Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Choco Gluten free cookies

As you may have noticed I am a big baker. I can say we go through 25 LB of unbleached flour a month. Yes, I buy the restaurant size bag of flour. I make lots of breads, cookies, brownies and pizza dough for my family. We are bread eaters. My husband alone can easily consume a loaf of my cinnamon roll bread in one evening. Thank goodness he is a runner!

With that being said, I would like to use more favorable flours for my family making them delicious and healthy. Cutting back on sugar is another priority on my list. This recipe I am about to share contains no sugar, except for the chocolate chips, I buy those in bulk too. So with that in mind, I think I did pretty well with these cookies. The BIG test was, what are my kids going to say about this?! The biggest critic being my son Little D. He is very particular about his treats. I am happy to say he gave it a thumbs up.

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So begin this recipe you will need a large mixing bowl and a whisk.

1 cup coconut flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Put all these ingredients in the bowl and give it a quick mix with your whisk and set aside.

Now grab a medium bowl and the same whisk from before.

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Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

5 eggs

1/2 cup of melted coconut oil

1/3 cup of raw honey

(I doubled my recipe so ignore the 2/3 cup in the picture)

Give ingredients a good stir. Then add them to the flour mixture and mix until all ingredients are incorporated.

Now add 1 heaping cup of chocolate chips, more may be needed. Yes, more is good!

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If you have never worked with coconut flour, you are in for a surprise. I know I was. I had no idea how light and fluffy the dough would feel in my hands. It was amazing!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and put parchment paper on your baking sheets. Since the cookie dough doesn’t grow during baking you can actually put them a little closer than normal. Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes and cool on cooling rack.

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YUMM!

I hope you try my recipe!

Rosalia

Three Little Pigs Craft for Toddlers

Three Little Pigs

As you can see we are continuing our study of the letter “P”. In my house, we can’t let the letter “P” go by without reading the three little pig story and doing a little craft to go along with it. This happens to be the version we used of the Three Little Pigs. But I am sure you already have a version of this book on your shelf so pull it out, and get ready to gather your craft supplies. So here is what you need to illustrate to your preschooler the different types of materials the pigs used to make a house.

This is really a great project to get the kids talking about how weak hay is and/ or how much stronger sticks are. Of course we will not be using real bricks but you can use red foam paper and cut it into little brick shapes. Take the time to talk about how real bricks are as hard as the sidewalk outside.

So, we started with;

1 white 12X18 construction paper per child

1 handful of hay

1 small stack of popsicle sticks

1 sheet of red foam paper cut into rectangles (more if more than 1 child)

1 sheet of brown foam paper for doors

Elmer’s Glue or Tacky Glue

Scissors

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Once all your supplies are ready, gather around the sofa and get cozy are read the story to your little ones.

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Story books and crafts really do go great together.

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Here my little Peanut gets right to work.

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It’s a little silly, but it’s a fun little project.

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And there you have a completed project, showing each one of the little houses the Three Little Pigs made.

I hope you enjoyed my little toddler craft.

Rosalia

Letter P Activity For Preschoolers

Preschool time at my house is always a good time for us. I get to have getting creative with crafts and the older kids almost always want to join in the fun. This week we worked on the letter “P”.

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We begin with learning to write the letter “P”.

Then we move on to a simple craft. First print the daddy “P” here.

Then gather your supplies;

1 sheet of construction paper

1 glue stick

Elmer’s glue

Scissors

miscellaneous puzzle pieces (we always have missing pieces so why not use them.)

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So after cutting out the letter P, use the glue stick to glue it on your construction paper.

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Looking good Peanut!

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Now we are ready for Elmer’s glue or Tacky Glue, since that is all I have at the moment.

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Since we are working with the letter P, we will be gluing Puzzle pieces to the letter. So an Elmer’s glue or a Tacky Glue is a must.

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Super easy!

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More glue and more puzzle pieces…

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Layer on as many layers as you like.

Love those little hands!

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And there you have it!!!

A simple “P” project recycling any old odds and end pieces of puzzles, or you can pick up a $1 puzzle from the Dollar Tree store.

I hope you enjoy this simple craft!

Rosalia

New Family Routine

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Please forgive my absence. I don’t mean to go quiet. I have been very busy doing little projects here and there. By the end of the day I am just exhausted. It has been during this time I have noticed something that I have not been doing as a mother. I have been failing my children with diligence.  I also realized I have been turning into big bear mama because of my own failings. It was time to nip it in the butt! But how?

I realized I needed to “get out of the driver seat”. I need to teach them how to be responsible little people. I need to let them see and understand what was expected of them everyday. They don’t want to hear me nagging them, heck, I don’t want to be nagging at them. It makes me into turn into big bad mama bear. So, it was time again,to get on my knees and pray. “Lord, Help!” So, for us, the answer was the Kids Daily Diligence Binder.

The binder is for my kids to use, with me overseeing their work. My binder has 2 sections. Section 1 is their Daily Diligence Duties. Each child had their own tab and list of responsibilities tailored to their capabilities. It looks very much like the one below. I will add more chores as they get use to this new routine and I will be rotating some of the house work between my 3 kiddos.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Make my bed
Brush teeth
Get dressed
Clean room
Clean School room
Set the table
Put on PJ’s
Brush teeth

   

This is really simple. They know what they need to do and they do it. They know at 4:30 pm the whole house needs to be picked up. Each child has a common room they are in charge of straightening up and organizing. From there, they go back to their rooms and make sure all their stuff to put back in it’s place. 

The 2nd section is school work. Again, each child has their own tab that has their school work chart that they get to check off. We have a table they put their completed work on for me to correct and look over. They also know that if they don’t finish the school work that is planned for the day they get to work on it on Saturday. Let me just say, only 1 child has had some Saturday work to do. That was all it really took. They understood I meant business.

Subject Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Family Devotion
Weekly verse
Reading
Phonics
Math
Penmanship
Science
Spelling
Art
History
Bible
English
Family Bible Study

At the end of the week we have a family meeting. Every week a different child gets to make a treat for our family meeting, and they get to decide what to make. Then at the meeting, another little cutie gets to serve the treats made. At the family meeting we see how everybody did for the week. This is also time they get their allowance, recite their weekly scripture verses and poems. I admit, the amount they get will depend on how well they did during the week with diligence. After all, when we grow up and get a job, much will depend on our performance.

We also schedule little date times, we rotate weeks with either a date with mommy or a date with daddy. Our date time can be as simple as going to the coffee shop or getting a frozen yogurt. The point is that it is a time we schedule with them to spend some one-on-one time. This is very popular with them. They are very excited to have their turn.

After “business” is done we spend some family time together. We will watch a movie or play a board game or 2.

The reason why this is working for us is because not everything is on me anymore. They now share in the responsibility of our daily life. We are more of a team now. It has been amazing to see them working together to get chores done around the house so we can move on to the next activity.

The best part for me is that I am not turning into big bad mama bear any more. I am remembering to discipline out of love. For example, art time in our house can be anything. But in order to be a part of our art class, my kids have to be done with all their core subjects and they have to be present for the art lesson and discussion. My son Little D, decided he wanted to go play with Lego’s. Which is fine, that is what he wants to do, great! Create! But, because he missed the lesson, he couldn’t work with oil pastels that afternoon. He was pretty upset about it, and although I could have just let it go and let him join in the art project. That was not the point. In the end he understood, he was expected to be in the family room and he chose not to come. He got his consequence. It was that simple.

Everyday is not perfect, but what my children are now able to understand, is that work is expected of them and if they don’t say “yes mama” and do as they are told I need to take the time to discipline them. Yes, I need to follow through on my end too. I let them know that the discipline is not something that is fun for me to do. But as children they too need to obey the Bible. The Bible clearly states in Ephesians 6:1 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.” We as Christian parents are training our children to be obedient to God. We are preparing them for adulthood. We want our children to live to please the Lord and follow Colossians 3:23,”Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.” This is my goal for my family. So the training starts now.

Rosalia

Resurrection Bread – A family Easter Tradition

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Here is one of our Favorite Family Traditions. Our Resurrection Bread.

Cinnamon and sugar is one of our families favorite treats, so when a add the jumbo marshmallow that melts in the middle of this bread, you really have a special treat.

This is how we make the bread;

Pour 1/4 cup of warm water in a small bowl or measuring cup

Add 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of yeast

Give it 5 minutes to proof.

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Then in a sauce pan warm the 2 cups of buttermilk and 1 cup of butter.

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Now, to be honest, I almost never buy buttermilk. I make my own just for baking. So if you have milk, add 1 tablespoon of distilled vinegar to each cup of milk. It will be the same as buttermilk in the recipe.

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Next, sift together 6 cups of all purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda, 2 tablespoons of Baking Powder and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt.

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If you have a Kitchen Aid Mixer combine the wet and dry ingredients alternately, and add the yeast mixture and mix for 8 minutes using the bread hook. If you don’t have a Kitchen Aid Mixer add all the ingredients as specified to a large bowl. Then mix with a wooden spoon until combined, next you will knead the dough for 8 minutes by hand on a floured surface using the push and turn method. Now you are ready to let the bread rise in a warm place for 1 hour. You can place in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a tea towel.

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In case you where wondering who my little helper was today, it was my 8 year old Cupcake.

Once the bread has risen,  melt 1/2 cup of butter in a sauce pan. Then in a small bowl,  mix 1 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon. Now we are ready to roll!

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Once bread has risen you can roll out golf ball size balls of dough into little circles.

This is when I tell my kids that we are preparing the tomb for burying Jesus. Once we have rolled the dough we brush melted butter on it and we sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on it.

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Then we place a jumbo size marshmallow in the center. The marshmallow represents Jesus. The marshmallow is as white as snow. A reflection of Jesus who is perfect and sinless.

Then we wrap up the marshmallow in the dough, or for our lesson we bury Jesus in the tomb.

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Then placing the seam side down on our baking sheet, we brush more melted butter on the bread and sprinkle more cinnamon and sugar on the bread. Once your baking sheet is full bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

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Then there you have it! Resurrection Bread! You can even call it tomb bread if you prefer.

“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.  His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:1-6

Yes, the tomb was empty, just like in our bread illustration.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family has every year.

Happy Easter!

Rosalia