Best Ever Gluten and Dairy Free Carrot Cake

I know right … that’s a big promise to live up to … I mean the THE best ever? Are you kidding me? No. No, I’m not. This is by far THE BEST EVER dairy free and gluten free carrot cake that you will ever taste. It’s an incredible combination of moist, crumbly, melt in your mouth cake with that BAM of sweetness in the dairy free cream cheese icing. That’s right … I said DAIRY FREE! This cake is by far my favourite cake of all time. And let me tell you, I’ve tasted A LOT of gluten free cakes. Cake is my thing. I will take this delicious carrot cake over pretty much every other cake on the planet. Take note Honey, this is my favourite! (My birthday is coming up … hehehe) This is also a favourite of Ollie and Charlotte’s as well. They would even choose this cake over chocolate fudge cake … if that doesn’t say it all then I don’t know what would! You can also switch it up and alternate baking times to make yummy gluten free, dairy free cupcakes! But, don’t take my word on all this deliciousness … make it today and let me know how much you love it! Continue reading “Best Ever Gluten and Dairy Free Carrot Cake”

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Jenny’s Gluten Free Vegan Apple Crisp

So this recipe has taken me a while to post. Why, you ask? Well, life has a tendency to throw a wrench into your plans every so often.  Nothing terrible, but my life has been really crazy lately. Again, I do realize that this is really minor and I’m not complaining, but sometimes I wish I could just take a ‘break’ and blog. Or lay down and say, take a nap. You see, my hubby has this new job. Yeah, again, not terrible, just different and it’s a big adjustment. He has finished his 6 weeks of training, which took him to another city. He’s been home and he’s back out on the ‘road’.  From now on, for the rest of his career, he will be gone on and off for stretches of four or five days. Again, not horrible, but a really big adjustment for the kids and I. I am handling the change alright, although I am an adult and can see the bigger picture. The girl is handling the change in a way that most every three year old I know would … she’s kinda oblivious. She obviously knows Daddy is gone, but she just says … he’ll be back soonThe boy, on the other hand, is having a very hard time dealing with this new change. Continue reading “Jenny’s Gluten Free Vegan Apple Crisp”

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Jenny’s Gluten Free/Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Summer seems to be in full gear and the kids are loving every moment. Why does it seem that summer is even busier than any other season? Perhaps, it’s because our summer season seems to be so short each year and fall comes in the blink of an eye and you know what that means don’t you … snow. It’s an evil word around here, so I won’t mention it again!

This last week was a big week for Oliver. He finally has his hearing aid! It’s amazing to see him with it on … it’s almost like he’s a different kid. He’s hearing things that he’s never heard before. And, he’s excited to hear the loudness of the train down the street with both ears! It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to be able to hear out of only one ear, but thank goodness, he’s got one ear with perfect hearing and this hearing aid is able to help him with the other. Everyone continues to be baffled with his one-sided hearing loss, as am I. I realize that we may never figure out what happened, but it’s hard when you don’t know … I’m constantly wondering about his good ear and if his hearing will diminish in it one day. Or, if his bad ear will get worse. For now, we’re just going on with life. And, trying to be attentive to his hearing, making sure we don’t miss anything. So far our experience with his hearing aid has been extremely positive. Although, if you knew Oliver he is a really easy going kid, especially these days for some reason. And, he’s super intelligent. So, that combined with being able to hear everyday conversation makes for a happy kid. I am excited to see him grow and adapt to using it. Continue reading “Jenny’s Gluten Free/Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp”

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Crazy for Yonanas!

The weather is warming up and you know what that means right? As the temperatures heat up my kids will be begging for an icy cool treat to cool off with while they play outside. My kids are outdoor kids. They spend the long summer days outdoors … pretty much all day. Sometimes even before breakfast they are outside playing, looking for bugs, watering my plants and well, doing just about anything they can. Oliver has even discovered that climbing trees is fun too. Although, he does only get about two feet up the tree before he realizes that getting down will not be as easy as getting up. I have been involved in many rescue attempts in the past couple of weeks. I am hoping that this new idea of fun will soon fade and we’ll be done with the whole tree climbing thing before 1. he breaks an arm or 2. Charlotte catches on that it looks fun and tries it herself. I’m not sure if it because Charlotte is the second child or if it’s because of her personality, but she isn’t afraid of anything. I’m sure that in the next few days I’ll be called for a rescue mission, but this time it will be for my daughter instead of my son. After all the climbing, running and playing that they do outside they want nothing more than to cool off with something cold. And, I want nothing more than to be able to give it to them. But, seeing as we can’t have dairy, soy or gluten … that limits our options. Not to mention, I want a healthy option. I want to be able to give my kids a nice treat that isn’t laced with sugar. I’ve made my own coconut ice cream several times and I love the taste. But, the one thing that I don’t love is how long it takes to make. I mean, it’s not hard to make it but you can’t really be spur of the moment with it. If it’s not in your freezer already made, then you’re going to have to wait for it. Waiting is so hard for kids! But, I’ve found a way to give my kids a cool treat without all the added sugar and guess what? There’s no waiting either! Have you heard of a Yonana maker? If you haven’t … this will change your life. It’s all the rage at our house and it never gets old! Even if you don’t have kids you will love all the amazing options you have to create delicious icy cool treats in mere minutes. My kids love their Yonanas. What’s the best thing about Yonanas? I don’t feel bad about giving it to them. I mean, its straight frozen bananas and nothing more. Continue reading “Crazy for Yonanas!”

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Gluten Free Rice Krispies Squares

Happy V-Day everyone! I hope that your V-day is full of love and appreciation!  Mine has been. I spent the morning at Mr. O’s school helping set up a Valentine’s celebration for the kids and parents. It was so much fun and Miss C was such a good helper. She was excited to be at his school for the morning, mostly because she thought she would be able to go and sit in his class and be a big girl! Not yet Miss C! It was fun to see Mr. O with his class mates and friends. His Kindergarten teacher is amazing and she is so supportive of him. She is always telling me what a smart little boy he is and how well behaved he is in class. I love to hear that! It makes me so proud to be his Mommy! So back to Valentine’s Day, if you have allergies you know just how hard these “holidays” and events can be. I mean, they are all centred around food and candies and treats of all kinds! None of which Mr. O or Miss C can have. I once used to dread these holidays, but now I don’t! I used to dread them mostly because I was sad that neither of the kids could have the treats and I didn’t want them to feel left out. Now with Mr. O at school, it can be somewhat of a challenge, but he’s very understanding of what he can and can’t have and he does just fine. So does Miss C. Mind you, I always have something for both of them of equal “value” in the treat world. So today at his Valentine’s Party Mrs. T (Mr. O’s teacher) decided to have cute little “skewers” for them to munch on. They consisted of marshmallows, strawberries and rice krispies treats. Continue reading “Gluten Free Rice Krispies Squares”

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