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Is there anything more adorable than group costumes?! My kids are probably much too old to really believe that, but I might have done some superb convincing in the form of, “Group costumes always get tonsssss of candy.” They bought it. Ironically, Ruby, Quin, Jeremy and Katie (accidentally) dressed up as characters from Peter Pan. Also, please avert your eyes from my brother’s thighs and if you find yourself thinking, “Why would he wear that?” know–he has suffered more than enough. If the windchill factor doesn’t satisfy you as a form of punishment, because he was literally freezing, then maybe being hit on by every old lady on the island will. It’s a cruel world out there guys.

And least you think my brothers might have been the worst costume on the scene – I was pretty enthralled with this guy. I mean, dressing like a man and showing your legs is one thing, but it takes some real guts to go for Tooth Fairy.

  • Katie Campos - The tooth fairy?!!!!! Oh boy. I just have to say my favorite part of your kids costumes and all these adorable pictures is Ever’s feet. The way she’s standing with one of her big tiger paws rolled over in each picture says something about her personality.
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*This recipe was recently feature on Disney’s cooking website Spoonful!

All my closest friends would tell you I’m a food addict. They might also use the word “snob” in place of addict, but what do they know?! I just like good food.

So that leads us to today. I’m so excited to start sharing recipes with you here on the blog and even more that my sister will be taking part in this fun venture!  I hadn’t had much experience with sharing recipes until I shared one of my own with Popsugar last year. I couldn’t believe the response I got from it – or that it got a five star rating! Lindsay and I started brainstorming and decided we would need to have the perfect balance of our favorite recipes, clear directions and pretty pictures if we were even going to attempt this. (We have seven kids between us, so setting such a high standard wasn’t the most logical thing to do.)  Then, this past weekend, Lindsay’s entire downstairs of her house flooded. She was homeless, so she called and said, “Guess what?! I’m coming to your house!” and we cooked the whole weekend. You’ll get to see all the recipes over time, but for now, here are the most delicious Vegan, Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies you will EVER eat. (Actually, these are better than any peanut butter cookie I’ve ever had – so even if you don’t have food restrictions, you must try these!) xxoo -Ashley

VEGAN AND GLUTEN FREE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES BY FANCY FOOD THOUGHTS

I absolutely love peanut butter cookies. More than I should. These are vegan, gluten free and very simple.  They have a slightly crunchy exterior, but on the inside the texture is ever so chewy, exactly how it should be! Part of the trick to this recipe is blending the mixture in a food processor. This is the model I have and I can’t say enough good things about it!

1 cup almond flour (Note, almond flour is more finely ground than almond meal. However, if you have a hard time finding flour I have used either type in this recipe. If you do use almond meal, the cookies will not have as nice of a texture.)

1 tablespoon oat flour (omit if completely grain free)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar (plus extra for rolling the cookies in)

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

4 1/2 teaspoons egg replacer prepared (Add 6 tablespoons of water and blend in blender until frothy. This is important!)

1 teaspoon vanilla

In the bowl of a food processor combine: almond flour, oat flour, baking soda, brown sugar and sugar pulsing a few times to blend.

Add peanut butter and process until completely combined.

Next add prepared egg replacer (see above) and vanilla. Let the food processor run for a about 20 seconds until dough has formed.

Roll dough into golf ball sized balls, roll in sugar, place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Bake for 8-9 minutes at 350 F (oven should be preheated).

I have wanted to share these images for a long time and just now, in the process of getting my laptop organized post a hectic editing season, am I actually sitting down to make it happen. My husband teaches at a private Christian college and had the privilege of traveling to Israel in 2010 to teach a course for students on The Life of Christ. Part of the course included traveling to the locations they were studying. I don’t know how exciting that sounds to some of you, but I have to say I am more then jealous (I was home with the babies).  I can’t post all the images as there are too many, but these can’t remain hidden any longer!

Images are film and include scenes from Jerusalem, Nazareth, and just above, sunrise on the Lake of Galilee.

  • Laura Wingo Tyler - Wow these are beautiful.ReplyCancel