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Best “wheat free” cookies.

Lately, I’ve seen people gravitate to gluten free diets. Gluten has been the culprit of many upset GI systems and general malaise. Taking this to the next level is going totally wheat free. Our house has officially done the wheat free food dance, sometimes it wasn’t pretty, but we did it. Wheat free means no rice, no spelt, no soy, no wheat, no couscous, and no corn. It’s much harder than people think, only slightly easier if you stick to your kitchen. I was shocked how many of our foods have wheat in them. Any time you see “natural flavoring”, it’s probably wheat. That puts salad dressings, soy sauce, and really a lot of packaged foods on the no list. As the cook in the house, I had to search for new and creative ways to skirt around the wheat. One of them is now a household favorite. I only get invited to parties if I promise to bring “the cookies”. So I thought I better share the recipe with the world.

1 stick of butter
1 cup of brown sugar
1 large egg
whip these three together then add:
1/2 cup peanut butter (I am very liberal)
1.5 cups of flour, I use Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal (key ingredient to being wheat free)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
optional to add chocolate chips and flax seed.

Set the oven to 350 and bake for about 18-20 minutes

If I make drop cookies, I drop a little salt on the top of each little cookie.

Watch your socializing expand!


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Simple cleaning

Today we cleaned our upstairs. Bam! Weston and I tag teamed the place and gave it a good “mom” cleaning, as I like to call it. A “mom” cleaning is one that is thorough, not just sweeping. It took us no time.
I should note, we’ve been looking at houses. We’re one of those couples that loves to look and is willing to wait for the right place to come along and wait until I’m done with school so we have two incomes. We have an idea of where we want to live already, and one of the search criteria is that the home is small. And one of the reasons for a small house: easier to clean!
I also don’t see myself needing a house with hoards of space, that would just need loads of things to fill in the spaces. I like small houses, they’re economical, easy to clean, practical, and keeps things simple. We like to keep things simple in the Hopkins/Werner house.
Until next time mes amis!

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