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40 days have come and gone

I.MADE.IT

We got off to a rocky start here, the first three weeks I was yelling once a week. Which was down from the three or four times it was. We hit that third week though and everything started to flow. Now about that time it warmed up about 20 degrees, days got longer and we could go outside. Might have had something to do with the change in my mood but either way, week three through six blew on by. I didn’t take those last three weeks basking in the sun though. Nope, we started potty training and we hit both kids’ (and mine) birthdays and two illnesses. We were busy. We were running. We were living.

I thought I would share a point when I noticed my change had occured. It was two days before mine and Molly’s birthday. I was working 9 hours that day, eleven the next and I had a birthday cake to make. Like all five year old girls, Molly wanted a Thomas cake and since Charlie has food allergies, Stampy and I were left to our own devices to make it. Things were going well that day and I had scheduled myself down to the minute. I knew if I could just get the cake in the oven, my mother-in-law could get it out as she was watching the kids. Turns out I had just enough eggs and cocoa to make one cake. I had just enough time to make one cake. ONE.CAKE. Dry ingredients go into the stand mixer and the rest is Charlie history. FYI, if you leave a stool next to the counter and if the stand mixer is near that stool, a three year old might climb on said stool and turn stand mixer to high. 
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Needless to say my already risen stress level went from 0-60 pretty quickly. Chocolate cake dry ingredients everywhere. Oh, and did I mention the eggs had already gone into the stand mixer?? Yup. My eggs, cocoa and time were now a dust storm all over my kitchen and three year old. He didn’t have much to say for himself other than “I’m covered in flour!”. I realized that I could yell about what just happened or I could accept what life handed me.
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I chose to accept what life handed me (seriously, I couldn’t yell at that cocoa covered face) and with that it handed me two awesome in-laws at that moment. That not only got new ingredients but baked a cake and cleaned my kitchen. Yup, that happened to. I was pretty lucky.

Did I mention we started potty training that little guy?? I’m sure more will come about that later.

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Baking from scratch

It’s a cold snowy day here, so what else would I do but make a cinnamon coffee cake this morning. We need something to warm our bellies in these close to single digit temperatures, wind gusts and snow flakes. Loving to bake is something I probably take for granted. I’ve been doing it my whole life. Now that we have food allergies, I realize I’ve been taking something else for granted, fresh bakery bread.

There are the obvious foods that we can’t eat. Nuts. Peanuts and most tree nuts are off limits. But what most people don’t realize is that it opens up a wide array of foods that are also considered “unsafe” and that includes bakery goods. One of our local bakeries won’t even accomodate food allergies with special orders. They say they cannot guarantee 100% safety from cross contamination. Honestly, I don’t know if I would trust a bakery that would accomadate us. Not unless they would allow me to apron up and join them in the kitchen.

So, with that being said, I thought I would share some of my new at home favorites that I’ve learned to make over the past 21 months since we ventured to the hospital with our first episode anaphylaxis. For each I’m just going to direct my readers to the webpages where I have stumbled upon these great recipes.

First, I’ll start with the cinnamon coffee cake I made this morning and have been eating all day. My friend shared this on Facebook not that long ago and I knew the first snow day we had I would be making it.

photo by flourmewithlove.com

Who wouldn’t drool over that? Or eat it all day long? I have done both. Great delicious cake that was pretty quick and easy to throw together.

Next up. Fresh bread. I tried on multiple occasions to make homemade loaf bread and I failed every time. So, I moved on to good hearty bread that is awesome with soups, stews or Italian dishes. Plus, it’s the easiest thing ever to make. I actually feel foolish for buying bread after making these next two recipes.

This is my tried and true no knead bread. It is a fix it and forget type but always gets rave reviews. This bread is also egg and dairy free! This is always a staple around our house and it doesn’t last long.

Photo courtesy of http://www.yumsugar.com

Then over the weekend I realized I was a Pinterest hoarder and thought I should put some pins to good use, so I made garlic rosemary bread. This bread will be a repeat offender. It was as easy as it was delicious.

 Garlic rosemary dutch oven bread loaf

Photo courtesy of http://www.sheknows.com

Next up in the bread catagory are dinner rolls. I will admit that after failing at loaf bread and biscuits, I wasn’t too keen on wasting time and ingredients to make rolls. But the snow got to me into a baking mode (it isn’t hard) one day last winter and I experimented and fell in love. These are pretty simple and delicious. A big shout out to user “Jean” at Food.com for submitting this recipe!

Photo courtesy of amireidey @ food.com

The last DIY recipe is granola bars. Where these aren’t “bakery staples” they have been a staple of my diet for longer than I can remember and I miss them terribly now. It’s hard to find decent ones that won’t break the bank and are safe to eat. Most companies have nuts in one variety of bar so all are contaminated. The ones that are safe I usually end up giving to the kids and not inhaling them myself, so I’m still missing out. Then my friend turned me on to these chocolate chip granola bars from Weelicious. These got rave reviews from the kiddos and were beyond easy to make. I highly recommend them. Also dairy and egg free!

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Photo courtesy of Weelicious.com

So there it is. Easy, simple baking that is allergy friendly. All of these even the most novice and “time crunched” bakers could tackle successfully. I hope you enjoy making and eating these as much as I do!

Photo courtesy of peanutallergy.com

Ryan Gosling approves 🙂

Baking Bread

This year our garden had a plethora of squash (read: Why I shouldn’t Garden) that my family won’t eat. I can’t really blame them. As I don’t mind squash, it also isn’t my favorite vegetable and I’m certainly not going to eat 5 squash plants worth of squash. So, what to do? Head to Pinterest of course! (you can find me here). And since Pinterest does not disappoint, I got a wonderful Bread Recipe from The Virtuous Wife. The kids were so excited to help bake and scampered up to our dining room table and waited while I got out the ingredients. I made the mistake of bringing the flour to the table first.
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So instead of helping, the kids decided that antiquing each other would be much more fun
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Followed by flour angels
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Thank goodness the recipe was super simple to make, pour everything into a bowl and stir. I would hate to see the mess they would’ve made if it took me longer than 5 minutes to get it in the oven! The bread was worth every messy second though, it is delicious!