Christmas Joys & Gluten Free Baking!
The sights, smells and sounds of Christmas are all around our little home. My most favorite time of year to pull out old family treasures and truly enjoy them. I thought it would be fun to post some of the most special traditions that my family is enjoying this season. Some new and some old…
What I am decorating…the tree.
This wonderful reproduction of the old record players, belonged to my late grandmother. It is my mother’s now, but being the sweet Momma that she is, she is letting me borrow it. I also have the very large holiday record collection that belonged to my Mom and Dad. My most favorite record in the whole stack is this very old Jim Reeves Record entitled the Twelve Songs of Christmas.
Little Women holds a very special place in my heart. My sweet little grandmother who is long gone, was the giver of the most spectacular and heart felt presents that I have ever had the privilege of receiving. She often gave me books. She bought me many of the Illustrated Junior Library Collection. These beautiful hardcover books are collectible quality. They are unabridged and complete. This particular title is my very favorite. The illustrations by Louis Jambor are gorgeous. My poor camera can NOT do them justice. But I love nothing more than to curl up on the sofa by the fire during the holidays and read Little Women. When I read this particular copy…it is as if my dear little grandmother is home for the holidays. =)
My darling husband bought me an early Christmas present. It arrived today on my doorstep. A brand new Kitchen Aid mixer. I think I am in love! (And not only with the mixer…if you know what I mean. Ha ha!) Thank goodness for thoughtful hubbies. I have been using a $15 hand held mixer for almost 25 years. He thought it was high time I upgraded. =) Although that little hand mixer pulled through many a holiday baking session. I must confess, I won’t miss it.
Our new favorite treat is this delicious Manatee Gourmet Caribbean Delight Hazelnut Coffee. I love the fact that when you buy a bag, you support Manatee rescue. =) It’s like a little Christmas gift to God’s creation as well as to ourselves. It smells like heaven and tastes even better. I am putting my Cheshire Cat to good use this fall season.
I am enjoying traveling down new avenues in the kitchen with my gluten and dairy free diet. I was especially missing my Christmas ginger cookies. So I did a search for gluten free ginger snaps and this is the recipe I found…Soft & Chewy Ginger Cookies By Texanerin Baking Thanks so much Erin for sharing this lovely recipe. It made my holidays!
- Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
- Place the rest of the ingredients in stand mixer and mix on medium speed.
- Add dry mix to wet and process just until combined.
- Chill dough in fridge for 30 minutes
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Form dough into 28, 1 1/2″ balls and roll in granulated organic sugar and place on a greased cookie sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart.
- Bake for 14 minutes and then cool…they do crackle a bit. I love that about them.
“Christmas Kitchen” Copyright 2014 Shaggycreations