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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