Saturday, August 27, 2011

50 Jars of Tomatoes and a Birthday Party

This morning's birthday party was a lot of fun for my son.  We brought along some gluten free hot dogs and hamburgers to match the menu, and I baked a few gluten free cupcakes for him to enjoy as a substitute for birthday cake.  I used the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix to make the cupcakes, and the Duncan Hines fluffy white frosting that I had leftover from when I made the Devil's Food Cake.  They baked up perfectly, were nice and moist, and had a great vanilla flavour.  YUM! 

The only problem we're now encountering is that my son has reached the age where he realizes that his cupcakes are not the same as the birthday cake that everyone else is eating, but he's not old enough yet to really understand why.  I explain to him that the cake will make him sick, but he still doesn't get it.  I think next time I'll try matching the colour of the icing to the cake to perhaps make it seem more similar.  He did enjoy his cupcakes though, and there were no meltdowns, so I'm happy.

On the tomato front, they got done today, and I brought home about 50 jars of freshly canned tomatoes that we can use as sauce, in chili, or soups, or casseroles...the possibilities are endless!  We now have some canned roasted red peppers and some canned tomatoes to get us through the winter.  There's nothing like opening up a jar of tomatoes in the dead of winter knowing that they were preserved right at their freshest point, when the best looking specimens available at the grocery store are pale and nowhere near ripe. 

Weekly menu plan goes up tomorrow! 

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