Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gluten Free, Egg free, Dairy Free Cupcakes.


If you read my blog or even if you know my family and I you know how bad my sons allergies are. There are many things that he can't have; dairy, eggs, gluten, wheat, sweet potato and until recently rice. Making it extremely hard when it comes to baked goods. 

This is where my good friend Sylvia aka "Slater Cake" come into play. Sylvia ales the most amazing/moist baked good you can think of. So when she told me she was going to come up with something for my boy I was overwhelmed with joy. It's so rare that we find something that he can eat like this that is not stale. She invited me over to decorate the cupcakes and have fun with the boys. Decorating for Nolan and cupcakes for Luke. 



Nolan had such a great time. Luke tried to help and Nolan made such a big mess! 


1.5 cups of gluten free flour
3 Tbsp of cocoa
1 cup of sugar (granulated pure cane sugar)
1 Tsp of baking soda
1/2 Tsp. white vinegar
1 Tsp of pure vanilla extract
5 Tbsp of vegetable oil
1 cup of water


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. 
Start by mixing all dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, sugar and baking soda)
Add vinegar, vanilla and vegetable oil and last water before mixing. 
Mix until smooth and should have a very liquid constancy. 
Pour batter into cupcake cups evenly. 
Bake for 18 min. 
Take out of pan when finished to cool down so it does not over cook in hot pan.


Sylvia might have forgot how messy small children can be. 


End results come tomorrow.... But in my opinion this is the best results I have ever seen! 






Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How I cut my son's hair

Many people have asked how on earth I cut my young children's hair. "Don't they move?" 
The answer to this question is simple. First I am not going to go spend $20 to get my 2 year olds hair cut. It does not make since to me. Second. It really is quite simple. All I do is sit them on the counter (like picture below) let them play with the water and cut their hair. It's not hard and saves me money. Now NO it does not cost $20 for a cheap hair cut but don't forget the tip that you have to leave after you spend the $12 to get someone to cut their hair. Still not worth it. So pick up a pair of scissors and give the sink a try. 

Luke before:

Luke getting ready....

Luke after....

Such a cutie! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

The perfect birthday cards for kids

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This year is going to be crazy busy during the Holliday's for us. Not only am I about to have a baby but I also have a 4 year old turning 5 the week before Christmas. This is something I as a mom have been stressing about. Not wanting Nolan to feel left out because of Ryan. Not wanting the party to turn into something that is "oh look at the new baby" sort of thing. So being the cool mom that I am (wink, wink) or the cool mom I think I am. I decided to do little things here and there before Ryan arrives to make sure Nolan still feels like his birthday is special. This is where the Hallmark kids cards from Walmart come into play. 



#KidsCards


Trying to make this as special as I can for my little man that seems to be growing up way to fast I decided I would let his little brother be a part of the game. Letting Luke pick out his card meant a lot to me. Not only did he pick out the right card but in letting him do this I also got to instal some "learning to give" teachings into him.



Luke was more than happy to be buying something for his big brother. He knew just the right poster card to get him. Spiderman. Nolan's favorite thing right now and actually his Halloween costume. I'm not sure what i'm going to do when he gets older and can actually spoil a surprise.

I decided it would be more fun to wake Nolan up with this surprise right before school on a Monday to start his week of with a bang.




Nolan loved his surprise. Nolan loves Spiderman and with his brand new poster card he was jumping for joy. Literally jumping on his bed where he wanted to hang the poster. He also decided he wanted to run put on his Halloween Spiderman mask for me so he could be just like his favorite Super Hero Spiderman. Although he would wear his costume to school and every day if I let him i'm sure school would not have been to happy with him showing up as Spiderman to school. 

Yes it may be a little early for his birthday party but in my mind it's never to early for little surprise and to make my "baby" feel special no matter what day it is. 

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Good Morning Y'all

What a wonderful morning. I really don't have much to say right now but wanted to say good morning to y'all! I have some wonderful post for you coming up this weekend and two of them are from my wonderful baby showers I had yesterday.

I can not believe how crazy busy yesterday was but how amazing and blessed it was all well. I still can not explain enough how loved I felt yesterday and ended it with a movie with the girls.

Big thanks to my husband and children for letting me be gone almost all day.

I hope you all have a wonder Sunday and get ready for the week ahead I can't wait to share with you the awesome great post I have for you.

Good Day Y'all!

xoxo

Erica

Friday, October 17, 2014

A little about me....





A couple of facts about me.

  1. I got married at the age of 20.
  2. I got pregnant at the age of 19.
  3. I got pregnant after only dating my now husband for 2 months. 
  4. I got married after only dating him for 7 months. 
  5. I was 6 months pregnant when I got married. 
  6. I have 2 kids and one on the way. 
  7. I am still married. 
  8. I have been married for 5 years now. 
  9. I can count on one hand who thought my marriage would work. 
  10. I can't count how many people thought it wouldn't. 
With 10 small facts about me I am happy to say that I am still happily married to the same man that everyone said would not work out. Or that I was too young. Even if people did not tell me to my face I know it was said by them or I over heard in passing. 

With that being said.....

I love running into to other couples who have just gotten married and are either young or pregnant and being able to give them hope. It breaks my heart when I hear "wow your the first to tell us that" or just a simple "thank you".

It now makes me upset or mad when I hear people telling others that. Even if they are not pregnant and may just be young. Let them do what they want. Let them be happy. Don't be mean or rude. Even making the smallest remark they will not forget so why even say it?

Just my thoughts for the day....

Be nice,  you never know what is going to happen and if something does happen you want them to be able to come to you, not turn away from you.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

No Bake Cheese Cake



Every since I was a little girl I have loved me some Cheese Cake. So every year my mom would make me this not so ordinary Cheese Cake that I could only get from her. I asked for it every year, many times a year until I was old enough to make it myself. Now that I have children I want to pass it down and make it a fun thing that the children and I get to do together. Now since leaving home I have changed the ingredients a little and added a little here and there but it is still amazing and the best part is that you do not have to bake it. 


16 oz Cool Whip
Graham Cracker Pie Crust
18 oz Philadelphia original Cream Cheese
1 or 2 Table Spoons of Condensed Milk
1 Cup of Powdered Sugar
1/2 a Lemon
(for chocolate 1 table spoon of Cocoa)


Nolan really got a kick out of helping mama. 
I let him put everything into the mixer and he would just sit there and watch as it blended all the ingredients together. Of course the taste testing didn't hurt his feelings. 


Now the directions are easy. 
Start with the Cream Cheese at it to the bowl and mix until soft. 
Add Cool Whip, sugar, condensed milk, lemon and Cocoa (if needed).
Blend
It should thicken up and be ready to add to your crust. 


After adding to crust put lid on and let sit in fridge for minimum hour.
Cut and serve. 


This Cheese Cake is not your normal Cheese. It is creamy and smooth going down. I have friends that don't like Cheese Cake that will eat this one. I hope you all give it a try. It is really simple and easy to make and Nolan had a blast helping me do so.

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