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Peppermint Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

Happy National Candy Cane Day! I wasn’t quite sure what I could make Paleo to celebrate National candy cane so I decided to go with a gluten free recipe instead. Besides, my sister always approves of my gluten free recipes more than the Paleo ones, and her opinion counts! Even though Christmas has passed, which I can’t believe, the year flew by, doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate with holiday flavors. I always used to be so sad with the  end of the holidays when I was younger. It meant I was back to school and counting down to February vacation. Now it just means that we are a bit closer to summer and have a lot of snow and cold weather ahead. Yuck! This means I make sure to really pay attention to my mood and how I’m doing. When I feel a case of the “winter blues” coming I make sure to take extra good care of myself. Some ideas…

  • Planning a trip or vacation (even if it’s just a weekend)
  • Work on a project (cleaning my closet, decorating a room, organizing my kitchen, etc…)
  • Cozying up with the puppy in my comfiest sweatpants and watching a movie
  • Extra naps
  • Making time for CrossFit and dance classes when I need it
  • Going shopping
  • Extra manicures and pedicures
  • Lots of time with friends and family

peppermint chocolate chip sugar cookies

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup sweet white sorghum flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum
  • dash of salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup agave (can sub honey or maple syrup here)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. pure peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup enjoy life mini chocolate chips
  • 5 peppermint candies (check the label and make sure they’re gluten free)

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine your flours, arrowroot starch, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt.
  3. Next add in your applesauce, agave, and egg mixing well.
  4. Add in the vanilla and peppermint extract.
  5. Lastly fold in your chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candies.
  6. Drop onto a greased baking sheet in 1/2 tbs. sized portions.
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes.

Makes 12 cookies

gluten free sugar cookie

gluten free peppermint chocolate chip cookie

Anyone else suffer from the “winter blues”?? What are some things you can do to make yourself feel comfy and happy?

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What I Did Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I am just a bit too excited that WIAW happens to fall on the day after Christmas this year. I will be at Zumba this morning and CrossFit WODing this afternoon but before I get to my workouts I wanted to share with you what a typical Prestejohn/Sementelli Christmas looks like over at my house! Unfortunately though I ended up with one picture of food from the day and  a ton of random fun pictures from my Dad. So instead of daily eats. You’re getting the day in a life of Christmas with my family. and I didn’t realize it until posting these pictures, but you’re getting Sophie’s view on her very first Christmas. She loved it! Enjoy!

Since before I can remember Christmas day has been celebrated at my parents house and I can’t imagine it any other way! The morning started early and Sophie was a little too excited about all the wrapping paper! She especially enjoyed tissue paper.

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Sophie got dressed in her Christmas dress….

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and our family arrived. She loves my Nana!

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The table before…

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and after. Filled with us! My dad is missing because he was taking the picture.

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Present time. No clue why I had the random smile on face. Sophie’s missing from this picture but my guess is she was off eating wrapping paper somewhere.

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Sisters. Two of my most favorite people ever (Sophie’s too)! My Mom and Aunt.

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 Awesome. My Aunt Geri. Love her.

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Dessert. Trust me we had way more than this but this is all I got a picture of. Chocolate filled strawberries. Idea thanks to pinterest.

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Sweats time. For me anyway. We were wrecked and definitely look it my this point! Sophie and her cousin Cooper were too.

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 See you next year!

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How was your Christmas? Best thing you did yesterday??? 

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