Friday, August 15, 2014

Tutorial: How to Decorate a Sprinkle Cake

A few weeks ago I made a rainbow sprinkle cake as the Kid's Cake at a birthday party that featured a bigger main cake that wasn't gluten free. Since posting photos of the cake, I've received several requests for instructions on how to create one.
 It was actually one of the easiest cake I've ever decorated, since it's almost impossible to mess up. I think a round cake works better than a square or rectangular one, and would be easier to decorate.

Let's get started!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Five Tips for Surviving a Juice Cleanse

I finished my first 5 day juice cleanse on Saturday, and I have to admit, I actually kind of liked it. I'm a person who believes that food is pleasure, unlike those who only see food as nourishment. As a result, I was worried that five days of only consuming juice for their nutritional value and nothing else was going to be awful.

So why do it?

I wrote about my reasons for embarking on a Juice Cleanse in THIS POST. I also explain why I dislike the term "cleanse," but that I use it for lack of a better term.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Embarking on 5 Days of Juicing

One of my goals this year was to be kinder to myself, and that goal extended to my overall health and well-being. It's been up and down in each area of my life, but I've never let go of the intention to be a little more patient with myself, to put myself first sometimes, and to follow my passions. The truth is, this has been a very stressful year in many ways, some good and some bad.
I committed myself to focusing more on my freelance and blogging work, but with a toddler home full time I've been less than thrilled with my progress on the blog front. I know that I just need a little more patience before some extra time will open up for me, but it's been tough. At the same time, I also know that my little one won't be at home with me all the time forever, and that makes me a little bit sad too.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan (August 4-8, 2014)

We're a few weeks out from moving day, and we've been packing up the house so that we're not scrambling at the last minute. Meals have been quick and easy, and this week will be no exception.

Hamburger Squash  

Monday: Gluten Free Hamburger Squash (I like this one because it looks good, and is a complete meal all in one. It's also easy to make.) RECIPE

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Milestone Birthdays and Gluten Free Cake

This past weekend we celebrated my sister and my father's birthdays with a joint birthday party. My sister and my dad were born on the same date in July, and both celebrated milestone birthdays this year. My sister turned 30 and my dad turned 65. My mom and I decided to prepare a big party for them both. We chose to do something a little different this year, since we typically just have an outdoor BBQ with hamburgers and steaks. Instead, we hired a catering service called La Cantina Catering to come and prepare the main meal for us, while we provided the appetizers and dessert.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan (July 7-11, 2014)

Monday: Baked Chicken Thighs & Drumsticks in a Garlic Hoisin Sauce (I used VH Gluten Free Hoisin Sauce, and baked everything at 375F until cooked through) and Mixed Vegetables

Sunday, July 6, 2014

An Unexpected Day Out

Yesterday we had an appointment for someone to come and see our house, so we decided to take the kids out for a treat. Our gluten free son was completely dairy free for a long time, but is now able to digest small amounts of dairy, so we took him to Dairy Queen. I checked out the Dairy Queen Gluten Free menu online, and discovered a few items he could eat.  I have to admit, I got a little sad when I asked him if he wanted a sundae and he didn't know what one was.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wordless Wednesday!

I haven't posted a Wordless Wednesday post in a while, but the urge struck me today, so here you go! Some shots from the last few months.

Enjoying a mini-cone on a hot day!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Recipe: Disaronno Stewed Cherries

It's fresh-fruit season here in Ontario, with strawberries and blueberries, peaches and cherries, and so much more starting to come into season. One of my favourite things to do with the kids is to go fruit picking and then come home and make a bunch of different recipes with them. Jams, sauces, popsicles, name it, we like to make it.

Cherries have always been a fruit that I prefer fresh, however. I can't stand anything "cherry flavoured" with that bitter taste that is somehow supposed to pass for the real sweetness of overly ripe cherries bursting with juice.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan (June 29-July 4, 2014)

This week is the first week that school is out for summer around here, and I'm home with both kids for the next 2 months. Meals are going to have to carry over into lunches the next day, and many meals are going to have to be flexible enough to be rolled over into something different. For example, leftover chicken breasts might turn into chicken fried rice, or chili might be strained and become burritos. With hot weather also comes the desire to spend less time in the kitchen, so cold dinners or meals that can be made in the slow cooker while I do something else are going to become popular around here. What are your favourite summer meals?

Here's our meal plan for the week!

Monday: Moroccan Lamb Soup with Chickpeas and Lentils