Homemade Shopkins Cookie Cakes!

We were invited to a 5th safe party this year!  That’s a record, friends!  We are always humbled, grateful, excited and a bit nervous when we go to parties.  The anti-histamine the allergist has SG on has helped tamp down her constant contact reactions tremendously, but it still occasionally happens.

So, my sweet cousin N invited us to her daughter’s party and offered to have only safe foods.  I offered to make the cake.  N requested a Shopkins Kooky Cookie cookie cake.

The Huzz and I are always up for a good cake challenge, and we tackled this one the way we do best- together.  I baked the cookie cakes and he did all the decorating with the frosting.  Good ‘ole Pillsbury frosting.

We surprised N with an extra cookie cake- Cheeky Chocolate.  As I shaped Kooky Cake with the raw dough, I realized I had enough dough left for an extra cookie cake.  I showed the Huzz several images and he picked Cheeky Chocolate as one he thought he could well.

Without further ado, here are our results:

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The baking of the cookie cakes was my part.  I simply use this food allergy friendly chocolate chip cookie recipe from Silk.  Click here for the recipe.

I take about half of the dough per cookie cake and shape it with my hands until the desired shape is reached.  For Kooky Cake, I shaped it into a circle as big as my round pizza pan.  We put parchment paper on the pan and shape the dough on top.  For Cheeky Chocolate, I formed a tall rectangle.  I baked the cookie cakes on 350 on convection for 13 minutes.

We let the round cake cool almost completely before the Huzz cut out the bite marks in Kooky Cake.  Then we let the cookie cakes cool completely before the Huzz decorated the cookie cakes.

We used these Pillsbury frostings:  1.5 cans of chocolate fudge, 1 can of cream cheese (it’s dairy free!), one can of vanilla hot pink frosting and one can of vanilla neon blue frosting.  And my frosting tool that helped me create SG’s beautiful Barbie cake last year.

As for the cake decorating, an artistic person is definitely a plus.  I could not have made these cookie cakes look like this.  The Huzz is artistic and is the one who made these cakes shine.  So, if you wanna try this at home – (and you should! If we can do it, so can you!) then an artistic person is most definitely gonna help make your cake beautiful.  (The feet and hands are just frosting- no cookie cake underneath.)

The cookie cakes were a hit, my daughter had a blast and there was not a single piece of cake or frosting left.  I’d say that was a successful party!

Thank you N for having a safe party when you didn’t have to… you’re pretty rad!

(Did I just date myself by using rad?)  Haha!

Happy cookie cake baking, my friends!

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Allergy Friendly Cakes & Cupcakes

I have made a lot of cakes since becoming an allergy mom.  I’ve learned how to bake, frost and create.

I decided to scroll through my thousands (I’m serious!) of family pics and find all of the allergy friendly cakes, cupcakes and cookie cakes I’ve made and photographed.

Most of these cakes use my wacky cake recipe.  Click here for the recipe for wacky cake.  I’ve also made a few cookie cakes.  I use this recipe from Silk and instead of making lots of cookies, I shape it in whatever shape I need and bake it for 10-20 minutes.  I start checking it at 10 minutes and adjust from there.

Here are most of the cakes, cupcakes, and cookie cakes I’ve made:

Mickey Mouse Cupcakes for my Nephew

Mickey Mouse Cupcakes for my Nephew

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Spider-Man Birthday Cupcakes for my Niece’s 3rd Birthday Party

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Tinker Bell Cupcakes for SG’s 3rd Birthday Party

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Close Up.  The Ring Toppers Made the Cupcakes Look so Special!

A SpiderMan Cake for my "Baby" Brother

A SpiderMan Cake for my “Baby” Brother

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Simple Christmas Cupcakes

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Mini Vanilla Cupcakes for SG’s Friend’s Birthday Tea Party

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Frozen Cupcakes for SG’s 4th Birthday Party

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Thanksgiving Cupcakes

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Tea Party Cupcakes

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Jelly Tinted Vanilla Cupcakes Topped with Fresh Strawberries for SG’s Friend’s Birthday Party

Cupcakes for My Gigi's 85th Birthday Party

Cupcakes for My Gigi’s 85th Birthday Party

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No Frosting?  No Problem.  Just Add Coco Whip & Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips.

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A Cookie Cake for our Little Cousin’s 3rd Birthday Party

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I Included her Initials, Too.

My 1st Ever Cookie Cake!

My 1st Ever Cookie Cake!

Football Cookie Cake

Football Cookie Cake

There ya have it.  Most of the cakes I’ve made in the past few years, right here for ya in one spot.  🙂  I have made a few more but cannot find the photos.  Oh well.

Happy cake making, food allergy mamas and papas!

Peachy Oat Smoothie: Dairy Free

Smoothies.

I was on the hunt for the perfect breakfast smoothie. I searched Pinterest high and low looking for the perfect safe smoothie for our family.

Lots of smoothie recipes use bananas. Safe, but not what I wanted. Frozen strawberries- yum but SG will not drink smoothies with strawberries because of the seeds (let’s be honest- I don’t like seeds in smoothies, either.)

I saw a pin that used oats soaked overnight for a smoothie- until that moment I had never considered using oats in a smoothie.

Me, being the impatient person I am, decided there was no way I’d soak oats overnight. I need fast. Quick. Easy.

But the oats part stuck with me.

I decided to try making my own smoothie.

Peaches came into play because there are no seeds. And peaches and oatmeal are already served together in our house. It works for us!

Here’s what I threw together:

Dry Quick Oats

A Silk Vanilla Soy Yogurt

Drizzle of Honey

Splash of OJ

Frozen Peaches

I blended it all until it was smooth.

And y’all… It was good!

Not only that, but for the first time in a long time, I was full all morning. I felt really good!

And it’s 4 year old approved!

Here’s how to make a delicious and filling dairy and egg free smoothie:

Peachy Oat Smoothie

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a blender, add the quick oats, 1 container of safe yogurt, 4-5 frozen peaches, generous splash of OJ, and a drizzle of honey.
  2. Blend until smooth. Add more OJ if needed.

Notes:
Serves 1.
I always double this recipe for me & SG.

Feel free to sub another frozen fruit. I tried it with frozen strawberries once when we ran out of frozen peaches. SG refused to drink it because of the seeds. HA! But it tasted good to me!

I hope you enjoy this smoothie!

P.S.  Click here for my super simple 2 ingredient “Lazy Day Smoothie“.  It’s great when I don’t have any time to make breakfast.

5 Simple Ingredients

5 Simple Ingredients

I use these organic frozen peaches now.  Yum!

I use these organic frozen peaches now. Yum!

One serving ready to blend.

One serving ready to blend.

One time, I tried sneaking in some shredded carrot.  I was busted and SG did not like the smoothie.  It tasted the same!  If you can get away with it, this is a great way to add more nutrition to the smoothie.

One time, I tried sneaking in some shredded carrot. I was busted when SG saw the carrots and she did not like the smoothie. It tasted the same! If you can get away with it, this is a great way to add more nutrition to the smoothie.

Mommy & SG's Smoothies (single recipe- I normally double it for both of us)

Mommy & SG’s Smoothies (single recipe- I normally double it for both of us)

Looking Well to the Ways of My Household

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I’m sitting here enjoying a nice cup of coffee (with Silk french vanilla soy coffee creamer!) and making a list of things I’d like to accomplish this week.  My list is a little ambitious, but I think I can accomplish most of it.  I thought I’d share it with you and share the links to all of these delicious recipes.

Did you notice most of my to do list revolves around food?  Safe food?  Because us food allergy parents must always be prepared!  Always.  We don’t have the luxury of last minute take out.  I wish I did!  Can a vegan restaurant please come to my town???  I promise we’ll eat there at least two times a week.  🙂

Here’s what I’m working on this week (and possibly next week!):

Chocolate chip cookies
https://blessedlittlefamily.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/delicious-homemade-chocolate-chip-cookies-dairy-free-and-egg-free/

Bagel Pizzas for the Freezer
(I now add Daiya mozzarella shreds to our pizzas.)
https://blessedlittlefamily.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/dairy-free-and-egg-free-lunch-ideas/

Homemade “Cheesy” Crackers
(I sub Daiya cheddar shreds for the cheese. I’m thinking about also adding a tablespoon or so of nutritional yeast this time to make them a bit cheesier tasting.)
http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2011/03/23/recipe-easy-cheesy-crackers/

Homemade Freezer Biscuits
(I’m making one of these recipes- I haven’t decided which yet.)
http://moneysavingmom.com/2013/02/homemade-freezer-biscuits-recipe.html
OR
http://www.favoritefreezerfoods.com/homemade-biscuits.html
Both recipes will need a substitution or two.

Cream of Chicken
I use plain coconut coffee creamer for the milk and safe margarine.
http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/12/crockpot-chicken-and-dumplings-soup.html

Homemade Tomato Soup
I think I’ll sub coconut coffee creamer for the milk.
http://onceamonthmeals.com/slow-cooker-tomato-soup/

This week I added to my list “find meatless meals.” We are not vegetarian or vegan but the Huzz and I have decided to have at least one meal a week meat free. I now need to find meatless meals! I know beans are a great source of protein, but because the Huzz has intestinal issues, he can’t really eat whole beans. Which is why we love these refried beans I made recently!

Do you have some meatless meals to share with us?

What’s on your to do list this week?

I’m trying to put the needs of my family first and long to be as the Proverbs 31 woman. I find so much encouragement from her.

“She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.”
Proverbs 31:27

Grocery Shopping: A Few of my Favorite Brands

Snow is on the horizon for the next few days. When it finally stops snowing, the following days are predicted to have highs below zero. I figured today was the day to go stock up on some groceries.

We have a great grocery store (HyVee) with a newly expanded Health Market. The lady who runs the Health Market is amazing and often carries products just because I ask for them! Just this week, I asked my HyVee if they would carry Just Mayo. It’s a vegan mayonnaise. Just today I already found out the answer- YES! If your grocery store doesn’t carry the brands or products you want, ask and see if they can bring them in for you.

I peeked into my cart and thought I should take a photo and share. I am very thankful for HyVee, Silk, Daiya, Van’s Natural Foods, and other companies that provide safe foods for us.

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(Yes, that is an empty GoGo Squeez in the corner of my grocery cart. That is my go to healthy snack for SG to eat while I shop. We love GoGo Squeez!)

(Yes, again, those are used baby wipes under the GoGo Squeez. You food allergy parents know we must wipe EVERYTHING in the cart down, at least once, if not twice!)

We are ready for the snow!

We are ready for the snow!

What are some of your favorite food allergy brands? While we love many more (Earth Balance, Enjoy Life, etc.) these are the brands that happened to be in my grocery cart today. Please share some of your favorite brands.

Disclaimer: I have not been paid by any of these brands or received any type of compensation. I just love these brands and want other food allergy parents to know what safe foods are out there. I really struggled when SG was first diagnosed with dairy and egg allergies. I want to help others if I can. 🙂

Sunbutter “Nutella”: Dairy & Egg Free

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When we went completely dairy and egg free in our house, I started reading labels galore on tons of products at the grocery store. Nutella was one of the grocery items that did not make the cut. Not safe.

Then I discovered a recipe from Momables.com. Click here to read the original recipe. I made a few changes from the original recipe by using Sunbutter instead of roasting and pureeing sunflower seeds. I also added Silk Dark Chocolate Almondmilk (use chocolate soymilk to make it nut free) instead of plain non-dairy milk. Who doesn’t love more chocolate?

Here’s my version.

Easy Sunbutter Nutella

(adapted from Momables.com)

Ingredients:
3/4 cup Sunbutter (or any other nut or soy butter)
3-4 oz Chocolate almondmilk (Use chocolate soymilk to make it nut free.)
1.5 Tbsp Vanilla
1/8 cup Cocoa powder
1/2 small spoon Coconut oil (I used our regular spoon, not a measuring spoon.)
3 oz Maple syrup or honey (I’ve made this twice. I’ve used both sweeteners. Both are good!)

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Directions:
1. Put everything in a small food processor.

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2. Grind or blend until smooth and it’s a spreadable consistency like the store bought Nutella.

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3. Put in an airtight container, date the container, and store in the fridge. According to the Momables post, this stays good up to 30 days in the fridge.

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This is easy to make. The hardest part is the clean up because honey and sunbutter are so sticky.

Make this and your kiddos will love you. SG ate this on a slice of safe bread and kept making wild happy sounds. She LOVED it.

Lazy Day Smoothies: Dairy & Egg Free

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I love this super easy (okay, lazy) way to make a smoothie. It only has two ingredients. You dump, pour, and stir with a spoon. So easy, even your toddler can make it!!!

Lazy Day Smoothie:

Ingredients:
Dairy Free Yogurt (We use Silk and SO Delicious.)
Orange Juice

Directions:
1. Dump yogurt into a glass.
2. Pour a little orange juice in. Eyeball it. Start with a few splashes and add more after you stir if you like it thinner.

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(I told ya a toddler can make it!) 🙂

That’s it. Drink and enjoy, friends!

(If you are not dairy free, use regular yogurt.)