Cooking with #Allergies: #Egg free #Dairy free #Cake


There are times when we just have to get right down to basics. Not everyone “gets it,” and even people with allergy suffering household members are often in the dark about picking the best, safest possible foods. I would like to share with you some of my allergy-free tricks of the trade, so that you can confidently begin cooking with allergies.

This week, we will focus on cakes. Why? 1) Because people ask me almost weekly about making them, where to buy them, how to know if certain packaged ones are safe, etc. 2) I LOVE CAKE! There, I said it. It is true. Now that you know one of my weaknesses, I can let you in on another secret:

It is SO EASY to bake allergy-free cakes (that don’t taste like they are missing a thing)

If eggs are problematic for your allergy sufferer, you may think baked good are impossible. NOT TRUE! There are many substitutions for eggs: Ener-G egg replacer, applesauce, a mixture of your preferred allergy-safe milk and apple cider vinegar. This recipe is one of our favorites, and uses the apple cider vinegar trick (no, you can’t taste the vinegar):

Cake Ingredients
1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (for chocolate cake; omit it for yellow)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup soy milk (or whatever allergy-safe milk of your choice)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Oil, or line, your cake pan or cupcake tins.

Add the apple cider vinegar to the soy milk, and whisk until it gets frothy. Set this aside, and begin to work on your dry ingredients.

Sift the dry ingredients, and make sure that everything is mixed together well.

Add the wet ingredients, and mix well.

Pour the batter into your pan.

Bake 22-30 minutes (ovens may vary), or until an inserted toothpick/knife comes out clean.

Allow the cake to cool completely, and decorate as you choose.

Vanilla Icing Ingredients
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup dairy-free butter
1/8 cup vanilla soy milk (or the allergy-free milk of your choice)

Add the sugar and butter to the bowl. Use an electric mixer to blend the ingredients while slowly adding the milk. Mix until you get the desired texture. You may have to add a little more butter or milk to get it exactly how you want it.
cake2cake3Easy, isn’t it?

I look forward to sharing more allergy friendly recipes with you soon.

Until next time,

#Giveaway Mom’s Night Out


I am SO excited to plan another mom’s night out with my favorite mommy friends, and I wanted to share the love with all of YOU! You could win passes for yourself, and up to five friends, to view the new Sony Pictures film Mom’s Night Out!

This movie opens Mother’s Day weekend, May 9th.

What would you love to do on your mom’s night out? I can tell you that I would love to have a conversation that isn’t interrupted with the words “but why” every few minutes. I truly enjoy the precious times that I get with my friends, and I hope that you will take a night to enjoy a few laughs with your favorite girlfriends.

Are you ready to enter for a chance to WIN?


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Many thanks to Purex Insiders for the opportunity to view this film, as well as present you with the chance to win your own passes.

Wordless Wednesday: #BostonStrong


I laced up, and took on some asphalt yesterday. There were memories. There were tears. I thought of my brave friends who ran last year, as well as those who will never run again. I remembered the First Responders, how the USA stood united, and that the brave Boston citizens & runners vowed to run again. I remembered that we are stronger together, and that love always wins. I am not the fastest runner, and will probably never qualify to run the Boston Marathon. However, I vow to keep running, and sharing love.

Lessons Learned from the Lunar Eclipse

Yes, I am one of the crazies who woke up to stare into the night sky. Superkiddo was quite miffed that we didn’t allow him to stay awake all night to witness this event.
This is what I know for sure:

  • 2AM is NOT the time to try to figure out my new camera. I am not a photographer.  I am willing to bet that the professionals took spectacular photos of this incredible event. What I managed to get may just win a “What on Earth Were You Doing” award…


  • I may very well be the craziest person in my subdivision. All of the sane people were asleep.



  • When you are crazy enough to stand outside for something like this, every breeze through the shrubbery sounds exactly like a horde of serial killers. My giant dogs weren’t interested in the moon, hanging out outside, or standing watch with me. They were pretty useless.


  • The vast expanse of the universe is brilliantly beyond our comprehension. There is so much more to life that what we find to argue over, or worry about. Did you notice the tiny planet that kept peeking out at us? It seemed to say, “you aren’t alone. There’s more to know.” Did you wonder what views were possible from other planets?


  • When you live with 2 space geeks, your best attempts to capture a “super cool” event are appreciated. My blurry pics received the stamp of approval from the Bald Genius and Superkiddo.  That’s enough for me.

My next quest will be to find enough caffeine to get through today. I wish you a wonderful Tuesday.

Until next time,

#Review: Secretly Smitten #Christian #Fiction


Secretly Smitten is a delightful, intriguing collection of novellas by authors (and real-life friends) Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter. Each of the four stories could stand alone, but their characters and plots blend perfectly together into a charming visit to the fictional town of Smitten, Vermont.

Love Between the Lines is our introduction into the lives of our main characters, Tess, Zoe, Anna, and Clare. Tess locates military tags in her grandmother’s attic, and questions of long-lost love erupt. Who is the mystery man, and what is his connection to her family? Can Tess  remove her focus from her grandmother’s life long enough to find her own story?

Make Me a Match follows Zoe’s dream to open a matchmaking business. She has big plans to help others find love, but is surprised to find herself getting matched to one of the town’s hottest new residents, William.

Knit One, Love Two is Anna’s story. She is the divorced mother of the 3 Thomas sisters. A secret creeps up, and the past challenges her capacity to love. She isn’t looking for a relationship, but will she accept the gift that God seems to offer her through Michael?

Love Blooms is the final installment, and focuses on Clare. She decides to help a mystery man, Ethan, whom she encounters at her nursery, and finds herself in need of his help. Can she trust him to care for her business, and her love?

Small town charm, family history, and cupid’s arrow collide in Smitten. This collection is a refreshing offering of clean, uplifting, suspenseful fiction, and would be a wonderful addition to your library.

Reviewed byI received this product from Harper Collins Christian Publishing for the purpose of facilitating a BookLook Blogger review. The views written about this product are my own, and were not influenced by any other factors.

Wordless Wednesday: Mantle Letters

faithThe 5 simple letters of this mantle sign spelled out a gentle reminder of what we should all hear.

Life can throw various curve balls and sucker punches, and there are times when we may feel that we cannot move forward, achieve our goals, or handle anything else. Those are the precise moments when we have to listen to the still, small voice within are hearts whispering, “you can.”

Fear tells us that we aren’t worthy, it will never work, and our past mistakes outweigh our potential. Faith tells us we are victorious, to never give up, and nothing is impossible.  We have to decide which voice will be accepted as the truth for our lives.

What will you believe about yourself, and your circumstances today?

Spring Feet

I am writing this short post from one of my favorite chairs. Why a short post? I am focusing on recharging today before I tackle a mountain of deadlines.
Have you taken a look at your feet? Spring is here, and we can finally shed those clunky, warm boots. That means that it is time to take care of the toes.
I have been training for a race, so you know that my feet have taken a beating. I vote that we give our feet some TLC. If you have kept your tootsies under wraps all winter, the time has come to pamper your feet. Before you pull out the sandals, you might want to remember to remove Old Man Winter from your heels. :)

Moms often forget to take moments to get pampered. We have to remember that when we relax and recharge, that we are better equipped to handle all of our daily challenges, and be champions for our families.


feet5Wherever life may take you today, and whatever the challenges may be, remind yourself that you are worth “you time.” Now take those pretty feet out, and conquer the world.

#Kohl’s #Disney #MagicAtPlay $50 #Giveaway

Superkiddo is a Disney fanatic, and is almost daily growing out of his clothing. I am so excited to talk about kids clothing today, and I think that you will relate and get excited, too. Why? 1) Because Kohl’s has a fantastic selection of Disney character clothing for growing boys and girls. 2) When you check out the awesome review of this clothing line by Money Saving Parent, you can enter to win a $50 Kohl’s giftcard!


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We may not talk about it often, but we should. Whether you are dealing with abundance, or very little, a stylish, comfortable bra should always be a priority. Far too often we find that stylish bras aren’t very comfortable or supportive, and support bras aren’t very stylish. What’s a girl to do?

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