Nut Free (and dairy free) Birthday Perfection

       So we have tree nut allergies in our house which means that most peanut products are of limits as well because most peanuts come into contact with tree nuts via equipment or being packaged in a shared facility. So we like to use Sun Butter as a peanut butter replacement and it’s basically better than everything. For the husbo’s birthday (today!) I made a boxed chocolate cake (Cherrybrook Kitchen Chocolate Cake – ALLERGY FREE!!! but not gluten free. They do have gluten free mixes if you need them though!). 

So, I made chocolate cupcakes according to the package instructions (I used olive oil instead of vegetable oil because my husband is Italian and that’s just what you do).

Side note: you could add sunflower seeds or Sun Butter to the mix but I forgot this AM because my morning was crazy. 

Okay, so, I cooked my cupcakes for 15 minutes at 350. While they cooked I made my frosting by mixing powdered sugar, Sun Butter, and regular soy milk in a bowl (we only use 8th Continent soy milk because they don’t make almond milk in their facility). I didn’t measure any of the ingredients. I just kind of mixed and tasted until I got the taste and consistency I wanted. Once it was slightly thick and stiff (almost like the inside of a Reese’s PB cup) I frosted my cupcakes and sprinkled them with sunflower seeds. They looked sooooo pretty. After I made everyone admire them, we ate them, and ate them, and ate them. They were so good. And not-a-one of us missed peanut butter one bit. 

Sitting with Serpents

It’s like you’re walking on this tight rope just inches above some ravenous lion in front of an audience full of hissing snakes soaked in their own spit and venom. And despite the fact that you know what you’re doing and you know you can make it across, you hesitate a moment and contemplate turning back because the hissing is just so loud and the snakes are just so smug and you feel like maybe you’re a fool or maybe you’re just plain dumb. And then you start to think about falling and the lion and all of those snaky grins. And you want to quit so much. You want so badly to give in. But then you realize that giving up would be much worse than being torn to shreds because it’s nobler to feed a hungry lion then to sit with serpents.


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