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Friday, December 14, 2018

FREE High Brew Cold Brew Coffee

These coffees are so delicious!

FREE High Brew Cold Brew Coffee  Receive ONE (1) FREE High Brew Cold Brew Coffee (8 fl oz). Available in most stores.

Exp 12/30/2018

This Friday, December 14th, 2018– ONLY, you can load a coupon to your Kroger (or Affiliate) Plus Card for FREE High Brew Cold Brew Coffee  
Although 12/14/2018 is the only day that you can load the coupon, the coupon offer is redeemable through 12/30/2018

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Dairy-Free Rosemary Sugar Cookies Made With Sola Low Calorie Sweetener

I am not going to let a dairy allergy get in my way of baking cookies

          I received a package of Sola Sweetener to facilitate this post.

 I love baking cookies for Christmas as it is my favorite part of the holidays. Since discovering dairy to be the cause of my out of control asthma, I had to learn how to bake without butter and milk. I never thought I would get excited about store-bought cookies that were made with dark chocolate, vegetable oil, or cocoa powder. Having a dairy allergy has been tough when it comes to making sugar cookies as I know that real butter is essential for the best flavor. So I have been experimenting in the kitchen and using vegan butter in my favorite cookie recipes. I have been discovering that vegan butter is more oily than regular butter so using a bit less in my cookie recipes has helped. I think that also may have to do with the high altitude as I live in the mountain region. I remembered the first time that I made chocolate chip cookies when we moved here and how the cookies spread way too much on the cookie sheet when baking. So I always use less butter when baking cookies and that is also good for my families health. I also try to cut back on the sugar when making treats so since I was making these cookies allergy friendly, I decided to try a low-calorie sweetener in this dairy-free recipe. I am glad that I was able to use real flour in my cookies.

  I discovered Sola at a conference that I attended last month and after trying it in my coffee, I knew that I had to try it in baking. This low-calorie sweetener actually tasted like sugar and did not have that bad after-taste that most sweeteners have. I liked that it looked like real sugar and measured like real sugar. So I decided to see if Sola could past the test of my family in my Rosemary Sugar Cookie recipe. This recipe is a family favorite and my boys have been asking me to bake them. My boys also like my Holiday Cinnamon Spiced Sugar Cookies that I make after Thanksgiving with pumpkin pie spice.

 Sola is a blend of ingredients that, when combined, taste, bake, caramelize, and measure just like sugar. 

 I was amazed that the Sola Sweetener along with the vegan butter creamed up like real sugar and butter do. I made this batch of cookies with the no-roll version as I did not have the time to wait for the cookie dough to chill. My boys enjoyed helping me roll the cookie dough into balls. They are doing a great job when it comes to baking and learning how to remove hot items from the oven. My youngest son made chocolate zucchini bread the other day and did not need my help. I just supervised from the family room. The stand mixer makes it so easy for my son to bake by himself.

 My husband was not home when I made the cookies so I did not tell him that I used a low-calorie sweetener in the cookie recipe. My husband does not like low-calorie sweeteners and can tell when I have used them in recipes, like the time that I made a sugar-free mousse from a mix. My husband did know that I used vegan butter as he won't let me eat foods with dairy in them as he hates to see me coughing up a lung. My husband liked the cookies and did not notice a difference in flavor. I knew that they passed the family test when my boys kept asking if they could have another cookie. My husband kept telling the boys to leave my dairy-free cookies alone so I would not sneak cookies made with dairy like I did last week, and coughed all night. The funny thing is while my husband was telling the boys not to eat my dairy-free cookies, he kept sneaking them so these cookies went fast.

                                       Dairy-Free Rosemary Sugar Cookies
                                           Made with low-calorie sweetener

Makes about 4 dozen cookies

3 cups flour     
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
3/4 cup vegan butter, room temperature
2 large eggs or vegan egg substitute 

In a large bowl, beat the butter and Sola sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Then combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and rosemary in a separate bowl. Gradually mix in the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Mix until well combined. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or longer. See instructions below to make the cookies right away without having to roll the cookie dough.

Preheat the oven to 350 F. On a lightly floured board, roll out 1/4 of the cookie dough to 1/8 inch thick. Using a cup dipped into flour or a round cookie cutter cut, cut out circles and place on cookie sheets 2 inches apart.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges brown. Let cookies cool for 2 minutes and transfer to a plate to cool completely. Repeat with the rest of the cookie dough.

No-roll cookie instructions
To make the cookies right away without having to wait for the dough to chill just simply take a spoon full of the cookie dough and roll it into a ball. Place the dough onto the cookie sheet and lightly press it down. Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown.

Do you have a favorite dairy-free cookie recipe?

I would love links to dairy-free recipes that you love so I can discover more tasty recipes to help me stay away from dairy products.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Be Snug and Stylish at Home This Winter

 Baby, it’s cold outside! Winter is here, and so is the cooler weather. When there’s winter weather outside your walls, you might be tempted to crank up the heater and snuggle up by the fireplace in cozy clothing.
 Your standard winter wardrobe might include sweatpants, slippers, and the always-trendy ugly Christmas sweater. Maybe you’ll even slip into a onesie!
 All of those clothing articles make for great winter loungewear. But what if you have houseguests? Or what if you’re one of those people who can’t truly feel comfortable unless you’re all dressed up? If you want to be stylish and comfortable this winter season, here are a few tips that’ll give you the best of both worlds.

Neutral Colors

 If you’re going to be shopping for new winter loungewear, try to get clothes that are mostly in neutral colors—colors that aren’t so bright, but which have lovely undertones.
But why choose neutral colors? Aren’t the holidays supposed to be full of bright, primary colors?
 Yes, but your wardrobe of winter casual clothes probably won’t be as large as your collection of business clothes and year-round clothing. If you stick with neutral colors, you’ll be able to mix and match more of your clothing articles without having to buy excessive amounts of outfits.

Holiday Accents

 Wearing neutral colors doesn’t mean that you have to go completely without color! You should have a shirt here or pants there that can be a cheery accent color to any outfit. This is where you can break out those lovely holiday tones! Reds, greens, blues, and yellows are all perfect for all the holiday season.


 Sweaters may be the simplest piece of winter casual clothing. Sweaters are comfortable and come in a variety of different styles! What’s great about sweaters is that you can wear them indoors or outdoors, by yourself or in the company of your family and friends. They range from festive styles with Christmas designs to neutral styles that can be worn year-round.
 If sweaters are going to be part of your winter loungewear, then the rest of your family can also get in on the action! You can find sweaters with a variety of different pop-culture designs (from your favorite movies or video games) that your kids will love. And you can take a fun Christmas photo with the whole family wearing them!
 Consider getting a cardigan sweater if you need to be a bit more dressy, like if you’re going out for Christmas dinner.


 UGG boots are a popular winter footwear but they might be a bit hefty if you’re only going to be lounging around the house and not going outside. Try sporting some stylish slip-ons instead!
 Winter slippers will keep your toes warm, and they come in a variety of styles so you can pick the one that best fits yours! Some slippers are even stylish enough to wear when you have guests over!
  But what if slippers aren’t your style? Or if you need to step outside into the cold? Why not get some grey slip on sneakers that match the wintry skies? Slip-on sneakers are flexible, comfortable, and better suited for brief outdoor forays.

Wool Socks

 Make sure you get some warm, wool socks to wear around the house and when you go outdoors! Wool socks may come in some beautifully knitted designs that are perfect for the holidays.


 A caftan is a type of tunic that originated in the Middle East, and it has recently grown in popularity in western countries. A caftan fits over you like a light blanket. It’s perfect for lounging by the fireplace or when you’re hanging around the house. There’s a simple elegance to it that makes it a bit more classy than your average robe.

Slouchy Tee

 Did you know that loose-fitting shirts have become trendy? Slouchy tees are shirts that are made to hang a bit loose over your body. For the record, these are not shirts that are one size too large. They’re constructed to be comfortable and casual, but also to fit harmoniously with your body. Some slouchy tees have adjustable drawstrings so you can tighten or loosen the hem.

Shift Dress

 If you’re looking for a stylish dress to wear while you’re lounging by the fireplace and sipping on hot cocoa, a shift dress just might be for you. Get a shift dress that’s well-fitted, but loose. Some of them come with cowl necks or turtlenecks to keep your neck extra warm.

With any of this winter casual clothing, you’re sure to look your best and feel your best while you’re home for the holidays!

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