Peanut Butter Cookies–Gluten Free and Dairy Free


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I have a piano student who has both a gluten and a dairy intolerance. When I mentioned there would be snacks at a studio party I was hosting, this student nonchalantly asked, “They’ll be gluten free and dairy free, right?” Umm……Of course! And so, they were.

20140314_095027This peanut butter cookie recipe is quick to whip up. I won’t promise they taste exactly like traditional peanut butter cookies, but they’re pretty good!

Peanut Butter Cookies (GF/DF)

Recipe based on Gluten Free Girl

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and cover two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Cream together the peanut butter and the sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and mix in. Add the baking powder, and combine.

3. Roll into small balls, an inch in diameter. Much bigger than that, and the cookies won’t hold together. Roll each ball in sugar, and place on parchment covered cookie sheet. Using a small fork, press lightly on the top of the cookie.

20140313_1932054. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack.

A note: this dough will be gooier than your average cookie dough, due to not having any flour in it. It’s ok! It’s supposed to be like that–follow the directions, and you’re on your way to gluten and dairy free happiness. Happy baking!




Saturday Small Talk


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Yesterday felt like spring. It smelled like spring. The birds were chirping and snowdrifts were melting. This morning’s weather is reminding us all not to get too excited. It’s still winter. For 5 more days. Duly noted.

20140308_094312And so, I sit inside, enjoying the view and a cup of coffee in my new mug.


I’ve been thinking a bit about prioritizing my time and setting some long(er) term goals for my career. Food for thought: What to do when your career is failing. On a similar note, Advice for Dreamers.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake. Oh my delicious.

I love our kitchen/dining area, and don’t really care for the state of our living room. For solutions, I’ve been poking around Apartment Therapy. What have I found? Goodbye, Big Blank Walls; Simple Ways to Refresh your Home; 6 rental updates that won’t break the bank. Any of your fellow renters (or former renters) have ideas for filling up our white walls (without nailing a bunch of holes into the wall)?

Iowa Girl Eats posted a recipe for Baked Pesto Chicken Parmesan. It’s a 30 minute meal and is officially added to my go-to weeknight cooking options.

Enjoy your weekend, friends!


The Daniel Plan



In Christian circles, The Daniel Plan was receiving a lot of hype right around the New Year. Though the book was informative, it was a standard Christian self-help book. We’ve all seen them. “God says thus and such, here’s a 3 step/30 day/6 week plan to make it happen.” This book falls right in line.

If you can look past (or appreciate?) the Christianese, the book will be helpful for you. The Daniel Plan is divided into the 5 F’s of healthy living: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends. In order to be a whole, healthy person, those 5 areas of your life need to be in good shape. I agree. I appreciate that the book doesn’t solely focus on losing weight or getting a 6 pack- it emphasizes the health of your whole self.

After explaining each of the 5 areas, the book outlines two practical plans for seeing results, including a 40 day fitness plan and a 40 day meal plan.

If you stick with it, will you see results? I have no doubt! If you need a strict plan with clear guidelines to get you on track, this might work for you. The Daniel Plan is well laid out, well-explained, and well-researched. However, if you are already living a healthy lifestyle, The Daniel Plan won’t offer much beyond what you already know.

Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book through Booklook Bloggers. As always, all opinions are my own.


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