Month: February 2019

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cake

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If you’re looking for a no-fuss, quick and easy, delicious cake that’s great for pot-lucks, bake sales, or just a yummy dessert for no reason at all, this is it. What I think makes this cake so perfect is that it doesn’t require frosting of any kind. It’s just loaded with oodles of cinnamon and sugar giving it a little bit of sweet, but not enough to make your teeth hurt. The other reason this cake is perfect is that it can be whipped up in about an hour.

Make sure you have an Angel Food Tube Pan for baking this cake. I have only ever made this in a tube pan, so I don’t know how it would turn in any other pan. I know it would not work well in a bundt pan because it would get too crusty on top.

So here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons milk (I use 1% and it’s fine.)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 12oz package chocolate chips
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar and cinnamon mixture

You can use a hand-mixer or stand-mixer, whichever you prefer. I love my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, so that’s what I use.

In a separate bowl, mix flour and baking soda together. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar together. Then beat in eggs one at a time. Add sour cream and milk and mix together. Slowly incorporate your flour mixture and mix until well combined. Be sure you cover your mixer or you’ll have flour all over! Add in the vanilla, then add chocolate chips and mix just enough to get the chips in there.

Grease and flour pan. Pour half the batter in the pan and sprinkle half of the cinnamon and sugar mixture generously. Add the remaining batter and add more cinnamon and sugar on top. I love lots of cinnamon and sugar in this cake, so I don’t really measure it out anymore, I just make the mixture in a small bowl and use it all up! 🙂

Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Be sure to use your cake tester to make sure it’s baked all the way through. It should start to crack a little on top when it’s done.

Let cool for a few minutes before removing center of pan. Take center of pan out and let cake cool completely before removing it from the tube. I find it easiest to take a silicone knife around the bottom of the cake and then just lift it off the tube.

Done to perfection!

Transfer to your favorite cake plate or cake carrier and get ready to enjoy with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa!

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10 Non-Food Valentine’s Day Ideas

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Does your school not allow candy or treats? Are you looking for a non-food, allergy friendly Valentine’s Day treat idea? Look no further because Fluttering Creations has you covered! Check out these adorable treat bag toppers and fantastic ideas for non-food treats that are sure to be a hit with all the kids! (Hint: There’s a coupon code at the end of this post!)

That’s right, You’re just “plane” awesome! << Grab the file here.
Kids will love a build-your-own airplane attached to this topper!
These are a pretty sweet deal, and you’ll have enough for the whole class!

Pick up this topper here: Color Your Heart Out!
You can add your own homemade heart-shaped crayons by melting down crayons in these silicone molds.
Get this one here: You make my world COLORFUL!
Don’t have time to make heart-shaped crayons? No problem! These packs of crayons will look just as cute in your treat bag.
Grab this You’re Out of this World topper here!
And tell me what kid wouldn’t love their own little Rocket Launcher?
Get this one here >> Will you “o-fish-ally” be my Valentine?
Add a little fish squirter and you’ve got yourself a cute little treat!
Seriously, all kids love to play in the water!

The bus driver might not love you for this one, but the kids sure will!
I Choo-Choo Choose You to be My Valentine
These are some pretty good train whistles… trust me, my kids have them!
Have a Ball, Valentine!
Bouncy Balls or Inflatable Balls would be great for this topper.
I Dig You, Valentine!
You could add any kind of little construction vehicles to complete this treat.
Hope Your Valentine’s Day is Loads of Fun!
This treat will be loads of fun with these stampers!
Owl Always Be Your Friend!
These just might be my personal favorite topper and I love these little notepads and pencils for this one! Or keep it simple with these erasers!

So there you have it, 10 super cute and super simple non-food Valentine’s Day ideas. Fluttering Creations also has other options available, so check them out and let me know if you came up with another idea. I’d love to hear it! You can also use Coupon Code HAPPY for 20% off your Valentine’s Day topper purchase!

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10 Things Food Allergy Moms Do

My six year-old son is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, blueberries, watermelon, grapes, and red dye 40. He is also severely allergic to dogs (dander and saliva) and cats and has seasonal allergies too. In addition to his allergies, he also has asthma and eczema. I can handle the seasonal and pet allergies because they can be managed to a degree with allergy medicine. But the food allergies… those are another story. Food allergies are a struggle no matter how many you have. Having asthma on top of food allergies is also scary because children with both conditions are more likely to have a more severe reaction. For those who aren’t familiar with food allergies, let me tell you what it’s like being a mom to a child with food allergies.

  1. We worry. We worry every single time our child eats or drinks something new. Sometimes we even worry about things our children have eaten hundreds of times.
  2. We read labels. By reading labels I don’t mean looking for the big bold “contains” or “may contain” statements. I mean reading every ingredient, every bold warning, and every inch of the package to make sure we didn’t miss something. And we don’t just read that box in the grocery store, we read it before we put it in the pantry, and then again before we serve it. It isn’t only food that we check, it’s household products, bath and body products, medicines, and vitamins. (Did you know that many vitamins for children may contain allergens?)
  3. We research. We make phone calls and send emails to manufacturers to find out how products are made. Are the items made in a facility that contains our child’s allergen? Are there shared lines? Is there a dedicated line or facility? We pray that we will get the answers we need, but we don’t always because the manufacturers don’t have to disclose all of that information. They simply have to label for the top 8 allergens if the product actually contains it, but not if it “may contain.” Do you know how frustrating and scary this can be?
  4. We memorize ridiculous codes. Yes, ask me what 24000 means and I’ll tell you it is the number of the peanut free Hostess plant. I can also tell you that ELZ on a bag of Dove Chocolates means those were made in a peanut free facility. I can tell you the code above the UPC for the “safe” butter at Walmart. I could go on, but you get my point.
  5. We cringe every time we are invited to a party or a function where food will be served. We don’t want to exclude our children, but we know that more than likely our child is going to be around his/her allergen. We are going to have to tell them they can’t eat what everyone else is eating and we will whip out a bag of “safe” food for our child.
  6. We become bakers and chefs. That’s right, we are self-taught bakers and chefs. We do our very best to learn how to bake and decorate cakes and cookies so we know exactly what goes in them and that they are 100% safe. We learn how to cook dishes that contain only safe ingredients.
  7. We prepare for parties by using our baking skills. How else will our children be able to attend a party or event if we don’t make their own safe cupcake? Most moms keep a batch of safe treats in the freezer so when a party pops up we can grab a safe treat and go. Imagine the burden we take off the host by making sure our child has their own safe good.
  8. We carry an Emergency Kit. We are always armed with sanitizers that actually wipe away the proteins of our child’s allergen, epinephrine will be within reach, and we will watch our children for any signs of a reaction. You know, in case Susie didn’t wash her hands after eating that peanut butter cup or piece of pizza.
  9. We can tell you every other name for our child’s allergen. Did you know that arachis oil is another name for peanut oil? You do now!
  10. We try really hard every day. We try not to panic. We try to stay calm. We try to let our children live normal lives. We try not to allow them to be excluded. We do our best. We love our children with all our hearts and don’t want to lose them because of food.

So the next time you are asked to refrain from eating something in the presence of a child with food allergies, think how much worry you are taking off that child and his/her mother.

When there’s a party and your food-allergic guest brings their own food, be thankful. Think of the burden they just took from you. Now you don’t have to worry that the child will react to something you made. While we appreciate the efforts that others will make for us to say that they have made something “safe,” know that it is often hard for a food allergy mom to accept. We worry if there was any unintentional cross-contamination. We worry about the brands of ingredients that were used. For example: While flour is flour to most people, as a peanut-allergy mom I know that only King Arthur flour is safe for my child.

Remember this: Food allergy moms aren’t being crazy or rude. We are protecting our precious children. Be understanding and think what you would do if you were in their shoes.

Be on the lookout for another post later today with some non-food Valentine’s Day treat ideas! You can also subscribe so you don’t miss it!

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