Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

This post is in partnership with World Market

‘Tis the season to be in the kitchen. Or is that every season? Ha! It’s been two years since we completed our kitchen remodel (well, actually it’s coming up on two years! Our contractor was installing our Dutch door on Christmas eve and the whole space was completed after the new year).

So this will be our second December actually having our kitchen available and ready to use (and decorate!) prior to the holidays. Now it’s the room I look forward to making festive and enjoying the most. One of the first things we did to prepare for our kitchen for winter this year is to go out in search of new Christmas cookie cutters! Priorities, right? We grabbed a few really pretty copper ones in the baking area of . We love collecting cookie cutters, but the real reason we collect them is we love baking (and eating) adorable cookies.

With various gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan family members, our baking habits have changed a wee bit over the years (hahah!) but we’re making it work! We don’t eat many sweets, anyway, but it’s fun to bake together and enjoy an occasional treat.

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies
Last weekend we had set aside a festive family day. After coffee at one of our favorite coffee shops (Storyville), we visited our local garden center because they are all set up this time of year with so many pretty holiday things (and REINDEER!). Then we came home to bake, decorate the kitchen and watch a movie together!

We had picked up some fun measuring spoons and cups at World Market, too, because most of our old sets were missing parts, so it was time to upgrade our baking tools! Actually, World Market had SO many cute things. A few of them somehow found their way to our cart. ;)

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

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We found a gluten-free gingerbread cookie recipe online and then made a few modifications to make them dairy and vegan, too. (I’ll post our version and the link to the original below). They turned out cute. We frosted some of the cookies, so those were extra tasty and everyone in our house was happy to indulge.

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

We intended to decorate our kitchen that day, too, but we ran out of time before our movie! We always think we can do more in a day than we are actually able to do. Anyone else? But we had bought some new jumbo paper stars at World Market so the next day we decided to have some fun with them and create a whimsical star (or snowflake) scene by hanging them above counters. Such a simple idea, but and I have to say they make the kitchen feel quite magical!

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

We found the original recipe but modified it, the version we used is below.

Bake 350 degrees for 9 – 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2½ cups
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • pinch of ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 stick vegan alternative butter (we used 1 ‘Earth Balance vegan buttery stick’ in this recipe)
  • ⅔ cup coconut sugar
  • ⅓ cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1/4 cup applesauce

Directions:

  1. Mix flour, spices, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy.
  3. Add coconut sugar to the butter and beat until fluffy. Then mix in molasses and applesauce until creamy.
  4. Slowly add flour to the butter and sugar mixture. Beat until dough until combined and dough is no longer tacky (or continue to add a tablespoon of flour at a time to the dough until it’s no longer tacky.)
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Roll dough to ⅛”-1/4″ thick between two pieces of parchment paper, or dust surface with a little extra flour.
  7. Cut out shapes with cookie cutter and place on a baking sheet (use parchment paper or coat pan with vegan butter), about an inch or two apart.
  8. Bake for 9-10 minutes (until edges are set).
  9. Let cool and then add icing to decorate!
  10. Icing: Mix powdered sugar + a little non-dairy milk and a little vanilla to make a glue-like consistency.

Decorate: We used a sandwich bag with a small hole to squeeze icing onto our cookies!

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies /

The plates and mugs are new, too (all from World Market). I love having adorable plates and cups to use myself, or for special family times or get togethers.

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

World Market had some fun holiday tins and boxes, so we got a few for packing up goodies to give away or send home with guests.

All in all, it was a very festive and tasty couple of days at our house!

What’s your favorite treat to bake around the holidays?

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!Fall home refresh –  sponsored by

I couldn’t be more excited about the beginning of fall! The weather was gorgeous in Seattle yesterday, so it was fun to be outside and see the leaves already turning! But home is where my heart is, so here are five of my favorite fall home refresh tips to bring new life to a space:

1. Design a welcoming area for people to gather.

It’s so important to have a dining table refreshed and ready for fall. The more welcoming your dining area is, the more your home will come alive with what matters most, your friends and family!

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!
Simply adding a runner or placements plus a bowl or a lantern as a centerpiece can make your table feel extra inviting.

I got my from World Market last spring and the just a couple of weeks ago. They have so many great items for setting a table and making it welcoming, I always find the best stuff there (you can find fall items I love at the end of this post).

2. Invite in warmth with lamps and lanterns.

On a chilly fall night, you’ll want to have candles, lamps and lanterns you can light or turn on to warm up the room, even when it’s getting dark outside!

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!

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3. Soften every space with layers.

I don’t think you can have enough layers in fall spaces.

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!

You can use an area rug or runner to soften a hard floor, or even layer one over another rug to define a space and add color. Jack is a real fan of rugs because he can get cozy, nap or watch for funny business in comfort around the house.

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life! /

Pillows are an invitation to relax and get comfortable, so pile those plump and cozy pillows everywhere. Add extras to your sofa, daybed, chairs and bed.

Everyone in your home, including your furry members, will thank you for thinking of their comfort.

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!

4. Multiply textures and function with baskets.

So, how many baskets are too many? Honestly, I’m not sure you can have too many. Organic elements bring life to a room!

Baskets not only add texture, but they are a stylish decorative element as well as bring organization to any room. I love pieces that serve more than one purpose!

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!

Hang some baskets on the wall, set a few on shelves to store and display your cozy blankets, tuck a couple here and there to stash all the unsightly things, and use them to cover up plastic plant pots which can elevate a plant to be a statement piece in a room.

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!

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5. Bring in your favorite little touches.

It’s the little things that bring a home to life, so make them more personal to show off your unique style. What do you love? A fun new doesn’t take up much space in the kitchen, but can add so much personality, style and a seasonal touch to your home.

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!
What are the elements that speak to you this time of year? Add more of those. It’s your home, make it your own.

Your home will come to life as you fill it with fall comforts, your stories and own unique style (and of course, your favorite people and furry friends.)

What are your favorite ways to refresh your home in the fall?

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!

Fall Home Refresh: 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life!

 

CATCH UP ON THE FALL NESTING SERIES:

Day One: An Autumn Mindset
Day Two: 20 Little Things
Day Three: Cozying Up the House with Shutters
Day Four: How to Decorate Your Coffee Table in Any Season
Day Five: Fall House Tour
Day Six: Embrace Your Style (and adapt as needed)
Day Seven: Your Fall Morning Routine
Day Eight: Fall Puttering
Day Nine: Simple Ways to Create a Welcoming Fall Porch
Day Ten: Make Your Bedroom a Cozy Retreat
Day Eleven: TODAY!


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