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I found S’more…

18 Jul

Okay so I found the recipe…sorry it took me so long to get it posted, but the hubby has been on holidays so we have been out and about enjoying summer and trying to keep cool in this ridiculous heat wave.

I found the original recipe at while I was looking for something else to make at Pastry Affair. The pictures made me drool a little and the squirrel made me laugh so I couldn’t resist trying to make it gluten free (you really need to read the post it is pretty funny).

So here is the recipe as promised:


Graham Cracker Cupcakes
Adapted from Pastry Affair

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, separated, room temperature
1 cup sweet rice flour
10 gluten free graham crackers smashed (1 ½ cups of crumbs is the actual amount recommended but I didn’t have that much…there may even have been less than 10 crackers but…)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk

Make sure your ingredients are room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Using a stand mixer (you can use a regular electric mixer but your arm might get tired), beat the butter until it is fluffy, about 30 seconds. Add the sugar and beat together the butter and sugar until it is very light and fluffy, about 7-8 minutes. Seems like a while but trust me!

Add the egg yolks to the butter mixture one at a time, mixing between additions. In a small bowl, beat together the egg whites until they are voluminous and foamy using an electric mixer.

Using whatever method available to you (food chopper, processor or hammer, or box of crumbs) turn your crackers into tiny crumbs.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Sifting is important to get rid of the larger graham cracker crumbs and to add air to the cupcakes. You will want as much air as you can get.

Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix with a spatula. Add 1/2 cup of the milk. Mix. Add another 1/3 of the flour. Then add the rest of the milk, and the rest of the flour. Add the foaming egg whites and fold the mixture until just combined.

Scoop the batter into cupcake wrappers 3/4 of the way full and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the cupcake tops bounce back when pressed. Cool completely on a cooling rack.

Marshmallow filling

Adapted from theKitchn (there is a recipe with the original cupcake recipe as well)

1 ½ cups Marshmallow fluff (or other marshmallow cream)

½ cup butter

½ cup shortening (the original recipe uses just shortening)

1 cup icing sugar

Pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients together in the bowl of a stand mixer until well blended.

Chocolate Glaze

You can follow the recipe in the above link to Pastry Affair, but I didn’t have any chocolate so I made a glaze.

2-3 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp water

3 Tbsp cocoa powder

1 cup or so of icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla

In a saucepan on medium heat melt the butter and water together. Add  the cocoa powder and mix. Remove from heat and add the icing sugar slowly to avoid clumps, add vanilla.

Meringue Topping
4 egg whites
1 cup sugar

In a double broiler, whisk together the egg whites and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved and the egg whites are warm to the touch, about 3-4 minutes.

Remove from the heat, transfer to a medium mixing bowl, and beat the egg whites until they form shiny, stiff peaks, about 5-8 minutes. Use immediately.


To assemble cupcakes:

Using and apple corer or paring knife, remove the centre of your cupcake. Fill the whole with marshmallow filling. Cut the piece that was removed in half and stick back into the hole. Place a spoonful of chocolate glaze on top of each cupcake. Using a piping bag, pipe the meringue onto the top of the glaze. Place entire cupcake under broiler until tops are browned (you can also use a kitchen torch for this step if you have one). Enjoy!!



What She Ate: By The Campfire

10 Jul



I am going to let you in on a little secret here, okay well maybe even a couple of secrets. Ready?  Number 1) the week just got away from me and I kind of forgot about yesterdays post (which is why I am doing it now , and number 2) is that we haven’t been camping since I was pregnant with monkey number 2…yikes…to put that in perspective monkey number 3 turns three next week. We keep saying we are going to go and something just comes up…we really need to go and soon. Some of my best memories from growing up are while camping…like the day my mean older brother told me where bacon came from…that was a sad day in my world, but bacon tastes so good that I got over it (though a video I watched the other day thanks to Netflix almost changed my mind again).

Anyway, put those two secrets together and you really have nothing to make for a blog link up called by the campfire right?! Not so…I made S’mores cupcakes 😀 Okay so I am stretching the theme a bit but I hope I will be forgiven.



and I really, really , really want to share the recipe with you but I can’t….I can’t find it…I adapted a non-gluten-free one and turned it into the most AH-MAH-ZING gluten free cupcake, but I DIDN’T WRITE IT DOWN (my very pregnant sister is going to be SO PISSED…so pardon me while I find a good hiding spot from which to continue the search…if I can find the original I can re-create the gluten-free, please be patient with me).

I know I used sweet rice flour and gf graham crackers LOL. I stuffed it with marshmallow frosting, put chocolate ganache on it and some meringue  on it and then broiled it to get the toasty to. 

ImageLooks toasty doesn’t it? (I am looking for it I swear)

and then (please don’t hate me)…I cut it open to show you the inside.Image

While I am looking for the recipe, check out the other fabulous bloggers that took part in this weeks link up Stars in Jars and Let it Unravel.

I will post the recipe as soon as I re-create it for you I PROMISE!


The ghosts of the treats of Canada Days past…

22 Jun

With the business of the end of school (3 more school days, thus only 6 more lunches to pack…hooray), it was today that I was reminded that Canada Day is quickly approaching…in fact I got reminded twice buy two different people and then I took my kids to the dollar store (which FYI is never a good idea when you are going in for JUST ONE THING…which was what I went in for, and didn’t come out with) and my kiddos found these (she has inherited her mommy’s camera face LOL):


Of course this meant, we had to buy 4 of them (my youngest nephew was there too with my sister 🙂 ) and they are lying in various stages of disrepair even though we only just got them (except for this pair which has remained perched atop my oldest daughter’s head for the entire afternoon…in fact she plans to sleep with them even). 

Anyway, with the whole going gluten-free and re-creating all the yummy yummies in gf, I am so not sure what treats I will bake up for our nation’s birthday. In the meantime I thought I would share some goodies from years past.

 I made this cute little cake for a friend’s son’s first birthday two years ago…it was so hot this year that the cupcakes I made to match this cake but for my own family no longer had maple leaves on them but more like red chocolate blobs. Good thing my kids are understanding (or more likely they didn’t care what they looked like as long as they could sink their little teeth into them).


That same year I made this strawberry shortcake inspired cake to send to my hubby’s work. If you squint you can even see the maple leaf (fresh picked organic berries sure taste wonderful but I am pretty sure all the cakes made like this in the fancy magazine use the large pointy ones to get their perfect shapes).Image

 Last year my sister and I had a booth at the market and it was full of gorgeous red and white treats. Here are some of the cookies I made:


These ones I have Trilogy Edibles to thank for the idea. She made great maple leaf flag cookies by layering two cookies together. I used a similar plan but made royal icing maple leafs for the centres of my flags instead, still I couldn’t have done it without her.


And these cookies combined three of my favourite things: red velvet, graham crackers and cream cheese icing…YUM!!!!

With only a week left I guess it is time to come up with some gluten-free Canada Day treats…hmmm…thinking cake on!!!

my kingdom for a pizza…and a porsche

15 May

Have you ever had those moments when you think to yourself “This is silly. Of course I can have/do/eat (insert random item you have been told to quit here). After all I have had it/been doing it my whole life up to this point? Why would it need to change all of a sudden?!”

I had that moment on the way to my daughter’s school this morning. I packed my snacks and lunches for all three girls (the wee one was coming with me), but it was pizza lunch day for T and I knew that I would be surrounded by small children and pizza, and worse than that I knew that she would offer me the crust (which she did) so in the car I wavered…thankfully I had eaten before I left and I had snacks for lunch break, and I remembered how much better I am finally statring to feel (though part of me wants to just give in and see what happens…denial maybe LOL)

This is hard…some days are easier than others and I know it will get easier (my kitchen is slowly becoming gluten free…instead of me having a shelf with snacks there is a shelf with wheat bread and snacks and our dinners are almost all gluten free so I don’t have to make too many double meals…and the kids are gobbling it up in ways I haven’t seen before), but I miss certain things…often things I haven’t thought about in ages and then I crave only to find out it is gluten filled…sigh…like licorice…I love licorice…good thing I found a recipe to try to make it (maybe later tonight).

Oh and I made these Image

They are gluten free chocolate cupcakes, with a peanut butter filling, topped with chocolate cream cheese icing and drizzled with peanut butter topping. They were pretty good. Nice and moist (not at all like I had been dreading). That day my husband ate three of them (though he said they were much better before I put them in the fridge).

And then I made these yesterday Image

They started out as vanilla but since I used coconut oil and milk in them they had a bit of a coconutty taste to them so I just went with it…I topped them with vegan coconut “butter”-cream and some toasted coconut. They had kind of a weird texture…dense like a muffin but still kind of light?! Is that even possible.  Took them to parent council and they got eaten…though one of my parent council members was saddened…he said in reference to my old cupcakes vs my new gf ones “once you have driven a Porsche…”

so now I have time to play a bit and so it is time to tinker so that I ca work my way back up to a Porsche LOL

Poisoned kisses…

8 May

who knew that such a cute little face could be the spreader of poison…it is a whole new reality in my new gluten-free life. Image

First an update: this is, I think, week 3 of being gluten-free and I am feeling so much better already. I feel like doing things again, and the desire to play n the kitchen. I haven’t asked the person I was with where I was going a million times in the car and I can focus so much better. I am still not 100% and not expecting miracles but things are still falling into place and if eating gf is the way to keep it happening I will.

I have gone back to making most of our dinners from scratch (yesterday I wasn’t feeling well so I admit I pulled out the mac’n’cheese for the kiddos yesterday and I ate and egg on gf toast later that night). For the most part the kiddos have embraced the change for dinner time with ease (and actually have gobbled up both tonight’s stew with rice and the other days amaranth pasta with sauce and meatballs stopping short of licking their plates), which is good because i have more plans for them. They have all tested negative so far, thank goodness but we aren’t convinced that the weest one has symptoms…she has an appointment with the doctor in a couple of weeks to discuss our next move.

I have been doing lots of reading and have fallen in love once again with recipe books and their glossy pictures singing their siren songs…I have gotten a lot of support from various people in different ways and I am very grateful. I went out for dinner with friends and who knew, our local restaurant has a separate gf kitchen (I had a divine club sandwich…yum).

The school has a tea every year for volunteers and I was sort of dreading going because i knew that they would have all sorts of gluten laden treats that I would not be able to eat, but I wanted to go because the tea is such a nice gesture…when I arrived at the tea however one of H’s teachers (whose granddaughter suffers from celiacs as well) made me gf brownies on a special separate plate. Lovely!!!

I had to get the hubby to pick up new toothpaste coming home one night because the brand/type we were using couldn’t guarantee to be totally gf…who knew…

Which leads me to the poisoned kisses…the amount of gluten it takes to start damaging a person who has Celiac disease is minute…like I can eat about 1/350th of a slice of bread a day ( and be “okay.” There can be trace amounts of gluten in even foods labeled “gluten-free” (tricky I know) and this can add up. For those of you that have felt the way I did you can understand why even a minute amount is too much. In this vein, to prevent “cross-contamination” many of the websites and books and blogs have rather cheekily mentioned that the hubby should make sure to brush his teeth/wash his face (because of his beard especially) before any sort of canoodling (even the most innocent kind LOL), but no one mentioned the cute little face above…her and her two partners in crime are going to be mommy’s worst enemy, because while I was able to turn down the goldfish crackers she was so nicely trying to share with me, how can you turn aside from their love filled kisses, even while smelling the very poison in their hot little breath?!?!

Miner Temptations goes Gluten Free

1 May


It has been a long time since I have posted anything here. I am going to try to get back into the swing of things both for my friends who are interested and so that I have a place to keep track of everything I have learned and new recipes I have tried.

So here it is…my diagnosis as having celiac disease and how it came about.

It has been a rough year around here, within my own household as well as in my extended family and I had just been feeling off. It was something I had kept brushing off…you know , I was up with the kids, I have been worrying about everyone, I didn’t eat right the other day, etc. I was exhausted and extremely short-tempered and one day I snapped at my kiddos for something really stupid. I took a minute and realized that this wasn’t right. I wasn’t the person that I had become and there had to be more than just being stressed to do with it. My goal at this point became to make myself healthy over the summer and give my kids back the mom they needed and deserved.

At a visit with the kids to the doctors office for yet another random illness picked up in kindergarten, the doctor commented on how tired I looked. I made an appointment to see her the following week (I suffered from mild anemia with each of my pregnancies and had wondered if I had just gotten so run down over the winter that it was back). We chatted and she took my vitals and then suggested blood work to see what was going on. I believe the tests she requested had to do with my thyroid, vitamin B and my various iron levels. The doctor called me from home on her day off (did I mention how much I LOVE my new doctor) to discuss the results. My iron levels were ridiculously low so I was diagnosed with Iron Deficient Anemia, and put on a crazy dose of iron supplements to boost it back up. She discussed a few tests to see why and said the paperwork would be in her office on Monday. When I picked up the paperwork there was a note from her suggesting that I might want to get the blood test for celiac disease as it might the reason my body wasn’t absorbing the vitamins and minerals it should be. She did warn that there would be a cost as the test isn’t covered by OHIP but we decided I should get it anyway just to be sure (and luckily we found out afterward that the hubby’s insurance will cover it…yay). I stuffed myself full of toast for a couple days and went for more blood work. So about a week later I was in the dr office with my kiddos (AGAIN…darn those kindergarten petrie dishes) and after chatting about the kids it was confirmed that I do in fact have celiac disease. For those questioning whether I will have the biopsy, the answer is no. My doctor’s office doesn’t request them unless your blood work is negative and you still have symptoms.

So basically: I didn’t think I had celiac disease until I found out I had anemia and I was lucky in that my doctor was the one who suggested the test.
I have since discovered that many of the things I have been experiencing over the last few years may in fact have been caused by this, but I have several of the less common symptoms as well as some of the more common ones. I couldn’t concentrate, had a crazy brain fog, was exhausted, moody and irritable, and I could cry at the drop of a hat, I have migraines and got night sweats, breast tenderness, canker sores, all sorts of various intestinal issues, my finger tips get cold (might be connected according to some resources), leg cramps and back pain, I bruise easily, my head got really itchy and I had sleep issues…I am sure there are more but these are the ones I can think of.  My kids are getting tested as well because there is a chance they might have it (some of them have symptoms but may be too young for accurate testing.

I was trying to describe the way I felt to a friend the other day and the best I could come up with was that I feel like I have been asleep (both literally and figuratively for most of my youngest daughter’s life, and that just isn’t fair to her (or the rest of the family) or myself.

So now, a little over a week into my new gluten free life I am feeling so much better already. It is hard because I am replacing many of my go to items, but I found a shampoo and lip balm that I love, I will get to figure out new cupcake recipes because many alive there is not a lot of really yummy gf baked goods out there and I will be darned if I can’t bake my cake and eat it too. But I am feeling much better already and I am so grateful that this is all it is…changing my diet is a small price to pay to get healthy again and I will do my absolute best to keep the complaining about it to a minimum.

I hope that I have answered some of your questions. If not let me know and I will try again.

Let them eat…Waffles…

21 Apr

Holey Moley…it has been busy these days. Can you believe that it is the end of April already? I feel like I haven’t had anytime to get anything I wanted to do done, you know like the laundry, or washing the floor 😛 But I got a lot of other things done…super important things…I played with the girls and babysat my nephew (who because he won’t sleep here in a playpen or the crib gives me an excuse to have a rest myself because he will fall asleep on my knee if we watch a movie with my daughter on the couch), and I combed macaroni and cheese out of my little ones hair…and then out of the dogs hair…this I assure you is hard to do!!! It is sticky!!

I also baked a couple of cakes!DSC_3807


And I discovered a new obsession…homemade sourdough bread. I am not entirely sure that before htis week I had ever had sourdough…I mean I am sure at some point in my life it must have been eaten but I have never gone out of my way for it. About a week or so ago, someone on a SWAP site in my area said that they had sourdough starter to share so I jumped on it. The day it arrived at my house I stared at it uncomfortably I had to Google how to take care of it…did you know that you have to FEED it? Like a baby, it eats and grows and mutates (okay well generally babies don’t mutate)…it ended up in multiple jars around my kitchen and having learned that you can change the type of starter it is based on what you feed it I have more than one type too. I have made bagels, and bread, and my biggest obsession is…WAFFLES!!!!!

I searched online and came up with a non-scary recipe that I found at Breadtopia ( and we had waffles last weekend (I have also forced them on my sister and a friend who just had a baby)…so yummy but you have to start making them the night before and we all know how well I do at planning things in advance…sooooooo….my plan has been to make some and freeze them…you know like eggos…but each time I have made them they haven’t lasted long enough…

Anyway I think you should all make some…and if you need some sourdough starter to “start” you off let me know, I can probably hook you up :-D 


Turns out on the day I made these we were almost entirely out of syrup so we melted some of the cream cheese icing I had used for the cake and served them with strawberries I stole from my sister’s freezer (Thanks Erin!)


Peanut butter and chocolate Rice Krispie Squares…

10 Apr


I am going to let you all in on a little secret…there are things in life that I hate. Okay well, most for most of them hate is too strong a word. I mean, I don’t sit around all day long plotting their destruction…although in the case of laundry maybe that is true because really the amount of laundry that a family of five produces is ridiculous, especially when you are trying to figure out peak and non-peak usage times for hydro…

So okay, there are things I dislike. As we have discussed I don’t care for laundry, I don’t like cleaning the floor, or doing the dishes…they all seem futile as two seconds later they are all dirty again…I am not good at getting rid of things, especially if they were a favourite (of mine or my kiddos and I really dislike mosquitos (this borders on hate but since they do out number me about 8 bazillion to 1 I figure spending too much time plotting their deaths won’t do much except for turning the rest of the swarms against me).

So the biggest part of the secret is this…I really dislike Rice Krispie Squares…please don’t turn against me now. I don’t understand it either…I mean I like the cereal. Sometimes I eat it for breakfast (it is the cereal I buy for myself on the rare occasion that I get a cereal). And who doesn’t like marshmallows?! There is just something about them together that I am not keen on…

I wonder if it goes back to when I was little and I was making them with my sister’s godmother…we were using the big marshmallows and I threw one into the melted butter, which of course splashed her and I got a wee bit of a scolding…that’s it…it must be her fault.

Anyway, my family doesn’t share this aversion to them, and the cereal had been on sale for a ridiculously good price so I had an abundance…I happened to have a few leftover marshmallows too and then I had a thought…why not add chocolate and peanut butter…OMG I might be a convert!DSC_3744

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

(adapted from the cereal box)

2Tbsps butter or margarine

2 1/2 cups of mini marshmallows

1/4 tsp vanilla

3 cups of rice krispie cereal

1/4 cup of natural peanut butter ( I figured that with the sweetness of the marshmallows this was the perfect place to cut out other sugar)

1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate (you can use chocolate chips but I was out)

1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until melted.

2. Mix peanut butter and vanilla into marshmallow mixture. Stir in rice krispies and mix until coated. Add chocolate bits (they will melt a bit).

3. Spread into a greased (or parchment lined pan…I used an 8×8).

4. Here is where the magic happens. I put another 3/4 cup (approx) or peanut butter in the microwave just until it melted enough to spread easily and poured it across the top of mixture in the pan. Place in the fridge just to set it a bit.

5. While the peanut butter is setting melt as much or as little chocolate (your choice). Remove pan from the fridge and pour (or drizzle) the chocolate across the top. I melted enough chocolate to cover the entire pan, but it is really up to your taste. You could then drizzle more peanut butter across the top to make it fancy 😀

I plan on making these again really soon…it will be a good way to use up those “extra” chocolate bunnies lying around.


Hoppy Easter everybunny!!!

9 Apr

DSC_3785 Big kisses for Easter!

Are you as glad to see the spring as I am. Three kids and lots of colds…stuck in the house for weeks on end. It seems every time we left the house, a few days later my little petrie dishes had incubated whatever little germies they picked up and spread it through the house. The nice weather has meant that we have been able to spend more time outside (sick or not) and that things have started to grow in our gardens. My husband has started prepping all the beds and we actually have some cold start items growing already (I am getting all twitchy waiting for the goodness that I anticipate from our gardens.

DSC_3789 We have no idea what these flowers are but they make me and the girls smile.DSC_3775


I am particularly excited about the strawberries growing under the little greenhouse that the hubby built, and the lettuce and spinach just in behind.



DSC_3763 We have been outside every chance that we get. We have been blowing (or wearing) bubbles, catching worms or playing in the dirt with my nephew (and then we send him home filthy for his mommy to deal with:-D).



Please note that this is my daughter who screams whenever a bug (of any sort) comes near her, but for some reason worms are fine…kids are weird!


I haven’t been able to bake anything really either over the last few weeks (and have owed my sister-in-law cake pops for a zillion years) and wasn’t sure what to make for Easter dinner at my mother’s house this year. Luckily a friend out for a drive came by with some cupcake calendars filled with pictures to inspire me. So I made these:DSC_3802

The calendar made them for February with Valentine inspired candy corn and when I happened upon Easter coloured candy corn I knew that it was meant to be. I made lemon cupcakes with strawberry buttercream and put the candy corn on top in a circle. I had originally planned on using a chocolate egg in the centre but they were too big so I pulled out the chocolate chips and used them instead. DSC_3795

Hope you had a fabulous East weekend filled with family and friends and chocolate for breakfast. We were missing a few this weekend and hopefully will get to see them soon…they are long overdue for hugs (and cake pops) from us!!!

Love = chocolate…and lots of it!!!

18 Feb


So by now, many of you have seen my daughter’s birthday cake from last week, and are aware of how much time I spent on it because she deserved something special. Well this week (in fact four days after my daughter’s and two days after Valentine’s day) was my husband’s birthday…(It was also our anniversary this week, but that is not the point :-P)…

Usually by his birthday we are very caked out (or at least I am)…he hasn’t had his own cake made by me, I don’t think anyway, in a couple of years (I know what cake it was…the death by chocolate one from one of the Looney Spoons cookbooks…but I can’t remember when I made it…I think maybe before our first was born), so I thought that this year it was time…

He told me he wanted a rich chocolate cake, filled with chocolate bars (at which point he went off on a tangent about a restaurant dessert that has white chocolate cheesecake baked in…I am pretty sure his eyes glazed over and there was drool in the corner of his mouth), covered with more chocolate.

So a few days ago I went off to the store and bought chocolate bars…a ton of them…I am pretty sure that the store clerk as well as several of the customers in line checked to see if I had a stretchy waistband on my pants, due to the obscene amount of chocolate that was in my basket…I avoided eye contact as I paid, just to be safe…

For the record, there is about $1 worth of chocolate bar for every inch of diameter in his cake…

For the cake, I made my go to chocolate cake recipe, but since it is runny I let it bake for about 5 minutes before I put in my chopped up chocolate bars in it (I also coated them in cocoa) so they didn’t sink)…I filled it with chocolate fudge icing and more candy bars, then iced it with chocolate butter cream icing…on top of that I put a chocolate fudge glaze and more candy bars…


Even the mini Reese Peanut Butter cups have extra chocolate…

I wasn’t sure how the cake would turn out but it looked and smelled yummy and at least I tried so I gave it to him…It was YUMMY!!!! SO good…I am going to dream about it…It was so rich that even he had to admit defeat before finishing the GIANT piece he cut!!! (This is big, because he eat chocolate like it is going out of style…or at least he would if I kept it in the house all the time).

The cake contained (besides the cocoa and sugar in the cake itself): three small bags of mini Reese Peanut Butter cups, 2 bags of Aero bubbles, a Wunderbar, two Mars bars, and two Crunchie bars. It also had one container of ready made Fudge icing (you know the kind you eat guiltily with a spoon…at least this is what I do…only in the fridge to satisfy a chocolate craving, not to use on cakes) and a batch of my chocolate butter cream…then I made the chocolate topping that I use on Boston Cream pies…


Now if the sugar coma I put him into for his birthday doesn’t spell out love I don’t know what does…

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