Our Amazing, Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our Amazing, Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies 

We LOVE chocolate chip cookies for a special occasion or for a family night. We perfected our recipe a while back and were set until we wanted to make it a gluten free version. We succeeded! We love this one even better! The nutty flavor of the almond flour makes it even more decadent! It gives it a little bit of a short bread texture with all of the richness of a classic chocolate chip cookie. We all liked it so much better.

It’s pretty simple and foolproof. Tonight, I am writing the recipe as I make the cookies again! :) So, we are using semi sweet chocolate chips and enjoy those. We do like to use Ghirardelli when I keep them on hand.  

3 c. almond flour (or gluten free flour we like King Arthur’s)
Few dashes of salt
¾ t. Baking soda
1 c. Butter softened, salted (16 T.)
¾ c. brown sugar
½ c. white sugar
2 t. Vanilla extract
2 eggs room temperature
1 bag chocolate chips (we prefer semi sweet or dark chocolate Ghirardelli)
1/2 c. pecans (for those of us who can't do without southern pecans)

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

First, measure together flour, salt and baking soda ingredients. Sift with your clean mixer. :) Then, set aside in a bowl. In a large mixing bowl, cream together softened butter and both sugars. Barely cream together and then add the vanilla and one egg at a time. Cream just until ingredients are mixed. Then add ⅓ of the flour mixture at a time while mixing. Once butter mixture and flour mixture are all mixed. Stir in, with a wooden spoon, the chocolate chips evenly.

*My sweet tip! Spray an ice cream coop with coconut oil and use to dip cookie mixture onto a silpat mat. Bake for about 11 minutes. Or, until brown on the edges. Enjoy! :)

I’m so thrilled I wrote this recipe up to share and now it is ready for my family any time we'll be mixing with Mali! :)

Let me know your favorite cookie recipe? It's fun to discover something new. Hope you enjoy this one!

Warmly, Carolina Mama

Rush Hour Karting, You can be a winner, too!

Rush Hour Karting
You Can be a Winner, too!

Rush Hour Karting is a premiere go-karting experience where "you can be a winner, too!" Our boys had the BEST 17th Birthday party that Rush Hour Karting sponsored. We came away with the best experience! This is a perfect activity for teens, for birthdays, work - team building, company outings, etc. Rush Hour Karting is here in the Raleigh area.

Carolina Mama and Sons Rush Hour Karting 2018

We love the safety and instructional that Rush Hour Karting offers. They make safety first. Then, it's all fun! Here are our seventeen-year-olds! ready for some fast karting. 

We are ready to ride. Underneath the helmet, we have a head sock for covering for cleanliness. Then, the helmet is safe and has the eye protection shield. This makes a Mom happy. Of course, we are buckled in the karts for common sense - safety. :) Here we go! :) 

The boys were so fired up to take off and they did. :) I love that they all wanted momma to take the first ride with them. So, we all took to the track. 

Rush Hour is very organized and there is a safe number of karts available on the track at a time. We were out there with a team that regularly rides. We were thrilled to hold our own in the Top 10 ... for a while.... momma was not as quick as the boys. It was a blast. 

The first ride that we all took together was a blast. They run 8 minutes. You would be surprised how many laps you can make in 8 minutes. Then, it was the boys' time to get out there again and I took in the view. 

Of course, I couldn't take enough photos of them. I love how excited and into it they were. 
We found it to be even more fun than we imagined. :) 

Take a look at all of the fun! 


I love that the boys can have a blast riding fast and also know that they are safe. 


The staff is always available and on site to keep drivers safe and informed. They gave us great directions. Here they are directing the drivers into the lane after the race.

Our son - one happy driver! :) 

Our other son - another happy driver! 

Then, it was break time for some great food right there on site at Rush Hour Sports Grill Restaurant!  
Refreshment and sports television was much needed and enjoyed after a couple of races!

You would be amazed at how much work these are! It is awesome! You feel your muscles
working while you drive! 

Okay, I'll admit it! I introduced the boys to the Jalapenos Poppers!  These were pretty 
amazing! Great jalapenos and cheddar cheese and great bacon! 

The boys enjoyed the freshly grilled burgers with various toppings! And these hand cut potato
chips made in house. Light and delicious. We shared. 

Our other son loved the fresh french fries with his burger. They were so hungry after 
racing the afternoon away! 

Then, it was one more race before we wrapped up our day. 

Happy Racers again! 

We couldn't take enough photos of the great memories and I just loved the happy and 
contented faces of a perfect teen birthday party experience!

"Adult or Junior Membership is only $45 (Includes: 2 races, a free race on your birthday, 
a head sock, T-shirt and all daily member specials.)"

You can make it a repeat experience!  You can make party reservations as well. 

Mom was so happy to race with our teens. Now, it's time to take Dad out to the track!
Rush Hour Karting is phenomenal! :) We're fans of this best family fun fast experience! :)

Also, check out the Rush Hour Karting Academy Summer Camp Fun!!! 

Let me know if you get to experience Rush Hour Karting! Also, message us if you have questions. Thanks Adam, Rush Hour Owner, and team! We'll see you soon!
Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rush Hour. All opinions are my own and that of my teenage sons! :) 

Ford Escape, the Perfect Family Escape Family Travel "Ford, Go Further!" #FordEscape2017

Welcome to our happy place!  On the road for family travel and enjoying working 
with the amazing Ford Escape!

CarolinaMama and Family Ford Escape Jekyll Island, Georgia 

Let's be honest, we LOVE the sunroofs in the Ford Escape! 
The Ford Escape is a perfect family travel, everyday vehicle, and getaway vehicle. We loved driving the Ford Escape as a family travel and driving test drive review experience. 

CarolinaMama and Family with Ford Escape Jekyll Island, Georgia

First of all, isn't she lovely! The new Ford Escape is a gorgeous car! 
Look at the space and beauty exteriorly. 

We've shared our Ford Escape reviews before and our experience was the same - we LOVE it! 
Our family has grown to know, rely upon and trust Ford. So, naturally, we loved working with Ford again. having the extra space that a family can enjoy the Ford Escape. 

We love having the extra space so our family can enjoy the Ford Escape. 

We love the beauty and size of the Ford Escape! I'll be honest the beautiful Ruby Red is gorgeous, as well!

Let's look inside! Here we go! It's gorgeous! 

Look at the space and how gorgeous the interior is. The black leather seats were so comfortable
and smooth. 

This is my favorite view!  The Ford Escape is spacious! It has all of the details to
make it so comfortable, functional and safe! 

Even the seatbelts are simple and perfect. The boys like the console that lowers with extra
cup holders. This makes the whole care so convenient and comfortable. 

I really liked the space in the front. The navigation is perfect. 
The sound system is all wifi and Sony Sound System. 

We love the user-friendly sound system! The screen is a great view and the system was simple to use.
We love the audio commands. GPS took us where we were going! "Going back to Georgia...!"

Admiring her in an ordinary parking lot....! :) 

The gasoline mileage was terrific for travel! 

Happily and comfortably, we arrived at our destination. 

Look how nicely our gear for a family of (4) fit into the Ford Escape Trunk. We even brought our four boogie boards with us. You know we love to get ou on the water! 

Parked in the shade of the beautiful Spanish Moss trees while my sweet Boulder Mt. Man 
gets all the things we need! 

She looked gorgeous on the shore and by the St. Simons Island Lighthouse! 

We hope you experience a Ford Escape soon! Here's the latest on the Ford Escape 2018! 

We highly recommend the Ford Escape, again! Being a Ford family for so long and having enjoyed each Ford Escape experience including our latest here, yes, you deserve a Ford Escape experience! :)

We were so happy when we arrived! :)  It was a smooth ride and a great family road trip! #familytravel

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ford. All opinions are my own. 

Forever My Girl Movie Release January 19, 2018 #forgiveness #forevermygirl

"Forever My Girl" movie "Find Your Way Back Home"

We love movies! We also love family-friendly movies. This can be a challenge. I get jazzed about a clean, fun and thought-provoking movie! I'm excited to work with Forever My Girl media to share about their new movie releasing this Friday, January 19, 2018. 

Introducing the family-friendly, PG movie, Forever My Girl!

"Forever My Girl tells the story of music super-star Liam Page (Alex Roe) who left his bride, Josie (Jessica Rothe), at the altar choosing fame and fortune instead. However, Liam never got over Josie, his one true love, nor did he ever forget his Southern roots in the small community where he was born and raised. When he unexpectedly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his high school best friend, Liam is suddenly faced with the consequences of all that he left behind.  Forever My Girl is an uplifting romantic film about second chances.  It releases in theaters on January 19th."

This movie is set in New Orleans and it shares about forgiveness, love, romance. Family! It looks great. My advice to teens is to look for enduring and endearing love, not a physical "romance" that focuses on perfection. 

Forever My Girl quotes: "Remember the first time you met your loved one, and the butterflies you had during that first date?  At some point during your courtship, you felt something different in your heart and you knew this person was special.  This film would love to send you on a romantic evening away from the chaos of life and the busy schedules we have."

It sounds incredible! I'm excited to experience this movie. What about you? Are you going? 

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Forever My Girl media. All opinions are my own. 

My TWR Appointee Update - Writer and Social Media Specialist

Hey y'all! I'm so excited to share with you my TWR (formerly Trans World Radio) story in the video. Our TWR MOTION team created a video of my story and call to TWR. I'm so happy to share it with you and update you on my appointment to the TWR  Marketing and Communications team as Writer and Social Media Specialist.

Please touch base with me if I can share more information. We are praying for our prayer partners and monthly financial supporters. Once I am 100% supported, my work with TWR begins! Thank you for your thoughts prayers, support, and consideration. God Bless You!

Malise Terrell: Missionary With TWR from TWR on Vimeo.

"For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth." Acts 13:47

Warmly, Carolina Mama

Driftwood Bistro - Best Family Seafood Restaurant on Jekyll Island, Georgia

Driftwood Bistro Jekyll Island, Georgia Carolina Mama and Family
Summer 2017

"Driftwood Bistro is a unique casual “low country” restaurant experience in a relaxed yet sophisticated island resort atmosphere. Let us treat you to the best food and service on beautiful Jekyll Island."

The trees on Jekyll Island are breathtaking. Known for the Driftwood, we were so thrilled to learn about a local hot spot for seafood and dining, the Driftwood Bistro! Love their driftwood logo. 

We love the low country atmosphere of trees and simple spaces. 

We were immediately drawn to the Driftwood by a local artist. You can acquire your own original piece at the Driftwood Bistro when you visit. Look how unique these are! 

The restaurant is decorated with the driftwood artwork and in a coastal theme with palm trees, sea shells and this bald eagle print. 

We are seafood lovers so we started with a couple of shrimp appetizers perfectly and lightly
coated with a delicious seasoning that complimented the fresh shrimp. 

We were greeted by the owner, Dan Dickerson. He is the kindest and most hospitable owner and server! That's right, Dan will be serving when you stop by for a visit! He believes in being 
a part of the restaurant and serving his customers. He made us feel so welcomed. 

Photo opp! Yes, we got the boys to get a few quick and cute pics of Dad and Mom! :) 

We had a delicious salad with homemade blue cheese dressing. Boulder Mt. Man and I love homemade blue cheese and this one was perfect. 

My dish was a fresh caught seabags with capers and a delicious light sauce that was tasty and 
perfect with this light white fish. 

My Boulder Mt. Man loves crab cakes so he ordered the Wild Georgia Crab Cakes! He had his accompanied with slaw and a squash casserole which is a southern favorite. It was one of the best I have had. I am so glad that he shared it with me! I loved it! 

Our cheeseburger lover was thrilled - this one was "perfect!" And the fries were "to die for, too!" :) 

We must remember the Hushpuppies! This is maybe the 3rd basket so they did the trick! :) 

Our other son loves perfectly fried shrimp! He had his first cheesy grits! So proud of him 
always trying new things. We love cheese grits and he hasn't tried them. This was 
a great time. His favorite are classic grits. However, his Dad loved the cheese grits !:) 

The decadent chocolate warm Chocolate Lava Cake was a treat! We devoured it! 

They also have a specialty of Augusta's "Now Famous" Bread Pudding that is like no other! This recipe was from a family member's Grandmother! So cool! Even though I'm a New Orleans girl, bread pudding is not my thing. I did try this one and I was glad I did! Everyone liked it! 

The Driftwood Bistro is located at the "Villas by the Sea!" Isn't it gorgeous with greenery, ferns, oak trees, Spanish moss and more. Another great photo opp - this one of the boys! :) They 
loved chilling in the mega chaise! 

Then Dad jumps in! :) 

Family fun Villas by the Sea at the Driftwood Bistro restaurant! :) I love summer! :) 

Our turn, summer love! 

When you're on Jekyll Island, go to Driftwood Bistro and eat all of the seafood, talk with Dan and enjoy! You'll be glad! Thank you for hosting us, Dan and Driftwood! We'll hope to be back soon!

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Driftwood Bistro. All opinions are our own.