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Allergen-Free Cupcakes November 18, 2012

Filed under: Food — Jessi @ 9:36 PM

I’ve been asked several times for this recipe, so I thought this would be the easiest way to share.  Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free Yumminess.  The recipe was adapted from Kathy P’s Wacky Cake.  Variations for different types are listed below the directions.  I also use this recipe for various kinds of muffins, I just decrease the sugar to 3/4 cup, as that seemed pretty standard for most muffin recipes, and usually add 1/4 c flax meal or oatmeal to make them a little heartier.

1/3 c + 2 TBSP white/brown rice flour

1/3 c + 2 TBSP tapioca flour

1/3 c + 2 TBSP potato flour

1/4 c sorghum flour or oat flour

1 tsp xanthan gum

1  cup  sugar

1  tsp  baking soda

1/2  tsp  salt

1  Tbsp  vinegar

5  Tbsp  oil

1  tsp  vanilla

1  cup  water

Preheat oven to 350F.  Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.  Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl and stir to combine.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until you get a smooth batter.  Pour into greased cupcake pan (usually have more than enough for 12, so use some silicone cupcake wrappers or a small loaf pan).  Bake for 25 minutes.

Add ins for various flavors:

Vanilla Cupcakes

double vanilla

Chocolate Cupcakes

1/4 c cocoa powder

Spice Cupcakes

1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/4 cloves


Roughing It August 4, 2012

Filed under: Dylan,Family Fun,Kids,Parker,Tristan — Jessi @ 10:58 PM

After one camping trip in a tent…which as you might recall included a puking incident…we decided we needed to upgrade at least a bit at long last.  Once you put an idea in Steve’s head, it doesn’t take him long to take action :).  So, we headed off on our first non-tent camping adventure.  It was SO MUCH FUN!  What great memories can be made in the dirt.  I once heard someone say that camping seems like nothing but a series of chores.  Funny.  Sort of true.  But it’s so much easier to spend time together without the other distractions of home (both theirs and ours).  So, we have enjoyed the “chore” of camping a lot this summer.  Here are some memories from our summer (sorry I am incapable of narrowing these down to one or two).

Parker is an amazing helper these days.  He can always be found helping set up the camper, gathering fire wood, rounding up his brothers, building the fire, and taking the camper down when it’s time to head home.  Such a blessing to have a boy who’s growing up :).

Tristan is chief resident in charge of giggling – or screaming – whichever suits him for the moment :).

To find Dylan, follow the sounds of a piggy, affectionately known as “Pibby.”

Most of the time we were ALL happy to go on a hike ;).

Favorites?  Fire.


Building “Pibby Cages” out of pine needles.

Chopping down trees.  In the campground.  Yes, Steve, that is against the rules.  Very good look of surprise, Steve.

Playing in the trees.

Sometimes all business.

Sometimes all out fun.

Always a happy ending to a day chilling with dad (Yes, I took the cushion off the bench for Dylan to eat his “bea rie” (translation: beans & rice – his favorite meal, most days requested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner). You know how I love a mess!).

There were a few problems and owies along the way of course.

We ended up with a flat tire that turned out to be the world’s most ridiculous ordeal – but about 6 big strong men later we got it tackled :).  Steve was not smiling.  But I must have said something funny so it looked like he had a good time!

Parker fell off the picnic table (but after he got over it, he insisted on recreating it for the camera!).  Tristan & Dylan did not get any laughs out of any of their owies…so no pictures there…but there were plenty of bumps and bruises.


My Little Zoo July 22, 2012

Filed under: Dylan,Kids,Parker,Tristan — Jessi @ 10:33 PM

Dress up night :).  Such cute little dudes I have around here.


Of course dress up in a house full of boys had to turn in to wrestling, this time with lots of growling :).


Dylan is Two! July 21, 2012

Filed under: Dylan,Kids,Parker,Tristan — Jessi @ 9:44 PM

We celebrated Dylan’s 2nd birthday in Piggy-Style.  Of course most of the kids thought the piggy cupcakes were monkeys, but I guess I was too lazy to color the white icing pink – brown is a good color for a pig, no?

You might think I have entirely too much time on my hands, but you would be wrong.  I’m just really good at not doing what I ought to be doing and making silly little pig noses and favor boxes instead :).


Sadly, the birthday boy was just waking up when the party started – and having a hard time of it – so I didn’t get any pictures of him posing with his “party decor.”  But some pretty cute pictures with Grami & Papa (now if I could just learn how to focus the camera on the boy instead of the cupcakes – argh)!  I guess I forgot to go back and try again after Papa made him happy :).


While Dylan was not interested, the rest of us had quite a good time playing “Chubby Piggy” with pink marshmallows.  As I recall, Grandma won :).  And by posting her “Chubby Piggy” face, now I’ve gotten her back for some of those bad pictures of me she likes to hang up ;).

Dylan was good at his Day-Dyous (translation: Thank Yous)

Watching a 2-year-old blow out candles is always a treat!  Such squeezable cheeks that can’t quite figure out how to blow :).


I *think* he liked his cupcake.  There’s so much chocolate in that mouth he looks like he’s missing some teeth!  Yeah for yummy gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free cupcakes!!


Parker’s Woodworking July 19, 2012

Filed under: Kids,Parker — Jessi @ 9:00 PM

OK, so we need Uncle Chris to come do a lesson on construction basics, but Parker was pretty stoked about his life-sized frame :).  His favorite feature was that he could fold it up (since the corners are not properly cut or attached in such a manner to make it sturdy!).


Daddies Rock July 16, 2012

Filed under: Dylan,Kids,Parker,Tristan — Jessi @ 8:53 PM

Dog pile!


Happy Independence Day! July 4, 2012

Filed under: Dylan,Family Fun,Kids,Parker,Tristan — Jessi @ 10:23 PM

I love a party :).  We got Uncle Cesar & Aunt Sarah to join us this year for an Independence Day celebration and had a blast (no pun intended).

My little pyro :).

And his trusty sidekick.

Party food – as usual, no original ideas, just copying ideas from FamilyFun.com.

Bald Eagles, Star Spangled Blueberry Pie, Revolutionary Berries, and Patriotic Sodas.

I know pictures of food by a very poor excuse for a photographer is not exactly that exciting, and I’m no food stylist, so they’re not perfect, but I had so much fun getting it all ready I had to share with you.

Baths, check.  Jammies, check.  Good night baby Corbin, check.

Can we start yet????  OK…it’s dark enough…


They are so loud :).

The sparklers I remember…

The torches they sell today…good grief…no wonder so many people end up in the emergency room…


No boys, those are not swords.

I’m almost 2 whole years old.  Can I light this on fire?

How about you?  Can I light you on fire??

Melanie wasn’t exactly a fan of the whole fireworks experience…but I *think* she had fun :).  We were sure glad they were there!

The torches a little later on…

No Steve, you shouldn’t sword fight either.

It was so fun to watch Dylan’s first fireworks experience.


My boys…

All of us…

And just because this is what they want to do for every picture…

Happy Independence Day!