big dan Baby

He’s here!  My baby was finally born. After what seemed like such a long wait, the birth was fantastic and very fast! I had a beautiful 9 lb. 4 oz. baby boy. My family of four is finally all here and I couldn’t be happier. My little Jude doesn’t know what to make of his brother yet, but everyday he shows more interest. So far, he really likes the baby’s feet and will play hide and seek with them under the baby’s blankets. I am not sure he realizes who the feet belong to or that his brother is staying permanently, but we are working on these concepts.

My mom and sister came and stayed with me after the baby was born and cooked up a gluten-free frenzy in my kitchen. It was neat to hear them in the kitchen coming up with gluten-free menus and cooking together. I ate really well! They made homemade rice pudding, beef stir fry, lighter than air chocolate cake (again!), thai peanut wraps, fruit salads, homemade french fries, and more! It was incredible…

I will leave you with a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies. These are a work-in-progress. I think next time I will add some salt and more chocolate. I adapted this recipe to be gluten-free from a recipe from Michelle Guyer in Becoming a Chef.

choc chip cookies Baby


8 oz. bittersweet chocolate

4-6 oz. semi-sweet chips (I added this ingredient because I LOVE chocolate)

8 oz. plus 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups gluten-free flour mix (I used 1 cup rice flour, 3/4 cup tapioca flour, and 3/4 cup sorghum flour)

3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup walnuts, chopped


Chop the chocolate coarsely and chill for 2-3 hours. Beat the butter until white and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Add the sugar and brown sugar and blend. Whisk the vanilla extract and egg together and add to the mixture.

Whisk together the dry ingredients. Add slowly to the butter mixture, scraping the sides until combined. Beat in the walnuts and the chocolate until combined. Wrap in plastic an chill for 2-3 hours.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll dough into 1.5 inch balls and place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Lightly press the dough balls with the back of your hand. Bake until the cookies have risen and cracked, 8-10 minutes.

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23 Responses to “Baby”

  1. He’s beautiful! Congratulations :D

  2. Congrats! I’ve still got a few weeks to go, and I’m thinking I better start making stuff to freeze for me–my helpers aren’t nearly so talented in the freezer! Congrats again, he’s totally perfect!

  3. Beautiful!! *sigh* Just beautiful. Congratulations…I am so happy that you had a good birth, and good help! I love the picture..I just want crawl in there and snuggle in there with him.

  4. He is soo beautiful. He almost takes your breathe away. I bet he smells wonderful too. There is nothing better than a new baby. I am so happy for you and your family.

  5. He’s gorgeous! Congratulations.

  6. How exquisite is he! Blessings to all of you. What is his name? What is his birthdate? I am so happy for you…good work!

  7. Congratulations! What a gorgeous little boy…

  8. Congratulations! What a cutie! He’s the most scrumptious-looking thing on your blog and that’s saying something! Now, go take lots of naps.


  9. Natalie,

    He’s absolutely beautiful! And thanks for the cookie recipe – my last ones were a disaster so I’ll try yours and see what I was doing wrong.

    Mary Frances

  10. His name is Dan! I am so glad he is here! =)

  11. He’s lovely! Congratulations on the birth of your son! I kept my Mom waiting about a month, so I feel your pain- maybe, like me, he just wanted to be born a Cancer?

    Best wishes,

  12. How gorgeous – congratulations! 9lb 4 sounds like a lot of baby to me …

  13. Sniff sniff…what a precious bundle! The cookies looked good too – but the baby…can I eat him?? LOL!!! I love them when they are little and can’t talk back yet! LOL :D

    Little Jude will catch on soon, especially when the baby starts cooing and smiling. My eldest was the one that recieved her little brother’s first smile. She still talks about it to this day, that he loved her most that he gave her his first real smile. :D

    Glad to hear all is well! :D

  14. Hello and Congratulations on such a perfect baby boy! I feel weird commenting since we’ve never met. So I thought I’d send a quick congrats and let you know how much I’ve appreciated your blog! I stumbled onto it in search of help being gluten free and yours is my favorite! My friend that blogs told me I was being a blog stalker if I didn’t comment! (sorry!!!) Anyway, I love your site and am so happy that you have your family of four! I am blessed with two boys also and I tell you, they are the best! I’m 5.5 mo. along with my 3rd (now a girl!) excited for the change BUT I’m telling you, I’m a biased boy mom still! Blessings too you all – sorry about the long comment :) Hope you are getting lots of rest! Take Care, Darci

  15. What a cutie pie! Congrats!!!!!!

  16. We are doing really well! I hope to get back in the swing of things soon!

  17. Congratulations! He is adorable.

  18. Congratulations on that precious bundle! I am so glad for fellow bloggers out there like you who let me get my baby fix via the net! Enjoy- this is such a special time!

  19. Oh – what an angel! Beautiful. Mazel tov! I am long overdue in my congratulations. Many blessings.

    The cookies look wonderful, too! – and I am thinking they’d translate well to egg-free, because they use only one egg. I will try it out and let you know.

    Thank you for sharing your baby pic.

    Lots of love, Karina

  20. Karina-
    Thank you! I can’t believe he is six weeks old already. Time flies!

  21. Love your recipes! I was wondering though if you knew of any good webites to offer cookie recipes for a non-dairy, no egg, no nuts, no fresh fruit, gluten-free diet? I’ve been looking around, but the best I can do is substitute the eggs and dairy for other things. It doesn’t taste 100% right (as I’ve tried the recipes with egg and dairy).

    Any suggestions would be super!

    Thanks a bunch and keep up the great recipes!


  22. [...] shout out to glutenfreemom whose flour mix for chocolate chip cookies i used in this [...]

  23. just wanted to let you know i used your flour mix from to replace the flour in my favorite oatmeal cookie recipe GF Oatmeal Cookies and it was amazing! no one could tell the difference! thanks so much for posting this. he is sooo cute, congratulations.

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