Thursday, February 24, 2011

The best gluten free dairy free chocolate cake EVER


 not to mention it looks like Lightening McQueen sticking his tongue out...



Thanks Uncle Chris!


Gluten And Dairy Free Chocolate Cake
Ingredients:
1 cup Water
½ cups Cocoa
½ cups Coconut Flour
½ cups Tapioca Flour
½ teaspoons Xanthan Gum/ or guar gum
½ teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
10 Tablespoons Earth Balance (vegan Butter)
1 cup Sugar
5 whole Eggs
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Bring the water to a boil. Stir in the cocoa until melted and set aside until it comes to room temperature.

3. Stir together the coconut flour, cornstarch, xanthan gum, salt, and soda. Mix together well. If you have a sifter go ahead and sift it to get out all the clumps. You don’t want to bite into your cupcake and get a clump of coconut flour. I don’t have a sifter so I used my hands to de-clump the flour the best I could.

4. Beat together the butter and sugar.

5. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla. Scraping down the bowl as necessary

6. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and beat until incorporated. Again, you might need to scrape down the bowl.

7. Add in the cocoa mixture and beat until smooth. Batter will be thin.

8. Spray a 9x13 pan or other pan and bake 30 min or until a toothpick comes out clean


Source:adapted from

http://thepioneerwoman.com/tasty-kitchen/recipes/special-dietary-needs/gluten-free/gluten-and-dairy-free-chocolate-cupcakes/

Sunday, February 20, 2011

I'm melting, I'm melting!

Well, not exactly. That is however what kept running through my head during Crash's meltdown last night.


You see, we were playing a game of Chomp, which has got to be one of his most favorite games at the moment. It's a little like War and a little like Slap Jack all rolled into one. constant motion and a lot of slapping the table... right up Crash's alley.

We were well into the game and all of a sudden I hear Crash screaming just like the Wicked Witch...I'm loosing...I'm loosing. which may have been a little funny at first, but it continued on and on...His eyes started to swell, hives started to appear and he could not get himself under control.

Dad tried redirecting, then offered choices...all while trying to keep from laughing hysterically and making the situation even worse. Of course, we were way past choices and redirection by then, and Crash is still screaming I'm loosing, I'm loosing.

So I call Crash over to my lap and try some deep pressure hugs and ask...Have you ever lost a game?

Tears now just running down his face...he sobs no...not this game it's my favorite.

So was it his favorite game because he never lost? We have only had the game a couple weeks, or was it his favorite game because it is fun to play. Thankfully, the game soon ended and Crash was willing to play a different game and the tragedy of loosing faded away.

Although being the wonderfully supportive and loving mother that I am, I had to make sure he didn't win that game as well.