Monthly Archives: December 2018

Baking Cheer!

Happy Friday friends! One full week of December has already flown by! I am sure you are just as busy as I have been! Lots of fun things, but also a few stressful things.
After hearing great news about my heart, I have been fighting with my insurance to cover a MRI for my knee.  They claim it is not medically necessary, yet I have had pain for over 5 months, had a few other tests done and been working on physical therapy and no real progress! Back to the dr on Monday to hopefully get things finally approved!!

But, happier things to think about this December is time with family and friends, delicious meals together and of course, baking! I love baking all year long, but there is something special about the holidays where baking is extra fun!

I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for some Holiday Cheer recipes!

To be honest, I have not been able to create many new recipes over the past few weeks, so I am sharing today my ALL time favorite sugar cookie recipe, and a few other recipes that would be enjoyable during this festive season!


Gluten Free Sugar Cookies


  • 1 1/2 C organic butter, softened
  • 5 cups gluten free flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pink salt
  • 2 cups organic cane sugar
  • 4 organic eggs
  • 1 tsp gf vanilla extract
  • Organic powdered sugar for rolling dough



  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder & salt.
  2. In a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together till fluffy, then beat in each egg and the vanilla.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix just until the dough is mixed and pulling off the side of the bowl.
  4. Divide the dough into 2 parts and wrap in parchment paper, place in the fridge and chill for at least 2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 400
  6. Sprinkle powdered sugar on a clean flat surface.
  7. Let dough set for 3-5 min and then roll it out on the powdered surface 1/4 to 1/2 in thick (I went a little thicker with this dough)
  8. Use any shape cookie cutters to make the cookies.  Place each cookie onto an silicon covered baking cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.
  9. Bake 6-8 min (more if thicker- Checking on them every 60 seconds after the 6 min mark)
  10. Let the cookies cook completely and then decorate as desired.

You can also check out the Chocolate Almond Butter Blossoms, Chocolate Covered Kiwi Bites, Chocolate Avocado Pudding, Chocolate Protein Fudge Bites, and Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles.


What are some of your favorite holiday baking traditions?

Make sure you check out the amazing ladies and their awesome mouthwatering recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah + Esther )

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  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂Join us next week for some food prep recipes.

Happy Holiday Baking!

May you be filled with joy and wellness!


Activ Motion Bar in Action

Hello friends and happy Monday!
Thank you all for your lovely comments and prayers last week!  It you didn’t see the news about my heart yet, I am SO thrilled to report I got the all clear from my Dr.  She said I am normal! Well, at least my heart is normal, LOL! The abnormal things I have been experiencing are very minor overall (less than 1% of my heartbeats), and my heart is structurally good as gold!  Just knowing that has helped a ton with the anxiety I have been feeling over the past few months!

So you read last week that the past few weeks have been a little crazy and stressful! One thing that really helps me manage my stress is staying active and setting time aside each day for some sort of workout. I typically workout at the gym.  Between teaching my classes and taking other formats, I am really good about staying consistent.  With all that has been going on, I was not getting to the gym everyday, but I was still able to workout in my little home garage gym with the Activ Motion Bar.  Thanks to a partnership with Fit Approach, I received my very own Activ Motion Bar and I have been loving it!


So what exactly is an ActivMotion bar?  It is a bar about the size of a barbell and it is filled with free moving steel ball-bearings.  The bars are hand built and come in different sizes.  They have different options for the bars from 3-18 lbs!  They even have a special bar you can see into, that is 4.5 lbs! When I was given the choice, I opted for the 10lb bar.  I knew this would be a weight I could use, but would also be challenged with depending on the exercise.

I have been able to use some of the videos that AMB created as well as some of the physical therapy I have been doing for my knee.  It has been a wonderful tool to use to help increase my balance skills and it has been working my core like no other!

Not only has ActivMotion bar upped my workout game and aided in my physical therapy, the company stands behind their products and also has values I can support!

If you are interested in getting your own ActivMotion bar, they are offering 25% off though January 7th with code fitapproach25. What are you waiting for?

I am linking up with Wendy and Holly for their weekly wrap


May you be filled with joy and wellness!