Thursday, December 24, 2015

Gingerbread "wooki" Cookies




If you haven't seen the new Star Wars....you are missing out. It was great! That's all I'll say, I'm not going to spoil it.


It was perfect timing of the release of the movie along with the holidays. We love to make (and eat cookies. However going gluten free can present obstacles. I tweaked a few recipes and came up with this yummy recipe and exceptional idea (thanks to pinterest lol!).

Wooki Cookies!


Ingredients

Cookies
3 cups Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour (Bob's Redmill works great)
3/4 cup Coconut Palm Sugar 
1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Ground Ginger
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
1/2 tsp Salt
3/4 cup Butter softened slightly
3/4 cup Unsulphured Molasses
2 Tbsp Milk or almond milk

Royal Icing
1 large Egg White
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 cups Powdered Sugar (I don't usually use white sugar, but I couldn't resist getting the look of the wookie!) 
Food Coloring if desired


Instructions:
In a food processor or mixer with the paddle attachment combine Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour, sugar, spices and salt. Add the butter and pulse or mix until the mixture resembles sand.
With the processor or mixer running, add the molasses and milk until the dough is evenly moistened. Remove the dough, wrap tightly in plastic and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
After chilling, remove the dough from the refrigerator and divide into two sections. Keep one piece chilled while working with the other. Roll the dough between two pieces of parchment paper to about 1/8-inch thickness, carefully removing and replacing the parchment paper as needed to reduce sticking. Cut the dough into desired shapes (I used a gingerbread cookie cutter & then stretched it into a wooki (taller). Then I used a fork to make the "fur".  Return the rolled and cut dough to the refrigerator to set up while repeating step 3 with the second pieces of dough.
After both pieces of dough have been rolled, cut and chilled, carefully remove the cutout cookies from the parchment sheets using a flat spatula and transfer to the prepared baking sheets. The scraps of dough can be rerolled and chilled for more cookies.
Bake the cookies in the preheated oven until the centers are firm, about 15 – 20 minutes, rotating the sheets about half-way through the baking time. Let cool completely before decorating.
While the cookies are cooling, prepare the royal icing. In the bowl of a mixer, beat the egg white and vanilla extract until frothy. Gradually add the powdered sugar and mix on low until shiny (add any food coloring as desired at this time). Increase the mixer to high and beat until stiff and glossy, about 5 – 7 minutes. Decorate cooled cookies as desired.

Have a very Merry Christmas & a "Wooki" New Year! 






5 Reasons to Join Shaklee in December



Have you ever thought about starting your own Shaklee business? Since starting my own business, I have been able to grow personally, help others, make a difference, go green, get all my health products paid for, and earn a passive income! Shaklee has been such a blessing to my family and me! I want to bless others with this opportunity and share this gift. Christmas time is all about giving and I want to give you a head start to make 2016 your best year ever! If you want to join us, December is a great time to partner with us and become your own boss! Here’s why…

Tax Advantages

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Christmas Parties

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Shaklee offers several trips a year and the clock starts counting January 1st! What does this mean? It means that you can take full advantage of earning a tropical, all inclusive, paid vacation! I don’t know about you, but I will work for trips!! The announcements of next year’s trip will be made on January 4th- be there!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!



Saturday, December 19, 2015

Easy Energy Bites


Easy Energy Bites!

One of the greatest things about living what we call a Shaklee Lifestyle is all the awesome people we have met over the years. For example meet Suni Ferrer, one of my Shaklee Sisters and a fellow Shaklee Mom. 
Thanks for sharing Suni xoxo!

This is a simple recipe that is sure to please every member of the family, plus it's perfect for our 5 day mini diet reset programs.

Easy Energy Bites, by Suni

(A gluten-free, dairy-free, and whole-food energy bar with endless possible fruit and nut combinations.)
*Makes 4 snack servings (or about 32 energy bites) 
*Each “energy bite” has only 20 calories!

2 scoops Shaklee 180 Smoothee Mix (or any Shaklee protein powder)
½ cup raw pumpkin seeds or pecans or any nuts/seeds
½ cup dried cherries or other dried fruit (avoid those with sulfites)
Pinch of sea salt
¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
Optional: 1 Tbsp chia seeds or ground flax seeds (for Omega-3s)

To reduce fat, choose a nut lower in fat, such as almonds or cashews. 

Note: If using a food processor instead of a high-speed blender, you may need to add a small amount of grapeseed oil or melted coconut oil, so the bars hold up without crumbling.

Directions: 
1. Add all ingredients and run food processor or high-speed blender until desired texture is reached, about 30-40 seconds on Speed 1 with Vitamix or Blendtec. If using food processor, pause to scrape down sides if necessary and run again 30 seconds at a time. (*note, I have made these using my countertop kitchen aid mixing bowl and it was just fine too!)
2. Use spatula to scrape and dump fruit/nut blend onto plastic wrap or parchment paper and fold plastic or paper over mixture. 
3. Press the mixture with hands or roller into a thin rectangle. 
4. With knife or pizza cutter, cut into 4 bars or 32 bite-size squares. 5. Eat as is or refrigerate to harden if desired.

Have a great day!
Stacey



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