Today I was on a Becky Hommekie mood.. You know where you put on an apron and bake?? Well, I just don’t do that much anymore and I am STILL craving that certain something…haven’t found it yet. So, with this in mind off I went to bake some cookies. I first made these below:
2 tablespoons of cornstarch beaten with 2 tablespoons of water (for egg)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 tsp pure vanilla
2 cups flour (whole grain preferred. I used a gluten free flour home-ground blend)
3/4 cup granulated sweetener (the healthiest possible)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (natural salt preferred)
1/2 cup granulated sweetener (as healthy as possible)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine sweetener and spices for cinnamon coating and set aside.
3. Combine all wet ingredients is small bowl
4. Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl
5. Add dries to wets and mix ’til combined. Do not over mix.
6. Make balls of dough (I use a small cookie scoop for this process), roll into balls, drop in cinnamon sugar topping, and roll to coat.
7. Place on cookie sheet / baking stone (I love my stones) about 2 inches apart. Flatten a bit with your hand.
8. Bake in preheated oven for about 10 minutes, or until slightly golden brown.
9. Allow to cool about 5 minutes before removing from tray and placing on a cooling rack.
I used GF rice flour and organic coconut palm sugar, I did not roll them in the topping BUT I did add some GF choc chips, yum!!
Well I baked the first batch and shared them with DH while we sipped some afternoon boost of energy, also known as coffee…sometimes you just need it!! Anyway, they were ok, but not really..needed something! So of course my mind went immediately to peanut butter, yum. My all time fav food in the world! I asked DH of he thought they would be better with pb added and he said, of course. So off I went and mixed up a new batch with peanut butter, all natural and organic. Well. Yum, did that make a difference, I am now only making these with pb, just throw a cup or so in and you will be set!!! Yay, my tummy is one happy GFninja!, woo hoo!!
This has nothing to do with #GF living or #travel but this is my new ride…so just had to post!!
You may not know this about me, but I used to love, love, love chicken strips and nuggets. They were my go to food when I was in a hurry and didn’t have time to cook, or I wanted a snack. Not necessarily the nuggets from places like Mcdonalds, cause I haven’t eaten there in years…but the ones that Banquet and Tyson makes that you cook at home. I always felt happy when I had a bag in the freezer for my quick meal. Those with some ranch dressing, yum!!
So needless to say whenever I see or hear of GF chicken nuggets I run buy some and try them. Disney World had them and I used to always eat their regular ones, and I tried the GF ones. They were not bad, but were greaser than I wanted and had an aftertaste. Bummer…. So then I heard Tyson came out with some, yay, I was a happy person. Ran over to the local grocery and grabbed a bag and home again in anticipation. Today was one of those days, I wanted something….a nugget or two. So I warmed up a few in my microwave, mixed up some ranch dressing and prepared my mouth for a treat…sad to say they do not live up to my expectations. The first bite was ok but then a squirt of grease followed, blech…I forged ahead with a few more bites, no good :( I’m sorry to report that these also have a funny, after taste, almost like you’re eating a not-cooked corn muffin…my tongue felt coated and they just weren’t right. The chicken inside seemed good, a whole piece of bite sized white meat. So I peeled off the outside and just ate the rest naked. Sigh…I guess I will keep looking……
There’s something that I should share with everyone out there, and that’s that I am a Disney addict. I love everything Disney!! I enjoy going to Disney, be it world or land, and I enjoy their cruises. Did one Adventures by Disney (a short one) and enjoyed that too. Now that I am GF it is even better for me because they are very, very careful. They work very hard to ensure a person doesn’t get sick and I can happily say I have never been sick on one of their cruises or while at the parks, etc. since going GF and eating there. They are picky to where it can be a long drawn out affair, but at least they seem to care. While visiting this October, JAH and I stayed at the Yacht Club on the concierge level. On this level one of the perks is they have a club where a light breakfast, snack throughout the day and a light dinner is offered. When checking in I mentioned that I was GF and the first thing that was done was I was connected to the chef who provides the food up at the club. He very carefully talked me thru what I could and couldn’t eat, then offered to make me a special meal for dinner if I let him know ahead. Then he said he would provide me with GF muffins, etc, for breakfast, and also brownies and cookies for anytime. Wow, what service!! Anytime I asked one of the many concierge would run downstairs and get me these huge, yummy cookies or brownies, packaged and ready to eat or take with me. The one night we knew we were hanging at the club at dinner time, the chef cooked me steak kebobs, bringing them up and serving them with a flourish. I think everyone was jelly…..but of course I shared with JAH, she got a little bite :) I think this is something special and so worth the money, being guaranteed safe meals with friendly service! Go Disney, go Disney!!
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Fairfield inn, seatac
Stayed here one night precruise, package included shuttle to and from port.
Free 24 hour shuttle to and from the airport, after arriving, picking up bags, we followed signs to the parking garage and wove our way through to the shuttle area. Our instructions had said to call but there was a shuttle already there, they share with the holiday inn express which shares a parking lot. Easy loading and a quick ride, we arrive tired as our flight was delayed two hours. Front desk check in is easy and efficient, the desk clerk answers my questions on the shuttle ride to the pier and we are able to choose which time we prefer, to the ncl dock the times were 10 & 12, we choose the 10 am one as I am an early riser.
Room 309 right across from the elevator hall, very quiet and no issues there. Hotel lobby is small, actually all the rooms at the hotel seem small but functional. Elevator hall is very crowded and hard to navigate with suitcases.
Our room is welcoming with all lights and tv on, smells very nice! Narrow room with 2 queen beds, desk, dresser, flat screen tv, fridge and microwave and sink outside the commode :( tiny closet area and small tub/shower, toilet area but everything very neat and clean!! Basic toiletries and large, fluffy towels. Water pressure is good and water is nice and hot throughout shower!! Hard to move around in bathroom, glad I am a petite person!! Tub has good shower head, curved shower curtain so lots of room there.
Beds are comfy, pillows soft and not too many. Light comforter on bed, air/heat unit is a wall one and takes a while to cool off the room. Fridge was off when we arrived. All staff I encounter are very friendly and helpful. One runs to get me a tray to bring breakfast to my room (I am in a cast on this trip).
Breakfast has variety. Scrambled eggs, sausage, bagels, toast. Make your own waffles, peanut butter, cream cheese, variety of yogurt and cereals. Coffee, milk and juice, fresh fruit and hard boiled eggs, enough to get you going, but no water anywhere!! Again room was small and tight, but I was in there early so wasn’t too crowded. Wifi works well in room and in lobby, easy connect and good signal.
A good hotel for a nights stay, price was higher than I wanted to pay but it seems all hotels in the area are priced the same. Would definitely stay here again before or after a cruise!!