5th Birthday Skeleton Party: Healthy Snacks, Fun Games, Gluten-Free Skeleton Cookie Cake

5th Birthday Skeleton Party: Healthy Snacks, Fun Games, Gluten-Free Skeleton Cookie Cake

As you all know, I love an old fashioned birthday party in the backyard where kids can play as they wish! I serve healthy food, and try to make it fun. I have provided all the links so you can do this yourself, if you wish. When my son wanted a Skeleton Birthday Party, I was excited to dive into this challenge. I only have one child, so I get excited about his birthday parties.

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Easy Gluten-Free 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge

Easy Gluten-Free 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge

Here’s a great recipe for a last minute dessert. It takes only a few minutes to make and you can chill it while you eat. Like all my kid friendly recipes, this is very low in sugar, and low sweet. You can sub other nut butter for the peanut butter.

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Easy Egg-Free Chocolate Ice Cream

Easy Egg-Free Chocolate Ice Cream

You don’t need eggs to make this amazing Chocolate Ice Cream. You will need an ice cream maker, though!

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Simpler Treats BPA-free Silicone Popsicle Molds Product Review & Real Food Frozen Chocolate Pops Recipe

Simpler Treats BPA-free Silicone Popsicle Molds Product Review & Real Food Frozen Chocolate Pops Recipe

I love to make these chocolate pops for my son. They are full of real food, and protein; and he loves them. I don’t add any sweetener but the fruit. Everything gets sweeter as it is frozen. You can change the fruit around if you want. I made them once with frozen cherries and they were PINK! I use a Vitamix.

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Homemade Vanilla Extract, GMO-Free

Homemade Vanilla Extract, GMO-Free

Now is the time to make your own homemade vanilla extract for Christmas presents or for holiday baking! Does it seem too early? SIX months is the perfect time to let it sit, to make a delicious vanilla. Why don’t I use vodka? Well, personally, I hate vodka and not just because it makes me not-nice. It is likely made with GMO wheat or potatoes or corn. Also, it just doesn’t taste as yummy as rum or bourbon in a dessert. I do avoid GMO foods whenever possible. There is such a thing as GMO-vodka such as Deep Eddy Vodka for $19 a bottle. However, I am SO IN LOVE with the taste of my homemade bourbon vanilla extract made with bourbon or my homemade rum vanilla extract made with rum! I have baked with it many times, and it always comes out great but my favorite use is in whipped cream or in some coffee.

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Gluten Free Oreo Birthday Cake

Gluten Free Oreo Birthday Cake

This is the cake my son requested for his fifth birthday family birthday party. He’d seen an Oreo cake at Whole Foods, and he wanted one too. Now, his theme this year was Bones/Skeletons for his birthday party; and he wanted this cake to also reflect that. (We did a family birthday night and a kid birthday party too.). Anyway, we usually don’t eat this kind of thing, so I was at a loss. After hours of scouring Pinterest, this is what I came up with. He loved it. Now, I know this is pretty much one of the first blog posts, and it’s not the healthiest of recipes, but honestly, it was his birthday and people keep asking me the recipe! So remember, this is a mish-mash blog. Haha, I will be posting the themed birthday parties we do, too. Because they are fun, and they weren’t too much work. Here is the cake, it was apparently amazing, everyone had seconds.

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Coconut Flour Birthday Cake with Coconut Sugar

Coconut Flour Birthday Cake with Coconut Sugar

When, my son turned two, I made this chocolate cake of mine for his Construction party. For this third birthday party, I made it again. That time, I went ahead and bought the icing from Whole Foods, who colored it to my liking with all natural food coloring and GMO free ingredients, and I thought that was good enough. It was still on the LESS-sweet side but the icing made up for it. You can add 1/4 cup sugar to this recipe to make it sweeter. As you can see for his third Superman party, I made this in a 9″ x 13″ pan, which this recipe easily converts to.

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Tips for Folding in Egg Whites in Gluten Free Cooking

Tips for Folding in Egg Whites in Gluten Free Cooking

When baking with coconut flour, and many gluten free desserts, it’s best to separate the eggs and whip the egg whites. This will give you a fluffier product when you fold the egg whites back in the recipe at the end. Now, you may have a really sticky, thick batter on your hands when you are ready to do your folding. So, the trick to adding the egg whites is to first add only 1/4th of them and stir in almost completely. This makes the batter a little lighter. At this point, you can now fold on the egg whites.. be careful, you are folding – not stirring- them in. Bring the rubber spatula (best to use one) completely under the batter and on top, then fold the left to the right. You want to keep the air in the egg whites in your recipe. It’s okay if you can see egg whites not completely mixed in, it is supposed to look that way.

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