Thursday, July 23, 2015



Easy, delicious gluten free peanut butter cookies!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 18
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl combine all ingredients.
  3. Use a cookie scoop or spoon to drop 1" balls of dough onto greased cookie sheet.
  4. If desired add the classic peanut butter cookie cross hatch by pressing a fork sprayed with nonstick spray into the top of each cookie.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Cool on rack and enjoy!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Yields/Serves: 16
  • Chex crust or GF cookie crust prepared in 9-inch spring form pan (If not doing the Chex crust I recommend 1½ cups GF shortbread cookie crumbs plus 2-3 tbsp butter for a wonderful crust)
  • 3 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8-ounces sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees; place pan of water on lowest rack in oven - this helps prevent the cheesecake from cracking during baking.
  2. In large mixing bowl beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then sour cream and vanilla.
  3. Pour into 9-inch spring form pan. Bake 50-55 minutes until edges are light golden brown. The center will still be very slightly soft. Let cool, then refrigerate at least 4 hours to chill completely

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Gluten-free Chicken and Dumplings

Gluten-free Chicken and Dumplings
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 onion diced
  • salt & pepper
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
Cover the bottom of a large crock pot with the vegetables.  Place the chicken on top of the vegetables and season with salt and pepper.  Pour the chicken broth over the chicken.  Cook on low for 6 hours.
After 6 hours, remove the chicken and turn the crock pot onto high.
To make the dumplings, stir together the dry ingredients.  Cut the shortening into the dry mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.  This is easiest with a pastry cutter, but a fork will also work.  Add the almond milk and stir until it forms a thick dough.  You can add additional almond milk if your dough is too stiff to mix.
Drop dough by the tablespoon into the soup.  Cook on high for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the dumplings are not doughy.
While the dumplings are cooking, shred the chicken with two forks.  When the dumplings have about a half hour left of cooking time, add the chicken back into the soup and stir.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

No Bake White Chocolate and Raspberry Protein Cookies (Gluten free)

No Bake White Chocolate and Raspberry Protein Cookies- These require 1 bowl and 5 minutes to whip up and are #vegan #glutenfree and refined #sugarfree- High protein option too!
No Bake White Chocolate and Raspberry Protein Cookies

  1. 3 cups gluten free oat flour (rolled oats ground into a flour)
  2. 2 standard scoops vanilla protein powder (can sub for an extra 1/2 cup oat flour)
  3. 2 T granulated sweetener of choice (Optional)
  4. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  5. 1/2 cup + 2 T nut butter of choice (I used peanut butter)
  6. 3/4 cup brown rice syrup (can sub for honey if not strict vegan)
  7. 1/4-1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk*
  8. White chocolate chunks (make homemade version listed earlier if strictly vegan)
  9. Dried Raspberries and cranberries
  1. Line a large baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oat flour, vanilla protein powder, sweetener of choice and sea salt and mix well.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, add the nut butter of choice and brown rice syrup and heat until melted and mix to incorporate.
  4. Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and stir until fully combined- Mixture should be crumbly. Slowly add almond milk, one tablespoon at a time, until a very thick dough is formed. Stir through the white chocolate chunks, dried raspberries and cranberries until fully incorporated.
  5. Using your hands, form small balls and press down to a cookie shape on the baking tray. Using a fork, press down on it twice and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before consuming.
  1. Depending on the protein powder and/or if you use all oat flour, you need to adjust your liquid mixture.
  2. These can be stored at room temperature. If refrigerated, thaw very slightly.
  3. The granulated sweetener of choice is optional- For a sweetener cookie, add 1-2 tablespoons. I prefer a more 'bland' cookie dough to bring out the flavours from the raspberries, cranberries and white chocolate chunks.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Crock Pot Barbecue Ribs

Prep time:  
Cook time:  10 hours
Total time:  
Serves: 4-6 servings
Delicious Crock Pot Barbecue Ribs you can throw together in less than five minutes!
  • 3 lbs bone-in beef short ribs or pork spare ribs
  • 1 c water
  • ½ c barbecue sauce  ( I like Sweet Baby Ray's-it's also gluten-free)
  • ½ c dry red wine OR beef broth
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  1. Spray your crock pot with cooking spray
  2. Combine your water, barbecue sauce, wine OR broth, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl
  3. Place your ribs in your crock pot
  4. Pour your mixture over your ribs
  5. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Redemption Draweth Nigh

Things in our country and even our world seem to be spiraling, don't they?
Just a reminder that if you know Jesus as Savior (and if you don't, or don't
know what that means CLICK HERE) that this is all temporary, and leading
up to His return!
It brought this song to mind-I hope the words bring you comfort!

Years of time have come and gone
Since I first heard it told
How Jesus would come again some day
If back then it seemed so real
Then I just can’t help but feel
How much closer His coming is today

Signs of the times are everywhere
There’s a brand new feeling in the air
Keep your eyes upon the eastern sky
Lift up your head redemption draweth nigh

Wars and strife on every hand
And violence fills the land
Still some people doubt He’ll ever come again
But the Word of God is true
He’ll redeem His chosen few
Don’t lose hope soon Christ Jesus will descend

Signs of the times are everywhere
There’s a brand new feeling in the air
Keep your eyes upon the eastern sky
Lift up your head redemption draweth nigh

Lift up your head redemption draweth nigh

Click Here to watch a video of this being sung!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Up, Up, And Away!

I just realized that one of my dear friends and I went on a hot air balloon ride
(My kids gave me a ride for Mother's Day 2013) and I never posted the pics from
it! This was on my bucket list, and it was a blast! Hope I can do it again someday!
Above they are blowing it up

Those two specks to the left are Phil and Briana :)
The view was spectacular!

My buddy Paula (we've known each other since 6th grade)
We flew over alot of Amish--here are some kids who
waved to us

We couldn't disembark until the farmer whose land
we came down on gave permission..
People stop along the road and help the balloon people take it down
My hubby was one of them :)
Others were just passersby

We hated to see it end!
But, it was the trip of a lifetime!