Monthly Archives: September 2012

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Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

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(Don’t mind the crumbs left by the taste tested cookie)

1 1/2 cups Healthy Flour Blend (recipe in cookbook) or another good All Purpose GF Flour
1/2 teaspoon xanthan (if not in blend)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

6 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 cup Sucanat OR brown sugar

3 cups  gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats

8 tablespoons  unsalted butter, at room temperature

8 tablespoons vegetable shortening, melted and cooled

3 extra-large eggs at room temperature, beaten

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 325°.

Line rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and set them aside.

In a large bowl, place the flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, granulated sugar, and whisk to combine well. Add the rolled oats, and mix to combine well. Add the butter, shortening, eggs, sucanat and vanilla, and mix to combine.

Drop the dough by rounded tablespoonful, about 1 1/2 inches apart, on the prepared baking sheets.  Use a small cookie scoop, OR with wet hands, roll each piece of dough into a ball and then flatten with the heel of your hand.

Place the cookies in the center of the preheated oven and bake for 7 minutes, or until lightly brown around the edges and set in the center.

Allow to cool completely until firm on the baking sheets. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Menu Plan Monday – September 10, 2012

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We have been blessed with some of those cooler temperatures I mentioned last week.  It was in the high 50’s this morning.  I opened up the windows and let the cool, fresh air into the house!  I LOVE that! Looking forward to more of this weather. 

I have finally finished up the cookbook.  We got a sample at the end of last week, it was so exciting to hold an actual book in my hand!!  However, I did find a few errors I had missed in the countless times of proofing and editing.  With the help of a couple of friends, the book was again proofed and edited and those changes have been made, now, I think, we’re ready for printing.

I haven’t really broken out any fall recipes, yet.  But, these cooler mornings are starting me thinking.  I love to decorate for fall.  I love the fall colors here in Georgia.  I’m looking forward to that and food-wise, I’m looking forward to Cranberry Bread and Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin cookies, Pumpkin Roll.  What is your favorite fall food or activity that you’re looking forward to?

Menu for the week:

Monday:
Pot Roast*
Potatoes
Carrots

Tuesday:
Roast Chicken*
Sweet Potatoes
Veggie

Wednesday:
Teriyaki Beef
Rice
Veggies

Thursday:
Bean & Cheese Enchilada Bake*

Friday:
Cheeseburgers
Potatoes
Veggie or Salad

Saturday:
Chicken Enchilada Bake*

Sunday:
Loaded Baked Potato Soup*

I just remembered I was going to try for Lentil Soup. My friend, Rachel, sent me a recipe to try I’ll have to put that on for next Sunday!

*In the Cookbook!

Oh, and I found a great favorite for Friday!!  Come back and check out my new find!

More menu ideas:

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Favorite Find Friday

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I’m going to try and post something on Fridays – a Favorite Find.  Something that I’ve found that I really like – to eat, or something that make things easier for me.  Many of them maybe things that you’ve already seen or heard of and may be favorites of yours too!

My first Favorite Find is:

Lundberg Honey Nut Rice Cakes

The name is a bit deceptive as there are no nuts in the rice cakes.  But, one thing I love about these is that they are made with brown rice, but they hold together.  One of my peeves with the Lundberg’s Brown Rice Cakes is that they always crumble apart.  I hate that.

This is a great snack, for grab and go.   Smear with peanut butter or nut butter.  I haven’t done this yet, but it’d be good with chicken salad or with a little cranberry sauce and sliced turkey.

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Menu Plan Monday – September 3, 2012

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I canNOT believe how fast this year is flying by!!  I know I’m not the only one.  Whew!  I am ready for some cooler weather though, over the weekend we were still hitting the 100’s.  I have visions of fall in my head-pumpkins, apples, cranberries, colorful trees, cooler temperatures.  Ahhh well…..not too long now.

I have had a very productive week.  My cookbook is in the final stages.  I have finalized the cover and did the final proofing and editing and it should go to print the first part of this week, maybe today!!  I will be posting a preview of the cover this week.

I had a few menu mix-ups this week, but still accomplished meals every night!  Love the plan and the freedom to change it.

Menu for this week:

Monday:
Baked Ziti*
Salad

Tuesday:
Apple Cider Glazed Chicken*
Potatoes
Apple Cider Glazed Green Beans*

Wednesday:
Beef & Cornbread Skillet Pie*

Thursday:
Teriyaki Chicken (Teriyaki Sauce in cookbook*)
Rice
Veggie

Friday:
Pizza -Previously made and froze crusts, I’m excited to see how well this turns out.
Salad

Saturday:
Rice Bake*

Sunday:
I may try some lentil soup….will be searching for a recipe.

*All these recipes are in the cookbook.

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