4th of July Star Cookies

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4th of July Star Cookies 

The holiday is fast approaching! This is a fun easy cookie to make that is delicious and can almost be labeled as healthy too!! Try it out and let me know what you think!


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Ingredients for Cookie

WET

1 cup coconut oil (room temperature)

1/2 cup of juice from 1 can of garbanzo beans ( called aquafaba) 

1.5 tsp vanilla ( clear) 

Pinch of salt


DRY

1 Cup of sugar 

2 tsp baking powder 

3.5 cups of  flour 

Ingredients for Frosting & toppings

1 container of Tofutti cream cheese

1 Cup powdered sugar ( more if you’d like it sweeter) 

2 tsp vanilla extract 

Blueberries 

Sliced strawberries 


Directions: 

 Cookie

  1. Cream sugar and oil together with hand mixer until smooth, then add garbanzo liquid and vanilla. Mix together. 

  2. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients together. 

  3. Slowly pour dry ingredients into wet and mix until dough is blended and can be rolled into a ball. 

  4. Dust surface with flower and roll out  ( If too wet add a bit more flour, and if needed chill in fridge for 5 minutes. Coconut oil can get slippery if too warm) 

  5. Roll out and dust with flower before cutting cookie. 

  6. Use desired cookie cutter shape. 

  7. Preheat oven to 350. 

  8. Place cookies on cookie sheet  and bake exactly 10 minutes. Do not cook longer. Cookies will not brown and will be slightly soft still when removed from oven. They will harden when cooled. Place on rack to dry.

Frosting

1.  Mix “cream cheese” , sugar, and vanilla in mixer. Use knife to spread frosting onto cooled cookies.  Add sliced strawberries and blueberries! SERVE!! 

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I hope you enjoy these as much as I do! Let me know if you make them. It’s a great recipe to vary as well! You can add lemon zest and juice to make a delicious lemon shortbread cookie! Almond extract and things like cinnamon and such make it all sorts of yummy too so try it out and let me know!

xoxo, Annette

Delicious "Cheese" Dip

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Friends! This is hands down one of the easiest most healthy and delicious cheese recipes you will ever make! Not only is it easy and tasty but it is very inexpensive and contains no common food allergens so win win! The consistency of the potato and carrot once blended really does mimic a cheese sauce. This works well for so many recipes! Stay tuned for one coming up next week you can make for fourth of july!

Delicious “Cheese Dip” 

Ingredients: 

2 Cups of potatoes ( russet or yukon) diced large and peeled. 

2 Cups of carrots, diced large 

1/2 Cup water ( use water from cooked potatoes and carrots) 

1/3 Cup olive oil 

1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes

1 Tbs fresh lemon juice

2 tsp salt

1tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

pinch of cayenne powder  (optional) 

Directions: 

Boil potatoes and carrots until soft, drain ( use 1/2 cup of this liquid as the water) 

Blend in a high powered blender such as a vita mix until very smooth. 

Serve!

Will store for 1 week in refrigerator . May be re-heated on stovetop or microwave. This makes a great nacho cheese dip but can also be used for enchiladas, scalloped potatoes & more 

Makes approximately 4 cups 

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ENJOY!

4th of July table inspiration

Hey Friends! Summer is about to be in full swing and that means 4th of July is right around the corner. I like to create pretty things and thought a tables cape for the holiday would be fun!

I liked the concept of an indoor picnic so this is what I went with! Natural elements, and just a few pops of red, white and blue!! Easy and fun! I love the woven caddy from Hearth and Hand ( CICK HERE) You can put your silverware, napkins, and even some drinks in it! Beautiful and easy to carry. Pops of color can come from the napkins or even food itself such as blueberries and strawberries. Add some sparkly stars and voila you’re done!

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Create your own similar tables cape! All is reasonably priced and most pieces you will use over and over!

See Links below

Dishes- They are from Target and are super versatile CLICK HERE

Placemats- I have used these placemats from Wax-Mart for almost everything! They are great! CLICK HERE

Silverware- Gold plated silverware from Target. A must have you can use over and over again. CLICK HERE

Mason Jar’s with straws- I got these at Wax-Mart and they are SO cute and useful! CLICK HERE

Woven Utensil caddy is available now at Target from the Hearth and Hand collection CLICK HERE

Patriotic Napkins- add a pop of color without being too loud with a set of napkins from Target. CLICK HERE

Natural Marble Cleaner

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Hey Friends!!

I’ve gotten questions regarding how I clean my countertops so here’s a little how to!! We have honed Danby marble in our kitchen. Honed means the polish has been taken away so it is not shiny. In our bathrooms we have polished carrara marble.

Sadly marble does stain and etch. However, I do feel this adds to the beauty of it!! When cleaning marble natural products are best because they will not damage the stone! Castille soap is an excellent natural soap and is great for so many things including marble!

This super easy recipe will keep everything clean and smelling delicious. I use this in our kitchen and bathrooms as well.

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For darker stains I use a baking soda poultice. Just add a TBS or two to the area you are treating. Add a teeny bit of water and mix till it form a paste.

Leave in place and cover with clear plastic wrap. IF needed tape it down so it does not move. Leave overnight. In the morning life it all and wipe down with cleaning spray. Stain should be lighter as the baking soda goes into the marble’s pores to lift the stain. Don’t be disappointed if it does not work 100% the first time. Sometimes it takes 2-3 tries before the stain is gone!

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I use lavender or lemon castille soap and essential oils! Ultimately the scents you choose are your preference. However, I think lavender smells so clean and amazing!

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Glass Bottles- CLICK HERE

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Castille Soap- CLICK HERE

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I hope you all can use this and really benefit from it!! Comment below and let me know if you use this in your home!!

Warmly,

Annette