Today, my princess Makenna and I scoured our Bibles looking for the various names of Jesus and our hearts began to overflow with joy and we just couldn’t stop searching! Here’s just a sampling of what we found….
Mighty One , Majesty, Lord of Lords, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, King, Messiah, I Am, Immanuel, Father, My Rock
It was such a sweet time with my little girl! I got that warm and fuzzy feeling, you know like when sugar cookies are baking in your oven making the house smell heavenly. There were Christmas trees, stars and snowmen….
So warm and golden brown…
Simple Sugar Cookies
(inspired by Sarah @ Peas and Thank You)
Yields 24 to 32 cookies
1 1/2 cups unbleached organic flour (can be made gluten free w/ an all-purpose gluten free flour + 1/4 tsp xanthum gum)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup organic cane sugar
1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup Earth Balance (or unsalted butter)
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, beat together sugar, milk, vanilla and Earth Balance. Gradually add dry ingredients to the large mixing bowl, mixing until the dough comes together.
Remove the dough from bowl and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 1 to 3 hours, or until dough is chilled and firm.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet(s) with parchment paper.
Remove dough from fridge and roll out onto a floured board with a rolling pin until dough is about 3/4 inch thick. Using cookie cutters, cut into desired shapes and transfer to the cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until edges are starting to turn brown. Do not overbake! Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet for about 1 minute before moving them to a cooling rack.
Frost with your favorite frosting when cookies are completely cool!
And dressed all in sprinkles red, white and green!
I was further reminded today when things started getting out of hand and I was about to blow a fuse, I had the blessing of coffee cake cooking silently away in the crockpot! It’s the little things!
Crockpot Cranberry Orange Coffee Cake
(inspired by Simply Sugar and Gluten Free)
For the cake:
2 cups Pamela’s Baking Mix
3/4 cup organic cane sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp orange zest
2/3 cup coconut oil, melted
2 large organic eggs
1 cup plain, low-fat yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup fresh cranberries, sliced
For crumb topping:
1 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
1 Tbsp Earth Balance (or oil of your choice)
2 Tbsp organic cane sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
For the crumb topping:
Put the almonds, Earth Balance, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor and pulse several times until the nuts become crumbs. Set aside.
For the cake:
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon and orange zest.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil, eggs, yogurt, and vanilla extract.
Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well combined. Fold in the cranberries.
Turn the batter into a greased crockpot. Smooth the top and sprinkle the crumb topping across the top of the cake and press into the batter.
Vent the lid on the crockpot and bake on low for 2-3 hours, until a knife inserted in the center comes out with only a few crumbs. Serve warm!A simply amazing moist gluten free cake!
I think I’ll try Blueberry-Lemon next.
Our Keepers at Home cookie exchange was a sweet success!
The girls presented us with their cookies and earned their “Cookie Baking” badge! These little bakers did an awesome job!!
Nourishing Thought for Today:
Just a simple reminder to find joy in the little things and remember not to overlook the small blessings in life! One of life’s biggest blessings came in the form of a small child! May you and your family be blessed this Christmas as we celebrate the King of Kings…Our Lord and Savior!