to settle in for the night 🙂

Happy Birthday To…

Hubby 🙂 Lornes Cake

Today is hubbys birthday. I won’t tell you how old he is to save him 😉 I made him the above funfetti cake with buttercream icing from scratch… his favorite. He wanted chinese for dinner and with the additional snow we got today (2 more inches) it was nice to be inside after work baking 🙂

In honor of hubbys birthday I will tell you why he is special to me: he has wonderful dreams, he is a hard worker, he supports my hobbies, he is a good puppy daddy, he has allowed my Dad to live with us, his belief in God, he has the best sense of humor and keeps me laughing, he deals with me when I have migraines, he helps me with my garden and reminds me when things need to be watered or picked, and he is honest 🙂 I could go on and on, but I will just state…

Happy Birthday Hubby Love You!

SpoonBread Seasonsgirl’s Way

I thought I would share what we had as our side dish for dinner tonight. I had a lot of recipes for spoonbread and have tried many, but found my own version though trial and error that seems to be good 🙂

Seasonsgirl Spoonbread

You Need:

1 1/2 cups Water

3/4 cups Buttermilk

3/4 cups Heavy Cream

1 cup Cornmeal

2 tbsp Butter unsalted

2 large Eggs

1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

3 Green Onions – chopped (save some for garnish)

1 Can of Creamed Corn (14.75 oz)

2 cups Jarlsberg Cheese cut into small pieces or grated (freeze before grating to make it easier)

4 tbsp Parmesan Cheese grated

Salt and Pepper

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 400* and spray a 2 quart glass baking dish with baking spray or grease with butter.

2.) In a saucepan (I use a 4-quart) place the water, buttermilk, 1 tsp black pepper, and 1/2 tsp salt and bring to a slow boil.

3.) Reduce heat to medium-low and whisk in the cornmeal poring it in slowly.

4.) Place the lid on the pot and simmer 10 minutes until the mixture is thick stirring ever 2 minutes or more to prevent sticking and burning. At the end of the 10 minutes the mixture should be  thick and harder to whisk.

5.) Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter untill melted.

6.) Add in heavy cream slowly; whisking continuously.

7.) Whisk in the eggs one at a time.

8.) Whisk in the baking powder.

9.) Whisk in the green onions, creamed corn, both cheeses, and 1 tsp  pepper. Place the pot back on low heat and whisk continuously until it starts to get smooth and the cheese is dissolving. Add any more salt and pepper to taste.

10.) Pore mixture into glass baking dish and make sure it is spread evenly.

11.) Bake uncovered 45 mins-1 hour until a toothpick comes out clean.  (My over browns the top in 35 minutes and then I bake an additional 10-15 minutes covered to firm up the mixture (see tip #4))

12.) Garnish with remaining green onions and serve.

Makes 6-8 side dish servings.

Other Ideas and Tips:

1.) Instead of buttermilk use whole milk and instead of heavy cream you can use light. Or use whole milk for both.

2.) Instead of creamed corn you can use 1 1/2 cups whole kernels (frozen or fresh) but if you want the sweetness add 1 tbsp sugar when you add the corn.

3.) You can use most swiss cheeses the Jarlsberg just seems to give the best taste.

4.) If the toothpick is not coming out clean and the top is brown cover the baking dish with foil, decrease the heat to 375*,  and bake until it firms (make sure to get it out before the sides and top brown too much). You can smell when the top is getting brown so keep an eye on it after about 30 minutes.

All that was left after my gang got into it :)

All that was left after my gang got into it 🙂

Cooking Kindness…

Today I took some cookies to work and saw how happy it made those I served them to. It put a smile on people’s faces even if they didn’t want a cookie they were happy to be included in the offer. When I got home and was making dinner hubby asked for some cupcakes…

So I made some gluten-free chocolate cupcakes for hubby… normal size…Big Cupcakes

 

Then I made some extra mini cupcakes to take to work tomorrow… Small cupcakesThe recipe I used is from one of my Grandmother’s church cookbook that they put together every once in a while with all the ladies recipes. Needless to say the recipe was not originally gluten-free but I made it that way.

Hubby’s Favorite Chocolate Cupcakes

3/4 cups shortening

2 eggs (from your own chickens is best 😉 )

2 cups sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp xanthum gum (only if you use gluten-free flour that doesn’t have it in it. If you don’t use gluten-free flour you don’t need this.)

1/2 cup coco powder

1 cup white rice flour

1 1/2 cups brown rice flour

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 cup boiling water

To make:

Combine shortening, eggs, and sugar until well mixed.

Add milk, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, salt,  and xanthum gum. Mix well.

Add coco and flour. Stir until combined.

Add in boiling water slowly combining as you go.

Bake at 350* for 30 minutes for big cupcakes and 20-25 for mini ones until toothpick comes out clean from center of cupcake.

Cool and ice with your favorite icing. gf cooking 001

Other ideas: I thought adding a little cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger would be nice about 1/2 tsp at most. Also insted of the 1 cup boiling water use 1/2 cup boiling water and 1/2 cup hot coffee.

Try and enjoy 🙂

Thankful Day…

Today is a day to be thankful… to count your blessings… to realize how good we have it despite our struggles… a day to praise God for all he has given us… a day… but why just a day? Why do we wait untill Thanksgiving or Christmas to tell those around us we love them, we forgive them, we need forgiveness, we are grateful… this should happen each day as we never know when it will be our last opportunity to say… I love you… I’m sorry… I forgive you… I am grateful.

God… I am grateful for my salvation and the promise of heaven… I love you.

So for my husband… I am grateful for your love, patience, and support… I love you.

My Mom… I am grateful for your support, help, and letting me try so many things when I was growing up… I love you.

My Dad… I am grateful for you teaching me to work hard and not be limited by being a girl… I love you.

My Grandmother… I am grateful for you teaching me about baking and being patient while I learned… I love you.

My Pups… I am grateful for your unconditional love and for making me smile… I love you.

My friends… I am grateful for your friendship and support… You are important to me.

My blog followers… I am grateful you find the time to read my blog, comment, and like my posts… I feel blessed so many of you stop by daily 🙂

HAPPY THANKSGIVING 🙂

One Lovely Blog Award

Marsha Lee from http://tchistorygal.wordpress.com/, nominated my blog for the Lovely Blog Award! I am so blessed! This is my third award and each one is special in it own way and brings a different blessing. It is so wonderful someone appreciates my blog enough to nominate me so thank you Marsha Lee. Marsha Lee’s blog is filled with memories of her teaching, lovely photos, and engaging personal thoughts. Thank you Marsha Lee. 🙂

These are the rules for receiving this award:

1.) Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.  (See above)

2.) Share 7 things about yourself.

  •  I love the Lord… if you haven’t figured that out yet. God is my leader, provider, and keeper of my heart.
  • My husband and I are working to start our family. I have loved kids since I was one. I love to care for them and just be in their presence. I long for one of my (our) own and am just waiting on God’s timing.
  • I love animals, especially dogs, horses, chickens, goats, and most farm animals. I also love red pandas and otters (they are just so cute and interesting).
  • I love to cook, especially for my family.
  • I love to bake and have a special family cookie I make on holidays that are in high demand at my job (they are requested and people get mad if a holiday goes by and I don’t make them).
  • I play the clarinet (since age 12) and the piano (since age 5). I played though college and have tapered off since, but am working to get back my “skills”.
  • I am a neat freak… I love to keep my house clean and organized… sometimes to my husbands frustration 😉

3.) Nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire.

In no particular order, here are the 15 blogs that I have enjoyed during my blogging journey.

http://porterpondfarm.com/

http://tripodtrippin.wordpress.com/

http://gabbiesisland.com/

http://iago80.wordpress.com/

http://mybeautfulthings.wordpress.com/

http://viewsofmyworld.wordpress.com/

http://luxaeternaimaging.wordpress.com/

http://childrenshealthnaturally.wordpress.com/

http://mandyspath.wordpress.com/

http://adjustingyourfocus.wordpress.com/

http://realfoodrealdeals.com/

http://help4yourfamily.com/

http://scienceofmom.com/

http://wishuponanotter.wordpress.com/

http://refreshchristianresources.wordpress.com/

That is the time-consuming, but interesting part. Some of the sites you may not get back to as regularly as you mean to do, so this is a great way to revisit those who have encouraged you along the way. Thanks so much to all of you, and especially http://tchistorygal.wordpress.com/ Marsha Lee for this nomination.

Baby chick cookies

 

Every major holiday I make my great-grandmother’s secret recipe iced sugar cookies. My co-workers expect them and if I don’t make them I get asked for them. My co-workers like them they say due to the soft centers and sweet, but not too sweet icing. Each year I want to try to decorate them a little different. This year I wanted to do baby chicks in honor of our new hens. I was unsure how to easily make the cookie cutter I had into a chick… so I did some trials and asked my husband his opinion…

 

Options for decorating I didn't like as much...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I tried some more… I know they are not the most amazing of decorated cookies, but I wanted a simple way to make a baby chick…

All the little chicks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had two ways my husband liked them so I did both and took them to work to see which one got the most votes with my coworker… It was almost a tie so I thought I would ask you…

My favorite two options
I call this the kissing chicks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which one do you think looks most like a baby chick? The one where the beak is highlighted or the one with just an eye?