Simple Snickerdoodles (gluten and grain free)

My husband’s favorite cookie is the snickerdoodle, and for good reason! They are full of delicious, cinnamon goodness. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar/swerve
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup softened salted butter or unsalted + 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For the Cinnamon Sugar Mixture:

  • Note: granulated swerve or other alternative sweetener works fine, but you’ll have to dust your cookies in the cinnamon mix afterwards instead of before cooking. I’ve noticed erythritol just dissolves into the cookie if it’s coated on beforehand.
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar/sweetener
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter with granulated sweetener until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix for 1-2 minutes until incorporated.
  4. Add in almond flour, cream of tartar, and baking soda and mix until well combined.
  5. optional, but recommended: move dough to refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. This makes rolling balls easier.
  6. In a smaller bowl combine sugar and cinnamon and mix. If you’re using regular sugar, you can roll into 1 inch balls and coat the cookies well in the mixture. If not, wait and coat after baking.
  7. Place balls on parchment paper on 2 large baking sheets and bake for 14-17 minutes or until the edges are just starting to brown.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  9. Enjoy!

Easy Paleo Pecan Bars (gluten and grain free)

Ingredients:

For the crust:

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup softened butter, salted

For the topping:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp date syrup, maple syrup, or molasses
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups pecans

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a small bowl combine flours and softened butter. Mash together until well incorporated.
  3. Using 2 sheets of parchment paper, roll the “dough” out flat. Transfer the bottom piece of parchment paper into a square baking tray.
  4. In a larger bowl mix eggs, honey, syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon. Whisk together.
  5. Add pecans to the bowl and mix until pecans are well coated.
  6. Pour pecan mixture over the crust.
  7. Bake 20-25 minutes or until set.

Easy Hot Chocolate in the Crockpot for Cold Winter Days

Some nights I just want to throw stuff into my small 2 quart crockpot and have a warm drink for the kids when we wake up. This recipe is a great, low effort take on a classic winter comfort drink, and so easy!

hug in a mug

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sweetener
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • cream, milk, or nut milk
  • water
  • (optional) 1 tbsp honey, maple syrup, or date syrup for depth of flavor
  • (optional) 1/4 tsp beetroot powder–my kids like to have pink cocoa 🙂

Directions:

  1. Combine cocoa powder, salt, sweetener, beet powder, and syrup/honey in crockpot.
  2. Fill crockpot to the top with water. Whisk as well as you can (it won’t incorporate perfectly) and set crockpot on low overnight.
  3. In the morning add vanilla extract. Blend in a bullet or use immersion blender for frothiness.
  4. Spoon into mugs and serve with cream, milk, or nut milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Easy Yarn Wrapped Christmas Tree Decoration

This little joyful thing is so easy that nearly anyone can do it and it utilizes the most basic of crafting supplies. It makes a cute table centerpiece, adorable window decoration, or fun pop of color among Christmas p resents. You can even give them away as gifts!

Supplies:

  • Tape
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Beads (or other trinkets for decorating)
  • Hot glue gun + extra glue

Steps:

  1. Form your cardstock into a cone shape. Tape in place and cut the bottom excess paper off so that it sits flat.

It doesn’t have to be perfect, good enough is fine.

Slowly wind your way around the cone, gluing as you wind. I like to do a small line of glue and then wind around, sinking the yarn into the same stripe of glue a few times as I go.

If you’re using a regular yarn don’t worry about gaps in between, since you’ll be winding back down to fill it in. If you’re using a textured or fuzzy yarn it can be a little harder to glue down, but it should look great without a second layer. Keep going!

2. Begin the yarn winding process by securing the tip of the yarn inside the cone with a bit of hot glue and pressing it in.

Around the outside on the base, glue down the yarn all the way around. This is to create a stable base.

Slowly wind your way around the cone, gluing as you wind. I like to do a small line of glue and then wind around, sinking the yarn into the same stripe of glue a few times as I go.

If you’re using a regular yarn don’t worry about gaps in between, since you’ll be winding back down to fill it in. If you’re using a textured or fuzzy yarn it can be a little harder to glue down, but it should look great without a second layer. Keep going!

3. When you get towards the top begin securing it with glue a little more often again. At the tip, glue it all the way around.

If you are satisfied with how your tree looks at this point without going back down then skip ahead to the next step. As you can see from my picture, I had some glaringly obvious blue gaps and hot glue, which I wasn’t happy with.

Wind back down the tree, filling in gaps, hiding glue, and fluffing out the tree. Be careful with how you glue now so you don’t need to worry about seeing it later! Secure around the base similarly to before, gluing around so it stays nicely.

Cut the yarn, wrap the tip around the base cone, and secure inside with a dab of hot glue.

4. It’s time to decorate your brand new Christmas tree! Whatever you have on hand as decoration is fair game. Beads, pom poms, bows, ribbons, buttons–whatever it is, have fun! I like to use broken jewelry pieces, too.

Hot glue decorative elements all over your tree to your heart’s content. Don’t forget to select a tree topper! We had these large star beads, so I glued 2 together for my tree topper. I’ve also used broken brooches and ribbon bows as toppers.

5. Decide where you want to display your new mini tree for maximum cheer!

Fuzzy Table Centerpiece

https://www.instructables.com/Yarn-Christmas-Tree/