Some of you out there may be asking … what’s with the name? I always find it interesting to know how someone picks a name for something that is so near and dear to them. I’m passionate about this blog. I love being able to share my story with people and to know that maybe, just maybe, I’ve helped someone who is struggling, just like I was. You see, I struggled for a long time when I was first told our family had to go gluten free, dairy free and soy free. I wanted to cry, and so I did. And, after I was done, I thought, I can do this. I’m intelligent, strong and depending on who you talk to, stubborn. I like a good challenge and so instead of seeing this as a set back, I saw it as a challenge. I always said, life gave me lemons and I need to figure out how to make my lemonade. So, for me, this blog has been my lemonade. I don’t claim to know everything about being gluten free, dairy free and soy free, but I have learned a lot in the past 4 years and I hope that sharing what I know will allow someone … a child, an adult, or an entire family to experience what it feels like to be healthy. To wake up everyday and feel great. I often say that I feel better now at 34 than I did when I was 24. I’ve learned a lot on this journey and picking the name of this blog, my lemonade, was no easy task. I thought about it for quite some time and when I thought I had come up with something good, I’d change it. But, I always came back to Happy Cakes. It was my initial gut feeling. But, it wasn’t me who came up with it. It was my beautiful daughter. You see, when we first found out about our allergies/intolerances, I picked one recipe and I modified it. And I modified it again and again and again. Until I was happy that in my mind I had created gluten free, dairy free, soy free perfection. And, do you know what that recipe was? It was a recipe for chocolate cake. Yup. Not really a healthy, first recipe to convert. But, that was mine. What was most important to me was to keep the boy and the girl from feeling different. And, since birthdays are so important in our family, I wanted to make sure that they had an amazing, scrumptious, gluten free, dairy free, soy free cake for their special day. And, so that’s what I did. I created a recipe that everyone loved. Not just us. And, what’s funny is that when the girl was less then 2 years old, and learning to talk, she could say “appy cake” for my gluten free, dairy free, soy free cupcakes that I thought were perfection. And, that’s what my cupcakes were known as in our family ... little happy cakes. I thought it was perfect. These little cupcakes and cakes that I had spent hours perfecting made her so happy. For both the boy and the girl, our little happy cakes made them feel special. And, so when I was deciding on a name for this blog, there were other choices, but I always came back to Jenny’s Happy Cakes. My little happy cakes made us happy. I took my lemons and made my lemonade and that made me so happy. And, now, I hope to help others take their lemons and make lemonade. You see, whatever you feel as you start your own gluten free, dairy free, or soy free journey, guaranteed I felt it at some point. It’s not easy, but I hope that by stopping by here you learn something that you can apply to your own life. So you can find, your own little Happy Cake, just as we have.