Mr. Smiles Turns “2”!

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 Mr. Smiles is the big “2”!! He has been such a joy over the past two years. He is all boy; full of spunk, a little monkey, a heart of gold, and guaranteed to light up a room with his personality and smile! He can count to 3, say almost anything, plays pretend like the best of them, loves babies, balls, trains, boats, motorcycles, riding his bike, and just being a boy! There is never a dull moment when he is around and I feel so blessed to be his Momma!

Being a summer baby the cake this year was a homemade gluten free pound cake complete with fresh strawberries and raspberries from our back yard! Yummy! We also enjoyed some orange flavored  cupcakes with a dairy free frosting at Mr.Smiles birthday celebration with Nonna and Papa this past weekend. Yes, despite our diet changes over here I’m happy to report a successful “sweet eating birthday” šŸ™‚ whew!

 Our rough, tough little boy received a lawn mower from our Grand-neighbors…I thought that Mr.Smiles was going to take it to bed with him he was so excited! In fact he loved it so much it had to sit at the table with him while we sang “Happy Birthday”. Yes, he almost passed up cake ….and this boy can eat!

Then there was the Duplo lego table from Mommy and Daddy…another big hit. Well, that was until big sister K.Bear started bossing him around a bit and trying to ‘take over’ that’s when I was able to capture the ‘sour puss’ welcome to “terrible 2’s face” complete with hair pulling. Ha! I foresee some sibling squabbles in my near future. Hey, we all survived….bring on the fun or should I say “time out’s”, “discipline”, and “consequences for ones actions”.

Gluten and Dairy Free Pound Cake

2 cups sugar
1 cup Earth Balance Butter melted
4 Organic Eggs (room temp)
4 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla
3 cups Gluten-Free Flour Blend
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
1 cup Almond milk

Directions

Heat oven to 350Ā°F. Grease 12-cup BundtĀ® or 10-inch angel food cake (tube) pan; sprinkle with gluten-free flour blend. Set aside.

Combine sugar and melted butter in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla; beat until well mixed.

Stir together gluten-free flour blend, baking powder, and xanthan gum in small bowl. Gradually add flour blend mixture alternately with milk substitute to butter mixture, beating at low speed until well mixed.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan.

*Recipe has been altered from original Landolakes Recipe

Parenting is certainly not easy but truth is I wouldn’t change a thing!
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