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Yummy Allergen-Free Cookies

This weekend I was making some gluten/dairy free cookies. Often times they turn into a flat blob and Sunday was no exception. I wanted them to look decent not like pancakes since I was bringing them over to my sister’s for family movie night. My daughter and a couple of her cousins are gluten free but my daughter has the added issue of no dairy and no nuts (and many other things). Luckily my daughter had a brilliant idea that saved the day. We got out cupcake liners and put a small blob of cookie dough in the bottom then added a gluten free oreo type cookie (we used Trader Joes Joe Joes, tongue twister) then put another blob of cookie dough on top. We cooked them for around 15 minutes at 350 degrees and everyone loved them. Even the non-gluten free family members. You can use any cookie dough recipe you want, even peanut butter. I like using recipes, mixes and flour from Jules Gluten Free Flour it is the best and easiest to use, in my...

let's celebrate all of the moms in the world!

Hopefully by now most of us have planned out our Mother’s Day brunch, lunch or dinner and have the gift all wrapped and ready to go. Unfortunately I am not most of us! I still have to figure out what to get for my mom who has everything. The brunch part is a little easier to plan and you can always find great ideas on Pinterest, Better Homes and Gardens and other great web sources. If the weather is nice than an outdoor party is a must. You can use a couple of yards of  burlap as a table cloth and use potted plants or potted herbs as centerpieces. To keep the kids busy put out a bunch of pictures and have them make crafts with them. You can use the photo jars as centerpieces as well. And since it is Mother’s Day and you won’t be driving, how about a fruity cocktail? You can let the kids get in on the fun with shirley temples and pretty straws. Try to keep the menu simple even if it is just hamburgers and hot dogs. We often have a swim/bar-b-que on any warm holiday. Throwing corn, chicken, veggies and burgers on the bar-b-que is a great job for the men in the family! Men seem to be born to cook with fire outside. So now that I have the day/menu planned I just need to run out and get the ultimate “I love you mom!” gift. Got any great ideas? Ideas L to R: Cookies, straws, photo jars, table setting, french toast casserole, egg toast cup,...

got girl scout cookies?

It’s that time of year again when we all fork over our hard earned cash to pig out on girl scout cookies. This is the first year that my daughters are not selling cookies. I think I still have some frozen from last year in my freezer. I did some searching for recipes that used the cookies and found some fun ones that are pretty easy to do. The first one is s’mores. I love s’mores, the combination of chocolate and melted marshmallow, yum! This is a chocolate/peanut butter version! You can use any type of Girl Scout cookie but thin mints would be yummy and very messy. I also found a couple of website that highlight other recipes that are pretty darn easy, like the Dulce de Leche Crunchy Caramel Snack Mix. They won’t prevent you from eating a whole box in one sitting but using the blender may help you burn some calories while making your new creations. Plus I think if you stand while eating them it also burns more calories, just looking out for your health! Happy eating! Recipe Ideas: littlebrowniebakers.com abcsmartcookies.com Everything you ever wanted to learn about girl scout cookies:...