Leisure Reading Recipes

Homemade Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Like many others, I’m really trying to limit my sugar intake.  But sometimes, I need just a little something.  With chocolate in it.  That will freeze nicely so I don’t eat a whole batch.

And, for the hub, it’s nice if it’s gluten free. This recipe calls for 8 ingredients and even I could scrounge that together. With a few substitutions, of course.

Downshiftology has such an impressive library of healthy recipes with real ingredients, I haven’t gone wrong yet.  Remember the coleslaw recipe I shared for the Fourth?  So good.  That one has made it to the regular rotation too.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

The recipe is here and this is what I changed:

  • ½ cup melted butter rather than coconut oil
  • ½ cup brown sugar instead of coconut sugar
  • ½ cup of chocolate chips instead of one cup

Believe it or not, John doesn’t like his sweets with too much chocolate so I’ve learned to reduce that over the years.  I know, strange, right?

These cookies came out rather brown, even though they are not even one tad bit overdone.  They are also very soft. 

I would not call them exactly like the kind you grew up with, but way better than something from the grocery store.  Okay, I ate two right out of the oven.


I found a new station I love when working on a home project or a work project that needs a bit of zen.  Without the irritating yoga sounds.  French Cooking Music Radio.  I have my little Bose (actually hub’s little Bose) on my desk and I’m so mellow as I write this.  And I’m almost in Paris.

What I’m Reading

Phew, I haven’t written any book reviews in the longest time, so buckle up, my friend.  Here I go.

Last post I mentioned The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.  Don’t you adore a book that makes you do research after you read it?  Or it’s just so compelling, you put it down and start your research right this minute?

This book is based on historical blue-skinned people who lived in Kentucky.  I think I remotely knew about that, but I started digging into Google.  Oh, my.

This book dealt with poverty, prejudice, love, hate, violence, love and reading.  Sweet, sweet places books will take a person.

Best book I’ve read in 2021.

Michael Sears popped back into my life with Tower of Babel.  Sears wrote the Jason Stafford series I so enjoyed, so picking this up was just natural.

I liked this book and I’m going to recommend it, but Sears has an odd way of turning interesting characters I get invested in into do-dos.  He brings you to the threshold and then drops the ball.  I don’t want to spoil anything, but Jill, the ex, starts off strong and then.  Oh, gees, let her go.  Dump her.  What are you thinking, man?

Gaslight by Steven Price was an audio pick I downloaded on a whim.  I gave it four hours.  And deleted it.  Something to do with Pinkerton.  Honestly I could not keep up with the narrator’s accents and characters.  And maybe it was also no good.  Don’t bother.

I have a new book on audio which I am 13.5 hours in and have 6 hours left to go.  Depending on the weather and how much I get out to walk, I might finish by the next post and update you, but I’m liking it and want to share with you soon.

On Kindle I have an old Thomas Perry.  He’s such a dang gem.  You’ll get an update on that one next post too.

Meanwhile enjoy your weekend and thank you for sharing my simple journey.  XO

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  1. I also read The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek earlier this summer. Very much enjoyed it. It was recommended by sister-in-law Marcy.

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