Nov 182010
Recently my friend Ashlee at Veggies by Season had an on line auction to raise money for Molly’s vet bills.
Molly is a little dog she found wandering alone on a busy road in Jacksonville.  Ashlee kindly took her in and brought her to the vet.  She is in fairly good health but still needed some shots and tests done. 
The animal lover in me was in full support and the fact that Cara at Cara’s Cravings, another of my most favorite bloggers, had put up some of her world famous baked goods so of course I had to bid.
Most happily I won her Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Brownies!
(Please visit her website to get the recipe for them.)
As a special suprise, Cara went out of her way to make my allergic-to-everything two year old daughter her own oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!

I was just blown away because I know how complicated and expensive gluten, dairy, egg, soy free baked goods can be (see below ingredients and notes).  My daughter very rarely gets to have any of the goodies that other kids enjoy so this was a very special treat.

The original recipe she used was from Gluten Free Goddess and here are the ingredients and her notes.
The ingredients, with Cara’s notes:
2/3 cup Spectrum Organic Shortening – I used this brand, the only ingredient is palm oil
1 1/2 cups organic brown sugar – regular brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened organic applesauce
2 teaspoons bourbon vanilla extract – same thing, my vanilla extract is a pure one
2 tablespoons agave or honey – I used honey

In a separate bowl whisk together the dry ingredients:
1/2 cup rice flour or sorghum flour – Bob’s Red Mill sorghum flour
1/2 cup oat flour [certified gluten-free Lara’s Oats] – Bob’s Red Mill certified gf oats
1/2 cup potato or tapioca starch – Bob’s Red Mill tapioca starch
1/4 cup vanilla rice protein powder [I used Nutribiotics] – omitted and used extra sorghum
1 teaspoon xanthan gum – Bob’s Red Mill
1/2 teaspoon baking soda – this and all the rest were just standard
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

And I added chocolate chips from Enjoy Life  – they are dairy and soy free and made in a gluten and nut-free facility.

p.s. As an update, Molly was accepted into a rescue two weeks ago.

Thank you to Ashlee for taking Molly in and to Cara for contributing and surprising us with this special treat.

 Posted by at 2:24 pm

  12 Responses to “Special Thanks to Ashlee and Cara”

  1. Blogging friends are the best! That was so thoughtful & sweet of her to bake your daughter some cookies. So glad to hear Molly found a home.

  2. Thank you so much for contributing to the fund raiser :) and thank you so much to Cara for her generosity. Hope you enjoy the brownies and cookies!

  3. This is such a wonderful story…it made my day! What a selfless wonderful thing Ashlee did for Mollie, I wish more people were like this. The amount of kindness people can show amazes me and I think it is definitely something that should be celebrated. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Aww this is just the sweetest! I adore Cara. She is one of my favorite bloggers out there! I'm so glad your daughter got to enjoy these.

  5. That is really awesome of Cara to have made special cookies for your daughter! And such a wonderful thing Ashlee did!

  6. Aw, cute pup! I'm so glad she got taken care of.

  7. I love pet rescue stories. So sweet. What a lucky dog to have someone so kind find her.

    The sweets look so good. :)

  8. Oooohohhooo! I love the puppy! I want the puppy! The brownies do, of course, look wonderful, but I need to tell you something about me: if you post a picture of a puppy, then I just mentally veer totally off course.

  9. Molly is adorable – so glad she found a loving home! :)

    The brownies look delicious, too, and it was so sweet of Cara to make a special treat to your daughter as well.

  10. What a wonderful story and wonderful treats. There are so many animals that need good homes and care. Molly is such a sweetheart! I want to pick her up and cuddle! I want to try the cookies because I have quite a few friends who can't eat my normal sweets. Thank you for sharing this with us. I hope you are having a relaxing Saturday!

  11. pumpkin spice cheesecake brownies???? yum!!!

  12. I'm so glad you guys enjoyed the brownies and cookies! And that we could all team up to help Molly :)

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