Tres Leche Cake

Invite your friends over for this sponge cake, soaked in 3 milks, topped with homemade whipped cream and fresh raspberries.

Natalie's Gluten Free Flour Mix

Make your own gluten free flour mixture at home. It is really simple to make and it's texture is smooth. You can substitute this equally for regular wheat flour.

Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

Start your day with this easy and moist quick bread, topped with cinnamon sugar.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Super Simple & Sweet Fruit Dip


As I was getting ready to throw a party this spring, I wanted to make a fruit dip for the beautiful strawberries I had ready to serve.  Every where I looked, each recipe called for marshmallow cream or another ingredient we couldn't use.

So as I stood with my refrigerator door wide open, staring at what I had on hand, I wonder how it would taste to just mix a strawberry yogurt with some Cool Whip.  It was all I could come up with.  It hardly sounds like a recipe but man it turned out to receive high praise from my guests.  So due to their incredible response, I have to share this super simple little idea with you.

Super Simple & Sweet Fruit Dip

~ Gluten free, Egg free, Nut free

1 (6 oz) Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt (or if your feeling adventurous try another flavor)
1 c regular Cool Whip

Gently stir together and serve.  Super simple and delicious!  Enjoy!


This recipe has been shared on:
Gluten Free Wednesdays 
Allergy Free Wednesdays
Gluten Free Fridays


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Monkey Bread


This has been a LONG time coming!  Gluten free, egg free, nut free Monkey Bread, dripping with warm, gooey caramel and I'm not monkeying around.  I've been wanting to tackle this for a couple of years, and now it's here.  Finally, I can sign up to bring Monkey Bread for brunches with friends.  That is if my kids let me out the door with these!  I may need to make a separate batch just for them.



Who will you share these with?  Invite over your neighbor you've been meaning to spend time with, invite your family over, or invite that friend you need to catch up with.




Monkey Bread

~ Gluten Free, Egg Free & Nut Free

2 c Paula's Gluten Free Flour Mix   (recipe at bottom of bread post, I make a big batch and store in my cupboard for easy and quick baking because I use this in so many recipes)
1 t xanthan gum
1 1/2 T sugar
2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/2 t ground cinnamon
4 T butter, chilled and cut into small chunks
3/4 c buttermilk
* extra GF flour for dusting work surface

1/2 c white sugar
1/2 t cinnamon

1/2 c brown sugar, packed
6 T butter

* Can be made in a loaf pan or in a 8" square pan (if doubling the recipe, use a bundt pan).


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter loaf pan well (or spray with cooking spray).  To prepare work surface, wash counter top, place about 18" saran wrap on slightly wet counter top, sprinkle GF flour on top of saran wrap. 
2.  In a large bowl, combine flour, xanthan gum, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  Whisk together well.  Cut chilled butter into flour mixture and mix with a pastry blender until it resembles a coarse meal, with pea size pieces.  Add buttermilk and stir gently just until entirely moistened.
3.  Place dough on prepared work surface, gently knead a couple of times.  Roll out to about 1/2"-3/4" thick.  Cut dough into roughly 1 inch square pieces.
4.  In a small bowl, combine white sugar and cinnamon and stir together well.  Gently toss dough pieces in cinnamon sugar mixture to coat each piece, then place pieces of dough into prepared pan.
5.  In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, and butter.  Melt over medium heat, do not boil.  Pour over dough.
6.  Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Let rest for 5 minutes then invert pan onto serving tray.  Use a spatula to get all the extra caramel out, you won't want to waste one single drop.

Serve warm.  Makes about 6 servings.


This recipe has been shared on:

~ Gluten-Free Wednesdays
Allergy Free Wednesdays
Gluten Free Fridays


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Blueberry Lemon Dream Cake

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Get ready for a light and fluffy dessert that is softly sweet.  It is a great choice for when you want to make your dessert the night before.


Blueberry Lemon Dream Cake

1 c Natalie's Gluten Free Flour Mix
3/4 c ground flax seeds
6 T butter, melted

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 c cold water
1 lemon, zested

2 pkg low fat cream cheese
2 c powdered sugar

1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip or similar whipped topping

1 can blueberry pie filling

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare 9 x 13 pan by coating with cooking spray.
2.  In a small bowl, combine the gluten free flour and ground flax.  Whisk together.  Pour in melted butter and stir to combine.  Press into prepared 9 x 13 pan using the back of a fork.  If you have trouble with the flour mixture sticking to the fork, try spraying the fork with cooking spray.  Bake for 12 -15 minutes, or until lightly golden.  Allow to cool.
3.  While the crust is baking, in a small sauce pan, add the cold water then sprinkle in the gelatin.  Let stand for a minute.  Heat over low heat until gelatin is dissolved, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Allow to cool slightly.  You will want to add it to the cream cheese before it cools and sets.
4.  In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth and fluffy.  Add warm gelatin and lemon zest and mix until smooth.  Fold in cool whip.
5.  Spoon over completely cooled crust.  Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight.




This recipe has been shared on:
~ Gluten Free Easily's Gluten Free Wednesdays 
~ Vegetarian Mamma's Gluten Free Fridays

Monday, April 14, 2014

100 Easter Basket Ideas For Food Allergies



Do you want to make adorable Easter baskets for your kids but struggle with what to fill them with? In this post, I want to share with you some of my ideas but I would love for this post to be interactive, a community where we can all share our ideas.  So if you read through these and have ideas that you are willing to share, please do so.  We would all love more ideas!



These cover many ages and interests.  Mostly non food ideas but also some treats, free of top 8 allergens.  (As always read the labels to make sure they are safe for your unique situation)


Non-Food Ideas:


Flower seeds (planting them, makes for a fun activity that afternoon)

Gardening gloves/tools

Kites

Giggles Fun Dough. http://www.gigglesfundough.com

Small stuffed animals

Matchbox cars

Army men

Small plastic animals/ dinosaurs

Sand toys (you could even do a whole theme using the sand pail as the Easter basket)

Diving sticks

Swimsuit

Flip flops

Goggles

Golf balls

Tennis balls

Super bouncie balls

Journal - Create a Thankfulness Journal for each family member and start recording all the things you are thankful for.  And wouldn't it be fun to have each family member pick a few to share on Thanksgiving?!



Coloring crayons

Colored pencils

Markers ( Mr Sketch smelly markers are the latest hit around our house)

Construction paper

Stickers

Pencils

Pens

Mini clipboards (often in Target's dollar section- work great for drawing in the car)

Erasers

Craft books

Maze books

Dot-to-dots books (I love the extreme dot-to-dots for older kids)

Sudoku book

Word find book

Cross word puzzles

Rainbow loom bands

Small craft kits (Michaels often carry fun ones)

Cross-stitch kits

Little sewing kits

Story book

Bookmarks 


Side walk chalk

Bubbles (or Mega bubbles for older kids)

Cards or small travel games

Rubiks cube

Small jigsaw puzzles

Scratch Art books

Glow sticks

Hats



Cute socks

Sunglasses

Headbands/ hair accessories / hair brush

Nail polish

Water bottle

Lotion (allergy safe)

Fun toothbrush

Bath bubbles/ fizzes (make sure they are safe)

Bath toys

Paints
Paint by numbers

Small Lego sets

Trading cards

Little toys/ transformers, dolls....

Doll accessories

Umbrella

Fairy gardens

Jump rope

Earrings

Watch

Small speakers

Mini tapes

Duct tape fun

Kids magazine subscription

Beach towel

Parachute army guys

Pinwheels

CD

Movie - anyone see the movie Frozen?  ;)

Flashlight / lantern

Mini kids binoculars

Firefly catching net and container

Punch balloons

Small Nerf guns

Small water guns

Water balloons

Treats:


Gum

Pascha Chocolate http://paschachocolate.com

Surf Sweets Jelly Beans & candies http://www.surfsweets.com

Enjoy Life Chocolate bars http://www.enjoylifefoods.com


Enjoy Life Plentils (come in single serving as well) http://www.enjoylifefoods.com

Little bags of potato chips

Mini bags of microwave popcorn

Suckers (like Trader Joes Organic Pops- no artificial coloring)

Fruit Jellies (like Trader Joes- no artificial coloring)

Fruit strips ( like Trader joes natural fruit wraps - no artificial coloring)

Beef Jerky (like Trader Joes Natural Beef Jerky)


Annie's Organic Fruit Snacks ( these are my favorite for Easter because they are cute little bunnies!) http://www.annies.com/products/fruit-snacks/

Freeze pops (organic-no artificial colors) http://internaturalfoods.com/brands/cool-fruits-freezer-pops.html

Juice boxes

Raisin boxes





















Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Top 10 Allergy Free Valentines


Are you looking for a crafty, creative valentine to make with your kiddo?  A non-food valentine or at least a valentine that if free of the Top 8 Allergens? 

Well, hopefully you will find an idea or two here or get inspired to create your own.  These are my Top 10 Allergy Friendly Valentines and I'm glad I didn't have to choose which one to do.  My kids got that job and now they can't wait to share them with their classmates. 

 1.  Rainbow Loom Valentine - found at Stitch Craft Creations.  There is also a really cute Olympic Valentine on this site.


2.  Bubbles Valentine - found at Made To Be a Momma


3.  Mustache Valentine - found at I Can Teach My Child


4.  Magnifying Glass Valentine - found at Dandee Designs


5.  Valentine Pencil - found at Raising Up Rubies...which by the way I cannot wait to spend my night looking at her blog...super cuteness!!!!


6.  Finger Light Valentine - found at Haley's Daily Blog



7.  Glow Stick Valentine - at The Teacher Wife



 8.  Star Wars Valentine - found at Stitch-Craft


9.  Bouncey Ball Valentine - found at The Crafting Chicks



10.  Freezie Pop Valentine - Josie has fallen in love with penquins recently, it may be all of the cold weather getting to her.  She wanted to find a penguin valentine.  We found this cute little penguin valentine that says "Let's Chill" and made them into a freezie pop holder.  They are free of the Top 8 Allergens but do contain food dyes.  Health food stores often carry freezie pops without artificial coloring (however, they may be seasonal).  My little girl was so excited to make these and the freezie pops were not easy to find since we live in the middle of a winter wonderland, but I was on the hunt.  After a several stops, one of our grocery stores had the big box of 100 in the back of the store...whew! 


Ok...so I have a couple more valentine's to share with you...

11.  Olaf Valentine - we found this adorable idea/printable at One Creative Mommy.  To make them allergy friendly...we used gluten free pretzels and Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips.  The candy corn did contain egg whites so Mom put those in after my daughter did the rest of the assembling.  Another nose option without eggs is using an orange gummy candy and cut it in the shape needed. 

Confession time:  Anna was extremely excited about passing these out.  We sat together and assembled them all and then while speaking to our school nurse, she very kindly reminded me we can't pass out homemade treats.  DUH!  Oh my word, I felt just horrible.  I felt bad that Anna couldn't pass them out to her class but felt even worse, that I, the mother of a severely food allergic child and food allergy advocate who knows better, almost brought these in, which would have been against the rules.  Rules they have established to try to help protect kids with food allergies during class parties.  I guess we all make mistakes from time to time.  I'm so thankful she reminded me before we brought them into school.  This almost-oops has given me more compassion for families without food allergies and the efforts they make to help protect kids with food allergies.  And on the bright side, we had a whole bunch assembled that we could share with the school office staff and they were tinkled pink about them. 


So what did Anna do?  Thankfully, we had a ton of freezie pops leftover, so we used those with her valentines.  It was a great learning experience for myself and my daughter.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Grandparents Day & Chocolate Donuts

Anna and Josie have been anxiously awaiting Grandparents Day at school.  All the kids in their grade spend weeks practicing songs and speaking parts, getting ready for this special day to honor their grandparents. 

The big day is finally upon us.  After their little concert, they get to have donuts and do some activities together in their classroom. 

The girls brought their own gluten free, egg free, nut free, soy free homemade chocolate donuts with chocolate glaze topped with, who could forget, pretty sprinkles!


The girls had their outfits picked out a couple days in advance and both wanted their hair done special for the big day.  I just love that!


So off they went for a big fun day!

Since we have to keep things real between us...

I have only one donut pan, so I baked the first six donuts and could hardly get them out of the pan.  I was so disappointed.  They just crumbled apart.  So for the rest of the batch, I added a few things to the remaining batter and thankfully, they turned out.  I am working on the recipe, but will post it when I get it just right.  At least the broken up, first round still tastes amazing!  Just need to grab a fork and dig in! 


Monday, November 25, 2013

Double Chocolate Cupcakes


Chocolate and cream cheese?!  Yes, please!

Try these moist chocolate cupcakes ASAP!

Thanks to the old, familiar crazy cake recipe,
these gluten free, egg free cupcakes are a breeze.

Bring these to your next celebration and everyone will be pleased.

Cupcakes

3 c Natalie's Gluten Free Flour Mix (recipe here)
2 c sugar
1/3 c cocoa powder
2 t baking soda
1 t salt
2 t vanilla extract
2 T white vinegar
3/4 c coconut oil, melt before measuring (or canola oil)
2 c cold water
1 1/2 c Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line muffin tin with cupcake liners, then spray with cooking spray.
2.  In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.  Whisk together well.
3.  Make 3 holes in dry ingredients.  In one hole, pour vanilla.  In another hole, pour vinegar.  In the third hole, pour oil.  Pour cold water over the whole bowl.   With a whisk, mix just until completely blended.  Gently stir in chocolate chips.  Pour into prepared muffin tin, about 3/4 full.
4.  Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees, in a convection oven.  (Or 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees, in a regular oven).
5.  Remove from oven, remove cupcakes onto wire rack to cool.
6.  Frost when completely cool.


Frosting

1 package 1/3 less fat cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 stick butter, at room temperature
4 1/2 c powdered sugar
1/4 c milk
1 t vanilla

1.  In mixer bowl, add cream cheese and butter.  With paddle attachment, mix on high for approximately 5 minutes until the mixture becomes fluffy.
2.  Mix in milk and vanilla.
3.  Mix in powdered sugar, half at a time.

* If not set firm enough to your liking, you can add more powdered sugar or you can try refrigerating the frosting.

Frost your cupcakes!

This recipe has been shared on Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays & Gluten Free Fridays.