Yummy, Chewy, Gluten-free, Dairy-free Chocolate Chip Cookies

My mom has had Celiac for years. I try out the occasional dessert hoping to please her palate, but I haven’t made these for her yet. My kids are currently GF, DF in an attempt to see if it helps some rashes and behaviors. We’ll see how that goes. šŸ™‚

Since they’re kids, I still want them to have the occasional treat, so I played with a few GF recipes and made it dairy-free myself. If you are dairy-free but can’t handle ghee/clarified butter, you might try lard orĀ shorteningĀ as a substitute.

Also, I personally like cookies best out of the freezer, but these were decent as dough, fresh and out of the freezer. Bonus!

GF DF chocolate chip cookies

Gluten-free, Dairy-free Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup ghee/clarified butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup caneĀ sugar (or you can use regular granulated)
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups Namaste gluten-free flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips

Cream ghee and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, beat until smooth. Add 2 cups GF flour, salt, and baking soda, beat again until smooth. Add remaining flour and beat or mix by hand until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Bake for 9-11 minutes at 350. Don’t bake too long; you want them a little lighter so they’re chewy out of the freezer. Enjoy!

Bellies to Babies MN

Guest post by Dan Canfield, owner of Bellies to Babies

Winter is upon us and that means it is time to bring out all of the warm clothes, or better yet, go shopping for new ones! For most women, this is a fun time to get some new style going and buy the latest fashions, but for moms/moms-to-beĀ whoare expecting, this upcoming season can be financially exhausting.

Luckily, pregnant women have another option this winter, previously loved maternity clothing. Instead of spending $30 for a long sleeve shirt, a previously loved, or “slightly used” long sleeve shirt can go for as low as $6.99. Bellies to BabiesĀ (located in Richfield and St. Paul) is the largest maternity resale company in the Twin Cities, offering hundreds of styles of clothing for prices that won’t break the bank.

For example, the breakdown below shows a whole outfit from Bellies to Babies in Richfield (6634 Penn Ave. S) that includes a name brand sweater, jeans, and an accent necklace for only $24.99, where this outfit at a department store would run $64.97, saving almost $43!

What really puts the cherry on top of this deal is once a woman has her child, she can go back and sell this clothing to the resale shop from which she bought it, making this a sweet deal this season.

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Anja, 7 years

Anja, at seven years old, you:

  • Are attached to your guys just as much as when you were a toddler. Sherman and Malia remain your top picks, followed by Coco and Elsa (a dolly I made for you last fall). You rarely go anywhere without at least one of them with.
  • Are very emotional. We’re back to tantrums again, only now they aren’t just loud screams, they are vitriol and threats against your family. Yikes. Hoping and praying this will be overcome.
  • Are, on the other hand, very nurturing at times. Especially with other little kids (besides your brother). You are patient and kind with them, always trying to help entertain and lead.
  • Continue to be a self-proclaimed “artist.” šŸ™‚ I am glad that you enjoy your artistic abilities…we’re working on humility.
  • Have new favorites. Color: pink, snack: cheese and crackers, cereal: Chocolate Chex, book: Bobbsey Twins series, holiday: Halloween, food: cookies, game: hide and seek.
  • Are silly and happy most of the time. You dance like your mama with a bit of your daddy thrown in. You are always making awful jokes and trying to get others to laugh along with you.
  • Are generous. You would give the clothes off your back if someone else needed them.
  • Are in 2nd grade.
  • Have grown so much at your reading and writing! Your cursive is rather pretty, and you will sit and read chapter books in your room now. You still hate math with a fiery passion, but we’re plugging away.
  • Can pose like nobody’s business. I took you out for your 7-year photo shoot, and every time you heard the shutter click, you struck a different pose. It was amusing, yet concerning, if that makes sense. šŸ™‚
  • Are on the charts again for height! 93rd percentile. Yet you continue to grow out of pants at a rate that makes me consider taking out a loan…
  • Are a poet (and you know it…*groan*). You write songs and poetry in your spare time and will often perform them without any entreaty to do so.
  • Have no fear of speaking in public. I’m thankful that you started CC last year, because each week includes an oral presentation, and you could go on and on…you’ve come a long way sinceĀ being scared of other kids when you were three!
  • Are playing better and better with Markus. As you two age, you seem better able to come up with things to play together, though you still take the role of “boss” while Markus is often the “underling.” Thankfully his strong personality doesn’t stand for too much of it.
  • Seem to be having lots of moments of “hearing” God. I don’t put too much stock in them yet, because often they aren’t very biblical, but I’m thankful you’re interested in reading His word and learning to listen to what He says.
  • Have lost two teeth and have one more on top that is wiggling.
  • Want to be a ballerina and a photographer when you grow up. Well, then.

We love you lots, little lady, and we are partners with you in prayer that you will continue to grow in maturity and in love for Christ.

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