I Tried it and I Liked It: Cheese Crackers, Vanilla Wafers, Quinoa Pizza Bites, and Mini Donuts

We're in the midst of yet another electronics detox. I've accepted that this will be a regular part of our lives from here until the boys leave home. I honestly wish we could do away with computer time for them altogether, but they have several friends who live so far away and the only way to really connect is by playing with them online. I don't want to take that away permanently, but I hate that it ends up snowballing so quickly and intensely. The boys can't seem to think about anything else and it drives me crazy!

Anyway, our electronics detox is actually what spurred all of the recipes we've tried recently. Gabe found Pinterest and asked if he could create his own board on my profile. He's been finding recipes he wants to try and pinning them. I told him he has to actually make some of those recipes or else it's pointless and luckily he's been excited to comply.

His first recipe was Gluten-Free Vanilla Wafers courtesy of mariarickerthong.com.  I wasn't here to help him, so I'm not sure what happened, but these ended up puffy. They were still very tasty, but not what we were expecting. I'm sure it was operator error. We'll try again sometime.

Next, he made these Cheese Crackers courtesy of realfoodrn.com. We simply used hard sheep's milk cheese (from Costco). They didn't have that distinctive orange color, but MAN these were darn tasty. Yum, yum, yum. Also, use ghee. It's so good. I can only imagine that coconut oil wouldn't have been as tasty. These were not that difficult to make despite rolling the dough, etc, and were so good. We'll be making these again, for sure!

The next recipe Gabe made was the Quinoa Pizza Bites from creativejuice.com. I've made these for dinner before and I'm pretty sure I've posted about them, but Gabe apparently forgot and thought they looked good. Fine by me! These are really good because there's a good amount of cheese. If you let them go a bit long, the cheese gets nice and crispy. Oh so good. We've made these with and without pepperoni and they are good both ways! I do think that next time I'll add in some pizza spices for an extra something since we leave out the habanero sauce.

The least exciting recipe was the mini donut recipe from messforless.com. This is probably my fault as I subbed honey for the sugar (I did follow recommendations on how to do that properly). Also, gluten free flour mixes aren't all created equal so that could be it, too. I slathered a glaze of coconut oil, honey, and cocoa powder on top. Everyone enjoyed them, but they were just meh to me. Oh well, they were easy to throw together so that's something!

So, there you have it. Our winter baking extravaganza! Gabe made all of these recipes with only a little help from me and he did a great job for an 8 year old! It's neat to see him expanding his skill set and getting excited about something other than screen time.

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