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Gluten Free Holiday Desserts

I usually bring a gluten, dairy and nut free dessert to family gatherings for my daughter. Coming up with something new is sometimes difficult and often I need time to test out the recipe first to make sure it is presentable once I use substitutes for everything. I think this year I will be making this gluten free Buche de Noel again. I made it for Christmas last year but I think it would work for Thanksgiving also. It was pretty easy to make and as my daughters would say “it looks fancy!” CLICK HERE to go to the original post with recipe and directions. Here are a few other good recipes I may try. Click on the titles to get to the recipes. Just use substitutes if necessary. Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread just add a powdered sugar glaze to dress it up. Flourless Chocolate Cake Gluten Free Apple...

Mother’s Day Recipes

We always get together for Mother’s Day – we have to squeeze it in between soccer games, lacrosse games and life in general and it may not always be the exact day, but you always have to celebrate mom! I have a few favorite recipes that I make that are pretty easy. Most can be made the night before and cooked the next day or left cold, some have been passed down from family and some I’ve tried from cookbooks and loved, here are a few. I love making French Toast Casserole. It’s super easy and everyone loves it. Paula Deen has a great recipe that can be found here. Make the day before, refrigerate it overnight and then top with the praline and cook it the next morning. Yum! We also make a cold, spicy pasta dish. Make the day before to let all of the flavors get absorbed. It’s a great dish to bring anywhere since it is served cold. Ingredients: 1 lb. spaghetti 1 T crushed red pepper (less or more to your taste) 2 T sesame seeds 1/4 C vegetable oil (I use slightly less) 1/2 C sesame oil 6 T honey 6 T soy sauce 1/2 C cilantro 3/4 C peanuts Cook spaghetti according to directions. Rinse with cold water, set aside. Heat oils and red pepper over medium heat for 3 minutes, add honey and soy sauce and heat for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and toss with spaghetti. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, add remaining ingredients, toss and serve. You can also add cold chicken or shrimp or make it gluten...

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:...

recipes for leftover girl scout cookies

Having a Girl Scout means lots of cookies around our house in February. I was excited about Girl Scout cookie season until we became buried under a leaning tower of leftover boxes of cookies. And…drumroll…I was getting sick of them! Impossible. After one last plea to my weary Facebook crowd to please take them away from me, (there has to be someone that has not OD’d yet) I decided maybe it’s time to try a recipe that calls for a few (hundred). I could do this with my daughter who loves to be the little helper and sometimes sous chef when we get crazy making something in the kitchen. My favorite cookies are the Thin Mints (duh) and Tagalongs (peanut butter baby!) Here are some yummy sounding recipes for both. Side note: something I never knew was that Girl Scout troops used to bake the cookies that they sold. They offer the original recipe here. Vintage Girl Scouts, who knew? Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie (you can keep your Facebook friends) Prep Time: 25 minutes Cook Time: 4 hours Total Time: 4 hours, 25 minutes Ingredients: • 1-1/3 cups Tagalongs®/ Peanut Butter Patties®, crushed • 5 tablespoons butter, melted • 1 package (3-1/2 ounce) vanilla pudding • 1-1/2 cups milk • 1/3 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy Preparation: Early in the day combine crumbs and butter. Press into a 9-inch pie plate. Combine pudding and milk. Stir in peanut butter. Pour into pie shell. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.   Grasshopper Pie (because I like pie) Prep Time: 8 minutes + freezing Ingredients: • 2 packages...