Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Okay so winter is back. And, in full swing. Mother Nature teased Saskatoon a couple of weeks ago with temperatures on the plus side and I had visions of dancing around in shorts and tank tops. Sadly, it was just a teaser and winter is back with snow and all. Oh well, it’s the first week of February and I suppose the weather could be worse right? I mean we could have the snow that Atlantic Canada does … yeah, maybe I’ll just keep my mouth shut about the weather!

I have been diligently working on a new cookie recipe in my kitchen. My kids love it when I work on new recipes. What I love most about my kids is that they are brutally honest. I know that they will tell me the truth whether or not I want to hear it. So, if the first and second or maybe even third batch of a recipe needed tweaking, they’d let me know loud and clear. Well, after two batches, I got the thumbs up from not only kiddies, but the hubby as well. And, I must say these cookies are FANTASTIC. Continue reading “Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies”

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Jenny’s Gluten, Dairy & Soy Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies

We’re already a week into December and I’m still trying to get things done. The first order of business should be to get my shopping done, but sadly I keep procrastinating. In past years, I’d be at least 70% done by now, but this year I am having a hard time getting started. I do about 80% of my shopping online, which should make me want to do it even earlier, considering shipping time and costs and all. Hubby and I have agreed to take a new approach to Christmas this year. We’ve decided to get back to what Christmas really means and to not go overboard on Christmas gifts for our children. It’s an easy thing to do, going overboard. So, this year I found something on Pinterest (yes, I totally love Pinterest!) that would help me to really narrow down my gift giving – not like I don’t love giving to my children, but Christmas has become so commercialized and I want them to understand what it’s supposed to be about. I had them fill out a letter saying what they want, what they need, what they’ll wear and what they’ll read. A little difficult for a four year old, but I helped her out quite a bit. The boy loved doing it and it was really a challenge for him to come up for a couple of things that he really wants instead of listing off a thousand toys that would be just forgotten about anyway. Our kids are blessed to have toys, games and books already, and we’re trying to teach them that there are children out there that don’t have those things, let alone food, clothing and shelter. It’s tough for a child to understand all the complicated aspects of life, but we’re trying to teach them this lesson. So instead of going over the top with our kids we will be giving less to our own kids and then giving to those less fortunate.  As the old saying goes It’s far better to give than to receive. So, hopefully at the end of this Christmas season our kids will understand to be grateful for the things they have instead of always wanting and asking for more. And, as adults it’s just as important for us to remember that as well. That being said, I’m sure that my shopping will come together in good time and I’ll still have plenty of time to just enjoy the season with family and friends. But, really, let’s be honest I’d better hurry up! Continue reading “Jenny’s Gluten, Dairy & Soy Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies”

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Mouth-Watering Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ah, quinoa. I have to admit, I used to be a hater, but now I’m a lover. I guess I just never gave the poor quinoa a chance before. Quinoa is a great option for people who have celiac disease or gluten intolerance. It’s delicious as a side, in a salad or in your baking. What I love about quinoa is how good it is for you. There are so many reasons why it’s so good for you, but the biggest factor for me is the protein content. Quinoa has been called a superfood and I would have to agree. I have grown to love quinoa any way it’s prepared. Mr. O isn’t so fussy about eating it, but when I use it in pancakes and cookies, he doesn’t know the difference. I love that I can sneak it to him and he doesn’t even know that he’s eating it. Oh, the power of a Mom. Miss C on the other hand is like me. She could eat it by the cup, cooked and topped with a dollop of Earth Balance Soy Free Spread. Of my two kids, Miss C by far is the more easy going child and the one that would just about eat anything that I put in front of her. Sometimes it takes a bit of convincing, but not usually. Mr. O, on the other hand, is pretty strong willed and opinionated when it comes to food. Continue reading “Mouth-Watering Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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The Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Okay, has the title of this post created a puddle of drool on your keyboard or iPad? Yes, they are that yummy! So, I got this recipe from hubby’s Grandma B. She is a beautiful woman who honestly makes the BEST chocolate chip cookies in the world. She shared this recipe with my at my bridal shower. Yes, everyone had to bring a recipe so I could add it to my collection. Anyway, hubby remembers these cookies always readily available at Grandma B’s house whenever he would go for a visit. And, since we started dating (many, many years ago!) and he started bringing me around, I also remember her always having these cookies in the freezer. And, after we were married, I knew that if I needed to bribe hubby … this cookie was the cookie to do it. In fact, it was so good that I would honestly have a hard time getting any dough to make it to the cookie sheet. Anyway, after I went GF this recipe got pushed to the  back of the drawer. I was sad (and honestly, a little angry at the thought of missing this cookie!). These cookies were so good that I didn’t think I could ever recreate them to be GF, dairy free and soy free. I just couldn’t bring myself to try and make them GF for fear of really, really messing it up. Well, it wasn’t until recently that I stumbled upon the old recipe that I decided to give it a whirl.  And, I must say that I nailed it. They are sooooo good that I still have a problem getting the dough to hit the cookie sheet! Even hubby (who has not converted to GF) was so excited the first time that I made these GF. I got him to taste them and he was so happy I had made these cookies for him … literally … it had been years since I had…. and then I informed him “THEY’RE GLUTEN FREE”!  He was so shocked and said … “Wow … they taste incredible!” Seriously, my kids can’t stop at one and neither can I! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family has! Thank you Grandma B for sharing this recipe with me (and with a few major and minor tweaks … it’s GF!) Enjoy! Continue reading “The Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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