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Flashback: Christmas Tree Farm Photo Shoot 2014

christmas tree farm photo shootThese Christmas tree farm photos are some of my all time favorite, and although they are from last year, I didn’t have this blog yet so I thought I’d share a bunch of them this year. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! 🙂christmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shoot^He got stuck!!…or “guck” as they call it these days.christmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shoot^I had completely forgotten about how they used to just randomly start clapping together all the time until I saw this picture! It makes me sad to realize a memory I thought was so strong and that I thought I would always remember had already slipped away from me.christmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shootchristmas tree farm photo shoot^I guess these bark scraps were his pick for our tree…he hadn’t quite got the hang of it yet 😉christmas tree farm photo shootI can’t believe how tiny they look! It’s amazing how much they grow in a year, makes me little sad looking through these, but also so very thankful.

Merry Christmas!

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Best Ever Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Oat Cookies {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Oat Cookies {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}

A Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Oat Cookie Recipe and Baking Day with the Twins, Enjoy!Best Ever Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Oat Cookies {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}It’s a bold title, I know, but I stand behind it 100%. These are my families all time favorite cookie recipe, and if we had to choose just one cookie to eat for the rest of our lives, all dietary restrictions aside…These. Would. Be. It. (the hubs agrees, I checked before I wrote that 🙂 ) We’ve actually made them 7 times in the past month alone, and a few of those times were double batches! ( it’s the holidays so that’s okay, right?)…and I will confess, I’ve eaten 6 in one sitting <–this is saying a lot people, they are THAT good.

This recipe was originally a peanut butter cookie recipe given to me by my sister-in-law (thanks Carrie!), which was also really good, but since we can’t have legumes, I made a few changes and came up with these. We personally love them better than the original peanut butter version! Thank goodness because anything peanut butter and chocolate is a sure winner in my book. Finally, I’ve found something that makes me feel like I’m not missing out!

I’ve tried this recipe with several different kinds of almond butter, and my absolute favorite is Justin’s. Although, with this batch of cookies my jar of almond butter was oddly dry so they turned out a little different, but you want a smooth and thick almond butter. Do not use fresh ground out of the machine, this recipe won’t work with that kind. I also love MaraNatha and Kirkland brand from Costco if you can’t find Justin’s.

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Best Ever Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Oat Cookies {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}Best Ever Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Oat Cookies {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}Best Ever Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Oat Cookies {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}NOW GO MAKE THESE COOKIES!!! Seriously!…or don’t, if you don’t want to be haunted by their goodness…and maybe eat 6 in one sitting 🙂

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Oat Cookies {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 Dozen

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Oat Cookies {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Almond Butter (I like Justin's the best, or Maranatha, fresh ground will not work)
  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Gluten Free Oats
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 3/4 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (make sure they do not contain dairy if you want your recipe to be dairy free

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place everything in a Kitchenaid mixing bowl
  3. Mix on low pulses until combined, about 30 seconds
  4. Use a 2" ice cream scoop to form balls, fill scoop and scrape off excess so they are flat on the bottom
  5. Place cookies on cookie sheet, you should be able to fit all 12. Do not flatten, their shape is a big part of what makes them so good! 🙂
  6. Bake 10 minutes
  7. Allow to cool and enjoy! I love them best the next day when they have completely set up
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