A Slice of Time
The Gluten Free Kid celebrated her 12th birthday on Friday.
Sometimes we live day to day without stopping long enough to look around. I looked at my daughter on the morning of her birthday and was almost surprised by how grown up she’d become.
tall, long brown hair, the heart necklace we bought in New York, her pink Abercrombie sweatshirt, striped toe socks and Ugg Slippers (yes, she wears Ugg slippers to school. Obviously, this is one part of dress that they overlooked in the school uniform policy).
How can my first child be twelve years old (old enough that we don’t even have digital photos of when she was a baby)?
How can I be old enough to have a twelve year old?
To celebrate her most special Leap Year birthday, The Gluten Free Kid wanted to go snowboarding (something you don’t really have to twist our arms to do). So we packed up The Beast and headed up to our favorite mountain.
That night after Gluten and Casein Free Cake and a dance party in the RV (the neighboring RV’s must of thought us crazy) we watched videos of the Gluten Free Kid’s first days of life.
On my goodness, how I wanted to reach back in time and kiss that little babies head,
feel her snuggle on my shoulder and
rub her peach fuzz head against my check.
Oh so precious~ I wish I would of appreciated those moments more.
As the day ended and we tucked the kids into bed, I realized another Slice in Time had passed.
Another memory created.
Another home video made to be watched in the years to come and remember when . . .
I am happy I stopped today to actually look at my daughter and appreciate the moment. To implant a memory in my head of her special smell, the feel of her skin, her funny personality and determinedness, the way she loves her daddy . . .
Because in another twelve years I will look back and long for that twelve year old moment.
So now to what you are waiting for, a great recipe for a Gluten Free Casein Free Birthday Cake.
Sorry to disappoint, but I don’t have one.
I have made many gluten free cakes, and even though my family loved this one, I have to admit it was not my favorite, so it is just not good enough to post here.
I tried a recipe from scratch and in all honestly, I have much better luck with cake mixes.
So as not to leave you hanging, her are our favorite cake mixes-none of them will disappoint!
Dowd and Rogers Cake Mixes – we have tried them all and love them all.
Now, the frosting that was another story.
It was the best Gluten Free Casein Free Chocolate Frosting we have ever made. And it is so easy-
- 2 ounces unsweetened dark chocolate (I used Nonuttin Chocolate Chunks)
- 1 T butter (or Earth Balance for CF)
- 1/3 cup milk (or Almond Milk for CF)
- 1 t vanilla
- 4 cups powdered sugar
Mix together the chocolate, butter and milk and melt in the microwave on 50% stopping to stir every 30 seconds. It will not take long to melt.
Add the vanilla and then beat in the sugar one cup at a time until the frosting is the desired spreading consistency.
If you are following along with this blog, no I have not given up on the Red Velvet Cake because There is Always a Way!!