Peanut butter cookies have always been a favorite cookie of mine. They remind me of childhood and my mother teaching me how to make the crisscross pattern with the fork. According to Wikipedia:
The peanut butter cookie originated in the United States….The early peanut butter cookies were rolled thin and cut into shapes. They were also dropped and made into balls. They did not have fork marks. The first reference to the famous criss-cross marks created with fork tines was published in the Schenectady Gazette on July 1, 1932.
When I started my gluten free journey in 2007, finding a good gluten free flour was very difficult. This lead me to forgo flour all together when I could. That’s exactly what I did with this recipe for gluten free peanut butter cookies, making it more decadent take on the traditional peanut butter cookie.
This is such a simple recipe, that you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now. When you’re preparing them, they are very thick and remind me of the consistency of fudge. Because they don’t use flour, they are more dense and concentrated, much like a flourless chocolate cake.
First, I wanted to give you a bit of background on my mother’s health. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 16, it was the ‘70s and medical technology was not what it is now, but she went into remission and was cancer free for over 25 years. She got cancer again in the early 2000’s because of the radiation she received in her teens. So, I think I was so lucky to have a healthy mom until I was a young adult. Not only that, but she was able to attend my wedding.… Read Full Post
I’m getting back to my baking roots with this Banana Cake recipe. You can make it with regular wheat flour, or with Authentic Foods Steve’s Gluten Free Cake Flour Blend like I do. I usually make Banana Cake on a whim because I have lots of ripe bananas around and I’m not feeling like making banana bread. It’s a full on layer cake, so it can be time intensive, but the results are outstanding (if I do say so myself). One trick I do (since it’s just me and my husband at home), is get single serve containers and cut the cake to fit the containers and put them in the freezer. The frozen cake can last up to 2 months, just thaw it at room temperature for about 30 minutes before eating. I learned this trick from my cousin who used to bake wedding cakes.
Several of my friends are always down to try out my recipes. Recently I meet two friends for dinner and I decided to bring each of them some frozen cake. I think they thought is was weird that I gave them frozen cake, until they tried it. Both texted me later about how delicious the cake was. When your friends like it as much as you do, it’s got to be great, right?!?!… Read Full Post
Today I am going to be doing a review of the clothing and accessory rental service Rent the Runway. Please note that this is not a sponsored post, I just wanted to give an honest review. I’ve used this service, the unlimited service specifically, for over a year now. This really ties into my Buy Less, Buy Better philosophy because basically you’re not buying anything. It’s the sharing economy, but for clothing…..now wait, if sharing clothes freaks you out, everything is always very clean before it gets to you and you’re not sharing personal items like underwear or bathing suits, which would be very gross.
Here are some pros and cons of using Rent the Runway that I’ve experienced during the past year.
- You Get 3 Different Items at a Time– the 3 items can be anything from jewelry, handbags, dressed, to jackets and coats. I use it mostly for dresses and outfits for specific events. it’s been great for me because I go to a lot of events here in LA. I was becoming so unhappy with what I had in my closet and I could never find what I wanted in the stores exactly when I needed it. Rent the Runway has been great for this reason.