Friday, May 15, 2015

My BEST Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

My Hubby's batch.  He likes them well done.
Om, nom, nom...
Through trial and error I have finally come up with a gluten free chocolate chip cookie that rises nice and high like a wheat flour cookie and has a perfect texture inside too.  

Here's my recipe... I hope you give it a whirl!


Begin by placing the following ingredients in your mixing bowl and blend til smooth-


3/4 cup (1 & 1/2 sticks) softened butter 
1/2 cup granulated sugar (for my batch I use organic sugar instead 1 for 1)
1 cup packed brown sugar


Next, add in the following and mix well (I use a Kitchenaid, but my Mom used to use girl power *her three daughters and a wooden spoon)-


2 large fresh eggs (room temperature)
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract (mine was made just for me by my BFF Michelle)


In a separate mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients as follows...


2 cups gluten free flour* 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda


*(I make my own gluten free flour by mixing  2/3 c. almond flour, 2/3 c. coconut flour, 2/3 c. oat flour, and 2 teaspoons of xanthan gum powder to "bind it together" like gluten does wheat flour.)


Carefully add in the dry ingredients stirring slowly until well blended and then spoon in the chocolate chips.  We use 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips in this house


Here's a few tips that will help make YOUR cookies tall and fluffy like the ones above. 


REFRIGERATE the dough for atleast one hour.  If you own an insulated cookie sheet, use it and LINE it with parchment paper. 

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees before baking.


I make my cookies by scooping the dough up into a small ice cream scooper.  Then, I take a spoon dipped in sugar to "squish" the balls a bit before placing them into the oven.  You can of course make smaller cookies and they'll be just as good.  


This recipe makes about 24 of these cowboy size cookies.  It would probably make 36 regular sized cookies. 


GLUTEN FREE flours generally brown faster than traditional wheat flour so check on your cookies often until you have figured out how long it will take to bake these cookies to perfection in your oven.  In my old fashioned Wedgewood propane oven it takes about 10 minutes to bake them, but ovens vary, and newer more efficient ovens may make quicker or slower work of these cookies, especially if you make them smaller than I do.  Check often the first few sheets until you figure it out.

That's all there is to it.  Please let me know how you like them.


Heidi



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

We Have a Dexter!

Yes, you read that right.  Thanks to our amazing neighbors Don and Teriz Mosley we are the proud parents of an eight month old dexter heifer calf.  We are calling her Princess Buttercup because Jerry says she looks and acts like a princess.  I have to agree. Isn't she lovely?


I am so excited that I can hardly contain myself.  


We've been so blessed to have the Mosleys for friends and neighbors.  They're great people. They raise angus, dexters, idaho pasture pigs, a few varieties of sheep, chickens, and maintain a nice orchard and kitchen garden.  They're building a Farm Stay on their property too.   They are as excited about homesteading as I am, and they generously share their knowledge with others.


I could barely believe it when Teriz offered sweet little Buttercup to me.  She has been there at every step of the way teaching me how to halter train Buttercup, how to manage her, and she delivered her here to help her settle in this week.

Jerry is building her a little barn all for herself in our 5 acre pasture, behind our home.

My farmgirl dreams have all been working themselves out.  Our homestead is growing.  Our livestock fencing and housing is almost complete.  Our health has been good.  I've missed gardening so much that I have decided to get back into a veggie garden this year, in spite of the drought.  I need to put up more food.  Digging in the dirt helps me relax.

That's it for now.

Heidi


Monday, January 26, 2015

Jerry's DIY Goat Feeder Plans


Howdy FarmGirls!  

My hubby Jerry is always ready to make my farm dreams come true.  That is especially true when I need another structure to house or feed farm babies.


Last year our herd more than doubled in size and I decided that I needed a strong feeder for my dairy goats. A feeder with a roof to keep the hay dry, and with enough vertical structure to prevent grass hay from slipping through and being stepped on.


Within a few hours Jerry built me this wonderful feeder. He made most of it from scraps and a few lengths of cull lumber from a home improvement store.


This feeder has been a great help.  I have a few more on my list once our new buck barn is finished.  


Here is a drawing I made from my feeder, complete with measurements.  


Please feel free to use the plan to construct your own feeders, and by all means SHARE this post.  I'd really appreciate if you would send me photos/link of your feeder once it's made too.  

DIY IS FREEDOM!  These feeders cost almost $300 around here to BUY.  Jerry built this one using recycled wood, steel, and $7 in culled lumber for the slats.  

Save your money to buy more goats!  That's my motto.  

Heidi




One Day in the Life of a Farmgirl...


Today was a busy day for a day off from "work".  I spent a few hours on the tractor moving and turning my goat barn compost pile.  I prepped a few raised garden beds and planted a few cuttings. I covered my hay stack in preparation of a storm that is due overnight.  I even made time to play with my goats and chickens.

Tonight, I sat down before the woodstove to finish the day off with potato leek soup that I made from my CSA vegetable box.  Life is pretty darn good.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

You're Invited!

Calling All 
FARMGIRLS!  


We are having a party and you are cordially invited to JOIN our Facebook group (Farmgirl Chit Chat) and to LINK UP your blog for our new Farmgirl Chit Chat Blog Party!

What are you waiting for???