Gluten-Free Maple Cut-Out Cookies

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Happy Monday you all! I totally meant to post this last Sunday, but my life has still been crazy busy. Saturday we finished up our summer season, so I will have more time to write. And to play in my kitchen. Baking for markets are fun for me, but there is a difference in producing large quantities of food on Fridays to just focusing on creating one recipe. Truthfully I am exhausted by the end of the nights on Fridays and ready for a nap Saturday afternoons, if I have time for one.

So I am looking forward to this pause, to do markets once a month. I hope to just let my creativity run rampant in testing new recipes, because I truly love that. I also plan on doing some major praying and exploration into my future baking plans. What I really want to contribute. My hearts wants a little house tea and coffee place with pastries. With helpers. But I really want a big outdoor table and to fix several course meals. I want to bring people together, to connect over delicious food. I want to do more cooking classes. My dreams are shaping more into an experience, rather than mass production. I want to do farm-to-fork eating and a low-key pastry shop. Some place where bible studies want to come and meet. Somewhere were bridal or baby showers want to come. I want a place that encourages fellowship, over tasty, creative food.

We’ll see what develops out of that. I know that this week my focus is to make a cheese and thyme apple pie. Because people have been making pies with cheese crusts for a long time. And I saw one with thyme. I HAVE to make a gluten-free one. Period.

These cookies I am sharing, were one of my favorite things I’ve made recently. Once frozen, they reminded me of my grandma’s sandies. So tasty. My mom loved them too. She planned on hoarding them, but my nephew Trenton spotted them, so she had to share. I got the Trenton approval, which is important, because children can be brutally honest. He would tell me if it wasn’t very good.

I think I was most happy, because the moose cookies kept their shape. A year ago I used it and the cookies did not resemble a moose at all. See below, I attempted to turn them into buffalo instead. It had me a little scared, so I have waited a full year to give it another go. Plus I didn’t have any leaf cookie cutters for Fall. How that is, I have no clue because I have a huge drawer full of cookie cutters. But for some reason moose make me think of Fall. Or my mind is thinking that I would love to be in the mountains in the Fall spotting moose.  Continue reading “Gluten-Free Maple Cut-Out Cookies”

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Butternut Pecan Pie

img_20161029_143327I will confess right off the bat that this recipe is not fully what I had envisioned. It is however very good.

Two months ago I wanted to make a butternut pie topped with baked apples and a pecan crumble for one of my markets. I vetoed it though when editing, because it seemed like something I would love and know is good, but it would not sell as well as a s’mores pie or a twix tart. I sacrificed even though I know these flavors work well together because I make a bake with this bacon and pork (click the link for the recipe).

This week, however, I found my chance. My cousin Jacki was in town with her newborn Evergreen (Evi for short). We were all meeting at my grandparents to meet her. I was set on taking some pies. I still had French Silks, but I could fill in with these Fall flavors. My grandfather has Celiac’s, so gluten-free is always appreciated.

My lack of a cutting board and knife (tucked away in a box somewhere, waiting on our move the next day), had me cutting the apple. Truthfully the French Silk was probably the show stopper, however, I had one these next day, however, and I loved the subtle flavors. Reminiscent of pumpkin, but not pumpkin. A nice little Fall pie. If I added the apples, it would be perfection. Someone did comment on my photo that it was, “This is the visual jam for today.”I’ll take it!

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Cranberry Pumpkin Fritters

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“We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude.” -Thomas S. Monson

Happy Happy Tuesday all!! This quote truly gets me and is right on about what’s up in my head and heart.

This is part number two of my Sunday experiment’s. I had initially intended for these to look more like balls or donut holes, but fate (and the face that I used a skillet rather than a pot of oil) decided that they would be more pancake like. And I agree with fate, these were super freaking tasty with some caramel sauce.

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My Favorite Fall Recipes

12074808_10101101228386753_2932880256109650543_nIt’s Fall in case you didn’t know. I love fall, I love October. This time of year the leaves are in a perfect transition. The park had my head spinning trying to snap shots of the change right before my eyes. The drive up to Parke Country for the Covered Bridge had my jaw dropping. The breathtaking sunsets over the fields. It’s that time of year when I think of Jason Aldean’s Flyover States song. I feel content to be a simple little Hoosier, Midwestern girl. It’s a time for family. For my friends. For campfires at my parents. For Halloween planning. For festivals. For weddings. For baking! I am loving all  the baking I’ve been doing at work lately. The smell of caramel apple pie baking is mesmerizing. Here are my favorite Fall Recipes I have ever posted. And I will warn you I am slightly obsessed with butternut and there are only a few pumpkin. I hope you find something you enjoy! Last Fall pic is a shot from the Covered Bridge Festival this week.

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Caramel Apple Pizza

1525376_10101096367403203_7238498976344723174_nOkay so obviously change is in the air. It is October. The leaves are beginning to change. The temperatures are dropping. Last week we had a rad eclipse. Symbolism everywhere. Do we embrace the change or fight it?

“I feel like change, even if it is by choice, is like when I went skydiving. That moment in the doorway. Exhilarating and the full range of emotions. Fear, anticipation, nervous excitement. You can stand there but at some point you have to leap. I remember standing with my eyes closed and then I called myself out for being a chicken shit and opened them to experience the jump. You may be resistant to go to the door. But at some point you will have to make the leap. What if I fall? But what If I fly/soar type stuff. How do you embrace change? Keep your eyes open and soar into the unknown. Jump” ~Me on Facebook

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Butternut Spaghetti Squash

12039547_424181277792502_4794997061436684234_nSorry, sorry for the lack of post! Have you been outside lately? It is GORGEOUS! I’ve been busy baking away, logging miles on my bike and walking as much as possible.

I have been on a butternut kick as well. I have realized though I am not going to convince everyone to jump from the pumpkin mania, however, I have plenty of butternut recipes in my archives for anyone willing to go out of a limb and expand on their comfort zones.

Last week at the market I stared at a spaghetti squash for at least an hour at the L & A Farms booth across from me. However, I found myself in a predicament. It was a bit (lot) windy. My tent tried to join Charlotte’s next to me. After that I got put in a time-out for not bringing tie-downs. I am not kidding. They attached bungee cords to my tent and I had to stay seated in my chair to keep it from flying away. Once I was grounded, I naturally wanted to flee and be free. I’m a restless Sagittarius, what can I say?!?! So I had to stare at the squash because I couldn’t go it. I used my Jedi mind powers and manifestation prowess to keep anyone else from buying it. Finally my patience ran out and I had to have my neighbor Becky had to come sit in my chair so I could shop. See why I love a farmers market shopping experience? There is always a story and today’s post took some work.  Continue reading “Butternut Spaghetti Squash”