Vegan Chocolate Cookie Dough Sandwiches

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I’d like to confess that I’m a bit addicted to pinterest.  I will just assume that some of you may be as well, partly because it makes me feel as though I’m in good company.  It actually is a blessing, this thing called pinterest.  It allows this mom brain of mine to flex it’s muscles and remember that I am a woman of many interests.  I spend my time dabbling in photography, art, and beauty (hah, as if I have time for beauty) categories.  I’m not going to lie though, most of my pins are kitchen related.  One huge problem; so many tempting recipes containing dairy, dairy dairy!! Which my youngest is still not allowed to have due to food allergies.  Luckily, I am ambitious and I do my best to make adaptations for dairy, egg and nut free.

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Nut Free Chewy Granola Bars

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I hate to sit on the allergy train right now with recipes, but my life in the kitchen is pretty much dictated by the boys’ food allergies. As many of you with food allergies know, grocery shopping can be a bit laborious with all of the ingredient labels that must be read. I’ve become quite speedy at decoding them, but I have learned that it’s never safe to make assumptions. A product which was safe for my kids to consume the last time I bought it will not necessarily be safe the next time. Manufacturers often change ingredients and production facilities so it’s very important to read every time I grocery shop.

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Vegan Chocolate Pop-tarts

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It’s been a very long time, my friends. I now am the mother of a 4-year-old and a 14 month old. Life has been very busy and full of frenetic energy. All those mothers of several boys know exactly what I am talking about. One of my biggest time consumers is that my boys EAT ALL DAY LONG. Now most of you are probably thinking that this means I let them snack too often and they are not eating their meals. Wrong! They eat their meals and snack all day long. So it’s a constant dance of chop, cut, prepare, clean.

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Fruit Leather

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We are definitely a family of fruit lovers here, especially my little monster.  He’s been known to eat through a box of fruit snacks in a few days flat.  I try to buy the fruit leather, which is  much healthier, but it can get pricey keeping up with his habit.  So I thought I give the homemade kind a try.  It’s beyond simple and about as healthy of a snack as it gets.

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Hostess Cupcakes

I know some of you really won’t admit it.  It’s hard these days to admit you like junk food.  With buzz words like organic, low sodium, vegan, telling people you like junk food is like saying you eat small children for breakfast.  Well, don’t worry folks, I’m here to admit it for you.  I like junk food. Umm…period. I also really like butter, but we can cover that some other time.  Now I do like to balance the junk food indulgences with healthy things like wheat germ and flaxseed, but if you give me the option of one of those or a hostess cupcake, I’m taking the cupcake people!

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Homemade Goldfish Crackers

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One thing I’ve discovered in having a boy is that he eats an enormous amount of food throughout the day.  He’ll have just finished breakfast 10 minutes before and he’ll be asking for a snack.  It’s a little mind blowing that such large quantities of food can fit in that little body.  So I am constantly thinking of ways to make his snacking healthier and more varied.  One answer…homemade whole wheat cheese crackers.

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Feet Painting, Raspberry Picking and a Baby

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Some of you may have thought that I forgot about this little blog.  I didn’t forget, really.  I just became pregnant.  And exhausted. And I’m trying to entertain a 2 1/2 year old.  Hopefully, I can get back on track.  At least until the baby comes.  For those of you that haven’t seen, here’s a picture of the little peanut at 12 weeks. I’m 18 weeks now and in 2 weeks I will find out if it’s a boy or girl. Fingers crossed for the girl.  Seriously.

Today both K and I were feeling a little restless so we decided to do an outdoor art project.  We decided to lay out a big strip of paper and he painted with his feet. And hands.  Then he decided to paint his body and clothes as well.  He had a lot of fun, even afterward rinsing off with the hose.   Here’s some proof.

One thing I absolutely adore about our new house and property is that we have black raspberry bushes in the back.  So K and I have been sneaking back there every few days hoping that some will be ripe for the picking!  We found a good handful today and it was all I could do to grab a few before he gobbled them up.

Chocolate Scones

I know I dropped off the grid lately, but it seems like there’s always too much to do and this little blog has to take a back seat!  Don’t worry, I am so going to make it up to you with the recipe in this post. One of my favorite breakfast pastries is scones.  I only first attempted to make them myself last year.  When I did, it was like a revelation.

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Yo Gabba Gabba Cupcakes

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For years friends and family have been telling me that I need to open a bakery of my own.  Baking is obviously a passion of mine and while I’ve toyed with the idea of starting a business, time spent with my family has always been a bigger priority.  The two years that K has been here, I’ve made his birthday cakes and they have really turned out well.  I’ll share those in another post!

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