The BEST Vegan Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Recipe-Gluten Free

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PLEASE DON’T BE TURNED OFF BY THE TITLE OF THIS POST LOL!!  I promise–YOU WILL LOVE THESE!!  The texture is seriously my fav!!  The original chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe, that I have been making for about 20+ years now, has 1 c. of butter flavored shortening  and we all know how terrible that is for our body, so I subbed 1/2 C. applesauce and 1/2 C. almond butter.  I love grinding my own almond butter at the grocery store–seriously the best and you know exactly what is in the container :).  I also subbed flax eggs for real eggs.  The recipe is below:

1 Flax Seed Egg= 1 T. Flax seed mixed in 3 T. water

Let mixture set for about 5 -7 min and add to cookie mixture.

For this recipe, I used 2 flax seed eggs, so 2 T. flax seed and 6 T. water.

Lastly, I wanted to make them gluten free, so I used almond flour along with xanthan gum, because I have a couple of friends and a sister that LOVE to eat treats, and we all know that gluten-free treats seem to be rather bland.  Well, look no further because this recipe is a keeper.  Even if you’re not gluten free, you will be surprised at how glutenous this recipe seems to be haha.

THE BEST VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP OATMEAL COOKIE RECIPE– GLUTEN FREE

Yield: Approx. 2 1/2 doz. medium cookies

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

INGREDIENTS:

CREAM TOGETHER WITH BLENDER:

1/2 C. Applesauce (no sugar, all natural organic)

1/2 C. Almond Butter

1/2 C. White Sugar

1 C. Light Brown Sugar

2 Flax Eggs (recipe above)

1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla

IN SEPARATE BOWL COMBINE DRY INGREDIENTS WITH WHISK:

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1 scant tsp. Salt

1 C. Oatmeal

3 1/3 C. Almond Flour

1 3/4 tsp. Xanthan gum

Slowly add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture 1 cup at a time and mix by hand (I like using a rice spoon). Don’t use the blender. Continue adding dry ingredients until all flour is mixed in and then add:

1 C. Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips

1 C. Coarsely Crushed Walnuts

Mix until chocolate chips and walnuts seem to be throughout the dough. Put dough in freezer for 20 min. This is a step that you cannot skip!

Remove dough from the freezer and use a medium sized cookie scoop and put scoops of cookie dough on cookie sheet topped with a sheet of parchment paper. You should be able to get 12 scoops of cookie dough on one cookie sheet. Put in oven on center rack.

Bake cookies for 20-25 min or until slightly brown on top. Enjoy!

Chipotle Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers

My daughter shared this recipe with me last week and I made them on Saturday when we had a barbecue with family. Since we have been on the whole foods plant based diet, I have needed to make adjustments for us when eating with my meat eating friends. 😜 Needless to say, I did not miss the regular beef cheese burger and this is much better for our healthy heart :).

I tripled this recipe so I would have patties to freeze.

Chipotle Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers

Prep Time: 50 min. Or make them the night before and keep them in the refrigerator overnight.

Cook Time: 20 min.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 med. (1 lb.) sweet potato

1/2 c. Frozen or canned corn kernels

1 15 oz. can black beans

1 whole chipotle pepper in adobo sauce

1/2 c. cornmeal

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 bunch cilantro (optional)

1-2 T. vegetable broth if using frying method of cooking

4 medium thin sliced whole wheat buns

1 medium avocado

1/4 c. Just Mayo

INSTRUCTIONS:

Wash the sweet potato well and poke it several times with a fork so steam can escape while it cooks.

To cook it in microwave: wrap it loosely with a paper towel, set it on a microwave safe plate and microwave in high for 5 min. Carefully squeeze the potato to make sure it is soft all the way through. It may need a couple more min to cook.

To cook in oven: heat oven to 400 degrees and place the potato directly on the rack or on a baking sheet. Bake the potato for 45-60 min or until it is soft all the way through. This is my preferred method. I like the texture better when it is cooked in the oven but maybe I’m weird. Haha.

While the sweet potato is cooling, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Place the corn in a large bowl after draining it, if you use canned corn. Drain and rinse the black beans and let the excess water drain and then add them to the bowl with the corn. Roughly chop the cilantro (if using. I did not) and add to the bowl. Add 1/4 c. of the cornmeal, garlic powder, cumin and salt. Take one chipotle pepper out of the can, mince it, and then add it to the bowl along with about 1 tsp. of adobo sauce from the can. When I tripled this recipe I added 3 chipotle and 2 tsp. sauce from the can.

Once the sweet potato is cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh and add it to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Stir everything together and then either use a potato masher or the back of a fork to slightly mash the beans. Cover and chill mixture overnight or for 30 min to allow the cornmeal to absorb some of the moisture. I made some patties after having them refrigerated for 30 min and then I had some of the mixture left over to make the following day and I found that having them refrigerated overnight made them easier to handle.

Divide the mixture into 4 patties or if you would like smaller patties divide into 6 equally sized portions. Shape into a patty with your hands until they are approximately 3/4 inch think. Use the remaining 1/4 c. or more cornmeal here to coat the outside of the patties. I found it was easier to pat this mixture on each side of the patty rather than dredging it. This will provide a nice crunch to the burger.

Methods of cooking:

Broil (my preferred method)–preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line the baking sheet with a splat mat or parchment paper. Bake for 10-12 min then CAREFULLY turn and bake for another 10-12 min or until they are golden brown on both sides.

Cook patties in a skillet. Heat nonstick pan on med high heat and put 1 T. vegetable broth in pan, place in patty and cook for 10 min on one side and then CAREFULLY turn and cook 10 min on the other side until golden brown. You may need to add a little more broth but don’t add too much or you won’t get the crispness.

Grill: place patty on med high heat grill and cook for 10 min on med high and turn cook the other side for 10 approx.

Spread 1 T. just mayo on bun and top with sweet potato patty. Slice avocado and place 1/4 of the slices on top of each burger. We also used barbecue sauce and that was delicious too instead of the mayo.

Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Banana Bread!

I have to say a word or two about this recipe.

1st–You’re going to be sooooo tempted to eat this straight out of the oven while its hot, BUT RESIST!!  Don’t do it!! Unlike the usual pumpkin bread recipes, where you love a nice hot slice freshly baked, this recipe needs to sit in the refrigerator over night and even the following day, it is so moist and so good.

2nd–Just because it has pumpkin and banana in, don’t use that as an excuse to eat the whole loaf LOL.

I love Chocolate Covered Katie’s recipes.  You may want to check out her site as well.  She has some awesome desserts for the holidays.  Also, for an oil free option, I left out the oil and used almond milk and it was delicious!  Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Banana Bread

Source: chocolatecoveredkatie.com

Course: Breads

Yield: Yield: 12-16 slices

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour – I like oat flour (240g)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 34 tsp baking powder
  • 34 tsp salt
  • 12 tsp each: cinnamon ginger, pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 12 cup mashed, overripe banana (360g)
  • 12 cup pumpkin puree (120g)
  • 12 cup pure maple syrup honey, or agave
  • 116 tsp uncut stevia or 2 tbsp sweetener of choice
  • 13 cup oil or milk of choice
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 12 cup chocolate chips optional

Directions

  1. *I’ve tried the recipe successfully with spelt, white, and oat flour. Although I can’t vouch for a flour I haven’t tried, please feel free to experiment.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan, and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Whisk all liquid ingredients in a separate bowl, then pour wet into dry and stir to form a batter. Smooth into the prepared pan. If desired, press some extra chocolate chips into the top. Bake on the center rack 30 minutes, then do not open the oven door but turn off the heat and leave in the closed oven for 10 additional minutes. Let cool completely, then cover and refrigerate overnight. Taste and texture will be much better the second day (and even better the third day as it will get sweeter). Leftovers can be sliced and frozen if desired.

Amount Per Serving (1)

  • Calories: 92

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 Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake with No Oil

At last….. the long awaited cake recipe! Seriously, my new fav. ❤️

Vegan Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake with No Oil (Adapted from “Isa Does It” cookbook)

3 c. All purpose flour

1/2 c. Unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tea. Baking powder 

1 tea. Baking soda

1/2 tea. Salt

1 c. Granulated sugar

1 c. Unsweetened applesauce 

*1 c. Almond milk or your favorite nondairy milk

*1/3 c. Pumpkin

1 T. Pure vanilla extract 

2 c. Shredded zucchini 

1 c. Enjoy Life chocolate chips or another brand of semi-sweet

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 12 c. Bundt pan and set aside. 

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix in the sugar. 

Make a well in the center and add the applesauce, milk, pumpkin, and vanilla. Use a whisk to mix the wet ingredients together in the well and then incorporate the wet and dry ingredients until well combined. Add chocolate chips.  Fold in the zucchini. Check consistacy and if batter is too thick add a little more milk. 

Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for about 60 min (a butter knife inserted into the center should come out clean). 

Let cool for 10 min or so, then invert it onto a cooling rack to let cool completely. 

*original recipe called for 3/4 c. Almond milk and 1/2 c. Canola oil. Addition of chocolate chips was ours :). It’s yummy!

For the ganache:

1/4 c. Almond milk

2 T. Pure maple syrup

6 oz. semisweet chocolate chopped or chocolate chips

Bring the almond milk to a roaring boil in a small saucepan. Add the maple syrup. Turn off the heat and whisk in the chocolate chips until totally melted and smooth. 

Place the cooling rack over the sink so that excess ganache falls into the sink and not all over the counter. As you can see, we just poured ours over the cake and let it pool in the middle. Yum!. Let it set before slicing and serving. 


This girl knows how to bake!

FRIEND FRIDAY GUEST—MY SISTER, EVON SEELY!!

Today my guest is one of my sisters (I have 3 AWESOME ones 🙂 , Evon Seely!! Evon is the oldest sister in our family of 6 children. I apologize for getting a little personal here but I LOVE MY FAMILY! #sorrynotsorry😜

The Rose Family :).  First pic is of our brother, Bruce, who was killed by a drunk driver at the young age of 24. It was heartbreaking for our family. I was just 8 years of age at that time and he left behind a wife and baby girl. My other brother, Larry, was on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at the time and Evon was due with her firstborn.  The second pic is an older pic—me (enormously pregnant with our 4th child), Evon, Larry, Janis, Joanne (front) our dear dad and mom. 

Evon lives about 6 miles from me. She has always been there for me through hard times and good times. One of the memories that touches my heart was when my husband was going to chemo and my 5 children were young, she would drop everything and watch my sweet little darlings so I could be with my DH when he was so terribly sick. She is just that kind of person to everyone. I’m so grateful to have her in my life and so grateful for family. As Princess Diana said, “Family is the most important thing in the world.” And with that, I bring you my sister, Evon!❤️ Isn’t her family so beautiful!!

I am excited to contribute to Peg’s blog. When I was a teenager, I was driving my mom over to Panguitch quite frequently. At last, she asked me if I knew why we were going there so much. I told her no. She then told me that we were going to have a baby. I was so elated and excited! I told her that was great news as I had been praying for a little sister. Mom was about 41 years old at that time and wasn’t overly excited about the event. Peg is the baby of our family and has been adored and loved by her parents and all five of her older siblings. We have wonderful memories of her as she was growing up. She was such a blessing to our family. In fact, our Dad didn’t want “that dentist” to steal away his little Peg! Nevertheless, Peg and Dane did get married and Mom and Dad grew to love him very much too!
When Peg and Dane had children, we were so excited about them! We have many fun and special memories of them. Particularly, I remember the fun the kids had on Princess (the horse) and the day she ran away with Brianne and Nat; then Brance telling me he didn’t know I could run so fast! I love the photo of Brianne, Nat, McKelle and Brance on Princess. When they were little they also liked to run in circles on the blue living room rug. Hilarious! We enjoyed having the kids at our Santa Clara house jumping on the trampoline with their cousins. It was so cute when Caden became confused because his siblings called me aunt and our grandchildren called me grandma, so his name for me was “Aunt Grandma”. I loved tending the children when Peg and Dane went to dental conventions. We would have the grandest times! We have so many precious memories! We dearly love Peg and Dane and their delightful family!

Now, about the recipes . . . Most of my life I have suffered with stomach troubles. Finally, in 2014 I had a colonoscopy-endoscopy and found out that I had celiac disease and some of the complications that are caused by that disease. After learning more about it, I had to give up some of my favorite treats and thought I would never be able to enjoy licorice, breads, cinnamon rolls, etc. After trying some of the expensive (tasteless) commercial treats I decided that I needed to learn how to bake some of them myself. I purchased the book, Gluten-Free Family Favorites by Kelli and Peter Bronski. I liked their Artisan flour mix because it had more grains in it than some of the other mixes and the recipes had less fats. 

Artisan Flour Mix: 

1 1/4 c. brown rice flour

 ¾ c. sorghum flour

 2/3 c. cornstarch

 1/3 c. tapioca flour or tapioca starch 

1 teaspoon xanthan gum. 

Combine all ingredients and whisk well to mix thoroughly. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months in the pantry or 6 months in the refrigerator.

One of my favorite recipes to make with it is Banana Mini Muffins. 



Banana Mini Muffins

3 medium-size ripe bananas

 1 egg

 ½ c. honey

 ¼ c. applesauce

 1 teaspoon GF pure vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients: 

 1 ½ cups Artisan GF Flour Blend

 1 teaspoon xanthan gum

 1 ½ teaspoons GF baking powder

 ¼ teaspoon baking soda

 ¼ teaspoon salt

 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. (I like them spicy, so I add 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon nutmeg and sometimes a few nuts on the top.)

 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the cups of a 24-cup mini muffin tin with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Place paper liners in the greased muffin cups, if desired.

2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl until mostly smooth with a few large lumps. Mix in the egg, honey, applesauce and vanilla.

3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, whisking to mix well. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and mix at low speed just until combined, 5 – 10 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix at high speed for about 5 seconds, until the batter is thoroughly mixed.

4. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups. A cookie scoop works very well to transfer the batter. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until the muffins spring back when lightly touched and a toothpick comes out clean. The muffins should be slightly golden brown on top. Let muffins cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then remove and serve.

Me talking again :)— YUM!!!!! Thanks for sharing with us today, Evon! Love you!

FRIEND FRIDAY GUEST—Sarah Grace Spann

Sarah Grace, Founder of Fresh Fit N Healthy, author of the book Chasing Freedom, a Certified Personal Trainer, Registered Dietitian with a MS in Exercise Physiology, ex-D1 athlete, both a UF and FSU alumni, and simply a young entrepreneurial woman that loves living a healthy lifestyle – mind body and soul.

Currently she works physically as the sports dietitian for Titus Sports Academy in Tallahassee FL, simultaneously running her own business online, coaching incredible men and women all over the world to help them become their best.

Through her business Fresh Fit n Healthy, she privately works with clients in creating unique and effective fitness & nutrition plans, offering online courses and webinars, meanwhile daily sharing free content on her blog, Instagram, and youtube channel to help people rediscover what living healthy truly means in a diet-focused world. Sarah Grace’s book, Chasing Freedom, focuses on her story of overcoming her eating disorder and finding freedom.

Her focus is on helping you reach your goals in a long-lasting way, without strict dieting. She is a big believer that nutrition is not one-size-fits-all, and in combining science with what makes you as an individual feel best. Healthy living should be freeing and fun, and that’s the lifestyle she is here to help you discover.

If you are an individual and wanting to work with Sarah Grace in creating a personalized nutrition/fitness plan, focused on mindset – nutrition – and fitness – head to this website here!


Black Bean Mini Brownies

1 15oz-can Black Beans, rinsed well

2 Eggs

⅓ cup Butter, melted (can sub coconut oil in)

2 tbsp Honey/Agave

1 tbsp Vanilla Extract

¼ cup Chocolate Vegan Protein Powder-  (or can use more cocoa powder, don’t use whey protein)

2 tbsp Cocoa Powder

2 tsp Baking Powder

⅛ tsp Sea Salt

1¼ cup Mini or Regular Chocolate Chips (you can decrease this and just add more honey for the sweetness if you’d like)

Additional liquid sweetener to taste

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F

Place black beans, melted butter, eggs and honey in blender or food processor and blend until smooth and beans are pureed.

Add in all other ingredients except for chocolate chips and blend again.

Stir in chocolate chips and spoon by the tablespoon full into mini muffin liners/trays

Bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until done in the middle. It’s better to under-bake then over-bake, as over-baking will lead to a dry product, and under-baked will just be rich and fudgy!

Store in fridge (or I even freeze some for later!)

Sarah Grace Spann, MS, RD

Founder of Fresh Fit N Healthy

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Healthier Pumpkin Cookies

This weekend I was craving pumpkin. I LOVE pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pancakes. Well, you get the idea :). My daughter, Natalie, was home this weekend and we went to work transforming a regular pumpkin cookie recipe to a more healthy version. 

The original pumpkin cookie recipe is bomb. Here it is just in case you want to make it :). 

PUMPKIN COOKIES

2 c. Sugar

2 Eggs

2 tea. Vanilla

2 c. Pumpkin

1 1/2 c. Butter

4 c. Flour

1 tea. Salt

4 tea. Baking powder

2 tea. Soda

1 bag Chocolate Chips

1/2 tea. Cinnamon

1 c. Walnuts (optional)

Mix first 5 ingredients together (wet ingredients) and the dry ingredients in another bowl. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet and add chocolate chips and nuts at the last. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 min depending on how big your cookies are. These are so delicious! BUT they have butter, white flour, eggs and a lot of sugar. Here’s the updated healthier version :).

HEALTHIER PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES


1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

2 T. milled flax seed mixed with 6 T. water (mix and let stand until thickened)

2 tea. vanilla

2 cup pumpkin

1 1/2 cup Apple sauce

2 cup quick cooking oats

2 cups oat flour

1 tea. salt

4 tea. baking powder

1 tea. baking soda

1/2 tea. cinnamon

1 12 oz. package of chocolate chips (EnjoyLife)

Mix first 6 ingredients and add remaining. 

Bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes on cookie sheet. 

Enjoy! These are best the following day after you bake them. Seriously, so good!

This is the substitution list:

Applesauce for the butter

Used half the sugar and added brown sugar for part

Oat flour (we ground in the Vitamix 2 c.) and quick oats for 2 c. for white flour 

Flax seed for eggs. 


The Master Chef :)!

FRIEND FRIDAY GUEST POST—SUMIKO MONSON!!

My Friend Friday Guest today is one of my dear friends, Sumiko Monson!! If you talk to anyone about this dear friend, they will all tell you that “Sumiko, is the sweetest! I love her!” She has the most sweet, pure heart and is a great example of Christ-like service. She and her family have been dear friends of ours for about 17 years and we LOVE the Monson family!! Sumiko is such an amazing little chef and each time we eat a meal in her home, we come away lifted up in spirit and our bellies are full with the most delicious Japanese food. She is seriously a gem!


Just look at this awesome family! Sumiko is sharing with us today a couple of recipes that are some of our favs!  Here’s Sumiko…….

My name is Sumiko Monson.  I grew up in Japan and moved to Hawaii to attend Brigham Young University Hawaii, and met my husband while working at the Polynesian cultural center where we worked as Japanese tour guides.  He is a blessing from Heavenly Father and I love him dearly!!  We lived in Oahu and Maui for 16 years and Tokyo for 4 years before moving to St. George, Utah.  For the first 18 years of my life, I lived to play sports, namely basketball, tennis, track and swimming.  But marathon is whole another level of intense dedication and endurance.  I have much respect for Peggy and her fellow runners!

My husband and I have 5 grown children and the first 3 are married to amazing spouses, the other two are in college.  We have 7 precious grandchildren who melt our hearts.  Going on vacation with them is my favorite thing to do.

I first met Peggy in our church nursery room where her Caden and my Casey attended 15 plus years ago.  And when she told me that her husband served his LDS mission in Japan, they took special place in my heart J.  She is a super lady who can do anything and everything but is still humble and sweet.  I am blessed to have her as my friend!

The Chicken Katsu and Butter Mochi recipes I posted here are my children’s all time favorites!  They are Japanese influenced and very popular in Hawaii.

Chicken Katsu


2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts-slice in half horizontally

½ cup flour

2 eggs, beaten, mix with half an egg shell water

2 cups panko

salad oil for frying

Pat chicken with paper towel. Dredge thin sliced chicken in flour, dip in eggs, and coat with panko. In electric skillet, heat oil to 375F. Fry chicken until golden brown; drain on paper towels. Cut into 1 inch strips. Serve with Katsu Sauce. Makes 6 servings.

* I slice chicken in half, horizontally, to make each piece thin.


Katsu Sauce
1/3 cup ketchup
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup sugar
1 ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
dash of pepper
Combine all ingredients. Makes about 1 cup
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Butter Mochi

1 lb mochiko
2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup butter, melted
1 can coconut milk
1 cup milk (I used 1% milk)
5 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla

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Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, combine mochiko, sugar, and baking powder. Add remaining ingredients to mochiko mixture and mix well. Pour into a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Bake for 1 hour; cool. I cut mine into 1 x 2 inch small rectangle pieces.

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FRIEND FRIDAY GUEST — MEGAN JOHNSON!!!

I always get so excited to do my guest posts on Friday because I have so many wonderful friends and family members that are amazing cooks, and this week is no exception! Megan is such an amazing mother, wife, friend, leader and she and her husband have such strong family ties. I love how they are so connected with their families, and always having gatherings with them. They come from good stock :). Megan is just so sweet and kind and always has a smile on her face. I love how she is so personable with her friends and always so thoughtful. She is such an amazing cook!! I’m so happy that Megan is willing to share with us today!! Thanks so much Megan! You put a smile on my face when you brought me a sample of this delicious goodness :). AND with the holidays coming up, this recipe is going to be a hit!  Love ya, Megan. Here’s Megan…….

I first met Peggy around 16 years ago when we moved into the neighborhood. Peggy has always been someone I have admired. She has dedication written all over her. Her dedication to her husband and family is a beautiful thing. She love them very much and will do anything for them. I love to ask her how they are doing and watch her eyes light up as she speaks about them. I also love her dedication to the gospel of Jesus Christ. She truly emulates goodness and love. She has a strong testimony of her Savior Jesus Christ and she shares it often. I love her for that. Her dedication to her health is so amazing. She is always trying to eat healthy and workout and take care of her body….(She is an amazing cook and she fed us well at Girls Camp for a week. I loved the time we sat around and visited while enjoying some yummy treats!) I remember years ago when I was training for a marathon she asked me if I wanted to run with her one morning. I thought, well I know she is fast however I think I can do it. I had been running and training for awhile. Well I quickly learned that Peggy is an Energizer Bunny. She is fast and just keeps going. I wasn’t quite on that level at the time so I never ran with her again. Peggy is one of my dear friends whom I love. Thanks for your dedication to being all-around AMAZING!

I grew up in Santa Clara, Utah. I met Trever while attending Dixie High School my sophomore year. He was on the baseball team and I was on the softball team. We dated each other as well as dated other people for the next couple of years. After high school, Trever served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to Puerto Rico. I attended Dixie College and played volleyball my freshman year and softball my sophomore year. When Trever returned from his mission he played baseball at Dixie College as well. We were married 7 months after he returned home. We have 4 children-Camryn 18, Cole 16, Jake 13 & Kate 11. We love to support them in all that they’re involved in. (Baseball, Softball, Golf, Volleyball, Piano, School…just to name a few) That is my hobby right now-supporting my kids. I am able to work everyday with Trever at Wilkinson’s House of Lighting and I love it. Trever and I have been blessed to travel to many beautiful places in this world. Turks and Caicos was a favorite. My dream vacation will be traveling to Italy someday. I love to cook and bake and try new recipes. I love sushi and a good homemade chocolate chip cookie.


Dinner Rolls/ Cinnamon Rolls (recipe taken from howdoesshe.com)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of milk

3/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon Sugar

1 egg

1 Tablespoon salt

2 Tablespoons yeast

2 cups of warm water

about 9-10 cups of all purpose flour

at least 1 cup of butter

Instructions
Scald 1 1/2 cups of milk, 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup of butter, in a microwave safe bowl, for about 2 minutes. Cutting the butter into pieces helps it melt faster. There will probably be some little cubes of butter still floating in the hot mixture, they will melt.
add yeast to this hot mixture, but it will be too hot to just dump the yeast straight in (it would kill it!). To cool it down stir in 1-2 cups of flour, then add 1 egg and 1 Tablespoon of salt, and leave it to cool for a couple of minutes. Meanwhile, in a measuring cup dissolve 2 Tablespoons of yeast in 2 cups of warm water and 1 Tablespoon of sugar. Let it sit for a couple of minutes until it is bubbly.

Make sure your milk mixture is just warm, not boiling and add the yeast mixture!

Pour milk mixture and yeast into mixing bowl or use a machine. I use a Bosch. Gradually stir in 9-10 cups of flour (counting the flour you have already added to cool it earlier). I would recommend only adding 2 cups at time and stirring in between. These rolls turn out so much better when they are mixed by hand.

At the end the dough will be dense and sticky, and may be hard to stir, you can use your hands to incorporate the rest of the flour if needed. Be sure not to add too much flour. Then smooth the dough out and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Leave it in a warm place and let it rise.
When your dough is close to raising completely, butter 2 cookie sheets and set them aside.

Let the dough raise until it has doubled in size.


Cover your working space with a tablespoon of oil to prevent the dough from sticking. Dump your dough out and divide it into 4 balls. Eyeball the sizes, then lift them up and feel the weight of each ball. Try to make them even, but they don’t have to be perfect.

Using one ball of dough at a time: roll the dough into a circle on a floured counter. Once it is rolled out spread the top with butter from edge to edge. You will use about 2 Tablespoons per circle of dough.

Cut the dough into quarters using a pizza cutter.

Then cut each quarter into 3 pieces. You should end up with 12 triangles from each circle of dough.

Roll the dough starting with the wide end of the triangle

Tuck the tail of the triangle under the roll and place it on the buttered cookie sheet. You will make 3 rows, with 8 rolls per row. This will give you 24 rolls per pan. Two balls of dough will fill 1 pan. You will get a total of 48 rolls!

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Place the pans of rolls in a warm place (on top of the oven if possible) to let them rise. Once they are touching and full in size, cook (one pan at a time) in the oven ’till they are golden brown. About 20 minutes, depending on how hot your oven cooks. Keep a close eye on your first pan to get the right time for the second.

While they are still hot and fresh out of the oven run a stick of butter over the tops of the rolls for a delicious buttery glaze.

I usually make 24 Dinner Rolls and 24 Cinnamon Rolls out of this recipe.

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Variation for Cinnamon Rolls:

Once you have rolled out one of the balls of dough into a circle, spread butter on it, sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on it. Next use the pizza cutter and cut into 12 triangles. Roll up into a croissant shape. Place them on the buttered pan. Cook for 20 min at 350 degrees. Once they’ve cooled, spread with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting for 24 Cinnamon Rolls:

1/4 cup butter (1/2 cube)

8 oz. Cream Cheese

1 tsp. vanilla

2-3+ cups powdered sugar (depending on the sweetness you enjoy)

FRIEND FRIDAY GUEST–CORINNE JENSEN!!

Where should I start with this dear friend?  There are just so many things about her that I love!! Corinne is an amazing mother and grandma,  a true friend through and through, she is a great listener and she gives great advice, she’s one of the most generous, unselfish friends I know. AND I just love hanging out with her. Corinne is my Harmons Cooking School pal and that is always a treat (no pun intended ha :). She is such an amazing cook and could open up a restaurant of her own because she is THAT good :).  Today Corinne is sharing with us one of my favorites–Warm Salmon Salad Nicoise. This one is AMAZING!! I know because my DH and I were invited to eat with them :).

Look at this beautiful family and yes, Corinne is the mom!!! Some of my favs right here :). Soooo here’s Corinne…….

Peggy and I have been to some very fun cooking classes at the Harmons in Santa Clara. Lead by the team of Chef Jackie and Chef Shane, we have a great time learning, cooking and laughing. I highly recommend anyone interested to check these classes out.


One of the recent classes we attended was called summer salads and it has become a house favorite! I am not great at following the exact recipe, I usually shop for the vegetables that look fresh and add them to this version of the salad. So be creative with what your family likes!

WARM SALMON SALAD NICOISE

First off I make my dressing, which I love this dressing the most!

1 clove garlic minced

1 shallot minced

Chives minced

Add 1 part (1/4 cup) of pear champagne vinegar

Add 3 parts (3/4 cup) of grape seed oil

Tsp spicy brown mustard (don’t use frenchs, anything else is fine)

Salt and sugar depending on taste

Add salt and sugar at the very end. You will need a little of both. Add slowly and taste each time you add until you are satisfied. One other trick that really makes this dressing yummy is adding a few drop of truffle oil. But just a very few because it is potent! Blend everything in a food process or Vitamix. Refrigerate as you prepare the salads.


Boil 3-4 Yukon gold potatoes. When tender, set aside to cool slightly. While my potatoes are cooking I prepare my greens. I love to mix flavors of red and green leaf for pretty color. Boil 1 egg per salad. Prepare green beans and asparagus or whatever vegetables you like! I steam these vegetables to al dente. Wash and slice tomatoes into wedges. 3-4 wedges per salad is great. Peel and cut up potatoes and eggs.

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Prepare salmon by adding a little salt and pepper. Heat a pan on the stove or grill until hot! Add olive oil and lay salmon presentation side down first (so the skin is up). Cook 3 minutes or until the salmon no longer sticks to the pan. Turn the heat down to medium and turn for an addition 2 minutes or until it is done to your liking.

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Assemble salads! I like to put greens in the middle. Lay the vegetables around the edges with the salmon.

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Pour the dressing over the salad. Call your favorite friends over and enjoy!