Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Updated Gram's Peanut Blossoms

It has been a few years since I made these cookies so it was time to introduce them again to my three little men!   I think I got the best response I have ever gotten from my boys..."Mommy these are the best cookies you have ever made!!!" ... that just made my day!

I've made a few changes to my recipe... coconut crystals instead of brown sugar and no stevia.  You'll want to carefully place the chocolate kisses once the cookies come out of the oven and then let them sit and cool before you move them off the cookie sheet, otherwise they will fall apart.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Pasties gone Gluten Free

When I asked my husband what he wanted me to make for Christmas dinner his first reply was..."whatever you want."  Darn I was hoping for a little more help and discussion but then about a minute later he said..."wait, when I was a kid my grandmother from Michigan used to make these amazing things called Pasties and we all loved them, basically they are just meat pies but there was not a thing that my grandma would make that anyone liked except her Pasties." We decided to give it a try this year and make a gluten free version.  Little individual meat pies sounds awesome and comforting to me.  It is so nice to live in a climate that inspires me to make comfort food again.  After 3 years in St Thomas we are all so happy to be in a colder climate where Christmas really feels like Christmas!!  So the planning began and the menu for Christmas dinner was set.  To my surprise these were amazing!!  The weren't as pretty as a non gluten free Pasty but OMG this was one of the best Christmas dinner I have ever made.  I even tried it with ketchup...one of the Irwin family stables.  Too funny but wow super good!