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Thursday, December 24, 2015


MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF MY WONDERFUL FOLLOWERS! I wish you Christmas blessings and joy.. and time spent with the ones you love.

Sleep well tonight and dream of the baby Jesus.

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Cookies - Gluten Free! and WW 2 points only!

In my last post, I showed a picture of some yummy gluten free pumpkin spice cookies that I made. I love anything pumpkin, and actually saw these made on a YouTube video, and just HAD to try them.

And oh boy were they good! I got the recipe off of You Tube, from  Hectanooga1.  Here is a link to her video for these WW 2 point cookies. Her channel is wonderful, with MANY cooking videos and MANY crochet tutorials. 

One of my followers requested the recipe so here it is:

The above recipe is a JPEG file, so if you want to print it out, hover over it, right click, and then "save as" to whatever folder you want it in.. and then go to the folder and print it. You could also try just right clicking on the recipe photo and depending on the program you are using, print it right from there.

Here are a few pictures to describe the process. Below is about the size you want (about 1 tsp) and use an ungreased cookie sheet. My cookie sheet is very well worn loved.

Your dough should be soft and a little bit sticky, but not too much.
Smash them down with a wet fork as they don't spread much.
Make your glaze.

The glaze should be runny (and oh so yummy!)
Fresh out of the oven... you can sneak a few without the glaze - just to sample them!

And voila! with glaze and nuts sprinkled on top. I used walnuts but pecans would also be delicious.
My recipe is gluten free as I absolutely CANNOT eat any form of wheat or gluten. My hubby loves them! If you want to make these little morsels with regular wheat flour, just use wheat flour instead of the gluten free mix or GF flours, and don't add the Xanthan Gum, and you'll need to add baking powder per the above recipe.

If you need the recipe in a larger size and/or can't print or save it, let me know and I'll be glad to email it to you.

Hope you try these and enjoy them as much as we did! I'll definitely be making more.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Checking in........

Hello dear followers, 

I'm just checking in to say hi. Here's what's been going on in my world:

Went to visit my sister who was staying for a week at the Crooked River Ranch south of Madras, Oregon. Beautiful Smith Rocks in the background.

Halloween came and went - my sister in La Pine always decorates her yard to the n'th degree!

I made a bunch of paper rosettes for my Etsy shop.

My husband and I spent THREE hours putting together a shelf for my craft room.... what a complicated mess that was! We got it from our local Habitat for Humanity store for just $18.00 - brand new in the box and I can see why whoever bought it donated it..... had about 50 pieces to figure out what to do with!

I wish I had about TWO more of theses.

We had snow two days before Thanksgiving - 11 inches and COLD temperatures.

I made some pumpkin spice cookies 2 days before Thanksgiving as my son was coming for a visit. I was SO excited!

And I baked some pies.....

Apples and pumpkin... but they didn't turn out very good for some reason. Apples were too dry and the pumpkin pie was too brown! Don't know why it was so brown looking... must have been the "off brand" of pumpkin that I used.. and it was bland. Geesh.. all that work! but they were pretty good anyway and it's the thought that counts, right? (and the whipped cream helped :-))

Thanksgiving dinner - yum! alot of work but I guess I can handle it one day a year (or two!)

My husband, kitten Maddie and my sweet son.

My son did alot of shovelling and sprinkling of "ice melt" on our steep driveway and stairs.
Three days after Thanksgiving, we had freezing fog.. that did this to the trees (below)... what a beautiful sight after the fog evaporated.

We had a few nights over the Thanksgiving weekend of zero degrees..... bur.r.r.r.r.r. very cold here for this time of year.  And we thought we were moving to a warmer climate? really?

I know I haven't posted any "Serene Saturdays" for awhile, but I must say, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, with my son here, was one of the most serene, relaxing and enjoyable days I've had for a long time. 

Now... it's time to get ready for Christmas!

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