Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Mini Lemon Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins

I enjoyed a beautiful weekend away visiting my mother to celebrate her birthday.

Early Sunday morning I was busy in the kitchen baking mini muffins…

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Mini Lemon Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins

A basket of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Lemon Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins

The perfect treat to bring along to my mother’s church for their coffee/tea meet and greet after the service…they loved them!

This recipe comes from my neighbour, Linda…who in turn was given this recipe from a friend. I cut the recipe in half, adapted it to be dairy, soy and egg free and opted to bake mini muffins.

Did you notice the beautiful tea towel the mini muffins are wrapped in?

Patchwork Tea Towel handmade by Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily

Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily sewed it for me.

The ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ pattern was from a Scrap Swap Carla held. As soon as I saw it…I knew I needed her to sew me something with it.

After my husband referred to me as ‘Little Red Riding Hood’…I went delivering my muffins in my basket through the neighbourhood last week…I knew just what Carla could sew for me…a patchwork tea towel for my muffin basket.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Lemon Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins

1/2 cup canola oil
2 tbsp. water
1/2 tsp pure vanilla
2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp. lemon zest
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup of a non-dairy beverage such as Natur-a Rice Beverage mixed with 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
3/4 – 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (I used fresh blueberries in this recipe)

In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, cornmeal, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and lemon zest) excluding the blueberries.
In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients (oil, lemon juice, vanilla and water) excluding the non-dairy beverage.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients alternating with the non-dairy beverage. (ending with the dry ingredients with the blueberries)
Fill mini muffin tin paper liners with batter.
Tip 1:  I was able to fill a 24 cup mini muffin tin and then baked another 8.
Bake at 350 F for 10 – 15 minutes.
Let cool in muffin tin for 10 minutes before removing to continue cooling on cooling rack.

Enjoying Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Lemon Blueberry Cornmeal Mini Muffins with a cup of tea

Enjoy!

Tip 2:  Wondering what to do with the leftover lemon juice?  I love it stirred into water for a refreshing drink or sprinkled over fresh fruit with a drizzle of local honey.

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Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Mini Muffins

This Sunday morning I had the pleasure of baking my Allergy Friendly Monday Muffins at my mother’s house.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Mini Muffins

A plate of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Muffins

My mother and I love the flavour combination of lemons and raspberries…combined with whole-wheat and oatmeal in a mini muffin…yes please!

While out grocery shopping for our evening meal on Saturday…my mother spied a mini muffin tin…the inspiration for the mini muffin version.

Mini muffins make the perfect mini snack…especially for my mother who watches her carbohydrate intake due to her being a Type 1 Diabetic.

This recipe was adapted from the March 2000 edition of Canadian Living Magazine.

Adaptions for this recipe include:

1)  Replace 1 1/4 cups of buttermilk with 1 1/4 cups Natur-a Rice Beverage or Natur-a Soy Beverage mixed with 1 tbsp. white vinegar…let rest while you measure the ingredients.
2)  Replace the 2 eggs with 1 tbsp. flaxmeal mixed with 3 tbsp. water…let rest over night in the refrigerator (or in the refrigerator as you measure the rest of the ingredients), increase baking soda to 1 1/2 tsp (add to dry ingredients) and add 2 tbsp. of water to the wet ingredients.
3)  I replaced the all-purpose flour to whole-wheat flour to increase the fibre.
4)  I sprinkled the tops with large flake oats and topped each with a fresh raspberry.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Mini Muffins

A plate of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Muffins

Dry Ingredients

2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup packed Demerara Sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup quick oats
1 tbsp. lemon zest

Wet Ingredients

1 1/4 cups Natur-a Rice Beverage or Natur-a Soy Beverage mixed with 1 tbsp. of white vinegar…let rest
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tbsp. flaxmeal mixed with 3 tbsp. of water (refrigerate overnight or until it thickens)
2 tbsp. water
1 tsp pure vanilla
3/4 cup frozen raspberries

Topping

24 fresh raspberries plus more for any regular muffins
whole oats

In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, mix together all the wet ingredients…excluding frozen raspberries.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to just combine…gently stir in the frozen raspberries.
Spoon batter into mini muffin tin…sprinkle with whole oats and top with a fresh raspberry.

Tip: I was able to bake 24 mini muffins and 5 regular sized muffins. (bake at 375 F for 20-25 minutes)

Bake at 375 F for 10-15 minutes.
Let cool on cooling rack for 10 minutes before turning out on cooling rack.

Enjoy!

A basket of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Muffins

P.S. On my drive home from my visit to my mom…I stopped in to see Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily. I thought her daughter’s would enjoy a basket of my freshly baked Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Mini Muffins.

P.P.S. Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily’s posted a draw (click here for the story) to support the Brain Tumour  Foundation of Canada in support of Joanna @ That Thing I Made‘s friend, Jen, who has a brain tumour.  

Summer tote bag made by Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily

The winner of the draw wanted Jen to have the beautiful tote bag that Carla made, along with a book, so I have brought it home to give to Joanna to pass on to Jen.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Wholewheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have been perusing through the piles of magazines that have been collecting in various corners of my house…tearing out recipes that I hope to adapt.

One such recipe that caught my eye was in the July/August 2012 issue of Eating Well Magazine.

A plate of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Wholewheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bev’s Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe was the winner of Best Cookies…after reading over the recipe…I just had to adapt them. Click here for the original recipe.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Whole-Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

A plate of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Wholewheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yum is all I can say about these crunchy little gems!

Their taste reminds me of a chocolate covered digestive…one of my favourite store-bought cookies my mom would purchase for special occasions.

Matthew was very taken with them…he polished off three of them in one sitting.

Adaptions:

I substituted 1/4 cup of Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks (for a soy free version use Earth Balance Soy Free Natural Buttery Spread) for the butter.
I substituted 1/2 tsp of baking soda and 2 tbsp of water for the egg. Just increase the baking soda in the original recipe to 1 tsp and add the water when the egg is added in the original recipe.
 I used Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

Enjoy!

Enjoying a Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Wholewheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie

P.S. I am thinking… Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Whole-Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies will be the perfect cookies to send to my Secret Sister. Lovely with a cup of tea to warm up after a brisk walk with her dog. I have signed up for Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily’s Spring Secret Sister Swap.

I will be posting my package to my Secret Sister in the coming month…watch out for it!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Hearty Irish Soda Bread And Sweet Potato Leek Soup

I couldn’t resist baking up a loaf of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Hearty Irish Soda Bread.

A bowl of Sweet Potato and Leek Soup with a slice of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Irish Soda Bread

A favourite of mine to accompany a hot bowl of soup on a cold and blustery day.

The Irish Soda Bread recipe originates from the Canadian Living Step By Step Cookbookspying this recipe had me craving a slice…now I just needed a bowl of soup!

I came across a very simple recipe for Potato Leek Soup over at lucys friendly foods. Click here for the original recipe.

I just so happened to have most of the ingredients…a partly used carton of vegetable stock and leeks were already in my refrigerator, however, I switched up the potato with sweet potato.

Three simple ingredients = a quick, easy, nutritious soup!

With a soup recipe to try…I had the perfect excuse to bake a loaf of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Hearty Irish Soda Bread! Click here for Canadian Living’s original recipe.

Click here for the post I did on a plain version of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Irish Soda Bread.

Of course, I made a few adaptions:

Buttermilk replacement: 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk with Natur-a Soy Beverage (for a soy free version use Natur-a Rice Beverage) mixed with 1 1/2 tbsp white vinegar.
Flour replacement: I used 2 cups of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour.
Flaxseed replacement:  I used and equal amount of flaxmeal and I sprinkled the top with flaxmeal instead of the unbleached all-purpose flour.

Tip: The dough is very sticky when you mix the wet with the dry ingredients…I mean very sticky

Kneading the very sticky Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Hearty Irish Soda Bread with lots of extra flour

I encourage you to make sure you really dust with flour the area that you will be kneading the dough, as well as, have a pile of flour at your finger tips to dust the top of the dough in between kneading to reduce the amount of stickiness. The picture above shows my completed kneading of the dough with the extra flour to the side.

Enjoy!

Toasted Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Hearty Irish Soda Bread spread with homemade strawberry jam

Delicious toasted with jam, honey or a spread of Vegan Becel Margarine.

P.S. Posting my favourite winter soup soon.

P.P.S. Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily is having another giveaway of one of her beautiful handmade items. Click here to check it out!

What is your favourite winter soup…what do you like to accompany it?

My Secret Sister Gift Has Arrived

Carla @My 1/2 Dozen Daily, hosted a Secret Sister Swapon Wednesday, I was very excited to receive my Secret Sister Gift.

My Secret Sister parcel has arrived, 2012

This was one well taped box! (I covered up my address with the labeled recipe card)

Inside, I discovered colourful packages sealed with beautifully patterned washi tape.

Secret Sister packages inside box

The washi tape alone should have clued me in to my Secret Sister…I had recently learned  of a Secret Sister ‘washi tape lover’.

I knew it…my Secret Sister was none other than Virna @craftmates…my very own Secret Sister I was assigned to by Carla! Click here for Virna’s reveal of her Secret Sister package from me.

I meticulously peeled back each an every piece of washi tape…careful not to tear the paper bags or tissue. Underneath all the pretty paper and washi tape were all sorts of treasures.

Opened packages from Secret Sister

Magazines with recipes to adapt, red and white tea towels and a red owl coin purse to satisfy my love of ‘all things red’, a ‘kitchen inspired’ key fab, a gorgeous handmade grocery tote and reusable snack bag, handmade tags, notepad and kitchen themed calendar, and to top it off, Virna sent me an adorable elephant pendant. Matthew spied the bejeweled elephant right away…he loves everything to do with elephants!

To tell you the truth…I was blown away!

The wonderful tote bag and snack bag were hand sewn by Virna herself.

Handmade tote bag and snack bag by Virna @craftmates

Love it!

The ribbon was inscribed with ‘Made by Virna’.

Ribbon inscribed with 'Made by Virna' from craftmates

The calendar, notepad and stunning tags were handmade by Virna’s fellow craftmate…Irma.

Handmade kitchen notepad, tags and kitchen themed calendar by Irma @craftmates

The tags are frame worthy!

Thank you…thank you…thank you! The time and effort you dedicated to putting this incredible Secret Sister package together is greatly appreciated!

P.S. These ladies are super talented! Craftmates will be attending their first craft fair this weekend, November 10 and 11th 2012, in Milton, Ontario. If you live in the surrounding area I would definitely try to swing on by. Click here for further details.

P.P.S. You may be wondering what I did with all that nice washi tape…

Beautiful paper bags and 'saved' washi tape

…I couldn’t just throw it away! Needless to say…I think I am now a washi tape lover myself!

Have you participated in a Secret Sister Swap before?

Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Mini Banana Bundt Cakes And Muffins

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Banana Bundt Cake is easily adapted to be Gluten Free…

Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Mini Banana Bundt Cakes and Muffins

and baked into 6 mini bundt cakes and 5 muffins…yummy!

I just replaced the unbleached all-purpose flour with an equal amount of Namaste Foods Perfect Flour Blend. Perfect…I just love this gluten-free flour blend!

On my way to visit my mom for her ‘birthday weekend’…I stopped by Carla’s @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily…she is quickly becoming my ‘Gluten Free guinea pig’!

Baking the Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Banana Bundt Cake in mini bundt and muffin form, allows Carla to freeze and enjoy the cakes over a period of time.

Gluten, Dairy, Egg , Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Mini Banana Bundt Cakes and Muffins

On my last visit to Carla’s, click here to view, I left her with some material to make a special birthday gift for my mom.

Mom's Pleated Pouch made by Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily

A ‘Pleated Pouch’ made from a deconstructed silk dress my mom loved…she had been holding on to the material for years with the notion that she would make something from it. I ‘inherited’ the material and thought Carla would be the ‘perfect seamstress’ to create something special for my mother’s birthday. My mom was completely surprised…she love it!

Carla also created a special ‘Pleated Pouch’ for myself.

My Pleated Pouch made from pillowcases by Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily

Created from my childhood pillow cases…what a great keepsake I have now!

What does one get for a mother that seems to have everything?

Well, when her teapot gets a crack in it…a new teapot is definitely in order.

My mom's birthday teapot with tea cosy

Isn’t it gorgeous! I love the sunny yellow! The teapot cosy was hand knitted, with crocheted ‘little baubles’ on top, by my grandmother…I am lucky to have one too!

Thank goodness it fit!

Our ‘girls’ birthday weekend’ was filled with lots of crunchy peanut butter eating on my part, the planting of tomatoes and annuals in planters, and checking out the Art Walk downtown…local artists gathered to show and sell their creations, with bands playing, lots of face painting and local food trucks and restaurants selling plenty of tasty snacks…it was quite the event! 

One Tomato was there handing out free tomato plants (we both gave a donation). One Tomato encourages everyone to plant, grow and eat more vegetables…by handing out free tomato plants their hope is that even ‘one tomato plant’ can make a difference!

Mom chose ‘Yellow Boy’ and I ‘Sweet Million’…a cherry tomato plant.

Two tomato plants from One Tomato

Mom doesn’t have a vegetable garden so she will grow them in containers…hoping the local animals refrain from ‘helping themselves’ to the open buffet! So far the strawberries have not had a chance!

A friend of my mom dropped off some incredible compost from his garden to top up all of her herb, tomato and flower containers.

My mom and I were quite pleased with all that we accomplished…

Mom's herb and tomato container garden

here’s looking to a very ‘fruitful summer crop’ of tomatoes and herbs!

I am looking forward to all the yummy possibilities!

Do you consider yourself a ‘green thumb’?  I wouldn’t necessarily say I was but  I sure like to giving it a try!

What kind of garden will you be growing this summer? Will it be a container garden, raised bed or intermixed with your regular garden? What will you be growing…do you have a favourite? Any tips?

My Secret Sister Gift Arrived!

Yesterday was a very beautiful day.

I woke up in an incredibly ‘happy’ mood…I had this feeling that ‘today’ was going to be ‘the day’ that my Secret Sister Gift, that Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily hosted, would arrive!

Michael spilling his morning Dairy Free Hot Chocolate all over the kitchen table and floor two minutes before he had to leave for school, crazy drivers at the local grocery store, and even burning my first batch of Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Rice Krispie Squares, using the last of my Earth Balance Vegan Sticks which meant walking to the grocery store in the baking heat of the day to purchase another box…could not damper my enthusiasm for the day!

Upon my second attempt at melting the Earth Balance and marshmallows the doorbell rang. There, sitting on my front porch, was the gift I had been waiting for…

My Secret Sister Gift on my front step

my Secret Sister Gift!

Unable to leave my post at the stove for fear of burning a second batch…I placed my Secret Sister Gift on a chair and quickly finished making the Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Rice Krispies.

Upon finishing, my cell phone alerted me to a text…it was Michael…”It’s really hot out can you pick us up?”

As you know, Michael suffers from eczema…heat is a major trigger for him…as it was 30 C without the humidity factor, he was wearing his school uniform with pants carrying a heavy backpack and the fact he had papers to sort and deliver with his brother after school to deliver in this heat wave…

I left the Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Rice Krispie Squares to cool with my Secret Sister Gift!

Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Rice Krispie Squares cooling by my unopened Secret Sister Gift

First thing Michael said to me upon entering the car, “So…did you get it?” …”Yup!”, I answered smiling.

Now that both boys were home…my Secret Sister Gift was ready to be opened!

Wow! “Red wrapping paper with white polka dots!” Michael exclaimed, “No way!”…”How did you know?”

Inside my Secret Sister Box

I had told the boys to expect my Secret Sister Gift to arrive yesterday and there would be gifts wrapped in red wrapping paper with white polka dots…I must say…they were very impressed with my ‘Super Mom’ skills.

To be honest…I did a little sleuthing…put two and two together…and went on a hunch.

A lovely letter revealing the identity of my Secret SisterMutant Supermodel…was tucked inside.

However, Matthew was more interested in the opening of the gifts…the boys were each glad to help.

Secret Sister gifts revealed

A beautiful journal to write in, a lovely tea box and tea mug, Veg News magazine (a magazine I love to ‘treat’ myself too), and a gorgeous handmade ‘Nubby Scrubby’ that matches my kitchen!

Handmade 'Nubby Scrubby' that matches my kitchen

Seriously, do I have to use it as a cloth…it seems too pretty!

Of course, this gift was not in the picture as I had to put it on right away!

Beautiful apron from my Secret Sister

I LOVE it! How did you know I live in my kitchen…in an apron!

Thank you, thank you, thank you Mutant Supermodel so much for all the lovely gifts and kind words in your letter! I appreciate the time, effort and thoughtfulness of your gifts.

Mutant Supermodel ended her letter to me by writing… HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!

Sipping my tea in my new tea mug and apron from my Secret Sister

Sipping my tea, in my new apron, from my new tea mug…it truly was…thank you!

P.S. Mutant Supermodel became a recent subscriber to my blog, wrote some lovely comments on some of my posts so I checked out her blog and came upon this…click here.…go figure, my hunch turned out!

P.P.S. Strangely enough…I completed a circle of Secret Sisters…click here to see what I mean!

P.P.P.S. This Sunday May 27, 2012 is the big day…Andy and I will be running in Whitby’s 1/2 Marathon starting at 7 a.m.! My first…Andy’s third…should be a great day!

My ‘Meet and Greet’ With Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily

Surprise!

Surprise Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Cupcakes

Enroute to my mom’s I had my very first ‘Meet and Greet’ with a fellow blogger…Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily.

Carla and I

I had commissioned Carla to sew two ‘Whimsical Wallets’ for my friends, Michelle and Anne. It made perfect sense to stop along the way to my mom’s to pick them up…and meet a fellow blogger!

Carla's Whimsical Wallets for my friends

Carla’s sewing ability amazes me! These are so beautiful! I was able to custom design with colour and pattern. Perfect to carry a camera, money and lipstick essentials.

Carla inspires me! Not only is she an expert at her finances, which I am not, she sews faboulous creations, is a photographer and home schools her 4 children! Carla also has many food intolerances, sensitivities and allergies.

Carla’s high list of foods that she must avert was a challenge I just could not refuse!

The hunt was on for a gluten-free all-purpose flour free of corn, dairy, soy, peanuts/tree nuts, and because Michael would be one of my ‘guinea pigs’ it also had to be egg free.

Let me tell you this was not an easy feat. At first I tried to come up with an all-purpose gluten-free flour made from scratch…but I could not find rice/brown rice flour or any gluten -free flour that was not produced in a facility without peanuts/tree nuts. (If you know of a company, please let me know)

How do you deal with cross-dontamination issues when purchasing gluten-free flour blends?

So instead I took Carla’s lead…she loves the company Namaste. The products at this company are made in a dedicated facility free of Gluten, Wheat, Soy, Corn, Potato, Peanuts/Tree Nuts, Dairy and Casein. Products include boxes of cake/muffin/flour mixes.

I decided to try Namste’s Perfect Flour Blendthe results were outstanding!

Namaste Perfect Flour Blend

I was able to create a Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Cupcake  With Chocolate Ganache Icing to rave reviews from my ‘guinea pigs’!

I was excited to present Carla with her ‘special’ cupcake in a ‘special’ cupcake container for family gatherings.

Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Cupcake in a special cupcake container

I believe everyone…even mom’s….deserve to feel ‘special’!

Carla is like so many moms…so busy ‘thinking of others’ that she forgets to think about herself.

It was a treat to be able to ‘highlight’ all that she does for her family and friends.

I could have chatted with Carla for hours…we had so much in common…love of fabric, I got a peek at her fabric stash, we both love our breadmakers and are striving to live a healthy lifestyle whilst meeting the challenges that food intolerances, sensitivites and allergies pose in our lives.

I suprised her daughters with some special treats that my boys love.

Carla's girls with their treats

Dairy, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Rice Krispie Squares, Dairy, Egg, and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Chip Cookies with and without Marshmallows, Yummy Earth lollipops (apparantly a favourite of theirs already) and as it was her youngest daughter’s birthday the following day, I presented her with the Easter Bag I created for a 5 year-old girl for my Easter post.

The skipping rope was a big hit…as was the Dora book…she happens to love Dora and was wearing a Dora shirt on my visit!

Carla had a surprise herself for me…

My new tote bag by Carla

a gorgeous tote bag!

Made with the beautiful fabric I had gushed over that she used on the ‘Whimsical Wallet’ she made for Anne.

I left Carla with some vintage material I have been holding on to…I cannot say too much because the recipients of the final product read my blog…so it is all ‘hush hush’ for now! I will reveal at a later date.

I thank Carla for welcoming me in her home and look forward to our future friendship. It is truly wonderful to meet someone who ‘gets it’!

I am now at my mom’s enjoying our ‘girl time’. I look forward to my next visit as I may just have to stop by Carla’s again with another ‘sweet treat’ for her and her family!

The challenge is on!

P.S. Have you ever met with a fellow blogger that inspires you?

P.P.S. I will be posting the recipe for my Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache Icing on Monday