Day in the Life ~ January 5

Going to start this year off with a personal blog twist, I was a runner, but now I walk.  Lexie, Sadie, our Goldendoodle rescue sisters, and I need to be outside everyday for more than a minute.  Today is Sunday so I get to enjoy the amazing sunshine on a fresh blanket of twinkling snow.  My walks are normally shrouded in the peaceful predawn dark down the mile long hill and all the way back up.  Today was sunny and bright crunchy underfoot.

Last July I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis.  Seems to be similar to, the maybe more familiar, Crohn’s Disease.  Upon diagnosis, I was prescribed three strong types of medication which proved to be quickly effective.  Pretty immediately my intake was reduced to two meds and my desire grew to wean myself from both prescriptions by changing my diet and lifestyle to heal myself.  A very helpful nutritionist has advised be to eat gluten-free and I just know how much better I feel without sugar or any kind of sweeteners.  So here my year starts.  My daughters are back to first and second grade, tomorrow, after an extended Holiday Break.  Lunchboxes are on my mind.  Got some sweet treats baked with the girls for the freezer.  Here is my recipe – its based on the Peanut Butter Cookie recipe from my grand-mother’s copy of The Joy Of Cooking.  I changed it to make it gluten free and added kisses.

Chocolate Kissed Peanut Butter Cookies (gluten free)

Preheat your oven to 375°


1 bag milk chocolate Hershey Kisses

1 c brown sugar

1 c white sugar

1 c butter

2 eggs

2 c peanut butter

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

3 c oat flour

1 tsp vanilla

cream butter and sugar together til light and fluffy

add peanut butter and eggs mix til smooth

add vanilla, salt and soda

mix in flour one cup at a time.


Roll into 1½ balls, flatten on an ungreased cookie sheet, bake at 375° for about 10 minutes, til golden topped.  Press one unwrapped Kiss into the middle of each baked cookie and let cool.  (It takes a while.)  Then slide off pan and store.


In light of the fact that I have sworn off sweets and gluten, the temptation of having a fresh batch of these in the freezer for the girls’ lunchboxes lessens.