December, 2015

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White Chocolate Almond Butter Cups by The Allergy Chef

White Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

In case you don’t know, Kid Three can’t have peanut butter. He’s not allergic, but it gives him stomach aches. He can tolerate a good spoon full once every few months. He tells me it has to REALLY be worth it. He’s also the kid that can’t have sugar. So, I went about making these. I have to warn you, they’re not dairy free, as they were crafted for Kid Three.

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Nightshade Free Read More

Saving The Cake by The Allergy Chef

Remember The Failed Captain America Cake?

If you’ll recall, the Captain America pound cake turned out more like a cookie. Well, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, or in this case, “cupcakes”. Using the leftover batter, we made 3 variations: cinnamon, chocolate, and lemon. We also made a strawberry frosting to top them with. I split the batter into 3 bowls, and just guessed by sight as to how much looked good. I baked it as cupcakes, thinking if they were smaller, I may be able to save the batter and it would be more cake like. Nope. Still weird, but everyone liked these even more than the original version, Hopefully this will inspire you to make lemonade when your kitchen hands you lemons. Happy baking!

 

Free anf Friendly Foods Cupcakes

I plated them and tried to make them look fancy to make myself feel a litter better about the whole incident.

Gluten Free Vegan Captain America Cake by The Allergy Chef

Captain America “Cake”

Kid Three (low/no sugar) had a birthday! He’s really had a thing for super heroes lately, so I wanted to do something special. I decided to surprise him by making a Captain America cake. As with all things gluten free, dairy free, egg free, problems came our way. I had a grand vision in my head. I would start with our giant circle pan, and make lots of smaller cakes too. I’d then stack them and carve them to make it look like a realistic shield. Enter problem one. We couldn’t release the cake from the pan, even though we used parchment and non-stick spray. As you can see in exhibit a, it was total crumbles. Read More

2 More LEGO Christmas Reviews

40124 Winter Fun

LOVE IT! It’s cute, it’s small, it’s everything that expresses the joy of snow… The mini snowman was just right for the set, and I like it better than the big snowman. I will admit, it lacks details like the large one, but, I don’t know what it is about it. The brick facade on the building is lovely, and I wouldn’t mind building out the house a bit more. It’s just so quaint. I will say that the snow on top could use a little work. It’s a bit too flat for my liking. I love that I get a little Christmas tree, but I felt that the wreath on the door was unnecessary. Maybe because it’s strangely put together? I’m not sure. Overall, I would rate this set a 8/10. Yes, it’s up there with the big sets only because of how well put together it is.

40125 Santa’s Arrival

Like 40124, I just love this set. The details are all there. The beautiful chair that swivels, the cookies, the fireplace, the tree. Could I ask for anything else? My only complaint with the set would be the “stockings” hanging over the fireplace. I know this sounds strange, but I would have preferred to see LEGO create a custom piece for this. It’s something that could be used in other holiday sets, so it would pay for itself. And considering they made a mould for the hotdog guy, this is so worth it. There’s just something so unnatural about the L piece being a hanging stocking. From a distance, it’s not such a big deal. However, up close. eh. Also, I don’t know that I needed the cat. I could see a little kid loving the cat. Maybe it’s because I’m allergic to them? Like 40124, the wreath wasn’t too necessary for me to like the set. Overall, I would give this set a high rating because it’s small and quick, yet detailed and full of joy.

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