Now that we’ve finished our master bathroom reveal I want to share how we found a custom vanity top on a budget. After two years of living with this hideous 1986 plastic counter thing, I’m sure you can understand why I was so excited to pick a new one.
I consider myself the ultimate fan of Fixer Upper on HGTV but I know that there are millions of others who love Chip and Joanna Gaines as much as I do. How can we not love them? They are so talented and fun. We can’t all fly to the Silos in Waco to go shopping so I put together some farmhouse finds that remind me of the show. Any of these will make a Fixer Upper lover happy!
Chocolate Chip cookies are my absolute favorite. After being diagnosed with Celiac Disease many years ago, I couldn’t find a flour or recipe to make a good cookie. I have tried so many kinds of really bad gluten free flour and made dozens of crumbly cookies. Then, I finally found exactly the right combination of ingredients and the perfect flour. These cookies are crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside. They are so good that my boys’ teammates have eaten them for years without knowing they were gluten-free. (Surprise!) I’m no chef I just really love cookies!
When you’re baking gluten free it is more important than ever to follow the steps, or the cookies won’t be exactly as you would like them. Here are some tips:
-I only recommend gf Jules Gluten Free Flour.
-Never use margarine, it spreads too much for gf baking.
-Whipping the butter and sugar very well helps set the cookies.
-The parchment paper prevents the cookies from breaking when you’re taking them off the tray.
-Refrigeration helps set the cookies. However if you’re impatient like me you can put the dough in the freezer for an hour and they will be good, too.
- 2¼ cups Jules Gluten Free Flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup butter (do not use margarine)
- ½ cup shortening
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar 2
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups Gluten Free Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
- Beat butter and shortening together until they are whipped and a fluffy consistency. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl and beat two minutes or until creamy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets lined with parchment paper
- Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
I really hope you enjoy these cookies. Being gluten free doesn’t have to mean giving up yummy desserts. I’ll be posting more of my own cookie and cake recipes, so please sign up for my newsletter below.
Holiday pillows are a quick and easy way to decorate your home. Switching out your pillow covers is less expensive than buying brand new pillows every season, plus who has room to store stacks of pillows?
It’s time for our master bathroom renovation reveal! This is the most exciting rehab we have done in the house, so far. I want to share it because I’m proud of it, but more importantly so you can see that it is possible to renovate your bathroom with very little money. So let’s get started.
I spent the weekend decorating, crafting, and watching holiday movies. I call that a successful weekend! Every year when I get out my Christmas decor it takes me a few days to decide what I’m doing. Usually it involves a couple runs to the craft store, too. It is tempting to buy all new decor every year, but I must resist!
Printables are such a fun and easy way to decorate for the holidays without spending a lot of money. I mounted my 24 x 36 printable Christmas Tree on midi board a couple years ago and this is one of my favorite things. So, I am sharing it with you!
If you would like to print it poster sized and mount it, follow these easy steps.
1. Buy midi board (Hardware Store) or foam core board (craft store) in the size you want up to 24 x 36.
2. Save the file to a flash drive or disk. Take the file to Staples or an office store and have them print the poster. My 24 x 36 print cost $3.95.
3. (optional) Paint the edges of the board black to match the poster.
4. Cover the Board with mod podge and apply the poster. Let dry for 24 hours
Of course if you don’t want to mount this don’t forget you can just print at home and frame it. Either way you use it I hope you enjoy the pretty chalkboard tree!
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I’m finishing up the final preps for Thanksgiving and wanted to add place cards to our table setting. They are quick and easy and really give your table a personal touch. The pumpkins are totally optional! If you don’t have time to get those, just use the tent cards as stand alone name cards. So simple!
Thanksgiving is less than a week away and I’m busy making my final table decorations. Our three boys will all be here for dinner and I couldn’t be more excited! I love Christmas, but there is something about Thanksgiving that is so special. For me, having the family here without the added pressure of shopping for gifts makes it a more peaceful holiday.I plan to do some very simple things to dress up the table. In the meantime I thought I would show you some of the fall decor around the house.
If you’re obsessed with homes and décor you probably notice every movie homeSometimes I lose track of the plot because I’m swooning over their wainscoting, wall color or most often the kitchen. I definitely have favorite houses, so I decided to “build” my dream home from the rooms in each house I love. Of course we have no budget for this house!
When we moved into the house this room was actually a formal style living room. As you can see there is a family room across the hall, and we also have a finished basement, so we decided to make this into a giant dining room. I’ve never understood two living rooms across from each other. Are people going to shout over to each other from different couches watching different TV’s? Anyway, here are some before and after pics of our new dining room.