💕Filling My Time with Love💕

In my last post, I spoke about my time freeing up due to my mom being taken care of in an assisted living facility and now we just sold her home.  So no more taking care of a house that was 70 years old, that we had no control over until we had started taking care of my mom and dad 11 years ago!!  So here are some of the things that have filled my life with Love:IMG_5119Making valentine cookies for neighbors that were moving out…

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These cookies that I saw online were my inspiration…I’m determined to get better…I used the recipe from my snowflake cookies on the post from “A Grand Hotel,  A Tree and Grand Cookies” !!

IMG_5105These are the cookies I packed to give our next door neighbors that were moving…I put them in a pretty box lined with wax paper.IMG_5039And then I thought I would try gluten-free sugar cookies, since I eat gluten-free whenever I can…these are the ingredients I used, about the same as regular sugar cookies, replacing the flour with Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flour…

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies

  • 1 cup Butter, soft
  • 1 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 3/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

    Step 1

    In a small bowl, combine Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

    Step 2

    In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar until combined. Add egg and vanilla extract and mix until thoroughly combined then add flour mixture and mix until fully incorporated.

    Step 3

    Shape dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

    Step 4

    Remove dough from refrigerator and discard plastic wrap. Place cold dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out to 1/8-inch thickness, removing and replacing parchment paper as needed. Cut out desired shapes using lightly floured cookie cutters and place on prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. If necessary, chill dough for 20-30 minutes after rolling and before cutting out cookies.

    Step 5

    Bake cookies until edges are slightly golden, 15-18 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through baking. Let cool completely (about 30 minutes) before decorating. Decorate with royal icing!

    Royal Icing Recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 2 Cups powdered sugar
    • 2 Tablespoons meringue powder
    • 1/4 Cup warm water (plus more for thinning to flood consistency)
    • 1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla or almond extract

    Directions:

    1. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine powdered sugar and meringue powder.
    2. Add the water and extract slowly. Beat at medium-high speed until stiff peaks form (about 5-7 minutes).

    Notes:

    • This makes a very stiff icing that will harden as it dries. You will use this to outline your cookies (with a squeeze bottle or piping bag). Using the same batch of icing, add drops of water to thin the icing to flood consistency and fill in your cookie.
    • I always make WAY too much royal icing so this is the solution for me. If you need a large batch I would suggest bumping the powdered sugar up to 4 cups, the meringue powder to 3 Tablespoons, and the water to just under 1/2 cup. Flavor to your taste.

     

IMG_5201And as you can see there isn’t much difference in the way they look, or taste…Victor even liked them!!

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This also has filled our life with love…minding our grandchildren for a whole week… IMG_4866 while their parents took a well-deserved break in Jamaica…IMG_5213Our drive to get there was a little dicey, but we made it to spend time with our grandkids as they were having a snow day!!IMG_5219The boys and the dog like to get up nice and early, sometimes 5 am!!

Victor and I enjoyed some sledding with the boys, which I haven’t done since my children were young…we did good, didn’t even ache the next day!!IMG_5224Taking care of the boys was a cinch compared to taking care of Raffa…here I’m trying to make her listen to me…not a chance!!  However, the snow did melt, we even had a couple of 60 degree days, so I was able to take this little girl on several walks to get out some of her energy!!

We played Hedbanz and did jigsaw puzzles…IMG_5304We dropped them off at school…IMG_5313Went to an award ceremony, where Aaden got an award for making high honors for 2 semesters and got an award for outstanding student in his class…how lucky were we to be able to see that??IMG_5261We went to Taekwondo classes and got to see Aaden in action, practicing for his red belt!!

Took them out for ice cream…

Went to the new Lego Movie 2, which was soo good…the moral of this movie was all about working together and sharing ideas to live a happy life, something the whole world could use right now!! icecreamAnd more ice cream😉dog and boysWell it was a busy, tiring week taking care of these 3, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world…how often do you get to experience your grandchild’s world for a whole week…the cherished memories we made were priceless, memories they will take with them into adulthood…this is how I wish to fill my life with love💕

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS…MAY YOU FIND THE LOVE THAT IS ALL AROUND YOU IN YOUR LIFE AND SHARE IT…YOU WILL CHANGE THE WORLD❤️

11 thoughts on “💕Filling My Time with Love💕

  1. Hi Carolyn,
    Those cookies look fabulous! Thanks for sharing the recipe 😊. You looked very busy with the boys and dog. I’m sure a week was tiring, but well worth spending time with your grandsons. We took care of Hayden for 1/2 a week and that was fun, but exhausting since 1-year-olds don’t sleep when or where you want them too 🤷🏻‍♀️

    Great post, as always!
    ❤️Regina H.

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  2. Your cookies look so yummy! No fat or calories, right? If only! LOL Congrats on selling your childhood home! That was fast, especially this time of year! I fondly remember those snow days sledding down the street in front of your house and ice skating at Grew’s Pond. We grew up at such a great time.

    You daughter is beautiful and I can see both you and Victor in her. As for the grandboys! What can I say? They are so precious and I know you’re one proud grandma!

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Victor and God bless y’all! (Don’t you love how I’ve turned Southern???) ❤

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    1. Oh, Nancy, I have to give those cookies away after I make them or I’ll eat them all up, even the gluten free were good🤣 The house sold faster then we thought it would, thank goodness!! Can you believe we would sled down that road? That would be unheard of nowadays!! And that pond, I remember I fell in one time, but only up to my knees😂 Thank you for your nice compliment about Gina, she’s beautiful on the inside too!! As for the boys, aren’t we all proud of our grandchildren?? Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Art, I love your southern accent❤️

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  3. Hi Carol,
    Hope you and Victor had a very Happy Valentines Day. The cookies look delicious, but a little difficult for me to make. It looks as though you and Vic had a great, fun time
    with the boys; they are precious. It was great that you could be there for Aaden when he got his award and honor. I’m sure it meant a lot to him that you were there.
    I’m sorry Its taken so long to respond to your last blog. Your mom looks great. Hope she is adjusting to her new homeland that you are too. Wish her a belated happy birthday for me and give her a big hug. Every day is a new beginning.
    Take real good care, stay warm, and enjoy the rest of the winter.
    Much love,
    Lucille

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    1. Lucille, Thank you so much for your sweet comments, please don’t apologize, I’m just happy you respond at all!! I love that we keep in touch this way!! Yes, we had a great time with the boys, and Aaden absolutely loved that we went to his school to see him get his award, also to watch his Taekwondo!! My mom will be so happy for your good wishes!! Hope everything is going well with you, and hope you are getting away to FL to see your sister!! Love to you both❤️

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