Gluten Free Chewy Sugar Cookies

My absolute favorite cookie in the world is a sugar cookie. While I will eat the thin and sort of crispy sugar cookies, the ones that really get me excited are the chewy sugar cookies. You know the kind I’m talking about. The ones with the center that is just barely done. Before I started the Keto diet, I am embarrassed to say how many sugar cookies I was able to eat in one sitting. I . wouldn’t call myself a master baker, but I am able to follow a recipe. The one thing I was never able to make very well were sugar cookies. They always looked deflated and they were most definitely NOT chewy! Until now.

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Buying pre-made sugar cookie dough was what I’ve always done. I even went as far as to buy sugar cookie dough that was already cut into shapes for Christmas. Not even lying. That solved several issues for me. My inability to make good, chewy sugar cookies, and not having to deal with flour all over my kitchen with my kids cutting out cookies. I am not that kind of mom and that’s OK! Once I learned that I needed to eat gluten free, I pretty much figured my chewy sugar cookie days were over. NOPE!

Gluten Free Chewy Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Salted Butter, softened 
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups Gluten Free Flour (I prefer this brandchewy sugar cookies)
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 heaping tsp Salt

Directions

For the directions on how to bake these chewy sugar cookies to perfection, be sure to check Iowa Girl Eats. I followed her directions to a T and my cookies were perfect! Even non-gluten free people loved them!

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One thing I learned, when I was making these sugar cookies, was that not all baking powders were gluten free. I quickly dumped what I had and purchased the Clabber Girl brand. It says right on the container that it is gluten free. Better safe than sorry. Also, I baked cookies for the first time with parchment paper on the baking sheet and it made a HUGE difference in getting those chewy sugar cookies! I will definitely be doing that again the next time I make these cookies! One thing I will be doing the next time I bake these is using lemon extract in place of vanilla. I bet that will taste delicious!


Family Movie Night with Aliens Ate My Homework

The kids, my daughter especially, really like having family movie nights or family game nights. With our schedule lately, taking the time to have a family movie night has not been in the cards. In fact, I think the last time we had family nights with movies and games was over Christmas vacation! So it’s been awhile and much needed. This past Sunday was our first free Sunday in weeks. After we got all the grocery shopping done for the week, put everything away, and checked over homework, we sat down to watch a movie together. The movie we decided to watch as a family was Aliens Ate My Homework!

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First and foremost, when I found out that this movie was based on a book series by Bruce Coville, I got really excited. See, I like to read…a lot! So much so, I started my own book blog called A Real Page Turner. Thankfully my kids have my love for reading too. My daughter is excited to check out the books in this series (you can preorder the Aliens Ate My Homework Collectionfamily movie night here). My husband and I were looking forward to hearing William Shatner’s voice. We both like him and his Better Late Than Never television show, so we figured he would be really good in this movie (he was)!

About Aliens Ate My Homework

Aliens Ate My Homework is a suspenseful family comedy which follows the adventures of sixth-grader Rod Allbright (Greig) and the extraterrestrial lawmen known as the Galactic Patrol. When a tiny spaceship flies through the window and lands on his science project, Rod and his cousin Elspeth (McNamara) meet a group of friendly aliens, including Phil, a talking plant (voiced by William Shatner). The earthlings quickly join the aliens’ adventurous mission to help defeat an evil alien criminal. After discovering the evil alien is disguised as a human – someone he knows all too well – Rod and Elspeth race to save the world from total planetary disaster.

Fun Bonus Features on DVD and Digital

I don’t know about your kids, but mine always like checking out the bonus features. on Aliens Ate My Homework, you can find the following bonus features:

  • Not of This World: Creating Alien Life Forms – This is a look at creating some of the film’s Alien characters, showcasing the work of Emmy-winning visual effects maestro, Todd Masters and his creature effects team.
  • Aliens Ate My Homework: From Page to Screen – This gives viewers a look into how a book was turned into a film. You will see features of behind the scene footage plus interviews with the cast, filmmakers, and author.
  • On the Set with Bruce Coville – Get a look at life on the set with Bruce Coville, while providing details on the origins of the Galactic Patrol book series.
  • The Galactic Patrol Wants You! – This gives the viewer a closer look at the members of the Galactic Patrol featuring Grakker, Madame Pong, Rod Allbright, Elspeth, and Phillogenous Esk Piemondum, aka Phil.

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Aliens Ate My Homework was a super cute movie and perfect for family movie night. My daughter (11) and my son (13) enjoyed the movie, as did my husband and I. This movie is available on DVD and digital on March 6, 2018.

What is your favorite thing to watch on a family movie night?


Walt Disney Signature Collection – Lady and the Tramp

When I was a kid, there were a few Disney movies that I watched over and over again. One of them was Lady and the Tramp. I had a Cocker Spaniel named Snickers that look very similar to Lady and, of course, I thought that was super cool! You will be excited to know that this movie has joined the Walt Disney Signature Collection!

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Walt Disney Signature Collection

The Signature Collection of Lady and the Tramp offers a few fun ways to watch the movie:

  • Original theatrical version
  • Sing-along mode
  • Walt’s story meetings

You can watch these either digitally, DVD or Blu-ray (all included within your copy that you purchase).

New Signature Bonus Features

The bonus features are always my favorite part! My kids always make us watch the bonus features. Things like outtakes and deleted scenes are their favorites. On the Lady and the Tramp Signature Collection, you will find these new bonus features:

  • Walt & His Dogs – hear all the wonderful tales of the dogs that Walt Disney owned!
  • Stories from Walt’s Office – Walt’s office was re-created on the Studio lot so you can get an inside look of what it looked like.
  • How to Make a Meatball and Other Fun Facts About “Lady and the Tramp – Watch how teen chef Amber Kelley and Oh My Disney Show host Alexys Gabrielle create the perfect meatballs.

You can watch the Walt Disney Signature Collection of Lady and the Tramp on Movie Anywhere on Feb. 20th. It comes to Blu-ray on Feb. 27th.

While your kids are enjoying the movie, make your four legged, furry little friends a special treat with one of these dog treat recipes!!

Chicken and Parsley Dog Biscuit Recipe

Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Pumpkin Pup Cookies

Homemade Dog Treats (one for your cat too!)

Do you have any Walt Disney Signature Collection movies? Which one is your favorite?


Spicy Brussels Sprouts – Air Fryer Recipe

Brussels sprouts have always been that vegetable that I wanted to like, but I just couldn’t get past the smell. They just always seemed to smell like feet to me. Over the holidays, I had Brussels sprouts and they were delicious (and didn’t smell like feet). I started thinking about the different spices I could use to make them myself. While honey and balsamic vinegar make them delicious, they aren’t really on my Keto diet. However, this spicy Brussels sprouts recipe is totally on my diet!

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Spicy Brussels Sprouts Air Fryer Recipe

Ingredients

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Directions

  1. Wash and trim your Brussels sprouts. Cut them in half and place them in a large Zip Lock bag.
  2. Add all of your ingredients to the Zip Lock bag.
  3. Place the Brussels sprouts in the Air Fryer. Set the temperature to 400° and the time for 15 minutes.
  4. Half way through the time, take the basket out and shake the Brussels sprouts and put them back in for the remaining time.

When I originally made this, I did not cut them in half. While they were still very good, the spicy Brussels sprouts would be even better if you cut them in half. This way the yummy, spicy Brussels sprouts get even more of the spicy seasoning all over them! These Brussels sprouts are delicious! Even my daughter tried them!

If you don’t have an air fryer, get one! This has become my favorite appliance! Everything we’ve put in this air fryer has come out delicious! I cannot wait to make a steak in it!

 

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Banana Muffins with Chocolate and Peanut Butter

One thing my kids really like are muffins. It really doesn’t matter what kind of muffins either. Although, they are rather partial to banana muffins. Can you blame them? There are very few things better than bananas, chocolate or peanut butter. Add all of those things together and you have epic banana muffins with chocolate and peanut butter.

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Banana Muffins with Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter, softened
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2-3 Ripe Bananas, mashed (about 1 cup or so)
  • 2/3 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 TBSP Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Cups Gluten Free Flour (Try thisbanana muffins)
  • 1 TBSP Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cream your butter and sugar together until completely incorporated. Next add your eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg you add.
  3. Beat in the bananas, peanut butter, milk and vanilla.
  4. Combine all of your dry ingredients and add it to your wet ingredients little by little. Mix the two together with a large spoon or spatula.
  5. Put your banana muffins batter in the fridge for one hour.
  6. Fill your muffin liners all the way to the top with your batter.
  7. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Lower your oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes. Check it at the 10 minute mark with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, pull them out. If not, leave them in for an additional 1-2 minutes. Mine took the additional 2 minutes.
  8. Allow the banana muffins to cool in the muffin tin for about 3-4 minutes. Then take them out and put them on a wire rack. They will be hot!

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So…you’re probably wondering why the two temperatures for the banana muffins. I had read that if you wanted to get that nice domed look that professional bakers get with their muffins and cupcakes, you need to do that with the baking. Normally mine will have that domed look, more so than what they have here, but I accidentally used baking powder instead of baking soda. While they taste pretty much how they should…I don’t think they look like they normally do!

How did they taste?

AMAZING! Both kids devoured one very quickly. Technically I am the only one in the house that has to eat gluten free, but my kids prefer the baked goods I make with gluten free flour better than anything else. They are a tad more dense than non-gluten free baked goods, but they are delicious! However, if you don’t eat gluten free, no worries! Simply make this with regular flour!

Also, another FYI tip for you…if you accidentally use baking powder instead of baking soda and realize it before you put the item in the oven, I have a fix for you. After lots of googling, I read that you can use 3 times the amount of baking powder in place of baking soda. Is it a perfect fix? Probably not as good as using baking soda, but it worked just fine!

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Other recipes you may like:

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Gluten Free Banana Cranberry Muffins

Gluten Free Strawberry Banana Bread

What are your favorite kind of muffins?