Recipe Repeat: A year already?

Oh man, where has time gone? I know I know, we all say that. But as I was organizing my recipes from my old site and transferring them here, I came across a blog post/recipe from almost a year ago. In that post I had mentioned my nieces holiday concert and a few goodies I made to go along with it. Like these!

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Sugar and Spice GF Cookies
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 10-15
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • ¼ cup raw sugar (you can use brown sugar too)
  • stevia –1 tsp (add 2 if you want them extra sweet)
  • banana
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup ARROWROOT flour
  • 1 cup all purpose GF flour (or flour of choice)
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour- I also used a lot on my hands and on parchment paper to roll the dough into balls then press with fork.
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • cinnamon and ground cloves (about ½ tsp of each)
  • powdered sugar (optional)
  1. mix applesauce, sugar, and banana together in bowl. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  2. Stir remaining ingredients together and add. Mix well or use beater on low. Add a little more applesauce if it get to be too dry.
  3. Flour your counter and transfer dough. Make sure to cover your hands in flour as well in order to keep it from getting to gooey.
  4. Roll into 1-2 inch balls. Place them on a greased baking sheet and press down with fork. Bake in 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven until golden, about 8 to 10 minutes. Allow a bit more baking time if rolled thicker.
  5. Once out of the oven and cooled. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cinnamon. This of course is optional but its WORTH IT!

Oh gosh, I remember that day like it was yesterday.  What a year! A tough year, but one that was filled “growth.” Growth in my relationship with my husband, growth in myself, and growth in just about every other area of my life. Oh those little growing pains, they sure do hurt and the time, but boy are they worth it!

So day 2 and day 3 of my Thankful board are all filled with pictures of growth. From seeing my nieces and nephews grow up this past year, to moments of growth opportunities.

Thank You God for GROWTH!

Thankful Board day 2 and day 3

walking back from tough race at Buffalo Springs 70.3, a heart full of emotion.


My nieces and nephews, who I’ve seen GROW right in front of my very eyes.


Take a look back over this past year, how have you “grown?”




Don’t forget to email me your thankful pictures!

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  1. Growth – it can take so many shapes, sizes, twists and turns. But growth (in my book) is never a bad thing, it always induces such change and evolution.

    For me? The past year has brought me a new sense of self, a trust in who I am, who I’ve always been and who I want to be. And I’m incredibly thankful for that.

  2. Your nieces and nephews are so cute! I saw your hubby had fun with them with him riding the bike! So cute!

    This past year has been amazing, I really feel I have grown so much, and I got married to my best friend and my match ; )

    Happy Monday! xoxo <3

  3. Mmm cookies!

    Growth & change…so much. Last year I was freezing in a British seaside town and today it’s 80 degrees in a South Carolina seaside town :)

  4. It blows my mind to think back to where I was last year and where I am right now…gosh….I have definitely learned to be strong and stand up for myself…and to realize how I should be treated. It was a very emotional year for me, and I am so glad to have come out stronger and smarter! I know you and the hubs had a tough year and have come out stronger and smarter as well. Great (looking) people think alike 😉

  5. Last year around this time I was only a few weeks into school, and now I’m a massage therapist!! And the other big (awesome) change was Alex and I getting our first place together without roommates… we had a wonderfully eventful year! :)

  6. love this. I’ve grown so much over the past year as well – in my marriage, relationship with myself, confidence, friendships, communication with my parents, etc etc. It’s been a great year! And those cookies look delicious. :)

    • Dory, yes to all! and you know what? Your growth has left such a huge impression on me and my life. One that is encouraging! I bet so many others feel the same.

  7. Those cookies look delicious! It has definitely been a year of growth in so many ways for me. It was an amazing year and I am so proud of how far I have come and the positive changes I have made in my life.

    Thank you so much for helping me to reflect for a bit. Best of luck with the move this week. You and your husband are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. I’ve grown emotionally, physically, and nutritionally. So goodness, I can say that I’ve had a full year of growth…and I love it. Yes, there have been aches & pains, and there still are, but there have also been beautiful growth. No complaints here! 😉

  9. To look back on last year, I had a 3 month old baby girl who’d stolen my heart (she still has it) and a two year old little boy who doted on his baby sister. So blessed. We’ve grown so much in the last year!

    • oh the wright family has grown so much. And into one giant LOVE nest. Dang, how cute are your kiddos?! I also think you have grown into your voice, as a mom, wife, blogger, and ACTRESS!

  10. Recipe sounds great and love the growth. It’s amazing what can happen in a single year. I simply cannot believe how much my niece and nephew have grown and how mature they are becoming as people. I’ve also seen my sister grow as an independent woman. It makes me very happy.

  11. Things change a lot in year! Last year at this time things were hard. I was sad. But this year things are much brighter! I’m living with my husband – in the same city in ages – and I have time to pursue my creativity. Life is good!

  12. Wow, a year. What a difference a year makes, seriously. I completely agree and can attest to that statement! I’m in a completely different job, home, and relationship than I ever imagined…and it feels awesome.

  13. Goodness what a year can make! I have changed for the better in countless ways, and I am just so thankful and proud of my growth :)

  14. I needed this recipe – needed it desperately! GF cookies are so darn expensive!

  15. That picture of James is incredible especially considering the circumstances.

    When are you off for NZ?

    • yes, I remember looking at him in silence and praying for peace. Pictures say so much.

      We leave for dallas Thursday, then Friday morning for NZ!! AHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. wow, sounds like a great recipe! and i’m in awe of that picture of the hubs. captures so much, such a great shot.

  17. This is one of the reasons I love having a blog! I am now able to look back and see what I was doing a year ago!

  18. I don’t think I can put into one paragraph in all the ways I’ve grown in just ONE year. I can’t wait to see what another year brings! I love your reflective posts :)

  19. Aw your nieces and nephews are adorable!! I think I’ve changed a lot this past year, but a lot of the changes are more subtle and probably not very noticeable to others. I notice them though and that’s what counts right?

  20. Well my belly has certainly grown a lot in the past year! Or at least the last 8 months. :-) What…that’s not what you meant??

  21. That past year has been a huge year of growth for me. More personal growth than anything. I want to say I’m stronger for it, but I’m still working on the strength part. I’m hoping that I’ve learned a lot, but only time will tell on that too. I’m glad you’re enjoying your last few days in the states!

  22. oh wow, i’ve grown so much this year – both physically, mentally, and emotionally. i feel like i’m finally standing straigh, breathing in and living my life. i’m so thankful every day – even with the “growing pains” because that discomfor, that pain, is feeling and i spent far too much time being numb!

  23. Your nieces and nephews are adorable!! If growth means cute kids and cookies, I’m all over it :) I’ve grown so much in the past year. I legally became an adult! That’s just crazy…

    • you have been through a lot this year and it definitely made you grow, still growing. You know I am always amazed at your wisdom as well. Cheers to that Tara!
      Cookies are part of growing for sure.

  24. our niece has grown up so fast too!!! every time we see her she gets bigger and changes so much!!


  25. Aww your nieces and nephews are too dang adorable for words :)
    This past year, I’ve grown in my walk with God for sure. After reading the bible all the way through, I felt closer to Him than ever before! :)

  26. The cookies look great and *just* got done with a baking project…that had to do with cinnamon and sugar and cookies!

    Yours look awesome!

  27. I so love your thankful board! I love that picture of your hubby walking back to the car… it says so much.
    I have grown a lot this past year.. but I know I have a ways to go to get to where I want to be. One step at a time, I’m getting there!

  28. gosh life does fly by and how fun of you to look back and remember the good and bad parts……….Bill and I feel so lucky and thankful daily because we have gone through some tough times in the past with jobs and other things. be thankful…be present and have fun because life is too short!

  29. Crazy how the time flies. I cannot believe where I am, that’s for sure. I could have never imagined this a year ago.

    You have seen so much this past year, but can you imagine how the next year will be?! That is going to be amazing.

  30. Julia @ Pain, Pride, Perseverance says:

    it really is crazy to think back about things and realize that it has already been a year! so many lessons have been learned and so much growth has happened…and many of them good! it is crazy to think how much i have grown in just this one year. i never thought i would stick with running this long for one thing…i am happy to have stuck with it though…i feel so much healthier and more confident!

  31. Cute family pics! This makes me even more excited to see my family members. It’s pitiful really, I can hardly sit still at my desk at work knowing that I have family members coming to see me tomorrow. yayayay!

  32. Holy Moly….. a year. I feel like I’m learning new things and growing in ways I never imagined every-single-day. Yes- growing pains are hard. It would be really nice if we could just see it all laid out in front of us. :) Last year my boys were almost a year and I was just starting my own business. Crazy.
    Your nieces are too cute!!!!!! And.. I really want to hang out and have those cookies and wine together. :)

  33. Holy moly, when I think about the changes I have gone through in the past year, it blows my mind. I am SO thankful for where I am and where things have ended up!

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