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Review for Betty Crocker’s chocolate chip gluten free cookie mix

family000 110 (2)  family000 114family000 115 (2)I’m a newbie in the gluten free world, but not so newbie in the special diet world, so every time I find something that makes my life easier I’m more than happy!

When I saw this box at the store I was so happy, but at the same time I had my doubts about flavor and performance.  Because on top of needing a gf cookie I also need it dairy free and egg free.  So I had to substitute butter with vegetable shortening and eggs for vegan eggs (click here for vegan egg recipe).

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A very crafty Christmas

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family000 088 I’m not a blogger with a super big budget, extra time and big pretensions… scratch the last one, to be honest I do have big pretensions, lol.  So, that being said I have a budget to stick to, but I still want Christmas decor I can post on facebook or instagram and feel proud of.  But I have to do it in real life not in Pinterest life. That may be a little bit of extra pressure, but if you were my friend you would know I thrive in pressure 😉

Now, I’m not saying this is the most beautiful decor in the world, but I’m saying that giving the circumstances I came up with a totally different Christmas decor from last year and I think it came up pretty ok.

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The amazing vegan cookie (gluten free & flour free)

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This is my to go recipe simply because this is not only an easy recipe, is flour free and is versatile!

Now… this is a well known recipe, but the fact that you can replace peanut butter with sunflower butter and that it works with a vegan egg makes it absolutely amazing for me and my family’s dietary needs.

This cookies are soft and yummy, the kids love them and they disappear instantly.

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The vegan egg

In my house we have egg allergies so we can’t always cook with eggs, and this little recipe has made my life so much easier.  It allows me to grab almost any baking recipe and just substitute the eggs for flax seed eggs.

I have used the baking flax seed egg for pancakes, chocolate cake, strawberry cake, gluten free cakes, banana bread, pumpkin, sunflower and chocolate chip cookies, gluten free muffins, etc. And the cooking flax seed egg for meatloaf, veggieloaf, meatballs and veggieballs.

So if you ran out of eggs, don’t want the cholesterol in your life or have an egg allergy, this is your holy grail!

2 tbsp flax seed

2 tbsp flax seed

add 1/8 tsp baking powder

for baking add 1/8 tsp baking powder

BAKING FLAX SEED EGG

I have used this recipe for recipes that need a maximum of 3 eggs.

add water

+ 3 tbp water

mix

mix and let rest for 10 min

2 tablespoons finely

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egg’s consistency after 10 min

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ready to use!

ground flax sees

3 tablespoons hot water

1/8 teaspoon baking powder

Mix the 3 ingredients with a fork and let them rest for 10 minutes.

COOKING FLAX SEED EGG

2 tablespoons finely ground flax seed

3 tablespoons hot water

Mix the 2 ingredients with a fork and let them rest for 10 minutes.

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My First Julep Box (for free)

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I’ve been eyeing Julep for some months now until the time came…

So, what is Julep? Julep is a beauty brand.

julep subscription box

They specialize in nail color, but have all kinds of beauty products, for hands, feet, face primers, make up, hair, skin care, etc.  Their nail colors do not contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, or DBP, and a lot of their make up, hair and skin care products are free of a lot of yucky ingredients too 🙂

Julep has an amazing monthly subscription a “Julep Maven”.

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NOVEMBER IPSY’S GLAM BAG

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I’m in love with the November glambag! Ipsy got every item right! everything is gorgeous, the bag… everything (and I don’t know why the bag smells sooo good!)

nov13glambagem cosmetics clean volume mascara (full size) $20.00

glam glow youthmud (0.5 fl oz) $19.00*

nailtini in champagne (full size) $13.00

starlooks gem eye pencil in topaz (full size) $14.00

pixie bronzer in summertime (sample size) $5.65

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My take on Fork & Beans “kit kat” bars (gluten and dairy free)

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Final productA little while ago I saw this recipe:  Gluten and Dairy free kit kat bars.  I couldn’t pass on it and started following the blog’s recipe immediately!

Trying to have a healthier life style and having kids with food allergies, this recipe was a most!

The recipe comes from the blog Fork & Beans and not to sound redundant but for those with a special diet Fork & Beans is the blog to follow!

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Noni’s lunchbox

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vegan berry ice cream

vegan berry ice cream

It all started with Noni, my middle son.
One fine night we were feeding him baby food, old regular store bought baby food.

Immediately he started to whine and cry (which was highly unusual, Noni was a really mellow baby) so I took a second look to his face, and his lips were swollen!!.
Long story short, that night he had an anaphylactic reaction to whey. -Thank God for paramedics! they saved my 5 month’s old life that night!-
After that night our life change, we learned that he couldn’t have milk at all, and that was just the beginning.

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The miracle room

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When you arrive to the Autism Center of America, this is the first sign you see:

aplaceformiraclesIt is very inspirational and almost makes you cry! I think everybody walks back to the entrance to snap a pic of the sign 😉 …because this is what we are all looking for…

In a world that has told us that our dreams are impossible, WE -a group of parents- finally found a place of encouragement, fill with people who actually tells us to dream big, that miracles do happen! that the impossible is possible!

So after a week of training, off we went to our homes… to work in our miracle.  And a very important part is the “playroom” or the “miracle room” as I want to call it for now on.

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