Sunday, September 30, 2012

Bowling Party Cake!



















My 11 year old daughter, Zoe,  said I could NOT put flowers on my 7 year old son's cake so we decided to make a bowling cake for his bowling party to celebrate his birthday. After I made the bowling lane she said "If only we could have have hard wood floors like those!" 

To make the layered cake I baked four sheet trays of cake and layered them with two layers of vanilla icing and a layer of chocolate pudding. Then we used rolled fondant by Wilton to cover the cake.

We copied a bowling cake we saw by Southern Cottage Cakery because it was such a last minute decorating effort. I actually wanted to buy a cake from Pip's Place, but my husband convinced me to make it instead which was a LOT of work but also a LOT of fun.




Sunday, September 23, 2012

Gluten Free Dairy Free Smore's To Go















This gluten free dairy free Smore's To Go Kit made things super simple this summer. The Laurie's Gluten Free Goodness Graham Crackers from GFreeNYC and Enjoy Life Boom Choco Boom Chocolate Fit perfectly in this Bento Buddy container from Laptop Lunches. 

Being prepared in advance when friends invited us for smore's or a barbeque meant we had more time to enjoy summer and our friends. Make your own kit in June and toss it in a plastic ziplock and you'll be ready for fireworks on the 4th of July.



Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Back to School Memories

Everyone is back to school and doing well. I am thrilled that my 11 year old is now at a middle school that has gluten free options. Only one gluten free/dairy free lunch and one gluten free/dairy free snack to pack each day seems like a dream.

I find myself blogging less and less these days. We turned off the TV and the computer for the kids Monday through Thursday so it's harder to plant myself at the computer if I have asked them to not do electronics. And the truth is, the less you use the computer/TV the less drawn to it you are. Well, if you want to see a big change in your kids/yourself try turning off all screens for a few days.

After everyone got over the shock of less TV/netflix/CNN we all got a little creative. My 6 year old got out the microscope to look at his rock collection and my 11year tried out an origami kit. I found my glue gun to make homemade locker decorations. (If you want to see how locker decorating is done in 2012 check out the second video of Ellen on LockerLookz.) And, we all started playing monopoly and our new favorite card game--Sleeping Queens as well as poker. We have played more games the past few weeks than we had played in the last several years.

It's not all fun and games, of course. Trying to live a less plugged in existence for a few is tough stuff for everyone in a world that is increasingly digital. It's almost impossible for everyone at some level. But it is a good way to carve out time together and create new memories as a family. Even when the TV goes back on everyone is slightly more connected and in a better place--and appreciative to be plugged in again.

(Sorry to everyone for not answering emails/texts anymore. I wasn't great at responding before and this change makes me even worse!)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Gluten Free Crab Cakes Recipe



To make these gluten free crab cakes kid friendly I eliminated the green and red ingredients so they looked like fish sticks. Serve the crab cakes either on a bed of lettuce or on a hamburger buns. Kids always are more likely to try things if you give them fun names so instead of inviting everyone to the table for crab cakes you can call them "crabby patties" if your young kids are sponge bob fans.

  • 1 pound crab meat, preferably lump
  • 1 finely diced medium yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 9 Schar table crackers (about 1/2 cup crushed gluten free crackers
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 egg whites or 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour for dusting crab cakes before frying
  • 3 tablespoons oil for frying

Optional ingredients (for big kids or more adventurous eaters)
  • 4 chopped green onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Directions:

Saute minced onion and garlic in the olive oil for about 5 minutes on medium heat. Do not brown.

Combine crab meat, sauteed onion and garlic, crushed crackers, egg, mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and seasoning. Combine with a large spoon.

Shape crab cakes and dredge in gluten free flour. Heat oil in large flat frying pan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Place crab cakes in oil and cook until they are golden brown. Flip to cook on the other side. Serve with green sauce or tartar sauce.